A peek into our week #1

Well, I did again.  I showed up.  I disappeared.  (This makes me want to sing “Oops, I did It Again”.  There’s a song fitting for every occasion, don’t you think? )  Anyway, I’ve let the blog sort of slide away, again…again.  But I have great excuses this time that include things like a cold, a job change, and life.  See?  I wasn’t just slacking on the blog.

I’m jumping back again, this time with determination to be consistent.  For real.

Since this blog acts as a journal of sorts for me, as well as place to share (hopefully) helpful information, I’d like to make a new weekly peek at our week post.  I’m sure this will serve as a journal for me, and maybe it will share something helpful.  That we shall see, but it will most definitely record our weeks.

So now let’s move on to a peek at our week:

The week where David is out of town

Last Sunday found us driving north to the church which we still consider our home church, even though we moved away two and a half years ago.  It was nice to see some of our church family friends and grab a little Whataburger which we can not get here in the small town where we live.

And it was nice that we spent time together as a family on Sunday because early Monday morning found us saying goodbye to David for the week.  He started a new job at the beginning of the month, and he had meetings in New Orleans all this week.  That meant it was just four kids, a dog, a cat, and me all week.  Normally David being gone means I don’t sleep a wink.  But mercy,with the exception of one night where my over active imagination took over, I was so tired that I think I was asleep every night before my head even hit the pillow.  David has always been one to help out around the house as much as possible, but I didn’t realize how much of a load I would carry if he didn’t help like he does until he was gone!  Not to mention, I missed my best friend all week.  Let’s just say, when he walked in the door on Friday afternoon, I could not stop smiling!

Setting weekly goals

You would think that with David being gone, I’d take it easy on myself, right?  Well, take a look at my goals for the week:

Every week I make a list of things I would like to accomplish this week in addition to my normal duties, and this week was no exception.  Guess how much of this list I actually crossed off?  One thing!  I learned a lesson this week:   when there is only one parent at home, it is okay to set less lofty goals for the week.  Goals like feed the kids, take showers, and sleep are actually okay even if that’s all the goals you make for the week.

Trying to get through the week

Thankfully most days last week had decent weather, so we made a point to get out and enjoy the sunshine.  We also visited with both sets of grandparents and enjoyed a meal with them.  I was thankful for both the sunshine and the grandparents this week.

We also worked hard this past week to keep things as normal as possible.  I didn’t cut much slack on school except the day after my night of no sleep.  On that day, I canceled writing and science.  My brain just couldn’t handle editing papers that day, and I knew it.  Some times as a homeschool mom, we have to give ourselves a little grace when it is needed.  And the papers will be edited and published this week.

This week, we also set into place a new system where the kids are helping out more around the house.  It’s still a work in progress; however, once we see if it will consistently work for us, I may share what we’re doing.  The new system definitely helped this past week, and all it required from the kids was about 15 minutes of their time.

On Friday afternoon, David returned home bearing a New Orleans king cake (so yummy!), “fancy” chocolates, and lots of hugs.  My youngest son told me that he was glad Daddy was back home, because it’s just more fun when he’s around.  That gave me a good laugh (and it’s true).  I’m glad when Daddy is home too!

What I’m reading this week

One of my goals this year is to make space for self-care, and this book is definitely one for inspiring moms to find margin in their days for themselves.  I’ve already listened to the audio of this book, but I just don’t really care for audio versions of books.  So now I’m reading the printed version, and finding time to focus on my interests daily, even if it is only for 15 minutes.

Plus reading is self-care for me too!

That was our week last week!  Today we started a new one…with David at home!  Yippee!  I guess I haven’t mentioned that David works from home a few days a week now.  That’s probably a post for another day.  I hope your week is off to fantastic start!

And lastly, a quote

I love this one.  I’ve met a few new friends under these circumstances.

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