The other day my kids were discussing the (obvious) torture of the job chart and lamenting their daily toils. My 5-YO boy said, "Yeah, and Mom doesn't have ANY jobs. It's not fair!"
I got to thinking about our July and all of the jobs I've (not) been doing, which don't happen to be listed on the job chart. Since school ended on June 24, my unwritten job list has included the management of:
8 doctor/dentist/orthodontist appointments
1 eye surgery
1 birthday party
3 different campouts for 3 different children (and the attending early-morning wakeup calls)
1 Youth Conference (and its attending early-morning wakeup calls)
6 teenage girls borrowing my showers during Youth Conference
1 large youth group gathering in my home
2 volunteer full-day babysitting gigs for 2 sets of children
5 days of swim lessons (and counting)
6 hours of driving child #1 to EFY (another youth camp)
1 week of husband travel
6 kids at the pool almost daily
2 friend parties
26 days x 3 meals x 8 (give or take a kid or two)
6 kids in various states of emotional upheaval
2 weeks of major adjustment
3 electronic-free Wednesdays (I highly recommend them)
Youth and adult church activities
Kid coordination/babysitting swaps
My misplaced sanity
I must be doing something right if that 5-YO thinks I'm not working. Maybe I just make it look effortless and graceful all the time. That must be it. I'm a duck.
Lazy days of summer? Not yet. August, where are you?