As you probably already saw, our family is moving to Northwest Arkansas in about five weeks. F I V E weeks. When you have a thousand kids and your husband works all day and almost every day, that's insane. Brian has been logging a ton of extra hours so we can get our moving fund saved, which means I'm logging a ton of extra hours with the kids. Wine, Jesus, coffee, naps. That's all I can say.
The kids have been pretty excited about our "big adventure" as we are calling it. We've been staying really positive about the whole process, while at the same time keeping it real, letting them see our sadness about leaving friends and family, and talking openly about the hard parts of big change. The boys are mostly just excited for all the weird bugs and dangerous snakes they're going to see. Bella is the more emotional one, although she's been pretty focused on the horse ranch we found where she will be getting back into riding lessons.
Everyone has been posting their first day of school photos, both public and home school friends, and I'm like...........................I can't even.
Normally I'd be freaking out a little bit about not being on top of everything, but all I have is peace. I'll order some books and get started with the whole homeschool thing once we get out there. Anything I do now will end up being pointless since we are in such a "limbo" right now, and the last thing I need is added stress. That's the point of homeschooling, right? Flexibility, yo.
Some of you lovely readers of mine have asked how I am surviving these extra long days and even longer weeks in the heat of summer with four kids. The answer is: barely.
I'm actually feeling like I'm thriving right now. I can't take any credit for that though, it really is all the Lord. Every night I hit my pillow hard and thank Him for getting me to this point, and every morning when I wake up I feel pretty refreshed and ready to log another day. This is very unlike me, so that's how I know He's helpin' out.
Having my gym membership has helped a lot. Almost every day I pack the kids up and drop them at kids care for 45 minutes while I hit the treadmill. They love getting out of the heat and playing with toys and friends, and I love the energy running every day is giving me. Plus, having my focus on my fitness goals when everything around me is changing has been a huge help.
We've also been swimming at my parents' house a few times a week. Since we know we won't be able to see them all the time anymore, it's been really special to spend all this time at their house. They have been a big help, having us for dinner, playing with the kids, and giving me a little break here and there.
I go through spurts where I want to be super busy every day and others where I just want to linger at home in my pajamas all day, and I've just been rolling with how I feel.
Last week we did nothing but swim and linger over cups of coffee and our Super Nintendo station. This week we've already driven to LA to celebrate my grandma's birthday, been to the gym three times, and shopped Costco by myself with all the kids. I'm learning to just go with what I feel is good for me each day, and not to expect too much of myself. I do what I can do, and it's always enough.
So that's our life lately. Thought a little update would be good although now I'm wondering who would care to read this.... and so goes blogging, ha. Until next time, lovelies!