Thursday, August 28, 2014
The Magic List
Summer is almost over and I just wanted to share that this summer I discovered the magic of lists.
Not the kind of lists you make to remind yourselves of things (although I use the notes on my iPhone PLENTY for that). I have lists titled : To Do at Work: To Do at Home, People to call, Ideas, Agendas, VBS, just about anything you can imagine I have listed.
I also don't mean the kind of list that keeps track of the books you have or want to read.
I LOVE Goodreads app for that . . . . I am embarrassed to tell you the number of times I've brought a book home from the library, gotten a chapter in and realized I've read it already, grrrr.
No I am talking about the kind of list that makes a mothers heart happy . . . . .
the "Complete While I am at Work"list.
This is the first summer the girls have spent any time at home alone while I was at work *GASP* yes I left them home! Not everyday but two or three days a week. Kid #1 is now officially old enough to babysit and I arrange my schedule to be home in time for the pool!
Anyway . . . .
I have taken to leaving a note on the table when I head to work first thing in the morning.
It looks something like . . .
It is lovely to come home and have these things done without arguement, without eye rolling, without huffing and puffing.
Now you will notice I have become specific.
I must tell them to eat breakfast or when I get home at noon, they are STARVING.
I learned that saying "unload the dishes" did not automatically lead to them load the dishwasher with the dirty dishes overflowing from the sink.
I had to add that.
But hey . . . it's a learning process right?
Ahh summer note how I will miss you when the bus comes to pick up my sweet girls in only seven short days. . . . . .