And now it is March. Mid-March! I just can’t keep up! Constant doings, in constant motion. I thought older kids were supposed to be less work??? What they lack in hands on parenting needs, they sure make up for in administrative work. I’ve spent the last several weeks putting together portfolios of work for every subject that Iain studied in his first two years of high school, so that he can earn all the credits he needs in order to graduate. I think the scanner is starting to make my brain vibrate. And all of the paper work! Forms for end of year dance recitals, forms for the prom, permission slips for outings, registration for 4H events, for school next year, for chess competitions, forms, forms, forms. One of my favorites? The back up emergency contact form. In the event that something happens to my child, while doing his lessons, under my roof, with me present. For when he finds himself in some sort of dire situation that his teachers on the other side of the state are aware of, but somehow I, in the same building with him, am not. And somehow they can not contact me…. or Steve-either at work or on his cell phone. I can’t really formulate a scenario where this would happen, perhaps some sort of crazy hostage situation? But man, when it all goes down, calling my father, several states away, will help tremendously.
And on the subject of urgent situations, I whipped up some emergency throw pillow covers. No thought, no planning, just grabbing fabrics at random; old flannel shirts, scraps of linen, pieces of an ill-fitting pillow case and stitching away. I know you are all thinking, “Melody, there is no such thing as a throw pillow cover emergency.” And I’m here to tell you that there is! I won’t go into all the gruesome details, you are just going to have to trust me on this one.
Some little person (I hear she’s actually a snow angel) has a birthday coming up very soon! Much making and planning under way…
I don’t see snow. Here in Ottawa, Canada, all I see is snow. But your snow angel is adorable! Start those teenagers completing forms. It is a life skill they will need.
I am laughing over here… Hostage situation! Your description is perfect!
I have found older kids are more work… It’s how complicated it all is, really. With little ones it’s so much more hands on and physically exhausting, but with big kids it’s mentally and emotionally exhausting!
Megan- Rest assured, we have plenty of snow. A couple of feet. Those pictures were from a couple of weeks ago, after a spell of mild weather, when the snow melted in warmer spots. But we’ve had a blizzard since then and are expecting more snow this weekend.
I do have them fill out most paper forms, at least as much as they can, but when it comes to ones done on-line, while signed into my account, and everything has to be done in order, it’s really just easier for me to do it.