Before becoming parents, G and I were pretty independent people. For the most part, he kept track of his schedule, I kept track of mine, and neither of us were too terribly concerned about what the other had planned unless it involved ourselves or a plane ticket.
Oh how times have changed!
Now that we’re parents we schedule things like mowing the yard and going to the bathroom a week in advance. We even discuss our work schedules on a regular basis to determine who can do daycare drop-offs and pick-ups. I don’t know what I’m having for lunch today, but I know G plays volleyball tonight, has a Fantasy Football Draft on Thursday night, and is going to the Packer game next Thursday night. Our schedules are totally dependent on each other!
Of course this doesn’t include the fact that Kate has more on her little social (and medical) calendar than I did all four years of college combined! My solution to make managing our lives a little easier is our “command center”–this dry erase calendar system (from Pottery Barn) mounted in the kitchen in a can’t miss spot with our lives on display:
The top left piece holds these cute little pewter G&D letters I received years ago from my friend Aly (back in our Nestie days!), a container of push pins for the bulletin board, dry erase markers, and notepads.
The lower left piece is a bulletin board where I pin cards and keepsakes from friends and family:
Close-up of one of my favorites–a birthday card from my sister-in-law Lesley:
We use the calendars to keep track of appointments, which days Grandma Pam is coming to take care of Kate, birthdays, weekend events, Kate’s 10 days of antibiotics, and even (occasionally) meal planning. I wanted to have two months on display–instead of just one–because we often need to plan so far in advance that we need to see what’s coming up next month.
Can you tell I’m looking forward to my Ft. Meyers getaway next month?
One of my favorite things about this system is that the calendars slide onto a wall-mounted track, so when August is over I can slide it off the top track, wipe it clean to get it ready for October, and simply move September from the bottom track to the the top track–easy peasy!
We’ve been using this system for a little over a year now and I’m not sure what we’d do without it!
How do you keep track of your family’s lives? I’d love to hear your ideas!