Thursday, December 3, 2015

Keeping Track

Ergh!!  Where has the year gone?  Are we really already doing the Advent Calendar countdown to Christmas?  Counting our way down to the madness one chocolate at a time?  (my kids love it)  My current diary is so packed with all the last minute things that are happening for the remainder of 2015 that I know there is no way I could ever do without the thing.  It's my lifeline.  I'd be completely lost without it. 
 
In it are an abundance of things I still have to remember to do, such as get my eldest son to a dress rehearsal this weekend and his final dance concert, (my two year old daughter even has a dance concert, a Christmas show), my two middle boys, who are starting school next year, have prep transition days, my eldest, who is off to high school next year, has orientation days, and he also has a final day of celebration at primary school, where they will be having water fights....so I had to remember to buy him a water gun....and he also does drama at school....where there is an end of year play...so as the Sun God I had to find him a pair of yellow leggings....(I failed and had to buy him white instead).  My husband is also written up in my diary and finally using the present I gave him for Christmas last year (a training flight in a light aircraft....which is this Sunday)  There's a whole bunch of other things too; like a kinder Christmas party for my 4 year old son, a Christmas disco for the kinder kids, a concert and graduation for my two middle boys at their day care, a Christmas party for the day care and somewhere in there I think I was invited to a Christmas BBQ where the local CFA (Country Fire Authority) will be coming around with Santa in the back of the truck and handing out lollies.  It's doing my head in!  And somewhere in there I have to try and find time to do some Christmas shopping.  I have mountains left to do but more bills than I can poke a stick at so I'm not exactly sure how all of that is going to happen.  It usually has a way of working itself out so I'm just trying not to think about it at this point.
It was actually a couple of months ago that I was forced to buy a 2016 diary.  It's always a bit of a freak out, you know, thinking about the next year while you're still wading through the current one.  But I really had no choice.  I starting to book in appointments for next year and having to scribble them in the margins of the last week of 2015.  It just wasn't working for me.  Anyway, for next year I have diverged from my usual 'Country Style' diary (which is a diary produced by my favourite magazine and has lots of lovely photos on every page) and instead go for one by Kikki K.  It's a really nice stationery company and this diary will give  me more space to scribble. Trust me.  I need it.  This one has lots of cute illustrations through it but no space taken up with massive photos so it's a good one.
I've even lashed out this year and ordered us a family calendar.  This one is from Tiny Me.  They have the cutest personalised stuff.  Bags for kids, lunch boxes, stationery etc.  This calendar is one of those ones where you can personalise it and inside are columns, one for everyone family member, and they actually print the names of each family member on each column.  There was just the right number available, so all six of us are set and I figured, what with life getting increasingly busy as my kids get older, it is going to be the most useful thing in my house. 
I'm one of these people that if I don't have it written down it doesn't happen.  Seriously.  I don't remember anything, and next year I will have my eldest at high school, dance classes and dance classes in the city at The Australian Ballet School (!!!!....excited much!), my little girl at ballet classes as well, my two middle boys most likely playing soccer for the local club in my town, hopefully swimming lessons for my three youngest if I can book them in (places are so limited), all the other random appointments will no doubt come up and I also want to be able to get involved with the school that my prep boys are going to next year.  I really want to start helping out and getting to know the other mothers so that I can start making some friends.  I think it's about time.  Although how I'm going to fit all this in I have no idea!

Have you bought your 2016 diary or calendar yet?!




8 comments:

  1. End of November and now into December I have just been so darn busy. So many things happening, personal, appointments, events, you name it! I have never been the one to keep a planner, but OH MY GOSH it finally happened, I use a planner now. I just couldn't get around without it, it's been crazy keeping track of all these things!!!
    Glad to hear that Lindsay is finally getting around to that flying lesson, I hope he likes it! I know I would! And as excited as you are for Ethan's classes in the city, EEKKKKK!!!!!! <3
    To answer your question, yes, I did buy my 2016 calendar. I can't believe I use a planner like a real head-of-house planner!!! What the heck am I!?

    MUCH LOVE!!

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    1. You ARE the head of the house! lol Our house wouldn't function without me, even though it's Lindsay that earns all the money. I keep track of the bills, pay the bills, do the food shopping, clean, cook, wash the clothes, ferry the kids around, keep track of all their appointments and events as well as mine....as well as any of Lindsay's extra curricular stuff (which isn't much....he keeps track of his shearing jobs)...but it's never ending and I just couldn't do without my diary. Every week is full at the moment. I have this week and next week of crazy busy and then finally it slacks off a bit just before Christmas.
      Lindsay didn't do the flight this weekend, by the way. They double booked themselves so it will be this Sunday instead!

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  2. Thanks for posting this! I dread that yearly hunt for the right planner and calendar that let me make lots of notes for each day.

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    1. I'm pretty picky too about getting the right one. I can't believe this year I strayed from getting my usual diary, I've been getting the same one which is published by this country lifestyle magazine for years. But I have discovered it doesn't have enough space for me to write down everything I need to next to each day! Too many kids I think! This next year's diary should be a bit better! Good luck finding the right one!

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  3. I think I want to start keeping a diary again. I used to, waayyyyy back in the day. Think subby little 13 year old me. Awkward in the most unimaginable way. Hiding under the blackest of black hoodies. I used to write oh so much. I miss it. I have so many ideas that need to come out. Sigh. Actually just wrote buy journal on my list of things to do tomorrow.

    For our calendar, we made it a little tradition that every Father's Day that I make Joshua a calendar. Sure it's a little weird having a calendar that goes from June to June every year, but he LOVES it. I also put every single family members birthday and what not so he can't ever forget. (;

    Breath my dear friend! Things always work out one way or another!

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    1. I haven't kept that sort of diary (you know...the journal type) for about 6 years. I used to keep a journal however, from the age of about 10 until about 34. That must be some sort of record! I do like your calendar tradition very much! I actually get Lindsay a financial year diary every year, which is better for him for work. It goes from July to June.

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  4. I couldn't get by without my yearly planner. I 'treat' myself to one every New Year's Day...which reminds me that I need to order one for 2016.

    http://ditsysprinkles.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I have to get mine way earlier than that! I got mine a few months ago now because of specialist appointments for the kids. It got to the point where I just couldn't hold out any more otherwise I end up with things written down everywhere and it gets lost!

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