Friday, October 26, 2012

It's getting closer.

So I feel like I should preface this blog post with a disclaimer.  As you should already know, we're an Army family.  A busy, busy, busy Army family.  My husband has been active duty for over 9 years and we've been through our share of Army related, and more than our share of non-Army related, struggles.  On that note, we're approaching yet another Army "situation" if you will.  The boss man is heading out of the area for awhile.  Not too long (more than a day, less than a year), but long enough that I'll be solo parenting more than I'd like.

In the time leading up to his departure, I'm stressed out.  I'm fussy, grumpy, and sometimes, just kinda mean.  I don't want to be.  It's just that when he's not here, nothing feels right.  Each person in this family plays their part and has such a significant role in our lives that when one of them is absent, they are sorely missed.  When my partner in life is away, I'm unsettled and sad.  And truthfully, I'm not looking forward to taking care of every.single. detail of our lives by myself.  I know the time is approaching, so my worry has already begun.  It helps nothing at all to worry, it's just how I am. :)

Suffice to say, this house is in a little bit of chaos.  When mama is flustered, everyone is flustered.  So homeschooling isn't getting my best effort, housework is falling a little behind (but that's also because I'm in a constant state of decluttering so we don't take unnecessaries to the new house), my work isn't getting 110%, my crafts aren't seeing my best efforts.  And I hate that.  Because I can handle this.  We've been through so much before and I've managed to get through it; this time won't be nearly as long, so I shouldn't be complaining, right?  Well, I can't help it.  He drives me completely crazy sometimes, but I sure do miss him when he's not here.

Anyway, my very long disclaimer over, I want to talk to you about our week.  Once again, I'm super grateful to have found an online homeschool curriculum, because I'm entirely too sidetracked to make lesson plans on my own!  Having the boys sit down, sign in, and get started has been a big help this last week.  I'm right beside them when they are learning new stuff (and always when working on Math, Science, and Social Studies) and nearby when reviewing but having everything already planned out has freed up a lot of mental space for me!

Next week, I want to focus on adding in some pizzazz to our homeschool.  This may not be the best time, but I want to do something fun!  The boys have been asking about an Art program so I was relieved to find that T4L has an art curriculum.  Thank goodness!  I'm hoping to read/watch the first few lessons this weekend so I can be ready to get started with the boys next week.  It's always easier for me if I've prepared ahead of time.

We've been super busy with Cub Scouts the last few weeks and I think it will be that way for the next few weeks, which is fine by us.  I enjoy having something to work on and the kids enjoy getting to do fun stuff.  Our Pack is starting a little "den" for siblings while the Scouts are in their meetings.  This will be a HUGE help to me as half of my struggle when Adam is away is keeping my little boys entertained while I conduct a meeting for eight boys.

So, thanks for understanding about my not so great school updates.  Things will even out in the next few weeks.  When Adam's away, it's harder in some ways, but it works itself out in others.  We'll be able to get back to school being our focus instead of prepping for his absence being our focus.  Of course, we won't have long to rest as I'm pretty sure we're about 60 days away from closing on the house.  Sometimes, I almost feel like Superwoman.  But that can't be right....I never get everything done! :)

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