Spring Break was last week and we had a grand time! We had a wonderful week of glorious sunshine and warm weather. The kids played outside the entire week. This winter has been so cold and we have had more snow than usual. It was so nice to feel the sun and warm air! I know many parents do not like when the kids are out of school, but I enjoy it. It was nice not driving back and forth to school, no homework, and just hanging out together. As usual after Spring Break, I am ready for school to be out for the summer. There is just less stress. You don’t have to worry about grades or homework or strict bedtimes etc. It was really nice to have a quiet normal week. Since November this family has been on a major roller coaster; holidays, my sister possibly needing another transplant and finding out she doesn’t, finishing graduate school, looking for a job, my surgery and just regular life that has to go on. So, Spring Break was a nice break for this family.
My son told me the other day that he can’t wait to be an adult so he can eat candy whenever he wants. I laughed and thought that eating candy whenever I want is a small reward for all the responsibilities of an adult. Sometimes the weight of the responsibility is very heavy. Right now is one of those times. I am looking for a job and not having much luck. We really need the money. Both kids have birthdays within a month of each other and new clothes to buy with a new season. My son Tyler is going through some kind of phase and I had to throw out some tough love recently. No electronics until I see a better attitude and with the horrible weather we are having this was a hard hit for him. Lilly is giving up sucking her thumb (her idea!) and is needing some extra help at night. We also have a new addition to the family, my sister’s dog. He need some training and is getting use to our schedule. I want to do what is best for my family and I don’t always have the answers. My husband and I have had many conversations about what kind of job for me to apply for and how much money and everything else that life throws at us. There art times when I am tired of stress and in these moments I try to remind myself of the good things in my life as well. It still makes me tired at the end of the day.
Here in North Carolina, we have had a lot of snow! The kids have missed many days of school. Today, they were out again due to a small ice storm we had yesterday. They were not happy about school being closed again. Now, don’t get me wrong, they had lots of fun playing in the snow and sledding! I can’t tell you how much laundry I did!! They loved warming up in front of the fire while drinking hot chocolate. However, when they learned about make-up days they were not happy. When they found out school was closed today they were not happy. They said “If they miss any more school they will have to go all summer.” It is so funny how they think about that stuff. When I was a kid I never thought about make-up days I just loved being out of school for the day. It is so funny how they think today. I never thought about make-up days like they do. So this family is definitely ready for Spring!
Just about three weeks ago, I had surgery on my ear to fix a hole in my eardrum. It has not been a pleasant recovery. This was an outpatient procedure and because of this I did not expect such a long and rough recovery. The surgery last for two hours and I was in a good amount of pain. I really feel like I should have stayed in the hospital overnight. That first night was a haze. However, I am now feeling better. Now, I would like to praise my husband. He took off a week and a half to stay home and take care of me and the kids. He did a really good job. I can tell that he and the kids bonded during my recovery. He also took care of the animals and the house. He even did a little cooking (not his specialty) and the kids liked it. Being a mom is a wonderful feeling, I love taking care of my family. It is also nice to know I can depend on my husband to take care of me. Thanks honey!
We all have our pet peeves, but I have a new one. I am tired of convenience fees! Recently, there was a mistake on our taxes and we owe some money and thanks to our ex-tax accountant we had to pay online since it was the deadline. Of course, there was a convenience fee and no other way to pay it. This past year our parks and rec. department changed the registration policy. We can only sign up and pay online and yet again a convenience fee! W have to pay $160 for both kids to play ball and you want to add a convenience fee on of that, ridiculous! As my husband says we pay for their convenience. Just wanted to vent to the universe!!
I am officially looking for a job. I have applied to be a substitute teacher and a teacher assistant at my children’s school. I was going to apply for an adjunct online position but my degree conferral date is not until February 15th, so I will look again in February. This is such a scary time for me. I have not been on a job interview in 10 years. I need to buy some new clothes appropriate for an interview. Change is not something I am comfortable with even when I want it. Everyone’s routine will change and of course we will get use to it and settle in. Not knowing how our routines will change or what is in store for me with my new career. In some ways it is exciting to think of a new challenge, being around adults and having conversations with them and getting out of the house. I hope I am up to this new challenge. I hope I can help my family transition into new routines and deal with the changes to come. Wish me luck and any advice would be greatly appreciated!