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We Made It!

Posted by on June 9, 2014

I survived my son’s first year of preschool! Was there any doubt? Well… Um, no, not all! Everyone has to go through it, and for the most part come out at the other end a little wiser for it. I can always hope, right?

Last fall, I shared Growing Wings with you all about my son heading off to his first day of preschool (practically kindergarten M-F 8-2:30). Really, was that last year already? Wow, has the time flown!

summer is hereSo now summer is upon us, and I’m trying to brace for another transition. Back to 24/7 mama duty. The non-stop talking, yelling, sibling fighting, bouncing off the walls, etc. are here again. The complete silence of uninterrupted quiet time–gone. The morning slot where I squeezed some projects in–gone. And if I give into my lazy streak of wanting to sleep in and letting the kids stay up late, I will not have any writing time period.

But I am not waving my white flag. No sir-ee. I will not give up. I will not surrender. I’ve got a plan–a schedule! I might even go so far as color code it….nah…

summer fun washing car

Day 2 of Summer…putting them to work 😀

I am determined to make it through this summer without parking my kids in front of the TV for hours on end. And I am determined to finish the projects that I have set before me this year. Such as getting Darkened Hope ready for you all. And in the meantime, write another short story, release another Tales of Nälu volume two, rewrite book III, and have some fun giveaways or something. Among the myriad of other projects I’ve got going on. Maybe I need to cut back or something… Ha!

We shall see. My brain can only keep track of so much stuff before it starts to flatline. But I’m gonna be careful, taking time to refuel and refresh. And did I mention I have a schedule? We’re gonna do all sorts of fun things, artsy things, educational things…quiet time will be a mandate for the sanity of all. We cannot sleep in, bedtime will remain intact. I will write!

You know, I’m telling y’all this, so I don’t plow a rut and get stuck in it. I need the accountability. Because if I slip up, I will be flattened. My productivity will cease. And I might just end up sleeping through summer and chasing after the wind.

Here’s to an awesome summer with my kiddos, because, you know, life is short, and they grow up way too fast and all.

So how’s your summer looking? Any special plans?

4 Responses to We Made It!

  1. Lynn Donovan

    Boy, do I understand. But I have faith in you and I know you will manage to carve out the time you need to get all you want done. Just remember Summer isn’t forever and neither are their childhoods! Mine are all grown and so it’s easy for me to caution you to enjoy them A LOT while they are small and innocent. I’ll pray for your ability to find the time needed to accomplished all you have in mind!

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Lynn, thanks for stopping by! I totally agree. It all goes by so quickly. I do have to say this morning went really well. I just have to be careful with what I commit to. Thanks for the prayers! 🙂

  2. netraptor001

    You’ll adjust and it’ll be fine! I’ve been slowly investing in colored pencils, water colors, modeling clay, and sketchbooks. I’m also trying to keep their room clean and organized so they have a place to play. Also we do quiet time/nap time in the afternoons. It’s necessary to maintain my sanity. 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      Hey Kessie, thanks for stopping by! Yes to all of the above!! I have some colored pencils, but I need to invest in an electronic pencil sharpener. I’d rather not have to sit down to sharpen them by hand. Ha! And yeah, I’ll adjust…just in time for my son to head off to kindergarten. 😉

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