Well, if you’re counting from Saturday December 21st – Monday January 6th (they return to school on Tuesday January 7th — the 6th is a teacher work day).
I am taking time off from work until January 2nd — 12 days of kid time. Our nanny is taking her (fully earned!) vacation. Josh is working for 9 of the 12 days.
That is just . . . a lot of kid time. There are myriad camps and activities offered in our area, but not for G’s age. I didn’t really see the point of paying $$$ and then having G at home alone — if anything, she is perhaps easier to entertain when the other two are around!
So, I am strategizing. Yesterday I sketched out a general plan for each day (a LOT of excursions to local places). One things I do have on my side is the weather – this is a great time of year in that regard, so we should be able to be outside every day!
I also hired a babysitter strategically – two nights out when Josh is not on call, several mornings of coverage so that I can work out without waking up obscenely early, and coverage so that I can take G to MyGym on Sundays while Josh is working. We are lucky that we have a beloved babysitter that is home from college on winter break who seemed to be excited to work as many hours as we wanted.
Left to do:
- Send out WhatsApp text to neighborhood group basically stating that I am available if anyone wants to meet up
- Grocery lists / meal plan (I am going to cook dinner some days but will require strategizing)
IN OTHER NEWS, a round of sickness has finally made its way through the house but G seems to have a new cold already. I have barely worked out in the past week, so my ‘race’ on January 5th will be more like a ‘survival run’. This was me 10 years ago. I cannot believe I was able to run like that! I am a little sad that I will likely never achieve that kind of speed or endurance again but . . . I guess this is how life works!