Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Tuesday Tackle: The end of the lazy days of summer

This week I'm needing to tackle making the switchover to our fall schedule. The kids head back to school next week and we need to start weaning our bodies of those lazy mornings sleeping in until the double digits and get those bodies ready to get up at the crack of dawn. That means I have to stop reading in bed until the single digits. I will miss summer.
Our neighborhood pool is open for another week or so and Princess came out with a good one yesterday while at the pool. She was so cute while she was saying it but after I had a quick giggle over her mannerisms I got to thinking about it some more.
Here's what went down:

September 3, 2007

We were at the pool and Princess had gotten out of the water because she was cold. I was sitting on the edge of the pool while she played next to me. Suddenly she got up and walked a couple of feet away from me to my left. I turned my head to watch her.

“Mommy, turn your head the other way! Don’t look at me!”

“Why not?”

“Just don’t look, OK? You’re not going to like what you see, so look the other way.”

“What are you going to do, Princess?”

“Mommy! You won’t like it. It’s only a little bit dangerous. Look the other way, Mommy.”

“I’m sorry, Sweetie. I can’t look the other way. I have to make sure that you’re OK and safe.”

As it was she was just reaching her hand into the pool and swirling it through the water quickly to make a little splash. She knows that I am usually telling the kids not to splash in the water so she didn't want me to see so she wouldn't have to hear me tell her to stop doing it.

This got me thinking about how often I (well, we all do this I think) do this same kind of thing with God. It's like I know that what I am planning to do isn't exactly the right thing but since I really want to do it I wish I could just tell God to turn his head and look the other way. Oh My! When I think of the ramifications of that I know that I don't want Him looking the other way. I need his watch care over me, even if it seems to stifle me at times. I may need to remind my Princess of this little conversation at some time in the future when she wants to get a bit too close to danger and asks me (with or without verbalizing it) to just look the other way. Sometimes I wonder who is teaching whom in this whole motherhood thing.

The tackle for today (and the rest of the week):
Gradually move up our morning start until we are ready to get up at aprox 7am on school days
Make shopping list and go do a big "stock-up" grocery shopping trip since the supermarket is running a 3 for 2 sale on many items -- about the best they do as far as food sales so I try to stock up the pantry and freezer.
Visit the two schools to find out when the first day of school is. Done. Elementary starts next Wednesday the 12th and jr high starts next Friday the 14th.
Take quick inventory of any clothing items that Princess needs since she will be in school this year so she will need some actual "outfits" that match and are also easy to manage if she needs to use the restroom during the school day.
Gather up miscelaneous school supplies around the house to see what we need to purchase as far as pens, pencils, etc to start the year. (We won't get the final lists from the teachers until the first day so I will have to wait until then to know what they all want as far as notebooks, etc.)

Head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom to see what others are tackling this week.