Finally got the Christmas tree up and decorated:
We quit using tinsel years ago but my mother bought many packages of crystal icicles, and after all the colored ornaments are hung, we "frost" the tree with the icicles.
Now we can finally get the family room vacuumed and straight. Yay!
Spent a long time yesterday helping Michael with a research paper for his history class. We're in the car going to school this morning and he mentions casually that he forgot about another history assignment and it was due Monday, a review of an article about history. AAARGH!!
I assured him he would be doing that assignment today, after school.
I finally said to him the other day, "Do you ever stop and think about that fact that although YOU don't care about your schoolwork, I DO?!?!! When you don't do things and I find out, I worry about the missed assignments and papers and I WORRY."
Thanks for ADDING to the long list of stressors in my life, kid.
I guess that is true of so many teenagers. They have a hard time seeing beyond their own concerns.
Michael has to help me out with a few chores around here, but 95% of his time outside of school is his own, and he can do what he likes.
Most days it's hard for me to find even one hour to just relax.
Lola is forcing me to get up off my butt and walk her, which is good, since I need more exercise, but I am often more tired than usual. Still trying to get used to the increased level of activity.
Last night I was wiped out by 10, and asleep shortly thereafter.
Such is life as a single mom... no matter how stressful, it's better than not being a mom, any day.
I am constantly fascinated by articles about children who have undergone early trauma and the lifelong effects, and this one really hit home: Kids Whose Bond With Mother Was Disrupted Early in Life Show Changes in Brain.
Alesia is far too trusting of people, far too friendly, and it worries me a lot. Continuing to pray and hope she can get past this...