Monday, September 22, 2008

I Want To Go Back To Summer!

I can't even begin to describe the amount of stress we have been under in the On The Upside household during these first several weeks of school.


Man, oh man!


It is no secret in my house that I do not like:


  • Rising early!

  • Enforcing bedtimes!

  • Packing lunches!

  • Supervising reluctant children to do their homework!

  • Communicating with teachers to get things straight!

  • Packing lunches!

  • Rising early!

  • Supervising reluctant children to do their homework!

I am way better as a summertime mom - I am!


Or a Christmas-time mom!


Or a Spring-break mom!


I try to be calm and chipper and ... calm ... but, I am STRESSED!

And ... I am not chipper.


I don't know how long or when, if ever, I will land back on my feet and feel as though I am - we are - LESS STRESSED - but ... I hope it is soon.



I hope that Alexis will soon relax about what we pack in her lunch and quit analyzing each and every item that goes in there! It's a process I can do without. It's taking up way more time and far more energy than I want to devote to any one task - EVER! And ... we are doing it every night - packing Alexis' lunch - just PERFECTLY! "Can you pack me pasta?" No. "Why don't you ever pack me pickles?" Get the pickles out of the fridge. "Can I take a chocolate pudding and a butterscotch pudding?" No. "Why didn't you pack me a snack?" I. Don't. Know!



I hope Little Billy eventually brings home his gym clothes to have them washed - I'm not asking that boy one. more. time! I hope he doesn't make enemies with those "bad kids" he's been telling me about - especially that one that said he 'wants to punch in somebody's face'. I hope he eventually figures out, at some point soon, that ... he is going to have to write his name at the top of EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF PAPER HE EVER HANDS IN - FROM HERE ON OUT!



And - Courtney and Chloe - I don't even know where to start, but ... I just hope we all survive their junior year in high school and that they continue to get to and from school each day -safely and without any accidents!






I'll settle down in a couple of weeks - I think.


It always takes me a minimum of 6 weeks to get back into the swing of this school thing. I won't ever actually "like" it or be all that "good" at it - but ... I will eventually adjust and adequately create the illusion that I am okay and in control.


I might even get my chipper back.

There's really no guarantee of that.

Right now ... I am just aiming at landing back on my feet, a heart rate that is more normal, stocking up on plenty of pickles and ... breathing without swallowing my tongue.


On the upside ... I'm in survival mode - like a Ninja warrior. I'll work on the chipper later.

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56 comments:

Melek said...

i always wondered if it was harder to have school in session (packing lunches, making sure homework is done, etc), or having school out of session and having the kids at home all day long. i guess you clarified it pretty well :)

Brittany said...

Deep breath! I hope you make it through ok. It doesn't sound exciting to me. I am not excited about my boys starting school- ever.

Best of luck!

utmomof5 said...

Hee Hee!! I have only seen my jr high sons gym clothes once. Once in an entire month of school. I feel bad for the kid next to him in line.

Relax -- you will make it :P

Bia said...

Oh, Kellan, I'm sorry . . . but this really had me laughing. But I understand, really, because we all go through this when school starts again.

Chipper will return!

Brenda said...

I hate back to school for many of the same reasons, but I also love back to school because sometimes I have a little time for me during the day.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Well said. I'm a better summer time and vacation time mom too.

Joanna said...

I think the dog ate my chipper. Pure survival mode over here.

One Scrappy Chicklet said...

Where we seperated at birth? You sound just like me. I am so a Summer mom. I hope things settle down soon.

Hugz,
Tami

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I think I might be a better school year mom--I love me some routine!

Julie said...

I'm so busy homeschooling, I hadn't thought about how hard it is for public school moms. :D ... I think I do have it easier!

bermudabluez said...

Hang in there, Kellan. It will be Christmas Break time before you know it!! I do not miss those crazy days of school....now that my daughter has moved into her own place. I remember every single one of my harried single mom / working mother days!!! Maybe a spa day would help?? Take Care of you!! Jeanne

bermudabluez said...

Forgot to mention..love your new photos!!

Amanda said...

Hey, if you move to Australia right now, spring has just started, which means summer is just round the corner!

But, you're a tough ninja, so I'm sure you'll have everything under control soon.

The Woman said...

I'm sick of school already. The homework, the tears, the getting up early. Then I have to wake the kids up and there are more tears and more griping. Why can't they just come home and do the homework and be done with it. ugh

Darla said...

I hear ya! I actually don't SO much mind the routine at first. It kinda feels good to be in a somewhat structured world again. But if the whole school thing was graded on small parts, there are definitely some parts I loathe! Homework nagging (which I have tried to drop and let them suffer a consequence from their teacher when they have late homework) is the worst. Rear-end dragging in the morning or at bedtime is a close runner-up!

Kel said...

Oh I know the feeling - getting back into the swing of school habits it tough comming off summer mode, but we do. I think I actually do better in school mode, once I get the hang of it - all the rest just really stresses me out.

Have a great day!
~K

Karen said...

I actually find the routine refreshing now that school is in. Plus the kids are gone through the day allowing me to get things done without interruption. And I refuse to pack lunches. My kids buy. Period.

Ellyn said...

We are going through the same thing here. No more quiet mornings. We miss it so.

Hope things iron out for you soon.

Dawn said...

Hang in there Kellan! ;) The school year brings different sorts of challenges for home school moms...I don't have lunch packing to deal with, but I have to save those deep breathing/relaxation exercises for math time at my house...it's often quite the drama!

Envoy-ette said...

I feel your pain too! I feel like I'm back in the 6th & 9th grade, AGAIN. It's the after school activities that make me moan. My gas tank is empty by Wednesday with all the running around! At least food isn't an issue. Thank goodness!

kim-d said...

Yeah...chipper, my dupa! I say as long as you can be in survival mode, that's enough for now :)...BWAHAHA!

Ya know, I think I was in my 30's before I got over not having two weeks off for "Christmas vacation" like I had when I was in school! I can't even THINK about the fact that they don't even call it "Christmas vacation" anymore!

And I know this isn't real helpful, but just remember that the minute you buy the biggest freakin' jar of pickles you can find is when she will decide she doesn't want you to pack pickles anymore!

Have a wonderful day, Kellan Renee!

katy said...

I was one of the few mothers I know who dreaded for school to start. My friends were praying for school to get here and I wanted my kids home (and sleeping until 10) every day.....
Little Billy sounds just like my son at that age. I was lucky to see his gym clothes once a month and that was only if I reminded him. He also had trouble remembering to put his name on every paper....dont worry, he grew up and graduated with honors.

Laura said...

You will survive!!! I know you will!

I thought it was tough with the boys in junior and senior Kindergarten...yeek, i am not looking forward to when all 3 are in highschool together!

Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

Kaci said...

I need a quiet morning! :) XOXO

Courtney said...

Uggg...not looking forward to them going to school.

The Fritz Facts said...

I am the opposite. I love getting Boo up and out of the house earlier than all summer. Getting back into the routine of the year. I love it.

dani said...

kellan, the ninja warrior, has returned:b bahahahahahaha!!!
love,
dani
ps i'm a better summer, Christmas, fall/spring break mama, too;)

Aleta said...

I always start to laugh when my friend, Kim, talks about "doing homework" with her children. Just when you think that you don't have to worry about homework any more, for the rest of your life... you have kids. Hehe. It's the jungle of life and you wonder, "How did my parents manage" Sounds like you're doing a great job with it!

E said...

Oh me too, me too, me too! yes, I am a really great summertime mom, I am a stupendous Christmas mom...oh but i am a whiney fretful worried, tired and STRESSED September mom.
YES....thank you.

And do you just sort of hate those moms who talk about how they love the back to school routine and they show up with those perfectly baked cupcakes with five colors of icing that have NOT all melded into brown and they wear those bike pants because in addition to being chipper in September they weigh about 2 pounds!!??!

Toni said...

Driving? Ugh. I feel for you...

Laurels word said...

Hey Kellan,

I don't do the chipper morning person either. I like being the laid back mom rather than the stressed out one who never has time to do what I want! I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Amanda said...

I know what you mean!
It always takes me lots of time to fall back into that old school routine:(
I do hope you get your chipper back soon!
l,
Amanda x

Monogram Queen said...

Posts like this, Kellan make me glad I only have one child!
Deep breaths, friend, deep breaths.

Cheffie-Mom said...

Oh my! Stop. Breathe. LOL! It sounds like you need a spa day! (:

duchess said...

It does take time to settle in doesn't it?
I'm usually loving being back on a schedule but with us moving into our house the day before school began I'm still a little disorganized.
I keep forgeting to sign things & send money for things.

Their teachers probably think I'm a horrible stay at home mom.

tammy said...

We usually get the hang of it here when it's about time for summer vacation again.

Dianna said...

I know of what you speak...although by the looks of it, I ain't seen nothin' yet*!*

Don Mills Diva said...

I hear ya Kellan - I am dreading the school years and all the organization they demand!

Queen of My Domain said...

Oh Kellan

Your to funny and right on the mark on this. I'm much better at being a summertime mom. It has to do with the fact that I really need multiple cups of coffee in the morning before I can function.

Hope you get your groove soon!

Dad said...

You"ll make it, we all did! !

Tricia said...

Wishing you a toe to heel soft landing! You'll make it.

Tara said...

I'm big on the school of life around here. As in "when your gym clothes stink bad enough you will remember to bring them home and wash them yourself" or "yes, pack your own lunch; here is a cabinet filled with lunch items you may choose from and here is a container in the fridge that has fridge choices... if you don't like it then I imagine you won't eat it, and then you can just eat a bigger dinner." When mine drives I will have her pay for part of her insurance and explain that the rate goes up when you get in an accident. I imagine that will help her to be a more cautious driver.
I'm a pretty horrible mom, eh? :-)

Sandra Carvalho said...

Oh I know what you mean!
It drives me mad too...There are some days that I feel like I'm loosing it!...
Not an easy task...Definitely NOT an easy task.
xoxo

Kimmie said...

I've found myself begging both kids to buy lunch at school. LOL. They don't really care what I pack. It's just the whole sandwich making at 6am thing kills me.

Ellie said...

I hear you! Where did the summer go?!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Man, I hear you too! I so prefer summer and vacations. I hate rushing. I hate bugging my kids. Give me summertime!

Rachel said...

Well Max is only 21 months old and so he is not in school yet but I feel for you because I know you just want to be sitting by the pool with your family and the LAKE.

Allmykids123 said...

I know what you mean! I start sweating bullets around 2:00 each school day. Keeping up with homework stresses me out. It's just exhausting. Love your blog, by the way.

JenniBeanV said...

I am in survial mode, too! I usually start to "unclench" arounf Halloween...

Andrea said...

This is my first year having to deal with school -- and I already wish it was Christmas break! :)

Laura said...

If it makes it any better, my blog has a crush on your blog.

Michelle said...

I'm so with you. If you find a way to get back to summer, can you take me with you? Pretty please?

Smiling Shelly said...

Oh dear! That's a lot on one persons plate. I hope you are able to land on your feet again soon - don't worry about chipper, just worry about survival because without that there's no need for the rest. :)

imbeingheldhostage said...

Yeah, I wasn't celebrating the school's start either... something wrong with getting up before the sun does.

Elaine A. said...

I only have 2 that go 2 days a week and I am stressed. I can ONLY imagine what you have to deal with!! ; )

Jaina said...

Ugh, I hope it smooths out!

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