Last night was my typical crazy Thursday - work until the minute Ina gets off the bus. Help Ina and Cora get dressed for dance and their hair up and water bottles filled and snacks packed and dance bags found in 10 minutes. Drive them to dance. Stop by the auto parts store to figure out why none of the buttons in my van are working (likely a result of me letting the battery die twice in one week). Pick up groceries. Pick up Cora from dance. Pick up Mira from Nonnie's. Come home and unload/put away groceries. Make dinner-grilled chicken thighs, roasted potatoes, cucumber salad). Do the dishes. Shove dinner in my face in 5 minutes. Go back to dance to watch Ina's duet (adorable!!!). Come home.
I was on such a mission that when I stuck my head outside to see what Dan was doing and realized he was talking to our neighbors who recently had an adorable baby, that I almost...almost didn't go say hi. But then his adorable cheeks (the baby's, not Dan's) reminded me that there is more to life than to-do lists.
This is only one night a week, but man is it a marathon. I know these are all things of my own choosing, and for the most part, there is something about me that likes the challenge of getting so much done in such a short period of time. I just have to giggle when my watch thinks I am exercising when I am really just multi-tasking.
I know there are things I could do to make the night easier, like pick up dinner at a restaurant. However, we had Chipotle the evening before, so I didn't have to worry about making dinner before small group. Ina and Cora could not believe we were going out to eat on a week night and literally did a chant the entire way to pick it up. As we were eating it, Cora proclaimed, "I love restaurant food!" and Ina said, "Don't get used to it. We only do this once a year."
I think she has a selective memory, although when I look back over the last year, most of the times I have been out to eat have been without my children on date nights.
I don't have much else to say today, but think I could easily keep rambling, so I am going to cut myself off. This weekend's to-do list:
- Laundry mountain
- Bring out the girls fall/winter clothes and put away their shorts and sandals so they stop trying to wear them.
- Make kombucha.
- Set up a big girl bed in Mira's room. (I will be very surprised if this actually happens, but a girl can dream, right?)