Shannon Stacey

Spring break time

No, not the wicked fun in the sun on the beach kind. But the “let’s give the kids a week off because it’s starting to get warm and the teachers can’t cope with the energy level right now” kind.

Of course it’s cold and raining right now.

School vacations are a double-edged sword for me. On the one hand, not trucking to school every morning lets me swing back into my natural working pattern—I get a lot done when I can work from the kids’ bedtime til 2 or 3 in the morning. On the other hand, because that is my natural work/sleep pattern, it’s a fight all school year to go to bed at 11 and get up by 7, so next Monday will kick my ass in a big way. (Next year…*cue horror music*…the Middle School. Instead of leaving for school by 8:30, the tall child will have to head out at 7:30. I am crying myself a river.)

But I’ll just focus on two things. One—Getting as much done as humanly possible during this week, and 2—it’s almost time for…

6 comments to “Spring break time”

  1. Ann Wesley Hardin
      · April 24th, 2006 at 10:22 am · Link

    Hey Shan! That middle school schedule has kicked my ass for two years now. I had one in elemetary, and one in middle. I’d get up at five and the next 3.5 hours were spent getting the two of them off. No wonder I’d be exhausted by the time it was time to write!


    Start preparing for it now, is all I can say. YOu’ll get through it. If I can do eet, so can you.

  2. nataliedamschroder
      · April 24th, 2006 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Shee, I’ve been getting my kids out the door by 7:10 every school day for six years. My tall kid will be leaving the house only about half an hour later as she starts middle school, too. Yes, I know I’m lucky. :)

    But Shann, I have the same dilemma. I’m done with my day job as of 6/7 so I’ll be home with the kids (D is only going to be 11 in July, not quite old enough to be home after school until 5 or 6 o’clock) and writing full time. MY natural patterns also make night time better for me. This summer will be a struggle not to sleep late every day. :)

  3. Shannon
      · April 24th, 2006 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Well, I’m hoping to have a plan next year. The mother of the child who comes here in the mornings to go in to school with us will be able to drop him off at school next year on her way to work…which involves driving very near my house. If she can swing in for the tall child, I still won’t have to get the short kid out until 8:30 (though I’ll still have to get up earlier.)

    We’ll see.

    And I’m baaaaaaaaaad for wanting to sleep very, very late. :thumb:

  4. Karen Templeton
      · April 24th, 2006 at 9:45 pm · Link

    I’m not a terribly late sleeper, but anything that involves functioning before 8 a.m. is bad news. Our last one starts middle school next year, too, so he has to be there at 8:20 or so instead of 8:55.

    It’s HIGH SCHOOL that’s the real killer. They have to be there by 7:30. That’s just so wrong.

  5. Gabriele
      · April 24th, 2006 at 10:14 pm · Link

    Hehe, just well I don’t have kids. I’d have trained them to get along by themselves until midday from the day they could use the potty. :cheesy:

  6. Shannon
      · April 24th, 2006 at 10:17 pm · Link

    We used to have it made on the weekends. The tall kid grew old enough to keep an eye on the short kid downstairs until 8:30-9 on Saturday and Sunday. But the tall one’s growing into the pre-teen seclusion stage and he doesn’t come out in the mornings—pretends he’s sleeping. So now at 6:30 the short kid comes to me. “Can you wake up, cause I’m awake?”


    I’ve even tried paying the tall kid. He’s not nearly materialistic enough for my parenting style. :rofl:

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