A quiet week?

The last couple of weeks have been physically and emotionally draining. I’ve had so much on, I haven’t known whether I’ve been coming or going.

It started with my younger son’s residential school trip, which I found emotionally quite tough. Then relentlessly into Britmums Live (loved it, very tiring) and a dance show (even more tiring) and the arrival of the French boy for a week. Yes, in many ways he was no trouble (and my own son was AMAZING), but having a child you don’t know in your house for a week is stressful, particularly with the language barrier and cultural issues. Not to mention the endless demands for lifts. The week ended with a birthday. I love birthdays, but they require work. I think it was the first of my kids’ birthdays ever I haven’t marked on the blog (apart from the obligatory Pumba picture – sorry, son, I was just too tired!).

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This was all in addition to the usual running of a household with three kids and the dance lessons and Scouts and homework and packed lunches etc etc. Oh, and work. Yes, I still had to find time to work in the midst of all this. No wonder I felt drained.

So I was looking forward to a quiet week this week. No school residential, no Britmums Live, no dance show, no French exchange and no birthday.

And now we’re at the end of that week. And has it been quiet?

Apart from the three hospital appointments (and not one of them at A&E, remarkably), the parents’ evening, the secondary school induction, the day OUT OF THE HOUSE working (I don’t leave the house to work, it’s the rules!) and the Scout camp, it’s been really, really flipping quiet. As in, not quiet at all.

But next week will be quiet, right?

There’s just a day in London, another secondary school induction, a primary school leavers’ performance, my daughter dancing at a local theatre, another hospital appointment and THREE DAYS working out of the house, two of them at the weekend.

There’s no such thing as a quiet week, is there?

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. oh I know how you feel! We were talking about a couple of bits and bobs we wanted to get done at home and Andy said ‘when we next get a quiet weekend’ , so we looked at the calendar and that will be in September….still, better than being bored I guess!!

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    • A little bit of boredom might be nice! We don’t have a free weekend until September either.

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  2. I totally relate to this! Keep saying “It’s just the time of year”. Then I realise they’ll all be off school for holidays soon and then it’s Sept which is always busy and then it’s the mad pre-Xmas frenzy etc etc. just trying to stay calm and sneak in a few minutes work at every opportunity. Just see it as ‘making memories’, even if it involves A&E!’

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    • I’m trying not to think like that about the way the year is flying by, but you’re so right! We are most certainly making a lot of memories 😉

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  3. Exactly the same here and whilst doing loads in getting nothing done. Roll on summer holidays because it’ll be quieter then – right!?!

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    • If only! At least we won’t have the pressure of school over the holidays!

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  4. In this time of life, there really is no such thing as quiet. I CANNOT wait for the holidays! Sounds like you’ve had a busier time than ever. x

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    • It’s been crazy! We definitely need a break. I can’t wait for the holiday, but I think it’ll be crazy even then!

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  5. NO! I find the summer term like xmas -manic. Ditto to all of the above school induction, school trips, ofsted paid a visit, school performances etc etc now just 7 weeks of entertaining! X

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    • You’re so right, it is very similar to the run-up to Christmas – and that’s not a good thing! x

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  6. This is the first year we’ve had a really crazy June full of nursery and school stuff all at once. I dropped a big ball this week and booked lots of meetings on Zs sports day then nearly bawled when I’d realised what I’d done. After a lot more reshuffling I managed to go to it bar the last 5 minutes. Bring on summer hols eh?

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    • Oh dear! I would have been the same. I always found that difficult with work, because I hated to miss anything they did with school. Glad you managed to see it! The summer holidays can’t come fast enough now!

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  7. Nooo!!! You’re a mum, you can’t have a quiet week! And if you do happen to have one, PLEASE don’t tell me, I’ll be so jealous! Seriously though, you deserve a little break. Could you book a half day for you into the diary? Would the house run without you for a few hours? I had a spa morning when we were at Bluestone in January. It was the first bit of time I’d had to myself since having the kids and it was AMAZING! You should treat yourself.xx

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    • That sounds lovely! I think my running is my time for me, although I haven’t even managed that this week! Although I never actually have a quiet week, life is usually quieter than these last few weeks. (I promise I won’t tell you if I have an extra quiet week, though!)

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  8. I keep thinking next week will be quieter, but it never is. Lots of working out of the house going on – sounds quite exciting.

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    • It is quite exciting! I think I’ll be exhausted by the end of next weekend! Hopefully the weeks will actually be quieter when it’s the school holidays!

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  9. Phew Sarah I am shattered just reading all of this. You ARE superwoman. Hopefully you will get a quiet week in the school holidays. Yes the kids might be off but hopefully not as much running around (fingers crossed). Its just manic this time of year. I am just about my to do list as to what I want to get done in the next 2 weeks before they break up. I could cry even thinking about it xx

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say! I was close to crying trying to get my boys packed for Scout camp, there was just so much to do! x

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  10. Here’s hoping the school holidays will be quieter then?

    Life does seem to be getting more manic. Trying to find time to do things on weekends is a nightmare, and work doesn’t seem to get quiet in August like it always used to.

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