My peeps. We might be a full month into the summer holidays, but it feels like the House of Hockey is just settling in to the season. Not to be outdone by the weird spring, July found us spending a lot of time playing catch up or finishing up projects. Thanks to that, the reasons I need caffeine continue to exist. I’m starting to think they may be endless.
I swear I blinked and it’s August. And somehow the list of projects doesn’t seem any shorter. So, we keep chipping away at it. This week coming up is a good mix of projects and fun. Time will tell whether it actually is a good mix.
HockeyDad is leaving for his annual canoe trip with his friends for the week. Because of this, I have a week to tackle some painting projects. The fumes from the paint bother him more than they bother most people. And the effects linger. So each year, when he plans the trip, I plan on painting.
And that plan is just one of the reasons I need caffeine this week.
Reason 1: A week of Mom-camp. I am currently dealing with three very tired children. The summer camps we chose for this summer have kept them moving all week long. So we’re crashing into this weekend hard. The canoe trip means that HockeyDad is out bright and early Saturday morning and it becomes all Mom, all the time. This could go sideways fast. Let’s hope for the best and someone pass me the coffee.
Reason 2: The aforementioned projects. I might be slightly ambitious thinking that I can get a bedroom painted, the kitchen cabinets organized and revamp of the boys bathroom. We promised Boy #1 a fresh coat of paint for his room this year, and it is better to do it before hockey starts. We went with Sherwin Williams paints in Repose Gray and Electric Lime for those of you that are curious. And if I’m being very honest, I would like to repaint the kitchen and living room but that is really pushing it. Add in the laundry that has gotten out of control (again) and a hair appointment for two of my three boys and there’s a good chance even caffeine won’t save me.
Reason 3: I recently changed jobs, which required a change to my gym routine. I found a trainer that scares me just enough to keep me honest and she’s incredibly focused on her clients succeeding. This means that as I type this, every muscle in my body is screaming at me. And she mentioned something about adding cardio. Y’all, I’m scared.
Here’s the thing, as much as I joke about living on caffeine and hope, there’s nowhere else I would rather be. Really. The older my kids get, the more I realize that in this phase of their lives, I may as well accept the chaos and roll with it as much as possible. That, more than anything else, has helped me cope with the demands on the schedule. And of course, some days I roll with it better than others.
So everyone, today, we’re going to take a page from my Mom book and roll with the chaos. Step 1 is to take a minute to take five good deep breaths. In through our nose and out through our mouths. Slowly.
With that accomplished, grab some fresh caffeine and take one more deep breath because it’s time to jump back in. The mess is glorious.
See you at the rink.