Weekends are precious in our house. We've always looked forward to them, but once the twins were born they became exponentially more valuable. It's not only our time to relax and spend time with each other as a family, but also to GET.SHIT.DONE. On a day-to-day basis, I barely have time to accomplish the essential tasks - vacuum the family room, do dishes, wash bottles, pick up toys, keep the kitchen clean. I try to squeeze in other stuff when I can, but big projects seem to get left in the dust. So every week I formulate a nice plan in my head of all of the things I want to get done for the weekend.
The problem is that Brian does the same thing. He makes his own list, which doesn't usually overlap with mine at all, with the exception of spending family time. Inevitably, Brian heads off to tackle things on his list and I'm left to tend to the boys and stew and boil and get insanely irritated because I have 78934 things to do and no help and WHAT THE HELL IS THE POINT OF EVEN TRYING WHEN YOUR HUSBAND DOESN'T EVEN LOVE YOU?!?!?! (Can you see how things escalate quickly? I have a tiny tiny tiny bit of a temper when I get frustrated and overwhelmed. Brian is a freaking saint.) So then the lawn is mowed and the cars are gleaming, but we're wading through 4 inches of dirt and dog hair inside the house. (Oh, and I like to exaggerate too.)
So we decided to start coming up with a joint list, with a balance of tasks for each of us so that we're better able to function as a team. Last weekend it worked well, but I thought it might be useful to blog about it to keep us on track. A few of the blogs I read do Weekend Planning posts weekly, so maybe I'll link up to them too! So here's the rundown of what we'll be doing this weekend:
- Finish boys laundry and diaper laundry
- Sort the rest of the laundry
- Organize coupons
- Menu plan
- K - coffee with a friend
- K - finish Brian's Vday gift (he knew it would be late)
- B - mow lawn and edge
- Clean and organize laundry room
- Steam mop floors
- Family walk to yogurt shop (this might not happen depending on weather!)
We'll see how well we do! Who else has busy weekends??