My inspiration for this record of my days:

“The biggest mistake I made [as a parent] is the one that most of us make. . . . I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of [my three children] sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less” -Anna Quindlen

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Before I picked the kids up from school, I decided I better write out my afternoon schedule.   Without a master plan, there was a great danger of me forgetting someone or something.  This is what it looked like:

2:45 Get kids

3:30 Put lasagna in the oven

4:00 Josh to scouts

4:15 Savannah to activity days

4:45 Jonah to basketball

5:00 Pick up Savannah; Josh rides bike to basketball

5:15 Garlic bread in the oven

5:45 Pick up Jonah; send Becca on bike for Josh

5:55 ish Dinner/quality family time

6:20 Caleb to scouts at ice rink

6:50 Becca and me to mutual

8:00 Caleb gets a ride home

8:30 Me and Becca home

I am proud (and perhaps a bit surprised) to report that nobody was late to anything!  That is especially surprising considering that I got 3 calls from kids’ friends needing last minute rides to various activities.  And I even had time to search for lost shoes and water bottles, and time to run to Walmart for a new basketball!

I’m glad I have a whole week before Wednesday rolls around again.


  1. You are amazing!!
    Don't you love putting it down on paper? Suddenly there's proof that you are superwoman ^_^


  2. You are superwoman and such a good example to me.....I love that you let you kids fly and support them in activities.