Sunday, 29 January 2012

What happened to January (and my resolutions)?

I was all set for a change this year.  I spent last year trying to feel my way through the disorganised mess that is my life so I really wanted to start this year with a plan.  I imagined myself with charts and timetables; using my smartphone to the max and being a super organised mum.  But I seem to have gotten to the end of January without doing any of it.  I frustrate myself!  I know that all it will take is to sit down and work it out.  I just always seem to find something better to do.  I haven't even managed to get my 2012 calendar yet!  My main problem is that I work best under pressure.  I've always been the same - writing GCSE essays the morning they have to be given in and 'socialising' (ahem) instead of going to A level classes and then cramming the night before an exam.  It's just the type of work that's changed now.  I still haven't done my tax return that's due on Tuesday (that'll be tomorrows job) and I WILL order my calendar tonight and hopefully it'll arrive before my current one runs out in 2 days.

So what's it going to take to change my ways?  I made my New Years Resolution to be more organised this year mainly because my life has changed and there's so much more that I need to fit in.  I have finally registered as a childminder and have got two little girls to look after, I'm still working in my other job two days a week, I've got my blog to write (I've been rubbish with it and need to change), my usual family/home life to manage plus I'd really like to start training as a Breastfeeding Counsellor this year.  That's not including trying to maintain a social life.

So how does everyone else manage it?  I sometimes wonder if I'm missing some vital piece of information that allows me to fit everything in.  Is there a book I should read?  A miracle diary that will manage my life?  Am I just doing something wrong?

I know I could do it if I didn't sit down (or sleep), but surely there must be an easier way.  If I'm going to give up my old job and work from home then things need to change.

I need to go from this to >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> this
I know I should start by making a list; get it all out of my head and onto paper.  I know I need meal plans and a cleaning timetable.  I know this but I'm still finding it hard.  Is it just that I'm not being disciplined enough?  I don't really know any other work at home mums so I'm not sure how others manage.  The only comment I've heard is that "something's got to give", but what?  The cooking, cleaning, looking after my children?  They all seem like pretty vital things to me.  Maybe one day I'll be able to afford to hire someone to do my cleaning for me, but at the moment I have to do it myself, and it's got to be done properly as my home is now my business place.  I've only just started childminding but I know I need to be organised from the start and have plans, menus and paperwork all in place.  Oh god, my head is spinning.  I think I need help!!

Demands from the kids, demands from the hubby...... I'd better go, I'm being called again......!!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

My little superheroes

My children love dressing up.  They've got a trunk full of the classic 'boys' costumes - everything from a fireman and doctor through to the Fat Controller from Thomas the Tank Engine, and, of course, all of the Superheroes.  I've got so many photos of the boys in different costumes that it was hard to choose one for this post.  Searching through all my photos has also made me realise that I'm totally disorganised and I really need to sort them all out.  It was hard work!!

I did however, come across this photo.  It was taken nearly two years ago, just before they went to a fancy dress party, and what I love most is the brotherly love.  I'd never get a photo of them together like this now; they'd be at each others throats!  Here we have Superheroes united!

Ready to fight all baddies
This is my entry into the competition over on Mummy Loves blog.  You could win an amazing £100 in Amazon vouchers just by posting a picture of your little one in their favourite dressing up outfit.  The competition is sponsored by Appliances Online Washing Machines.

I'm keeping everything crossed......

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

First steps

Ollie took his first steps the week before Christmas. To be precise he took two steps on 18th December, then five steps the next day. Since then he's been starting to walk more and more and is getting more confident each day. I love these early steps as they totter around with outstretched arms. So here for posterity, are his wonderful, wobbly steps.