Last week, I talked about the schedule I've taken to making for the girls and I during summer. But the system is not fool-proof, and life happens. Kids get sick, they sleep too long or get up too early, you're too busy with chores, or maybe they're just involved in a crazy-fun, imaginary game at home and rounding them up to cart them to some other thing that is supposedly fun is just going to break the rhythm. But you're supposed to be at the library or museum or a movie, and you've told other people you are going, even.
Be prepared to cancel, and make sure your friends understand that there is a large chance of this happening (if they're moms, they should get it). Be forgiving when your friends have to cancel, too. Be aware that no matter what your plans, there's a 30 percent chance of you cancelling and a 30 percent chance of your friends cancelling because reasons. If the schedule is free-flowing, easy-going, it will be a lot easier and a lot more fun to do the activities you can actually get to.
For instance, this week, we cancelled twice. We did not go to the splash pad at 10 a.m. because my girls happened to sleep that day until 9:30 a.m. (right? awesome.) We did not go to Dino Days at the library because I was editing a manuscript and the girls were playing really nicely. We went bike riding a day later than planned because it rained. The park a day later than planned because during open swim, they allowed us to stay for a lot longer than I thought they would. It's summer time. It should be easy.