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If you’re anything like me, then a week may seem relatively far off. Yet, any mother knows that a week can go by more quickly than a bullet train if you’re not prepared. And, this week won’t be any different.
Let’s look at the few things that are normal which need checked off: grocery shopping, meal planning, meal preparation and cooking, sweeping, washing clothes, cleaning bathrooms, tidying the house, and hanging with the boys. A short, yet oh so repetitive list!
Then there are the things which I’d like to do this week: workout, blog, go somewhere fun (when do I not?).
Now, let’s also look at what additional things will need planning and strategy: a niece’s birthday party, buying a gift for said niece, traveling to/from said party, and figuring in 4th of July celebrations.
This year, since the 4th actually falls on a Monday, that’s almost strange enough. It begs the question, do we only participate on events over the weekend or do we also make a trek somewhere specifically on the 4th for celebration as well? This is where things get tricky.
See, Hun only has Saturday off. Yes, this is actually a serious bummer more often than not. It has its perks though, week day trips! His job is very strenuous and physical, so somewhere, somehow he needs to get decent rest for his body to recover. This is a hard one, as you can imagine, with 2 active little boys. And, I’m sure I add to the difficulty on occasion, because let’s face it. When Hun is home from work or is off for the day, there’s usually a list of things that need to be done, let alone doing some family fun stuff. Trust me though, Hun makes plenty of sacrifices for the good of our family and growing little boys. I don’t think I could be any more proud of nor admire him. This weekend and the 4th of July will be no different.
The difficulty with Hun only being off on Saturday means that any activities planned for Saturday cut into our normal errand or go do something time together. Remember that niece’s birthday party I mentioned? Yep, it’s on Saturday. It’s also out of town for us and goes right through the middle of the day. And it’s outside! Now, it’ll be fun, I’m sure. The boys and their cousins will have fun. All of the adults will find some enjoyment through the children and I know we’ll walk away having had a good time.
Yet, the fact that it’s outside, out of town for us, and is in the middle of the day will be a Huge drain on everyone. There’s the traveling to/from said party (about an hour each way) and then eating before and after said party. We’ll all need to ensure we drink enough water to avoid dehydration and keep an eye on Monkey Boy, so he doesn’t get a fever from a combination of dehydration and exhaustion. Nonetheless, we’ll attend, and despite the fact we’ll all likely need a nap after, we’ll probably also do some errands before heading home for the day.
Which now brings us to next Sunday, the day before the 4th. Because of our niece’s birthday party, we’ll miss any fun activities on Saturday and because of Hun’s work schedule. We’re going to opt out of our local events on Sunday, partially due to Hun’s work and partially for recovery for all. And, since the 4th is on Monday this year, we’ll miss most of the fun, but hightail it to the citywide activities and fireworks show, complete with the local city philharmonia, that evening. And, just in case you’re wondering, yes, attending the fireworks show on Monday means we’ll be taking things a little easier on Tuesday because of the late night excitement.
I know I started off this post talking about this week’s planning. It might seem that this week, the weekend, and leading into next week don’t need to be so jumbled together. Ah, but that’s the lie I sometimes tell myself. That’s always why thinking I have a week to do something (i.e. procrastinate or distract myself) can weigh heavily on my mind. There’s a ton of planning and coordinating to make this week successful as we head into the weekend’s activities and 4th of July celebrations!
Of course, we could forgo some of these activities, but who wants to let a 5yo niece down? Who wants to miss time at the park playing and visiting? And really, who wants to miss fireworks??
We’ll also print these 4th of July signs and hang them up around the house.
Monkey Boy and I will work on making a card for his cousin. This is a big birthday, as she’ll be entering school for the first time, in a few short weeks. I know my sister is excited about this and so is our niece. They may be excited in different ways, but the excitement is still palpable!
And that, my friends, will be our week. More coordinating, more organizing, more to plan, but all fun!
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What’s on tap for your week? Will you be celebrating the 4th? What will that look like for your family?