Afternoon Naps…

There is something special about taking a rest and drifting off to a peaceful place in the middle of a hot sunny afternoon. The fans were drowning out kid noises and someone turned out the light and closed the door, while mama tried to grab a few extra zzzz’s. I have been making it until mid afternoon and then my head aches and longs for sleep.

I was thankful for a do nothing day that afforded me some quiet time to retreat to my room. My sanctuary, albeit littered with kids toys and reminders that lovely little people live here, when I need some time just to step away. Even if that sleep ended in someone turning on the light and jumping on the bed just to see if I was awake (he’s 5 and I love him and we had a good snuggle).

Pain is nothing new. Having been in pain for the better part of the last 10 years with one thing or another, I can handle it, most of the time. This time, I just wish I knew what was causing the pain, the lumps, the headaches, and the fatigue. It has been a little over a month since I first went to the clinic complaining of lumps in my head and neck (on the right side only) and I don’t feel like I am very much farther ahead than when I started.

I am no closer to answers, but I have an ultrasound booked for next week. I have no idea what they do when they ultrasound your head (clue a girl in here). I have had baby belly ultrasounds before, so I assume it is similar, but that is all I have to go on. At least I don’t have to drink crazy amounts of water and hold my pee (being thankful for what I can).

At the end of August is when I go to see the ear, nose, and throat specialist. I wish it was not so far away. If I don’t get some relief soon, I might have to start being a squeaky wheel. I almost wrote squawky wheel – that might work too. If you know me at all, you know that I am good at being squeaky when I need to be. It is really hard to focus and accomplish anything when all I want to do is curl up in my room and have a nap to make the pain go away. And yes, I do have pain meds, but they wear off.

We are entering our birthday season around here which will be a wonderful distraction. Does every family have a birthday season, or just us? We start the end of July and the song goes like this – Moses, Jonah, Our anniversary, Grandpa, Auntie, Malachi, Grandma, and Cousin – finishing up on August 24th. It is a busy month. Then September, October, November are event free around here.

Another wonderful distraction will be family visiting from the US next week. We only get to see them once or twice a year and we love our time together (well, I really do, I can’t speak for them – I really hope they enjoy their visits with us). There will be 15 of us staying in our place for 5 days. Call me crazy, but I am actually very excited at having wall to wall people around here.

There is no shortage of things to be doing around here: like finishing up some client work, working on graphics for some special projects (I’m learning new skills), doing taxes (for last year, yeah, don’t shoot me), ordering homeschool curriculum (just a little behind here, come on, give me a break, I have had a headache), and the usual, daily, keeping up with a big family, kind of stuff.

Thanks for listening to me share my heart and whine just a bit. I do try to keep things positive around here, but dealing with the lumps in my head, and whatever they are, is a bit consuming for me right now and I need to be able to share those things (and how wonderfully refreshing afternoon naps are) with you.

We do appreciate your prayers.

First Fishing Trip

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A few days ago, Elisha came home all excited and asked me if he and Moses could go fishing with Grandpa and a family friend. We were told only two big boys could go, so Malachi was feeling a bit sad (but he will get his turn soon).

Elisha (13 with autism) has a bit of trouble with anxiety. He was excited about going fishing, but nervous at the same time. He had a bit (okay, a lot) of trouble settling for bed, which meant he had next to no sleep last night.

Well, going fishing in Sooke means that you need to get up at 4 am to get picked up at 5am to make it out there in time for the tides (I really have no clue what I am talking about – just repeating what I was told). Which also means that you need to set the iPod, the tablet, and have a wake up call from Grandpa. Moses was up first, with Elisha following behind, and daddy waking shortly after.

I woke up to hearing the door click downstairs and the phone missing from beside the bed (because Jonah wanted to let me sleep in, bless his heart). Grandpa had already come to get the boys and they were on their way. Back to sleep I went.

Nestled in bed between two squirmy, sweaty, sweeties, I fell back into a deep sleep. Jonah woke me at 8:30am asking me to enjoy a quiet, coffee-time with him. Quiet because the chatty one was out with Grandpa. It took me a good 30 minutes to fully wake up. Coffee was wonderful. Quiet was amazing. What a quiet morning we had.

After coffee, it was time to get to work.

The boys had great fun fishing. I am so glad we all endured a little discomfort getting them out the door. Before we knew it, they were back from fishing (and lunch at Montana’s), with a boatload of fish, and Grandpa came in and cleaned the fish and put it all away – fish fry for dinner, yum.

Since Malachi did not get to go fishing, Grandma took him out for the rest of the day. He loves to just hang with her and Grandpa. Apparently Grandma and Malachi did some shopping because they came home with some brightly colored shirts for Jonah, for his birthday.

Did I tell you yet that it was Jonah’s birthday? Well, it was. He had to get up early, but he got to enjoy a quiet morning to himself, then he got leftover birthday cake and chocolate bars (thanks to Malachi and Grandma), and then as he was cooking salmon and steaks (salmon steaks and beef steaks), he burned his arm (right in the bendy elbow part).

So, the day started with fishing, for the boys, and ended with a beautiful salmon dinner. The boys did great on their first fishing trip, especially considering there is no bathroom on the boat (who buys a boat without a bathroom?). My mom and I joked that the first thing we would look at would be the bathroom and then the color.

Here’s to new experiences and a mostly good day. And boys that are growing up. (too fast).

My Boys, Glamping in Style…

One day back in June, Jonah got a phone call from a friend inviting him and the boys to go camping. Of course they were thrilled and jumped at the chance to go. Well, let me tell you, after our camping trip in March (also known as winter around here), the boys had fun and were living it up in style, Glamping, at Fort Rodd Hill.
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More Hours In My Day Please…

Do you ever feel like there are just not enough hours in the day? Sometimes I feel like I am burning the candle at both ends and not ever getting any farther to my goals, but the kidlets always come first (well after God and my husband, of course).

Moses had a headache for a few days last week and I didn’t think anything of it (except dehydration and too much sun). Then one day this week, Zion woke up with a high fever (can’t remember the exact day, but I am thinking Tuesday) and later that morning Malachi woke up with a headache and fever.

Grandma took Elisha and Moses out so they could get relief from the cranky sick kids, but when they came back Elisha had a fever too and was not feeling well. Then later that night, Hosanna presented with a fever. The fevers and headaches lasted about 24 hours for each kid and then now they all have sore throats.

I don’t know about you, but this mama finds it hard to sleep when her kids have fevers (or are sick at all). We have been taking it easy and eating popsicles, watching movies, drinking apple juice, eating more popsicles, taking pain/fever meds, and watching more movies. Lots of snuggling, a little bit of whining, and no one is interested in eating, so we are living on toast (and other food, but only for those that want it).

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Our Trip To The Waterpark Last Week (above)

We missed our park day yesterday and spent the day snuggling on the couch. I love my kids (very, very much), but it is so hard to snuggle with multiple hot fevery kids in the middle of summer (hey, I am just being honest here). Our house is so hot, but I know the kids are not feeling well, so I am tolerating it (they will be grown soon and not want to snuggle anymore, so I will take it when I can get it).

After a week of sleepless nights, and a few days of working one handed while snuggling random kids (which is why we work at home), the kids are acting sort of back to normal again and I feel like I had a productive day (pushed through some creative road blocks and got some things accomplished).

Then late this afternoon the kids were jumping on the thick foam mattress in Zion’s room and Moses hurt his hand. We have iced it and will see how it is in the morning. You know they are feeling somewhat better when they are jumping around and playing (even if they are too “tired” for chores).

So, for Christmas this year (you were asking me what I wanted, right?), I would like a few more hours in my day. If it was just a little bit longer, I might have time to get everything done and actually sleep.