Birthdays and Halloween make for busy week
I have only been a parent officially for about two months. Granted, I filled the role for the year before that but, official is what counts I suppose.
One of the many lessons I've learned in that short time is being a parent is hard work.
Not to mention the scheduling.
People commonly ask me how it feels to be a parent and I typically respond that there's never a dull moment.
But, it's the juggling act around activities that continue to impress upon me the efforts of parents who have been doing it a lot longer than I have.
Take last week and this week for example.
We celebrated Amanda's birthday last week which was filled with a dinner out and a weekend family day filled with a little shopping and eating.
Sandwiched in that was running kids to football games, wrapping up my first term in graduate school and miscellaneous other work-related items that took a lot of time.
That leads us to this week.
We start with Halloween which is, apparently, Amanda and the boys' favorite holiday.
Me personally, I never had any skin in the Halloween game but there is a costume with my name on it.
Coinciding with All Hallows Eve is the twins' — Jordan and Jeffrey — birthday, which also happens to be on Halloween.
But, so as not to interrupt the trick-or-treating festivities of Thursday night, the decision was made to have a party for the twins' birthday on Saturday.
It looks like three to four hours of fun and excitement with a house full of middle school kids running roughshod over the property.
I may sound a little despondent about it but I am actually pretty excited.
What I envision is a house full of kids and my involvement will only be if someone needs something.
But, as I digress into the various events of the week, I get reminded that things are not bad.
Getting the opportunity to spend time with the kids or the entire family is something to be cherished and taken advantage of.
Before long, one of the boys will graduate leaving just the twins.
Shortly after that, they will both graduate.
It will be then I will undoubtedly look back and regret not spending more time with them all.
While it may seem that I grumble about family activities, it is all just for show.
I have found myself enjoying every minute with my new family.
Something I never expected when I was in my 20s and had little care in the world.
Now, I wouldn't trade it.
Matthew Clark is the Editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @TDCMatt