I apologize for not writing this past weekend. I have been busy and thus by night time, I am tired. It has been stressful as well.
Saturday was full of yard work. Alex manually turned over the entire garden with a pickax. He was super sore. We also made paths and hills for the plants. The next plan is to put up a fence and arbor around the garden to keep out the rabbits, chickens, and marauding canines.
While Alex was doing the garden I finished what the boys had started which was doggy-doo-duty. I took the leaf rake and raked up the entire back yard. All the remaining leaves from fall and twigs that had fallen during the winter as well as any dead grass were raked up as well. I was a tad sore the next day but by Monday felt fine. I still have to do the front yard. It is good to get all the old matted down stuff out so that they green grass can grow uninhibited. The grass is finally starting to poke out of the ground and I am so excited.
The baby chicks are doing well. We haven’t lost any yet. Little chicks are kind of dumb. Well, maybe inexperienced is a better term. They are only a week old so I have to cut them some slack. We’ve had chicks fall asleep in the water (very shallow) and drown. Chicks are a lot of work, grown chickens are very low maintenance.
These past two weeks have been HARD! As I’ve mentioned before, it is difficult to get all those subjects and levels in and then take care of a baby and house and try and spend time with the preschoolers. I took Friday off because I was very overwhelmed.
Yesterday my sister and her kids were out in their yard when they heard a big thunk. They ran out front and they saw a jeep driving away. It had hit their dog. They had their dog for nine years. They were all devastated and the kids are traumatized.
I started today out by watching the video of my sister sobbing this morning and then talking to her. Her poor kids. Talk about stress on stress. Life is hard enough already.
Then my brother and his wife were in the hospital for the birth of their third child. That is always a happy occasion but also very stressful. Their little girl was born healthy and beautiful and also shares my Lauren’s birthday.
Yep, we had a birthday to celebrate at our house. We kept to the school routine anyways though Lauren only did one subject and took the rest of the day off. She enjoyed the day. Her cake wasn’t cake, but dirt cake which is pudding and Oreos. It was good.
Okay, so all that stuff was on my mind, the house was a mess, and the kids had school and one of them was weeks behind because I had been so busy trying to juggle everything and dropping most of the balls. I didn’t even know where to begin. So I began in the kitchen. I turned on the radio and ignored everything else. If the kitchen is in order I am more calm. So I washed all the dishes, wiped the counters, pulled out the cream cheese to soften for the cake, cleaned the living room (I figured if I was going to mop I was going to do the whole floor) and then swept the floor and mopped the living room and kitchen. I could concentrate. Finally! But then I got a headache and stomachache so I took a quick catnap.
I sat down and helped Benjamin with his homework after lunch. We sat there for several hours working through all his classes and all his assignments. We made it through 90% of his work. That was a huge load off my mind. I figure that the only way that we are going to get these kids’ school work done is for me to literally sit there and keep them on task. There goes most of my day. And we get to do this for one to two more months. This is the most exciting prospect. Not really.
I scroll through Facebook and see all these people saying they are bored or to enjoy this time of having their family home. Alex, thankfully, still gets to work and my job just doubled. It isn’t a vacation. My sister, who works from home and whose husband still gets to work now has triple the load because of the usual housework, job, and school. It is ridiculous.
The world is weird right now. Everything I the same and yet it is all so different.