Thursday, September 13, 2012

Parental Relay {Bigger Picture Moments}


I had many visions of what life would be like as a parent, most are far from my reality. One thing I never expected was to be a gold medal contender in the parental relay.


You don't compete daily in a parental relay?

We never really expected to either. While we want to foster our children's interests and talents we've tried really hard to not become "too busy". Each child is only in one extracurricular activity at a time. 

Well that was easy when they were in preschool, but with two kids in full day school now our afternoons look a little, well they're, hmmm, let me draw you a picture:


Repeat 2-3 times per week. Sometimes the location of the swap and who gets who changes. Football plays may make more sense.

It's like an Olympic style relay race only the baton is our children and we are racing in a half hour time limit against suburban traffic. I think this may be harder!

The first week was rough. We're ending our second week now and we are getting into a rhythm, moving more smoothly.

It's not what I envisioned parenthood would be, but it's working. It reminds me once again, that you just never know how you'll handle something or what you'll do until you're in the thick of it.

Simply making it work, that's my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What's Yours

Harness the moment. Write it down, share a picture, a poem or prose. However YOU need to process and remember the moment. All moments big and small.

Link up yours at Alita'sthis week.

Try to visit the other participants and encourage each other in this journey we call life.


Alita said...

Ha!! I adore your drawing. And we are starting to feel like this, too. In between catechism, flag football, and Boy Scouts. Holy Moly crazy days to be behold.

But... I wouldn't have it any other way. Loved reading this today. You made me smile.


May said...

I completely remember these days and wonder how I had the stamina for it. Even if every kid has only one activity, it seems like each of those activities is a multi-day commitment each week. For years I traveled with a lamented break down of each week day in the console of my van.
Run, Melissa, Run!

The Bozarth Family said...

Agree... drawing is cute. If I were to draw one, I'd have a picture of me chasing baby around the waiting area of whatever activity! :) Our Saturdays are probably the worse because that is the day they both have something + tutoring. Just last Saturday as we tried to coordinate everything, Chris turns to me and says, "Is this what our lives have become?" I replied, "No, I think this may be easy.... #3 isn't doing anything yet".

Lisa said...

Well, with just a toddler and a second on the way, we have yet to enter the world of sporting events, piano recitals, and Sunday school. But thank you for the premature scare! I plan to enjoy these few remaining years where my only form of running involves chasing a two-year-old in laps around the kitchen table. Then again, I bet that's equally tiring... ugh!

Hyacynth said...

This is probably one of my favorite posts, um, ever. John and I just laughed out loud reading it. Also: we love the hipster beard on Big G's stick figure head.

Unknown said...

I thought that would end when I decided to give up my career and stay home to homeschool - nope - just running to different places - meet with hs friends- co-op - practice. . . . . . this past year - we stopped it all and pretty much just parked it except for our family adventures. now I am easing back in to more involvement - soccer with 3 boys just around the corner! cute drawings - great post!

This Heavenly Life said...

The thick of it: perfect place for learning. Also, being thrown into the deep end works. Both are torture :)

I hear we'll rest when the kids are grown. Right...?