Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am still here!!!

I miss you! If any of my blog friends are still out there, I miss you and I apologize for not coming by much in the last few weeks.

As you may have read last week, I have been feeling overwhelmed by all I have committed to doing, all the 'I shoulds', and especially all the 'I haven't gotten to yets'. So I made a decision. I need to be realistic about what I can actually do and I need to prioritize so that the most important things actually have a chance of getting done.

So, I have been making a concerted effort to concentrate on my kids during the day. I home educate, so that means a significant amount of effort and attention needs to be paid to their 'school' stuff. The buck stops with me, and I have been dropping the ball, often. This renewed commitment on my part has paid big dividends with my kid's effort and output. Today was a particularly great day!

My hubby has been putting in 14 hour days, 7 days a week and that means that everything at home falls to me. So I have been making a bigger effort in keeping up the house on a daily basis, helping the kids with their chores so that they are actually finished and making sure everyone has healthy meals and snacks. We have been doing tons of smoothies with frozen fruit and yogurt and a bit of protein powder, smoothie time is a great opportunity for us to sit together to do our devotions and reading aloud. We are reading Rudyard Kiplings' The Jungle Book together. Today we made a quick whole wheat pizza dough and had pizza for lunch, yummy!

With hubby working such long hours, I either have no car or I take him to work at 6 am and get back at 8:30 or so and leave again at 7 pm to get him and back home again after 9pm. If I take the car, I can get out and do some stuff, but I have absolutely no time to myself either before the kids get up or in the evenings. And that means.... No Blogging! and No scrapbooking either. Wah!!!

I am also pretty darn tired, so the days that I do have some time to myself, I don't really want to open my computer. My eyes are scratchy and droopy, I just want to curl up in my bed and sleep. So I have been trying to do that.

I do really need to finish making my Christmas presents on Heritage Makers, hopefully I will find the time this week. Then I need to crochet Zed's stocking before Christmas. Girly's took me 3 years to finish, oops! The Christmas before I had her, I crocheted 4, so I can do it, I just need to steal the time from somewhere.

I do feel much better about everything, thank you all for your encouragement. I am trying to be more accepting of my situation and my limitations, and doing the best I can.


  1. You consistently do more than I could ever do. I applaud you for keeping it together as well as you do.

    Stay sane, my friend.

  2. You are amazing. And, I for one am grateful just to know you. I also for one totally understand that time is limited for visiting blogs when you have multiple cheaty little monkeys AND you write a blog yourself!! And, you home educate? Wow.... Kudos. :)

  3. I'm glad that you are recognizing and your family come first! We will always be here waiting for little tidbits of updates. :) Hugs to you.

  4. You're awesome Kristin - you keep doing what you're doing. :)

  5. Relax yourself, girl. Do what you need to and don't fret. We're not going anywhere. :)

  6. It sounds like you are doing great, all though I have to say, I don't know how you do it all!

    And for some strange reason now I want pizza! ; )

  7. I can't imagine how busy you must be, although it sounds like your days are going really well and I'm glad school is getting better!
    Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!
    Oh, and my email address is meredith721 at hotmail dot com.

  8. Oh my goodness... smoothies AND homemade pizza dough, while doing devotions and reading aloud. If I accomplished all of that in a months time I would feel extremely proud of myself! You should give yourself a huge pat on the back. You are one dedicated mama!