What is your schedule?
By that, I mean to ask, what it is you do each week to keep yourself sane? Do you have a chore schedule for yourself? Do you just do it as it comes along? How do you keep up with the demands of your small children and your stinky garbage?
I'm finding myself in a terrible, lazy, oh-my-heck-I'm-drowning-here-and-why-is-there-cereal-still-on-the-floor!!?-kind-of-rut. The move really threw me for a loop and I can't seem to find the routine that I'm satisfied with. My house feels eternally dirty, the laundry eternally un-done, the kitchen eternally yucky, and everything the children touch ripped to shreds.
Then there's the element of nothing to do. I was afraid of falling back into old habits and it's happened, dear reader. I have only one piano student, I have no calling, and I rarely speak or interact with any of my old friends in the ward. I see them on Sunday, and maybe occasionally during the week, but there are no phone calls, no play dates, no routines --and if there are, I don't hear about them (I know, I'm starting to whine, here).
My children have no structure (besides first grade and preschool), and no friends come over to play. Neither are they ever invited somewhere to play. They watch some PBS, go outside to romp in the yard, then back inside to the play room, and then more PBS. #1 is luckier because she has full-time school and almost always plays with her BFF after school. #2 and #3 just feel left out. #4 is blessed with bliss at his young age...
I know the solution to feeling left out, though, dear reader. I just need to call people and plan things and do things. I need to get my kids involved. But it's kind of late in the school year to start such things as Art school and piano lessons and dance classes. Plus, they cost money. Not to mention how lazy I am at present...sigh...Honestly, I really do know the solution. But I seem to have slipped past concern and right into apathy somewhere in these last few weeks.
So, help me! Don't preach to me, just tell me what you do. Perhaps I could learn from your experiences and find myself on top of things again.