Saying no is something that I have SUCKED at lately.
I am finding myself buried under bailing everyone else out and it is wearing on me. Today I am going to say no. This weekend, I organized babysitters and RE-organzied them when they all bailed on me for a marriage retreat here at school. I am all about helping with supporting marriages and keeping them healthy, so I was happy to do it. Then the person who was in charge, somehow forgot they were going out of town during this event and now I found myself in charge of not only getting the babysitters, but also supervising them. THEN I found out I was acting as hostess. Got a welcome speech written (and it was dang good if I do say so myself). Take B and our 5th grade neighbor to be my go-fers. Finally get the list of kids and find that there are FIVE babies coming. We are a high school, there are no cribs, exersaucers, etc for me to put babies in when I need my hands. Call the parents to help out. And away we go on a Saturday night.
|When playing with my phone was|
no longer working and the shrieks returned.
Sunday, I packed up and went 4 hours northwest for a conference. Unknowingly leaving Daddy with 2 puking kids ( I dealt with the one who started this the night before. (Now he gets the curse of the Blue Shift - since it was indeed a Blue Shift and I was away!) While on this trip, I find out a TON of stuff is not getting done that is supposed to be getting done and I take on some of those responsibilities for the following weekend (which also includes two birthday parties, a football practice and the Championship game) just to be sure it is done. Come home the next night, one more puking Muppet and Daddy takes a City Owed trade so I do not have to miss school. Get to school (with ONE non puking Muppet) and find out there is an issue with lunch coverage, they were going to ask a sub to take it. He can barely handle a classroom, how will he handle a lunch hour. It is my lunch, I volunteer to take it.
Today, the same people who needed lunch coverage emailed me this AM, "we also have ________________to do today, can you cover lunch again" or something to that effect. I am kind of tired. My FF is the next to take on the virus that is going through the house, no surprise given all the clean-up he has done. AND there is a football game at 8pm tonight, again 45 minutes away.
I am going to have to say no. Something's gotta give.
Hug your kids tight and kiss your FFs good-bye as the leave for shift. Make sure they all know that you love them.