She had a big smile on her face at the start and at the end of the day.
It's like we can all breathe again.
The kids are calmer, I'm SUPER calm and D is his usual self (but not telling me how the nanny's eating all the ham/ cheese, etc.)
I didn't even THINK to phone or SMS to check if the kids were picked up on time, etc., things I used to do almost daily with the other nannies.
It's the small things - she checks through the fridge to make sure fruit/ veg is not going off without me telling her.
She checks the menu planner and asks me things like, "how much rice do I use for the tuna bake?" Aaaah, bless!
|I'm going to paint my "portrait" wall! What colour would you go? What colour do you think I'm going?|
I told her the house is slightly to very out of order due to all the nannies doing their own thing, and to fix where she sees there is a need. I have been sorting out things as I see them but I can't check the entire house daily. And everything is back in its place. It is a beautiful sight to behold.
Best of all, I can get my list done. It's amazing to me how quickly one has to do house maintenance.
I was thinking how ugly my carpets look in the main area and thinking, "but they're new", and then I worked it out - um, not new. They're 6 years old because I was newly pregnant with the twins when they were replaced. Do you guys budget for these "regular but infrequent" house things? We never have, but it may be a good idea.
I have this list of 9 projects to do around the house. 1 is already done and we're only 1 week in - yay :) (The carpets are not on the list!)
Tomorrow I have a tree feller coming, and then I can get a builder in to fix around the pool, and then finally we can PAINT.
By we I mean the person who is going to paint, not D and me.
However, I have this crazy idea of building my own bench for outside... and a window seat in the sun room... I think all the heat in Jhb's got to me, to be honest :) Clearly I think I'm Mandy! HA :)
Do you have a list of house projects?
What's next on your list?