So Naive

Five years ago when #1 was born, TH and I naively (or maybe it was just me) thought we’d be less busy, at least while #1 was young and not involved in many activities. We were terribly wrong, and 5 years later #1 leads an enviable social life. Throw #2 into the mix and we don’t know where we’re supposed to be or when half the time. Enter Google Calendar. Knowing that a paper calendar only works if someone is home to look at it (and if you need such a calendar, you are probably not home anyway), TH decided we needed to go the electronic route. Thank God.

Even though it is somewhat depressing to see our time marked off in various colors practically everyday (downtime, what downtime?) it is great to be able to check our schedule anywhere we have computer access. TH gave everyone in the family a color and so we know blue means it’s a family activity, purple is me, sports is brown (doesn’t everyone know “sports” needs it own color?), etc.

The most prevalent item on the calendar is for #1’s birthday parties, he goes through periods where he has one a weekend several weekends in a row. We could say “no thank you” but when the entire class has been discussing the ins and outs of the celebration for weeks, it’s hard to decline, unless we already have something on the calendar (appropriately color coded of course). Running around for the kids’ schedules doesn’t start when they hit elementary school, like I believed five years ago, it practically starts in the womb.

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