Today was hard. I was sick yesterday and still feeling yucky today, but the kids have been really out of whack the last few days because of being so off their routine. We got up this morning and I started them out on their daily routine: getting dressed, have breakfast, do chores, schooltime, lunch, more school (for older two) or rest time, playtime, dinner, more play, clean-up, get pjs on, bedtime. Most of it went about right except for a lot of crankiness, especially about chores since we were in and out so much last week and didn’t get the house as clean when we were here as we needed to. I ran all over the house picking up discarded drawings, pencils, crayons, and the doll socks that Charlie cat keeps dragging out. I had the dishes from yesterday to do (since I slept most of the day and Jeremy took the kids to church and watched them for me while at home) and lots of laundry from the last week (which I’ll still be doing for a few days.) I don’t usually let the dryer run at night because I can’t sleep well with it’s noise, but because of the amount of laundry, I am doing that tonight. I still need to get my bedroom organized again. Hopefully that will be done tomorrow.
I am glad to have kids that help out around the house. It is so wonderful to have that help. Amie did a pretty good job sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor and Christine cleaned the bathroom sink and floor for me. AnnaBeth and Noelle like to help pick up toys and dust mop after a big kid sweeps. They also usually help pick up the dirty clothes from their room and get the blankets/sleeping bags into their proper places (not exactly neatly, but good enough.) James usually is really good at helping out too, but today he just rebelled against it the whole day which earned him a grounding from the computer and snow play and an early bedtime.
I’m praying for a better, more even-tempered day tomorrow.