In the beginning of the movie “Shrek 4-ever”, Shrek was in a rut. He needed “a day” for himself, away from his normal routine and everyday cares and chores. He cut a deal with Rumplestiltskin where he could have a day all to himself to do whatever he wanted and be the old ogre he was, without any other cares in the world.
We all need that sometimes. Even SuperMoms.
Last week Robyn got one of those days as a Christmas gift, which was nice since she could schedule it ahead of time and we all could prepare for it. She ‘disappeared’ for a day, taking her Bible and her laptop with her, and we managed as if she were away on a business trip.
The kids did remarkably well. Realizing Dad was at the helm, and it was ‘crunch time’, they buckled down and we did splendidly. We started out waking up–check. After that it went sort of like so:
- Get your body out of bed and get down stairs
- Eat breakfast
- Get dressed
- Brush your teeth if you’ve got em.
- Four teams were made with one ‘big one’ and one ‘little one’ on each (and little Nick was a bonus helper for a team). Each team had to clean one easy room (warm up), one challenging room, and one bathroom. I am not sure how many bathrooms actually were touched but that was the plan. The teams were carefully crafted by Dad based on personality mixes, and the rooms were in ship shape in no time.
- Go down to the basement with school books. We cleaned a little, did a little schoolwork. Lather, rinse, repeat. About a hundred times until all the Barbie stuff, LEGOs and various random implements of destruction were picked up and put away. All homework was completed and Dad checked it over (which is an amazing feat in itself). It helped that no one was able to go upstairs until it was all done. And mercifully, we have a bathroom in the basement.
We had a break at about 12:30 – 2 PM for lunch. Leftovers and pizza rolls are a blessing for Dads.
Afternoon was broken up for different groups:
- big kids got computer time from 2-4:30PM,
- medium and little guys got to play board games with Daddy,
- help fold laundry (we were Mommy’s Laundry Fairies and blasted through 5 or 6 loads throughout the day***see my blog regarding “Thoughts on Laundry” coming up soon),
- watched TV a while
- Daddy had a 15 minute nap to recharge his batteries, accompanied by his littlest daughter.
Then it was up for dinner, then kitchen chores, and “1-2-3”, which means “jammies on, brush teeth, and use the potty”. Finally Daddy read some stories to the little ones, we said prayers and they went to bed.
Mommy came home to a spotless house, sleeping children, and one tired but appreciative husband.