A normal day of normal work on a normal schedule is not so bad after the holidays.
It’s kind of nice after all the recent chaos we knew was coming, but couldn’t do much about, really.
I even was able to cook dinner for our family tonight, and that – besides school – is my second best most favorite thing to do. It was simple, using things I could find, since I didn’t think to lay out any meat yesterday, but I got to do it.
And now that two kiddos are gone, and we are back down to four, I could finally split up Five and Six, who are about done sitting by each other at mealtime, and moved my chair back by Nathan.
Just to hold his hand while we ate was glorious, like our honeymoon moments of peace and rest.
There is less chaos now, less mess now, more time with each child, easier cleanup, more playtime, and less parenting like drill sergeants. It is lovely, even nurturing. We are all more ourselves already, and I think we all like it a lot.
Also, Three and Sister were both little thieves, and so we feel less violated already, I think, all of us having our things where we left them, us not missing random things from the kitchen, the other kids still having their toys when they come back to play, and no hidden hoards of other people’s things.
Life is much better, easier, and calmer already.
Nathan is finishing work, and since I finished homework last night, I took tonight to catch up with a friend, and in a little bit Nathan and I will have a date night with fancy cheese and a movie… and then I will sleep, which I am still in favor of these days.
Sleep is my favorite, right after homework.