Saturday, September 4, 2010


I know that the term "madness" is usually reserved for March, but I think that I can make a good case that the beginning of September begins madness in the Blinston household. So here I go:

First, Birthday season is upon us. Over the next five months all seven birthdays occur. For a quick schedule it goes like this:

  • September: Lia
  • October: Grace
  • November: Sam, Ellie and I
  • December: Levi
  • January: Cheryl

Of course that means we are all getting a year older and hopefully wiser. It also means birthday gifts and parties which as everyone knows can lead to madness.

Next up is all the activities that go on. For starters kids go back to school. We have a 4th, 2nd and 1st grader with Grace in Preschool. This means parent-teacher meetings, school events and homework. Yes madness ensues.

Of course school isn't the only thing going on. All the kids are in at least one activity. Here's the list:

  • Levi: Horse Lessons and Flag Football
  • Ellie: Dance and Piano lessons
  • Sam: Club Soccer and Music lessons
  • Grace: Dance Lessons
  • Lia: Tumble Class

Can you say scheduling madness? Of course we can. Every night of the week something is happening except for the weekend when games are played on Saturday.

What else contributes to the madness you ask? Well how about Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years? There's no madness in a family's schedule with four holidays in four months is there?

Ok, moving on from family more madness ensues when you consider the following:

  1. English Premier League Soccer kickoff
  2. College football kickoff (and don't get me started on the BCS and other news, that's for another post)
  3. NFL Kickoff (can you say Fantasy Football?)
  4. NHL Puck Drop
  5. MLB Playoffs and World Series
  6. NBA Tip-off
  7. PGA Fed Ex cup
  8. College Basketball Tip-off

No madness for a person who's a sports fanatic right?

Now throw in the service we give in our church and then activities that we want to do ourselves. Don't forget the full-time job I have with work and the full-time job Cheryl has at home (I'm still trying to figure out how she doesn't get paid more than me). I'm sure you'll agree that madness has occurred.

I'm not trying to take anything away from March, but you've got to admit that the Blinston household probably could give it a run for its money.

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