It was never my intention to let writing here fall so far to the wayside, but in the balance of my life, something had to give. Summer vacation with four kids home all day, travel back to the States, a new school year starting, birthday after birthday after birthday after birthday, planning more travel (Germany here we come!), trying really hard to maintain a schedule where I work out regularly, actually working at my job for which I get paid, and just generally taking care of my children and my home. There just aren’t enough hours in the week for me to do everything I want to do.
On top of all that, I am writing a book. Actually, I am in the process of writing three books, but have focused my attention on just one until it’s done. It’s about the schools here in England, how they differ from the school system in the States, and how some of the best parts of what we’ve seen here could be applied to public schools in America. I’m about 1/4 of the way in, I think. My goal is to finish it by February. Most of my spare time, my writing time, has been focused on that — and will have to be, until it’s done. I feel like I have a lot to say and that it’s important to say it.
I hate not being here on this blog too, though. Regardless of how busy I am, this space is a record of my little family, our adventures and our milestones. I’m trying really hard to find a way to fit it all in. Sleep isn’t that important, is it?
This morning was another big event: we sent B off on a school trip for three days to Paris. It’s really weird to send your kid off to a different country for a few days. In reality, she’ll be closer to us than she would be if we were in D.C. and she were in NYC, but since she needed her passport on this trip, it seems like a bigger deal. She is so excited though. And hopefully her trip to Paris will be drier than our last one.
Our lives here in England have become second-nature-normal now, and a few weeks into the school year it feels routine and comfortable. It’s good to settle in. Now I just need to find a way to balance all the things I want to do, and I’ll really be happy. It’s a constant struggle though, the push and pull and need to fit it all in. But the truth is, if it’s important, you find a way.
I have lots to catch up on — our trip home in August, Owen’s latest running achievements, travel plans we have coming up, and lots of thoughts on travel in general that have been running through my head lately. I want to get it all down here so I can remember it.
I’m working hard to make it work. Here’s hoping!