Monday, January 9, 2012

The Holiday Ends

School starts today in our area, which means Mike is gone to work. Cody does not start until tomorrow, seeing kindergarten is every second day. So we are back to the grind, as they say. Things started out in their typical fashion, with all three boys up and every light in the house on by 6:30 a.m., which is not even as early as many of our mornings have been this past couple of weeks. That wouldn't be so bad if they didn't proceed to make a huge racket out there, stomping, screaming, throwing things, yelling, sometime having very loud fights, and recently they have also made a habit (the older two) of going into Micah's room while he is still sleeping to steal his toys. That wakes him up, and then it's all over. I've said it before, but I will say it again. It is very difficult when you wake up angry every single morning, which we both have been. They have started this routine as early as 5 a.m.

Well, once I finally dragged my butt out of bed to face the lovely music, I found that my oldest was in a terrible state indeed. He goes through these cycles and of course it has to start as soon as Mike is gone and I'm on my own. I have him in quiet time right now in his room, and hopefully that will have been enough to snap him out of his foul mood. It seems to be working so far.

My goals for today? Well, I have already made my bed, an accomplishment in my books even though it's an easy job. I find it gives me satisfaction because it gives me something to cross off my endless list of housework, and it gives visual proof that I did something during the day. I could do three loads of dishes, or laundry for that matter, and once they are put away, no proof remains that I did them, seeing the mess is just accumulated instantly again anyway. But when I make my bed, it makes my room look cleaner, and I like that. I might try to clean my whole room today. Sadly, that's a big job. There are several things in here that have no place, so it is looking very cluttered right now. I don't like it, but I'm not good at figuring out where to put things, so I have not done anything about it for a long time. Maybe today will be the day. And if not, I think I will clean our bathroom. Maybe the boys' bathroom too if I get really ambitious. And I have the oven preheating so I can make muffins for the boys to snack on soon.

Beyond all that, we shall see. We are a little run down here, having been through colds and Micah had a mysterious rash all over his body and high fever for a few days. He's doing much better now, but it was a rough few days, and he still has a bad cold. But, I'm happy to report that nobody threw up over the holidays, even though I had some kind of food poisoning a few days before Christmas. I can't tell you how much that lifted my spirits. (Not the food poisoning. Just the whole celebrating without stomach flu situation.) Hopefully next year we can do it again!

Now I have to run and get started on all my stuff. Bye for now.

3:56 p.m. Can I just add that it is +9 degrees celsius outside? That is unheard of for January in Manitoba. A few days ago it went up to 11. It is indescribably beautiful and I am so thankful. I have survived much of the day now and am headed to the kitchen to make some Shake 'n Bake chicken for supper. Hoping for a nice quiet evening tonight as this will be a busy week!

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