Pushing the limits now the kids are back at school

We are now approaching half term, boy hasn’t the first few weeks at school flown by in a blur?
 It’s really hard to believe the kids have been back a few weeks already, thankfully Emmy at least has settled into the new routine quickly, she may not like it as she has now lost her afternoon playtimes and the work is getting harder but there were less tears than I expected which can only be a good thing.  Now to work on getting her to do her homework and reading without a fuss will be another battle entirely!
Harry unfortunately has already had a whole week off of school due to a horrid cold and a very nasty croupy cough, Paul had to do the school runs with Emmy while Harry and I snuggled in the warm under blankets with hot chocolate and Calpol.  He had a fever for a few days and generally wasn’t himself.  He still has a bit of a lingering cough but nothing to keep him off of school much to his disgust.  He is back now and crying every school morning that he doesn’t want to go – this is really sad for him and for me as he does love school and has so much fun while he is there.  I’m hoping its a faze which will quickly pass as I don’t like seeing him so upset.

I had so many plans set in place when the kids went back to school
  • Catch up on my backlog of work left over from taking the whole summer off after loosing my Mother-in-Law
  • Catch up with friends and have a few leisurely lunches while I was able to
  • Get the house in order room by room
  • Sort out the clothes which no longer fitted
  • Sort out the toys and get rid of baby ones and broken/old ones etc
  • Go swimming at least once a week
  • Actually watch and do my exercise DVD’s
  • Push past 10,000 steps every day
As you can imagine some of that list has been looked at, some I have done and others well I may need the biggest boot up the bum ever!  I have sorted the clothes and the house room by room – although I still have the spare room left which is actually scaring me as it’s a dumping ground.
It makes me really happy to see the finished rooms all clear and tidy again, albeit for a short time while the kids are at school. 
I’ve gotten rid of almost 15 bags of rubbish, recycling, old toys, clothes etc and these have been handed over to charity, neighbours or the bin depending on the condition.  Next up is photographing and selling the bigger and sellable bits which can be rehomed and to pop onto ebay, gumtree or facebook selling pages to help pay for some of the Christmas presents.
As you can imagine exercise hasn’t been crossed off my list yet sadly, it’s not that I haven’t wanted to, just other things need doing first and the exercise DVD’s I had gotten in preparation for this well just aren’t as exciting as catching up on my soaps when I actually do manage to find so free time.  I’ve found the solution though! I’ve actually been looking into cross trainer hire, I began looking at buying one but I know what I am like – I would use religiously for a week and then it would be like my other exercise equipment, used as a clothes horse and gather dust.  My thinking behind hiring one is that if I am paying out money then I will want to get my money’s worth first to see if it would just be a novelty, if I used it all the time as I hope to then I could look at buying one at a later date.
Have you ever thought about hiring instead of buying? 
I’ve not managed to lunches either, which surprises me as I thought it would be one of the first things I crossed off, I guess this is mainly as I don’t have access to the car in the week so it’s a little more difficult and also having Harry off for the week saw me cancelling the one I had booked up.
Catching up on work???  I have all intentions of doing that, it will take a while but I am beginning to make a little progress and I am saying no a lot until this is done too, although booking up two weekends away may hinder this a little but I will do my best.
Do you have lists? Have you managed to cross much off recently?

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9 thoughts on “Pushing the limits now the kids are back at school

  1. I think you've done better than me. I was supposed to be decorating but I started by painting the woodwork which gave me a migraine so I've not picked up a paintbrush since.

  2. Well done on having a clear out – it sounds like you're doing a great job with that. We bought a cross trainer a few months ago and we do actually use it. I think that it will pay for itself in the end as I use it instead of going to the gym or swimming pool.

  3. Well done on clearing so much rubbish!! I often find that having a good house clean up makes me more productive as I'm not sat there looking at it all piling up 🙂 H x

  4. I honestly think it takes so much longer to get all our to do's on our wishlists done than we think it will so you have made a great start! You'll get there with the exercise and other stuff – it just takes time:-)

  5. I think hiring exercise equipment is a great idea, especially for people like my MIL who spent a fortune on stuff she has used twice! Oh and the back to school colds are just the worst

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