Thursday, January 7, 2010

It's a new year......!!!

Things have calmed down quite considerably around our house. Is your house returning to that quiet, daily purring along that occurs in the "normal" times of the year? I love the holidays, don't get me wrong. But I love when the holidays are all over, and there is no rushing to rehearsals, no sugar overload from all the holiday goodies, no more things to find places for, and everything has been neatly packed away until next year. In the process of putting things up, I also put away some other piles that had been accumulating over the last couple months, and throwing out some junk that had been hanging on for no apparent reason.

Now, I've gotten a new, rather empty, sparkling white calendar. It doesn't have a lot on it right now. I've been contemplating our path for this coming year. When do the birthdays fall? What church activities are we NOT going to have to miss this year?? When is our annual "birthday bash" going to be? When is summer camp and Vacation Bible School at church this year? It's so much fun to lay that all out and get a good picture of where we are heading.

It's a fresh, exciting start.
Lots to look forward to.

One thing that is going to change the dynamics of our family life, and that I have been so looking forward to is that my husband was able to get on the DAY shift for this year!! That is HUGE!!!
It changes everything and makes everything so much sweeter!! For the last nearly 4 years, he worked every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night, and every OTHER Saturday night. From 5 pm to 5 am.
So, that meant he would leave for work at 4:30 pm, after starting to shower and suit up by 4:00pm. He would get home in the morning usually just after 5 am (since we live only minutes from the police station), unless he got hung up with paper-work. Then he would try to wind down and get to sleep around 6 am and sleep until around 2 pm or sometimes 3 pm depending on when he was actually able to fall asleep.
So that means every night I'm putting children to bed alone and getting them up and getting the day going and trying to keep 6 children quiet while daddy is sleeping. I wasn't always successful.
He missed a lot of weekend activities which is when all activities are usually scheduled, and he never could go to Wednesday evening church with us. Sundays were especially difficult.
I was already pretty tired Sunday morning after trying to get all the bags packed that need to go with us, make sure the van is gassed up, have meals planned for Sunday, and get 6 children bathed and their clothes organized all the night before. Then it was driving a half-hour to church (and I was lucky to not have to make a stop or two because a little one had squirmed out of their car seat), gather them all back together after services were over, the drive back, and feeding everyone lunch before my husband would get up around 2pm. Exhausting.

Now he will get to go with us on Wednesday evenings occasionally, and every Sunday!!
Needless to say, I'm so excited about this prospect for this year!!

I have also been ruminating over some goals I have set for this coming year. Stayed tuned for details!!

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