Thursday, May 21, 2009

Come on, summer!!

The other day I counted up the number of trips I made to take children to various worthwhile events, say, school.


Two were regular carpool trips - my twice-daily whirlwind tour to and from three schools. The others were for things like a piano lesson, sport practice, choir concert, another sport practice, and a game.

By the end of the evening, I was wondering why I was exhausted, why my house was a wreck, and why I felt like I'd accomplished nothing.

Well DUH. Because I hadn't! No matter that the events were all within a few miles of here. For the entire afternoon and evening I hadn't been home for more than thirty minutes at a time. ACK!

To say I can't wait for a certain teen to get her license is an understatement.

In my mind I know this schedule madness is how it is at the end of EVERY.SINGLE.SEMESTER. I just have to keep reminding myself the reward for plowing through is a relaxing summer (at the end of which my certain teen will get her license!!).

Meanwhile, I keep thinking I will have a whole day at home to catch up from a busy week of work and/or dropping everything for the garage-sale-that-wasn't, but that does not seem to be materializing.

So I'm dealing with my piles, one at a time, starting with the bill pile, on toward the dishes, and working my way back toward the laundry room.

That's the other reward of summer: everyone in flip-flops. I can't wait for 49 fewer pairs of socks to [ATTEMPT TO] match each week!


Jen said...

I hate sock matching as well. Bring on the flip is the garden coming on? I posted some pics of mine the other day.

Elspeth said...

Yes, katherine, I know JUST what you're talking about. Come on summer, indeed!

...Band concerts, award ceremonies, projects, field trips. It seems never ending during the month of May.

And I'm trying to do all this with two toddlers in tow.

I am SO ready for summer!

Faerylandmom said...

I hate sock matching. I don't really do it any more, actually. If I happen to run across the match while folding, great. If not, all the socks go in the drawers, mated or not. :-)

Susanne said...

I quit buying socks that needed matching a long time ago. Each child has their own brand and style of white sock. And I think my mom was particularly smart in making sure that matching and folding socks was one of the first chores us kids ever got. I've passed that tradition on to my own kids. :v)

Peapod Four said...

I don't have as many socks as you but I can't wait either!! I'm tired of trying to find matches. : )

Michelle said...

Yeah for summer and flip flops!

Andrea @ The Train To Crazy said...

Reading this just reminds me that even though I feel so busy and overwhelmed while my kids are little, it doesn't necessarily get easier, just different! That's what everyone keeps saying at least. I was tired just reading about all your driving!

Mothership said...

Amen about the socks! Also, being in the north, I am glad to finally put away the boots and the snow pants and the thick sweaters and the other heavy, bulky winter clothes that make laundry last forever. Hooray to light tops and cotton shorts.

Wait, I think I strayed a bit from your topic. I just got so excited about you pointing out one less job!


Qtpies7 said...

Sock matching is the downfall of all large families, lol. I hate it. Almost as much as washing the never ending dishes. LOL
Having the kids driving is GREAT!!! I am looking forward to my third driver getting his license. He hasn't been in a hurry, but now I am pushing for it, he is 16 1/2 and hasn't even started the classes.

JCem said...

About socks ... I have two kids and I've found a great solution for my little ones' socks. Socks go in one little "sock laundry" basket, then when I do a laundry I take out the lights or darks and put them in a lingerie (zippered net) bag - and in the washer it goes. They then are easy to group, dry, and fold. So, if you've got 5, 7, or 10 kids ... you just need a bag for each of them. Works wonders!