Yes, after 4 months I am going to be taking Annabel to her BFF’s socially distanced birthday party. Masks will be worn. Children will be kept apart to the extent possible. The whole thing will be outside which means that THE WEATHER HAD BETTER COOPERATE.
I have to say, I am starting to miss social interaction but it took a loooong time for that to happen. I do feel like this is a signal that my old life was just too much. Too many events, too many obligations, too much doing and socializing and going from place to place.
Currently, most of our evenings look like this:
5:30 – our nanny leaves (on weekdays)
5:31 – our kids immediately ask me to get dinner ready. Actually, that’s not always true; if they happen to be engaged in reasonable play sometimes they will keep it up until 6ish.
Anywhere between 5:45 and 6:30 – dinner with kids. Josh joins if he makes it home (not super common but it happens at times.)
6:30 – Clean up dinner while kids play and G in particular sneaks away and makes giant destructive messes in other areas (seriously, this is problematic to my sanity. WHEN WILL THIS PHASE END?!). On some occasions (not that common but really we should do it more) one of us drags the kids out for a walk.
7:15 – Kids choose something to watch. I curl up on the couch with my phone or a book or sneak to the next room + play with my bullet journal (yes I’m that cool). They take a break midway through for their nightly treat (most nights: a dark chocolate square and some milk. Yes even G; she is spoiled.)
8:30 – Bring kids upstairs to read books. Brush G’s teeth (the big kids brush their own teeth; not sure when that happened but it is great). Read G 2-3 books and tell her a “Viva Story”. While I put G to bed, Josh is usually putting the big kids to bed. Right now they are reading Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing which I think I read 8334 times myself.
(They LOVE this book.)
9:15 – (hopefully) G asleep. (Sometimes she stays up and sings to herself for a while.)
9:30 – Big kids asleep.
10:00 or a little earlier – I am asleep.
No work social events, kids’ activities, or much else and it feels like plenty.
✅ Workout (about to happen) – Cardio Core, #61
✅ Kids outside
✅ Help A finish wrapping her friend’s gift
✅ 11:30 bday party!
✅ 2:00 home (I hope) + probably take a nap
✅ Open 529s – it’s been on my list for months – TODAY IS GOING TO BE THE DAY. Side note – We currently participate in our state’s “Prepaid” program for all 3 kids but that only covers cost of whatever UF tuition is when they are college aged. We’ve been procrastinating on moving $ to 529s for a while but I think it’s time even if the market does crash. It has 10 years to recover (Annabel) or up to 16 for G!
✅ Write down which outfit pix to take for blog post (take the actual pix tomorrow)
then TAKEOUT NIGHT and some variation of the above evening routine.