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Monday, August 17, 2009

Anticipation

School starts soon; it has come sooner than I thought it would. The school supplies are bought, new clothes are waiting to fill the void of the very worn out, very getting-too-small old clothes and shoes that have been or will be shortly discarded; the weather is even cooling down, signaling that our short short summer is over.

I feel like it's me that's going to be starting school instead of my children; I've had this gut-wrenching, nervous, excited, anticipatory feeling for the last week or so. Because it's not just school that's starting, but about 50 thousand other things, too. We're going to be busy.

Busy is good, but man, if I put one foot out of line, just shirk my responsibilities for one day, I'm going to be screwed. I made a little schedule, complete with color-coded blocks of time (I'm totally not OCD, I promise), so everything fits into place, and hopefully I have the energy to carry it out week after week. Right now, we get up, and get ready for a day of leisure and play. In a week, well... Besides school and homework for Jakob, we have preschool for Brock twice a week, pre-preschool for Troy twice a week, karate lessons for Jakob twice a week; I will be teaching piano lessons three days a week, exercising twice a week, and having Jakob help me with a few chores for an allowance. Instead of getting up at 8 or 8:30, we'll be getting up at 7:00. Instead of the leisure, we'll be running around, constantly doing. I dread it, but I also look forward to it.

I hope that, because we (ahem, I) will be "ceasing to be idle", that we (ahem, I) will be able to accomplish great things. That I'll be able to cherish the down time (because, thankfully, there still is a small bit of that). That I will find joy in the busyness and thrive in the chaos (which has happened to me in the past, so I hope it is still true of my character now).


But, oh. Heaven help me. (Because seriously? Look at this thing.)

10 comments:

Momza said...

I can see myself in this...so anxious for some structure after a carefree summer, but just a little stressed about it too.

That's what's so great about summer break, hunh?!

Arin said...

I don't know that I will be quite as busy as you. (For once) But I too am looking forward to the schedule and routine of it all.

Karlenn said...

You're nuts. I'm stressed out FOR you. I used to be okay being crazy-busy, but now I really hate it. I am excited for Dylan to be in school all day, though. :)

Emily said...

Wow, I think our schdules are about the same. I will have 3 in school, Ryan starting Football and Soren in Preschool. (and some of his schdule is off from the big kids). I have it all synced to my phone so I hope that will keep me more "on top" of things. Oh and I also started exercising 4-6 days a week. so I am hoping I can keep that up too.

I love your color chart very cool and if my phone does not keep me in line I think, I too will be making myself one of them.

Mindy H. said...

Your color coded chart just proves once and for all that we are soul sisters.

I am going to miss sleeping in too, but I do love the structure of school days. I am able to get so much more accomplished when I am busy, and it make the few lazy days that much more enjoyable when they roll around every now and then.

CHELZERS said...

ugh. school. Good luck with that!

When we move next week I will be initiating ALL SORTS of charts and crap. The joys of being a mom with "other" responsibilities. :D

The Staker Family said...

SERIOUSLY you mop your floor on Saturday night at 9:00??? I think you need to add date night to your schedule! Also, just think you will only need to weed and shovel for a little while longer, then (oh joy) the ground will be covered in snow for 5 months. Any who, good luck with that schedule, you are way more organized than me!

megan said...

Wow!! I'm totally impressed! You are so organized! I'm going to send Jonas to school and have nothing to do! LOL Not really, but you sound like you'll be busy!! Good luck! :)

Super Mom said...

I feel a lot like you about the start of school. There is going to be so much to do and keep track of. I almost feel like I am the one going back to school. I thought I already did this! Plus I have a three year old to keep occupied while the others are at school all day. Here we go...

lexykay said...

dude, i do the exact same thing! every semester i make a schedule, color coordinated that i try to follow. like class is always red, working out is yellow, showering and getting ready is blue (yes, i have to schedule that in). anyways, we're totally ocd together. it's cute