You know that time between 6:00pm and 8:00pm when you’re tired, your children are tired and you’re trying to fit everything else into your day in a 2-hour time slot? Those are my witching hours. Traditionally I believe its between 12:00AM and 3:00AM and if you have a newborn, those indeed may be yours, but for me its right around dinner time. During this time I’ve got to shuttle the children home, get dinner on the table, homework done if school is in session, run 1 bath and 2 showers and that’s not even what I’m talking about with “witching hours”. That’s just normal running – everyone has something they’re doing whether its work related, personal or whatnot. I’ve been thinking about this more and more because we’re going to have to rein in bedtime. I don’t know about you, but we’ve really let it go for the summer with schedules letting the kiddos stay up late and sleep in. That’s all about to change in about 2 weeks time and I need to get my act together! The witching hours I am referring to have to do with the children’s personalities during those hours. I think that is why I started to lovingly(!!) refer to them as mons-ners. They’re tired, cranky, hungry and cray-cray. They can be screaming non-sensical rhymes or become stuck in a fire engine sound loop, “weee-oooo, weeee-oooooo, weeee-oooooo”. Here are some of my favorites:
“I need to put on my sunscreen to sleep”.
“I can’t go to sleep because Mr. Bear does not have his coat on”.
“My notebook is in the car!!”. O.o (Your guess is as good as mine with this one.)
Their little bodies are so exhausted they become entangled in their pajamas and end up screeching like a bird caught in a fishing net.
“I’m not tired!”, Miss. S says.
Anyway. I know a handful of moms who turn to a glass of wine at this time to make it through and calm their nerves. I won’t lie, I’ve done that too. I usually indulge in a handful of M & M’s. “I deserve it!”, I think to myself. It helps my patience. Whatever gets you through your day, right? I think the worst part for me is the after-mess. You know, you’ve (finally) gotten to the children to bed and now there’s the house to deal with before bedtime. Occasionally, I do let it go. Sometimes I just don’t have that extra “umph” in me. I find however, that when I do the tidying up before bed, it makes my mornings go smoother and then I can get straight on to the afternoon with a better temperament and positive outlook. Sort of like a chain reaction. Sometimes this is enough to make me trudge through the molasses of picking up toys, wiping the table and cleaning the kitchen one more time before bed. Look for that silver lining! I find that when I really don’t want to – sometimes I can trick myself into cleaning for 15 minute increments like the Flylady at flylady.net. That tip really does work. Wish me luck as we move our schedule around. Good luck to you out there as well!
Be Fierce. #WeCanMakeItThroughBedtime
Lots to post about, but right now, I’m trying to do something new and I’m in that “new and exciting” mode, so I thought I’d explore those thoughts today.
I’m taking a “day off” today. (Ha! Ok, not really, because who gets one of those, right?) I’m reclaiming a couple of hours of my afternoon by missing my Moms R Us group and staying home to 1) reorganize myself and 2) catch up on my cleaning / chores before the weekend.
I enjoy reading vintage lifestyle books and magazines and I was researching a book on Amazon called, The Art of Homemaking by Daryl Hoole. And yes! Its old! Its dated! Its a bit cheesy – that’s the point! So, I was reading the reviews for it and came across someone who mentioned using a modern version of home-keeping tips from the Fly Lady. New users are called “Fly Babies” and the program is about starting new habits for 30-days in 15-minute increments until they “stick” with you. Hence the term “Fly Babies” – using baby steps (the 15 minutes per day). So I’m trying it. I love self-help stuff. I think I get that from my mom, she was always into self-help stuff. I usually end up starting whatever new “trend” it is and then picking the parts out that I like and leaving the rest and trying something new. Anyway, its kind of fun though and I usually get so many new ideas about things and good insight that I wouldn’t have otherwise come up with myself. I’ll keep you posted. The first step was to *gasp* Shine Your Sink. So, the challenge is to keep a clean kitchen sink for 30 days. O.o Thirty Days. (Really clean, like disinfected type of clean). I’m on day 3. It is rather hard with a family of 5 who mostly eats at home, so we’ll see, but I’m doing ok so far with it. The second step is to get up and approach your day like you’re going to work… in your home. I have sort of been doing this anyway, so I’m sort of on board with this one already, but this just takes it to a new level of getting ALL the way dressed to lace-up shoes (oh no!), make-up and hair done. The idea here is that if you “feel” like you’re ready for anything, you will be and there will be less chaos in the house when an urgent matter does occur. (sick child at school, unexpected visitors, exterminator arriving at the door – anyone else have a problem with this one? He just arrives at such odd intervals any old time with no warning! I digress….)
The upsides so far: 1) I have clean clutter-free countertops! I have such limited counter space anyway, so this is nice. 2) I do like the clean sink thing – my kitchen is in the center of my house (weird no?) so I’m constantly walking through there and it does have an impact on my mood. The downsides: 1) Its taking some getting used to – new routine and all. 2) I keep feeling like I’m leaving something out or not getting anything done – but its only for 30 days so I’m going to try to give it a go and see what happens and 3) it has been a little bit of a challenge with our schedule because we’re out and about so much that I haven’t actually been home enough to do all the “home care” stuff, hence my “day off” of Moms group to catch up at home.
Anyone else trying a new trend or something? Lemme know! How’s it going?