November 1, 2007.
I was hoping to post some creative "Thanksgiving, fall like artwork" on the site today......but I am still trying to get the orange paint and glitter off my finger nails and wake up. I was trying super hard to be that "everything to everybody" and do "everything"........and guess what I can't . I had to do all sorts of Halloween stuff with my kids. I did get up at 5:30 a.m. yesterday to try and finish everything for the "Halloween Carnival Parade Party 2nd Parade 6 Children Play date Another Party Tricker Treating" Day. Not only did I NOT create fall-like art, I did not make it into the office.
Not working when I chose not to work is a small perk. I think I only checked my blackberry 27 times yesterday - a personal best for me. This was one of those days when the company really could do without me - amazing, but true.
It was fun (and exhausting) to be at school all day for the Halloween, I got to be .....just like the other Mom's. Sometimes I feel it is good to be "that" mom, to be super involved with my children's school - once or twice a year I will pull out all the stops (um, that would be play date and if you take a gander at all the activities I painted) since I have that guilt thing the rest of the year.
Whether I volunteer every day in their class, or once a month, I hope they will remember that I was there all day on Halloween. The day is about them, and I loved being involved! As a working Mom we all have to figure out what is important and what means a lot to our children. My son really likes that I volunteer in the class once a week to do computer lab, it means a lot to him. So leaving work early for one day a week to be there for him for one hour - not a big sacrifice for me, and to him it means the world.
My husband is also super excited because we donated all of our old party games to my children's school. I am not the 'buy some party decoration's type of girl - I have to paint something. Pin the Tail on the Donkey - uh, NOT. I know, I know I have some real control issues.
And it would not be Halloween if I did not dress up like a total ass. Yes, that is me - I am in costume, dressed like my friend the "Stay at Home PTA Mom" (not that there is anything wrong with that)....official badge, and school jacket to boot. I am sure she will get me back next year, or make the next year a living hell for me, I deserve it.
So, with November officially upon us, I can saw that the Holiday Shopping Season has begun. Any day now I am sure I will see someone wearing one of those damn Santa hats. Personally, I will be holding my breath for the next two months - it is a mad dash for us to the end of the year. We do 30% to sometimes 40% of our business this time of the year, and we are on target to beat our projections (gee for a second there I sounded all like a real CEO and all). No matter what the industry says about a a possible Recession, gas prices or the Iraq war we are damn busy.
My poor kids probably won't see me at an event until Christmas Eve - hence the spending all day with them yesterday, and don't forget the photos to prove it at a later date, "See Mommy was at your school, I did help out, I am involved."