Friday, August 13, 2010

what would YOU do?

Mr. D and I share season tickets for the Packers with two other couples. I usually don't look at the schedule with too much enthusiasm until they meet and agree on who gets which games and Mr. D actually has the tickets in his hands. This year he scored tickets to the preseason game against the Colts. And long-time readers probably recall my particular fondness for Peyton Manning.

So what's the problem, Green Girl?

I'll tell you what's the problem! The night of the game is also our kids' open house night at school AND their karate graduation where their grand movie premiere is supposed to take place with a red carpet and all the hoopla surrounding such an event. Mr. G and Mr. B are dying to see the movie they starred in this summer and a mother's guilt flows stronger than tsunami waves across the ocean. The night is double-booked with both of these events. They could probably miss the open house, but the end of summer karate party with the movie premiere?

What's a Green Girl to do? Spill it, reader. Have you sacrificed awesome things for your kids' calendars or have you sacrificed your kids' stuff so you could do an awesome thing?

24 comments:

  1. Oh My Gosh--my heart sank for you! School open house--ditch it no prob-you're pta for cryin' out loud! But the kids karate stuff--UGH!
    I mean how cool--but P.M. is sooo cute--and really, how much of his cuteness will you really see (probably better on the screen at home?)--but its pre season, not the normal freeze your butt off at Lambeau so you can enjoy his behind!

    I don't envy you on that one!

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  2. What a full life you lead!

    I could certainly relate to this post, as a mother. But I have to say: if given the choice of attending my children's functions or going to a Packer game, I would chose my kids. There's always DVR - and camping out in the livingroom to watch the game is the best seat in town. (Says the woman who has yet to experience a game at Lambeau!)

    Let us know what you decide!

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  3. It is only pre-season, but it could be your only chance to see Peyton. That's a tough one. Could Mr. take the kids and you go with a friend? At least they'd have someone there for them.

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  4. O, dude! Go to the karate thing for your kids! Peyton Manning? w/e! It's not like you can touch it...buy a poster or something! You can stare at P.Mannings @ss all season in the instant replays on TV! *hahaha!

    There is a whole season of football ahead, with TICKETS! and only this one night of karate movie, ever...3 disappointments for them vs. 1 disappointment for you...

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  5. oh man, this is a tough one. If you sacrifice too much for your kids, you can lose yourself in the process. I don't envy your dilemma. I like the suggestion of having your Mr take the kiddos so you can still go to the game. Good luck, and let us know.

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  6. Ugh, what a choice, but I guess the kids come first. Unless you can find someone else to take them to their stuff while you go make kissy-faces at Peyton.

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  7. This is a tough one! As for Open House, you are a very involved mom. Don't worry. But the karate? That's tougher.

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  8. I would do the karate gig. The kids will probably forgot soon enough if you didn't go, but you won't ever forget. I still have guilty feelings about missing Stephanie's dance recital when she was 4. That was 21 years ago. Peyton will still be around for a while, you'll get your chance to see him.

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  9. Oh ugh. That is a really tough one. Open house for school is no big deal but the karate thing, eek! I just don't know. What time does the karate thing start? Could you go to the game late?

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  10. Always chose the kids activities over mine. Maybe that's why the "kids" are still hanging around.

    I enjoy them more than any activity.

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  11. EVERY day. It's hard being a mom. But some day you will never ever regret being there for these events, whereas it will eventually be just a game (I know that might be hard to believe now).

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  12. I'll be the anti-voice and say, "Get a babysitter to take the kids to their thing, with a camera, and you go do your thing".

    There!

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  13. Oh dear. Will the Colts play the Packers again someday? Will the kids be this age again someday? Hmm.

    I've pretty much figured that I have no life of my own for a while. But with hopes that I will again someday, I give up things like trips to Italy and the opera.

    On the other hand, I think that sometimes we over-celebrate some rites of passage. (Think cap-and-gown preschool graduation.) The kids will move up ranks again in six months. They'll adjust.

    So maybe the kids need to learn that you do, indeed, have a life. It gives them a little perspective, especially if someone else "important" can go with them to the graduation and take lots of pictures.

    So go to the game. Or don't go to the game. Oh wait. Go. No, don't go! Go!!

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  14. That is a tough one! Any way to do a little bit of everything?

    You need a machine from the future that lets you be two places at once! :)

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  15. Can someone else take them to the movie? I am an ardent believer in families helping each other out. Also, I don't think it's bad for our kids to see that we have things to do that are really important that don't revolve around them.

    That said, if I couldn't make sure they saw the movie otherwise, I'd give up the game.

    I hope it works out!

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  16. I hate that for you!!!!!!!!!!! What a bummer!! It's a tough job being a super great mom :(

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  17. I hate that for you!!!!!!!!!!! What a bummer!! It's a tough job being a super great mom :(

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  18. I hate that for you!!!!!!!!!!! What a bummer!! It's a tough job being a super great mom :(

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  19. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. I tend to try to do-it-all. This means that I do none of it well or to the satisfaction of those whom I so wished to please. Perhaps the red carpet is the most important place to be? Unless there will never, ever be another Manning Moment?!

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  20. For me it was always a simple decision because there is no where on earth I would rather have been than at something that was important to me kids. Kids are only kids one time.

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  21. Why do these things happen? We'll have nothing for months, then two big events on the same day...
    It's tough because sacrificing too often makes you bitter, but the karate thing does sound pretty important - I think I'd have to go with that, too.

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  22. Float the IDEA of having someone else take them to the movie dealio. You'll see in their eyes if they are heartbroken at the thought of you not being there. They might surprise you!

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  23. Do you have a set of Grandparents near? Perhaps they can help out with the boys so you can enjoy the game. If not I'd pick the kids over Packers. In fact I did that for the season opener. Got a call from a friend offering two tickets last weekend. Without even telling Mr until after I passed on the offer. No regrets here; they lost anyways. Good luck making your decision.

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  24. oh dear. i think i would go to the game......i mean, peyton manning!

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Spill it, reader.