A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, and it really hit home and was a timely reminder. In addition to making my home a more welcoming (aka clean & tidy) place and being an understanding and patient wife, I am really trying to focus on being more conscious of the words and the tone that I direct toward my children.
After this post, I will finally be caught up on blogging!
Kaden's best friend from school was able to come over, and he was very excited. They are almost 10-years-old and getting to where mom hanging around isn't cool, so I let them play in Kaden's bedroom without bugging them too much. It's been a busy summer for both of our families and it was great for Kaden and Jonas to be able to reconnect. While the boys attend the same school, our families live across town from one another.
I also swept the living room and dining area and cleaned the bathroom.
We are having some financial difficulties, which seems to be an ongoing issue for us. Having two people in our family with chronic illnesses often makes it difficult. My husband and I have never really done the budgeting, etc, as a team, which I believe to be a major part of the problem. I paid the bills, budgeted, etc for many years, but he took over toward the end of last year when I really got us in a bad spot. I try to be involved, but he is resistant. So, when he had a reality check on Friday about just how difficult it is to take care of our finances, I wanted to gloat and throw it in his face because he thought he would take over and it would be smooth sailing, but I didn't. Instead, I let him know that I would help in any way possible and make a few suggestions. This is a big change from how I would have handled this situation int he past.
I also rearranged our living room, which gave us a much-needed change and opened up the tiny space a bit. I let the kids rent a move, and I remained calm and collected when Logan cracked his head open on the corner of a shelving unit. Initially I thought Logan would need stitches, but the bleeding stopped relatively quickly and I was able to get him bandaged up.
Logan got to spend the night at a friend's house, so Dave and I took Kaden and Addy to a park to play after dropped off Logan. Instead of just watching, Dave and I played with the kids on the equipment. It was nice to just put my anxiety aside and swing!
I made tacos/nachos for dinner, which Addy decided superseded the fish I made Tuesday as the best thing I'd ever cooked. She raved over and over again about delicious it was and ate two large tacos. I'm expecting a major growth spurt soon with the way she's been eating.
I had trouble sleeping Saturday night, so I slept in much later than I normally do yesterday morning. It was a pretty lazy day overall, but I made a family favorite for supper: breakfast! We had pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon. My kids say that my pancakes are the best ever (I didn't bribe them, honestly). I have modified the recipe from my trusty Betty Crocker cookbook (the one that came out about the time I was born). For each batch, I add 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. I have to triple the recipe to satisfy my family.
Also, throughout the week, I have managed to keep my sink clear of dirty dishes and my table relatively clear.
Thanks for reading, be blessed, and keep giving!