Posted in 7 Quick Takes, Addiction, Cleaning, Job, Kids, Thankfulness, Vacation

1. Two posts in two days! Aren’t I impressive?!

2. My tale of woe for today: Today is the first day that all four kids are off. Ethan’s school district always starts late and ends late. So for a week on each end I’m dealing with wanting to stay up late and having to get up early. SO, today is the first real day of summer vacation. I could SLEEP IN PAST 6:00. No rushing to get anyone out the door. Jim would even put the dog out for me (which I always do since I’m the first one up). Ah, bliss. Only notsomuch. 3am. I wake up because someone went to the bathroom (side note, does deep sleeping ever come back once you are a mom?). 3:01am Laura comes in because she had a bad dream. She’s almost 11. My tolerance for this is getting lower. I rub her back for a few minutes and send her back to bed. Am awake for awhile, but eventually fall asleep. Wake up around 4:30am. Just because. Go back to sleep. Wake up around 5:??am because of the garbage trucks. Shut the window, go back to sleep. 7:20 or so KNOCK, KNOCK. Wake up out of a sound sleep. Laura wants to come in and lay down with me. Any other morning in creation I would have been fine. This morning? NO WAY. I admit to not being the kindest, lovingest mother in my response to Laura. She leaves. I lay there, wide awake, wondering if I should give up or try to fall back asleep. A few minutes later, the door opens and in comes Catie to snuggle. NO! I asked for one day! ONE DAY.

I got up. I told Jim what his daughters had done. He gave me an “awww!” I’m going to renegotiate for another morning.

3. Morale of the story: lock the door and sleep with earplugs. Or don’t even try. Low expectations never disappoint.

4. Changing gears, I have said I want 2012 to be a completely sober year. I’m halfway through and things are looking okay so far. There have certainly been twinges, there have been temptations, there have been moments where the goal was less important, but so far I have chosen obedience and sobriety. It’s been GOOD.

5. A friend of mine and I are doing a Home Reboot with SarahMae. With summer vacation the house generally nosedives. I really, REALLY don’t want that to happen this year. However, I know myself very well and if I don’t have someone to hold me accountable (and this friend is my addiction accountability as well!), I will definitely not follow through. So far I’ve tackled the upstairs bedrooms and am currently working my way though the laundry (changing seasons of linens on 5 beds makes for a lot of blankets!) and the dreaded office. Today I’m determined to clean the stove and oven (which is a 4.5 hour cleaning cycle and makes the house smell) and continuing with the office.

6. Jim has been between contracts now since March. It’s been very challenging around here. Two expected contracts never came to fruition. Not that we are in any marital difficulties, because we aren’t, but I understand why money trouble is the #1 reason for divorce in America.

7. I listed Ethan’s pullups on Freecycle. Two different people came and picked them up. SO WEIRD, but SO AMAZING to not have a drawer full of them. To only keep a few “just in case”, which has not been the case since early May. He hasn’t even had an accident except for one day at school where he told the teacher he had to go, but they were outside on a cane lesson and couldn’t get to a bathroom in time. He’s had no accidents at home at all. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Posted in Family, Kids, School, Vacation

I Have Three Sixth Graders

Or what I’ve been doing with my time lately.

A friend (you know who you are!), reminded me gently that I haven’t posted in a month. I didn’t realize it had been that long, but yes, apparently it has.

So what have I been up to? The regular end-of-the-school-year stuff. Plus a lot of end-of-elementary-school-forever-for-the-triplets stuff. Like two graduation ceremonies (both of which had Pomp and Circumstance).

Cleaning out bookbags, laundry, finally packing up winter clothes (because just when you think you don’t need them we have a cold snap!), bunking the boys beds (the girls are next), laundry, cleaning, working with two clients, a mammogram, ob-gyn appointment followed by an ovarian ultrasound that turned out fine, thankyouverymuch.

So life has, as usual, been happening. If I remember correctly, my blogging tends to fall off during the summer months. Not that it’s my intention, it’s just that summer is…summer. We sleep in a little (7am is so nice and late!), are more relaxed, hang out and exist. After the go, go, go of the school year, I’m very grateful for the slower pace.

We’re heading to Rehoboth Beach in July for my brother’s 50th birthday. The whole family is renting a house (as in, my sister’s family and my family!) and we’ll enjoy some close togetherness, followed quickly by bickering and picking on and general getting-on-each-other’s-nerves. Ah, Family! 😀

So as the summer goes by I will do my best to drop by here and say hello from time to time!