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Everyone has talents. Some people are amazing cooks. Some people can create beautiful gardens. Some people can turn drapes into children’s play clothes. We can all do something.

One of my things is that I’m organized.

Except for this week when I became a ridiculous hot mess. I’m not sure what happened. I can only imagine that my equilibrium is a bit off from my DVR not recording new episodes of “Project Runway.”

On Wednesday, I start hearing a lot of “California Gurls.” That’s my ring tone. And it just keeps playing over and over again  like one of those radio stations that play the same pop songs repeatedly.

I am nursing the twins at the time and I can’t reach the phone. Finally, I’m able to answer. It’s my husband. The school called him. Turns out I am 45 minutes late to pick Dylan up at school. What?!

You see they have short days and long days. Sometimes I pick her up at noon. Sometimes I pick her up at 3 pm. And this is a long day.  Except that it’s a long day with an early dismissal because of back to school night. So I was supposed to pick her up at 2 pm.

Got that? Me neither. Obviously.

I’m sure there was an email. Probably several.

I race to pick her up and her teacher is so super nice about it and Dylan seems completely chill.  But I hate for this kind of thing to happen on the third week of school. It gives me no room for error the rest of the year. And I don’t want to be labeled the late mom in September for gosh sakes.

Then later, Rick and I attend back to school night. I suddenly realize it’s the last night of the book fair. And Dylan gave me a list of books she wants which of course is at home.

“You don’t have the list?” Rick asks.


It really sucks to feel like a failure over a stupid book list. A failure at not being able to negotiate a Middle East peace agreement? Fine. But a book list? Lame.

I call our babysitter. She finds and reads me the list.

Thankfully, Dylan did not have to go an extra day without “Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale.” I think we can all be grateful for that.

27 Responses to i used to be organized, now i’m just late.

  • Abby says:

    If it makes you feel any better, my ringtone is “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry. i miss you!!!! Look, you have 4 kids. Mistakes are bound to happen!! You are one of the smartest, savviest chickies I know.

  • YAY! I’m not the only one! I realized this morning my son needed lunch and we have NOTHING in the house. So his lunch is multiple granola bars and cheese. Awesome.

    But not as awesome as “Barbie: a fashion fairytale.”

  • MN Mama says:

    I think I am organized too but keeping track of two in school is a challenge to me. I am in awe of those who can keep track of more than two.

  • annie says:

    I feel your pain! I can’t begin to keep everyone’s schedules straight.

    We have friends who have 3 kids and they each have 3 activities – I don’t know how she does it! I never intend to find out.

    Good luck! We’ve all been there.

  • mackbeth says:

    I hope you take a minute to remind yourself that YOU ARE RAISING NEWBORN TWINS! I say this with my own heavy heart as I walked my boys into school in their neat and tidy uniform shirts & shorts only to notice a variety of colors entering our school. I missed the memo on “out of uniform day”. GRRRR!! You need a Jennifer Hudson assistant like SATC2!!

  • CSY says:

    You’re doing a GREAT job! With twins AND 2 in school you’re allowed to forget things. Just make sure when you’re packing lunches that you put the right juice, sandwich and chips in the right lunch box or the children who have to eat the nasty sandwich the brother made will be VERY angry! My boys double check behind me to make sure I’ve put the right sandwich and stuff in the right lunch box, if I don’t – I’m grounded from FaceBook for a WHOLE day!!!

  • JB says:

    You are doing a great job! I don’t even have kids…just the hubby and dog and with just those two I’m always late now 🙂

  • Shana says:

    Love it when we get the advanced list of what will be available at the book fair. Honey, call the bank, we need a second mortgage, the book fair is here!

  • Mama Fly says:

    Just don’t be the mom who realized after the kids had left for school that it was Pyjama Day. Hubby had to drive the pjs to the school in a mad rush lest they be scarred forever. Mine also compare lunches on the bus, so god forbid I give one something better than what the others got – or 20 fishy crackers instead of 18!

  • I had “send money in for book fair” on the calendar. I had it written on the white board where C. practices spelling words. I volunteered at the damn book fair the day before. Guess which first-grader got to the book fair without a little baggy of money for his purchases? When I picked him up C. said “well, I felt a little sad at the book fair because everyone got something but me.”
    We all know THAT’s what he’ll remember. Not the home-made cookies, the endless bedtime stories etc etc etc. Nope. It will be the day he was sad at the book fair because I FORGOT.
    There’s just no justice.

  • Diane says:

    I’m working on a new Contributing Mama post titled ‘I miss my memory’ but I can’t recall what I was going to write about. I’d like to say the logistical challenges get easier to manage as they get older but then I’d be forgetful AND a liar. Good luck!

  • tully's mama says:

    “Barbie: Fashion Fairytale” – the DVD – is actually quite a movie. In the book version does Barbie lose her job, get outed on the internet and dumped by Ken in the first few pages? It’s all sparkles and fairies from that point on and quite a cute story. We love it at our house!

  • jen says:

    California Girls is Luke and Parkers favorite song. Ohhh, they go from Laurie Barker to Katy Perry in a heartbeat…growing up so fast! 4 kids K, that takes major organizational skills!

  • Susan Kintner says:

    Oh, we are all so human. Be kind to yourself. You are a wonderful mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, etc and you live your life with grace, dignity and an occasional missed moment. love you. momala

  • LT says:

    You are still one of the most organized people I know. (maybe I should meet more people b/c at Trader Joes I packed up my twins and left all the groceries – and my wallet on the curb. . .). But seriously, you are so super organized it is very impressive. XOXO

  • That last line made me laugh out loud. Eleanor has been tormenting me with Barbie books and DVDs lately. And if it makes you feel better, I once stood at the bus stop watching every neighborhood kid walk down the stairs before realizing that Oliver was waiting for me at Kiss and Ride that day. That would be the SECOND week of school.

  • Briana says:

    When you have kids especially little ones you will never get organized… You will always end up rushing in the morning going to school or to the office. Actually even if you have nannies to look after your kids still the same… because it is hard to get focused in one corner.

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