Thursday, June 09, 2011

Hello? ( tap, tap) Is This Thing on?

When I was a younger mom and my kids were little I couldn't wait until they were older and all in school so I would have more time to get things done. I was certain nothing was harder than raising young children and trying to keep up with them.

Ignorance was bliss.

I had no idea that as I got older, my interests, abilities, and goals would increase in direct proportion to my children's interests, abilities, and goals. My world was smaller back then, as was theirs, and now they are exploring and I'm the ball boy running hither and yon trying to keep the game in motion. I think I've finally accepted the truth many people have tried to tell me--it doesn't get easier, the playingfield just changes.

But some things haven't changed. I'm still trying to get them to do things my way--although I lose more than I used to. I'm still trying to get them to bed at a decent hour--although that's now midnight instead of 9:30. I'm still trying to get them to finish their dinners--although dinner is frozen pizza more often than it's a casserole. And I'm still trying to teach them what's right and wrong--only they can make those choices for themselves more than they used to.

This year has been a whirlwind but I'm giving up the fantasy that it's going to stop anytime soon. I guess that's okay, I just need to keep the goggles on and be ready for anything.

So in the process of the madness, I haven't kept up with my blog as well as I'd have liked. I love blogging, and I love reading blogs but there is not more room in this ten gallon hat of mine. So I'll be here, and I hope to see familiar faces in the comments when I do, but I understand that life takes so much that there isn't always much left over.

I hope life is treating you all well or that, like me, you're managing to keep up, if just barely.

Happy Summer, all.


Why Not? Because I Said So! said...

It is so nice to know that I am not alone in this frenzied thing we call "Life". I also see the frozen pizza or cereal, more often than casseroles, being consumed at our house. This is why I have had to truly take my challenges one day at a time.

You are simply amazing Josi! Keep doing what you are doing.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I often find myself longing for the days when my children were not in school yet. Life moved at a slower pace and I miss it. My blog has also suffered as my children get older. I guess we all just try to keep up the best we can. I'm glad you'll still be around. Have a great summer yourself!

Unknown said...

I know how hard it is. It's just nuts. Some days I'm just happy I have time to pee!

LisAway said...

Why hello, stranger! I'm with you on the playingfield change thing. Now that we have two little ones and two older ones I feel like I'm going back and forth between fields all the time.

Amy said...

Blogging is time-consuming work. Wish I got paid for it. :)

I keep seeing your facebook posts about conferences, signings, and fun events nerdy writers like me would love to attend but they're all in Utah! (I'm frying in AZ) Just so you know, I'd be there if I could!!

The only thing I have learned (and I'm still learning) about life is that I have to be happy with where I'm at now, not where I'll be someday. Otherwise I'll always be looking ahead and always have an excuse to be unhappy.

Thanks for updating! Good to "see" ya again.

Melissa Cunningham said...

I love your blog! I think you're wonderful. Sorry I haven't been by in a while. I love to blog, but I don't love to surf or read on the computer more than I have to. I'm too selfish with my time, I guess, but I do enjoy your posts a lot! Keep 'em comin'!

Annette Lyon said...

Keeping those goggles on--perfect way of describing it.

Love ya, girl.

Anonymous said...

I hear you, Josi. Blogging has been something I've just had to set aside this last year for similar reasons.

The "playing field" analogy is beyond apt. I keep wondering if/when it quiets down but I think it never really does.

*hug* Hang in there. *another hug*

Anna Maria Junus said...

I'm guilty too. I'm trying to get back to the blogging.