And every year when August rolls around and I see my "break" coming to an end, I feel panicked. And defeated. And sad.
Sad I didn't do SOOOO many of the things I was just sure I would.
In those times, I could wallow in the pit of despair. It is a good excuse to eat a lot of chocolate.
I can stop and reflect and think about the things I DID get done (even if they weren't on my original list).
That is what I am choosing. I still may eat chocolate though...
- Supported husband as he launched his own business
- Cleaned out my medicine cabinet (which had not been cleaned out in quite a while apparently)
- Sorted kids' schoolwork (only the saved pieces) from last school year
- Baked and decorated the girls' birthday cake
- Organized the girls' birthday celebration
- Exercised at least 5 days every week I think, actually hitting 6 most of the time
- Tried several new recipes (some that have become favorites already)
- Took the kids swimming at the river
- Transported kids to swimming lessons
- Sent Child 2 to her first week camp
- Transported two other kids to their camps
- Visited my sister for a week while the girls went to a horse camp
- Had shaved ice dates with my husband
- Planned, packed for, and went on a week long vacation at the beach...our pup's first vacation!
- Enjoyed a day at the lake with friends
- Met TWO "virtual friends" (friends via adoption but only met through the Internet prior to our real meetings)
- Hosted a friend for a couple of days
- Read two "fun" books and more parenting books than I can count
- Lost a couple more pounds...about five more to go
- Took the kids swimming at their grandparents' house
- Played numerous rounds of Candyland and Apples to Apples, as well as dramatic play with Little People
- Washed, dried, and folded at least 6 loads (usually more) of laundry a week
- Organized Child 4's books (with his assistance)
- Planned the girls' "new" room (though we haven't implemented yet...)
- Experienced some "life changing" parenting training via a book, DVD, and a mentor who thankfully answers questions any time I have them
- "Re-adopted" our younger two (now I have to get the youngest's name changed on everything...)
- Organized under our bed
- Weeded out clothing in the closet
- Worked on a puzzle with child 3
- Started journals with both girls to keep the lines of communication open
- Celebrated hubby's 40th birthday
- Hopefully encouraged several via Facebook and blogs
- Watched the meteor shower
- Had a night getaway with hubby
- Tried some new foods (like edamame and quinoa)
- Took kids to doctor's appointments (3 I believe)
- Took the pup in her for her yearly checkup and booster shots
- Took the youngest school supply shopping
- Menus planned and executed each week
- Got a deep freeze (and filled it with cow meat)
- Climbed a light house
- Blogged fairly regularly
- Cleaned out the car...a couple times :)
- Cooked lunch for the church interns
- Watched several hours of Lock Up
- Pulled out child 4's first tooth :( I wasn't ready for that one)
- Read up on and started implementing activities to help with sensory issues one or more of my children are dealing with
- Took and edited TONS of pictures
- Donated my hair
- Got a new roof
- Started parenting "intentionally" (will explain one day)
I do know that thinking about what I did makes me feel much better about the things I didn't...