Friday, April 16, 2010

DCMM: I'm So Close to the Dream

We are getting close to the end of the school year here in Maryland. And, yes, I KNOW it's still only April, but that just leaves May and then a couple weeks of June, which barely counts, and if you subtract lunch time, recess, and standing in line time, it's really more like three or four days.

Anyway, the end of the school year is making me think about the beginning of next school year. Next school year starts August 30 in Montgomery County. I've been waiting for that day for a long time. It's so close I can almost touch it. That day? That day is the beginning of a better life for me because all three of my kids will be in school all day long. This long-coming day makes me think of the research study I remember hearing about a few years back that stated that parents' happiness peaks when their kids are in elementary school. I'm waiting patiently for that. And I've compiled a list of ways my life will be substantially better come August 30th.

• Naturally, August 30 itself will be better because I plan on napping that whole day. Just because I can. Maybe I'll nap near a bucket of bonbons, just for effect.

• I work from home in the evenings after my kids go to bed and on weekends. I am really, really looking forward to shifting that work time to the day. The result of this shift change will mean that not only will I have free time—ohmigod free time!—but that I will be able to maybe chat with my husband now and again. I'm going to enjoy that. I wonder what that guy has been up to.

• I am going to save GOBS of gas money. I currently drive back and forth to my youngest son's preschool twice a day. Plus I drive the older guys to school in the morning. Now that they'll all be going to the same place at the same time, I think I'm just going to put them on the bus. Which leads me to...

• ...the time I'm going to save. My current drop off duties (elementary and pre-school) takes me an hour and a half. When all three of them get on the bus, I'm going to cut that hour and a half down to FIVE MINUTES.

• Do you know what I'm going to do with that hour and twenty-five minutes I save? I'm going to exercise. Every. Day. With Added Daily Bonus Shower!!

• After I clean myself, then I will clean my house. That act alone, done consistently, will likely save my marriage.

• But volunteering in three kids' classes. Oy, right? Wrong! These days volunteering in two different kids' classes requires two days because of the short amount of time my youngest is in preschool. Once I don't have that limitation, I can consolidate all three classrooms into the same day. Yes, I'll be at the school for four or five hours, but then I will have four full days of freedom!

• Those extended periods of child-free time also means that I will be able to do things like schedule appointments without worrying about missing preschool pick up. Or making my husband take sick days to watch the kids when I go to the dentist. Imagine how both my teeth and his career will flourish!

• All of those projects, you know the ones you're going to do...later? I'm going to do them. I'm going to organize my photos. I'm going to organize my kids' school scrapbooks. I'm going to start reading the stacks of books that have been patiently waiting. I'm going to make all the blog improvements on my Blog To Do list. I'm going to do the research on all the things on my Research To Do list. I'm going to do all the things on my regular To Do list.

I don't know what's going to happen when August 30 passes and I am not instantly happy, thin, clean, and organized. But I'm sure that won't happen. Right? RIGHT??

This is an original DC Metro Moms Blog post. You can read about how Jean fills the days until August 30 at her personal blog, Stimeyland.

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