Weekends are spent catching up. Dirty laundry, un-vacuumed floors, unpaid bills, and toothpaste smudges on bathroom sinks make our house a yucky place to be by Friday afternoon. A disorganized, messy house drives me NUTS. Daily, I work on odds and ends around the house along with daily tasks such as the dishwasher, counters, and the hard floor on the first floor. Every evening, the kids must clean up their playroom and bedroom. Our weekday evening routine is consistent too for everyone's sanity- especially mine.
I am gone from 6:15am-4pm most days at work. Two evenings a week is soccer practice and the other nights it depends on my children's schools or my school. Hubby works a lot (24 hour shifts) and volunteers at the local fire stations just as much, so he is often not home. I am a "single mom of three" due to all of his commitments.
Here is how our weekend is usually scheduled in the spring:
Friday night: vacuuming, start laundry, dry mop hard floors, carryout pizza for dinner, schoolwork after the kids go to bed, pay bills
- If Hubby is off on a Friday, he will often get the weekend household chores started for me by the time I get home which is a huge help!
- I start towel laundry on Thursday nights.
One hamper the entire family uses works for us!
Saturday: wash bed sheets, continue rest of laundry, clean bathrooms, run shopping errands, simple lunch at home, family time either out to eat dinner or around the house, tv time with hubby after the kids to go to bed (if he is off)
Sunday: sleep in if possible, reading time, educational remediation/enrichment for the two older kids, play time outside with the kids, catch up on some DVRed shows, soccer game in the afternoon for the oldest, cooked dinner at home
- This day is meant for family time and not having to worry about school work or cleaning. Well, I try!
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Being a working mom is extremely difficult even more so when you add in school work done at home daily and a firefighter hubby who works varying hours plus volunteers. I feel a huge weight off of my shoulders and happier during winter/spring/summer vacations. During the school year, I have little if any "me" time to do what I want to do. I don't go out by myself or out with friends due to money and not having anyone to watch the kids.
Stay-at-home moms have their own struggles too. I get that. Because I can be a SAHM in the summers, I can see both sides. With my children still young, seven and younger, I wish I could be a SAHM right now. But, we must pay the bills and we cannot cut out enough to afford only one paycheck.
All three kids are dropped off at their two different daycares
Anyway, weekends are my two days to catch up and feel ready for another week of hustle-bustle. How do you make it through each week as a mom, wife, and worker?
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