It's a crazy last week before we take off for the holidays. There's a tremendous amount of work to be done at the office, plus a bunch of family stuff on the agenda.
In positive news, both boys made the school soccer team. It's very competitive, and this was a great outcome for both kids. Sam is going to stop playing club soccer, so this was a really good transition for him after a particularly hard season of club soccer. We selected our club for the kids because it was a good mix of player development (vs winning) & many of their friends attend. Nick's experience has been amazing throughout. Sam's experience has been really challenging. This past season was the end for us. A few of the parents feel that some of the kids (mine included) are holding their kids back, and they haven't been shy about it. Their kids hear this at home, and are really negative with the kids at the lower end of the team. The coach is also much harsher as a style than I think Sam needs for his personality. (Nick, ironically, loves the harsh coaching & adores the coach.) Altogether, sports are supposed to be fun, positive, & focused on sportsmanship. We've crossed over that on Sam's team, so he won't be playing in the spring. It will be a huge identity shift for him, and he's struggling with it very much. (There's a bunch more as to why this became a decision that I've shielded him from, but it's a must do for us as parents.) I'm looking forward to some of the soccer drama dying down, but I will very much miss the great parents who were part of the team. The other parents. . . won't miss at all. ;-)
The school soccer season kicks off in earnest with two games this week, so I have to sort that out. Then I have a holiday dinner with my peers, at my manager's house on Thursday evening. And, we fly out super early on Friday morning. So, quite a lot going on! I need to be very productive this week. I'm mostly packed for the trip, all gifts are purchased, snacks and the like are in the bags & ready for the flights. It's mostly last minute stuff left that can't be packed ahead. I also have created a draft menu for our time on the coast, so hopefully I'll be reasonably organized. It's not totally locked in, mostly because I can't recall what we have in our freezer & pantry, so I need to go & inventory a bit before we finalize our plans.
Where are you at with your end of the year plans? Is this the crazy stretch, or are you mostly ready?