Monday, January 31, 2011

New Year...well almost

Its the end of January and I'm finally getting back to attempting to keep up with posting again.  My life has simply been so incredibly busy over the last few months.  I've gotten completely off track.  Now I'm sure all of you have similarly busy, crazy lives, but let me just say that I don't handle overly busy well.  I get stressed and tend to lose track and end up accomplishing none of the things I need to do.  I'm thinking I really need to look into one of those time management books!  Anyway, here's an update on what's been going on with us. 

After finishing up the play A Christmas Story at our local theater, I had to do some crash Christmas shopping and get ready for the big event.  Lots of choir activities (see previous post), a long break from Sunday school, a visit from my parents, and then things were supposed to calm down.  January has been just as busy as before.  After two months of listing stuff and working, working, working, my business finally took off again.  I'm once again getting regular orders and keeping busy with that.  Working from home is wonderful, but stressful at the same time.  Praying that I manage to find balance in my life.  I also have once again developed high blood pressure...gee, wonder how that happened?  I'm not on pills yet simply because I have to do some tests first and haven't been able to get them done.  We had a surprise 8 inch snowfall that week I was supposed to do that.  Then, the next week my hubby had to have an emergency appendectomy, followed by some type of infection due to a vicious infection at the surgical site.  He finally returned to work today. 

The kids just tried out and received parts in a new play called The Fabulous Fable Factory.  The boys are playing ants in The Grasshopper and the Ant, and Haley plays a dog named Danielle in The Tortiose and the Hare.  They are all excited.  Of course, this means that we'll be dealing with practice most nights for the next few months.

On top of all of this, we have had to step up as primary caretakers of Glen's 85 year old grandmother.  She lives alone, doesn't drive, can't leave the house by herself, etc.  We live about 45 minutes away from her so that puts a strain on us going back and forth several times a week to do grocery shopping, laundry, bring meals, etc.  I'm just so thankful that we're homeschoolers and flexible to allow us to do this.  She has been such a huge part of Glen's entire life and we all love her dearly.  My kids don't have much in the way of family close by, so its nice to have her with us.  I just wish we lived closer so we could accomplish helping her more easily! 

On the school front, Haley has been learning about Ancient Rome, monks and monasteries.  She had fun illustrating a pretend page from a book, and tried her hand at writing with a quill and ink like the monks did.

After several minutes of dipping, blotting, writing a few squiggly lines, then repeating, MANY times, she decided that it was a lot of work.  She was more than happy to go back to our modern pens.  Its hard to imagine how the monks managed to write entire books in this way!  Dedication and perseverance!

Seeing as this is our first week back to normal since daddy got sick, here's hoping its a good one!  What's new with you?

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