This has been one of the busiest weeks in recent memory. We've had all of the kids' swimming lessons, Joey's Reconciliation meeting, Molly's appointment with the groomer, Tommy's snack and juice week for school, Joey's reading for the school mass, Molly's spaying and recovery, a couple of nice long runs for me, Todd's work meetings, parent/teacher conferences for the boys, planning and shopping for the massive SUPERBOWL party we are having next weekend, and more planning for Joey's 8th birthday party coming up. Although when we told Joey we were planning a birthday party for him with all of his classmates he just said, "I'd rather go up north!" So, maybe the party will wait until next year.
Anyway, it has been a mad scramble around here. On top of it all I have a cold. Boo.
Instead of relaxing and taking it easy this weekend we've decided to load the family up in the Suburban and head up north to go skiing. If you'll remember we did the same thing last year. It was hectic and not so easy but the kids had a blast so we are trying it again. The plan this time is for me to sit on the bunny hill with Grace, playing in the snow, while Todd takes each of the boys down the hill one by one. Hopefully, Joey and Tommy will learn how to use the tow rope by themselves and then they can all go down together. We'll see. We just keep telling ourselves that once the kids learn how to ski, and are a little more self sufficient, all the hard work will have paid off and ski trips will once again be a blast. I'm sure we will have to remind ourselves of that over and over again while we are on the hill this weekend.
It is times like these when I have to remind myself to take it all in. These really are the best years of our lives and when we are so busy like this time just whooshes by too quickly. I get caught up in keeping schedules and remembering appointments and rushing, rushing, rushing. I don't enjoy it all like I should. I am hoping, praying, that I can just sit back and enjoy the madness this weekend. I hope I can let the craziness fall where it may, and truly enjoy my family just as they are in this very moment.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go snow blow the driveway before I start packing everyone's stuff for the weekend so that I can then rush off to the grocery store and buy some goodies for up north before it is time to pick up the boys at school.