I was looking over my calendar because we were invited to another March birthday and I was trying to schedule a time that I can see my friend's new baby. In looking at the calendar I realized that I have no free days! When did my week become as busy or busier than my weekends?
As a general rule of thumb I try to limit our family to one thing a weekend. I do this to save our sanity or otherwise we would start the week exhausted. I got the idea from one of my brothers-in-law (BIL) who was tired of being on the go every weekend. However, we have a huge family and usually we have at least one event a month to celebrate with them. Sometimes more. Last year I think we made it to Baltimore 6 weeks in a row for a family event. It would have been 7 but we finally had to say to one of them.
I have started scheduling my son's soccer classes for the week so that we would have our Saturdays free or maybe I should say free-er because almost no Saturdays are ever free. I recently scheduled swim classes for the kids in preparation for summer. Unfortunately I could not schedule the kids on the same day and had to settle for two different days. My son is scheduled for 5:30 Wednesday nights and my daughter for 10:25 Saturday mornings. It's only for 6 weeks and through the Rec. Department. I knew that Wednesdays would be a little tricky with my daughter being 16 months old and me not wanting to spring for a babysitter every week. My gracious parents have agreed to watch her for 1 1/2 to 2 hours every week until my husband can pick her up.
So here is my schedule for next week (But I'm starting with Saturday, the beginning of my weekend!) This does not include my son going to preschool, going to the gym to work-out, or the multiple errands I have to run (especially to get all the gifts needed for those March birthdays!!!).
Saturday--husband hair cut, daughter swim class, birthday party (I had to cancel otherwise it would be crazy busy!)
Sunday--Church, church meeting for me, birthday party for my son's best friend.
Monday--Birthday party for son's preschool friend
Tuesday--LOST (does this count? My husband and I shuffle the kids off to bed a little more quickly so that we can have date night on the couch watching LOST. I don't schedule anything else on Tues. nights for this very reason).
Wednesday--Son's Swim Class
Thursday--Tot Swap with a friend (gotta get a babysitter)
Friday--Family Soup and Stations at our Church
Saturday--Clean the Church, daughter's swim class, birthday party for our Goddaughter
Sunday--Church, date luncheon???? (we're also trying to fit in a date night once a month, though this one might not work for us. Unfortunately it's the only date available, not including the Wedding we're attending at the end of the month...does going to a wedding constitute a date night if the kids are not there?)
So there it is in a nutshell. We have an activity scheduled everyday and the following week is starting to look the same! I have started getting up earlier every morning so that I have time for a morning devotional and blogging. It gives me a few minutes before the kids get up and I feel like I'm on the go. Speaking of which, my son and daughter have woken up 30 minutes earlier than usual, so here I go again!