My Restless Mind

This blog post is going to be an upheaval of random facts to catch you up to speed here a little bit, since I’ve not been updating with photos. Just so you know.

We’ve hit a roadblock with our advent activities – the weekend was busy, and now I’m sick. The kids don’t seem very disappointed, as long as they still get to eat the cheap chocolate in their advent calendars.

Now that I’m done my official 365 project, I’m giving myself grace to not post pictures if I don’t feel like it, and because I’m sick, I don’t feel like it. Part of it’s a cold, and the rest, I don’t know. Could have been a stomach bug thrown in there, or maybe it was just pregnancy related stomach issues, but either way, I’ve not been well. At least sickness has been hitting one person at a time here. Bailey had a nasty cough at the beginning of the month, then Wyatt got croup, now I’m sick, and in Markus’ own words, “I’m snotty, Mommy.” Me too, sweet boy. Me too.

I’m longing and pining for a warm vacation. I always thought I didn’t mind Saskatchewan winters all that much, but I feel like each year they start to wear on me a little more. And sooner. Last year I was tired of winter by February. Now it’s hitting me already. I’m so weary of bundling up the kids when we need to go anywhere, buckling them and their puffy coats into their car seats, unbuckling, trudging through the cold…you get the idea. And now it’s only going to get worse before it gets better, since we’ve got another baby on the way. (Come on, don’t hear me complaining about the baby. This is purely me complaining about the cold. And car seats. And my aching back from hauling kids, and kids in car seats). I’m really starting to understand why people get away to warmer climates for a vacation. If our schedule and bank account were flexible enough, we’d be out of here by the weekend on some last minute deal. Perhaps we need to plan and budget for a real family vacation next winter.

I also wonder if my lack of daily photo has caused me to not see my snowy surroundings in such a poetic and favourable light, as I did last winter.

Also, it should go without saying, but I don’t like winter because it’s cold. Why do people find it enjoyable to be outside in the cold? I don’t understand. Give me my warm house, give me plenty of hot tea, high calorie carbs, and I’m good with hibernating until May. Because let’s be honest, we can’t safely be sure winter is gone until at least May.

My battle with menu planning continues. I’m not winning; however, I would say that I am getting better at winging it without a recipe. So I’ll call that a partial win in the food department.

I don’t think I’ve had the guts to say it in any past posts, but because I’m feeling brazen and nonchalant at the moment, I’m going to talk about it. We’re in the baby stages of homeschooling our kids, and after much, “I can’t do it! I’m not a teacher. This isn’t going to work. I’m not organized enough. I can’t teach grade eleven math, so I won’t be able to teach my kids to read and write either…” I am starting to find a slight groove, and am enjoying it. So are the kids. I’m going through a preschool curriculum with the boys, and they are really enjoying it! My goal was to start with the preschool stuff just to get my feet wet and figure out if and how it was going to work for us. It’s working, and I’m getting more and more brave talking about it. As is evident with me blogging about it.

When I went to see my doctor for a Diclectin Rx, she asked if I had been in for a prenatal checkup yet, to which I responded, “No, I’m actually planning on having a midwife this time.” To which she replied, “Well unfortunately I think you’re a good candidate for that.” She’s funny. I have always appreciated her laid back approach to my pregnancies, but I am so excited for more personal and informed care with my midwife. I had my first appointment with her last month. She’s wonderful. And I have it on good authority from others as well that she’s wonderful – she was my sister’s midwife earlier this year, helping bring my niece into the world, as well as my friend’s baby last year. Speaking of midwives, I am reading an excellent book called Baby Catcher – Chronicles of a modern midwife. If you love a good birth story, you’ll love this book. Some of the stories are about some pretty wacky people, but the beauty and miracle of birth shines through each story.

That’s about all I can think of to unleash off my restless mind at the moment. Thanks for listening.

4 Responses to “My Restless Mind”

  1. Jayna Says:

    Ah I’ve been wondering where all the fun activity photos have been! You definitely take a break. Having sick kids is no fun, and being sick yourself on top of it… yeah. I hear ya about the winter vacation. I think we are going to try to find a sweet deal in February since Levi still flies for free. I don’t enjoy hauling even one child around in the cold, so I know your complaints are legit :)

    What is going on with home schooling?! It’s like every mom I admire is doing it!! Ha ha. Good for you! And don’t be afraid to talk about it. That’s quite a large project to keep hush-hush.

    Thanks for the update Kim, hope you are well soon.

    PS Yeah midwife!

  2. Becky Fehr Says:

    So sorry to hear you are under the weather.

    So I might be one of those nuts who likes to be out this time of year but lets be honest, I also love to snuggle up inside with tea and a book. I used to get so very down every winter and the only solution I found was once the kids where older I got out in it more not to go run errands and visits but to be active like skate, ski and hike. I bought the gear to keep warm no matter what so it doesn’t bug me (haley hanson and other stuff). It is possible to enjoy it. I don’t like the cold (thus the fancy gear) I like the activity.

    So glad things are going well with homeschooling!

    I sure hope the bugs stop coming round your house… mine for that matter too… I have been stuck home with a really nasty cold for days now.

  3. Ashley Says:

    I am so sick of winter too! I totally am with you on not being able to understand how anyone could LIKE being outside in the cold. I am okay with hibernating, but unfortunately, that is not always practical, considering how many errands are necessary for day-to-day life. *sigh* Here’s hoping this winter will be a *little* shorter for us. =(

    Sorry you’re feeling sick. Hope you get better soon!

    That’s exciting about the homeschooling! I hope to be able to do that someday, Lord willing. Glad it’s going well. Of course you can do it! You’re super-mom!

  4. Allie Says:

    Sorry you’re sick :(

    I think you will love having a midwife. They are so great. (As far as I hear, most of them are, anyway!) I had a midwife with my first pregnancy and birth and will never look back – unless I ever need a doctor for a high-risk pregnancy of course.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    And that’s cool about homeschooling! We hope to as well. So I’d love to hear how it goes!

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