I have been thinking a lot about certain things since I was taken off work. I guess when you have all of this extra time you really evaluate your life and how you manage it. For example, I am a teacher. This means that I wake up everyday around 5, get my kids to school at 7 and arrive at my own school before 8. I teach all day, pack up my stuff to work on at home, pick up the twins from school and am home around 5. This is a long day at work but then we have dinner, homework, baths and play time. So, by the time all of this winds down it is at least 8. Kids in bed and I start my chores. Laundry, dishes, grading papers, talking to my favorite people on the phone, etc... I am excited to make it to bed by 10. This wears on you as the week goes on and you start putting household chores off. Before you know it everything has been piled on to one day.... SATURDAY (or after church on Sunday)!!! So, the time that was meant for relaxing and rest is now taken over by chores!! So, what can we do to fix this?? Organize.
I challenge everyone to continue to leave the weekend free for family and friends. This is what I have tried to continue to do for quite some time. Make a list of everything that needs to be accomplished throughout the week. Schedule yourself a few things to accomplish each evening and do them before you go to bed. That way, given no major complications or illness in the house, your place will be clean and cared for, laundry complete and your weekend will be full of more play than work!! Lets face it, our kids want to spend time with us.... that does not include watching us do chores or drag them all over town with the shopping. Plan something that is just for them. Best part, it doesn't even have to cost you anything. Enjoy a local park, take a nature walk, or do crafts at home. I think if we all accept this challenge our weekends will not only be more enjoyable, but a lot less stressful. I am holding myself to this and I hope you will too. I think we all work hard enough, take a little time to enjoy the ones you love the most or help another.
This weekend the Nida clan has a special project in store. We are repairing a bicycle for a neighborhood kid that doesn't have one. Luke and Kennedy are really good about sharing their bikes with him but I think it is time he has one of his own. I found a free bike in good shape. All it needs is new tubes and a bath. :) This is a good learning experience for my kids and I know it will mean the world to Sam. All of this is much more rewarding than tedious household stuff and I get to teach my children the valuable lesson of doing for others. No good deed goes unnoticed!! Have a great weekend and love the life you live!