Here is one of the big ways we survive in our family.
I'm sure this is nothing new for almost any family, but the truth is up until this fall, I've never had a calendar quite like this. (It was always written permanently on the "fancy" calendar (see below).) I love this baby for it's write on wipe off capabilities. Everyone has
their own colour (except for the three youngest as they don't have too
much extra curricular stuff yet), and if the activity involves more than
one child it is written in multiple colours so I know exactly which
children need to be where and when. When it's something for the whole
family, I will write it in black.
The crazy thing is, sometimes I will still write our day out on a piece of paper.
For example, Tuesday was an especially busy day, at one point. Knowing that Tuesday was going to vary a bit from the norm, I wrote it out on Monday night. It was my first Bible study (called Coffee Break) meeting of the year. I needed to remember to get gas in the van, enable my caffeine fix, and to call the school that I would be picking up some of the girls who had an eye doctor's appointment. The afternoon was quiet, but then I jumped in the taxi -- er van, to pick kids up, meet with the eye doctor, pick another kid up, feed kids supper, drop a kid off at work, only to pick him up again two hours later, and then breathe a sigh of relief that I remembered it all!
Now normally, the Engineer would have done the school and work driving while I was finishing up with the girls at the eye doctor (someone needs glasses!!), but he was on business in Ottawa, so Peach had to wait patiently at the school until I could come get her, and Bub had to inhale supper (good thing it was soup) so that I could get him to work on time.
Thus is the craziness of living in a large family with a husband who travels frequently. It's all in a day's work, but am I ever thankful for my calendar!
How about you? Could you live without your calendar?