We had a pretty great long weekend in our house. We actually had an extension of the weekend as my kids also had Friday off. My girls even had 4 days free of practice too, which was awesome. We didn’t have anything standing in our way of doing whatever we wanted. I feel like we got so much accomplished in those 4 days and we had some good quality family time in there as well. Those times are rare in this household. There is always something going on and we are always stuck planning around our obligations. It certainly can get overwhelming at times when we go weeks on end without a break. Exhaustion sets in quickly during the school year, and I sometimes question why we do this to ourselves. It was so nice to have the freedom to do whatever this weekend, and I would love to have more of it. If we wanted to rest, we rested. If we wanted to watch a movie, we watched a movie. If we wanted to accomplish a task that had been put to the side, we did it. It was great.
It is times like this when I wish we weren’t so involved, but, then again, I am thankful that we are a busy family. I am thankful that we have the ability to do so many things. Yes, driving back and forth to practices all afternoon and evening every day gets old. Trying to plan time to cook dinner when I’m not home long enough at a reasonable hour to actually make a meal start to finish is difficult and forces us to eat fast food way more than I care to admit. Traveling to competitions weekend after weekend, sometimes causing us to split off into two different directions, is exhausting. Giving up my free time hour after hour to volunteer for each team is tough. Spending hours hunched over a kid sitting on the floor while curling, braiding, teasing, bun making, and redoing hair makes my back hurt just thinking about it. Never really getting to talk to my kids except in the car is sad sometimes. Juggling our work schedules can also be really difficult. I cannot tell you how many times I am working while driving or sitting in a parking lot waiting for one of my kids to get out of practice. Many of these blog posts start with me dictating notes into my phone from my car. Part of the reason I stopped teaching full time was so that I could accommodate this crazy life. Finding time to schedule appointments around practice, school, and work schedules is nearly impossible. We have a LOT of appointments with all of our medical issues, too. I honestly could go on and on about the sacrifices we make on a daily basis and the craziness of our busy schedules.
I can sit here right now and tell you that despite all of the sacrifices we make to keep up with this busy life, I would do it all over again a million times. The benefits of it all and the joy it all brings to our lives are ones that we wouldn’t trade for anything else. It has all shaped my kids into these incredible young ladies who know the value of hard work and commitment. They know what it takes to get what they want out of life and they know that sacrifice is part of that. I personally get immense joy out of watching them do the things they love. The people we have met along the way have brought such value to our lives and we have made lifelong friends. We have gotten to go to some cool places and see incredible things as part of all of that travel. We know the value of time spent together and we try to make the most of it when we have it. Yes, I am juggling several smaller jobs now instead of one full time job, but those jobs have been life changing for me and are things that I would choose to do again and again no matter how much it adds to my day. We are so blessed. We are blessed that we are able to do all of the things that we do. We are blessed that we get to teach these lessons of sacrifice to our kids.
People tell me all the time that it is crazy how busy we are. They say they don’t know how we keep up with it all and how we manage to make it work. We do what we have to for our kids and our careers. We try to stay organized and on top of it all. For example, my husband just made a spreadsheet with all of the competitions for both girls this year and has mapped out all of the travel plans already. He handles the competition details and I handle all of the practice details. We both are on the email lists for all of their teams and school stuff so that we both know what is going on and we can back each other up. He keeps up with his work stuff, and I keep up with mine. We share it all through our linked calendars on our phones. As soon as something comes up for any of the 4 of us, it immediately goes into that calendar. The calendar above actually shows a light month. Once December hits and we are in full competition season, we will run out of space to put in everything. We usually get in the bed at night and go over the schedule for the next day to make sure everything is covered. Our organization is what holds it all together. Yes, I long for more completely free weekends like this past one, but I wouldn’t trade anything to get them. I love our crazy life, and I love everything we do. Being busy is just who we are as a family. It is in our nature, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Bring it all on and let’s go!
Anchored and Busy,