The last day of summer. Finally. And now our Fall schedule is going to kick into high gear this week with the start of Cub Scouts and Brownies. Philip and I failed to plan out scout year over the summer like we thought we would and both of us ended up delaying our first meetings. Now we’re both in a frenzy of pouring over our respective scout books, complaining, emailing, complaining, typing up plans and complaining. Fortunately the weather has been nice enough to send the children outside so we can gripe work in peace.
I’ve been wrestling with the list of Brownie Try-Its to weed out the ones I don’t hate and the ones we did last year. Then I’m plugging them into the schedule based on how intense the projects are and what resources are needed. I’m hoping to get at least a little parent involvement this year because with this being my 3rd year in a row as a Girl Scout leader, I’m more than a little worn out.
It’s all good, though. If I can get most of the intense planning done now I can cruise through the rest of the year. I’m very much into planned spontaneity. If I have a good plan, I am comfortable with deviating from it, knowing what the desired outcome is. Lack of planning drives me nuts, though. With no plan at all I’ll end up with a headache and an overwhelming urge to eat a whole package of Oreo cookies. Double stuff. With milk.
I’m also looking over the plans for our Catholic homeschool group and noticing I’m the only one who came up with crafts and therefore I find myself as the craft lady of the group. Again. It was my brilliant idea to make Martinmas lanterns using glass jars and to host a Martinmas lantern walk ending up at my house for cookies and hot chocolate. Doesn’t that sound fun? What if I told you that the very next day we’re getting on a plane and going to Disneyworld.
I did the same thing to myself last year and organized a through-the-mail Jesse Tree Craft Swap that needed to be completed before we left for our Disney Cruise. I don’t know what I was thinking. File it under “It Sounded Like a Good Idea At the Time.”
I think I can pull off the Martinmas festivities, though. First, I’m ditching the glass jar idea. While a little more complicated, we can make the lanterns out of paper. Safer and easier to carry on a stick. Second, I’ll provide the house and the hot chocolate but I’m going to ask each family to bring a couple dozen cookies. If I plan well, I can have the house neat and tidy for a party and we’ll be pretty much all packed that night. I know no one will stay much past 9 pm, so we’ll still have the evening to finish packing.
That’s my plan anyway. We’ll see how it goes.
Oh and it’s soccer season, too. Since no one asked for my helping planning the schedule, this year we have Wednesday night games in addition to and sometimes instead of the Saturday games. I don’t know why.
I also worked on a sewing project with Pumpkin Girl, knit 3 pumpkin hats and still managed to cook dinner all week. Today I even moved furniture around all by myself. I am woman, hear me… yawn.
About the only thing I haven’t done this week is get nominated for Vice President. I just don’t have the time.