So, ahem. I got a little behind on writing here. BUT, I have been tasked with writing elsewhere, including being a part of the story corp for We Stories and our upcoming Give Day STL. So I have been writing, just nothing that I can post here (yet). More soon!
Speaking of writing, E’s been written up a few times in the paper for soccer. That’s been kind of fun. She’s really enjoying her first season playing on her high school team. The schedule has been exhausting though. They have a game or practice almost everyday, and they don’t have transportation to and from the games. So with start times usually at 4pm, she’s riding to the field with other students, and at least one of us needs to be at the field to bring her home. They have a mercy rule of 10-0, and that adds an extra layer of the unknown to the schedule. She’s had several games that have been called before the end of the first half.
Our regular division of duties used to be simple – I handled all the morning drop-offs and coordination while M went to work really early. Then he handled all the afternoon shuttling, while I finished in the office til at least five or later. Now he’s running one direction for E, and I’m trying to catch at least a few minutes of one of her games a week (I was 0-4 last week), and also picking up F when the times and locations are in conflict. So while soccer has been a fun addition to the spring roster, I will also celebrate the end of a successful first season. Back to the regular pattern of a full day of work and time to run and workout immediately following it. High school life is NO joke.
Even though there are so many ways for the teeniest little guys to participate in group activities, we never did any of those with the girls when they were small. No music groups, or tumbling classes, or toddler sports. They were in daycare all day, and they sang and played and walked around the neighborhood and went to concerts in the park, so their enrichment opportunities were wide and varied. Plus, we weren’t ready to commit to the afternoons and evenings and weekends that a lot of those activities require.
So we held off on everything until kindergarten for both girls, but now kindergarten, round two is here, and this is what our life looks like.
This does not include girl scouts or sunday school or aerial arts or the wide variety of science, art, sport, music, computer sci, sewing, or drama camps going on in the summer months, plus the French, robotics, cooking, and rocket making after school clubs during the school year. It’s a constant balancing act of time and talent and determination, tempered with a fair amount of money sense and reality checks.
The photo above represents the current Big Four. Violin, soccer, swimming and dance. Violin is part of the school curriculum for the little one (hurray!), but now we’re trying to figure out how to continue private lessons on for the older one outside of school.
I don’t generally end a post with a comment prompt, but I’m truly curious about what your extra-c calendar looks like these days. We’ve coasted for the last six years with only one girl’s activities to manage; now we’ve got two, and if we thought the little one might not be quite as “engaged” as the older one for a few years… well, we hadn’t seen her play goalie or put on tap shoes or pick up the violin yet. Yowsers.