I’m so tired…
It was the first full day of school for my two girls. I was up at 5 am to prepare their lunches. (Shall I mention here how hard it was for VGood to swallow a spoon of her breakfast? I leave out the gory details.)
After the kids left with hub, I worked on the meal plan for the whole week. I wanted to blog this morning but my sister dropped by, and we got engrossed talking.
Before we knew it, it was almost twelve noon. I had to rush off to some errands before picking up daughter #2, VGood, from school. She had Chinese tutorials while I waited for Patchy, daughter # 1, to get off from school at 3pm. Her Chinese tutorials don’t start until tomorrow, so today we got home early.
At home, the girls and I went right down to business after they’ve had their snacks. VGood struggled with the first lesson in Reading class. We read the selection over and over and over and over. But she cannot seem to read half of the thing by herself no matter how many times we went through it. Patchy, as well, continued to have difficulty with the multiplication table, which she was supposed to have memorized two years ago. These exasperated i(rate)Mom. Extremely.
Not just another day in the life; it is the first day of school. And we – the kids, I, hub – will have to once again orient ourselves with the daily grind. The transition from carefree summer-mode to serious school-mode is not always easy. So I will do my best to be an understanding mother. And I will also do my best to make it a better school year for all of us.
Under New Management
1. In the past year, I have not been strict with enforcing the no-TV-on-weekdays rule. But I’m bent on enforcing it this time. On the kids and on me (well, at least not until they’re asleep).
2. I will be planning our meals on a weekly basis. Yeah, this is a first! When ate J was with me, I did not have to worry about meals. She knew how to cook, and what. Now that my helpers are new, I will have to plan and supervise all meal preparations, most especially the school lunches. I am actually excited with this particular change as I am discovering so many new recipes. Tonight, I made Cheese and Sausage Meatloaf (watch out for it on the Weekend Cook) that’s going to be school lunch tomorrow. I’ve got more surprises under my sleeves apron. I’m sure the kids (and hub who will also be getting his packed lunch as a spill-over effect) will look forward to their lunches everyday.
3. I will be blogging less. I need more help on this, so I am actually timing myself. An alarm will go off to signal the end of my daily 2 3-hour blogging session. *insert Taps bugle funeral song here* sniff sniff 🙁
4. Yesterday, we started throwing away trash – stuff that have not been used for ages, stuff that will no longer be useful, stuff that I’ve procrastinated parting with. Oh yes, Rach, it is catharsis! And the patio looks so much better uncluttered. I see this as an all-year-round project.
So there, summer is officially over. School is here. Welcome back to work, iMom!