It’s been a tough week for us here at Radom Uttering. My husband has been traveling and we miss him tremendously. We are operating a scaled back schedule in order to keep my stress level down during this time. On Monday the following happened:
- Put a million rollers in my hair because I decided my hairstyle needed a change.
- Felt that our school day was not the best because the boys were extra wiggly that day. It is incredibly frustrating to teach when you feel you don’t have your pupils attention. I decided to call it quits when I saw that I kept raising my volume to be louder than the the boys. That’s never a good idea. The boys would have benefitted greatly from a day in the park or some outside time but I could not take them because of the million rollers in my hair.
- Tried without success to communicate with my husband who is overseas. Its so hard to be apart from your best friend. Especially, when your having a rough day.
- Decided since I had some free time I would do some research for next years curriculum. Well, I came away from the computer feeling overwhelmed. The direction I thought would be a good fit is not turning out to be so. This means back to the drawing board to research more options. I prayed and then called my homeschool bestie who can generally talk some sense into to me. She was not available so I was just stuck and had to push those feelings on the back burner until there was time to deal with the issues properly.
- Put Joshua down for a nap and told the older boys it was time for quiet time. I laid on the couch eager to catch some z’s. It was not to be. Each of my older boys kept asking if they could come downstairs so my nap time was very brief. All the commotion woke Joshua.
- Burned dinner rice, which never happens to me.
- Walked to the mailbox, generally no one is ever outside when I go out to get the mail. However this day everyone was out on my block as I strolled down the driveway with a million rollers and my favorite neon green scarf on my head
that screams look at the black woman with a house full of kids in her house shoes with the scarf on her head with rollers.Shameful.
- Realized that the printer was not working.
All of this and it was just Monday. Several other things have happened this week as well. Joshua is getting into poopy mayhem almost daily. Three times back to back he has removed his diaper and smeared poop everywhere and thrown poop overboard. So I told my mom and husband about these events and they feel that Joshua is ready to potty train. We have started the journey, it’s not going as smoothly as I would like, but we will continue. Joshua likes sitting on the potty but refuses to use it.
For several weeks now I have felt that I need to better train my children in regards to their chores. They have chores and they do them but my heart feels that they can do more and a better job than what they are currently doing. The challenge is not to get angry with the children while I process a better way to train them. I don’t have the right to be upset with them in areas where I see they need help but have not been trained. So I need to have some time to sit down and really think through what it is I want and then show them how to do the chores before holding them accountable to the new standard.
In the meantime daily life can be frustrating as I survey all the things I want to change but can’t implement right this moment. I’m positive about the upcoming changes. Once I get through this week getting the boys schedule revamped and communicating my new expectations will be my priority.
On Friday I was asked to give a presentation to a group of junior high students about the field of journalism. The presentation went well in spite of electronic challenges this week. While my husband is traveling he took the new laptop with him. The laptop in my possession is older. You can’t print or save documents to a usb drive. It goes without saying that preparing for the presentation was very interesting.
But the the good news is the presentation was a hit, my curls turned out great and lastly it’s the weekend.
How was your week?