Monday, June 3, 2013

Run Johanna Run

This is that time of year when every afternoon and evening is filled with at least one extra event.

Tonight, for example, I'll be watching my son play in his tournament baseball game.

He's a little boy who went from being terrified of a ball coming at his face, to a little boy who wakes up early on game day because he can't wait to get out there and "cream that ball".
See that ball in the picture on the right, it's about to be hit hard in a line drive. Proud, proud mommy moment!

This weekend I cheered my daughter on while she ran Portland's Starlight Fun Run with her Girls on the Run running buddy. She trained hard. She did the whole thing!! Sunday morning she told me she wants to run with me on a regular basis and we're already making plans to run future 5ks together.

While she was running, my son was off on a Boy Scout sleepover where they, "played with fire", carved spears, fished, tempted fate with crawdad claws and made S'mores. He came home in mud covered pants, but explained he wasn't dirty because he'd had a bath in a bucket the night before.

Tuesday night there's an 'end of running season' pizza party followed by piano lessons. Wednesday night is an 'end of baseball season' pizza party followed by book club. Thursday is the Second Grade Play and Friday we order to get ready for the Girl Scout sleepover and a friend's slumber party the next day.

And wait, did I mention I'm currently a single parent?

My husband sent me a text this weekend. It read "Sitting by the pool and reading a book. Really miss you guys!"

You'd think I would have been annoyed, but I haven't had time. When I'm not going to kid events, I'm randomly shoving things in boxes and lugging them up to the attic in order to get our house ready for rental while we're off on our year in Washington, D.C.

During the day, while it's quiet, I'm chained to the keyboard in order to finish up edits that need to be done before the kids get out of school....T minus 7 days and counting.

It's all good stuff. I wouldn't change any of it.

I could however, really use Hermione's Time-turner. Just for a week, you know, or maybe two. I promise I'd give it back. Truly! Really, I do. Cross my heart. Pinkie Swear, even!!

What about you? Do you dream of a Time-Turner? Or do you have time management down to a Harry Potter free science?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

For the most part, I have time management under control.
Congratulations to your daughter!
And I think you'll be beat by Friday.

Alison DeLuca said...

Wow, Alex, you are GOOOOD. Because I sorely need one of those Time Turner doohickeys.

I'm still snorfling at the mud-covered pants and the bucket!

Epic, epic blogpost.

jaybird said...

Wow- a 5k? That's a wonderful thing to accomplish- and at her age? Super impressed.

Your schedule sounds a bit like mine with the three kids. I actually have no idea how single parents do this. I rely on The Husband so much to help me cart everyone around to their respective activities! Sometimes, when we need to be in three places at once I have to enlist and rely on the help of G'ma too! It's nuts!

Connie J Jasperson said...

I do! With two adult children whose meds failed and can't drive until August, I'm stressed. Driving between Seattle, Snohomish and Olympia to babysit, take to neurolgists, etc. But I would never NOT wish to help as much as they will allow me to!(oohh--hope my editor isn't seeing this comment.)

Hermione's time turner would be awesome!

I LOVE reading about your kids Johanna. They crack me up!

Barbara Watson said...

Those moments of our kid's 'stuff.' There's nothing quite like them. Enjoy each one. And best to you on your edits. I, too, have often longed for Hermione's time turner.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I'm on the LINE RIGHT BEHIND YOU, Johanna for that TIME TURNER...

I NEED one for like a YEAR! I get maybe, five to six hours of sleep a night and I STILL can't finish what I want to do ...

You kids sound GREAT.... GOOD for them. It's so important for kids to feel accomplishment. I gives them much need confidence to face our turbulent world.

I've said this before to you Johanna, but you are an AMAZING MOM!!!! You seem to manage your time beautifully because from what I've read on your blog, you DO accomplish what you need to do.

Keep breathing and GOOD luck on the move and ... WOW, a year in DC... how cool!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's a lot of pizza time.

It would be wonderful if you and your daughter could run together. Good for her!

Johanna Garth said...

Alex, I'm so jealous!

Allie, I snorfled a little too.

Jaybird, thank goodness for friends and the 'It takes a village' mentality.

I know Connie, right!?

Barbara, wouldn't want to miss any of them.

Michael, THANK YOU and giving them all these positive experiences totally outweighs the busy weeks here and there.

Diane, the good news is I don't have to eat all that pizza! :)

A Beer for the Shower said...

I can barely stay organized without children. I can't imagine trying to function WITH kids. That's really impressive!

Also, I'm a runner, but no one else I know is, meaning I can't get anyone to run with me. Ever. So kudos to your daughter. She's a rare breed, at least around here!

Joanne Noragon said...

I have three grand kids to schlep and only one old grandma brain to manage it. I became intimate with the calendar feature on my smart phone, thereupon also answering my grandson's question, "Why does grandma need a smart phone?" Better my pocket than yours, young man.

Emily R. King said...

You are one organized woman! Kids make life crazy busy, that's for sure. And yes, I wouldn't mind a time-turner!

Elise Fallson said...

"..wasn't dirty because he'd had a bath in a bucket the night before." LOL!
Oh wow your days are full. And I think running with your daughter is really great! Hope you guys keep it up. Good luck with the move to DC, I used to live not too far from DC years ago... (:

Carol Kilgore said...

I desperately need a time turner. Today fell apart before I even had a sip of coffee.

I always amazed by how much your daughter looks like you.

Unknown said...

My hubby wouldn't dare send me a text like that. :D

A time-turner would be great. Then we could finish our books in record time.

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

Sounds like you're having fun - seriously! Life will be pretty boring when it all slows down and you'll miss these hectic days.

OK, so I'm full of shite. Your husband has the right idea, I'm afeared.

Melissa said...

Isn't it cool to watch kids grow and overcome their fears? Give your daughter a high five for me. Woot! :D

Chuck said...

Fun time with the kids...enjoy while you can! Good luck on your edits.

Mark Koopmans said...

Love your posts because you and your kids are a few years of us and our lot.

(No. 1 Son goes for his *first* Cub Scout meeting Thursday... I'm going to be looking out for random bathtubs :)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I stink at time management.
Yay for your kids! That's great that they're keeping busy and having fun. :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I think sports are so good for kids. Teaches them so many good life lessons.

I tried to get my edits done before school ended, but I failed. I also have an elderly mom who needs me, so the juggle of it all had me dropping balls all over the place.

Julie Flanders said...

Aww, I just love the pics. Congrats to your daughter and I hope your son had a great game last night. Sounds like a lot of fun!