We all love reading back in time on my blog. There are so many funny, cute, interesting details of our lives that I wrote about and forgot. My whole family is happy about all of the little stories we have collected over the past 5.5 years. (Wow, have I really been on blogger that long?)
Recently, I haven't had as much time for my blog as I would like. I feel like
there have been little parts of my family life and the lives of my kids
that I have just missed. I am feeling overwhelmed trying to find of balance of all of things I need to be doing in my life right now.
Currently, I am trying to get in 3 to 4 hours of exercise each week and as June 8th and the impending half marathon approaches that exercise time is going to seriously increase. Ugh, I am terrified. But, alas, onward I'll go.
I also am trying to get music lessons in with 5 to 6 of my kids. I nurse a baby. That takes 2.5 to 3 hours a day. I am trying to make sure I am cooking healthy meals. Healthy means more time in the kitchen. I have around 5 and 6 loads of laundry a day and I have to spend about 2 to 3 hours on house work a day just to keep things from completely falling apart. I am in charge of and teaching Kate and Johnny as 7th and 8th graders. That takes an hour or two a day. Ruth often needs help with her English and Math and some time being quizzed for tests. Rachel is still struggling to learn to read and needs me to spend between 45 minutes and 2 hours each school day with her. I also take that same time to help Adam with homework. And now, the time has come to start Anya on reading. (I swear reading and potty training are the two biggest milestones of childhood.)
I am also trying to get my kids working on learning musical instruments. I am trying to keep that down to 45 minutes for me and have them practice independently. Then there is writing and research for UFI. I cannot write if I do not spend about 45 minutes a day on reading news that has to do with family law. Mock Trial and the school musical are beginning which means a lot of time spent as the chauffeur. Then there are the usual church callings and personal scripture study, regular Temple attendance and dates and time spent with my husband.
So, there it is, my busy life-- every part of it necessary-- every part of it directly related to the happiness of myself, my husband, and my children.
Back to my blog. I do not want to miss recording this part of my life. I am deep in the trenches of motherhood. I have children of every stage except adult. Soooo, I am going to sit down every Sunday and write a list-blog of something about each of my kids each week. I will still get in other posts and articles when I can, but until the dreaded half marathon is joyfully behind me. Sunday is my day, to write a boring list of things my kids say, do, etc.