I allowed myself to full on wallow about our current situation yesterday. (Childcare uncertainty, our (#&@ house which is still for sale, early-waking-toddler-woes, overtired camper woes, etc). I truly could not concentrate on work and ended up leaving early. Obviously, my job is very important and I will be making up that time and getting done what I need to (which is a lot!).
Today, though, is a new day. We have basically figured out our backup childcare plan, including a partially-retired nanny that is available next week for a bit longer-term if needed. She’s someone we trust and we have had her work for us in a similar situation before. She also doesn’t typically drive our kids, but the kids’ camp has early/after care and so Josh and I (mostly me, because it’s on my way to work and not his) have been doing that. I *think* everything will be settled and back to normal again before school starts. On August 14 (so early!). I suspect we will all be ready for a fresh start by then.
I need to breathe and realize that a) we luckily have the financial cushion to cover this kind of thing and b) the kids will be okay with a bit of a patchwork for this short period. I also need to table my (new, poorly timed) frugality/financial independence obsession right now because the time to jump into savings overdrive is not this moment. Maybe it will be in a month or two, but it is not now.
I arranged a babysitter for Sunday night (at 5 pm, early!) so that at least Josh and I can enjoy a long and relaxed date night. We are very overdue for a state-of-the-union/future planning sort of meeting, and I think doing this at a local pub sounds lovely.
Happy Wednesday, everyone.
PS: You guys are the BEST with your back to school tips (in the comments on last post)! Seriously, I love them. Thank you and you can keep adding if you think of more!!