I’ve got activities coming up in the next couple of weeks that  tend to put my stress level on high alert, so I hope that by getting them out into the open here, I won’t be so prone to eating it all away.

My 14 year old son  is leaving for a band trip on Thursday. They leave on a bus at midnight Thursday and will return at 3am on Sunday morning. I don’t like it when my chicks are out of the nest. Makes me nervous and I worry the whole time. Thankfully he’ll have his phone with him, so I can text him 395720o957 times a day, just to make sure he’s okay. This is the first time he’s been on any kind of trip like this, and I know he’ll have a blast, but I won’t relax until he’s back home safe and sound.

The first week of May (holy monkey that’s next week!) is going to be super busy and I’m already dreading it, even though it will be filled with fun stuff. Here’s what’s going on:

Monday – son has ortho appointment (rescheduled because I totally blanked on the one that was supposed to be last Tuesday. Mother of the Year award is mine for sure.)

Tuesday – whole family has dental appointments. It’s easier to do all 5 of us at once than to have make multiple trips to dentist office.

Wednesday – daughter has girl scouts – she has that every week, so that’s really not a big deal

Thursday – Youngest daughter’s birthday, also Son has a band concert that night. Not sure how we’re going to deal with that.

Friday/Saturday- Couples’ fishing tournament. I really wanted to do this one, but I imagine that we will have to do Youngest’s birthday on Saturday. I think in order to save my sanity, I’m going to have to skip this tourney, although the hubs can still fish without me. Yes, for some reason they will allow only one half of the couple to fish.

Sunday – Mother’s Day. Hubs will be gone for a different fishing tournament, so will probably spend the day with my mom.

I don’t do well with having lots of activities crammed altogether within a few days like that. I like my chaos spread out a bit. Plus, I always want the kids’ birthdays to feel special so I tend to put extra pressure on myself to make it a good day for them.

(And no, in case you are wondering, I’m not upset that the hubs will be fishing on Mother’s Day. In the past it would have really bothered me, but since I’ve stopped relying on him for ALL my happiness, things like this don’t upset me. Let me clarify that because I made it sound like he’s unreliable – in the past, I wanted him to make days like this SuperExtraSpecial!!! I had such high expectations, but of course I didn’t tell him that, I just wanted him to read my mind.  So you can see where there would be some disappointment and hurt feelings. A couple of years ago on my birthday, I decided to just spend the day doing whatever I wanted by myself and it was one of the best days I’ve ever had. Realizing I could make my own SuperExtraSpecial days, meant letting him off the hook (mostly). Him being gone on Mother’s Day isn’t a big deal to me because 1) I know he’ll make it up to me,  and 2) I’ll get to spend it with my mom and my kids. So it’s all good.)

Okay, getting all that out there where I can see it does help. But now I’ve got to jam in order to figure out a birthday party for the almost 6 year old! For some reason I thought I had a couple of weeks, but I guess not.

Definitely a shoo-in for Mother of the Year. Definitely.