• Cathy

    Funny you say that Ruth….I’m going through a bunch of storage containers and clothes and decluttering to be ‘organised’ for the holidays. What is it about trying to cram this all in the last week of the holidays :)
    For myself I think I need to feel organised in my mind so that I look forward to and enjoy the holidays with the kids. I also plan this holiday to split up the household jobs between me and the two girls so we can do them together and then also enjoy time off together. I look forward to see how this goes.
    And I’m taking an idea from a post you had in a set of holidays once to make up a list or cards of different things to do when they don’t know what to do….a similar idea anyhow to help fill those bored moments.
    Wishing you strength in your busy household and hope you also find spaces of time to relax and enjoy the break from school routines.

    December 10, 2012
    • ruthdevos

      Yes, I think I do this (at least to some extent) before every holidays! But it does put me in a better frame of mind for spending time with the kids. And I must remember to save some of the chores for the kids to help with! I hope your holidays go well. We might see you down there at some stage! :)

      December 12, 2012
  • Elaine Schoof

    I try and have set jobs on set days so I don’t get lost in all the things to do. It helps my kids are out the door very early and I start straight away so by 10am I’m mostly done. I do try and put Wednesdays down to a day totally for doing craft with the girls and also for myself. Love having a break in the middle of the week. Also I believe that in order to be a good wife and Mum I have to look after myself as well, for me this is crafting. Last holidays, I made a list for each child of the chores they had to do each day, activities they could do by themselves and then some activities they wanted to do with me. This also worked for me also cause I’m one that keeps saying we’ll do it another day. Also the kids could see the fun list was a lot longer than their chore list so it didn’t make chores feel so long. Wishing you a blessed Christmas and an enjoyable holiday season.

    December 11, 2012
    • ruthdevos

      That’s why one reason why I’ve made lists of ‘activities to do with mum’ before – because otherwise I’m much too inclined to say ‘no, not now’!

      December 12, 2012
  • crossing fingers and toes for wednesday Ruth! For me I try to keep to routine, but I also don’t want to be the party pooper and not turn up to things that other’s have spent time organising. Yes, there’s something on the calendar every night this week, but we will get through it. Extra little bit of sleep in for the kids in the morning, an extra ten minutes nap for me in the arvo! And housework? it will keep…. as my mother told me :)


    December 11, 2012
    • ruthdevos

      I should do a afternoon nap, Tash – but I’ve always struggled with that idea!

      December 12, 2012
  • Lisa

    I take a few minutes of time out to read your blog!!
    Hope you have a good day tomorrow…

    December 11, 2012
    • ruthdevos


      December 12, 2012
  • Like you, I find that most of my deadlines are self-imposed. Once I realized this, I recognized that I had the power (and “permission”) to change them. And so I do. Much less stress when I take things off the list!

    December 13, 2012
  • Ingrid

    Pushing through till I’m nearly ready to drop, but by God’s grace haven’t gone crazy yet. Decided on a glass of wine with husband when I got home at 8pm.and lingered over dinner and then off to bed. No chores that evening. Need to recharge the batteries with loved ones and give them time too, when I spend so much time rushing around doing things for other needy people. Thank God for the strength and insight to do that.

    December 14, 2012

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