Hmmm. Where to begin. So much floating around in my head these days that it seems I've just been avoiding writing about it because I'm not sure just what to say. Here it goes...
- My uncle passed away last week and we went to his funeral on Memorial Day. It was an outside service at his house where we had camped and fished and partied so many times before. As we pulled up to the house I swore I saw Uncle Larry sitting at the picnic table before I remembered why I was there in the first place. It hasn't really sunken in that he is gone. This is going to take some gettin' used to.
- The construction on the addition is coming along. There are always workers going in and out the house and there is always pounding and sawing throughout the day. I can't wait until this project is done. Just to have a peaceful afternoon (or morning) again would be bliss. Not to mention being able to let the boys play in the backyard. Or having GRASS in the backyard again. Oh glory! I can't wait.
The room will be amazing when it is done. I always say that the one thing I miss about my old house is my sunroom, and the addition has that sunroom feel to it. There are windows on all three walls and it soaks up the afternoon sun with all the southern and western exposure. It will be great!
(Not a great shot, I know, but I wanted to show how the addition opens up the space and how airy it is. And also the lovely piece of plastic that separates our living space from the workspace that the boys just LOVE the mess with)
- My boys are driving me crazy. Seriously crazy. I don't know if it is just the end of school madness (seven days left) that has them so manic or if it is just a phase. Either way I hope it passes quickly. It seems that no matter how many times I ask them not to do something the minute I turn around they are doing the very thing I asked them not to do. Every time I give them an inch of freedom they break something, or hurt someone, or act naughty. I just don't get it! In just the last week Joey kicked Ben in the face and split his lip, his tongue, and his gums. A few days later Ben kneed Joey in the head and Joey got a concussion (he threw up from it and everything). Then last night Joey yanked Tommy down to the floor so hard that we thought Tommy's shoulder was dislocated. And this is all while they are PLAYING with each other. It isn't malicious. They think it is all in fun! And then when I tell them to stop "wrestling" they look at me like I am the meanest mom in the world. It is insanity. The other day I let them go outside and ride bikes and play ball but when I glanced out the window I saw them digging massive holes in the front yard under the neighbor's trees. WTH??? Then when I let them play down in the basement I came down and saw them splashing water all over the place from my fish tank. WHY?? What is happening to my boys? I just don't get it. And these are really good kids. Seriously. I just don't know what has gotten into them lately. I feel like I am scolding and yelling nonstop. This past week or two I have had serious doubts about whether I will make it to see them as adults. I just don't think I'm gonna make it.
- Just this morning I was telling my mom about what the boys have done recently and she didn't know whether to laugh or cry for me. She knows what it is like because she had three boys as well. I know girls come with their own difficulties in raising them, but I tell ya, having three boys close in age is insanity. And I don't think anyone can understand it unless you have it. Craziness. My sister has three girls close in age and she just watches my boys in disbelief. And like I said, my boys really are good kids, it is just the energy level that wears you down. They can't sit still. They can't focus. They can't play with any one toy for longer than a few minutes. It seems like they are constantly bursting out of their skin.
Anyway, my mom said she will say some prayers for me, so that made me feel better. ;)
- I went to church this morning for the childrens' school mass. It was the third graders' mass and they asked the Kindergartners if they would like to join in with them. Tommy was assigned a reading part. I couldn't believe it. I was nervous for Joey when he had his first church reading in first grade and now Tommy was going to do a reading and he is only in Kindergarten. Unbelievable.
Tommy got up to the podium and read his petition slowly, carefully, and with feeling. I was amazed. He did so well, and he was so completely proud of himself. It almost made me forget how rotten he was before school this morning. I did have to laugh when I thought about the words he read: "For all those who are struggling to decide between right and wrong, that God may guide them in the right direction. Let us pray to the Lord." AMEN to that, Tommy. That will definitely be my prayer for myself and my family this week.
Tell me, what are you praying for?
(By the way, there are certain blogs that I haven't been able to comment on this week. For some reason I keep getting kicked back to my Google sign in page and then when I sign in my comment isn't accepted. It just keeps kicking me back to the sign in. It seems to only be the blogs that have the "Post As:" button after the comment box. Anyway, I am reading, and hopefully this computer glitch will be fixed soon. Thanks!)