The Aftermath of an Epic Crappy Dinner Party

So, it all began with a text, and an article reference. Turned in to an epic evening.

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Back to School, Back to Sanity

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Two out of my three kids officially start school tomorrow. It is a half-day, which I think is our school’s final evil comedic joke before taken on the craziness of all of our wonderful, monstrous, sweet, tantrum-prone, loud, LOUDER children for the next ten months.  I have never been so happy!

As a full-time, work-at-home mom, I will be honest. This summer has been HELL!  I won’t play the Facebook game and pretend everything is perfect.  It sucked. Continue reading “Back to School, Back to Sanity”

Summer Break: The Home Stretch

So we are in the last three weeks of Summer Break in our house. I admit that I’ve been done with Spring Break since July 11th, but the kids have hit that critical point where they are done too. Bored out of their minds, tired of summer camp, too hot, and lonely for friends who have family vacations or different camps.

In most houses, I think Summer Break always starts the same… Something like this for kids:

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While parents might feel a little more like this:

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Then, you get into the first few weeks and the kids are in heaven, living in the glow of no school, summer camp and swimming:

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While you are running around at 10 at night, just trying to catch up.

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As a kid, summer break always seemed so wonderful. There were long stretches of boredom, but between camps, the pool, the library, and the vacation my family always managed to sneak in, they were full of good memories.

Today, working full-time from home, sneaking in business trips, coordinating sitters, and the chaos that having three kids with no real schedule leads to, I feel like I am failing miserably. You add the Facebook dynamic, where every other family seems to be doing amazing things, holding themselves together in perfect world, having fun together with each others kids.  I feel like the worst mom in the history of the world.

The truth is that I know that Facebook shows the best moments while masking the worst. I know that my kids will not be forever traumatized because I lost my cool and screamed a few times. I also know they can deal with a bad camp once in a while and deal with being bored.

But, I will admit that I had an idyllic vision in my head in June of sneaking in 1/2-day Fridays to take the kids to the beach or pool, heading into Chicago to go to the museum. Being able to do what I envision other moms get to do so that my kids got the best of me at the same time as the best of summer.  None of that happened, and now I feel guilty. I know it is ridiculous! I know it is unreasonable. But, that damn mom guilt shows up in the most silly ways.

The good news is that we are in the home stretch! We’ve survived a two-week family vacation (with a 2,600 mile drive), seven weeks of summer camp with various rates of enthusiasm, and coordinating the schedules of three different sitters. We are in our last week of camp, and then have two weeks and two days until school survives.  Time to have a little fun, get a little bored, go for a swim, and get ready for the next stage in this marathon of child-rearing and working parenting.

Good luck in your home stretch of Summer Break 2016! You got this!

 

The Road Trip

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Several months ago, I had a “brilliant” idea. I work for an amazing company, and I have a home office. This gives me the freedom to work from anywhere. I talked to my boss, and I got the okay to work from “home” at my parents’ home in Texas for a week so my kids could spend some truly quality time with my family. I had this vision in my head – the open road with three kids, fun, sun and sand, and time to bond on my own with my kiddos after a really long few months of work, travel, and chaos of school-year ending.

The challenge is the trip is upon me and I’m terrified.  I’m terrified because it will just be my parents and I with the kids. I have tons of aunts and uncles and cousins who will help too, but I’ve never truly had to “own” being the sole parent for an extended period of time. My husband helps – with a lot – but he can’t join us because he has to work.  So for over a week, I will be the PIC – parent-in-charge – and I suck at it.  Continue reading “The Road Trip”

Thank God for Teachers

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Here’s the setup. So, my kids have officially been off school since Wednesday at 11:45 AM for summer break.  Camp doesn’t start until Monday at 9am. I just got back from a business trip last night at 7pm. I have to manage exactly one full day of camp-free fun for a 9- and 7-year old. I am TERRIFIED!!! And I have a conference call at 10.

Teachers how do you do it for 9 months?  Continue reading “Thank God for Teachers”