Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Met with the teacher and other things

Man I love this teacher. She is so very kind to kids and Caitlyn just adores her. So much better than last year.

So we met this morning with Caitlyn and talked a bit about how she was feeling and what we were going to do to make sure that she was happy in school. We are keeping a picture of her and I in her folder so that when she gets sad or misses me she can look at the picture. Caitlyn said that she is worried this will make her miss me more, so I suggested also putting in a picture of the boys (Marten and Roger). She suggested putting in a picture of bunny. I told her that we would print up some pictures and she could actually choose which ones she wanted in there for the week. Hopefully this will nip the issue right in the bud. Because mornings can be rough when your child is complaining at 6:30am that they don't want to go to school.

Now a little bragging on myself. Since I was able to accomplish so much over Christmas break, I have felt like I want to keep that going. And I have been pretty successful with it. Here are 2 things that I have made a significant change with in my household in the last month:

1. I am trying to keep up with laundry. Caitlyn and I have enough clothes in order to be able to go without having to do laundry for 2 weeks. (We are clothes whores fo sure, I will nto deny it!) Despite having all of those clothes, it seems like all I do is a load here and there to make sure that we have what we need. Today, I managed to do all of her laundry in one day. Last load is drying as I type. At some point this week, my goal is to do all of my laundry. Then I am laundry free for 2 more weeks. Seems like a good plan.

2. I hate cooking. Loathe it. Cooking in this house has always posed a problem for several reasons. First off, Matt only eats certain things. He is a meat and potato guy. He is just not adventurous when it comes to eating new things. So in the almost 9 years we have been married, I have been burnt out on cooking the things that he likes. The second hurdle is Caitlyn's eating. She is just as damn picky as her father. So it felt like I have always had to make 3 different meals. For someone who hates to cook, do you have any idea how much of a pain in the ass that is?? Well for the last few weeks, I have hunkered down, made shopping lists of exactly what I need for meals, and have pulled out everything that needs to be thawed for the week on Monday morning. Having everything thawed, and everything that I need for the dishes I am making has made dinner soooo much easier when I get home from work. And while these seem like common sense concepts, they have been lost on me for the last 8 years I guess. Don't get me wrong, it hasn't made the issue of Caitlyn's pickiness any easier, but knowing what I am making for Matt and I eliminates that guessing game and I can focus on what to make for her then. And we are saving money in the process which is always a positive ;) The majority of meals that I am cooking are one or two pot meals too. I just don't have the time when I get home to make fabulous gourmet dinners. While I wish I did, it just isn't going to happen. So we are saving our meals out for the weekends....and now I reeeeeeeally look forward to those.

1 comment:

a very tired mommy said...

i hate to cook, too. and knowing that aaron gets off work at 3:30, regardless of whether he makes it home shortly thereafter or around the same time as me.... well, it just makes me feel like he should do the bulk of the cooking.... i have the longer commute AND I take the kids to school, which puts an extra 1/2 hr to the commute....

now that I sound like a spoiled suburbanite that I am, congrats on all the good things you're doing, girlie! :)

And was it ONLY once that I ate an entire box of GS cookies whilst playing and chatting with you? I shudder to think! ;)