Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Back to Busy!

Tuesday was the first "normal" day we have had since November.  It started with a trip to the ice skating rink at 10:45 a.m. Initially, I was only going to take CJ and his friend since Crystal has been hanging out so much with her best friend, but I just couldn't imagine leaving her home while we went somewhere she COULD go. Plus, she had such a wonderful response when I told her she wasn't going to go. I told her I was taking CJ since he had not had much fun outside of the house in a few months and she just said, "Ok." No whining, complaining, or any show of disappointment, just understanding. Soooo....as we were about to walk out the door, I told her to change into pants and she could come with us. Good thing I did, because she skated much more than the boys did. She wants to go back. CJ on the other hand, is in no rush to ice skate again. I'm glad because he said he wanted an ice skating party and it starts at $170!

After an hour and a half of ice skating, and after Crystal's 3rd fall, we decided to leave. We headed to the grocery store to get something to fix for lunch. Next stop, an ice cream social with one of the unschooling groups I found on Facebook.

It was fun, but it was pretty much all very young children. Crystal met a girl her age, but no luck for CJ. He hung out with me most of the time. The ice cream sundaes were delicious. After the ice cream social, we went to a friend's house and then to end the night, CJ had basketball practice from 8-9 p.m. What a long and eventful day :)

This was pretty much the expression he had on his face the whole time! LOL!


She was in HEAVEN!                                                                                                                   

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Great Start

We had a lot of fun bringing in the new year. Normally, I am sleep and my children wake me 5 minutes before midnight, but this year was different. My mother bought party food and made way more than the 4 of us could eat!

Mario had a party at his apartment in Kentucky. RJ was in Missouri with his basketball team. That left me, my mom, and the younger 2 at home. My mother, Crystal, and I watched movies. First we watched The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, and then we watched Maleficent. Both were good movies, although the Denzel movie had way too much violence for me. I spent most of that movie playing Scrabble on my phone. LOL!

RJ came home the next day and by Friday, we were back to the extensive basketball schedule. He had a game on Friday and on Saturday. Sunday, today, we accomplished a lot. I started off by cleaning my room, but got sidetracked and actually spent the entire day helping the 3 children deep clean and rearrange their bedrooms. Khiry cooked dinner both Saturday and Sunday night. He made Texas chili (with barbecue sauce) and he cooked spaghetti tonight. I'm soooo glad he loves to cook and he is sooooo good at it! (I told him if basketball doesn't work out, he definitely should pursue a culinary career.)

Also, RJ has been going through growing pains (he will be 17 next month!) so we had a long talk about his commitment level to this basketball life. I also explained to him that my dreams come second to my children, because in my opinion, they are starting with clean slates. I've had to let some of my dreams go, and some of the ones I plan to pursue, I'm at a deficit because I will always have to make sure children living at home are ok. I think it was a good talk. I love the relationship I have with my children, even when they drive me insane. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.