Between snow days, weekends, holidays, teacher workdays, our Bahamas trip, and competition travel, my kids have only been to school 17 out of the last 52 days. Isn’t that nuts? They were out yesterday for the MLK holiday and they are out today for a teacher workday. All of these days off are driving me insane. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I love when they are home for the most part. However, the thing that makes me crazy is the fact that my daily routine is totally interrupted when they aren’t in school. I like order, routine, and structure; and I don’t get that when they don’t go to school. Every day they aren’t in school is different, and it just throws me completely off. I feel like I am not as productive, and I don’t get things done. You would think that things would be more relaxed when they are home because I am not rushing around trying to get them where they need to be, but that isn’t the case. Not being in my regular routine is the opposite of relaxing for me. It causes me stress. I am certainly not a “go with the flow” kind of person. I like things planned out. I guess it is all related to my OCD/type-A personality. I thrive on routine and that is what my brain needs to function properly.
On normal school days, I have a strict routine that I follow. I have every minute scheduled and accounted for. It starts the moment I wake up and ends when I go to bed at night. The time that they are at school is the only time that I have to work out, shower, write my blog post, and work my Trades of Hope business. It is also when I schedule appointments for myself and shop for groceries and do other household errands. All of those things just don’t get done efficiently when the girls are home, and it drives me nuts. They distract me from the tasks I have to do. I don’t have time to do all of those things other than while they are at school because from the moment that they are picked up each afternoon we are going 100 miles a minute. Therefore, everything that I have to do has to be done between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:45 PM while they are both in school. Let me tell you, that 5 hours and 45 minutes goes by so fast. If I am not disciplined with my schedule and routine during that block of time, things just don’t get done because there is no other time available. Between 7:00 and 9:00 AM, I am getting them up and ready, packing lunches, and driving them to school. That time slot is not available for anything else. Then once 2:45 hits, there is no more time in the day for me to do stuff. I spend every weekday from 2:45 until at least 5:00 in my car, and sometimes it is later than that. That time is spent either sitting in the school carpool lines or driving back and forth to practices. It’s crazy to think about how much of my time is spent in the car each day. After everyone is dropped off, I have to somehow figure out when and how everyone is going to eat dinner. There are many days that I don’t even have time to cook dinner before I have to be off to the next thing. When I say that my days are jam packed, I am not kidding. There are so many moving parts to each day and without structure, discipline, and organization, I am a mess. Basically, I live and breathe by the clock. I seriously have preset alarms that go off all day long to keep me on track and on task. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but it works for me and it is how I function best. When that carefully laid structure gets demolished by a change to the routine, I start to fall apart. It really does have a domino effect on my day. The point is that I need my kids to go to school consistently in order for me to function. We don’t need any more snow days or holidays because I need my sanity back!