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And now on to this weeks questions:
The best thing about being back to work is seeing everyone again. I work with wonderful staff and I enjoy going to work everyday. I am also happy to have some time out of the house and a bit of personal time for myself, without Matt or the kids. The worst part is getting back into the routine of getting up earlier, rushing around in the mornings and how tired I am by the end of the day, but hopefully I’ll adjust soon.
I love taking pictures of the kids in the fall leaves. I love how excited the kids are at Halloween and I love seeing family at Thanksgiving. I’m also excited that I will finally be able to meet a new baby cousin this Thanksgiving.
I don’t tend to buy myself new things like clothes, shoes, cd’s, etc. and I always thought that by doing that I was saving money and not spending any money on myself. But then I added up the little purchases, like a chocolate bar here or there, a bag of chips, pop, drive thrus, etc and it added up! I could have bought myself new shoes or books for the price I was spending on junk food!
Actually, the biggest change I have found is that I don’t feel as passionate about writing posts any more. I used to write lists of post ideas, take pictures of everything and want to document every aspect of our lives. Now I find myself so caught up in the advertising, promotion, social media and trying to grow my numbers that the writing is being neglected. I need to get back to just writing for me, rather than worrying about all of that other stuff.
Turner & Georgia both get very excited and rough. And when they feed off of each other it gets even worse! Usually the only way to calm them down is to stop the rough play and focus on something quieter, like playing in their rooms or watching tv. Or, if all else fails – I just send them outside and let them play rough!
A few years ago I never would have even considered it. I didn’t think that any one around our home town did homeschooling any more. But over the past few years I have realized how many people do homeschool, not just around here, but all over Canada and the US. I personally wouldn’t be very good at homeschooling, because it takes a lot of discipline and organization, two things I’m not good at. But I love the concept of being a part of your child’s education and knowing what they are learning every day. That was one thing I was sad about when my oldest started school. Up until that point I knew everything she had learned and going to school she was going to learn new things that I wouldn’t know about. But I like the social aspect of public school. I think my kids would get tired of each other all day every day without other friends to play with. I guess it all depends on what is right for you and your child. I have a lot of respect for parents that do homeschool.
It’s so hard to bring yourself out of a depression when you feel so horrible. I haven’t really found anything that works great, but a few things I have notice make a difference are being outside and having a positive attitude. Trying to find the positive in every day helps to change your way of thinking and be grateful for what you do have, rather than focusing on what you don’t. And fresh air and sunshine always help. Getting active and playing with the kids helps, too. (You can find a few more tips in this guest post I wrote over at Chaos & Kiddos)
I have to admit that housework is always low on my list. I would much rather have fun, play with the kids and make a mess! My kitchen table has paint stains, my floor has stuck-on stickers, and my kids clothes are stained – and that’s ok. I know that my kids are having fun and making memories and to me that is more important than housework. I will get a nice new table and floors when they are older.
I do encourage people who don’t like to make a mess to still encourage their children to. You can do the messy activity outside, in a Rubbermaid tote, or on a cheap table cloth that can just be thrown away afterwards. (Garbage bags taped to the table work well, too.) I am planning a post about encouraging messy play, so look for it soon. 🙂
The only plans I have for our 10 year anniversary are looking through our pictures, memory box and watching our video. Our video is actually still on the camcorder tape, so we haven’t seen it since the day after the wedding. I would love to have it copied over to DVD for our anniversary!
(I also mentioned to Matt that I wanted a gold and diamond anniversary band for our 10 years, but money is tight, so I might have to wait until our 15th, instead.)
I have to say that I miss the kids. I had some great kids here and I miss having them in our home everyday. I never thought I would miss the noise and chaos, but I do. However I don’t miss the long hours or low pay.