Today is the 10th day in a row that we have completed all of our assigned school work for the day for all three kids. This is a huge accomplishment. Everything from doctor’s appointments to crabby attitudes to perfectionist intentions have prohibited us from continuasly getting everyone’s work done every day. I almost didn’t want to say this out loud for fear that it backfires on me. It’s taken almost one and half academic years to get to this point. Sure most days we finish everything or at least 2 kids does. It’s hard to school at home. There are a million distractions from vistiors to phone calls. The house always looks lived in because well that are a lot of people here all day every day.
I am most excited about having a break on Monday to just be a mom. How lame is that? I just want to play and read with my kids without the expectations of questioning their comprehension or trying to slip some math into the day. I just want to enjoy it and hopefully drink my coffee before it gets cold.
So to say the least…my life has been busy since the last time I blogged. I gave up Facebook for Lent and every time I see my kids do something crazy I think “that would make a great facebook status!” What I like about facebook is how I can quickly capture a moment in time and go back to my regular life. Writing my blog is a labor of love for me. I love writing. I love getting my thoughts out so I can process them. Shoot I have dreams about student teaching still and I did that over 7 years ago. I wake up with ideas for Freshman English lesson plans.
So I decided to blog again.
Here’s my updates:
We are in our second year of homeschooling. Right now it’s going well. We are productive and learning. I’m trying to make it more fun but I’m always concerned about how much they are learning. They are so that’s good. :)
We added another family member. Our family has 3 big girls and 3 little boys. Sometimes I am amazed they are all mine. :)
I haven’t run in a long time. I long for it. I really need to start back up but I’m so uncomfortable in my body. I need to work on that especially since we have a bunch of weddings to attend this summer. EEEK!!!
Every day is full of learning, playing, tears, messes, and not enough sleep.
I wish I weren’t so boring!
I’m trying to figure out if God is leading me towards something or if I’m just trying to feel that He is. My heart is telling me to do it but I’m scared to leap. I’m praying for a sign. I’m praying for strength. I’m praying that I have as much faith in myself as He does.
I’m going to try out this blog hop thing from my friend Michelle at Heartfelt Balance/ Handmade Life
So let’s start a hoppin’
My house is a wreck. We have winter clothes flying all over the place. We had mac and cheese on the floor. We started off the day with a sassy 8 year old and a 6 year old crying because it’s not her birthday yet (it’s tomorrow). I called my husband crying. I need help. I have read about 3-4 different home management books. I’m in the process of starting all of them. But right now I need a jump start! 31 Days to Clean! sounds like the perfect way to start finding balance in my life. It is an ebook written by Sarah Mae from Like a Warm Cup of Coffee and Raising Homemakers.
Check out 31 days to Clean and sign up for the May Cleaning challenge. I would love to have some of you joining me!
I’m excited to being my journey to a more spiritual momma and a cleaner home. And for $4.99 you can’t beat that with a stick!
So today I’m not just going to chase Martha and Mary but join them in working on 31 Days to Clean !
This summer Michael and I will celebrating our 10th anniversary or Love Day as we call it. Neither one of us lived on our own before getting married. On our Honeymoon we purchased our first (and current!) home so all of our appliances are 10 years old. Two years ago our dryer stopped drying. We were waiting for the other appliance to go but we were lucky. This past winter I posted on facebook how I was in need of an oven and a friend offered us her old one. We used our tax money to buy a new refrigerator to go along with our new kitchen floor. Two days ago I went to wash some clothes and the spin cycle wouldn’t kick on. In a large family, laundry piles up before breakfast and after bath time. On a regular day I do between 2-3 loads of laundry. Not having a washer is not an option for us. We were lucky enough to get an offer from a family member but we decided that it was wise for us to invest in a HE Washer. Between the water usage and energy savings we should be able to see some significant savings for what we are already doing.
So as I wait for the new washer to get delivered my new Oh Katy cloth diapers showed up. I love love love these diapers. They fit Justin’s chubby little legs so well! I wish I could just put him in them full time but that would require a large checkbook! I couldn’t wait for Thursday to roll around so I could wash them for my little chunky butt to wear them so I wash them old school in a bucket! Just some hot water and a teaspoon of Rockin Green and a few minutes of scrub a dub dubing and my diapers were ready.
Now I have 3 huge piles of clothes waiting and growing from here until Thursday. I simply can not wait until my washer is here. It is so funny the things we look forward to as adults. Lately I’ve been putting in some time and effort into my prayers (daily Rosary is my new routine) and my housekeeping (hanging a curtain rod and working on the pantry) and I have to admit I’d a lot happier now. It’s like I’ve finally accepted my vocation and calling from God. I am a mother and a keeper of the home and I’m really happy about that. I’m so blessed in so many ways that I can’t even begin to list them. As I work on my Mother’s Rule it is becoming easier and more fulfilling. Even though I have been a stay at home mother for over 6 years now it’s like God is really trusting me to do His work for him. Being the mom of 5 definitely isn’t for every one but it has been written so for me.
We have been struggling for about a year now with our first son’s behavior. It’s been a year of climbing, running, dodging, and praying. He’s pulled his elbow out of the socket at least 3 times and has been to the ER twice. Some days I pray for nap time and then pray for good night time. I love that little guy but he just is too spunky for me! My girls were so laid back and would listen to me. They were capable of sitting for a few minutes and my little buddy won’t stop for anything but food! A few months back we contacted Help Me Grow about his speech and behavior issues. From different tests and multiple doctor appointment it was determined that he was unable to hear very well. He must have an ear infections that we were unaware of that never cleared up causing the hearing loss. About 2 weeks ago he had tubes put in and he has been communicating much more. He still is having some speech issues but it’s a great start! Now we are working with a school psychologist about his behavior. It’s been very hard on me because I feel like I have failed as a mother to keep him safe and to help him grow.
She told us that our assignment for the next 2 weeks was to praise each child every 15 minutes for a few days then go to longer gaps but to keep the praise up. The more praise the better! She said this will help all of the kids work hard for our good attention. Then we made Praise Books for each child to display to her/his friends and family. Every good deal deserves a sticker! The girls are very competitive so they ran around the house doing anything and everything to earn a sticker.
For bad behavior we are not to react to it. This is going to be hard for me. Somedays I’m good and I can ignore it and I blame myself for not putting whatever it was that got broken or ruined away. But some days I’m a ball full of emotions from crying to screaming. That breaks me down so much. I am so tired at the end of the day from all of it.
But today is a new day. I am armed with Praise books for the kids and a new book for me- A Mother’s Rule. With both of those in my back pocket I am hoping the next two weeks create a happier mommy and a well behaving little buddy.