Monday, April 11, 2011

Now What?

After a stressful week of getting ready for the PTO Spaghetti Supper and Women's Conference, what do I have on my mind now? Softball and Kids in Motion programs. I'm hoping to have our first softball practice tomorrow and I will pick up the Kids in Motion programs after school today to fold this evening. Depending on my energy level and motivation, I will get the programs all done tonight, or I will just get the ones done for Tuesday night's performance and then do Wednesday night's performance programs Tuesday/Tuesday night, and then Thursday night's performance programs on Wednesday/Wednesday night.

It has also been on my mind lately how insanely busy I have been with non-family, non-church activities and it is time to simplify my life. At the last PTO meeting, the president announced that she will be stepping down from her role as President and I mentioned that I will no longer be the secretary after this year. That was an easy decision. The hard decision was deciding to give up coaching softball. This will be my last season. When I began coaching last year, I really thought I would be coaching for 10+ years, so I could coach all of my girls. As I write this, I am doubting my decision to quit. I know it's the best thing to do, but I'm having a hard time letting softball go. I plan on being involved in some way, just not as a head coach. There are several things that I will not miss about coaching and if I focus on those things, the decision is easier.

Now a little about my weekend. The PTO Spaghetti Supper Friday night was very well attended and was a huge success. I was there from 5-8pm to help out where needed. We had a Chinese Auction and a popular item among the children was a bucket full of candy and toys. Zoe, Emily, and Eleanor came to the supper with my Mom and Grandmother, so the girls put tickets in the bucket for the candy/toys...of course. Guess who won it...

It was quite humorous to bring this bucket of STUFF home the night before my decluttering class. :-) We are taking a few toys out each day to play with and the kids can have one piece of candy per day. Eleanor has been very good about sharing her bucket of fun.

My "Use it or Lose it" classes at Women's Conference on Saturday went well. I taught the class twice. I think the first class went better because we had more time and covered most of what I had prepared. I enjoyed sharing motivating quotes with the class and some of my experiences. Here is one of the quotes I shared.
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." ~William Morris
Decluttering is an ongoing process and I'm always searching for motivation. I'll continue to share here what I shared with my class in future posts. Maybe I'll dedicate a post to this subject.

Saturday night, Matt and I had a much needed and much enjoyed datenight at Bugaboo Creek! :-)


Kris said...

I would love to come to your class, it sound great!

I think you are wise to cut back on things - heaven knows you have plenty to keep you busy already!! Enjoy softball this year - you can always come back to it in another phase of your life. By the time Kate is Zoe's age your life will be so different!

I'm glad everyone is doing well. That is very kind of Eleanor to share with everyone!

Kris said...

yeah, I meant it sounds great ;) oops!

ML said...

Oh Joey! I wish I had been there to take your Use It Or Lose It class! Things just sneak into the house don't they? It's great to hear about your family.

janerickson said...

Wow, you have really been busy! I'm glad you and Matt got out for date night. That always makes for a good ending to a crazy week. I'm constantly organizing and purging things around here. I'm hoping not to leave stuff for my kids to deal with like our parents did to us. It took us a long time to empty our parents homes. It would have been so much easier if they were there to tell the stories of some of their things. Especially Grandma Erickson. She was a woman of mystery. We're still wondering about some of the things we found. She was an amazing lady!
Love Mom

Dawn said...

I think while you are decluttering your house, decluttering your life is a wise decision as well. When I had the kids at home (and only had 2), everyone assumed since I didn't "work" that I could do everything. I remember feeling like I was on a roller coaster and a merry-go-round all at the same time.