Friday, July 18, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Once upon a time I didn’t have kids in lessons. I was going to say that instead, I had a clean house and was a really efficient lawyer, but that would be a lie. I still got nothing done, but I was home a lot more (I think). Well now, I am running around like a crazy person and my kids are running around like crazy people and who knows if I should be doing any of it.
Ivy is in gymnastics, dance, swimming and piano. Owen is in Tae-Kwon Do, gymnastics, swimming, and piano. Autumn is in dance and gymnastics and pretends she takes piano. We started all of these things as a recreational sport, something to do, something to have fun with and then right before my eyes, they started becoming something else. Suddenly, Ivy is taking gymnastics 7 1/2 hours a week, of which one of those hours includes a mandatory ballet class that I got to add to my monthly tuition. Suddenly, Owen is in the leadership program at karate and is now required to do two extra classes a week on top of his already recommended 3-4 classes. And, to top that off, those extra classes don’t even include the random list of parades I was given for him to be in, which all include multiple practices. We started taking swimming to stay alive, but then once they started learning fabulous things like side breathing, the crawl stroke, the backstroke, and the butterfly stroke, we realized that now we stay in swimming to swim strokes and laps and be amazing. Autumn started taking gymnastics because she was watching Ivy there and the owner guilted Angie and I into a mom and me class. Now she is in a preschool class for kids ages 3-5, while she is only 2, and not only that but often more than once a week. If I let her, she would go everyday. Oh, and that reminds me, Owen’s gymnastics class is once a week for one hour, but without fail, EVERYTIME he finishes, he reminds me how much he loves it and BEGS to stay for another hour. We do this song and dance every week. Then we have piano. I felt that they recently outgrew their teacher and we found another. This requires me to take Ivy, come home, take Owen, pick up Ivy, come home, pick up Owen, and come home, all within a very short time period. They will have new group lessons and competitions to be in and to think, we used to have our teacher come to our house.
Thank heavens we finished baseball and T-ball…. that is until Owen starts back up with Fall Ball.
We started out to have fun at things but we have now crossed the line over to trying to be amazing at things.
I think we are still having fun and I know we are spending a lot of money. In fact, I do hope they become amazing at their things, as they may be their only hope for an education.
Now, if I can only keep my head on straight and remember to work and take care of life outside of lessons, things will be good.