I think the most tedious part about homemaking is making the meals. It has to be done every day, at least three times a day, and you can never say, "Oh, I'll just leave that to tomorrow." In fact, you can't even leave it for later. Especially not around here.
I live in a family of eaters. Caleb eats like a growing teenager. Meagan can hold her own. Neither Don or I are shy when it comes to food either. And, of course, you can see with the chubby cheeks on Abby, she's not missing meals either. I hear about these people who "forget" to eat...this is something we simply cannot comprehend. We eat 3 good meals a day and usually 2 snacks as well. And, we are notorious for eating early lunches and dinners because we simply cannot wait any longer.
Yesterday, in fact, due to a little snafu in the kitchen which left me with pizza crust being ready way too early, we ate dinner at 3:30. That happened to be a record, but when I called the kids to the table, neither of them batted an eye. We were all hungry. Of course, that left us ready to eat again by 6:30, so we had popcorn and then Caleb ate a third of a cantaloupe at 7:30.
With all this eating around here, I often feel like food prep/food service is all I do. Of course, feeding Abby for 30 minutes out of every 3 hours or so doesn't help that feeling go away. I feel like I'm either feeding her, cooking a meal, planning for a meal, prepping for a meal, shopping for a meal, cleaning up after a meal or eating a meal for every second of every day.
I do understand that a lot of it is due to my choices. If I bottle-fed, I could pass Abby off to someone else to feed. If I bought loaves of bread, pizza crusts, cold cereal, dinner in a box, canned soup, etc., instead of making things from scratch, a lot of time would be freed up. But, that wouldn't be best for my family. So, I do what I do. Don't get me wrong...I'm not complaining. I love staying home and this is my work. But, at the end of the day, sometimes I wish there was something more tangible to point to and say, "This is what I did today." Instead, I have dishes drying in the rack and a refrigerator that is a little more empty. But, I guess what I also have is a family that is fed and cared for...one day at a time. And tomorrow, I'll do it all over again.
Now, it's time to start thinking about dinner.