We had hubby home for the weekend but come Monday morning it was back to flying solo once again. This will be the pattern for the rest of the month – brief moments of family time followed by another trip away. To some extent, I get used to it although I’m not sure it ever really gets any easier. It’s not helped at the moment by the number of balls I’ve been juggling – planning and preparing for the last assignment on my HR course; helping to write song lyrics for, and organise, a concert at church; working part-time from home; blogging and of course, most importantly, being mummy. Accepting that I can’t do it all and splitting the to-do list into ‘essential’, ‘desirable’ and ‘if time allows’ so I can prioritise what really matters and let go of the things that can wait. Somehow the things that need to get done get ticked off the list.
There are moments when I find myself getting overwhelmed and stressed, and then there are moments when I stop and just focus on sitting and having a cuddle with my girls. Those are the moments when everything falls into place again, when I realise what is really important. The moments when I put all those balls down for a while and have a rest from it all, recharging my batteries ready for when I need to start juggling once again. We’ll get there – but I’m looking forward to when it gets a little calmer!
Things I have loved this week:
- Having a delicious brunch cooked for me in my own home by a chef (and if you’d like to have one too, you can enter my giveaway).
- Watching the girls dancing along while watching Strictly.
- Making a very yummy chocolate cake with a little help from my girls.
- Sharing a guest post about my parenting journey as part of Double the Monkey Business’ fab #ParentingScoop series.
- Going along to Jessica’s school harvest festival.
- Sophie giving me big cuddles and saying “Aww Mummy, I love you much!”
- Helping Grandma and Grandad pick apples from the trees in their garden.
- Watching Jessica reading a story to Sophie (a mixture of remembering the story and describing the pictures rather than reading the words).
- Listening to Sophie singing to herself while playing with her toys.
- Jessica being discharged from the hearing clinic and being told that her hearing is now back to normal.
- Unexpected snuggles with Jessica when she woke up wanting Mummy one evening.