Some Sad News and A Surprising Break

We had a death in the family and couldn’t afford to fly the whole family to the East coast, so I’m home with Eliza and Charlotte for nine days. Shane’s sweet grandma left us. I didn’t know her well but the little time I spent with her, I could tell she was well-deservably loved by everyone around her. She lived a good and long life and has so clearly left her mark of love and unselfishness. But it is still difficult and I’m sorry we weren’t able to visit her sooner. She never got a chance to meet Charlotte and Eliza.

So far I’ve had three days with the two girls. Charlotte doesn’t seem to be whining as much. She is loving all the attention. I honestly thought she would be crying for everyone but she seems to just be clinging to me more, soaking up every second of attention she can. She yells “HEY!!!” and runs after me if I don’t let her know where I’m going. And she’s been helping me. She throws all the diapers away and lets me brush her teeth. Shane is going to be so shocked about that last one!

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To say I’ve been overwhelmed for the past few weeks (or is it months) is a bit of an understatement. Having four kids is a lot of work, especially when you don’t have people around to help. Having only a 7 month old and 2.5 year old is actually a good break for me.

I’ve gotten all caught up on the laundry, including all the towels and sheets. I’ve cleaned up the kitchen and vacuumed the whole house. I went to the gym today and I’ve been getting my bloggy endeavors a little more organized. I feel like my head is beginning to clear.

I’m thinking about heading over to Home Depot tomorrow to pick up some stuff so I can fix some things around the house.

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And it’s been so fun to play with Charlotte uninterrupted. She loves to sit on my lap and rub noses and then laugh hysterically every time. Or makes me pretend to bite her finger and laughs. Agh! She’s so darn cute and I am cherishing this time I get to have with her.

Maybe it sounds strange for me to say that since I’m a stay-at-home mom and I’m with her everyday. But it’s really hard to devote such individual attention on just one kid on a daily basis. When I play with them, it’s usually a group experience. Caleb is lucky in the way that homeschool affords him so much individual time with me. 

Makes me realize that it will be very important as the kids get older to schedule some dates with each kid. It’s just crazy and sad how you can spend so much time with a person and yet not really know them. 

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