Friday, October 3, 2008


6:45 ::Wake up. Try to go back to sleep.

7:00 ::Not going back to sleep. Get up. Make bed. Take Ibuprofen. Check email.

7:15 ::Shower.

7:45 ::The boys are still asleep. They must have really gotten worn out yesterday! I read my Bible for a little while.

8:00 ::Turn on lights. Open up curtains. It is dark and wet outside.

8:16 ::Leif and Levi wake up. I send Levi to empty the dishwasher. (He moans and complains and falls over and starts coughing and tells me he is sick. I tell him he can go back to his bed and stay there or empty the dishwasher. If he complains he can empty the dishwasher and then go to bed.) Leif is wet, and I put him in the bathtub. I decide that my dry erase calander board needs to be changed to October. I make breakfast.

9:00 ::Pancakes are ready. Luke is still asleep (what?!) and Levi is still emptying the dishwasher. Leif and I eat pancakes and OJ.

9:10 ::Luke comes sleepily out of the bedroom. Levi is finally done with his chore. They sit down and have pancakes. I decide to read some poems while they eat. I get one line read and Leif's finger (the smashed one) is bleeding and he must have a bandaid. I get that taken care of and one more line of poetry read. Levi and Luke both ask for more pancakes. I get them served up and finish a couple poems over Leif's racket.

9:30 ::The boys get dressed. Levi heads to the couch with a book, Leif and Luke upstairs to play (after Luke begs to do school, and I tell him we can if he plays first. Grin.) I clean up the kitchen and finish getting makeup on my face.

10:00 ::The boys are playing nicely, so I make a couple phone calls and pay a few bills. I make an appointment with the chiropractor for Monday.

11:00 :: Corral the boys on the couch and read about Sparta, Athens, and Persia. Set Levi at the kitchen table to do his history copywork. He has to go to the bathroom. He always has to go to the bathroom when there are chores, handwriting, and math to do.
12:00 ::Feed Leif leftover taco meat, cherry tomatoes, yogurt, and cranberries. Pour myself a Dr. Pepper (it actually sounds good today!) and eat leftover pizza. Give the other two boys a big chunk of cheese and a pile of baby spinach leaves. Make chocolate chip cookies! (Someone please tell me you have lunches like this occasionally, at least!!)
12:45 ::The kitchen is a mess. Again. But the cookies sure are delicious. I made them with half whole wheat, organic sugar, wheat germ, and cranberries so that I could pretend they were healthy... A load of laundry in the washer. (Levi finally finishes his copywork when I tell him he doesn't get a cookie until it is done.)

1:00 :: I chat with my best friend on the phone while the boys play.

1:30 ::I'm ready for a nap. Lie down on couch for a few minutes. Get up and waste time. Try to pick up a book to read. Make it through a paragraph or two. Wander aimlessly.

2:30 ::Laundry. Change stinky diaper. Cringe at the mess in the schoolroom and bathroom. Try to ignore it. Avoid going upstairs to see the mess they've made in the playroom. Various body parts are hurting. Sit down with Levi at the piano for practice time. Put Levi at the kitchen table with a math worksheet. Levi draws pictures on his addition worksheet and Luke and Leif fight while I throw the dishes in the dishwasher.

3:00 ::I stand over Levi so that he will finish his math paper. Luke is on the couch reading an art book. I put on a Little Einsteins show for Leif and get out a drawing project with Levi in the kitchen. Poppy arrives with Ilex. He watches a couple minutes of Einsteins with Leif while Ilex takes over the drawing project with Levi.

Ilex draws with Levi, reads to the boys, oversees the mayhem, and then heads upstairs to help the boys pick up the toys in the playroom. I have no idea what I do.

5:30 ::Start on spaghetti for dinner. I am suddenly really, really tired. Really tired.

6:00 ::Feed all the kids. (Sneak some spaghetti for myself.) Poppy comes to pick up Ilex. Russ comes home and eats.
6:45 ::I am sooo tired. Look at the kitchen sink and wonder if I should just leave it. Decide that it will only take me a minute if I get right to it. Yep. Only takes a couple minutes.

7:00 ::I put away laundry, sneak in a grammar lesson with Levi, and get the boys in their jammies while Russ gets suckered in by a phone salesman.
8:00 ::Boys snuggle with daddy, then head to bed, which is where I'm going as soon as I post this....
I'm so glad tomorrow is Saturday.


Shell in your Pocket said...

I love reading your makes me feel better! That spaghetti looks very good!
-Sandy Toes

{marie} said...

heidi....maybe you should go and get your thyroid tested. i had a lot of the same symptoms about 15 years ago and was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism....check it out online and see if it sounds familiar. i've been worrying about you......

Elise said...

Another exhausting day for you Heidi. Thankfully the weekend is near and I hope you have plans for some R&R.

I agree with the previous comment about perhaps getting your thyroid checked if that has not already been done.

Thinking of you.


Heidi said...

Thanks for the concern, ladies. I believe that is one of the tests they are doing with the blood they took at the Dr's office, but they haven't called back with the results. I guess I'll be waiting until Monday....

I appreciate all of the kind comments I've received the last few days. You all are the best. :)

Unknown said...

Hi, I have not commented before, but follow your blog every now and again. I was just wondering if your Dr. had talked about a fibromyalgia or chronic pain diagnosis. I didn't go back and read every symptom you have had, so I may be way off here, but reading over the past few days it sounds quite similar to me and my sister (who has been diagnosed with FM, I have not). I hope you get some answers soon.
I finally realized that we must be neighbors (of some sort) after recognizing all of places you have been. Actually I live around the corner from the "shope" and miss it! :)

Aja Jenise said...

Oh Heidi my lovey! I hope your okay!! Makes me wanna come out and spend a day with you playing with our cameras... Or just read to you maybe. Yes I think we each have a lunch like this more often than not... so dont fret. I love hearing about your day... its nice to know we all have hectic circles to run around ourselves while schooling the kids... or are they schooling us... hmmm? Well I am thinking and praying for your missy! Enjoy your weekend!


Jennefer said...

Oh Heidi! I am so sorry that you are still sick. I was last here a few days ago and now to come back and read all the posts I missed...well I am sad and tired for you.

Praying for some favorable results from your tests and x-rays and a quic and easy fix.


Renee said...

So sorry to hear you have not felt well. It is so very, very hard to continue with life as usual when you feel so awful! I am praying that your dr finds the problem and that it will be very easy to treat. I hope you feel back to normal soon! Even during a rough week, your family looks so precious. Those boys are adorable!

Lora @ my blessed life said...

I hope you got a good night's rest! And I love your pancake griddle--gotta get one of those!

Elise said...

Hi Heidi

Just dropping by to say that I am thinking of you over this weekend and hope that you are getting a chance to take some time out just for you.

Sending lots of love

Heidi said...

We were out for the evening on Saturday, and I came home to your uplifting comments, ladies. You have no idea what they mean to me and how much you are appreciated!! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

April said...

Is it creepy that I like to go back and read your older posts? Your blog was the first blog that introduced me to the "world of blogging" and inspired me to create my own-- I found you through Amazon back in early 2009. I like to go back and see what your days were like when your kids were the ages of mine. It's very encouraging to know that we have/had similar days: lessons snuck in at 7pm, days that start with ibuprofen, wandering around aimlessly while the kids' nap, non-traditional lunches that get the job done, Little Einsteins, and an oldest that all of a sudden doesn't feel up to par when there's work to be done. Mm-hmm, sounds very familiar. So don't be weirded out if I comment from time to time from the archives,--I'm glad these posts are here. You do a lot of good with your blog, inspiring and encouraging hundreds of other moms.