So... I'm a little over a week into my new schedule and so far it's GREAT.
The kids are happy, I'm happy, things are getting done, we are eating home cooked meals more and my work is actually a little more organized because I have taken to scheduling my days better.
I have gotten to the gym more consistently in the last week than the whole month before that - and that's great. My thyroid has been winning the morning wake up battle so I haven't been able to wake up before the kids like I wanted to - but I'm also CRAZY tired at the end of the day cause I am literally going non-stop from wake up until bedtime - so I need some more adjustment time I think.
All in all, my new outlook and rules are working amazingly. Katie and I are back on track and she seems REALLY happy with the changes and with how much we have been playing.
I have been crafting up a storm too. I found Bubble Puppy templates on Nickjr.com and went CRAZY. Ben LOVES That show and there are no dolls or merchandise anywhere. I made the 2 templates they have online (one for each kid) then made Mr. Grouper from my own template and am working on creating a generic bubble guppy template that will work for all the other characters with a few minor changes.
I also made Katie a crocheted Tiara and Rapunzle Braid as that is her favorite new princess even though she won't watch the movie.
We successfully made a menu together for her restaurant and play that almost every day now.
Life is good again. The kids are healthy - we're healthy and we live in a happy house again - not a stressed out too much work to do house:) Here's to the rest of the summer!