Friday, September 25, 2009

September Has Thrown Me Into A Tizzy

So yea, I'm feeling a bit like a chicken with no head these days. I'm missing the lazy days of summer because since school started, I feel like I'm somewhat out of sync. Our routine is beginning to come together, but we just aren't quite there yet. Actually, I'm not quite there.

I'm feeling a tad overwhelmed.

Three kids in school, one still only half days. Getting up early and starting the day with no one getting out of bed and, "Eat, get dressed, brush your teeth, move it, MOVE IT, MOOOOOVE IT!" Making lunches, paperwork, homework, paperwork, tests, paperwork, projects, and more freaking paperwork!

I'm also watching a classmate of R.'s, two days a week. I'm doing so just for a little extra cash, because honestly, we can use it. VERY sadly, I've closed shop on my business, Doodle Kids®. I couldn't justify the expense any longer. It was the hardest decision to make. I worked SO hard on it for five years. Since the economy has taken a nosedive, my business just wasn't making it. I'm heartbroken. I hope to take a different approach with it in the future, but I'll need to regroup and revamp.

In the meantime, I wish there were a way for me to make some extra cash from home. I know ALL of those work from home opportunities are scams...but sometimes, they just look so tempting. Is anyone out there legitimate anymore? sigh.

I have taken on a school project. I have decided to chair a new program our school is participating in. It's the PTA Reflections contest. It is a national arts competition and I think it's fantastic! If your school doesn't do this, here is a link to their website.

The arts are extremely important to me. I feel they don't get their fair share in our children's education. This program tries to encourage children to express themselves through their art. I was so excited to learn that our elementary school would be involved in this.

As it's our first year, I will be the guinea pig. I'll be finding out how to make it work. What to do and how to do it. It's a big chunk of pie on my plate. I'm thinking, once I get the hang of it, it's going to be so rewarding. This is so up my alley.

But first? I need to weed through it all.....and find that darned head of mine.

13 comments:

Patois said...

I'm sorry about the business. That has to be so damn hard.

I love the Reflections program. The theme this year of "Beauty" sounds divine.

Regarding work at home, I can only say that I'm making a few dollars from mystery shopping. Yeah, shocking! But it's actually been fun in addition to providing (a bare minimum of) cash. I also purged everything in my house -- or still am purging -- and have found a niche on eBay.

Dina said...

I totally heart you right now, because you speak the truth for so many of us mothers, at all times. I could have told the very same story... ALMOST. ;)
Reflections is an awesome program, My kids have been involved in it before, and loved it. Enjoy it, and have fun!!
So sorry to hear about the business, but keep your chin above water, it will come back if it's meant to! I hope it does.

Midwest Mommy said...

I honestly can't imagine when the kids are in school. I barely get BG to preschool and back right now.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

I'm so sorry you had to shut down your business! :(

My oldest is the only one in "real school" right now. Youngest goes to daycare. But she is so freaking in love with 2nd grade that she wants to arrive before the doors open at 7:45! This is both a blessing and a curse. It gets me to my office almost on time (whoa) on the mornings I have to go in but then I HAVE to get up early, too. ;)

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

p.s. the paperwork with just 2nd grade is overwhelming so I can't imagine what you have got to deal with...GAH

Kaylen said...

I am with you - I really want to find a great work-at-home thing too. Is it too much to ask for just a couple hundred extra a month??

Sorry to hear about your business. It's so hard to make that type of decision.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

I'm sorry about the business.

I work full time outside of the home but have been looking for some way to make some money inside the home. I'd like to be home with my son more.

I hope you get your head on straight soon and things work out.

Hang in there!

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