19. More or Less

As you can probably tell from the fact that I haven’t posted in over a month, life has taken precedence over the blog.  For the first time ever, we have scheduled activities 7 days a week…yes, 7.  It’s not quite as crazy as it sounds, though.

Saturday’s activity is a two-hour theatre class.  The kids are working on a production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. through a small theatre company in Mill Valley.  Mike and I watched Robin Williams do standup a couple years ago at this theatre (he lives in town there), and I like the idea that the kids have the opportunity to perform on the same stage as a “real actor” like him (the kids weren’t quite as impressed as I).  In any case, the two hours sans kids give Mike and me a chance to have a mini-date each week.  A cup of coffee, a nice walk, and conversation with the man I love…(but see far too little of during the week).  What could be better?

Sunday’s activity is a half-hour drum lesson for Ryan.  Mike takes him, and Ryan considers it “guy time” (which leaves Ashby and me free for “girl time”).  Ryan’s teacher is a local high school student, and Ryan is loving lessons with her.  We scheduled the lesson for 9:30 am, so they’re done around 10 am.  Perfect timing for a family breakfast downtown, and we still have the whole day ahead of us!

Ryan plays the drums

Ryan rocks out!

This is the first year I’ve scheduled activities on the weekend, but these were two great opportunities for Mike to get involved with the kids.  Plus, theatre and music really are his thing more so than mine.  As I had hoped (but honestly kind of doubted), our weekend activities don’t feel like chores that take away from family time.  Rather, they have become something to ground our weekends and ensure the family time.  We’re up, dressed, and out of the house fairly early…as a family.  The reality has turned out to be far more enjoyable than I anticipated.  I love when that happens!

Our packed schedule has had one side effect I didn’t expect; it has led me to evaluate how I direct my time and energy.  Hence, the blogging dark ages.  With all the commitments I’ve signed on for this semester, something had to give to create a balance.  I’ve spent the past couple weeks heading down the path toward simplifying, and it feels amazing!  But, this admission opens up a whole other post.  So, more on this to come…as soon as I sort through my craft closet.

-Marisa

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