Thursday, August 21, 2008

Can Supermom really be in four places at once?

It's here.. Oh dear Lord prepare me. I can just feel it now. It's a weekday. Three o'clock approaches, and I realize it's a little more difficult for me to breathe. I'm a little jumpy and just downright nervous! No, school doesn't bother me. It's AFTER school that bothers me.

The rush of carpool traffic and lines...will I catch this redlight and have to wait another 8 minutes? I mean, the clock ticks. I MUST get Caroline home ASAP or she'll have NO time to change and get a snack before gymnastics at 4:00 EVERY day except Wednesday. Then, I try to keep up with who has soccer on what day and where are their shoes? Is it a karate day? Who's driving? Hopefully I'm not the only one with this stress.

Being that I'm married to "Coach Chad" all of my kids participate in some sort of sports. Extracurricular activites are a good thing around here.. I mean, after all we don't want our daughter to be unable to be on the dance team in High school because she didn't start taking classes at age 2. And, by golly, Cort can't sit out of soccer for a year. If so, he may not make the select team in fifth grade!!! Okay, so I'm exaggerating a little, but truthfully, I feel like my kids are going to miss out somewhere down the road if I don't provide them the opportunity to participate.

It's really not any ONE child's schedule... well, maybe Caroline's, but all of them together adds up to a really stressful after school schedule. "Coach Chad" and I both agree that each of our children should be able to pursue what they love even though we have multiple children. I mean, they didn't decide to give birth four times. Should it be another child's schedule that prevents one from doing what they love?

So, we persevere, just "Coach Chad" and me.... no family in town to help drive, just the two of us. And somehow, we get it done. All in all, I think our kids are well rounded, happy and excited to participate. So, I write the checks, buy the gas, get the uniforms, do the fundraisers and just stinkin do it!

Just for your entertainment, I'm posting our weekly schedule below. It all begins next week. God bless us!

Monday- Caroline gymnastics 4:00- 8:00, Kate Soccer 6:30 - 7:30, Cort Karate 5:30-6:15

Tuesday- Caroline gymnastics 4:00 - 7:00, Caroline Soccer 6:00 - 7:00 (guess we're picking her up early)

Wednesday- 5:45-8:00 Children's Choir and Awanas

Thursday- Caroline gym 4:00 - 7:00, Caroline Soccer 6:00 - 7:00, Kate dance 5:00-6:00, Kate soccer 6:30- 8:00 and Cort karate 5:30 - 6:15.

Friday- Caroline gymnastics 4:00-6:00, Kate dance 4:00 - 7:00, Cort soccer 6:30-7:30

And little Clayton is just along for the ride! Thank you Lord for providing us a home within 5 minutes from all of these events.. except church, a crock pot to cook dinner in, and for chocolate and Diet Pepsi for me to have while I'm trying to do it all!


Rose C said...

Um, Wow. Just Wow.

The Clifton's said...

It is a lot of pressure! Trying to find that balance in a large family is so hard. I finally decided my kids aren't doing any fundraisers this year. I feel like such a rebel! Ha! Good luck this new school year.

Kylie said...

How perfectly this post fits with the title of your blog :)

SuperMom said...

The answer to your blog title?



Dona said...

uuuuhhh, mon 6:15-8:30 dance. tues 3:50 to 4:30 piano. wed 5:45-8:00 choir and awanas. then throw some soccer in there some where for Payton. Mine is not bad at all. Plus, I have the sister in law to keep me grounded. I don't know how you moms of 4 + children do it. God defiantly knows who can handle it and who CAN NOT!
You're a great mom.