The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Life is so great right now. I work just as hard as I ever did before but now I’m getting stuff done, everything done, every day!!
My house is clean, my family is fed, my errands are taken care of, my children are taught, played with and feeling loved. It feels like some kind of miracle.

I never took pictures during school time before because stepping away from the table to grab my camera ruined the flow of the lesson too much. Now… I am free to snap as many pictures as I want to and I’m not interrupting anything πŸ™‚
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Brooklyn now doesn’t mind Sierra joining her for school time at all. In fact she encourages Sierra to come over and listen with her.
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I’ve even been giving Sierra paper to write down problems and answers as the videos go on. She also did a site plan for a garden during the science lesson.
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Ember joined Brooklyn on the computer chair during a particularly easy science lesson.

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Payson likes watching Brooklyn’s school videos from time to time as well.

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While Brooklyn did her school work the little kids and I read Silly Sally (by request of Payson, it’s this week’s favorite) five or six times in a row. Every time we read it I try to find neat new things to point out and talk about in the pictures. I do that with every book since he really, really loves reading a book over and over and over again.

After reading we acted out Silly Sally walking into town backwards and upside down by doing wheelbarrows. I held the kids’ feet while they walked on their hands. It was really cute!
Then the kids used the wall to try to do handstands.

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For their scrapbook I got a picture of them together with the book.
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I laid down on the floor while they were doing handstands to nurse Ember (I was tired) and Sierra ran and got her doll and laid next to me with her shirt up and her doll at her nipple. haha, so cute.
Payson then ran for his baby as well.
After all the babies, real and not, were fed they took their babies for rides and walks.
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Payson has always loved dolls; I’m glad I got him his very own last year. He loves his baby.
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Payson randomly asked me to carry him in the carrier before dinner so I strapped him on.
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Ember was so cranky that I ended up wearing both of them.
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I cooked most of dinner like this.
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We were holding up two fingers to show that two kids were on mommy πŸ™‚
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After dinner we walked to the neighborhood park again. I’ve been loving the bit of exercise and the fresh air. Until it gets too hot to, I’m going to walk with the kids to the park every day. (The park is a quarter of a mile away)
PhotobucketThe house in the background of the picture above is one we bought when we first moved here in 2008. We cancelled the contract halfway through the building process because we didn’t like the location and I’m really not a fan of two story houses and just couldn’t go through with it. (Allan originally bought the house during a business trip while I was in Texas with the kids so I never was a big part of the choosing anyway)

The kids love our walks. We have the best talks and tell fun stories to each other while we stroll.
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Ember looks around quietly the whole time.
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The three older kids brought their babies to play. Payson was melting my heart walking down the sidewalk with a baby in one arm and elephant in the other.

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Brooklyn stopped to watch ants scurrying about.
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I didn’t take pictures while they played because I was holding Ember and talking to a woman who lives in my neighborhood. I did snap this one on the way home:
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The next morning (Saturday) Allan, Ember and I hung out on our bed.
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Allan was doing a little bit of work since he’s pretty busy this week. Work trickles into home time at the end of the month.
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Ember doesn’t suck on binkies, she just uses them as toys.
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Allan mowed the grass in the backyard. Our grass is finally green again! Yay for summer grass.

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The big kids played ring around the rosie.
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The kids tried to help out a bit.
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We made a quick trip to the store for eggs and some other stuff. Ember happily smacked Allan’s face while we waited in the checkout line.
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When we got home she sat there bored while we put the older kids to bed.
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And that’s when the camera got put away. haha

I’m so excited for tomorrow. I can’t believe how happy I am. Waking up to a mostly clean house makes me feel so much more happy to work hard. I worked hard before but now I work hard with a skip in my step πŸ˜‰

And I’ll add, because life cannot/will not always be roses and sunshine, something I’m struggling with a lot right now.

Payson and his digestive issues.
I know- surprise, surprise.

It’s gotten really bad lately. He can’t have anything besides plain meat, eggs, bananas and rice milk, otherwise he gets diarrhea. I have an appointment with his specialist in mid May. I’m hoping I can get some answers. I have no idea what’s going on in those bowels of his.

He had diarrhea so bad yesterday that he got an angry red rash all over his butt. It bled in four places πŸ™
He screamed at the top of his lungs while I changed his diaper before bed. I felt hysterical myself. I hate dealing with this. I wish my child was normal and could just eat food.

His rash is almost gone today. Heavens do I have some strong love for desitin.

5 thoughts on “The Light at the End of the Tunnel

  • Yeah for you! It has to be the best feeling! I am amazed at all you do everyday. And I just adore Ember's hat, it's the cutest thing!

    So glad to hear that you feel better about everything. Do you think you'll do the same thing for S, or are you already, sorry if you said!

  • Good to hear everything is coming along. The video learning looks like a lifesaver!! I applaud you on the homeschooling. It really takes a lot and dedication of your part. You make it look so easy.

    I love the picture of the kids doing the handstands, too cute.

    Enjoy the week and the good weather!!

    Tracey πŸ™‚

  • Sarah, I've spent about 4 hours at night this week researching stuff for Sierra. I'm so undecided! I wish someone would just tell me what would work best for her and our family! That's not possible, but I'd love it if it were!

    Tracey, it's so good to hear from you! How are you doing?

  • As always, such adorable kids!

    Our area is flooded right now, but I had just a second to check some things online and I had to hit your blog to see some cuteness πŸ™‚

  • Wonderful post & so happy to hear you are doing well and enjoying life! πŸ™‚ I am looking forward to hearing more about your upcoming curriculum review for Brooklyn's new system and what you choose for Sierra! Kudos to your for all that you do for your family!!!

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