23 January 2010

What a week!

I am so glad it is Saturday! This was a crazy week filled with LOTS of driving and business. My FIL's surgery went well, but it was day surgery, so he had to go back into the doctor every day this week. Andy drove back and forth to his parents' house every day this week (it's about an hour away). He was glad that I told him to take vacation this week. It really helped him to feel less stressed about the week, and he was able to spend time with his Dad.

I worked a lot of odd hours this week. I have to do some creative scheduling these days. They have hired back all of the laid-off teachers to assist with peak. What has happened as a result is that I am getting only the first hour of my availability, but not the other 2 (I normally teach 7-10 every night, but am only getting 7-8). As a result, I am having to add the 6 pm shift to my schedule, and try to add other hours as they come up. Last night, I taught 6-8 and 9-10. I hate having splits like that because it kind of ruins my momentum and I am exhausted for that last hour.

Next week, I teach at 6 PM every night. The downside of this is that Andy will literally walk in the door and I will have to go teach. I'll have dinner ready for him and the kids, and he'll feed the kids. I have to take advantage of this because late in the Spring, hours will fall off until Fall. What's the phrase? Make hay while the sun shines.

Speaking of which, Andy and I are really starting to realize how bright Michael is. I mean, we knew it, but he is putting together concepts without us talking about it. For example, this morning, I was telling the boys that much of the snow was going to melt today (40 degrees, lots of rain, YUCK!). He said to me, "Mom, then the sun will come out, and it will get warmer and the leaves will grow on the trees." Now, I know that isn't quite right in that we are in the North and we have a lot of winter still ahead, but I don't think that at 4 my older boys realized these things. I remember having to point out the seasons to them. He just kind of figures things out. I wish I could get in the brain of his!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! The boys are at swim lessons right now, and I am going to take advantage of them being gone and the baby sleeping to pick up around here...After all, I need to make hay while the sun shines!


Jamie Jo said...

This week will be hard for you, it always seems so rushed when I need to have supper ready to leave right away for something, like I'm making it by the seat of my pants...does that make sense? (I think that's the saying) Laughed at the hay saying...cute!

I wish we'd get warm weather and boom, green trees!!! Wow!40 degrees? We are around 34, pretty close I guess, but it's a icy mess on the roads here! It is rain-snowing right now.

Nancy said...

You are an amazing woman! I've often wondered how you handle 3 boys and a baby....plus working. Especially when you sometimes begin your work...right at the time I usually collapse! You inspire me in many, many ways! Please tell me where you get your energy!!! Send some my way, would ya???

Holly Rutchik said...

oh, I feel as though we are kindered spirits these days. What a double-edged blade the work from home mommy is. On the one hand, we are at home with our kids and not paying a sitter. On the other, working is stressful no matter where it takes place. I continue to pray your hours fall where you want them, and where they are best for your family!
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for the prayers. I am sending them your way as well!

Gramma 2 Many said...

Therese, I have thought that about the train. If so it would have to be on the way back as I am arriving just in time for the rally. Have also been wondering how close I will be to Karin. Am hoping all comes together for us. Thinking your boys would really like Jesse too. I think he is a bit older than your boys though isn't he?
In God's will it will happen.
Love ya, and hoping this will all come together:)