Friday, January 4, 2008

All Work & No Play Makes Rachael A Dull Girl

...and not much to blog about. "Christmas Vacation!?" call THIS a vacation?? Since my last blog, I've either been working (at my part-time nursing job) or with family for the holidays. Actually I'm supposed to be working night shifts (11:30pm - 7:30am) tonight and tomorrow. Except my youngest has a fever and was screaming his head off when I was calling in to work for family sickness. Hopefully it is just a 24 hour thing and he will be over it quickly and nobody else gets sick. I hate how things often cycle through all members of the family (sometimes more than once even!)
Let's see...Christmas day my family (moi, DH, and 3 kids) spent the day at my mom & her husband's place. Dec 26 & 27 both DH and I worked day shifts and my mom babysat the kids at her place. Dec 28, hubby worked and I packed everything that we needed to take for the weekend as well as Christmas presents and food. And when DH came home, we piled in the van for a 1 1/2 hour drive into the country to DH's family's house where we celebrated Christmas with them. Cliff's (DH's) brother & wife have 2 kids and so all 5 of our kids had lots of fun regardless of the holiday. For lunch we had a wiener and marshmallow roast in the backyard. Then the kids went sliding on the huge snow hill in their yard, next ice-skating on their home-made ice rink, and then rides on the four wheeler. Needless to say, they had lots of fresh air and fun. Then inside to warm up, open gifts and have another Chistmas dinner. We came home on the 30th and on the 31st, Cliff's parents arrived at our house to babysit that evening as both DH & I worked evening shifts. So that is how we rang in the New Year. We have a great view of the river from where we work and so were able to see the fireworks from work. It would have been right around 12 o'clock midnight AKA 2008 as we arrived home and got ready to collapse into bed. January 1st, for 4 years now, Cliff's mother's side of the family always gets together for a New Year's lunch. That is often when we get to see and talk to people we don't see for the rest of the year. And while all the adults are talking, the kids (cousins) are playing. January 2 & 3, I worked day shifts and then January 4 (that would be tonight) and January 5 (tomorrow night), I'm scheduled to work night shifts. However as said earlier, I had to call in family sick for tonight. I don't usually work this much and am just picking up as many shifts as I can now while the kids are out of school as I'm planning on going on a trip to New Zealand this June and would really like to be able to go out to NB later this summer for a visit (just me). So since I'm already spending money I don't really have, thought I should start making some money to put away.

I was just reading what I've wrote so far and boy, do I ever have a bad case of verbal diarrhea. Not much interesting to write about. Hopefully I'll get some pics downloaded and post some soon.


BJ said...

So many people ask me how I do it -homeschooling with five kids, home all day, etc....I'm telling you! I do NOT envy you and having to throw work in the mix. You handle it well! Thanks for the update (even though technically I knew it all anyway :) )

Rachael said...

I know, but you asked for an update and this is the best I could offer...for now. I realized you knew most of this and that is what makes it so hard right now is that knowing the only person (usually) who is going to read this is you(BJ).