Since my last post:
|Sarah helped Dominic by pulling his first loose tooth!|
|Wow! Can't believe losing teeth has |
already started for him
|My "oldometer" ticked up for another year|
(how awesome is this card?)
|We test-drove, took home for a day, committed to buying |
and then backed out of buying a new car
(maybe I'll post on that someday)
|Sarah's 8th grade volleyball team took first in division, |
and 2nd in City Tournament. What a great year.
Great girls and coaches!
|I found a box that had these pajamas in them and they fit Vincent now! |
Holy moly, he is getting big (and even more cute, if that's possible)
|Took the boys clothes-shopping and found these cool |
Lego Star Wars pajamas for Dominic. Perfect.
First of all, Craig is still working nights. And that is fine honestly. He had been working nights for the past 10 years at the casino. It's just that the hours are a bit longer, so he's going in more like late afternoon/early evening and working through the night. The good part: He is home in time to help get the kids all ready and off to school before he goes to sleep and he's up in time to get them from school before heading off to his next day of work. The not-as-good-but-bearable part: This means my day really begins when I get off work. More on that later.
Secondly, the job is such an improvement over the casino. He's working at the Ford plant on the assembly line. The benefits are excellent and he gets paid overtime when he works it. Novel concept. :) I think he seems to enjoy the work he does, too. Craig's always liked cars (Vincent's obsession with them gives me some idea of what Craig may have been like as a child) and this gives him an opportunity to be up close and personal with at least one make and model. :)
So while all of this has occurred, we have had to make some changes to the way things run around the house. Craig used to do all the grocery shopping, for example, on Friday mornings. Well, that isn't possible every week anymore, so I have had to re-learn how to grocery shop and fit it into an already jam-packed weekend. The first two times I kept going over budget. It was really ticking me off. But the third time I did it, I made my list and I pulled out my phone and added things up as I went and ... Woo-Hoo! ... I was under budget and I got everything on the list! Also, Craig used to get some of the laundry done on Thursdays/Fridays and that's not happening anymore either. This past weekend was the craziest as every person in our family had to get their laundry done on Sunday. I am planning to get on that earlier in the weekend coming up so we don't have that happen again!
And then...there are the activities for the kids. Right now, Sarah has club volleyball, Dani has swim club and Helen has basketball. I'm thanking God for inspiring me NOT to put Dominic and/or Vincent in anything right now because I could not get them there. Mondays are the craziest since Helen and Dani both have practice at 6:30 and then Sarah has practice at 8 all the way across town. I think I'm getting a system down and this coming Monday, I think I'll be able to do it with one less trip across town (I've been heading over there twice -- once for drop-off and once for pick-up) since I will just have us all hang out across town while practice is going on. Dani has practice MOnday through Thursday. Sarah has practices Monday and Wednesday. Helen's practices are Monday and Saturday. So there's a lot of driving around for me during the week. I have no doubt that it is all worth it, but it's been an adjustment for me because I had grown to love having my evenings free to do as I wished.
I had already started going to CrossFit in the early mornings (5:15 -- bright and EARLY) so that hasn't changed. Craig's able to make it to the 6:15 a couple of times a week, too. The kids are pretty good at getting up and around most mornings -- now that the girls are pretty self-sufficient in that arena. So, the exercise is still happening.
As you can imagine, the schedule in the evenings makes it difficult to do dinner. We do a lot of breakfast for dinner so far. I hope we can get some good crockpot things going now that the cold weather is here. But we seldom eat together. Dani is usually grabbing something early so she's ready to swim. There are snacks, with no real dinner-time routine. It kind of drives me bonkers and makes me think I suck at this whole Mom thing, but I don't know what else to do at this point since the evenings are just too crazy for anything else.
Through all of it, though, I was able to spend the weekend two weekends ago (the one before Veteran's Day) doing a huge clean and purge of the house. So now at least, I like being in the house for the time I am there. Our garage is clean and uncluttered and so is our basement. I know where everything is in the storage room, too. And I have been on the kids to keep it straightened up, too (you would not believe the places I found the many puzzle pieces and telepods the boys had scattered all over -- well, maybe you would). The side benefit of being so busy? There really is only so much time the kids are in the house to mess it up. :)
We'll see if I can get the 7 drafted posts in any shape to be published in the near future. #dontholdyourbreath
That's just a little bit of word-spew from me to let you know that while I may feel like I am drowning, I'm still alive and well. And happy, for the most part.