I woke up today feeling tired and grumpy, even though I got a good amount of sleep. The kids were being crazy this morning, like picking at each other instead of eating their breakfast and just getting on my nerves by one not letting the other in the bathroom to brush their teeth. Once they were off to school, I did my usual morning routine of emptying the dishwasher, washing the dishes, starting laundry, cleaning the cat box and whatever else needs to be done.
After being back on track all day Monday, I decided today would be another good day. I ate on the lower end of my calories since I had so many extra over the weekend. In the morning, Jeff put on episodes of Big Bang Theory which we watched for a while. It was nice to relax for a little bit with him. Normally I don't allow myself to just sit around and watch tv during the day when the kids are at school because I feel like I need to stay busy. Jeff tells me I need to chill out more. I don't know why that is so hard for me to do.
In the afternoon he went out to the store to pick up some vitamins for the kids and I did the next Jillian workout. I showered and by that time the kids were coming home from school. We got homework done and the kids decided they wanted to play outside, which they do whenever the weather is nice. .
My son came running into the house and said, "Mom! There is a turtle in the yard!" It's not unusual for us to find many different critters in our yard. We see rabbits, chipmunks, tons of different birds, snakes, frogs, toads, turtles, and the occasional deer. A bear and foxes have also been spotted in our neighborhood. I figured it was probably an eastern box turtle, and I was right.
The kids were so upset I wouldn't let them keep the turtle. I tried explaining that he is part of nature and we're not supposed to by law (the numbers of them in the wild are declining). The best thing we can do for turtles, and other wildlife, is to keep our yards as natural as possible without using a lot of chemicals, plant shrubs and native plants and trees, and just be watchful so we don't run them over with lawnmowers and stuff like that. If you ever see a turtle crossing the road, move the turtle to the side of the road he was headed for. We learned that in a class at the nature center.
This evening I babysat my neighbor's 5 children, and that went well. The kids were all really good, and it was only a couple hours. Jeff had to work this evening, so I think I did well considering I had 7 children from the ages of 1.5 to 12 in the house at one time. :) Whenever we have other kids over, my own kids always behave better because they aren't fighting with each other. They went to bed easily after I read to them. I think they were worn out from running around outside so much today and playing with the other kiddos. Overall it was a pleasant evening. Often when I have a bad evening, it makes me want to eat after the kids are in bed.
Tomorrow Jeff and I are volunteering in our daughter's Kindergarten class. It's teacher appreciation week and we are going to take the kids back to the classroom after lunch and read to them so that the teacher can have a longer lunch. Hopefully that will go well.