“There is such a thing as a tesseract.”
~Madeline L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
(If only tessering were an option when shuttling your children around)
Our daily household strategy is divide and conquer. When it comes to bath time, feeding, bed time, homework, shopping and especially activities and sports, Parker and I disperse into different directions and take ownership of a kid (or two).
Weekdays aren’t as hectic and thankfully Sophie can babysit Ellinor on occasion, but weekends are a different story. Even though our kids each choose one activity for the season or year, when you multiply this times three kids, your bound to have situations where you can’t be in two places at once. We lucked out this year in that their games and practices don’t conflict too badly, but I dread the day when it does. Hopefully by that time, Sophie will be driving (yikes!) and I will have found a reliable babysitter.
Usually, I am dance mom, but the other day I was able to take Soren to hockey practice. Prior to leaving, Parker gave me a tutorial on how to put on the gear and even sent me a text for a visual reminder. Once we got to the arena, Soren was very reassuring when it was time to get suited up and even offered me a few pointers.
While I was at hockey, Parker went to ballet class. Thankfully, Elsa is self sufficient because I am not sure he could manage a ballet hair bun. Parker always sticks around to watch and tells me stuff like “Elsa did really well at that jumping thing.” Noted.
Sophie hangs with Ellinor for the small window of time where one of us is running out the door and the other is driving back home, but in a few weeks she starts theatre class. Ellinor is too little to do stuff, plus she is the fourth child so she doesn’t need anything, right? Kidding…I did sign her up for a morning music class 🙂
Having a family of six takes a lot of planning and scheduling. We all link our Google calendars and send invites on our phones. Each morning, we talk about the day and I always make sure to text Parker a few times throughout. Routine and organization are essential.
Despite all this, our lives really don’t feel that rushed and we have lots of down time during the week, which is important. Maybe it’s because I am not working, but things are functioning at a slower pace than in San Diego. I have toyed with the idea of working outside the home again, but then 2:30 pm hits and I realize I am crazy. At this point in my life, at least for the next few years, I am 100% a stay-at-home mom.
Currently, we are getting geared up for three birthdays (Soren, Sophie and Ellinor) along with a handful of visitors. In a few days, my sister Jackie and her family will be arriving and just a short week later, Parker’s parents Ward and Wendy are coming into town. Once they head out, my parents will arrive for an extended stay.
To say we are excited is an understatement. Up until now, my friend Alisha has been our only visitor and we are elated to know more people will be coming for a visit. We can’t wait to share our new home and life with our friends and family. Visitors are always welcome!
And just to make life a little more interesting, we will be adding a seventh family member come October. No, I am NOT pregnant…Somewhere in our flurry of guests and activities, the girls and I will be taking a road trip to New Brunswick to pick up our girl puppy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Pictures and name to come…
Until then, here are all the kids, cleaned up for school picture day.
And Ellinor in a shopping cart.