I have to keep reminding myself that this is a journal. I’m supposed to write every day, even if I think it might be boring or if I think I have nothing to say. Today was a normal day. 6 out of 10 kids went to school today. Tahlia has no kindergarten this week because she had her testing on Monday. They’re all pretty excited about summer coming after next week. Ethan keeps trying to talk me into letting him skip days of school. That’s definitely not happening. 1 – there’s only a week or so left. 2 – he’d be willingly skipping all of the fun stuff. Testing is over! 3 – I need this next week or so to get organized and figure out chore schedules and such for summer. Because it’s about to get crazy up in here!
I boxed up the playstation this week. I’m calling it a social experiment lol. 3 of the boys are not too happy. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about “where is it hidden?” “why did you take it?” “but it’s not yours” and my favorite – “how long will it be gone?!” I don’t think that they realize that the more upset they get about it, the happier I am that we’re taking a break from it. Tahlia and Paxton asked to play a game earlier today and when I told them that wasn’t possible, they shrugged and ran off to play again.
We made cookies today, played outside, watered the garden, watched frozen. I did some laundry… that Taz and Theia threw all over the living room as soon as I left the room… because of course. Lots of little things, little errands, just life as we know it.
Ethan is doing his state report for school on Hawaii. We printed some pictures today but didn’t have color so he asked me to color them for him. So after the kids all got to bed and fell asleep, I sat at the kitchen counter coloring and listening to The Gospel at 30,000 Feet by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. I’ve gotten about half way through this book so far. I really like this one too!
I love the Deseret Bookshelf Audiobook App. If you love to read but don’t have a lot of time to sit and read anymore (like #momlife) then you should get this app! Best $10 I spend every month. You get unlimited books you can listen to. I really don’t know how they justify charging only 10 bucks a month. I’m pretty sure I’ve gone through about $100 worth of books a month. Maybe they just assume most people don’t do that? I like listening while I do laundry, make dinner, when I’m out in the garden. I even hook it up to our jambox stereo but then I usually get questions from the kids like “how much do you have left in this book? Are you going to listen to music next?” lol, I try not to bore them too often.
If I’m reading an actual book, it’s usually my scriptures. That’s really all I have time for anymore. I thought life was busy with 3 kids… and it was. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you’re not busy if you have less than 10 kids (I mean, I hope you’re laughing right now. Of course every parent feels busy no matter the number of kids you have) When John and I got married, that first month, I just had to pay close attention to how I was spending my time and what my new “normal” looked like. I had to restructure my day to day and prioritize what got done and what I chose to let get dropped. And that’s okay! We can’t do it all… no matter how much we’d like to sometimes… or most of the time. We just have to prioritize. Because life goes on whether we’re perfect or not.
Mosiah 4:27 – “It is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.”
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at all, you might enjoy this talk by Kelli Allen-Pratt called “Confessions of a Perfectionist”.
Just a normal day over here.