May, May, Go Away
Will you think less of me, friends o’mine, if I tell you May is my least favorite month of the year?
Oh sure, there’s the whole May Flowers jazz. And Mother’s Day. And the return of warmer temperatures. All good things but who can enjoy them when the school and baseball calendar go seven kinds of crazy?
I full well realize that our school officials shouldn’t be expected to check with me when planning end of the year award ceremonies and activities. But, is it too much to ask for a little lumping? Do I need to go teach a crash course on multi-tasking as in having elementary award day immediately after Kindergarten graduation so we can get a couple things over with at one time? Anyone else feeling robbed of the last weeks of School Year Bliss a.k.a. 9 months of 7 hour days of Me Time?
And perhaps that last sentence sounds like I’m not looking forward to Summer With The Children.
Well, of course I am. What kind of monster do you take me for? What mom doesn’t look forward to kids foraging the cabinets through the night only to leave your kitchen looking like a mob of rabid raccoons ransacked it during the wee hours? Or eagerly anticipate dragging their lazy bums out of bed every day and forcing them to take a shower sometime before 3 p.m? Or the fighting that is a natural by-product of four siblings who aren’t used to spending 24/7 on the same piece of real estate?
Yeah, baby. I’m SO looking forward to that.
So let me ask……What kind of routines do you girls have in the summer months? Are you Devil May Care or do you have some guidelines for keeping the family sane? I’d love to hear your plans because I’ve got nothing.
I’d love to hang around but I have to go to Field Day. Apparently there was a May Day without something planned so we’ve decided to feed the kids sugar and then line them up to race.
It’s how we do the Derby in Alabama.
LMBO! You are too funny!
I was going to leave a comment of thins that could be worse, but I can’t think of any! Ha ha!
I feel your pain though. I work from home so you can imagine how excited I am about the coming summer months.
Too funny! It doesn’t get much better when they’re older, except now they can go to camp for a week and then they can go council at the younger camps. So oldest daughter is practically gone for a month in the summer and the younger one is gone about 2 weeks. So that’s something! Of course then there’s the mission trip too. Oldest is definitely going and youngest may be allowed. She’s right on the borderline. That’ll be both gone at the same time for a week and hubby and I are going to go away for a week by ourselves, something we’ve not done since kids came!!! Yeah!!!
So maybe it does get better when they get older!! LOL
Since the majority of my kids aren’t in school yet, our summer schedule doesn’t differ much from our school schedule. Except I don’t have to drive anyone to-from school, ergo, I get to stay in my jammies longer.
Maybe that’s why I love summer so much. We are very casual around here. But it works for the stage of life I’m in.
You crack me up!!
My answer is not going to be your favorite…LOL!
I go to camp with my kids and work at camp as a speaker or leader…and also work alongside my girls at the other age levels of camp…It is hot and crazy but so worth it!! Someone has to do it and I have a passion for these kids!!
So send your kids to Camp Vern…I will take them off your hands for a little while!! lol!
I cannot wait to hear how your Field Day was!
Um, we’re the ones who sleep in, eat breakfast at 10 (or whatever time they wake up), then spend the rest of the day by the pool.
That is, when we’re home.
LOTS of travelling in the summer.
I think in July, we’re only going to be at home for 12 days total.
Did I tell you yet that I hate packing!? Or that I’m planning to paint every room in my house before school starts back?
(or that I’m most certainly setting myself up for failure with these plans?)
Hey, but at least I’ll be tan.
and my motto is: tan fat looks better that white fat.
I know it’s crazy, but try to enjoy. I miss those days so much. Of course I only had 2 to run after not 4 like you. Love ya!
This is my last summer before my baby goes to school, so basically my house is overrun 24/7, 365 days per year. Still. I am really looking forward to that 7 hours of me time!!
I bet your school is making you go to a Mother’s Day program in June. Yes, June. As in next month. That’s how WE roll in rural Canada! :P
There are days when I miss my girls being in grade school (have a 10th grader and a 22 yr old). And then I read a post like yours and I think THANK YOU LORD! I made it through!
I do remember those May days — and mine are still busy with end of the year awards programs and high school performances, but nothing like those days in grammar school.
In the summer, we just hung out and did whatever. We went on one big family vacation and usually went to the lake once a week or so. And vacation bible school was a huge hit for my girls. We spent a week or more decorating and getting ready and then the week of VBS — so that’s my summer in a nutshell. Come to think of it, it’s not changed that much — except they can both drive now.
I am right there with you! Every field trip, field day, chapel, award ceremony, and party seems to happen within moments of each other this month! Mayday! Mayday! ;)
I try to keep the kids busy in the summer. I’ve found that if I don’t have a plan; they do! And let’s just say their plans aren’t always my favorites…mostly because they involve some sort of glue, mud, bugs, or general destruction.
We do brainstorm together about what they might like to do over the summer, I let them know when VBS is (BTW, they go to two separate VBS’s so I can actually have a week of reprieve in there somewhere..), throw in some traveling here and there, and we focus on maintaining 1-2 friend relationships throughout the summer for each which involves a lot of swapping of children. It’s busy; but fun.
Well Lisa you know my routine. I am still off to work everyday and the kids go to the sitter. It is really no different from any other day of my life except we dont come home to HOMEWORK! I LOVE SUMMER!
Do you want me to see if my sitter has four openings? LOL
Wait a minute, did you just write this or did I? How wild. Just this week I was thinking how much I dislike May (especially the Mondays in May this year)! So I don’t think any less of you. I think you’re just brave enough to write what others (like me!) are also feeling!!