I told you how I had a burst of energy last weekend and sorted out kids' clothes.
By the way, I can't wait for summer to declutter last year's summer clothes because the kids have too many things. Does anyone else get excited about decluttering? I love "white space" in the wardrobes!
Anyway, I told Nanny V to only come pick up her bags of clothes when the weather warmed up a bit because little babies really shouldn't be out in the horrible winter weather unless absolutely necessary.
And so when we had our lovely 23 and 24-degree weather this week, I quickly phoned V and said, "I think you better come fetch the clothes".
Well, she did and they all had a lovely time.
She texted me a pic of my two on the couch with her baby lying across the kids' laps.
Surreal but very cute.
She also said they've grown so big in the last 4 months - true!
I wonder what it was like for her seeing Nanny S doing what she used to do.
I know she is still the better teacher of the kids and was more playful with them, but Nanny S is (always) punctual and reliable and very organised.
Which brings me to next year.
I'm torn about this pre-school business.
Half day vs full day vs full-time maid vs 2 - 3 times a week maid.
The reality is this - I can't cope (and I have no shame in saying this) without a maid at least twice a week. I hate laundry with a passion and we all know how much kids produce.
And my personality is such that I will freak out daily if the house is too much of a mess.
So in my ideal world, my kids would go to school half days and then spend the afternoons with a nanny. I would come home to kids who are bathed and in their pjs, and a clean house.
Depending on the school and if I need to arrange transport to take the babies back home, that solution would cost me about R7500. Maybe a bit more.
Which in my mind is way too much to spend.
I know a lot of you Joburgers are happy with these kinds of crazy amounts but I'm not - I really like money in the bank!
The other option is to have the kids go full-day and have a cleaning lady 2 - 3 times a week. That will be about R6 500 but I will have to get to the school on time (so leave whether meetings have overrun or not) and bath the kids plus do suppers plus prep for the next day. With D, of course, but still... crazy.
Actually now that I write it all out, not having the evening craziness is well worth paying R1000 extra IF we can afford it.
I still haven't done the budget for next year because I'm slightly scared.
I don't know where this post is going and I'm well aware that the US folk are thinking I'm way too spoilt (totally agree!). But the fact of the matter is in South Africa we do have access to lots of "cost-effective" labour :)
I spoke to one work friend yesterday who says I'm MAD to want to pay for the half-day option.
I told her R1000 = a permanently clean house = priceless for my mental energy :)
How did you sort all this out in your mind?
What were your deciding factors? Or did finances not play a part?