Well, I finally went to the doctors after coughing and wheezing for almost 3 weeks. I've got bronchitis, causing temporary asthma. Apparently my lungs were running at about 75%. Not too horrible, but at least I know why I've been so tired! I now have antibiotics and an inhaler, so hopefully I'll start feeling better soon.
Mum got through her cataract surgery fine, Mom Shinner is recovering slowly from her knee surgery, and Grandma Tina's house looks like it will be sold, so Dad and Mom Green are on standby for heading back up to Canada. It's been a busy time for the parents!
I've really been out of sorts today. Church (my part in the nursery) seemed chaotic, the lunch at Dellinger Park afterwards was nice, but I totally crashed when we got home. Thankfully Todd took J shopping so I could nap with N. I still woke up 1 1/2 hours later wishing I could keep sleeping. I'm still coughing and I'm really wishing I could be over it.
Now I need to go have a tidy up and be ready for our school time tomorrow. I have a schedule all written out...let's see how close I can stick to it!
Today has been a good day, getting just bits and pieces done. Still nice, and finished with a little bit of time working on a couple more of Lana's photos. Tomorrow is another morning at The Well. I'm still trying to organize, and my office needs to take first priority now. Maybe tomorrow...
Today I've managed to get a good bit of school done, and dishes, and worked on a few more photos of Lana. I was working on some skin smoothing techniques and I'm really pleased with how this one turned out. I'm finally learning some new stuff...woohoo!
Today I took advantage of my desire to do something creative. It seems that I have really taken any photos just for the fun of it since I began running the Dgrin challenges. So, I called my friend, Lana, and worked out a deal where she'd pose for me in return for some Halloween costume shots of her daughter. What a deal, eh? Of course, I think she would have worked with me regardless. I was super pleased with how the images turned out. I'll be posting more here over the next few days, but here's one of my favorites.
Other news: We lost a rooster yesterday. We've been having extreme winds and it apparently picked the chicken coop up (a converted dog pen), then dropped it back down right after he stuck his head under it. What a way to go! Hopefully it was quick and painless, but he'd been sick since I'd gotten him and none of my medicating efforts had worked, so I guess it was a blessing. Then, last night, after Hank & Dian had reattached the tarp to the top, the wind decided it didn't like the coop there at all. It picked the whole thing up, turned it upside down and dropped it over the six foot fence and into the backyard. So, here I was, running around at 3am, catching traumatized chickens and throwing them into the old chicken coop (now a garden). Todd and I got a pretty good chuckle out of the whole scenario!
Well, Mum's gone back home and I'd be a liar if I said it didn't make me sad. I truly wish I could pop over to her house with the kids on a weekly basis for a visit, but that's just not our life. Every time we say goodbye there's too much crap that influences how I deal with it. And I'm tired and still coughing pretty hard, which doesn't make me feel too much better. I do recognize, however, that we are very blessed to have been able to have a visit, especially for my birthday. We didn't "do" much, but that made for a good visit and one that gives her a more real slice of our life.
Tomorrow will be better and I'll get back on the ball, but tonight is a time for reflecting.
Well, I did have a lovely day. I wish I'd been feeling better, but oh well. Mum and I did a bit more shopping, she made me a lovely cake, and we had tacos for dinner. Yum! My friend Debbie and her daughter came over, along with Todd's parents, so we had quite a little party. No better way to enjoy a birthday than with family and friends. :)
I can't believe Mum's visit is almost over. Two more days and she'll be headed back home. Baz is missing her terribly, and I know it will likely be a full year before I see them again. It is hard living so far away.
It's been a good visit though. We haven't really done much exciting, but it has been some quality time and conversations. And of course it's so special that she's making my birthday cake! I have been craving a Tres Leches cake, so that's what she's tackling. :) Thirty-nine is not such a daunting number, but I will start thinking of myself as forty in preparation for next year!
Today we went with the Covenant Christian Homeschool group to the Adairsville Pumpkin Patch. It was a ton of fun, although it was a bit on the hot side. Granny arrived safe and sound and is seen here making friends with a bull.
It was a very busy day all in all, as we went to meet Todd for lunch after the fall festivities, then went grocery shopping, dashed home to stash cold goods, then took Jessica to gymnastics. A trip to the library followed before finally arriving home in time to make dinner and get ready for bed - I'm exhausted...and I'm sure Mum is too!
So, I'm kinda liking this blogging thing. It gives me a break for a couple of minutes where I can sort my thoughts and reflect on the happenings of the day.
Todd is now sick with a sinus cold, probably the same thing the girls had last week. We went to the Lynch's without him today for a birthday party and the girls got wore out in two hours flat. I'm hoping that means they'll fall asleep quickly tonight. Tomorrow is another early morning setting up at the Well and running the nursery. I hope to get a little more decluttering done in the afternoon too. We'll see...
We've spent the last week studying flowers. It's been so much fun identifying the different parts of flowers, discovering pollination methods and germination. Me and the girls grabbed the Coolpix and went out to disect a bunch of different blooms and find pollen-carrying bugs and birds.
We also planted kidney beans, a sweet potato and a terrarium, and are watching them grow. J is doing so great with her reading and math too, but science is definitely our most exciting subject!
Mum arrives next week for a visit and I know that will be a ton of fun. We are really looking forward to it!
I enjoyed my day off yesterday. I puttered around, made a roast chicken dinner and homemade ice cream, got some laundry done, did some dishes, but I really had no agenda other than to enjoy the day and my family, and to focus on God. It really was a pleasant day.
J is feeling much better, but N came down with the crud on Saturday night and now has an ear infection to go with it. I'm hoping we all get over this stuff and stay well for Mum's visit in a couple of weeks.
(Photo: 4 of the 100+ Canada Geese that were in our back yard yesterday)
Today was a long day with a birthday party at the mall for one of J's friends. J was still sick, but I was thinking it was a sinus infection and hoping not contagious. Well, after the party, I took the girl's clothes shopping and N went downhill fast. By the time we got home, she was running a temp of 102. Not exactly the best timing as tomorrow is the launch date for our church, and I will be staying at home. I had to call in a couple of favors to get the nursery covered, but I know they'll do a great job. Todd isn't feeling to great either, but I'm hoping he's well enough to go help out tomorrow.
So, I've spent my time since I got home tidying up (house is still a wreck) and getting stuff prepared for the nursery tomorrow. Me? Well, I plan to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. Yeah, I'm actually going to try to rest tomorrow!
So, yesterday was a super busy day. I had reshot the family of six the previous night and spent the whole morning and much of the afternoon post-processing those images. Then I ran J to gymnastics, even though she was extremely tired. We went straight from there over to the Postell's, where I had a meeting with Pastor Andy regarding the church nursery. I can't believe we go to weekly services starting this Sunday! Following that, we had bible study at the Postell's and both girls fell fast asleep on the way home. By that time it was 9pm and as I put Jessica into bed, I realized she felt really hot. Indeed she had a fever and has continued with that and a lot of congestion through today. So...we haven't gotten much school done (again) but I did finally get my kitchen cleaned up, some paperwork taken care of and the bedsheets cleaned. Tomorrow is another day. Maybe I'll be a step closer to getting organized?!?!?
(Photo: N feeding a goat at Hillcrest Apple Orchard)
I am Emily Green - Lover of Christ, Wife, Mother, Homeschooler, Artist, Photographer. I am not the smartest, or the fastest, or the greatest at anything, but I believe in living with passion, purpose and peace. I believe in a God who created the universe and everything in it, and know that it is all far beyond my understanding. And yet, I have been given outlets for creative expression and the ability to pour my thoughts out into the abyss...