March 17, 2018 by Courtney
I have been trying to blog all week and it just hasn’t happened. This past week was Spring Break and man was it busy. Monday and Tuesday weren’t too bad, but Wednesday through tomorrow have been/will be busy. I have carved out a chunk of time this late morning to blog because that’s the only way to make it happen.
I woke up a bit late today and I’m so, so tired from the crazy week. Then I did some cleaning, took a shower, worked on this post some, more cleaning, makeup and hair, etc.
She was really spoiled this year and it was necessary. She has spent years thinking she wasn’t important because I have had to focus on myself because of my mental health issues or on her brothers because they are younger and needed more attention. I have been trying to spend more time with her and love on her more.
So like I said, this past week has been pretty crazy.
Monday was devoted to focusing on starting my Younique business with an “unboxing” live Facebook video. I also practiced putting on my new makeup. I had so much fun. Here is the look that I created Monday.
Tuesday was mostly just work and chores. It was a good day over all. The kids played with their friends most of the day so it was pretty quiet.
Wednesday was a pretty crazy day. Ethan stayed here with a friend all day. Karis, Levi, and I went to town. We left at 9:30 and got home at about 6:45. We got donuts and pigs in a blanket,Levi had a doc appointment (and he was officially diagnosed with ADHD), we went to Goodwill and Chickfila, counseling (for 2 hours), then Walmart (for a few groceries and Levi’s prescription). Whew. Town days are so long because not only do we have to get a lot of stuff done in one day, the drive there is an hour and 15 minutes, then the same home. It was a good day, though, with my kiddos. They behaved really well. One less makes a huge difference!
Thursday was Karis’ birthday which included opening presents, eating food of her choice, her baking all day, cleaning, Bible study at my house (always so great!), then AA. Another semi-busy day.
Karis made this on her birthday. It took her like 6 hours.
These were the meals of her choice.
Friday was another day in town. We left here at about 11:00 (not early). We met my mom to hand over the boys, then Karis and I spent the whole day “playing” and shopping. We walked around Fredericksburg for a couple of hours, ate at Chilis (where she was given a treat for her birthday), went to an arcade and spent about an hour there, walked around the mall (which is tiny… we went to Bath and Body Works, Claires, and a random store that reminds me of the 90s), then HEB to get her cake and other groceries. Karis spent all but $3 of her birthday money! Haha. She’s my daughter for sure. I’m also pretty much out of money after this week between the doc appointment, medicine, groceries, birthday stuff (cake, lunch, etc), gas, etc. I’m back to living frugally again!
Tomorrow Karis and I are driving to Kerrville to meet my parents for lunch and pick up the boys.
Anyway… all that to say: I cannot wait for routine again. I have done fine mentally/emotionally this week despite the craziness because I know it will end and routine will happen again Monday. We all thrive better with some routine which means this summer I’m going to have to make sure we have routine. Not just for our sanity, but also because I will want to work (Younique doesn’t feel like work, though!) a couple hours a day so I will need to figure out how to make it happen. Also Ethan doesn’t function well without routine either so we’ll make it happen. He struggles with his emotions and socially more when he doesn’t have routine. That’s why he does best at school!
I will still need to get up at the same time each day (though not at 5:30 like we do now!). Do the same chores each day (the kids and me). Work certain hours each day if possible. And the kids will have to be outside certain hours and can only be on electronics certain hours. They will also have to read every day (and I will have to set aside that time or it won’t happen). So I will work on this over the next couple of months (summer is coming so soon!). I’m not always great at implementing these things or being consistent so I will just do my best.
Anyway… her friends just left her party and I would say that it was a success! It was fairly loud and crazy but they had fun. I also got to visit with some friends so that was nice.
Alright… going to make Karis some chicken alfredo, pasta, and broccoli!
How has your week and weekend been?