Clouds roll in and sprinkle the city with warm rain as I sit here at my computer alone. Being alone is becoming more commonplace as my husband helps me work through my goal of becoming an established writer.
Getting used to the quiet is difficult, spending my days with three loud and rambunctious children hardly lends itself to silent times. I don’t have to rush through my work and instead read and enjoy, edit and review, hopefully giving you a better piece of post.
To kick off my week of thanks is a big hug and thanks to my husband, who has become a more loving and caring husband, harder worker and understanding partner. Although I’m not lucky to have him, I am blessed to have found him.
This last week of summer has been a rollercoaster of emotion and complications. Yet sitting here, I am thinking of all that went right.
One morning, I walked down our walkway and was hit in the face by the overgrowth of our front tree. I managed to reach out to a neighbor’s gardener who was in the midst of trimming her landscape. Looking to scale back my lush tree, I inquired about the price. Although not expensive, I couldn’t justify paying the amount to my husband. I’m sure he would opt to do it himself. I politely declined and left to run an errand.
Upon my return, I saw him walking away with fallen debris. I started shaking my head thinking about how I was going to tell my husband. When I got out of the car, I said that I figured he didn’t hear me decline his services. He promptly replied “It’s ok. Some things are more important than money,” and walked away. Being a blessing to another is more than just words and although I can’t repay him with money, I’m hoping that there’s at least one person who needs landscaping services in the West Palm Beach area and hire him: Powell’s Landscaping and Design 561.379.8049 and they did a great job.
On my most recent episode of Run Your World podcast, I spoke extensively about my experience at the The Homeschooling Expo. My son can be a little flighty and we have been strongly considering homeschooling so that he can excel. I found out some great specifics that I talked about on the podcast, but overall, by the end, I was confident that if that option has to be exercised, I would be able to handle his education.
As much as I wish my children would do chores and treat each other well all the time, they are like many other children. They don’t, won’t and can’t. I have tried several types of reward charts, but with the age gap between my preteen and my toddler, I found it hard to keep all of their information straight. So, I came up with a universal reward chart that just rewards all good deeds on any level. We go through a lot of stars, but it’s worth it.
Recently, baby Butterfly decided that she no longer enjoyed the colorful and playful cage that we call her crib. She has been trying to escape, slowly getting one leg firmly on top of the rail. So, it was time to remove the giant pen and allow her to roam free. After much thought, we decided one low profile full bed for them was in our future. In preparation, I rearranged the room. What a difference that made for the room, it’s brighter, easier to manage and cleaner. Now, I just need their new bed.
Even though I love having all of my children home, I’m ready for the pressures of summer to be over. We conquered our Bucket List, although I failed to update you all on our adventures. While enjoying the children, my blog took a back seat and I don’t regret a minute of it. Now, summer is almost over. Bunny is headed off to middle school and it’ll be nice to get back into a routine. Of course, if I start homeschooling, I have to figure out how to manage all three for many hours in a row.
We really did have a magnificent summer, skipping a major trip and spreading out the funds to visit a lot of local venues. We spent lots of time under the sun, with friends, and some without. Museums and parks were frequently visited. We spent lots of time with out-of-town family who graciously ventured to us. Unlike previous years, where disappointment hung in the air from promises not held, we did something everyday thanks to the LAMP program…and friends with pools. Hopefully, I can get my son to do a follow up post soon enough.
Becoming a godparent is a huge responsibility. I recently accepted the opportunity to take on the roll. This led me to travel to California for her dedication. Being kid free, I wanted to capitalize on the trip. I was able to write, write and write some more, including submissions to anthologies and paid websites. I never thought I would opt for airplane sleep over sleeping in my bed, but it’s better than a foot in the face. Or being woken up four times in night. Or walking your child back to their bed. Ah to the small victories.
I am truly blessed to have family nearby and this summer reaffirms our decision to move cross-country. My in-laws are magnificent and even the short times my children spent with them were a Godsend. The bonds between them are getting stronger with each visit, with only a small twinge of envy from me.
Like everything else, selling is a skill that seems to be one that I don’t have. I have been diligently posting items on eBay and OfferUp, with lots of interest, but no purchases and no indication of why. Even so, I finally successfully sold something on OfferUp and eBay. I can feel my Scrooge McDuck coming out! eBay has taught me some valuable lessons which I have to relay in a post.
As the summer comes to a close and my organization hits an all time high, I’m looking forward to getting my birthday and event calendar under control. When I think of birthdays, I think of celebrating the good times and being grateful for those in our lives for another year. Hosting parties is not my specialty, but I hope that one day I’ll be able to clear minded enough to pull several off in a year. As the summer comes to a close, birthdays will be upon us, one or more every month until June.
The trials and tribulations of this week does not negate all of the good things that have been happening in my life. How’d your week go?
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