Wednesday, October 14, 2015
It's a Cruel, Cruel Summer
I've done it again. This post was originally written at the end of July and I'm just now getting around to posting it. I've failed once more...
I blogged about how Hubby was enrolling in the police academy. "It's only for six months," I said. "We can handle anything for six months." Really? Hmmm...this has been harder than I thought. Not only do I have no help with the kids and house, I'm having to do extra things for him because he doesn't have the time. The poor guy gets up at 5:30, works til about 2:00, and comes home to rest for a couple hours. He surely doesn't feel like putting away his laundry or rinsing off his dishes during those precious few moments. He leaves for school around 3:30 or 4:00 and gets home around 10:00. Most weekends are 7:00 or 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Saturday AND Sunday. He's missing church, which I hate, and appointments and meetings are impossible to make. Six months. That's all. We can do it.
Son #1 has gotten in some trouble this summer. Not trouble with the law, thankfully, but trouble with me. The worst part is that he lied to me. He's never been a liar. He's always been honest to me and has confessed when confronted. I can't say that any more. And sadly, I have no trust in him. I don't feel like I can ever believe him again. It's been such a hard thing to deal with. I can't share any of the details, but it's been the most difficult thing I think I've ever been through. And I've done most of it alone. Hubby has been there for me when he can...he's doing his best. Fortunately, with the worst behind us, # 1's attitude has improved and changed and he's becoming the sweet boy he used to be. I haven't seen that kid in a long time. He's more helpful around the house and is caring for his younger siblings. He's actually helping fill Hubby's shoes when it comes to mowing, errands, and regular manly duties like reaching things on high shelves and spider killing.
Sadly, I lost a friend over the whole Son #1 incident. She couldn't keep her mouth shut and spread all kinds of stuff about him. I defended him and confronted her, but she lied to me. She's now posting crap about me on Facebook, which I despise. I HATE DRAMA!!! I've been the bigger person, I've not retaliated, haven't commented on her FB posts, and I just pretend that she's invisible when I see her. It may be the right thing to do, but it sure is hard! I would prefer to punch her right in her gossiping mouth!
Son #2 is just lazy and grouchy. It seems quite normal, for this age, but I'm fighting it as hard as I can.
Big Sis picked up lice from her circle of friends. They all got it. Even three of their moms got it. We've never dealt with lice before and it's excruciating! Fortunately, we caught it early. My SIL realized my niece had it when she was combing her hair for church one night. My niece caught it from her cousin. We have a very nice facility locally that you can go to. You pay them money and they treat your head. It turned out that my niece, nephew, and SIL all had it. They instantly got into the car and drove to that place. After that church service, we decided we probably should go get checked out. Yep. Big Sis had it but Baby Girl did not. That's a miracle in itself since they're so close. I even used the same brush to comb their hair that night! The guy said none of her lice were old enough to leave the head yet. She had 8 baby bugs and 2 "teenagers." Gross, I know. Baby Girl and I were clean.
That's not the worst of it though. It's the house prep that has to be done. Laundry, carpets, bedding, furniture, toys...you name it, I cleaned it. I'm STILL behind on my laundry because of all this. We got our follow-up check last Friday and we checked out lice free. My SIL's family are all good now but her sister still has it. (This is their second round.) Big Sis' friends were supposed to have their follow-ups today and I haven't heard their results yet. I'm so scared we're going to get it again. After paying $200 for her treatment and the home supplies, we can't afford for her to get it again! (OK, whose head is itching right now? Mine is!!!)
Hubby had some drama at work, which is so rare for him. He always keeps his nose clean and never gets involved in workplace drama. His boss believed a disgruntled ex-employee who said Hubby was bashing the company. Fortunately, they got it all sorted out but Hubby had a really hard time getting over it. It turns out, they're not OK with him being in the police academy. They want him there 100% for them. It's made us realize that the plan of him staying there and taking side police jobs may not be for the best any more. He's going to keep his eyes and ears out for a full-time police position.
I'm stressed, the kids are stressed, Hubby is stressed, and it's rained SO much this summer. Finally, we've gotten a break in the rain but are now enduring tremendous heat. At least it finally feels like summer.
So, even though it's been a cruel, cruel summer, I'm trying to make lemonade from lemons. I'm still working to see that glass as half-full and keeping a smile on my face.
Yes, school starts in 3 weeks, but maybe they'll be three glorious, peaceful weeks. One can hope!