Made a big change

A few things came to the forefront, and I ended up making the decision to put going to our homeschool co-op on hold. We about never called in sick or anything – when we commit to something, we commit and follow through.

But I have other things that need my attention right now, without the planning and time of co-op taking away from it. Namely, the kids (11yo and I are having issues, and I’m not quite okay with letting our relationship ending like the one my father and I didn’t have), some school stuff (still trying to get on top of that, again, difficult with the 4yo flitting around), the house (keeping it tidy and fun to live in, possibly having the kitchen remodel happen), and the yard and outside stuff (the garden, redoing the roof, the gutters, the falling retaining wall).

The decision kind of hurts, but looking back, would I regret spending more time focusing on my own nuclear family? Probably not. We can always try going back in a semester or two. The kids’ main problem? Seeing their friends. Until I reassured them that we’d figure out one playdate a week with their friends, no problem. With that day freed up to get things done, that can give us a little more wiggle room for playdates whenever.

Finally got some snow

This year’s family photo.  That actually has all of us in it.  Wanted to get a photo of us running from Sue, but this was all the kids had patience for.  Plus, it was a holiday week so the museum was freakin’ packed.  We’re used to being the only five people in the place and having our run of it, not in a sea of hundreds.
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Had a low-key Christmas.  Hubby got me a really cool recipe box, all personalized and such.  Kids got a rockin’ new go-kart, it’s bigger than the old one, so they can use it for forever.  So we have one the younger three can use, and one the 6+yo set can use.  Was so funny on Christmas (or the day after?) when hubby took it for a spin around the neighborhood.  He was pedaling down the street, steering with one hand, sipping his coffee with the other.  An SUV followed him down the street for a few houses before ours.  Their mouths were agape, and they both rubber-necked as they drove past us.  It was so amusing.  The kids love it.  Grandma got them a bucket as well, so they can shovel the driveway for us, and hubby has a local fabricator making chains for us.

Facebook and a new phone

With Facebook making it pretty easy to keep up with friends and such, I haven’t posted on here as much. Add in that I got a new laptop several months ago (after the old one died from so much use), that I haven’t quite mastered downloading photos onto this new laptop, and that hubby found a screamin’ deal on a Windows phone. Granted, I’m cheap and don’t have a data plan on said phone, but hubby worked his magic and my phone can work off our home internet. So I can check things quickly on the phone, put it away, and away we go. That way I don’t get all distracted on the internet easily, which is nice.

Been working on trying to get things ready for Christmas. Making ornaments, and such. Apparently, the bug to embroider stuff has gotten back into me again. I have ideas for things I want to do, but one thing at a time. First, Christmas. Second, stuff around the house. Third, co-op prep. At least, that’s the idea. I’m sure I’ll get distracted.

I also did a parasite cleanse in the last week. Holy emotional turmoil! I’d vaguely read about becoming bitchy, but damn. Poor hubby wasn’t quite sure what was going on with me. Then after the last day? My body went nuts. I got some sort of mini-flu or detox thing going on… chills, fever, soreness, exhaustion, then maybe a fungus on my forearms of all things. Weird. So, it’s been a cavalcade of homeopathic remedies… took a string of Oscillococcinum, ColdCalm, arnica for the pain, fire cider and elderberry syrup. A day, day and a half and an epsom salt bath later, I’m starting to feel a little more normal. Blah.

Back to Christmas though… we may not have a tree though. The kids thought we were joking when we’d told and asked them, for over a week, to pick up and put away their toys, and clean the living room. Because the living room needed to be cleaned and rearranged in order to have space for a tree. But, because they didn’t take us seriously, they didn’t do squat. Welp… actions have consequences. They keep testing us and trying to steamroll us, well, sucks to be them.