Oh, Mondays can be rough around here. There is just always so much to catch up from a busy weekend, especially church twice on Sunday and then getting home late after the evening service.
My family was kind enough to help me get an early start on the day today: first, Becky woke me at 4:45am trying to get into our bed. I would have let her but there just wasn't enough room. She was fine with me picking her up and putting her back in her bed, which is right next to ours anyway. As I lay there trying to go back to sleep, my husbands snoring kept me awake. I guess it's more loud breathing than snoring, but I can only sleep when it is silent. I finally
chopped him in the ribs nudged him gently, which made him turn over on his side alright and stop the snoring/noisy breathing, but in the process he woke Anna who then wanted to nurse. As I lay there dozing off while feeding her, I was startled awake by a loud crashing noise from Solomon's room - I am guessing he knocked something (or rather, a whole lot of somethings) off his nightstand. Then the birds outside all started chirping loudly, and it started getting light, so around 6 am I finally dragged myself out of bed. I mean, I did get almost 5 hours of sleep last night, so what is there to complain about?!?
So much to do this week, as usual. As of yet, our vegetable plants are still alive! Yes! I am hoping to get the backyard sprinklers fixed this week (only did the front ones last week), and throw out some grass seed front and back to help kickstart our dead "lawn".
I am also planning to rearrange and redecorate the boys' bedroom. Right now, Isaac and John share a bedroom - they have a bunk bed. Solomon and Miriam also share a room, with Solomon in a loft bed and Miriam in her toddler bed which is still plenty big for her. My plan is to change the setup to where all the boys are in one room, and Miriam and Becky are in the other room. That leaves our bedroom with just us and Anna, and a guest room/office with a spare bed in it for company. Last week, I spoke with a retired carpenter who builds bunkbeds, and ordered an L-shaped triple bunk bed for the new boys' room.
The bed on the bottom is going to be a full rather than twin size, and the loft bed part will be an extended twin size. I am not getting the drawers under the bed, or the chest of drawers, but will put similar furniture that we already have in those places.
The boys are trying to decide on a theme for their new, joint bedroom. Some of their ideas are medieval/castle, undersea, or a rain forest theme. It will be fun to decorate. Please share any tips and ideas you may have for doing this inexpensively.
That will free up room in the other bedroom to move Becky in with Miriam, and decorate their room all girly. I am sure they will want something very pink and frilly. Oh, so much to do, so little time!
Speaking of furniture, I got two beautiful, like-new Crate & Barrel leaning bookshelves for free yesterday! How great is that??!? Love Freecycle!! One shelf is now set up (and already filled) in our living room, the other one is going to be set up in our bedroom, which - you guessed it - I am also rearranging this week at my husband's request. He does not like the placement of the bed in there any more (actually, I don't think he ever DID like it there), so we are just pretty much rearranging the whole room.
The only other pressing chore I have to do this week is getting out the kids' summer clothes, and retiring all the winter ones. Oh joy!!! There are always so many clothes to deal with when there are 8 people involved. Not sure how larger families handle this, it is definitely one area of homemaking I struggle with a lot.
Of course, all this is in addition to the regular, everyday chores such as cooking, teaching, laundry, shopping, etc. I rarely get to sleep more than 6 hours a night any more, which doesn't sound like a lot, but I really feel fine with that. I think taking the right kind of vitamins and supplements, as well as enjoying lots of fresh leafy greens and other produce, greatly helps with my energy (and patience!) levels. There will be lots of time to sleep when the kids are all grown and gone.
Off I go - I'll leave you with a few photos of my sweet little baby. Oh, what a joy she has been every minute that she has been with us! She is just always smiling and happy. We all just gush over her every day. It is so sweet to see her older siblings coo and smile at her throughout the day, because they enjoy her just as much as we parents do. Sometimes I see bitter people and I truly feel sorry for them - there is so much joy in life with little loves like Anna. She makes me smile whenever I look at her. So sweet and perfect - God is so good for blessing us with her!!!
(You can click on the images to enlarge them.)
Anna is a little thumb-sucker... how cute is that?!?
Anna's hair is not really quite as red as the camera makes it look. The curly dark hair is that of my beautiful niece.
I'll share pictures of the other kids tomorrow (hopefully) when I blog more about our April Fool's day. Have a wonderful week everyone!