Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Final Jessica

Well, we are now closing in on The Final Five**.

I'm sure some of you have guessed what I'm talking about.

Tomorrow is the kids final five hours of school.  

The pros of summer vacation are abundant: sleeping in, no rush to make breakfast/lunches, more playing, more swimming, more fun.

The con of summer vacation is: no alone time ever (I do work PT but that means racing to drop them off, racing to get my work done, racing to pick them up, so I don't consider that "alone time").

I never thought I'd struggle so as a mother.  I grew up in a full house with siblings around every corner every second of the day and my parents never seemed to mind the togetherness of us.  When Trin, the baby was born I hogged him and wanted to change him and feed him and put him to sleep and care for him.  I even went to stay with my grandma for a week (two weeks?) and got him close to being potty trained.  For fun.  

I saw somewhere a quote that said "Being a parent is like having a bowling alley in your head".  Just when I've got the pins all neat and tidy and figured out in my head, they come on barreling through and knock a few down and then I race to put them all back up and I never can quite them all up before another ball comes blasting through.  

My kids are wonderful.  Beautiful, smart, witty, well-behaved.  I'm not complaining.

I just really love my alone, bowling pin getting straight, in my head time.

So tomorrow is the Final Five.  Here's the plan: 
Hour (1) - Run (I say that but it will really be a slow trudge)
Hour (2) - Coffee and a book
Hour (3) - Thrifting
Hour (4) - Nursery for some veggie plants
Hour (5) - Lunch by myself with a book

Bonus sneak peek of Hour (6) - "Ian, don't touch me!"  "Anya, stop looking at me!"  "Mo-om, when can I play video games?  How long can I play video games?  Can I play now?  Now?  Now?"

Look for me on Instagram - I'll post my day hour by incredibly fast and sadly dwindling hour.

**After I wrote this I realized the girl child gets out early so it's actually the Final Four and a half.  Ugh.  I'm still going to try and get my five in though.  


CoriLynn said...

I hear ya!! Even with Jonah being home ALL the time for home-school, it still keeps him busy. All today I kept thinking about WHAT am I going to do with him this summer??!! The video game begging is looming!! Aaaaahhhh!!!!!! Enjoy your last four 1/2 hours! ;)

Juliana said...

I can't wait to see the play by play :) if it is any consultation, I don't have kids and literally get very little alone time. We are talking maybe an hour and a half in between service and Bootcamp two days a week. That's about it!

Justine Cook said...

Bowling sounds a little nicer than what I imagine...Whack-a-Mole. Enjoy your day!

Jessica said...

Cori - I'm still trying to wrap my head around homeschool :)