Thursday, May 21, 2015

Too Many Parties - It must be the End of an Overscheduled School Year


Let me be the one to say it, I am tired of celebrations.  Don't get me wrong, I love a party, but there can be too much of a good thing.  It is the countdown to summer and there have been so many end of year/season/school/fill in the blank events I can't keep up.  I think I should just keep a pack of cupcakes in the car so I am ready at all times.

I could blame this overabundance of jubilation on many things, but I just need to look in the mirror to find the culprit.  I, the mom whose mantra is "don't over schedule the kids," have kids who are woefully over scheduled.  It is just so hard to say no.  Piano is good and so is Girls On the Run and so is AWANA at church and so is Taekwondo.  What isn't good is all of them at the same time.  Until this week, Jaley had activities 6 days a week - she is 8.  What was I thinking?

Here we are at the end of the school year and the end of all the activities.  We have celebrated by camping at the beach and camping in the mountains.  We have spray painted our hair and ran a 5K.  We have eaten mountains of cupcakes, ice cream, and pizza.  We have gotten our medals and our awards and tucked them away to get dusty.  We have volunteered for field day and dressed up like pioneers for Apple Valley.  We have finished our Georgia State Report our Pink Dolphin Marine Mammal Project and been the Special Student of the Week.  We checked out a year's worth of work at the school open house and were oriented during middle school orientation. We have been to the student art show and paid for the 5th grade picnic.  We have even become starfish and dolphins at swim lessons. While we may be partied out, Scott and I are simultaneously impressed by all these events and wondering how things got so darn busy.

With the promise of lazy summer days approaching, I will resolve not to over schedule the kids next year.  And when Jaley or Sarah or Mick asks to play soccer or play the flute or join the debate team or tryout for the school play, I will probably say yes, yes, yes, and yes all over again.  Saying yes is often much easier than saying no.  Bring on the awards and ice cream, I am off to 5th Grade Music Performance in just a few minutes.

That is life in MomZania.

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