Just Some Time

I’m having one of those days today.  One where I’m just a little on edge and quick to be mad.

It all started at work when one of my VPs asked me to change a ton in a report that took me a month to get perfect, so basically everything I did has to be scraped and I have to start again…another month long process.  And it is going to cause there to be some more places where I can make mistakes.  I hate modifying financials…too much room for error.

So, I decided for lunch I would go to the gym to work out my aggression.  I guess it didn’t work.  Or maybe my child not taking a nap just wore me down.

Zach is back to coming home in the middle of the day and I think it is throwing Isaac off as he hasn’t wanted to take naps this week…or as he said today, “I can’t.”  I tried to breathe and not yell at him (yesterday he informed Zach that I “screamed” at him, even though I didn’t).  I knew I needed to do something, when Isaac decided to come down and talk to me and chase the dogs in the middle of a business call.  I managed to get him upstairs for a few minutes.  When my call was over, I took a few deep breathes and asked Isaac to come see me.  He sat on the couch and I explained to him that when I’m talking on “this” phone, he can’t talk to me, or the dogs, or anyone.  I asked him if he understood, he said Yes.  I asked him a few clarifying questions and he answered correctly.

A few minutes later I picked up my work phone and called my Mom.  We talked for a few minutes and Isaac was silently playing.  When I got off the phone he asked immediately who I was talking too.  I called Zach little while later to practice again and again, he said nothing while I was on the phone, but was closely watching me, the second I hung up he wanted to know who I was talking to again.  We will keep practicing for the next few days.  I think he is old enough to understand being quiet at certain times and it will be a lot less stressful for me.

I feel all angry inside, but I think I handled this good.  Now, if I could just get him (Isaac) to understand that playing with water in the office isn’t a good idea…

In other news: we put Isaac on wait-list for a half-day, two day a week Christian preschool for two-year olds.  This type of program is pretty hard to find around here, but is perfect for our situation.  We got a call last week saying a spot opened up, so we went and signed him up.  We meet his teacher in a week and then he starts the next week.  I’ll drop him off in the morning and Zach will pick him up on his way home.  He is super excited to go to school and we are excited for him.

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Sand Dunes

If you know me at all, you’ve probably heard about our yearly trip to the Sand Dunes.  We started going the summer after we got married and we’ve been pretty much every year since (with the exception of the summer after Isaac was born).

We try to get friends and such to come with us and are generally met with, “Why would you want to go there?  No motorized vehicles?  It can’t be fun.”  But the peace and quiet, the secludedness, the calmness, just can’t be beat.  Plus, put an adult in a giant sandbox and they turn into kids, building things, sifting sand, drawing and digging.  It really is a stress-relieving vacation.  Once we’ve convinced someone to join us, they generally do again.

Our trip this year was earlier this month.  We left on a Thursday, a bit later than we normally do, and enjoyed some geocaching along the way.  We drove through a massive storm and finally arrived at our destination 8 hours later (it’s a 4 hour trip).  We setup our tent site and did dinner over the campfire with some friends who were joining us.

The next day, we went in search of the creek, but for the first time in six trips, the creek was all dried up.  It was really pretty sad, I think Isaac and the other little boy would have really enjoyed it.  We spent our afternoon playing cards, making food and just hanging out.  Susie joined us later in the evening with Steve and our party was complete.

On Saturday, we kinda split up.  Our friends wanted to go to Alamosa and we were still in search of water and wanted to go on the “primitive road” that we’ve always avoided.  So Susie and Steve joined us for a bit, then escaped the heat, and Taylor and Emily’s crew went to Alamosa with the plan of maybe meeting up at Zapata Falls.  Somehow, four or more hours later we did arrive at Zapata within minutes of each other.  We had a great time.

Unfortunately, I didn’t drink enough water throughout the day and had a horrible headache when we arrived back at camp.  I drank some water and took a nap, but I never really recovered.  I just got worse and worse as the night grew on (and as I took advil and drank more water).  I ended up sleeping most of the evening and even woke up to throw up at one point.  After that, I felt better and by the next morning I would have never known I felt bad.

On Sunday we had a slow breakfast, pack up, play/hang out session with Susie and Steve and then we headed back to Denver (hitting a few geocaches along the way).  It was a great trip.  We enjoyed the sand, Isaac enjoyed the sand and somehow, even with our longest trip, I didn’t manage to get to everything I wanted…guess that’s why we will go back again next year. 🙂

After our trip, we were going through our photos and Isaac was talking about them.  After a while, I decided to record him.  Below is most of the photos narrated by Isaac.