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Saturday, September 29. 2012
Many of our days feel this way as I try to meet the demands of online school for 4 kids, activities and a household. It takes a lot of coordination to make our days work. The kids need to be flexible and work with the schedule of each other and the family. This is not an easy concept for them, especially when they would rather be playing ro doing something else at the moment they are needing to work with me for school or leave for a sibling's activity. The kids are very fortunate this fall and most of the time the kids don't need to wait too long or leave early to accommodate the overall schedule. Today's schedule took a bit more work to coordinate, mostly due to the fact that we needed to wait for a soccer tournament schedule and the fact that swim meets are never very precise.
AJ is in a soccer tournament in a town 30 miles away. He first game is at 8am and he doesn't play again til 4pm. He has a regular season game at noon in a nearby suburb so there will be a fair bit of time in the car for him. Time in the car is not a good thing for AJ as he gets motion sickness and it seems to be much worse lately than previously. LJ has his game at 9 and A-girl has dance at 9:30-1:30 and soccer at 2. Since I can't really leave LJ alone on the soccer pitch while I drive A-girl to dance, his big sister L is going to stay with him. As soon as his game is done, we pick up L's friend and head to the U Aquatics center for a huge high school meet. It is essentially 3 meets running from noon to 10pm. Since her team is hosting that means a huge parent commitment. Between the two of us, we have everyone covered. Whew!
The hardest part for me isn't the schedule, its not being there for each of my kids to cheer them on, watch them and support them. I have to settle for making sure they have food, water bottles, uniforms and equipment ready to go (including an emergency run for new goggles late last night getting to the store 3 minutes before it closed as L's broke when she was packing her things) and hope that they know that each of these things is touched by and carries the love of their mom.