Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What I'm gonna do Wednesdays

In August 2016 Molly will start kindergarten and I will have 6 1/2 hours a day with no kids. After I've spent 2 months catching up on laundry and a few weeks napping and having complete coherent thoughts, I'm gonna need something to do with my time.

Let's look at the facts:

By August 2016 I will have dedicated 8 1/2 years to raising our little kids to school age. I'll have learned tons about child development, simple home repair, organization and decluttering, money management... the list could go on. There has been and will continue to be lots of on the job training for this mom of 2 then 3 kiddos. (But can those skills translate to an out-of-the-home job?)

I will have been out of the work force for almost 9 years. And when I exited it I wasn't exactly CEO of GE. I've been a gymnastics instructor and front desk phone answerer. I've been a sandwich and salad maker at a coffee shop. That's it. That's all I got on my resume. Not to say that I wasn't a valuable employee, I worked hard and showed up mostly on time and felt like I contributed positive things at work. But let's face it, not wanting to go back and teach gymnastics or make chicken salad for a living, these previous job choices aren't going to catapult me towards my new career choice.

Once Molly is in kindergarten, I'll be dropping the kids off at school at 7:35 and picking them up at 2:30 and 2:45. So I can work from 8 until 2. That's not a ton of time. There are other options I'm willing to consider (teaching for example) that would put me at work for a little longer than those 6 hours, but for the most part I'm not interested in leaving the kids at school for very long (or really at all) in aftercare at school.

I need a job that's flexible enough that I can take off when a kid gets sick.  With 3 kids this isn't a totally unusual thing.

If Aaron is still working in restaurants and working weekends, I don't want to work 5 days per week. Aaron often has only 2 weekend days off per month. If I work weekdays then that gives us only 2 days off together per month. I don't think this would be a positive thing for our family.

So there's the situation. If I spend a year writing "What I'm gonna do Wednesdays" I should be able to come up with something, right?

First idea:
I don't get a paying job but instead volunteer for some very worthy causes, spend time at the kids school, join the PTA (that's for you Simone), and focus on creating a peaceful home and family environment.

Ah... wouldn't that be nice :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Lola (quiet whisper): Jack, go back in your room! Mom said you have to stay in your room!

Jackson (regular voice, not quiet): I know, but I'm being really quiet so she can't hear me.

Lola: (louder whisper): Jack! Go in your room! Now!

Jackson (louder regular voice): But I need to show you how I look when I'm Darth Vader.

Mom chuckles on stairs

Lola (quiet whisper): What was that sound?

Jackson (very loud whisper): I think it was General Greivous! (Star Wars Villain)

Mom laughs loudly on stairs
Jackson runs into room
Mom waits...

Jackson (very loud whisper): Lola! I think that was mom! I don't think she heard us!

Lola: (regular voice): Good, them come in here and play Princess Star Wars.

Love. them. so. much :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Soccer Star

Jackson had his first soccer game last friday. He was very nervous leading up to his first practice and again before his first game, but now he's hooked. He asks me every day when his next "soccer day" is.

Lining up for warm up
Practice kick

I believe he's doing "hands in" like Spiderman and His Amazing Friends

Warming up with coach

In the zone

Happy Jackson, deservedly proud of himself

Good game
Lola is sticking with ballet for now. Here she is dancing on the sidelines :)

PS- watching 4 year olds play soccer is one of the funniest things I've done in a while. If you need a little stress reliever or have some extra time one your hands that you'd like to fill with laughter, give me a call and come check out a game. HILARIOUS :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

These girls love dirt!

My girls love the mud.
From the beginning Lola
loved to play in dirt.

Next came Freedman girl
number 2, "baby Molly."
This girl loves dirt too!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Bike Ride

Jackson, on bike ride:
My bike feels very heavy,
I can't ride it right.

Lola laughs, responds:
I put rocks into your bag.
Rides off. Saboteur. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Molly loves pinto beans.
Molly + pintos =
a really big mess.

Striking Differences

Lola and Jackson.
Same raw materials, blocks.
Birthday cake and gun.