Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Misadventures of the Best Laid Plans

My folly this time is that my imaginary self is much more energetic and organized than my real self

If you had seen me during the few weeks before the start of summer break, you would have seen one of those thought bubbles (you know, the ones from cartoons) following me around. My head was full of all of the things that the children and I were going to do this summer. I was going to sit down one on one with each of the children, every day. We would be doing our usual math lessons, but we would also be learning other things. Every week would have a new topic to learn about. I even had lovely lesson plans thought out in my head.

Not only would we have scholastic improvement, we were also going to do things. None of this sitting around doing nothing like last summer (and the summer before and the summer before and the summer before. You get the point). We would have weekly field trips. We would go to the zoo, museums, parks, nature centers, etc ... We were going to see and explore and enjoy everything.

Our house was going to get organized. We were going to establish fantastic routines that would liberate us from the daily grind of chores. We would be running so smoothly that it would feel as if the house was cleaning itself and it would take very little effort on our part as long as we stuck to our routines.

Reality Check Time! June started and we had school the first week. There was a wedding the second week and we had things going on. The third week we really needed to rest, after all it was summer and time to enjoy sleeping in, but only for a little while. I had plenty of time to put my plans into action. I'm pretty sure that you can see where this is all going. We're now 2/3 of the way through our summer break. We've taken one field trip up Mount Timpanogos, Had one awesome camping trip with Grandma and Grandpa, and Mom has managed to sleep in until 9:00 at least twice.

I would love to write more, but I'm off to the daily grind of chores.


  1. isn't that how it is? the daily grind gets harder when all of the children are home at the same time. things get messier faster, and everyone gets whinier faster. you are still one of the most amazing mothers i know, seriously.

  2. Hey I had those same goals and my end of the story is like yours. Are you sure we aren't related. LOL

  3. Kate, thanks for visiting my blog. Im excited to explore yours. But I HAD to comment and tell you how much I love the name of your blog! LOL