I work hard to take care of my family, like I’m sure most of you do too. So when the weekend comes, all I want to do is relax. Maybe have a few beers. Maybe watch a game or two, but mostly just relax. Unfortunately, my wife doesn’t get it.
She loves to organize and schedule everything we do. She’s a scheduler — or should I say, she’s an overscheduler. She loves to have “plans” for the weekend, and it’s making me nuts.
We have five kids — from toddlers to teens — so my wife packs our weekends with activities and events for the whole family. I get going to watch my kid play sports or my daughter dance. That’s fine. What I don’t get is having every waking minute planned out. Here was our family schedule last Saturday.
9am (yes, that unGodly hour on the weekend) – T’s soccer game
11am – Brunch with the McMillan family
1pm – Nap time for the two youngest (Mom stays home), Mini golf for the three oldest (BigDaddy too)
4pm – Youth group for the two oldest (BigDaddy drops them off, goes grocery shopping and then picks them back up)
7pm – “Family night” – board games, pizza, reading books out loud
9:30pm – BigDaddy takes the oldest two to the movies, after the younger three go to sleep
12midnight – BigDaddy take out the trash and clean up the house because we have company on Sunday morning.
To make matters worse, the schedule in its entirety is posted on a giant whiteboard in our breakfast nook with annotations like “Don’t be late!!!” or “This is IMPORTANT!!!”
I just want to grab the erase and wipe it all off, replacing it with a new schedule:
Sleep in until noon
Lay on the couch all day
Feed the kids when they are hungry
Put the kids to bed at 8pm
Bang the wife
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