Tuesday, May 24, 2011

La Vida Loca

Remember at the beginning of the month when I said I was going to post a photo a day for about 18 days? Boy did I do a great job accomplishing that little project! Those were 18 exciting days, weren't they?!

Ok fine, it was supposed to be 30 days and I kind of suck. I was having so much fun with it at first and then life sort of got away from me the second half of the month. I'm notorious for starting projects and never finishing them. It's a sickness. :)

I was doing really great on my "30 days to a better me" project until all the kids got sick and then they got better just in time for our exchange student to get here and life sort of got a little crazy. I'm getting back on track, I just took a little detour.

Life with our exchange student Michael is going pretty good, but it was an adjustment for the first couple of days. He had a really hard time adjusting to the time change at first and he didn't sleep at all the first night he was here. It was kind of a rough night. He's adjusted better now though and he's sleeping OK.

He gets along well with Josh and Matthew and they're having a good time. It's always an ajustment having someone else living in your family though. It has thrown off our routine a bit, which is an adjustment for me because I'm such a creature of habit. It has taken a few days to get Michael into the routine and to get used to how we function. It's only one more kid in the house but it feels like 50 times more work. Not in a bad way, I'm just really busy and life is more hectic. My kids are more wound up and hyper with a friend in the house and it feels like one big party to them, so getting them to focus and get homework done, practice taekwondo and do the other things that we routinely do around here has been harder. Keeping Michael entertained while trying to keep our schedule on track has been trickier than I thought it would be. He seems to be having a good time though. He's making lots of friends at school from what I can tell. Josh says that he's really good at soccer so all the boys want him to play soccer with him at recess.

One thing I've been amazed about is how well he's adapted to American food. When Melissa was here I had a hard time knowing what to feed her at first because our food was so unfamiliar and different to her. I ended up going to the Korean market and buying her some kimchee and other Korean foods to help get her through. Michael has loved every thing we've fed him and doesn't seem to want Korean food at all. In fact he said he doesn't really like kimchee or spicy food, which boggles my mind. I didn't think there was such thing as a Korean who doesn't like spicy food or kimchee, lol! How does he survive in the land of red pepper paste and kimchee with every meal? I don't know, but he seems to like our bland American food. I'm having no problem keeping him fed!

Today was my first day back at water aerobics. I had to take all last week off because of sick kids and I took yesterday off so I could get Michael settled in at school. I was happy to be back today, I really look forward to going. It's amazing what a stress reliever it is for me. I really should have signed up for the gym a long time ago.

All in all, life is going good these days I'm just really busy and trying to keep up! I may or may not finish out my 30 day photo challenge. The last week has been really crazy and busy and by the time the evening rolls around I'm too tired to come up with something creative. Now that things are settling down a bit with Michael I may have time to get back to it.  We'll see. If not I'll pick it back up after Michael leaves.

For now I'm going to get the kids in bed and then crawl into my own bed and get some much needed sleep. Tomorrow is another busy day!


Lori said...

You never said it was going to be a picture a day for 30 "consecutive" days!

MaMeex5 said...

Saw this on pinterest and thought of you and your photo challenge http://whitepeachphoto.com/2011/05/25/photography_challenge/