Sometimes I look back over the last three years of school and wonder how I managed to balance it all. People ask me constantly how I managed to do it and, frankly, I have no idea. I don’t know how I managed to be everywhere and do everything for so long. Perhaps all the “busy” is why my body is exhausted and I feel like I could crash and sleep for about a week.
I’ve mentioned a few times that when school is done and Summer arrives I want to simplify our lives. My life. The kids’ lives. We are a family stretched thin – too busy, too pulled, too everywhere. It’s getting to be too much. Actually, it got to be too much a while ago, but I kept pushing through because that’s what mothers do. Right?!
But, I can’t anymore. I can’t keep running on fumes – it isn’t good for any of us.
So I thought I’d share with you what a typical schedule looks like for a week of our lives. This is our actual schedule for this week. Looking at it makes me exhausted. I start dreading the weeks before they even get here because, as you’ll see, there is no downtime.
Monday: Coffee date with friend (AM), Preschool conference (11 AM), Karate (5-7:15),
Tuesday: Orthodontist (3:40), Piano (6:00)
Wednesday: Preschool, Ballet (6:30)
Thursday: Husband Traveling, Dentist appointment for all 3 kids (8:00 AM), Boy Scout Pack Meeting (6:30), Karate (4:30-7:15)
Friday: Husband Traveling, Preschool, Karate (4-5:45), Girl Scout meeting (6:30), Father-in-law’s Birthday, Department End of the Year Party (6:00 and an hour away).
Saturday: Husband Traveling, Girl Scout Field Trip (2-4)
Sunday: Husband Traveling, Church, grocery shopping
In the midst of all this chaos I have to turn in my final dissertation to the university, peer review an article for a journal, clean the house, run errands, finish the laundry, purchase and plant my vegetable garden, make a vet appointment for the cats, and find time to squeeze in dinner that isn’t fast food! I’m trying to be too many places at once. My whole day before 3:00 is spent trying to get as much done as possible because everything after 3:00 is spent running from activity to activity.
We already decided that the kids are going to cut out a few activities this Summer. Most of the activities (with the exception of karate) stop in the summer so it is a good time to transition. I keep telling myself it is only another month of chaos. One more month…
I certainly hope so because something has gotta give…