When the older kids were young, I had all of these awesome ideals of my hopes and dreams for homeschooling my kids. Many times I wanted to throw in the towel. Throwing in the towel amounted to having several days or weeks of discontent and then figuring out how to get everyone back on task, my mind to quit obsessing and feeling sorry for myself, and.....stay home. There would have been nothing wrong with throwing in the towel btw, but our options here are pretty limited.
One child has piano. Two boys have Boy Scouts. Several have Catechism classes and I do not compromise on church as there I find peace and hope in Word and Sacrament This leaves little to no time to socialize or go to do much for fun. I can either gnash my teeth and lament how I can't have 'fun' or forget that and carry on. It just isn't fun to come home to chaos. These are the kids God gave me and the hubby and home and this is what I do. My advice to self is to run away from this computer as much as possible, get up and do what I am given to do and try not to make my life more complicated.
We do occasionally do fun things but they are usually with part or all of the family. We went skiing two weeks ago. The kids go to friends homes to play and goof off. I went to a symphony concert with my mom in Chicago last Friday. We had some friends over at various times over the weekend. One set we see once a year and the rest were children who......played with the kids. It seems spacing out fun and having significant chunks of hunker down time is the way for me to actually be half way successful at doing this mom and teaching thing. Then clinging to Christ and the forgiveness of sins is of course the most helpful......but I have to remember that fact too.....thus church is a priority. Onward.