In the 6 years since I started blogging this is the first time I have gone a whole week without posting. Not even when I had dental surgery the day after my grandmother passed away. That should tell you how crazy it’s been here.
Just a few days after I got home from Salt Lake City I flew to Chicago to go to the 2:1 Conference where I was also a speaker. That meant I needed to figure out what I was going to talk about in my session plus fill a load of Shop24 orders before I left. So I had one of my kids make my Power Point and another one finish filling the etsy orders. You say sweatshop; I say survival.
Somehow I made it to Chicago in mostly one piece and the conference was great. Those are my people. Homeschool, Christian bloggers (not to mention my peeps from Hip Homeschool Moms!). The sessions covered everything from building your blog as a business to understanding when to get off line and live your life. Hallelujah for a conference with a conscience!
If you are following me on Instagram then you know that I spent Monday attempting to see all of Chicago in one day. I was alone, which made it easier to just run from one place to the next without worrying about another person. Normally I would have missed having someone to talk to, but since I had spent the past 2 weekends surrounded by hundreds of friends, I kind of enjoyed the quiet. I saw so many places that I am seriously considering writing a pamphlet showing how I did it.
My first tip: Lose weight and start exercising. ‘Cuz no way I could have done that a year ago. I would have worn out too quickly and had to stop. I am not exaggerating when I say I think I climbed at least 1,000 steps. That alone would have put me into some kind of medical crisis before I started getting healthy. I did get tired, but not as much as you would think.
Once I got home I had to pull out the Energizer Bunny suit and keep on going because it was one of the boys’ birthday and that couldn’t be missed. I headed to the city with him and a couple of the other kids (they get to invite 2 siblings to join them on their b-day outing). Unfortunately he wanted to see Captain America, which is my third time to watch that movie. Once to preview it for the kids, again when my husband wanted to go together and now this. I don’t even care for super hero movies, so I mostly ran in and out bringing drinks and snacks to the three kids. I will do pretty much anything to avoid seeing people fighting. And car chases….they make me so upset that I get sick to my stomach. I sit there worrying about the people whose cars get crashed in the chase and if they have insurance or small children in the car.
James tries to explain to me that they aren’t real people’s cars and it’s all pretend. But I say that if I am supposed to believe those guys are flying through the air fighting to save the world then why am I not supposed to believe someone needs that car they just smashed to pieces? Clearly I should stick with chick flicks and cartoons.
I am gonna spend the next few days unpacking and snuggling anyone who walks past. I missed these people. I also have big plans to clean up the house the way only a mamma can do. They kept it pretty neat while I was gone, but I have a need to scrub some walls and vacuum under furniture.
Then, just maybe, I will rest. But I can’t make any promises.
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