So this what Sunday looks like; a day off from work without using vacation time, sick time, or low census. Weird, but very nice to have time with the family.
Today was packed with activity.
We first attended Elizabeth's highschool Jr. Varsity Cheerleading Competition held in Antioch. Her team competed around 9:40 in the morning. Robert and I packed Grace, Isaiah and Elliana into the car around 8:40 am so that we could be in attendance. Elizabeth suggested strongly that we did not have to go, but I am sure glad we did. It was fun. I greatly enjoyed watching their routine, and thought the girls did a great job. I thought Elizabeth did a great job! They placed 7th out of 14 --- I still think its great. (I took video, but cannot post yet, this one photo will have to do)
We hustled out of the competition around 10:05 to make our way to the 10:30 church service. This week, we were a bit more prepared for Isaiah's needs. I feel like it was a successful church morning. Robert, Elliana and Grace attended the service in the sanctuary while I engaged Isaiah in a variety of activities within the church building. A church picture schedule was made by Robert via my suggestions. It helped. Yes, church was a success today because not once did he ask to go out to the car as he has done on every church visit with Robert, and with me last week (mandatory low census last week). It was success because he also did not have a meltdown; he was close but we managed to avoid it. Whew! A few tweaks need to be made; my brain is twisting with ideas to add to his church picture schedule. Maybe, just maybe, he and I should go to a Sunday school class together. If we do, my expectation would not be for him to maintain the entire time, but even if he did for 10-15 minutes, that would be great. Goal for Grace for the next Sunday we attend church? For her to participate in a Sunday school class. Why? I think she will gain more there than sitting in the service mostly because I can not attend to her needs in service like I could with the older children when they were younger. By needs, I mean, keep her focused on the sermon through drawing a picture about one thing she heard the pastor speak of....I am busy with Isaiah, for now. His needs supercede Grace attending service. We think we may have found our home church, maybe. Attending church is one of the most exciting doors opening up for me --- for my family --- as a result of loosing the weekend program at work.
After church, well, I hit the low of wanting to take a nap. Wow! I have not felt that need in a long while. So, yeah, a couple hours was wasted with doing absolutely nothing.
Bike riding we went; Robert and I. My First Winter Ride, finally!!! Only 5+ miles but it sure was nice. I loved it, and felt energized once done. I still feel energized. The weather was good; according to weather.com: 15 degrees, feels like 8 degrees, wind was nothing at WNW 5 mph. I was warm; my "ski" jacket type coat, sweatshirt, leggings, snow pants, facemask hat, and gloves and boots. My hands were the coldest; need to wear warmer gloves. A short ride, but GREAT to get out pedaling. I have missed my bike. So this is what aSunday could look like. I told Robert that we have to ride, even for only 5 miles, every Sunday that I have off from work....exciting.
Nice photo, right! Ha! It would've been nice if Robert told me that my mascara was not staying put. I figured that out myself....thanks dude!
My winter gear; worked out nice, and I have room for more layers as I layered very little and stayed comfortably warm....except my gloves need to be better.
The day is not over....upon coming home from riding our bikes, gone for only about 20 minutes, we learn that Isaiah fell and hurt his head. The story varies for where and how he hit his head. Sigh. I thought those days of head concussions were over as this fun has not visited us in a long while. (I use "fun" in a sarcastic manner). So, yep, the pain and the fussing and then vomiting has started....almost a dozen times, the vomiting. He is currently sleeping, and we decided to forgo his usual night time medications. Am I worried? No, not really, just a twinge humming in the back of my mind. I have been through this with Isaiah far too many times. I know what to expect. I will keep a close assessing eye on him....until I fall asleep, late. I do worry about the hour he will wake tomorrow...for the entire day. I will not be surprised if it is is 5 am or even a bit earlier. (still vomiting, he is. It's been about 2 1/2 hours now. Yes, I write slowly - one hour - with many interruptions)
A side thought that just popped into my head - our cobalt is small. It may have seating for five people, but it doesn't do it very well. I sat in the back with Isaiah as it makes the car ride less torturous with issues. The getting in and out of that back seat was exercise.
Well, time to sign off on this journal entry and maybe read a book, or maybe even watch an episode of Downton Abbey too!
Exciting, it is, to have a Sunday off from work while not even using vacation time, sick time, or low census. Sweet!
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