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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Season's Change...

The season is changing outside. The ground is thawing. Trees are budding. Flowers are blooming and it is gorgeous. I love the changeover from winter to spring but I hate the changeover of sporting seasons. Everything is topsy turvy right now. Up 'til now the evening's schedule was set. I had everything under control. I knew exactly who had to be where and at what time. Now, I have to hand write a new schedule every day. Now, the schedule is in flux and the changes may be the end of me.

I am a very schedule oriented person. I love having a schedule and I don't like the schedule to change. When the kids were little, their lives revolved around their schedule and it didn't vary from day to day. They woke up at the same time, had breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time, and went to bed at the same time every day. They did well on their schedules and when it varied there was hell to pay. I kept them locked in their schedules, even during the summer. They went to be at 7:30 every night. I think Zach was 10 before he saw a firefly...pretty pathetic, I know. Our friends were shocked our kids were in bed when it was still light out but I had to keep them to the schedule. On those rare occasions where they were allowed to stay up late they would still get up at 6 o'clock and then they were beyond grumpy all day so it just wasn't worth it. It was easier to stick with the schedule. I still like to stick with my schedule.

I need to be more flexible, especially right now when the kids' sporting activities all revolve around weather. Jan, Zach and Lucas all require rain-free conditions to get their matches or games played. God love Mother Nature during the spring sporting season. She wreaks havoc on my schedule. I would love to have a nice little chat with Mother Nature sometime and ask her to ease up a bit when there are games to be played. Think she would go for it if I ask her nicely? Maybe a better answer would be for me to lighten up a little bit on needing a ridgid schedule.

I know all of these scheduling conflicts will all be a thing of the past much sooner than I want and this time in my life will be a precious memory. I blinked once and the kids all grew out of babyhood and toddlerhood. They graduated into little kids, then big kids and now bigger kids. I love the ages of my kids right now. Spending my days being grumpy becasue my schedule is out of whack would be a waste precious time with my kids so I will work harder to be more flexible and make sure to enjoy the season's change for the love of my children...

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