I’ve missed you, old friend

Yes, I know. It has been eight months since I last opened up this blog to write. EIGHT MONTHS! It’s not that I haven’t wanted to write, I have. More than once, I have constructed interesting posts in my mind, only to never find the time to put pen to paper, or I guess fingers to keyboard as it were.

My last post came right before school started for the year. I guess that should say it all. This year has been busy; busier than I could have ever imagined. I actually remember thinking that with my youngest boys starting preschool, I would have all this spare time to work, to get caught up on projects, to have time for myself….. except that isn’t exactly how it has gone.

Instead I have spent a very hectic last eight months juggling everyone’s busy schedules. My days are spent driving kids to school, picking them up, volunteering at their schools whenever possible, driving to after-school activities, finding time to help with homework, trying to keep the house running, and just occasionally sneaking in a few moments to sit back and enjoy life at this stage. It’s exhausting. Seriously. I don’t know how other moms do it, especially if they have more kids than me. I am worn out….

So no, by the end of a long day, I’m usually not in the mood to sit down and write. I’m much more in a curl-up-with-a-book-and-glass-of-wine mood, or maybe a Netflix-and-ice-cream-sundae kind of mood.

As it is, I find my time here drawing to a rapid close, as the clock tells me I must head out very soon to pick up my boys from preschool. I’m glad I was able to at least sneak on here for a few precious moments.

So tell me fellow moms, how do YOU do it? How do you get everyone where they need to go, get all the homework done, and get dinner on the table each night? I’m open to any and all suggestions. And maybe those of us who have this craziness worked out into a well-oiled machine, can offer some inspiration to the rest of us who are trying our best to keep up.

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Getting out of my funk…

Okay, I will admit it, I have been in a full-fledged funk lately. I haven’t blogged in… well…. a long time. And I haven’t wanted to. There have been a number of things going on in our lives, weighing on my mind, cluttering my brain, and just generally distracting me. And I haven’t really had the energy or desire to clear the fog. Until now.

I am clearing it. I have to. It is time to get mentally back on track. The first step, I need to start writing again. If I can get the clutter (or at least some of it) out of my head and down on paper (computer), then it will help. So here goes. I’m going to attempt to blog every single day for the next seven days. Sort of a back-in-the-saddle blogging purge, if you will. I can’t guarantee what I write about will be super interested, though I will try to make it so. That isn’t the point. The point is to just get back in the routine of exercising my brain….

IMAG0471So tonight’s get-out-of-the-funk exercise was baking! Thanks to my amazing neighbor, I have been wanting to make chocolate chip zucchini muffins for about three weeks now… and never found the time or energy. Tonight I bit the bullet and got my baking on…. and the kitchen is already starting to smell very good! I’m hoping the boys will enjoy them as a treat in the morning. I always love to give them yummy things that have a little nutritional benefit to them….

Tomorrow’s funk-free agenda: swim lessons! In a totally last-minute thing, a friend of mine got us hooked up with her children’s swim teacher. I was going to forgo lessons this year, since the twins are too young. I could only imagine that dragging them poolside and forcing them to sit still, out of the water, while big brother got to swim…. would be neither feasible nor fair. But this way, all three can take lessons together!

PS: It feels good to be writing again.