In honor of the new year and the kids getting back into a routine again, I'm doing a post about the crush I have on carpooling. And I'm not talking about this...
Don't pretend you aren't excited ;)
Maybe it's because I have 5 kids who are all involved in at least one activity (it used to be more..until I almost had a breakdown and made them pick one thing they loved..phew!) and I feel like on some days, I practically live in my Suburban. Or maybe it was the outrageous amount of cash I was spending to fuel my 30 gallon gas guzzler..I know..I can't really use that excuse anymore..since now it only costs me a mere 50 bucks to top off now..which is half of what it used to be.. but whatever the reason, this mama loves the carpooling way.
It just gets so monotonous dropping off my daughters to dance, coming home only to realize that all too soon, I have to head out the door again to go pick them up. Not to mention, the fact that one or two of my kids are usually playing with a friend or Connor has ball practice. So trying to plan your driving pick-ups/drop-offs with the least amount of coming and goings is essential. If you can find another mother to do half the work, then take it. It's clearly a win-win.
We had an elderly couple move into our neighborhood a while back...and after a few months, he stopped me and asked me what my job was that required so much running around. I guess he was basically disgusted with how many times a day he saw my car back in and out of my garage;)
I smiled and told him I was a personal chauffeur for my five children..he didn't smile back..in fact, he just held on to that blank stare that clueless men have and nodded in an "I still don't understand" kinda way. Those boys..they never do quite get it..bless their hearts.
I'm certain that Nate could never coordinate the logistics of taking and picking up 5 kids to activities that often start at the same time let alone adding in another individual who may be helping to carpool or with taking/picking up someone else's kid. I can see his brain exploding just trying to explain it to him.
It's a science really..and it's my strong point. We mom's have that gift..but on the other hand, I always point out to Nate that I could never drive his enormous UPS truck around all day, loading and unloading packages..making sure all the address' were correct. Me and directions were never meant to be. So this marriage of ours seems to work out pretty darn well ;)
So Carpooling...I'm officially deeming it a magical and lifesaving technique. If you've never tried it, I highly recommend you jump aboard. You'll never look back!
Can I get an Amen!!