I ordered my first Mom Agenda yesterday and I am now anxiously wishing away July so I can start using it daily. With four kids, I have exhausted all ideas on how to keep my calendar organized. I have used first initials and I have color codes. I have tried online calendars and paper calendars. I have found that I do much better with a paper calendar where I can see everything laid out at once. I still use my shared Google calendar so that my ex, his wife, Joe and I can all be on the same page, but I am hoping this Mom Agenda will dramatically change my life! It has been tough enough with four kids in general, but this school year is bringing about massive change for our party of six.
Two kids are in year-round schools, so they started back this week. One is in high school and one is in middle school. The other two are on a traditional calendar, so they will go back at the end of August. Our life will be rocked at that time… because all four kids will be at different schools.
Yes, you read that right… four kids at four different schools. Schools located in three different cities/towns. I’m wondering how Joe and I will be able to keep our jobs and still get kids to and from school every day. Not to mention all of the activities that two high schoolers and two middle schoolers have. (Why have I chosen at this time to quit drinking?)
People ask me on a regular basis how in the world we do it with four kids and different custody schedules. I usually can answer them easily because we have just made it work. I have got NO WORDS right now.
Until the school years are both in full swing, I am completely unsure how we will get everything done. Hiring help is usually easy, but not when you live in Raleigh and you are asking them to drive out to Wake Forest and Zebulon. That’s not an appealing job prospect for a college girl. Our last sitter leased her car, so that extra mileage was a big deal.
This should be an interesting year and I am honestly tired just thinking about it, but THIS IS IT! THIS IS LIFE!!! Our boys only have four years left before they head out of our nest for college. The girls will be following shortly behind them.
I want to remember every second of this. We know we are blessed beyond measure to have found each other after all of these years and even more so because our children all love each other so much. Not everyone gets the chance that we have to spend the rest of our lives with the true love of our life. So until that day, when the last child hugs us goodbye and walks to her packed car, our focus is on loving our kids and making them our #1 priority in life.
I said that to Crawford while we were on our family vacation to Disney World. She was feeling sick and so we went to sit down while the rest of the kids rode rides with Joe. She said, “I’m sorry you are missing the ride because of me” and I replied, “Honey, you are my priority.” The look on her face said it all. THAT is what our kids need to hear. They need to know that THEY are our priority.
Joe will be driving forty minutes to Wake Forest to get the kids to two different schools three days a week and then driving another forty minutes to get to work. I will be driving thirty minutes out to Johnston County to take one child to school and then driving back in to Raleigh to take the other child to school before driving to work. Not to mention Warren’s basketball and workouts, Will’s cross country and basketball, Hattie’s soccer and horseback riding, and Crawford’s track, piano, and basketball.
Joe and I will be driving all over Wake/Johnston counties for the next four years, but we will be doing it with a heart full of love and a smile on our faces. The next four plus years our babies are our PRIORITY. Does anything else really matter? No.