It’s the little things you gotta watch out for

Written by Sass

I am sitting here, trembling. Every cell in my body is on high alert. I’m sweating, nauseated, and absolutely full of dread. I woke up this morning unable to move because of a stiff neck. Fitful periods of sleep, tossing and turning, have left every muscle in my body feeling like I’ve gone 10 rounds with a prize fighter.

But my fight has not yet begun.

It will begin after 3:30 today, when the kids get off the bus for the last time this year. That’s right. What’s got me all riled up and in a tizzy? Summer break is here.

In the grand scheme of things, I’m a summer break type of mom. I’m fairly laid back when it comes to schedules, and don’t really care much for the hustle and bustle of the school year, as compared to the lazy days of summer. During the school year, I let myself get completely overwhelmed with the things I do. And with the things I allow my children to do.

Monday nights are Girl Scout nights, and I’m the troop leader. Tuesday nights, my oldest plays in a competitive softball league, so every Tuesday they play a double header. Wednesday nights, she has gymnastics. Thursday nights, my younger two both have gymnastics. Friday nights, my son plays baseball. Not to mention that I volunteer in kindergarten every Wednesday, third grade every Wednesday, and first grade every Thursday. I’m in the library at school every other Friday, participate in a book group every other Monday, do an Art Outreach program at the school once a month, and help with the two book fairs and numerous class parties throughout the year.

Yeah. I’m busy. And I know you’re all sitting there shaking your head saying, “So what, Sass? We’re busy, too.” Which is why I’m putting this out here. I need help.

You see, when you’re running around doing all of these things, even as a stay-at-home-mom, the little things in life start to pile up. For example, if I’m not ever home, the laundry tends to get neglected. It will pile up to the point that I’m completely beside myself and scream at everyone that I’m going to make them go naked. The bills pile up. This is the one that bugs me, because the money’s there, but the time isn’t. Magazines pile up because I don’t get a chance to sit around and read them, so I set them in a pile and think, “I’ll look at that later, but I can’t throw it away yet.”

All the little stuff starts to literally take over my life.

So, I’ve made a decision. This summer, I’m going to relax. We’re going to take it easy. We’re not going to over-schedule ourselves. Maybe then, I’ll find time to squeeze in a magazine, or sit down and pay the bills before the kids get out of bed. Maybe I’ll manage to do a little laundry here and there. I’m going to just…breathe, take it easy, and relax. Yessirree, that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

I’m going to relax.

Of course, I’ll have to schedule that between the library program on Monday for the younger two, Thursday for my oldest, gymnastics Monday and Wednesday morning for my 5 year old, Wednesday night for the older two, continuing on with softball on Tuesdays and Sundays, baseball on Tuesdays and Fridays, going to the water park, going to the pool, grocery shopping, cleaning, occasionally watching the neighbor kids, exercising, organizing play dates…

I’m going to relax…once I can move my body again, I’m going to take it easy.

It’s going to get better. Right? RIGHT?!?!?

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