Monday was a day of highs and lows.
Honeybee and Sunshine helped Dimples do her hair before school.
She left with a smile on her face.
I got her to school nice and early – just the two of us in the car, able to chat a bit while we drove.
Sunshine led the effort to organize our homeschool cabinet (not to be confused with the homeschool bookcase we tackled last week).
Honeybee made my day by deep cleaning the refrigerator!
I worked side-by-side with the girls all day and it was just plain happy.
After unearthing some “how-to” drawing books, Eby and Little Man spent a large portion of the day creating amazing pictures.
Russ and Honeybee had a special lunch date and went shopping for her 13th birthday ring.
She came home beaming!!
The ring is safely hidden away and birthday shopping is done – now we wait until September 9th.
I went alone to pick Dimples up from school in order to hear about her day without distraction.
We went to Back-to-School night at Honeybee’s new school and it was good – although she is very nervous.
The afternoon completely stunk.
I am so disappointed – and I’m sure Dimples is too.
She didn’t like the snack, the music we were listening to, the art books, the dinner Honeybee was making, the fact that Honeybee was cooking and she wasn’t, etc.
The entire mood of the household spiraled down and I’m sure I didn’t handle it with as much grace and patience as I should have.
The language on the mp3 player I bought for Dimples was Japanese and I couldn’t figure out how to change it – making it a bit hard to read the menu. Not to mention, the chapters of the book we had loaded on it were not in sequence, so my big idea was a complete failure – at least for the day. Hopefully one of my sons will take pity on me and fix it tonight.
None of my suggestions for how to fill the hours appealed to her – only movies, computer games, baking a dessert (not possible at the moment) and playing basketball (not a great option given that we have a gravel driveway) were on her list.
Early this morning I drove to Spokane for orthodontist appointments with Ladybug and Sunshine. Nearly two hours of conversation with Ladybug reminded how much I love being a mom and that my life’s work is worthwhile.
I am realizing that my hopes for this transition from respite were not realistic and I need to shift back into super-strategic-therapeutic-mommy-mode. I’m praying that God will help me make a wise plan for Dimples’ afternoons and weekends. On this second day of school, I feel defeated, but I know that I need to grab hold of the year and make a solid plan that will help Dimples, and all of us, find joy in our days.