What a week. Rich worked about 60 hours (72 considering travel time. He just figured these numbers out for me). He’s my emotion-regulator. For some reason, I need to spend a certain amount of time with him in the house for me to feel calm and secure. Yesterday was awful, I was crying and nervous most of the day. I’m not saying it was all because of Rich not being home much, poor guy, I just know that it did play a part. Sometimes I wonder just how I can survive mothering/homeschooling five children, keeping the housework together, and doing all the other 101 other things I do in a week. I’m not complaining, mind you, I totally love my life, and yet how can anyone keep on top of things all the time? Not possible. So yesterday was a crash day for me.
I am feeling much better today (except my eyes still feel funny from all the crying yesterday). It took the whole morning before I relaxed, though. Rich took us to Crackerbarrel for breakfast again. Thankfully the sun was shining, the sunlight being the only good thing about the weather—-it is SO SO COLD outside. We actually saw some snow flurries (very light). I denied it, but Jacob INSISTED that he saw them so I gave in and admitted it too.
We also went shopping. Rich was looking for shoes which came to nothing but of course I was able to find plenty of things to purchase, including a stack of books, a new camera, and some seeds. David had a craving for ice cream and looking into his big huge gorgeous eyes I could not say no. . .so that is what we had for a light lunch. Ice cream cones!
When we got home we went for a walk (the dog needed some exercise). There is a freezing cold wind today. Jacob made me laugh when after a while I said dramatically, “I’m TOO COLD” and turned around to go back to the house. He said to his Dad, “She’s a natural __________.” (my maiden name) “She sounded just like Grandma when she said that!”
It is cozy, so cozy in the house. We have a fire going in the livingroom but right now Rich and I are in our bedroom. David is snoring in our bed, Rich is sitting in the rocking chair and looking at stuff that has to do with the garage we want to build this spring, and I’m enjoying myself on the computer.
I took my camera along today. . . .
Big Daddy passing out candy . . . .I think David looks so handsome in his coat and hat. I call his coat the “puffy coat”. I think David is concerned here, about getting the exact piece of candy that he picked out in the store. Rich is probably saying something like, “You’ll get what I give you”. (don’t worry, he did get the right one eventually!)
All the candy sticks. Caleb had his hair buzzed (by mommy) last Friday. He’s got his baby face back. I like to kiss those cheeks.
Stuff to keep me busy in the van. The book is about homesteading, the Country Living magazine is an issue from 1989, and the cup has Crackerbarrel coffee it.
Back at home, on our walk. Jacob took these next two pictures.
Jacob, Grace, and Ethan couldn’t stay out of the pond. On the way home Grace asked if today could be the first day they went swimming. I was going to let her but Rich said no. LOL
Our biggest boy and our littlest boy. Jacob was helping Caleb along and found a ball for him in the bushes.
This is the last picture I took before I ran home because of the cold. Caleb is sitting on a little bridge that a road-biker-man made so that he could get up into the woods to ride his bike on the trails.
Rich brought me home these roses last night.
I plan on planting some seeds. Should I let the kids help? The thought sort of scares me. Maybe I’ll try to do it with one child at a time. It’ll take 5 times as long, but will be much more controlled.
My new camera! I bought this because I need a little one
for our vacation next month. I don’t want to carry Howard (my big camera is named Howard) around all over the place. . .he’s way too heavy, valuable, and cumbersome.
I love this little tiny Nikon! And IT’S PURPLE!!! Is that perfect for me, or what?
It’s about the size of a pack of cards!
This is an idea of a photo that I’ve been wanting to take for a few days. After the children’s maple syrup field trip on Thursday we went to Walmart and I bought them each a pair of these awesome rubber boots.
“If you want to feel rich,
just count all the things you have
that money can’t buy.”
Have a wonderful afternoon!