Every time I begin to get down about my lack of ability to juggle everyday life the way I used to I flick to my instagram feed to remind myself that the juggle is well and truly happening. Ive been back at work 4 days a week for the last month and its not so smooth. too much to do not enough hours that hasn't changed ( no surprise ) coupled with the fact that it takes me longer to do stuff, longer to process things, I forget and I make mistakes. I get anxious about things that I used to do without even thinking. I find myself awake till the early hours of the morning running through my to do list - over and over. I've tried all sorts of tricks, writing intense to do lists, getting extra people on board, preparing earlier, drinking camomile tea but nothing works. I find myself over preparing and in turn I'm exhausted. I'm trying to find a balance. Still life goes on - I'm well. My girls are well, Richards well, we just keep on heading forward.
A look through February via Instagram :)
It's been the wetest start of a school year ever. Flooding in so many places - the girls spent a weekend baking for Baked Relief and then Richard took the goodies to a drop off point to be delivered.
We celebrated Chinese New Year with our usual banquet. 25 guests including some of the girls friends from school which was really lovely.
The girls have had a wonderful start to the year - they are enjoying their new grade and teachers and classmates. Each weekend is spent madly working on a science matrix to do with the solar system. They took posession of brand new MacBook pros chocked with amazing software from their school. It's a different world.
We have implemeted a new chore/ pocket money system using a little app called Iallowance which I HIGHLY recommend. Takes a little to set up but really great. The girls now have a short term and long term bank account and a charity account. Each week they choose how much to go into each account based on what they have earnt. If you'd like to know more just say and I'll write about our process. It's working well for us ( the girls are ten ).
Lent has begun and we were fortunate to be asked to run a prayer group from our home each Tuesday night. I'm really enjoying it and hope we have the chance to contine past lent.
The girls ahve started Youth group - we have tried three and have finally settled on one that works for them and for our schedule.
I ran my first 5K race for the year with a friend from school. We are signed up to do the progressive series. I feel the marathon goal slipping away from me but I'm still hopeful for the 1/2.
I finally decided it was time to get my hair cut. I am yet to ditch the grey and at this stage I won't be . I love my new style and I'm thrilled I have found my old hariderresser. He is so good and hasn't changed at all in the 8 years I lost him for.
Most nights I have been watching TV and working at the same time. My laptop is open waaay too much so I decided to start with Mel's ripple along. I have finally nailed the pattern after quite a few false starts. I figure having my hands busy with that may still my mind.
Time will tell.
Thank you for the emails and texts that I've recieved checking in that I'm OK. I'm sorry I worried people. I try to post at least one photo a day to instagerm/ facebook or at least pop a status update up. Thanks for staying with me :-) Bring on March I say.