I think this has been the longest that I’ve taken a break and as hard as it was, I’m glad I did. It was well-needed. It became clear that the internet is a “can’t live with it, can’t live without it” type-thing. I missed all of my blogging and Facebook/Twitter friends. I missed writing but I didn’t miss fighting with Gia to get on the computer. I didn’t miss having my kids want my attention and me only being half there because I was thinking of all the things I needed to do. With that being said, there is a part of me that is antsy. It’s been too long.
To catch you up on what’s been happening over here:
Tommy has not had an episode of the red dots since we were told he’d need a biopsy of one of them to see what we are dealing with. That figures, right?
The update on Nico has me confused. I just don’t think we were going to walk away with this experience without the doctors finding something wrong with him and I am not 100% convinced that there is other than normal teenage angst. Does he have ADHD or is he feeling distracted because he is worried about his grades, basketball, and girls? Is he feeling a little depressed because his classes are hard, he’s not enjoying basketball like he once did and some girl keeps leading him on? Well, who that went to high school didn’t feel that way at some point? I am encouraged because he wants to get A’s and B’s and he really wants a job. I don’t know how that would work with basketball at the moment but I don’t care. I just love that getting his grades up and getting a job are his top priority at the moment. Any locals out there that know of jobs that he can do after practice or on weekends (with basketball, it’s a little tight but after basketball, he’s not doing anything other than the football off season workouts), let me know. He’s willing to work hard.
I feel like Belle has had the biggest turnaround since I’ve been on hiatus. She has made me so proud of her. She was hurting and miserable. Sixth grade is so hard. People that you thought you’d be friends with forever suddenly don’t want to be friends anymore. There are all these new people and it is easy to get shoved aside. After several weekends of watching her cry because she was included one day and left out the next and of course it was all over Instagram, she FINALLY listened to me. I told her to hold her head up high, smile at people and make an effort to get to know some girls in her classes. No one should have to try that hard to fit in and when you do that, you lose yourself. I saw her losing herself. I am happy to say that she has had a great break that was completely drama-free! She has made some really good friends and watching them interact like I did with my childhood friends warmed my heart. I do think that her days on Instagram are numbered, though. She had a great break and blasted it all over and I can’t help but think of other girls that didn’t or felt left out. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Social Media in the wrong hands=Devil’s Playground.
Gia…we are still working on taking some of the “Veruca Salt” out of her. She made Christmas fun. We took steps to get her sleeping in her own bed and she is going to be lost when the big kids go back to school…if they ever go back to school. With this winter storm and deep freeze, our schools are closed tomorrow. I’ve already told my kids they are going to be shut in so don’t even think about using it as another day to hang out. Yeah, I know. I’m mean. Nothing brings out the witch in me like a kid saying, “I have a take home test I have to do” or “I need to finish this book and do a book report and I’m only on chapter 1.”
Something happened over here that turned the tides a bit. I am most proud of the fact that I told my kids I was going to do something and I did it. I had been promising that we were going to switch the rooms around. Nico and Tommy were no longer going to share and Tommy was going to move into Gia’s room. Gia was going to share with Belle. Well, in order to do that, I needed to have Gia’s room painted (it was pink). Well, long story short, with the help of my sister Nikki (who completely rocks in all areas of home improvement), Tommy’s room was painted and finished.
It was a productive break for the most part. I have a few blog posts in the works and that feels pretty good. I have a few posts for Ten to Twenty in the works. The holidays were spent with family and New Year’s Day we went to Wisconsin Dells for a few days (post to come). Leo had off the whole two weeks which would have been a great time to take care of things like getting a new furnace (ours works, just shuts off and doesn’t kick back on), getting the garage doors fixed, fixing a few of the broken things around the house but that was not to be. Instead, a bulging disc in his neck sidelined him. If you’ve read “Florence Nightingale, I am Not“, you’ll know how well I handled that.
What about you? What have you been up to? How were your holidays? Tell me one fun thing you did.
P.S. I am a little discouraged that I started typing this Saturday night and am only able to get it posted today. It will be better when the kids are in school, right?