I had it planned out that we would be juggling 5 games again yesterday.
My mind was churning about the timing of all the events.
And then a few "Oh by the ways..." were added:
A double header brought the game count to 6.
It was our week to clean the church.
I heard about a last minute merit badge clinic.
A birthday party.
And we needed to turn in the pinewood derby car.
Late Friday night,
after finishing lots of chores,
Dan wrote it all down by timeline,
calculated out the food and ride arrangements,
and set his alarm for 4am.
(We wanted to squeeze in a trip to the temple.)
I had originally planned to be together at all those things on Saturday,
but that would have meant leaving some of the littles for a long time.
That isn't right,
so we did lots of divide and conquering.
Colin and Dan had a peaceful early morning in my favorite place.
It must have been a good experience for Colin,
because it sparked a few questions and a meaningful conversation.
It's always worth missing a little sleep to serve in the temple.
I spent the early morning hours getting the munchkins ready for the day.
Friday's Laundrymat Date didn't happen and gathering uniforms was a challenge.
It all came together in the form of several packed bags,
that were picked up and dropped off all day long.
Dan and I passed each other on the soccer field once,
but because we live close to the games,
we could meet at home for breakfast, lunch and exchanges of children.
We even managed a sideline date alone during nap time.
at the very end of the day,
he asked if I ever imagined our life would be like this.
It would be hard to picture in any one's mind.
Sometimes, mine does not comprehend the logistics.
Football will add a new element of commitment for us,
and it will complicate scouting.
I had a talk with a friend yesterday.
We were trying to figure out how to accomplish everything with our sons.
Scouting takes dedication.
Football takes dedication.
She said she has only ever seen it one way:
You are either committed to scouts,
You are committed to football.
Football coaches do not seem to care that scouts is always on Wednesday nights.
If the boys miss practice,
they will be side-lined.
I told my friend that we have very capable, scouting kinds of dads,
and we will do both...well.
We can set aside some time with all these boys to work on scouts.
There will be a way we can handle all these activities,
if we are willing to work for it.
To me, dropping one commitment for the other is like saying,
"I can only love one child at a time."
It must be my personality,
because I honestly believe that we can do more,
There is a way.
I will admit,
we were really happy and exhausted when we crawled into bed last night.
Sunday sounds heavenly.
As an update:
We are still in the middle of potty training.
Some days are good.
Some...not so much.
Cade is awesome at making it through the night.
Maryn is learning new words.
For the past 2 days, it's been, "Ewwwww."
Corbin was fun to have with us yesterday.
In the middle of this really serious football meeting at the park,
he walked up holding the remains of a huge chunk of ice.
We were trying not to laugh,
and he was feeling so proud.
Presley played with some fire yesterday in her game.
She has been an angel this week.
She did lots of chores for her brothers and sisters,
and brought a real spirit of peace.
Reagan learned some valuable lessons about organization,
and the cause and effect theory for finishing chores.
She's a good friend and a great student,
and keeps a really busy schedule that she loves.
She will manage to pull it all off.
Caleb finished a great season of basketball,
and he was number 1 for completing chores this week.
It resulted in some fun play time for him.
Thank you for trying to make a difference.
Colin had a great spirit about him this week,
It is the kind of spirit that brings success.
Finding inner peace will have a positive affect on every aspect of your life.
School work will be easier.
Practice will be fun.
Relationships will be genuinely good.
Making the right decisions will become very clear.
Inner peace is the thing people pay big money to find,
but it's free if you look in the right places.
Sydney did well on a test this week,
and worked on getting ready for her upcoming trek.
(That's a 3 day adventure in pioneer clothing,
pushing a heavy, wooden handcart through the wilderness.)
Sounds super fun.
Dan and I wish we were going.
I learned some new things.
"EMO" has something to do with being emotionally challenged.
"Adulted" is when a young girl kisses another girl.
And that story reaffirmed my belief that sleepovers are a bad idea.
Apparently lots of kids are messed up.
The good thing about learning lots of new, hard things
is that I feel overwhelmingly blessed to be surrounded by such good kids.
I will always prefer that our life is complicated because of scheduling arrangements due to an overabundance of good activities.
Some parents are dealing with their 12 year old daughters sneaking out at night with teenagers.
Some parents are getting the police involved with their teenage sons.
Lots of kids have too much time on their hands,
yet they refuse to cooperate and participate in their homes.
a little missed sleep
and lots of time driving around
are things I am feeling grateful for today.