This weekend starts the beginning of a frenetic pace I lovingly refer to as July. Each year I look at my red covered calendar and wonder how I could have lost such complete control of my life - and made several bad decisions. You see, the only one I can blame for the idiotic pace of this month is myself.
This Sunday my Baby Girl turns two (Happy Birthday, Angel! Mommy Loves You!). Quickly following that is my eight year anniversary (which seems crazy to me. I swear I was just picking out my wedding dress last week). The week after that I turn 30 (which my sister felt the need to point out to me in a sickeningly sweet email. Like I could forget.). Sweet Pea turns five on the 25th - my Baby starts kindergarten this year. Yikes!
My sister is due to deliver my nephew sometime in those weeks (my other Nephew will also turn 2 only days before Sweet Pea). And somewhere in between the birthday celebrations, crying jags because I'm no longer a twenty-something and jubilation over a new family member to love I have to prepare for nationals. And finish this rough draft I signed on for.
I suppose it could be a good thing my family seems to delight in packing every ounce of celebration into one month during the year - at least we don't drag it out. I could have said no to the challenge - maybe should have - but I really, really, really need to get this rough draft finished before we head to Atlanta.
So here I am, with my head about ready to explode with GMC, scene ideas, birthday party preparations, packing lists (yes, I have one :-) - oh and did I mention that I'm running the contest for the playground in July and August? It's going to be a great one (if you haven't already signed up for Angel's A Night of Suspense contest do it now -----> the link is on the sidebar of the blog).
What's my point? :-) I indulged myself tonight. I played at work today (writing and getting caught up on some mundane things that needed to get done). I watched TV (I'm addicted to So You Think You Can Dance and Big Brother). And I swam. We bought the girls a pool for their birthdays.
We've been in it every night after dinner since DH put it up a couple weeks ago. We all enjoy it. But what I love the most is that all of us, all four of us, seem to slow down for those 30 or 40 minutes each evening. We play, joke, and splash each other. And really cherish the company. I'll be honest and say that our lives are scheduled (not in the PC sense :-) to within an inch of our lives - they have to be. I hadn't realized how often I let other things - duties, responsibilities, even the dream of my writing - come between spending quality time with my family.
This year I'm going to work hard on not letting July take over my life like it usually does. There's plenty of time for the things that need to get done but I only have this one year for my girls to be 5 and 2.
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