It has been SO long since I've posted on here. Things have been nuts. The good news is that maybe things will slowly start to settle down now that I have acknowledged the nuttiness. But there are no guarantees!
I noticed over a month ago that the Chief has not been himself for a long time. He so anxious about everything and it affects everything, even things that he should enjoy. He gets so worked up over things that he gets into a panic. So if he wants to play with his friends, in his mind ahead of time he starts making a plan so that he can have the optimum amount of fun. Of course, when he gets together with them, things don't work out the way they played out in his head. So he panics instead of enjoying things as they happen. When we go in the car, he gets so worked up over going "somewhere fun" that even when we do go somewhere fun, he can't enjoy it because he's exhausted himself worrying over it.
|A moment of Spring|
Another thing we'll be doing: an Adventure Box. I'm not sure who first came up with this idea, but I heard of it from Heather W over at Blog She Wrote. The Chief is fascinated with early New England life, especially with industry and mills. So his adventure box is full of goodies we got from places like Old Sturbridge Village: different crafts and books and projects, a fife, and cut out models to make of early New England buildings. This will be taken out during "exploration time" (which might be renamed "adventure time") after lunch. We'll also be doing some more field trips pertaining to this adventure, to places like Lowell, Ma, and Pawtucket, RI to see old mills. There is so much stuff around here, I'm sure we could do even a field trip every week and still not run out of things to see pertaining to textiles and early America.
|Spinning wheel at Old Sturbridge Village|
One more thing I am trying: during the day, I will be focusing more on "home" stuff, and less on writing stuff. Then, at night after the Chief is in bed, I will do my writing. I'm sure on the weekends, too, when my husband is home, I'll be able to have time as well. I find that I am not very productive during the day on my stories anyway, and it just leads to frustration. I can write more in a half hour at night than I can in two hours during the day. The only sacrifice will be movie time with my husband, but I will figure out a way to have that a couple times a week, too.
Hopefully, I will be updating the blog weekly (I would say twice a week, but we all know how that works...). Next week we will be "rowing" the book The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer, which has been one of the Chief's favorites since he was a toddler!