You know those families with crazy schedules. Maybe you’re one of them. We are too.
With 3 kids and multiple practices, it’s hard to keep track of everything. One practice is an hour away…3 times a week. When I am in charge of that kid, I find it easier. On those days, it’s drive, drive, drive…wait, wait, wait. I blog while I am waiting. It’s nice and peaceful. I’m actually very productive during that time.
It’s when I am charge of the other 2 that I have problems. I can’t keep up with the juggling…WHO has to be driven WHERE at WHAT time. On the one day they are at the same field, the times are of course off enough that I end up driving one and then going home and getting the other, and then the same thing with pickup. So I drive back and forth to the same field 8 times! I’d make the one go with me early, but he’s usually just getting home from his school sports practice at that time. Even though that field is only 10 minutes from our house, the practices are during rush hour traffic so it takes longer to get back and forth. So basically I spend an hour and twenty minutes plus driving back and forth.
Then sometimes I get confused when practices are at different fields and I forget. One son’s practices are always at the same field. The other one switches back and forth and of course it’s completely on the other side of town. Yes, I have driven to the wrong one.
My husband is SO much better at coordinating all this. He is a much better planner. He thinks through all the logistics…if Child A and Child B need to be on opposite ends of town at the same time (which has happened as well)…he thinks ahead and gets one of them a ride. Why do I never think of this? Because I don’t look at the calendar on my phone until it beeps at me, explaining that both children must be in different places at the same time. AND I NEVER LEARN!
Am I the only one out there that is logistically challenged like this?! I’m kind of embarrassed I am even admitting this.
We’ve come to an agreement. He now simply plans it for me. If I am not driving the child with the far away practice, which I much prefer to do at this point, he then tells me where I need to be. And gets a ride for one kid if needed, and just tells me that he’s done it. A couple weeks ago, when he was away for the weekend out of state with one child at a tournament, I had to juggle this. It was not pretty.
At least I go to every game I can (again, a juggle with all 3) and I take photos for their teams. That’s gotta count for something, right?