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Mother of the Year

Writing a professional letter.

No, they don’t mix. Or actually maybe it’s part of the plan. “Take a break and spend time with your kids!” Either way, we vacationed in February so the kids are at home and stuck with me. They have been subjected to lists a page long each day then tv and iPods. I was sick with that crazy stomach bug on Monday which put me more than a day behind at work eliminating my ability to take a day off and play. I feel so bad but thankfully they are done in 5 weeks and we will get out time soon.

Kate and Rye are having trouble not annoying each other which further complicates the day. From burning down her tower in minecraft to not Nerf bullets to soccer they have been in front of each other for a long time. Today, the first nice day is no different- when working down their list (some items were soccer/lacrosse) and playing catch and dribbling a soccer ball they definitely hit a wall and this letter from Kate shows you.

I look at it this way, at least I have taught her well enough that she got her salutations correct AND she was polite.

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I could tell Reilly had a challenging day. He wasn’t his usual self… I wasn’t sure what it was about but I thought I would wait him out a little bit to see if he wanted to share. As I worked upstairs I could hear some of the conversation downstairs and Shad was “on” Reilly for not listening, not doing his homework, not picking up his stuff… etc. NOTE: It doesn’t help that Shad caught pink-eye from Shea and couldn’t be at work today as a result. He feels junky.

Reilly went to basketball and came home. He was still in a funk. I asked how it went and he just said “good”. He sat down to eat more of his dinner since it was so close to practice before. He again did a couple “dumb” things which got him into some trouble – that was it though- he put his face in his hands at the dinner table and began to sob. My heart hurt because he was hurting so bad. Ugh. I went over and talked softly to him and rubbed his back. He is the oldest. He puts a lot of pressure on himself and he is my “go-to guy” probably more than any nine year old should be. Ugh again.  I can’t help but think he got pushed to this point at home.

After eating he headed up to bed and yet another thing didn’t go his way… again he started to sob. He looked at me and said with crocodile tears in his eyes “I am having a really bad day and all this is making it worse.” Soon after it came out that a couple of boys were mean to him at school. One in particular started calling him names and he told on him. For the rest of the day the boy told everyone he got in trouble “because of Reilly” which magnified how Reilly felt. Ugh again.

We talked together for a while, raced on his rubix puzzle game, and then just laid together. Sometimes I think we all just get too caught up in this crazy thing called life and forget to step back and remember what really matters. I probably need to put my computer down more often. I know I work at home but constantly working is no better than commuting to an office – as a matter of fact, in ways it’s worse because they see me “choose” my computer and my work over them. I say that loosely because they come home at 3:30 and I’m online till at least 6:00 each night and then again after they go to bed.

I need to step back and gain perspective… he is way more important than I must be showing him right now. He’s my BUD.

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Shea is going to be going to preschool this fall. Being the youngest I think I could stick her in junior high and she would socially adapt. Does she know her letters and numbers… nah, but heck she’s bossy and opinionated, knows what she wants and loves to color – so why wouldn’t she fit in?

We headed over to her open house today at ELCM (the web site that I manage) with Reilly and Kate who have all attended this school. They had a lot of advice for her and the most notable piece came from Reilly. “ahhh, Shea I don’t want you to panic or get scared but I have to tell you something about the three year old room that’s going to make you nervous (I cringed at the thought of what was coming out of his mouth. I looked in my rearview mirror and saw Shea sitting up big and tall in her car seat with her five point harness and her Cinderella gown -still my baby – and Kate and Reilly larger than life and looking SO old in their booster seats. It was a vision that is stuck in my head b/c they are growing up SO fast it’s scary). The three year old room Shea is in the downstairs and it definitely has the loudest fire alarm.” Kate piped in “Oh, yah, it is definitely really loud and it will scare you when it goes off.”

I looked in the rearview mirror again watching Shea try to process the information – I think it was lost on her and she probably heard “Shea blah blah blah blah scared blah blah blah blah loud.”

Once she saw the play-doh and met her teacher she moved right in. I think it’s going to be perfect for her. What a blessing to have her just downstairs every day of her life. Working from home is great b/c I can hear all the goings on and I can hear how their day is going even though I’m not actually there. I just feel like I know the kids better because of that. Having not worked in an office full time for about seven years has been trying at times but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m blessed in that regard.

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