How to Catch Up When You’re Behind


Wow, so the past few days have not been good for my goals. First of all the dryer hose broke. Twice. Second, my baby, M2, decided that yesterday was a great night to stay up until 2:00 a.m. Lovely.

So, two nights ago, I did go to bed at 10:30 but think I was probably awake until around 11:00–I did some reading on my phone and chatted with the hubs. Last night, I was in bed at 10:30, but, as stated, M2 wanted a midnight party. Grr.

Sleep wise, I can’t do anything when my son decides to stay awake fussing. If I leave him in his bed to cry it out, he will keep the whole house awake, and he can sleep by himself, so I knew that it was something else. However, what I did *not* do, both nights, was set my phone to 9:45 p.m. to remind me to go upstairs. When this happens, I panic when it gets close to that time and keep checking the clock and then I fight it the rest of the night, so even though I have been in bed by 10:30, I have not been following my plan which was to go upstairs at 9:45, get ready for bed, and be in bed by 10:00. Right now, I am going to set my phone for 9:45 p.m. so that I don’t get all panicked and start fighting it. I am going to let technology do the work. If you are joining me on this plan, I encourage you to pick a time to set your phone alarm for to remind you to head upstairs to get ready for bed.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.




Still waiting. You thought I was joking, didn’t you?




Okay, get off of Facebook now. (See, I know you–I did this, too!).

Anyway, now my phone is set for tonight. Go me. And while you’re doing that, go ahead and set it on repeat for every day, so that you don’t have to do it again. Good job!

High five!

Now, as for laundry, I had two loads to take care of. One was from yesterday which was my son’s, M1’s, bedding because he had an accident. It was in the dryer thanks to my wonderful husband fixing the dryer. So I went upstairs and made his bed even though my M2 was sleeping (which usually freaks me out because I didn’t want to wake him up, but that’s an excuse–he’d been sleeping for a while. If he got up it would be okay). I also had to start today’s laundry, so I sorted all of the clothes, picked out some to put in the wash, and put the rest back in the hamper. Finally, I needed to mop the bathroom before I put the rugs back down, so I did that (that was the last thing I needed to do before writing this blog and drinking my yummy Keurig coffee). The bathroom floor is probably dry now, so I can go ahead and put them down when I go up. I did have to rewash the towels just because they were crunchy from not running them through the dryer with a dryer sheet. And I also need to finish today’s load: dry and fold. After I am done here, I will go downstairs and switch the laundry as well.

So, that’s it for the day.

Wish me luck on the going to bed on time thing. Prayers that M2 actually sleeps!

A Bad Day

So yesterday started out with great intentions. In fact, because of going to bed at a decent time the night before, I actually woke up bright and early, around 5:20 am. When I woke up, I felt rested and knew that I was not going back to sleep, so instead of bugging my husband (and toddler who had crawled into bed) with my tossing and turning, I decided to go ahead and get up.

I got up, made a cappuccino with my new Keurig, spent time catching up on my Bible reading (doing one of those read the Bible in a year plan), got the kiddos up and dressed as well as myself, took the kiddos to the library, and got the laundry going for the day. However, before we left for the library, I switched the laundry from the washer to the dryer, and then all of the bad stuff started happening.

On Sunday, our sewage system backed up, and the plumber had to be called. We got it fixed pretty quickly and then cleaned up. Thankfully, the mess was contained to our downstairs shower as well as under the washer/dryer (where the drains were). Anyway, apparently my husband moved the dryer back too far when he was readjusting it after cleaning it, and it messed up the dryer hose, causing it to start overheating (I saw embers!).

I smelled smoke, and assumed it must be the dryer. I started looking all around and quickly checked behind the dryer. That’s when I saw the embers. So… no drying of the clothes until the husband got off of work and managed to fix the dryer which involved lots of yelling and swearing while I cleaned up the kitchen, fed the babies, made us dinner, and put the littles to bed.

Then I decided to go down to see if I could help, and things went from bad to worse. My husband was already heated about the new hose not going on as well as he thought, so we picked a fight with each other. The laundry didn’t get done. I was stressed about that, so I did not go upstairs at 9:45, but I did go up at 10:00 and had the lights off by 10:30. But then hubby and I stayed up talking to each other, and I was up late thinking about that, plus the stress of the dryer and some other things, so I don’t think I actually fell asleep until sometime around 11:30 or midnight. And, of course, the youngest picked that night to be super fussy and got up around 3:45 and again sometime before 5.

So today started off much later than anticipated.

But, here’s the thing: this is the rest of my life. So I cannot let one bad day or even a series of days set me back.

Here is my checklist for the day:

√ Folded yesterday’s laundry.

√ Got today’s laundry in the wash.

Still need to:

  • Dry yesterday’s laundry.
  • Fold yesterday’s laundry.
  • Set phone alarm for 9:45 p.m.
  • Go upstairs at 9:45 p.m. to brush teeth/wash face/get ready for bed.
  • In bed at 10:00 p.m.
  • Lights out at 10:30 p.m.

As Mary and Peter over at The Frey Life state, “Do your very best” because that is all that you can do. So I am going to do the very best that I can today with my goals, and if something happens to mess them up, that’s okay. It’s only my job to do the best that I can.

Wish me luck!