These meme's that having been going around the internet often draw a wry smile, none so much as this one about the Expat Wife. It does seem that I spend a lot of time doing paperwork, and shopping, and contacting doctors, or the post office or the landlord to fix things. And yes, it is true that I also take some time for me while my husband is at work and the kids are at school.
But these are often the things that if I was working would then cut into the family weekend or evenings - like getting my hair cut, or seeing the physiotherapist. Currently I am recovering from a serious tear in my shoulder resulting in a Frozen Shoulder ... my doctor took one look at it and prescribed 101 sessions of physio! Twice a week for a year is standard recovery time apparently. I left it a bit long before I seeked help, but I see progress each week, and I am optimistic by Easter I will have full motion back - which is actually 1 year on from the injury...
Back to the family and life is easier now the children are at school full time. Except that we currently live in France. So full-time schooling means 4 days a week with Wednesday, in theory at home. But what Wednesday turns into for most Mums, especially if they have more than one child, is a day of being a taxi driver as you hop from one sports or music activity to another. Sports and Music do not feature strongly in the school week, so these are provided by out of school clubs. Which are great, but it is not a relaxing day by any means. My Wednesday looks like this right now:
9:30-10:00 Child 1 Music class only 5 minutes from home
10:00-11:30 Homework in 2 languages
11:30-12:30 Lunch preparation and Lunch
12:30-13:40 Child 1 Swim Class 15 minutes from home
13:45-15:15 Child 2 Climbing Class 5 minutes dash from previous class
15:30-17:00 Child 1 Trampoline Club 20 minute drive from previous class... we are always late
17:00-18:30 Child 2 Circus School 10 minutes from home
19:00 Dinner then bedtimes at 20:00 and 21:00
When the kids are at school is when I fit exercise into my routine as well, so my husband just takes the time out from family time to keep fit. We do try to encourage the kids to get out the house on the weekend for a walk but sometimes it seems more like - "Hey, shall we head off for an argument? Lovely sunny day for it... I think the beach will be the perfect venue so the wind whips your voices far away... "
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