With school back in full swing and all it’s associated extra-curricular activities, it feels as though I haven’t stopped moving since my last post on September 9th when I shared my Double Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins with you. Although life has pretty much always been busy, now that the youngest two have reached the age where they are now doing a lot of extra-curricular activities, life has just gotten busier. I remember as a young mom lamenting to an older mom about how busy life with little children was – she just smiled knowingly at me and said “just wait until they are older, it only gets busier.” Boy was she right!
At the time though, I remember scoffing inside because I couldn’t image how things could possibly get any busier – after all, the older they get, the more independent they are, and the more independent they are, the more they can do for themselves. While all that is true, and in some respects things are easier – no diapers, no late night feedings, no tantrums – there is a lot more running around to do. Pretty much until this year, Mondays to Fridays I only had 3 kids to shuttle to activities. Now that the little boys are older, Monday to Friday all 5 of them are involved in activities.
For the last three weeks, I’ve essentially been trying to get into a regular rhythm and routine – balancing kids and home with work. The problem I’ve been running into is that balance just isn’t happening. Way too many things are falling by the wayside. I’m getting to the end of each day with a long list of things that never got done. Which has led me to the realization that rather than simply writing down when and where I have to be, I actually need to start scheduling out each hour of my day in order to ensure that everything that needs to, gets done. So that’s my next task.
In the meantime, I want to share with you a power salad that has become a household favourite (well at least for my husband and I). This salad is actually based on the Kale salad that is sold at Costco. When I was visiting my family in Ottawa over the summer my sister served the Costco Kale Salad with the Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing alongside dinner one night. It was love at first bite. So of course when we got home, off I went to Costco to buy some for our family.