Friday, September 7, 2007

Calgon, Take Me Away!

Since I started being the stay at home mom again, it's been hard to get back in the swing of the daily routine of laundry/cleaning/play time with the baby/errands/scripture study/lesson preparation/cooking/shopping. Don't get me wrong, I am the happiest girl in the world now that I get to do this again, but I will be the first to admit, I fell out of the habit these last 3 years I've been out of the house. Back then I'd stay up really late finishing all the chores, and get like 4-5 hours of sleep if I was lucky. So lately, I started setting a daily goal sheet. Not a "list" of things to get done, that "list" of stuff to do leaves a bad taste in my mouth, I used to be in a situation where instead of me being able to be in charge of my own house and daily schedule, I'd wake up to a daily "list" with no "Dear Alli" or "thank you" or "love ya!", but you get the picture.

Anyway, I know that I work better when I'm setting my own personal goals and schedule, so that's what I did. By 10 o'clock, kitchen done, sink emptied, floor swept and dinner for that night planned out. If I don't have all the dinner food I need, then I get ready to go to the store before Harper's noon nap. Laundry obviously starts early so my house doesn't get too hot in the afternoon, and with 7 of us, there are 2-3 loads every day. Yay teenagers and their towels! Anyway, you get what I'm saying. A very regimented schedule. Oh and my favorite part is when I can call Eliza or whomever and talk on the phone while I'm getting my kitchen done. I've always been a fan of that.

Anyway, today, Harper was eating his breakfast, and all the kids had finally gotten out the door to school and Mike was just driving away when I stood up and said outloud to nobody at all "Ok, let's get this kitchen started" and no sooner had it left my lips when Harper stood up and walked into the kitchen and opened the dishwasher. Coincidence? Probably not.

Moral of the story:

Babies make awesome slaves.

ps, it's Mackenzie's 13th birthday today!!! Go wish her a happy birthday HERE! Can you believe I have 2 teenagers (girls at that!), 2 tweenagers (boys at that!) and a toddler. Good thing I like them all right?

11 comments:

shark like a fox said...

well aren't you Ms Up-and-at-em.

isn't it funny how happy families/loving husbands are motivation enough to keep your house clean? it turns from doing a chore into giving a blessing.

Alli Fantastico said...

who woulda thunk it?

shark like a fox said...

i think you need these.

Mandy said...

i HAD those. i still have one, but i lost the other in the endless aybss that is my diaper bag.
you are so good alli. i feel like im still on vacationa and havent quites got back into the swing of things, plus i have my huge load of library books that all i want to do is read. i am now on my 4th book since sat. yippie

Alli Fantastico said...

KRISTEN! All of us sisters (Mandy included) get them from the Disneyland! I have probably had 3 pairs, and just like Mandy, eventually I lose one of them too! Ugh!

Oh and Mandy, your house is always clean! I'm so very jealous of your books...I want to read all weekend long in my nice cool quiet room, with a big ol' diet Coke full of ice. Doesn't that sound wonderful?!? At some point in our lives Mandy, we should go get a nice suite at the beach with no kids, and just read and order room service. Kristen, you come too!

Mandy said...

im all for that alli. i already told taylor i want to do that. i love reading at the beach. :)

Alli Fantastico said...

Ok seriously. One weekend, Tay can come stay up here with Mike at our house and we'll go to the beach. Holy that sounds so nice right now.

ashleyO said...

and then there's me....awwwww baby sistah! I hate school p.s.

IS IT OVER YET???!!!@$#^$%&#$^

Alli Fantastico said...

That's why baby sistah and Eliza fly down on Friday night ($49 from SLC to Ontario) and we camp out all night Fri, read all day Saturday, go to a movie and dinner Saturday night and then sleep in Sunday! No school on Sat and Sun right? C'mon dangit!!!

Laurie said...

My boy is 19 today!!! Good thing I feel young! And to think I'm considering having another..hmmm.

Alli Fantastico said...

Ooo, happy birthday to Steve! You're not old, lady. You're super hot, and you should have all the babies you want!