March? MARCH??? Seriously? I haven’t posted here since March? We’ve had a lot going on…blah blah blah. I know it’s still no excuse. A few months ago I was at a point in life where I was really depressed. We had major family issues going on around us, things causing even more stress in our marriage, and I was at a breaking point. I didn’t feel like blogging, I had a very hard time concentrating on work, and I reached a point where I just felt rather worthless. After a lot of praying, support from my true friends and family, and time to sort it all out I’m ready for a change. I’m ready to start over, enjoy life again, be happy, and write freely when I feel like it. Sometimes taking a break really does help.
So, a few quick updates:
A lot has happened over the last few months, and I admit I’ve been busier than I ever imagined I could be with the two munchkins.
Aubrey has been walking since she hit 10 months old in April, so that’s kept me on the go constantly. I’ve ran off all my baby weight and then some…literally. When I left the hospital I was somewhere around 145lbs, and I’m currently weighing in at 116lbs! That’s 11lbs lighter than I was when I got pregnant with Ellie. I’m happier and healthier than I’ve been in a very long time, and for once I’m confident in my own skin. I’m always on the go either chasing a running toddler, chasing a running preschooler, grabbing a climbing toddler before she topples over something (baby gates don’t do a bit of good to hold that girl in when she’s on a mission), or a combination of all of the above.
My last post in March was about Ben getting a new job that just happened to be back in construction. Neither of us were too happy with him returning to the construction field, but we were both relieved he had found something with more money than the factory job he had been stuck in for a few months. Today I’m happy to report his “new” job has turned out to be exactly what our family needed. In the past few months he has moved up from assistant foreman to the new position he gained last week, supervisor of the whole dang company.
I fully admit we’ve been struggling the last few years thanks to the recession, but we’re finally getting back to a comfortable spot. We’re almost out of debt, and we’re looking at purchasing our first home. We may finally get out of my family’s rental and out on our own even if we’re hitting that mark on our timeline a few years later than we had anticipated.
I’ll prepare myself to share more over the coming weeks as I get back into the blogging thing full swing, but I must say even if I’m the only person who reads anything I write I’m happy to be back. Blogging has always been an outlet for me, a place of serenity after a busy day, and I’m happy be up to putting my thoughts down again.
After talking to one of my friends today about what her kids are doing in school my brain hurts. Plus I’m seriously doubling my efforts to convince Ben that I should home school Ellie. He says I need to send her to public school because it will give me the personal time I really need. Does he forget I’ll still have Aubrey at home when Ellie starts kindergarten? She’ll be a little over 2, so personal time will not be in my future! He definitely doesn’t forget. His other argument is that I won’t have the time to devote to homeschooling Ellie with Aubrey at home, but I disagree. I have plenty of mamas in my little support circle who not only home school multiple kiddos, but they do it with a toddler on their heels. I think I can manage.
Anywho today’s discussion was about my friend’s elementary aged kiddos and common core which is now being taught in the schools here as well as her teen and band class. The band discussion was simple. She knows I’m good at finding online deals, so she asked me to find the most affordable rico reeds she can get for her daughter’s clarinet. Done. I did some research and sent her a few links. As for the common core, she blew my mind with some of the math problems on her son’s worksheet this week. Seriously, why does math have to be so difficult? I admit math was not my best subject. Although I did manage to make it through AP Calculus I had a hard time with math. I was a history, English, and science kind of gal. Even so I can take one look at common core math and see how absolutely ridiculous it is. Why are children being taught to work twice as hard to get to the same answer?
The math isn’t the only issue I have with common core, but I won’t get into those right now. Home school is definitely seeming to be the much better choice for us, so I really need to get on the ball convincing Ben then deciding which curriculum I like best. Heck, I may even do as my friend Jennifer does with her three girls and design my own from various online Christian resources. I have an extra year before Ellie starts school thanks to her birthday falling a month after the cut off, so I have some time to figure it all out. The way I see it we can definitely give it a shot, and if we don’t like the way home schooling is going we have the option to enroll her in public school or even try to budget in private school from then on. Personally I feel Ellie would do better in a one on one environment. She is a high strung child with many traits of ADD, and she had a hard time concentrating on things when she’s in an environment with multiple children. This could be the answer to help us all.
Even though my motherboard bit the dust I managed to have a pretty successful day today working from my phone. As much as it makes my fingers cramp typing on this little keyboard I managed to get caught up on everything I’ve fallen behind on over the past week of dealing with sickness in the house.
After lunch my bff came by so I could help her build a quick website. Thankfully she brought her laptop so I didn’t have to do that from my phone. I would have gladly thrown a site together for her, but she wanted to learn to do it herself. I decided to show her how to use IM creator because it’s pretty simple and straight forward. An hour later she walked out with a website ready to launch and I moved on to the other thing I’ve been avoiding…laundry.
Aubrey and I have spent all evening catching up on the mountain in the laundry room, and we’re still not done. That’s partly because I pulled a ton of baby clothes out of the attic and even though I washed them all to put away I can’t bring myself to put my kid in them without washing them again. A large portion of the attic clothes are things that are too small, and I hope to have a yard sale this weekend with them and a few other things. I guess that tells me what I’ll be doing the rest of the week. Yep, it’ll be yard sale prep time.
If you asked me to sum up how we have all been in one word that would be easy…sick. We’ve all been battling a nasty viral cold off and on for weeks, and it’s made it hard to do much of anything. It started at Thanksgiving when Ben came home from work with it. His cold eventually turned into broncitis, and he’s just now getting over that. Ellie got a mild version of the cold the week after Thanksgiving, but thankfully hers cleared up pretty quickly.
The week before Christmas Aubrey came down with a cough and Ben ended up with round 2 of high fever and viral cold. We woke up Christmas morning to find Santa brought Aubrey a fever to go along with her presents under the tree. She battled a nasty cold for a week that turned into her first ear infection. About the time she started feeling better she decided to pass her cold onto Mommy, so I spent New Year’s Eve curled up on the couch battling my own fever while Ben and Ellie shot fireworks.
I was hoping to knock the cold out of myself quickly, but here it is still lingering 10 days later. As soon as I start to feel better and think I’m getting over it it hits me again. I’ve felt great the last few days, but I woke up this morning feeling like I’ve got a huge lump in my throat. It’s not sore, but it’s scratchy, gritty, and feels like I swallowed a golf ball. UGH. Hopefully we’ll eventually get this sickness knocked out of here once and for all!