The last two weeks really are kind of a blur for me. I've been moving in fast forward and I've yet to really pause through any of this madness.
In addition to releasing the book and working full-time, I've now officially been introduced to the life of a taxi-mom. I've decided getting kids ready for school is, in and of itself, a full-time job. And yes, I am exhausted.
This is the first year we had to choose between extracurriculars because in the past, our kids have really only wanted to do one thing at a time. Easy.
This year, this middle schooler wants to do it all. And I get that because that's how I am...but it's challenging to know what to allow and when to put the halt on. I've always been of the mindset that less is more. That and my borderline agorophobia have kept my kids quietly unscheduled.
But I do them a disservice if I stay this way and I know it.
Sophia is going into sixth grade. It's hard to steer her with her strong will, especially when she says she wants to do band and not choir and we know what a strong singer she is.
But yesterday I found myself in the music store filling out a rental agreement for a saxophone. As she sang us back home, I found myself filled with sadness that she refuses choir, but I hope her gift finds her along the way.
Not only that, but this year, Sophia has signed up for volleyball. This, to me, is one of the best things she could do because I do believe in the benefits of team sports, and while it's going to be a very hectic schedule, we are excited to see her try something she's never done before...
Maybe even something that she'll have to work at...
A little hard work never hurt anyone, right?
Then, to top it all off, she's auditioning for a local production of SchoolHouse Rock Live! One of the things we missed most while living in Colorado was our involvement with Spotlight Youth Theatre (formerly Christian Youth Theatre--Chicago). We know Sophia is going to have a blast, but the questions do swirl in my head...
Is it too much?
It's funny because in the mess of getting volleyball shoes and knee pads and the sax and filling out form after form and school physicals and everything else, this guy has stayed fairly quiet.
He's happy to swim. And play Legos.
I'm happy with that too.
Parenting isn't harder or easier now that my kids are older, but it's always evolving...always different. There are new concerns, new lessons to teach...new decisions and new challenges we face.
I don't know that any of us ever get it right.
But I'm sure gonna try.
Happy First Day of School...
(PS. I'm giving away a copy of A Sweethaven Homecoming on my Author Facebook page. Check it out HERE!)