Mad skillz

My friends have been telling me for a while that, ‘just wait, once your kids get older, it just gets harder to manage schedules!’

I haven’t exactly believed them, but this month I am now realizing how true of a statement that is. January is a pretty busy month for our family in general. We came back from a holiday break and jumped right into 2016. This month is busy for me at work, with my biggest fundraiser Eat Drink Give coming up next week in addition to this week’s big event was our Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service (300+ volunteers at 17+ sites).

You might think that with only four weeks in the month, work and general life alone should keep us busy. Well, let’s add in piano lessons for both kids (Monday and Tuesday), tennis lessons for Violet (Tuesday) and Taekwando for Hayden (Saturday). Did we mention round three of antibiotics for Violet (whose dr appt today went great!) and today marks the start of 10 days of antibiotics for Hayden thanks to strep? Whew. I’m a little exhausted just thinking about it.

Besides the standard piano lessons, we’ve got to accommodate practice every night as well (along with standard homework). We’ve set up the keyboard in the living room for now until we can find it a more permanent spot in our house. So far, practicing piano has been lots of fun for both kids. I think that they may need continued encouragement, but one really exciting thing for them is that there’s an opportunity for them to “perform” with their instructor at Old Dog Tavern where he plays often. That might be an excuse for grandparents to come down and hang out at a bar on a Sunday morning (they have really yummy bloody mary’s). We’ll be sure to share that info when it comes down to it.

Here is Hayden doing his required practicing:

Yesterday was the first time we had a bit of a scheduling nightmare. I had a board meeting in the evening, Violet had tennis and Hayden had piano. I left work early, dropped Vi off at tennis, Mike then picked up Hayden from piano and then picked up Violet and made it home in time to feed them dinner. I made it home in time to go to bed.

The kids love tennis, piano and taekwando. We’ll just have to see how long we can keep this up! I’ll most likely work on posts on each of their activities to keep you informed as to how they’re progressing.

Although Mike took the kids skiing at Bittersweet this last weekend on Saturday and wrote about that, I forgot to mention that on Sunday, I took Violet with one of her friends roller skating. They are super silly. I ended up skating by myself since, you know, I’m a mom and not really needed as much anymore… 🙂