Every May it happens.The fliers for camps and summer leagues start coming. You're trying to focus on the end of this school year, but all the sudden you have to think about fall and signing up for all the activities for next year when you haven't even finished this year yet. It makes me cringe every year and this year it seems worse because more than ever I don't want to leave my house. If that sounds hermit-ish, it means to be. Hermit with a side of newborn and you've got yourself a case of eternal hermit introvertess.
We are almost done with school. The kids are doing great at working independently if I'm with the baby and then we go back and work on any problems they had later. We got done with all our really hands-on subjects before Vera was born so now we just have math and language for the rest of the month.
Other than school though, we're moving this summer (more on that later) so I'm thinking about packing and house projects. Jarrod is going to be out of town for work off and on for the next month and a half. We have guests coming...my sister got here last night (she's sleeping off her jet lag ;)).
I hate that feeling where you know you have a lot going on and you want to let it all just roll off your back, but the more you think about things rolling off your back the more stressful you seem to get. I think I do better writing things down and thinking things through than just simply going with the flow.
So here's what I'm doing to try to make life less crazy right now:
-eliminating anything that isn't completely necessary...field trips, extra running, extra errands...all nixed
-each kid gets to choose one activity this summer...they've each picked a camp and I'll have Jarrod drive them to and from for the most part. There's just tooooooo much to do in the summertime and really?? I'm sure its all good and fun, but we're just not gonna do it.
-I'm calling a moving company to see about having someone else pack my house when we move. This isn't a company move so we are paying for it all ourselves. I'd like to use as much $$ as we can on house projects instead of the actual moving part, but there's also something to say about general sanity as well.
-I'm reserving one day for errands, sans kids. On Sunday I went and got groceries by myself and its just sooo much easier without everyone with me. Duh.
-Some of the peeps coming to stay have offered to stay in a hotel, and I'm taking them up on it. I love to have friends and family stay and I want them to see our new little girlie but there's also something to say about the ease of not worrying about the pee on the bathroom seat in the kids' bathroom, ya know??
So this week, my sister and I are sitting around the house with all our combined FIVE children, drinking coffee, and doing not much more than chilling out. We're going to let the kids play outside and ride scooters. We're going to do some fun photos with the kiddies. Sophie's dance recital is this weekend and the boys have their awards ceremony for Boy Scouts tonight. We're so excited that Auntie will be here for these highlights! Sometimes the best visits are the ones with nothing planned...
So what's your remedy for busyness when the last thing you want is busyness? What do you do??