Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Backpacks - Check

OK - we're just one month into summer vacation and I'm ready for school to start! Seriously, I'm just feeling completely stressed and the whining level among the children is really getting to me. I don't know if it's the change in our normal summer routine (of waking up late, laying around until the pool opens and swimming the day away) to one that is way more hectic (waking up at the crack of dawn, running to 8am swim practice, now 9am tennis camp, then running errands all morning for our Hungary trip and eating at odd times). I am completely stressed out, overwhelmed and so irritated with children.... two of them.... and am heading overseas to take care of more kids.

On top of this, my aunt needs help with a scrapbook (that she'll be bringing over here for me to work on) and I'm starting a huge calligraphy job (remember that auction/fundraiser we did? well, that is coming to fruition...) on Thursday - don't these people know I have a crazy two weeks ahead of me? My living room is slowing becoming overtaken by craft and preschool supplies, my every spare minute is spent dragging my children around while I hunt down every single last supply we need for our trip/adventure/?? and the level of whinery around her has risen to an all new high. I had to drag them to get my hair cut yesterday - and spent the whole time just trying to get them to stay in one place!! They were all over, running around, getting water, following the person cutting my hair.... NEVER AGAIN! Is there no relaxation in summer? Well, not for me!

They both have backpacks, and I may just take some time out of our next two weeks to collect all their school supplies while I dream of quieter, more relaxed days coming my way.... in September! For now, I'm looking at my week/weekend ahead with a feeling of dread. More stuff in my house, more organizing to do, more errands to run, more kids wanting, more projects to start, a couple days of single parenting, another swim meet with no father to help....

Ah, I'm going to go take a breath while the girls are happily frolicking in my shower! (before I have to go clean up after them AND throw in another load of laundry!)


Kathryn said...

If it makes you feel any better, I can relate to your stress. I almost came to tears today, I am so exhausted. Single parenting, as usual, two dogs who keep barking when the baby is sleeping (I am at the end of my rope with that), my h.s. reunion on saturday & I haven't had two minutes to myself to figure out what to wear, on-going challenges that come with having a 2 yr old, laundry, dishes, dog doo patrol, and did I mention single parenting?!

Yup, overwhelmed is an accurate term. I hope you get some relief for your stress soon. I am in the process of brainstorming some release valves for myself, too.

deanna said...

Um, yeah, WHAT is the deal with DOGS - they just go insane when the man of the house is MIA??? Our two dogs bark all night long when T is away (not looking forward to this AT ALL) and they poop and pee all over the kitchen. I am seriously not looking forward to him leaving, esp because the deal with dogs is that I've never wanted them, and they are his to take care of. If Thursday night is bad, they may find themselves in the kennel for Friday night!!!

Thanks for the laundry reminder - we need our towels for the swim practice tomorrow!!