Let's Get Real Wednesday

Let’s Get Real Wednesday #2

I have one kid who is getting over an aggravating cough, and another who woke up with a fever and is feeling pretty crumby.  So since today is going to be a take-it-easy kind of day, I figured it would be a good time to write a “Let’s Get Real Wednesday” post.

As you can tell, it’s been over 3 weeks since I’ve written anything.  I have been told many times that I always have it together and do all this awesome stuff for my kids and their schooling.  I don’t want people to think that about me.  It’s not true.  I struggle, a lot.  My last post was written at the beginning of April.  We were getting close to finishing a deployment.  I was in over my head with stress.  I couldn’t keep up with the household chores, the boy’s messes, school/blog stuff, my Etsy shop, time with friends, time for myself (gym), and other activities.  My anxiety was at an all time high, and once dinner and the boy’s bedtimes came I was so spent that I just needed to watch TV and do nothing, or go to sleep myself.

By the grace of God I got through that funk in time for Easter, and my husband’s homecoming.  This last week we’ve been spending quality time with him.  It’s such a strange feeling.  Spending months away from him creates a new routine.  Then once he is home, he has a week off from work, which is just long enough for us to get used to having him home all day.  And now he’s back to work during the days, which has us readjusting to a new routine again.  But starting all over, with a fresh mind, is exciting.  I’m not stressed anymore and I’m looking forward to creating more fun stuff for our homeschool.

That’s enough venting for now.  Time to get back into the school groove!

Let's Get Real Wednesday

Let’s Get Real Wednesday – #1

Let’s get real, shall we?

I had the best intentions to write a post a few days ago with a few preschool activities I’ve been using lately.  But honestly, the past few days have been hard.  I absolutely do not want my blog to have a facade of this perfect homeschooling family.  We are far from it.  I’m going to strive to be honest, and real with my readers.  So I’ve decided to create a “Let’s Get Real Wednesday” theme.  It won’t be every Wednesday, but occasionally.  That way I can both vent, and help show real life.  Because that’s healthy, right?

Anyway, the past 5 days have been pretty tough for me.  There wasn’t one big thing that happened, but a bunch of little things that have just whittled down my sanity.  I should preface this by saying, my husband is deployed at the moment.  So it’s just me and my boys, 24/7.  The boys miss him.  Especially Wesley (3).  So they act out a little more than normal to begin with.  We are also at that point in the deployment where my boys no longer hear my voice.  I’m repeating myself over and over when telling them to get dressed, or put their shoes on, or pick up toys, or, or, or….Every single time I have to repeat myself I hear my voice getting louder and louder, and my patience lessening more and more. I’d like to say I pray for patience each day. But really, I pray that I don’t lose my patience as often, and that somehow I will learn how to cope with any given situation.  It really is a struggle when I’m in the moment and it seems like the world is out to get me (and by world, I mean everything in my house…vacuum cleaner breaks, fragile items fall and shatter, the dog gets mud tracked through each room, craft glitter explodes, all within one hour).  It’s humorous now, looking back on it.  It’s commonly known as the Deployment Murphy’s Law.

So instead of blogging at night like I originally planned, I parked myself in my bed and started catching up on some TV shows I’ve been putting off watching. Each day is getting better and better.  I think by the time I figure it all out my husband will be home.  I’m just telling myself it’s all a learning experience.

Ok, enough venting.  Do you ever have those moments where nothing ever seems to go right?