This whole past week has been a big blur. I have had 11 appointments with the four oldest kids with pediatricians, eye doctors and dentists between last Thursday and yesterday so I just zombied my way through it all robotically moving from one task to the next. In the midst of it all, I sang on Atlanta’s 11Alive News for a chance to win a VIP pass to Friday’s The Voice audition. Didn’t get it. Eh, oh well. haha
Talia was NOT happy when they dilated her eyes. BURN!
Tre freaked out for like 3 hours because he couldn’t see LOL BLURRY!
Avalyn was my little paper towel princess ;) Talia took that shot like a SOLDIER!
I can’t believe one of my friends couldn’t believe *I* took this pic of Bri:
Yesterday we left home before 11am, had 3 doctor appointments, drove to the city to pick up 120 pounds of chicken, and dropped some off in Snellville to Denene Milner from MyBrownBaby.com.
Denene and I in her kitchen … she has THE most beautiful home!
We then journeyed back to our own town and dropping some more off with Piara from JollyMom.com, taking the rest home then heading back out to go grocery shopping and get school clothes for the kids…
Made it home just before 9pm, fed the kids and did client work until 3am in the midst of yelling for the kids to do their chores and dealing with the world ending because Zoe didn’t like the temperature of her bath water!! Needless to say, the relief was indescribable when they finally all passed out some time after 11pm.
Today, we had to be at the elementary for about an hour this morning and at the junior high for about an hour this afternoon finishing registration, getting their classes assigned, meeting the teachers, obtaining car rider numbers and bus tags, learning Briyana’s locker combination and how to get it open (which surprisingly took some maneuvering even for me!), and filling out endless paperwork… Sometimes I really don’t know how I do it all myself and it’s not an easy question to receive when people inquire, “How do you do it?” because it translates into more of a reminder that my life is absolutely insane than a friendly hat’s-off-to-you expression.
On one hand, it just comes naturally. Walking in these shoes isn’t always easy but it’s fulfilling in a weird way. Giving so much of myself to everyone around me is sometimes extremely tiresome and drains me spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically… but it makes me look to God for a ‘refill’ and not having them depend on me makes me feel empty. It’s hard to explain, but I’d much rather feel drained than empty. When I recap my day to my husband while he’s offshore, it gives my life purpose to run through all of the mundane things I did to get our children from starting this day to preparing for the next.
Walking in these shoes may not always be thrilling … and sometimes the stress of it wanes on my sanity lol But I can’t imagine ever trading shoes with anyone else. Mine are well broken in and no matter where my feet take me, this life of mine is comfortable and I love it. Even when I’m so exhausted I feel like throwing my hands up, letting it all crash around me, and picking it up to reorganize another day, there’s really nothing I would change. Ok, well the fact that preciously moody three year olds evolve into obnoxiously moody 13 year olds and lose the adorable cuteness factor that used to distract from the element of annoyance makes it a little hard to fathom all five of these kids being teens and preteens at the same time, but as with everything else in life we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we get there.