Monday, September 19, 2016

The Busyness that is Fall

The busyness of fall has set in.  Every year I say that this will be the year that we slow down in the fall, and then inevitably we fill up our schedule, and fall busyness happens again.


As an introvert I definitely struggle with busyness – the constant out and about and being surrounded by people exhausts me.  I crave that alone time, which is hard to come by as a mom of three little ones I am with all day every day.  However, I have come to recognize that Emma is most definitely an extrovert and gets her energy from being around other people.  The jury is still out on Jack and Lucy (although I am leaning towards introvert for Jack).

After I got over the shock of having an extroverted daughter, I realized that I was going to have to adjust my expectations of what would work for us for homeschool.

Part of the reason that I am homeschooling is so that I can tailor the education of each of my children to what works best for them. 

While I know that what we are working on together for the actual “school” portion of our day works, I knew that she needed more activities.  This was kind of difficult to swallow because I would rather spend time at home curled up with a book.


This year we thought that Emma would do piano lessons and then one activity (sport/dance/theater etc.) and then we would also have the homeschool co-op once a week.  However, the co-op decided to not continue this year, and that meant that we had a little less social time for my very outgoing daughter.

We ended up with piano, theater, and now also field hockey.  She thoroughly enjoys each of these activities, and while busy, it still allows us time to get all the other work we need to, done. 

It has been a bit challenging to fit everything in, especially with Lucy teething recently, so we are still working on a rhythm that will work well for the kids, and for me.  It is a learning process every year, trying to make sure that our schedule works, and that the kids have a good expectation of what is coming next.

So here is to the next few months of complete chaos, which should bring us right up to December, where we enjoy taking a much needed break from the day to day and move onto more fun holiday activities.


How busy does your day get when the kids go back to school?  Do you have strategies you use to keep your sanity?  Any other introverts out there?!

32 comments:

  1. It's always a challenge to fit everything in when you have multiple kids. There is such a fine line when you are trying to balance, kids, family and fun!

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  2. This is our first year homeschooling, and I'm having the same issue. We've always been a "1 activity" family, but now that she's not in school I find myself saying yes to many omre things than I normally would. I'm sure we'll find a balance, but many days I'm feeling pretty exhausted.

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  3. With 4 kids ages ranging from just about 18 to 3... oldest college freshman and youngest being homeschooled this yr and the middle two with with full schedules let's just say there is loads of praying around here Ha AND my planners I can't live without it as it keeps me on track as to what I have to do.

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  4. Fall is busy for us too. With marching season and holidays there is no free time to breathe.

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  5. Best of luck with your organized chaos (how I like to refer to it!) and all that comes with it! Take it day by day and remember that its all good and your kids are darling!!

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  6. I don't think I could ever do homeschooling. I have high respects for parents who do this.

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  7. I could never do homeschooling but I definitely applaud you for doing it! You have cute kids and they love you so much I'm sure!

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  8. I know exactly how you feel, I find it tiring just walking him to and from school and he's got extra classes too now! eek it's going to be stressful I can tell :p

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  9. I think it's awesome that you adjust according to your kids needs, that's definitely important while you're raising them. I can totally relate about being an introvert but it's nice to see one of your kids enjoying the company of people. It's refreshing and you'll learn a lot from her too.

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  10. It's not easy to juggle the daily life routine, and when kids in tow, then it must be super busy. I applaud you for homeschooling your children while keep up with your daughter outside activities, and family at home.

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  11. Fall is always such a busy time. I'm working hard to keep our schedule manageable - it isn't always easy with three kids.

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  12. Wow! Hats off to you to be able to juggle across such a busy bee life...Very inspiring!

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  13. Wow sounds like you got a busy schedule for fall. It's great that you give your kids all these opportunities to socialize and do activities.

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  14. Fall can be really busy with back to school and sports and activities. I like that you have given your kids all these opportunities though.

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  15. My September calendar is so full! I open it up and instantly just want to burn it.

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  16. I don't do well with busyness, or committing to being somewhere every week! Wednesday evenings, our 9 year old daughter takes part in our church's kids club, so that gives her a little time with friends. (Getting to church 2x a week is enough socialization for me!) But this year, starting this evening, the two of us will be going to 4H, taking part in a cooking class. I'm sure she'll love it...we'll see how I do! lol

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  17. My days are actually more predictable and mellow when Fall hits, lol. Thta may change though when my youngest starts school.

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  18. I just told my Hubby that our October is already booked. Then the new baby comes in November. It's such a rushed time of the year!

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  19. Fall is definitely a very busy time of the year for us too. Seems like we already have everything scheduled until Thanksgiving.

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  20. Happy Fall! Hope everything goes as smoothly as possible! :)

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  21. Yes, fall is so busy! We're in a similar situation. I can't wait until long, snowy days when nothing happens at all.

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  22. I also get worn out with human interaction. Which is odd because I'm a total people person. Maybe that's why...no clue.

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  23. It's the opposite for me!!! Busy all summer and I can't wait for school to start so I can be on my own schedule again lol... wishing you the best!!! Xoxo

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  24. My kids are just getting to the ages where we can get super busy during the school year! I've found it really helps to keep one day of nothing to do.

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  25. Keeping a family calendar is the easiest way I have found to keep the sanity going. Busy parents and busy kids is never an easy mix but sounds like you are doing well.

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  26. Fall is my favorite time of the year! It is also the busiest when you have sons that play high school football so I totally understand.

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  27. I don't have any kids but I am most definitely an introvert and I can totally relate to feeling exhausted by being surrounded by people. So glad you are doing all that you can for your extroverted daughter though - that's so amazing that she's so well rounded and involved in so many activities! As a child, I only did ballet but I wish I would've done some kind of music or sport activity as well!

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  28. I can definitely relate to being introverted. I also really value having time to myself.

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  29. Fall is always so much fun but it flies for sure. Before you know it, it will be the holidays.

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  30. We are just settling into this busy time of the year in our home. I'm looking forward to the holidays and love spending anytime that I can with the family.

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  31. Fall is always a busy time for us. With going back to school and other sports starting up again. It seems like every weekend we are at the park playing Soccer or participating in a race. I just want a nice nap lol. Its nice though, family memories at its best!

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  32. Gotta love those fall schedules! Mine is certainly picking up, and I just moved into a new planner to try to get organized.

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