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.
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).
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.
I woke up this morning all freezing cold. Well, no wonder. My daughter crawled into bed beside me some time during the night and took all the blankets. So, I get up in a mad rush to use the potty (because I am freezing cold) only to discover that I had fallen asleep in my clothes (good thing or I would have been really cold).
I think, it is light enough to be morning and maybe time to get up, but I really hope it is not. The house is quiet and no kids are making noise, so maybe I can sleep for a little bit longer. I sneak a quick look at the clock on the computer as I crawl back into bed. Only 7am. I can still sleep for two more hours. My heart leapt with sheer delight.
Now, let me tell you something. None of us in this house are morning people. We usually sleep in until 8 or 9 am, but that is only after years of training the kids. Not to mention it is summer and the kids have not been going to bed until 10pm when I can sort of convince them that it is dark enough to be bedtime.
Okay, so I crawl back into bed to catch a few more winks. A little while later Zion crawls in bedside me with the iPad asking me to type in something. I am really good at typing in my sleep now (I have had enough practice to almost become a professional). So Zion is on one side of me with the iPad and in comes Hosanna with a Nexus 7 asking for the password. Zion has all the passwords memorized, but Hosanna has yet to figure them out (but that is probably a good thing because she always deletes all my apps). She puts on Netflix and snuggles in beside me.
There I am, trying to catch a few more minutes of sleep as I listen to Toy Story in one ear and a different movie from the other. Before I know it, they are done snuggling and off to play with the toys they found yesterday, while helping daddy clean the basement.
And then a few moments later Hosanna is rummaging for leftovers in the fridge (all the others are able to wait for breakfast, but not Hosanna). She eats like a bird, but she is always hungry first thing in the morning.
Now, it is really time to get up. The kids need breakfast. I need coffee. Well, all that and the kids undid and entire day of housework this morning (they could seriously get jobs as tornadoes)… And the plumber will be here in 30 minutes.