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So far, Amelia has been engaged in a war of testing boundaries. I think it's typical for a six-year-old who has had one of her major foundations taken away. It's one of the ways she's showing me she is sad and angry that things are Not Right. We are talking about the right way to show our emotions, and when that fails, she's spending a lot of time in her room thinking about her behavior. Katie is reacting in a much more straightforward manner - with tears and occasional outbursts. I can handle that. We talk and cuddle.

I send them outside to run and play when the weather is nice. When it isn't, I do art projects with them, I read, and sometimes, I just put on a video. I'm tired.

He's working 12 hour days over there, and the time difference is 10.5 hours (I KNOW! Crazy.). We've been Skype-ing, but it's usually during the hours when the kids are at school or asleep. I have hopes that he'll be able to talk to them during the weekend.

Oh! Wednesday, we had a lice scare with Amelia. I NEEDED THAT. It turns out she has dandruff. First time in my life I was thrilled for one of my kids to add on another skin condition. By the time we got into the doctor, I'd already filled up 8 garbage bags full of stuffed animals and clothing to quarantine. If it turned out she did have it, I was going to board the animals, buy the lice killing shampoo, and book a hotel near the beach for the rest of the two weeks Tom was going to be gone. You know, my cup of cope is empty.

I've been booking lots of playdates and doing all of the school events that we can to keep the kids on the go. Busy kids are less whiny about their daddy. Of course, I'm freaking exhausted. The fourteenth cannot get here soon enough.

Date: 2010-03-05 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martina-d.livejournal.com
It sounds like you are doing a good job keeping busy and sane. I hope by the time he gets back, it will have flown by. Don't forget to take care of you! Get a sitter one night and go out by yourself, maybe- it would help recharge your batteries. :)

Date: 2010-03-05 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bouncepogo.livejournal.com
Yes this - the offer still stands for your two to come play Wii and eat pizza with my two anytime you need a breather. :)

Date: 2010-03-06 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
You are awesome. :D

Date: 2010-03-06 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you, sweetie. Trust me, I'm so so done!

Tonight, the kids are going to a Kids Night Out at the local bouncy/gymnastics place. Even though it's 3 hours, it's 3 hours I'm not hauling them around. :)

Date: 2010-03-05 09:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] geobabe1.livejournal.com
Gah, such a long trip, and so far away. I've been feeling kind of raw about Bill having to work such long hours, but at least we get to have him here a little bit. I hope the rest of the time passes quickly without too much more drama.

Date: 2010-03-06 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Oh, trust me - I understand the long hours and how they wear you down. I feel for you.

Date: 2010-03-05 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] knobody.livejournal.com

there's definitely a market for a soundproof, velcro covered room.

Date: 2010-03-06 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
I'd be the first user of the room. :)

Date: 2010-03-05 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com
Told you it wasn't lice. ;)

Date: 2010-03-05 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
It was one of the scenarios! But you had concern in your voice.

Date: 2010-03-06 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] loucheroo.livejournal.com
You are holding up far better than I would. Sounds as though you're doing everything right.... *hug* Not tooo much longer. YOu can do it!
Hope the girls get to talk to Daddy this weekend...

Date: 2010-03-06 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Oh, trust me. I'm muddling by. My temper is a bit shorter than normal.

Date: 2010-03-06 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shlafe.livejournal.com
Oh, man. Good luck. Too bad you can't board the kids and take the pets to the hotel. :)

Date: 2010-03-06 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Tempting. SO tempting.

Date: 2010-03-06 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gratefulbambina.livejournal.com
Oh my that is ALOT on your plate, I hope next week goes by fast for you. I think we'll have nice weather so maybe lots of park days

Date: 2010-03-06 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
I think that's a good plan. This week wasn't really the best for the park - just a touch too cool. I have my fingers crossed for next week.

Date: 2010-03-06 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs--smith.livejournal.com
Just so you know, you are amazing. Hang in there.

Date: 2010-03-06 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you. :) I just feel like I'm barely getting by.


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