I feel behind, having been swallowed up into a vortex of kids’ activities, work deadlines, student homework planners, and the like. A & C took a break from most organized activities last spring, having just moved here. They are now in about 83473 zillion things and I am not sure that was the smartest move. We spent this past weekend almost entirely on the move due to social events & activities. Is this what the next ~10 years are going to look like? I honestly don’t mind — I like to be busy and the kids just don’t do ‘hang around at home’ very well. But at the same time, I fear we have gone overboard.
Our after school calendar currently contains: art (A); ninja class (both); drama (A); piano (both, weekends); soccer (both); basketball (both, and this is on some evenings and weekends). School ends at 2 pm, so there really is quite a bit of time for them to do something after school. But what I forgot (or didn’t realize) is that when kids get older each activity tends to take more time. There are no longer just 45 minute sessions right after school, but games too. Drama programs love to throw in extra rehearsals. I will say that none of the activities are super intense — no 5x/week dance/swimming/gymnastics/etc. The soccer is just one weekly 45 minute session, not a league. They are just trying a little bit of everything that sounded fun to them.
But it’s still adding up to quite a lot. Maybe this spring I’ll tone it back down. Given the fact that we also have a toddler (who only has one activity, because I enjoy taking her to MyGym classes). Thankfully, she will not be dragged around too much (because most of the above are after school, or she will be home with a parent or our nanny). This week also contains Teacher Open House night (which Josh and I will both attend) and 2 PTA/volunteer breakfasts (one for G’s school, one for the big kids — both of which I will be skipping because I’m on call).
On the work front, I am also getting very busy. I have more ‘free time’ in that there is more flexibility to my days, but my to do list is long and sometimes feels overwhelming. I continue to feel like the role is a great fit for me, though — and at the same time, it’s stressful, because it’s so much responsibility AND it’s new!
That said, the next week will be (mostly) a return to my old work life, as I start a week of call. I am armed with a lot of childcare, and I haven’t been on call since early July, so I feel like I have the energy for it. There is an inconvenient tropical storm potentially headed our way over the weekend (when are they ever convenient!? but honestly with both parents on call, I’m not thrilled with the timing). Let’s hope it goes out to sea or at least remains firmly in the TS (and not the H) category.
Also, we saw Vampire Weekend! And they were fantastic. They mentioned that their last show in MIA was 6 years ago, and a quick blog check reveals it was actually 5.25 (OMG, the pic of C in that post!). I actually vividly remember going just a few months after having him because I was quite anxious about leaving him.
Well. G is up (6:35, not terrible) and anther full day is about to start. More (hopefully) later this week. I received my Erin Condren white boards and Hobonichis go on sale this weekend – very important topics of discussion around here 🙂
PS: Our BOBW episode this week is our 2nd birthday episode! We were hoping to have crossed 1 million downloads — and we haven’t quite yet, but we are close! What a fun adventure the pod has been – hoping for a least another 2 years!