All I know is that it has been 4 months of CRAZY.
In a nutshell, we are (hopefully) building a home. Yes, I can hardly believe it. More details about that later.
Somewhere around the first of May, I felt like I didn't need to blog anymore, like it was just one extra thing to take away what little free time I don't have. I actually unpublished my blog for awhile... just didn't want to mess with it during the move and I was having issues with the idea that anyone could read it. Well, obviously I'm past that now.
Suddenly, I regret not keeping a blog during all of this insanity. To go back and remember and laugh and look how far we've come...
I've come to a realization. Blogging helps keep me sane. Blogging helps me vent and purge all of those crazy thoughts and fears I have at 3am. Blogging helps my husband get more sleep at night. Blogging helps me be nicer to my children. Really. It sounds like a contradiction, but I need to MAKE time to blog. I need to create and think and have somewhere to put my thoughts -- and I'm NOT talking about "to-do" lists! It's good for me. :) There. Done.
Today, by the way, is the first day of school for my 3rd grader and HIGH SCHOOL Freshman..... What the??
My 6th grader starts tomorrow and my preschooler starts Monday.
I'll post pictures later...
Things I've learned in the last 4 months:
- We are selling our house --- just because you have an offer on your house doesn't mean it is actually sold.
- When you move from a neighborhood and more specifically from a ward (group in Church) -- you find out FAST who your real friends are.
- All of our belongings fit quite comfortably in a 1000 square foot apartment. Huh. And we're moving because.... well, because we feel like we are supposed to, because we want a more functional floorplan, because (hopefully) we sold our house.
- It's better to laugh than to cry; crying gives me a headache. (I think Marjorie Hinckley said this, but I know it is so true.)
- Peppermint Oil works great for a headache. Rub it on your forehead, temples, and the back of your neck.
- In general, I like things to be quiet -- unless people are laughing.
- People can change. (I hope that includes me.)
- Zoe, my 11 year old daughter, is one of my best friends.
- Cats are the "gateway conversation" with a teenager. ALWAYS. Cats are comforting. Cats are quiet for the most part, much quieter than children or dogs. Cats are funny. Cats make me smile. Cats make everyone in our house smile. Smiling is a good thing. However, I don't like cats sleeping on my face!
- I like structure. More than I realized.
- I have a shopping habit. I like to buy stuff. I even like to buy groceries... sick, I know.
- I like hiking and swimming and sitting under the trees at Merlin Olsen Park.
- Being a parent to a 14 yr old boy, 11 yr old girl, 8 yr old girl, and 4 yr old boy is HARD. I have to interact with each one in a completely different way and usually all at the same time. I still haven't figured out how to do this effectively.
- I also like playing Mario Kart on the Wii. I come in last place every time, but hey, it's fun.
- Zeke and I are getting older... good older, but just older. It's so weird... I remember having a major crush on him when I was in 8th grade and he was in 10th...
- Zeke is SO patient with me. WOW! Honey, I'm hoping by resuming my blog you can have some peace.
I could go on and on...but last of all I've learned that I need to blog! In the last 4 months I've had several people ask about my blog and it's meant so much to me. Thanks! I've missed you.