Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Festival Time!

This past weekend we started our fall festivities at the Atlanta History Center- we joined a few months ago and have really enjoyed the museum and all of the homeschool days and special events they have!

Abby self styled her hair- two little braids, I thought it turned out so cute!  She also self-styled that one teeny bang with the help of some scissors.  I was a little mad until I saw how cute she was- the little wisp of bang really does look cute, so how can you be mad at that?

 They had a ton of crafts.  Amazingly, Abby was the only one interested.  She made some cute little animal finger puppets.  Jack and Aidan preferred to run and run up and down the amphitheater-type steps.
 They had a petting zoo, which everyone complained about before we got there, and then no one wanted to leave.  They loved it!
 Jack attached himself to this little chicken.  He would not let go.  I think he held it for almost an hour- I would go take pictures of the other kids, and when I came to check on him he would still be holding this little guy.
 I'm sure it's no coincidence that just that morning he had been begging once again for a pet.  He held onto this guy all morning, and several times when we were out doing other things he would run back for one more hold!  Sorry, J- no chickens at the house.
 Abby and Aidan both loved this sweet rabbit- "Mom, it is so SOFT!  You won't believe it!  Come feel how SOFT it is!"
 And... Jack with the chicken.  His new best friend.
Abby held one too, but didn't get quite so attached.  They had all kinds of activities and demonstrations, like corn husk dolls and sachets and candle dipping, blacksmiths, etc.  It was so much fun for the kids, and Kydon and I enjoyed it as well. 

The weather is starting to cool off, and it was really fun to enjoy the activity before rushing off to the rest of our day, which included 2 birthday parties, a soccer game, and a family dinner.  I can only imagine how busy we will be as they get even older!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Real Life Update

Once upon a time I would blog just about every single day!  Now it looks like I am averaging once a month.  Mostly this is because I am hesitant to blog about the two things that consume my life, so I end up not blogging at all. 

I hesitate to blog about my pregnancy because I don't really think people want to hear about it all that much.  Especially with my history of infertility, I get really turned off when people go on and on about pregnancy and childbirth, and yes, that applies to myself as well.  If *I* don't want to hear about it, I can only assume that other people don't either!  I also hesitate to blog too much about homeschool.  I don't want to be one of those "in your face" homeschool people who can't shut up about it, but the reality is that I can't think about much else.  So, if I don't want to blog about pregnancy or homeschool, there really isn't much else for me to write, so I just stay away!  It dawned on me last night that I should just write about it anyway, and those who aren't interested can read the other 2 or 3 blogs that are out there!  I mean, it isn't like everyone was fascinated by my 33,000 posts about potty training either, but that never stopped me! 

So, here is the Real Life update on what is keeping me busy lately!

I am not really enjoying pregnancy.   There, I said it.  To be honest, I pretty much hate it.  I would adopt again in less than a second if I had to choose.  And to be even more honest, I still don't really relish the idea of adding another baby to our household.  I sometimes feel guilty that after years of wishing and hoping for pregnancy I'm not just happy and grateful for the experience, but there it is.  Once I got over the several months of nausea and sickness, I had one really great week.  After that week it has been not so great.  I had all sorts of plans for when I got feeling better- freezer meals, home improvement, cleaning and crafting. 

What I didn't plan on was the complications that would come from the fibroids.  Apparently they have what my doctors call "flare ups".  For me it means that I will have 2-3 days of feeling what I call "normal pregnant"- tired, uncomfortable, a few aches and pains, but overall okay and I can get things accomplished.  Those few days will be followed by several days of "flare up" when I have severe pain, nausea, and am pretty much confined to the couch with a stack of pillows, a heating pad, and spend the day debating if I should take narcotics or not.  I really can't clean, I barely cook (if heating up frozen food and pulling yogurt and fruit out of the fridge counts as cooking), and leaving the house is a major chore.  My due date is mid November, and although I know having a new baby is a lot of work, I am just really looking forward to being able to function again, being able to walk without pain, being able to sit or lay down, being able to move and cook and clean and just function in my life again.

On the bright side, homeschool is (finally) going great.  There was a huge learning curve- a lot bigger than I had planned on.  These past two weeks I feel like we are at least starting to hit our stride- accomplishing our work and getting things done without trying to do too much and overwhelming and frustrating everyone.  I've figured out how to assign things, and the kids have figured out how to get their work done in a reasonable time frame.  I've been able to scale way back on days when we've needed breaks, and ramped it up on days that we could do more. 

We stay home a lot more than I would like- my vision of homeschool wasn't really for us to all just be at home all day every day, but due to the pregnancy factors, I really can't go to all the museums and field trips and adventures that I had originally dreamed of doing.  I know the kids get bored, and we end up watching more tv than I would ever have normally allowed, but I keep thinking it is a short time in the overall scheme of things.  Thankfully there have been some tender mercies, mostly in the form of meeting some new neighbors whose kids get along fantastically with ours, and they spend most afternoons waiting on pins and needles for them to finish homework so they can all play together.  I absolutely love the homeschooling, I think the kids mostly tolerate it.  Maybe they like it more than I realize, but they are pretty set on heading back to public school next year.  We'll see if that changes any over the course of the year.

Usually I can manage to have enough energy to keep everyone moving and grooving through the homeschool day, we do our projects, and I do a bit of dishes or laundry.  By the time the school day is done, I am wiped out and ready for a nap, so the kids entertain themselves for a bit until their friends come home from school.  Then Kydon comes home and we figure out what to eat, and the day is pretty much over.  Pretty fascinating stuff over here!