What floors me is, after just checking this blog after a month-long hiatus, I still have people following me. You guys are great.
Now if any of you continue to read my ramblings remains to be seen.
Things have finally settled down in these parts. I am just now able to breathe and think. I've even been able to catch up on some things around the house. Its just an unfortunate that my timing happens to suck. That's because, just when I think I might actually get my act together, the kids gets out for the summer.
Hold me back. I feel a full-fledged anxiety attack coming on.
Four kids. Three dogs (yes we added a third temporarily, and yes, I'm insane). One small house. And one eternally cranky mom. This should be fun.
Don't get me wrong. I adore summer. I'm definitely a warm weather kind of gal, and I love the idea of having no intense schedule to keep, like during the school year.
But then again, we have no schedule to keep. And this means way too much free time. I've told you before I'm not one of those crafty moms. Fun, creative activities that keep my kids wildly entertained don't just pop into my head. And somehow we missed out on that delivery of cash, the one that would have allowed me the to fill my children's days with movies, shopping, trips to the pool and other budget-draining activities. Guess I'll just have to wear ear plugs when they begin the never-ending I'M BORED chant.
I think to worst thing about summer is what it does to my alone time. And I love my alone time. I live for it some days. I also tend to get a tad grumpy without it. Yeah, I didn't believe it at first either, but by all accounts, I am sad to report that it is very, very true.
My only saving grace is that, unlike last summer -- a time I try to block from my memory entirely -- we at least have SOME plans this year. One child will be enrolled in a summer-long day camp. I know you can't see me right now, but believe me when I tell you I'm doing a little Happy Dance as I type. The visual might not be a pretty one, but too bad. I take my excitement where I can get it.
Another child will be going to a week-long away camp. And yet another will be heading out on a ten-day mission trip. Too bad none of these happen to be the same week. So at any given time, I'll have at least three of them underfoot. Crap. I think I feel myself hyperventilating again.
We also have a week-long family vacation on the calendar. But before you get too excited, did I mention its a camping trip? To the Grand Canyon, no less. I'm just hoping no one falls off a cliff -- or even worse, gets pushed after seven days together in close quarters wrecks havoc with our family bonding strategy.
So as we head into the warmer months, I will try to keep you posted on the comings and goings of our lively bunch. No promises, however, considering it may be hard for me to type when I'm sporting one of those fashionable jacket with the extra long arms.
I will stay sane, I will stay sane,