One of the bigger things and obvious, someone had to make food for the remaining six people in our family. Doug went in to the office yesterday morning while the older two kids held down the fort. They made scrambled eggs for breakfast and Doug came home and made turkey sandwiches for lunch. I recall him asking me sometime that afternoon what he should make for supper and I suggested just picking up a rotisserie chicken from Schnucks when he was out getting me Gatorade (a red one from the refrigerated section, because I could only gag it down cold). I think he made baked potatoes to go with it, but since I didn't leave my bed all day I can't be sure.
2. Home Maintenance
Someone has to do all those dishes the meals are creating! That person isn't just me, we have a chore system in the house. I am the one who makes sure the chores are getting done. The world won't end if the recycling doesn't get taken out for one day. However if we don't do dishes for a day we won't have any clean ones for the next day. We have a dishwasher but the cups and plates for seven people will usually take up all the room. Which means the pots and pans will have to be done by hand or you run another load in the dishwasher.
|His first swim meet went until 11:15pm|
due to rain delay!
5. Take care of little ones
|Toddler Boy loves his hot dogs!|
Soccer Boy: Toddler Boy wants hot dogs all the time
Soccer Boy: I'd cut one up and heat it
up for him and then 5 minutes later he'd want another one and I'd have to do it all over again!
Me: Welcome to my world...
Soccer Boy: Luckily I have skillz so I was totally on top of it.
Me: You need "skillz" to cut up hot dogs?
Soccer Boy: (gives thumbs up)
Beyond the whole "getting snacks for the little kids all day long" there is the "taking Toddler Boy to the potty" which ranks a close second. The youngest two in the house are not nearly self sufficient so a big part of being the mom of little ones is just that. They need help getting dressed and fixing their hair (I'm pretty sure that didn't happen yesterday).
If it had been me, I would have let this one drop for the day but Doug wanted to do their math with them...
Princess: I want to go to school next year.
Doug: Why, didn't you like doing your math with me?
Princess: No, you're not a good teacher because you say stuff like "you're doing it wrong".
I guess laundry could have been stuck under home maintenance, but I figured it needed a whole section unto itself. Because when dealing with the stomach flu we go thru an insane amount of laundry. Normally I do one or two loads a day, but I need to double that this week. Plus, Soccer Boy and Firstborn had just come home from a week at camp so I had extra from them. I know Doug threw in at least two or three loads yesterday, we're running out of clean laundry baskets because he didn't have time to fold or put away any of it. That's my project for today.
Hopefully next week will be a bit healthier! Click over to Jen's to see more 7 Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.