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Not Cinderella's Stepmom

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I'm a dreamer, writer and actor obsessed with classic television, lace, baking and quoting Ace Ventura (one of these things is not like the other). I like to believe that my life is just like a Disney movie with an Alan Menken soundtrack except the stepmom's not so evil. When I married my husband, David, in October of 2012, I fell madly, deeply in love with my two stepchildren, Chloe and Trey. It's incredibly hard to balance being a stepmom every other weekend with the rest of my life, but it is 100% worth it. You can find more stories about my family at my personal blog, fairytangles!

I Need Summer Vacation to End

Categories: scheduling, summer, work-at-home

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I can hardly believe it, but here in Georgia, some schools are already filled with children for their first day back! It seems like just a week ago, I was picking up my stepdaughter from her last week of first grade and eagerly anticipating swimming pools, popsicles and movie nights.

But now both Chloe and my stepson, Trey, are getting ready to head back to school. Chloe will be a fresh new second grader while Trey will start his very first year in pre-k!

I am so excited for the both of them and, if I’m honest, kind of excited for myself. I don’t know about all of you, but this summer has done a total SPIN CYCLE on my productivity. Like, seriously. Some mornings I wake up and I have no idea what’s going on or what I’m supposed to be doing, despite my diligent efforts with a planner.

All summer long, I’ve let dishes pile up in the sink, I’ve let clutter take over the house, I’ve left the kids’ toys, crayons, books and shoes litter the floor for a week after they’ve gone back to their mom’s and I’ve been awful about keeping up with my work-at-home gigs. It makes me feel like a total lazy sloth, but I’m putting the full blame on summer for this. It’s the heat, you guys. THE HEAT IS MAKING ME DO NOTHING.

Of course, when the kids are here every other weekend and for two separate weeks during the summer, it’s definitely hard to be productive. I want to spend my time with them swimming or playing or riding our bikes. I forget that life has to continue chugging forward, regardless of what month it is.

I think that’s a definite benefit to working outside of the home. It never really felt like summer to me when I was working in an office. I didn’t have the days off to hang out with the kids and swim, and when I got home at five, it felt just like it did when the kids were in school. I was able to clean up the house a bit, start dinner and bed times without feeling like I was a totally different human being; it was just part of our routine.

But with summer, there is no routine. I wake up earlier than the kids and try to get some work done, but I can never finish anything before someone’s requesting breakfast or to go outside and play baseball. By the afternoon, we’re all cranky and irritated thanks to moving from one activity to the next and the last thing I feel like doing during nap time is dishes or finishing an article.

I’m hoping with school starting back, it’ll be a bit different. This will be the first school year that I’m actually working from home with deadlines and a schedule. I know that after dropping both kids off at school, I’ll feel a little more “mom” and will be able to tackle the day.

Until 2:00 that is. Better stay off Facebook so I can finish some work before pick-up!

Ooh! Does this mean I can buy some new work supplies as well? I hear there’s some great deals on pencils and notebooks right now.

What about you? Do you find it hard to stay productive during the summer? Do you think school starting back will give you the motivation you need to get things done?

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