That which does not kill me makes me stronger, right? That's my mantra right now. The craziness started yesterday and will continue right on through the weekend. The fact that I am updating my blog this morning should show how much I love you guys - especially my friends that whine when I don't update my blog.
Since I have to focus on all that I've got to do in the end of this week, I'm going to do a day-in-the-life of crazy-busy daycare provider for you. To let you know just how busy things can get...
6:00 Wake up, get ready...
6:30 Make coffee, make apple bread for breakfast, update blog!
7:15 Serve breakfast to middle-schooler
Greet incoming familes 7:15 - 8:30
7:30 Serve breakfast to elementary school kids
7:45 Serve breakfast to pre-schoolers
Go to post office to mail daycare paperwork and Stampin' Up hostess kit
Put deposit in the bank
8:00 Wash breakfast dishes
8:30 Help get kids' toys picked up
Begin pre-school activities
* Make spider webs from spaghetti and starch
* Make skeleton from Q tips
* Calendar/Circle Time/Many, Many silly Halloween Songs
* Read 6 Halloween Books
Change a stinky diaper
Clean up art mess
Give the baby his morning bottle
10:20 Stephanie "The Germ Lady" arrives and does "Feelings Unit" with the kids
* Did an activity to help recognize several emotions
* Did dramatic role play activities with toy houses & peoples
* Stephanie and I go over articles she brought for me and
* Directions for allocating upcoming grant money!
11:30 Change a wet diaper!
11:40 Fix lunch
12:20 Serve lunch
12:45 Do lunch dishes, Lay out Nap Mats
1:00 Help clean up after-lunch toys
1:00 - 1:30 get kids done going potty and laid down for naps
1:30 Give the baby his afternoon bottle after changing a wet diaper
1:40ish Lay baby down for nap
Work on Extensive Grocery List for the next week
Catch up daycare paperwork and correspondance
Gather kids' things and put them in bags to send home
2:15 Baby wakes up-switch between rocking him back to sleep & laying him down til 3:00
3:00 Wake kids up from naps, get pottying done and napmats put away
3:05 Change a wet diaper
3:15 Fix snacks
3:20 Serve 1 kiddo whose leaving early, have big kid walk him to play practice
3:30 Serve rest of kids snack
3:45 Wash snack dishes
4:00 Change out of snotty/slobbery clothes into clean ones, cover with a jacket
4:05 Supervise older kids getting started on chores/homework, Give dinner prep directions
4:10 Go outside with the kids to play
4:45 through 5:20, kids leave for home
5:25 Pull dinner from the oven, prep 2 plates to eat in the car, gather oldest child
5:30 Leave home for choir practice
5:50 Choir Practice
6:30 Scrooge play practice
8:35 Head to WalMart for groceries
10:15 Pay un-holy amount of money for groceries and load in van
10:40 Arrive home, unload groceries and put away
11:05 Pack Halloween goodie bags and make Halloween Twister game for Thursday
(while watching Lipstick Jungle)
12:00 Head to bed, Realize I've had too much caffeine - read for 20 minutes
6:00 Get up, Get ready, update Blog!
That's where I am now.
Today I need to:
Make popcorn balls with the kids
Make Halloween candle holders with the kids
Do a letter H book with the kids
Do circle time, calendar, etc.
Finalize & Mail Food Program paperwork for October
Print and send home next week's menus for the kids
Prep November pre-school curriculum
Fix and clean up all the meals
Do our Halloween Party this afternoon
Help B move all the furniture out of several rooms, pull carpet, Seal the floors, etc.
Make sure we can still reach all the kids' Halloween stuff for tomorrow night and clothes for tomorrow
Make sure T's room, living room and dining room are free of all furniture and carpet before carpet guy gets here at 9am
Take fund-raiser candles to Mom in Topeka
Go to Chloe's class Halloween party (and bring drinks)
Receive Stampin' Up order from UPS, sort & begin delivering
Move furniture back once carpet is in
Get kids ready for trick-or-treating (and take pictures - Don't forget!)
Start moving furniture and pulling carpet in our bedroom and S's
Watch for Halloween tricksters
Make sure our bedroom and S's are free of all furniture and carpet before carpet guy gets here around 11.
Take T and go to play practice from 9-12
Move furniture back in when carpet guy is done and get it back to normal
Collapse in exhaustion
Begin deep cleaning
Family pictures at 4:00? (if the wind isn't blowing us over - AGAIN!)
Kids go to choir 6-7
And then the week starts over!
I'm gonna need some serious motivation, friends! In your comments today, what can you say to motivate me to keep on keepin' on this weekend?!