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Summer stress

Here in the Northeast, we wait all winter long for good weather and I put a bit too much pressure on myself to make the most of summer when it arrives. This summer, we will be out of the country for 4 weeks, so I’m trying to cram as much as possible in the remaining 8 weeks that we will be here. But my schedule is being taken over by birthday parties, school year end events, socializing etc.

This was our first year in the public school. It is amazing how many events they cram towards the end – field trips, sports day, award ceremonies, picnic etc. I tried to participate in as many as I can. I did not imagine that they would have a picnic and a kids’ show one day before the last day of school. So I agreed to go on a business trip and it turns out now I’ll miss the picnic and the show. I’m terribly upset and AK was very disappointed. PK’ll go, so hopefully that is some solace for AK, but I would have loved to be around. I was given a 3 week window for my trip and I chose what seemed to be the most harmless dates.

Talking about birthday parties, now little SK also gets invited to her own parties. For both the kids, I politely decline to go if the birthday kids are not close friends, but even the minimal list that we go to is growing. I’m also trying to arrange AK’s party in 2 weeks. Even though I go for the “everything taken care of” types of places, we still have the cards/rsvps/goodie bags to manage. And last year, there was one kid’s parents who showed up with him, without having RSVP’ed. Not a big deal, but I was one goodie bag short (trying to put together 17 goodie bags for boys and girls of different ages is hard!) . I quietly gave away SK’s since she was too young to understand, but one or two more like that and I’d be in a soup. And I won’t be able to do that this year since SK is older and a lot smarter.

Two sets of friends are moving. One has a firm date and I’m trying to organize a small farewell party. The others have a 2 month window (Housing market is bad and I don’t envy anyone who is trying to sell now). Old friends are moving. We are making new friends (mostly families of our kids’ friends). The next one year is probably going to be very different for us …

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