Simon & Garfunkel had it right. Life is just going too quickly right now, or too much is happening, or... something. To catch 5 or 10 minutes where I can think, or even have a conversation with Doug - priceless. It's to the point that to even do the things we enjoy is getting to be a hassle. Something has got to give. And it will - after October.
The boys have been swimming 1x a week, and Charlie has also been doing tang soo do (karate) 1x a week. Because Ro and Char give school their ALL, having this extra stuff wipes them out. We've been dealing with tired-meltdowns from both of them. So the decision was made that they will end swimming; but Goldfish wants 30 days' notice! And so they will go for another 4 weeks, because goshdarnit if we're paying, they are going! Without swim, that gives our family an entire evening free.
Roman has been continuing neurofeedback this entire time. We pay for it in 20-session blocks. Our next block of 20 will also be done at the end of October, and we'll just do an occasional "maintenance" session after that. So that will loosen up another night as well; only Doug & Charlie will have tang soo do that evening.
One night of the week is reserved for Doug and I - but not, unfortunately, a date night. Unless you call parent therapy a date. :) We have been taking an online course through Heather Forbes and then meeting with others & a therapist to discuss & apply the ideas. We are 4 sessions in and already are working more as a team. So while beneficial, it's another night where we're out of the house.
Toss in work we both bring home, homework for Roman, occasional extra meetings for work, church, or school - and you are reading the blog of a woman who is about to lose her mind. The idea of laundry, cooking dinner, making a grocery list... some days it paralyzes me. By the time we get the kids into bed & asleep, we're ready to sleep ourselves! This evening, instead of downloading some software for work & trying it out, I decided to write this instead. I am succeeding at one thing, though - I'm continuing to develop my skills at procrastinating!