my to do list today included cleaning the house, baking a cake for our sweet friend malachi, who is turning one this week, and doing lots of laundry. a day at home to be sure. and i was feeling daunted all day about how in the world i was going to bake that cake with the kids around. i mean, i knew it would got done. but how would we all stay sane and have fun in the process? or more to the point how could i do it without losing my rag with the kids?
answer: planned mess
it worked. the cake is in the oven as i type, the kitchen has been tidied up by myself AND sam (rae contributed by keeping us entertained in her seat) and i only got mildly frustrated when sam repeatedly stuck his licked fingers in the batter. sorry mali, good thing heat kills germs!
the icing on the cake (oh dear please excuse pun!!) was that this planned messy cooking time used up almost two hours of our day!! a fabulous time filler in the wait for daddy’s return.
how do you get jobs done with your kids around? does it help to include them or do you find it stresses you out more than merely trying to distract them while you work? due to richard’s new job and longer hours i am experimenting with this so i would love to hear your thoughts!