Here's how this happens for me:
- I stay up too late trying to play catch up (my favorite game!)
- I sleep an hour too late in the morn.
- I don't have time to shower or make my own breakfast (this makes me crabby).
- I don't have time to listen to God speak to me in His Word - I can barely read through the blurry eyes.
- I am snappy at dh and kids since I already feel 'behind' (not to mention my grumbly tummy, lack-of-caffeine headache, and pajamas)
- One little lesson after another gets skipped as I scramble to get a few more things done (that I could have done with the extra hour I slept through!).
- Kids pick up on my body language and start picking at each other.
- By 11:00am nothing much is done and I still have to load everyone up for the appointment du jour!
This week started with the sprain and included a haircut for a screaming 2-year old (anxiety issues recently), 2 dr appointments and a visit from old friends. When you add 2-day preschool for Reagan, dance class, snow and food prep, I knew that this week wasn't going to be fruitful for school. Notice no grocery trip - I just couldn't do it!
As much as I like getting things checked off, I will say that at least we got 3 math lessons and a couple of spelling lessons in, along with lots of reading. I didn't work with Reagan on her phonics, due to all the behavioral issues we are having with she and her little brother. It has truly been an emotional week, even without school, due mostly to Reagan and Adam's behavior and my sleepiness (rather than actual busyness). I would explain further, but my head is cloudy even now. The weekend offers no rest - only lots of food prep so that the kids are able to attend a birthday party, and enjoy another social visit.
I am hoping that next week my foot (as well as Jefferson's) will not slow me down (who knew having a few warts removed could hurt so stinkin' much!) and that Adam will not be so clingy and irritable. I am trying to keep my perspective - when Jefferson is 18, he will not be held back by missing a week of 1st grade! It just goes against every grain of my list-checking, schedule-adhering personality to let life get in the way of our schooling.
But remembering priorities should help this next week:
- Go to bed 1-2 hours earlier EVERY night.
- Get up earlier (so I can shower, eat, and have some quiet time).
- Concentrate on God's Word - spend more time in prayer each morning.
- Focus on the children - not the checklist, appointments, lessons or other busyness. Behavior is usually a symptom which needs time, attention, and love. This is more important than phonics!