Lots of ups and downs around here of late. Five kids in the house all day is no joke. But I’m making sure to get a half hour run in each day, in order to escape if nothing else. In this bid for maintaining sanity, I’ve hit a 14-day running streak. I have a ways to go before I hit my 1000+ day total from the last one! Still, you have to start somewhere (I don’t actually think I’m starting a run streak. But hey…)
The flowers are beautiful. The weather has been decent. We had a picnic dinner last week! We’re also having a lot of family dinners. It’s been nice to see those stacked up on my time logs. I took the big kids for a walk on a local trail. They’re reading a lot and playing together…
…and of course fighting and spending a ton of time watching screens in one form or another. The 5-year-old has been engaged in outright mutiny at times, and at other times is doing his best to have some sort of incident that will send him to the ER, at the exact worst time. As an experiment the other night, he stuck a bead up his nose. I kid you not. I managed to coach him to get it out with some snorting.
So…I am trying to focus on the positive. For instance, I’d planned to start traveling for speeches when the baby was about 4 months old. But now that all conferences are canceled for the foreseeable future, I won’t wind up leaving him for a while. That’s a silver lining. Breastfeeding is a lot easier when you never leave the house. Not traveling also gives me time for other things, like a big potential project arising partly out of all this, which I hope to announce soon.
In any case, there is much to be grateful for, and I try to keep reminding myself of that. My husband and I can work from home. Spending so much time in my house has reminded me that I do really like it — an important realization given that we had been considering moving. The kids can be ornery, but they also come up with some creative stuff when their backs are against the wall. They’ve found a lot of great hiding spots for hide-and-seek in the backyard that school, camps, and general activities meant they’d never sought out before….