Thursday, September 12, 2013

Getting into the Swing of a New School Year

Do you ever look at your calendar for the upcoming week and think, "I'm gonna die"?

On Wednesday, we'll do school in the morning - prayer, memory work, morning basket, math, and a read aloud.  Then it is off to enrichment classes for the older two while I take the younger two to a midwife appointment.  Then the younger two and I will hit the grocery store, head home for lunch, and I'll put the toddler down for a nap.  At 1:30 we'll be back out again to meet with our contact at the local charter, then I'll pick up the older kids, and head home again.  Then we'll have an early dinner at 4 so I can leave with the three older kids at 4:30 to drive 45 minutes to Atrium, where I'll volunteer and the kids will be in their various Atrium levels.  And then it will be another 45 minutes back home where I will eat something and then promptly collapse.  In order to make all this happen, I need to have lunches packed for two kids, an easy early dinner planned and prepped, and paperwork already prepared for the charter.

As anyone who knows our family is probably noticing...  we have some new things this year.  We're signed up with a local public charter, the two oldest kids are in four hours of enrichment classes one day a week, I'm pregnant (oh, but you all knew that - 30 weeks next week, by the way!), and we're driving to a different parish so the three older kids can all participate in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  (BTW, there is an awesome video about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd here - this isn't our Atrium, but it features some friends of ours)  All good things, and all things I'm glad we're doing (well, the jury is still out on the charter, but I'm trying to maintain a positive attitude.  Right now the paperwork is killing me.)  But I'm rather wishing they weren't all coming to a head on the same day!

Oh, and this is the busiest day of the week - they aren't all like that, thank goodness!  But there's also a field trip on Friday, a great opportunity for the kids to go to a local event with some family on Thursday (which includes all sorts of switching around of people and cars!) and a kid birthday on Tuesday.  Again, all great stuff, but phew - just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap!

If anyone has noticed that I've just about stopped blogging, perhaps this will help you understand why!