These past two weeks have seen a good deal of cleaning in my house. It’s been very welcome. With two (very) active boys, it’s often hard to find the time to deep clean, but I’m finding ways of getting it down. Iggy and Orchid are often here on the same day and at the same times…one watches the boys and the other helps me get stuff done. I even rented a U-HAUL van and moved a whole bunch of boxes and books to our storage unit. Plus, there’s been multiple trips to various donation centers and packing things up for a few charities we support.
Of course, it’s hard to keep the house clean on a daily basis, but…something that I strive to do…cleaning up messes as they are made. Honestly, I have the broom out about 20 times a day, just cleaning up the dirt, food, and various bit of play-doh that litter the floor about 5 minutes into any activity we start. I try to think of it as an act of love, and some days that’s easier than others. Laundry is (and probably always be) my nemesis.
I’ve been paring down on my homeschooling books, with the realization that I just won’t have time to read all the books I want to. I have a stack about 6 books high that I really want to get to, but am just not sure when I’m going to fit that in. So, I went through my homeschooling shelf and cleared out a good stack that I knew I just wouldn’t get to in the next year or so.
McRuger and I have had a few really good talks recently, clearing up some more miscommunications we’ve been having. Expectations, especially unspoken ones, are so hard to navigate. So, we’ve been really trying to take a breath…before making assumptions. We also had a date this last weekend…the first in a few months. We saw the new “Captain America” movie (it was decent) and snuggled (always a plus).
We’ve come to some very good agreements on housework, bedtimes, homeschooling, and even how to handle some more challenging behaviors from our boys. I feel really good knowing we’re on the same page.
Sadly, it’s been really hard to get ANYTHING done due to some new behaviors from Cadet. He’s now so fearful of my leaving, I literally can’t run errands without a huge meltdown (and generally end up taking him with me) Even if he’s just staying with McRuger, he will fall into hysterics at the mere mention of my leaving. I’m talking sobbing, screaming, and general anxiety. It’s quite upsetting to everyone. And while I know this is some unresolved issues from my hospitalization, it’s a rough thing to deal with. I hate seeing Cadet so upset. It really makes me upset. Orchid and Iggy have been really patient with him, as we all try to deal with these new issues. We all agree that patience and reassurance that mama is okay will eventually solve this problem.
The next three weeks will be a flurry of crazy. My mom is coming into town next week to “help”…(read: visit). Then, I have a week before MIL arrives for almost 2 weeks…during McRuger’s travel time. In between now and McRuger leaving there are so many details to take care of: McRuger needs a dental cleaning, an eye appointment, and a hair cut (all of which I have to carefully schedule as to NOT disturb any crucial appointments McRuger may have at work)…he literally doesn’t have the time to schedule anything himself. McRuger’s been working 12-16 hours days, coming home, helping get the boys to bed (or cleaning up), and then sitting down to do more work.
This is a blood draw week for me. And while the new system of not looking at my results is useful, I still get anxious. Send good thoughts and prayers that everything will look good!
How is your week going? Any big plans?
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