A little life update and recap to kick off the month.
I recently heard someone say that May is another December for parents with school-aged kids.
And no truer words have been spoken.
Christmas is my favorite holiday. And as the mom of girls, who is just a tiny bit Type A, Christmas is my show. But the weeks leading up to it are the death of me.
So while my husband is truly a 50/50 partner in almost everything, he knows the best thing he can do in December to help me is stay out of my way, say yes to everything, and don’t ask how much I’m spending.
But May, May is a team sport.
And after this month, I would argue that May is more bananas than December because you get two exhausted and burned-out parents by the end, who would do it all over again for the memories, but are hanging on by a thread.
We have three girls in three different schools, one in high school, one in middle school, and one in Pre-K.
That means three different schedules in three different places, often simultaneously. And every parent knows that the end of the school year is wild.
I can’t tell you how many times, my husband and I would look at each other and marvel at what is asked of parents during the day, as if no one works.
From a 10 am Special Person Tea to a 2:30 middle school softball game to an 8 pm pickup at the boat house, IN ONE DAY, so many hours were spent transporting kids places or waiting in the car until they were done, squeezing in work in the weirdest, most uncomfortable places.
And that was just during the week, weekends often started on a Friday night and ended late on Sunday with the girls at their respective sport.
Travel parents know you depend on rain outs for a little break. But this season was nothing but blue skies, and even when something did get rained out – we were already there. So it doesn’t really count.
We keep telling ourselves we will miss these days. We know that. I already do.
And we know how lucky we are to work from home and have flexibility.
But the intensity of being hands-on parents and running a business also kicked our asses.
I’ve had to give myself a lot of grace this month and be grateful that I could keep up with our publishing schedule, and I had to readjust some goals to keep my head above water, which was frustrating in the moment.
Even as I write this, though, it’s hard not to be grateful.
We had fantastic moments, from the incredible Taylor Swift Concert and weekends on the sidelines with friends, to long car rides coming home from games just talking with the girls.
It’s worth it.
We’re exhausted, but it’s worth it.
Happily it’s June, because, just like December, this is party is not sustainable.
Two of our three girls finished their school year; one is done on the 15th – which is excruciating, she hates all of us as she leaves for the bus in the morning.
But the crew season is over, and a fresh, slightly more manageable schedule starts with less chaotic mornings and a little more help.
I’m so tired, but I couldn’t be happier to end the school year and start the summer with joyful, thriving kids.
And I’m thrilled to get back to my regular work schedule. We have a lot of exciting projects in the works that I can’t yet talk about, but so many things are happening behind the scenes.
So stay tuned for a June full of summer outfit ideas, fashion finds, tips and tricks and a lot more.