I was feeling overwhelmed with everything that's due until I made a chronological list.
Now that I see it in writing, it doesn't seem like nearly as much. In fact, why don't I sign up for one of the Parent Cultural presentations or the book drive or the school holiday party? This definitely isn't enough for full-time working parents to keep up with, in addition to homework and keeping a household running and fed and maybe even giving my preschooler a glance from time to time.
Dec 8th 1st grade Adopt-a-family cash donation
Dec 9th 3rd grade Adopt-a-family cash donation
Dec 10th 3rd grade project due
Dec 10th 1st grade Potluck signup form due
Dec 10th 3rd grade Potluck signup form due
Dec 14th 3rd grade Recipe for Culture Study due
Dec 15th 3rd grade Bring in bag of colored candy
Dec 15th Make food for Multicultural potlucks
Dec 16th 1st grade Multicultural Potluck
Dec 16th 3rd grade Multicultural Potluck
Dec 16th Make muffins for Julian's class birthday party
Dec 17th 3rd grade Send gift for White Elephant exchange
Dec 17th 1st grade project due
Dec 17th 1st grade Julian's class birthday party
Dec 17th Preschool Holiday party
Get and put up Christmas tree
Hang holiday lights
Get gift bags for Julian's party
Get a book for gift exchange for the party
Make Gabriel's recipe for Canada culture study
Make food for holiday party
Clean up house and prepare for holiday party
Dec 12th: Host Las Madres holiday party
One could argue that hosting the holiday party is the thing that could give, but why should the one fun thing that I actually want to do be dropped?
December 18th can't come soon enough.