Well, it has been too damn long; not sure how long as I haven’t checked the date of my last post, but I just know it’s too long.
The past while has been a bit hellacious; dealing with school, idiot family members we live with, special needs parenting, and the parenting of my mini-me.
To start school; dude, I am 18 weeks away from having my degree and I am unconcievebly thrilled I am this close to being done with my bachelor’s. Yet at this point when I should be so excited and feel so close to all my hopes and dreams (including, having a graduate degree by the time I am 30–which I am right on track for) is when I feel the furthest away.
This segways nicely into the idiots we currently live with. My husband’s Uncle chose to quit his job and do car tint (a job he has never done nor knew how to do) free-lance.
This means he had to buy all the equipment and supplies to tint without guarantee of jobs. Yea, genius. My sister-in-law moved up on the 4th of July; supposedly was going to make my life easier, help with the kids so I could sleep after work (YAY graves) and get homework done.
Yea, not happening. I had exactly 2 conditions to her living with us without concern of her paying us anything. Help with the kids (ya know, actually help) and be enrolled in school. The first being a constant battle, the second she hasn’t even applied to school yet, so yea.
These two on their own would drive me insane; together I feel like I am in a constant state of WTF? moments. My husband and his uncle decided we should move (which I supported), the move took us 30 minutes south of our current jobs (mine and hubby’s) and reduced our bathroom count to 1 instead of 2.
So quick re-cap; uncle “self-employed,” sister-in-law suppose to be secondary care-taker to kids, 30 minutes from work (instead of 5), me working full-time plus school, 6 adults and 2 kids living in a 4 bedroom house with ONE bathroom.
So now that we live in this house, in the same town as my abuser and father live (yea, we are on a fuckin’ role), I have to leave for work prior to hubby getting home. Thus, SIL really needs to be helping with kids which is in no way occurring without pulling teeth.
Nearly a week ago I am leaving for work at 10pm, like normal, knock on SIL’s bedroom door and tell her Lil Miss is still awake is on the couch playing computer games (she was getting a break because she had done really well since Lil Man had been melting down for about 2hours before I had to leave).
I make it out the door, almost to the truck before I hear Lil Miss just screaming and crying (she missed daddy and I was leaving after all). I waited a moment thinking “SIL will get her,” she’s still crying; so I go back inside. SIL had never even opened her damn bedroom door to tell Lil Miss to come lay on her bed; which is all she would have had to do.
Literally my SIL didn’t get up, walk less then 10 feet to console her niece! Furious does not begin to describe my emotion.
Oh and prior to moving into this house (literally 2 days before moving) the Uncle and SIL had done a yard sale, took part of that money and bought fucking concert tickets to Iron Maiden. Yep, you read that right no need to re-read it, promise.
Through this all Hubby and I have had to pay all the bills, and Uncle and SIL still have the audacity to be annoyed and pissy about shit.
Now, because of having to pay all the pills, the finances aren’t in place for me to be able to take my GRE (a $200 test) and apply to grad schools (do you know how much application fees are?! OMG!). So, if I am lucky I can start in 2014; that is if the finances work out by then.
Ok, to the kids; Lil Man is officially 3 (birthday was on Saturday). This birthday had to be the most difficult for us so far; when his sister turned 3 she got a bike and was able to really enjoy her birthday.
He still doesn’t have the balance or coordination to ride a bike, and most of the ride on toys or trikes are only up to 40lbs (which he almost weighs now). He couldn’t care less about birthdays; presents are too over stimulating so we don’t wrap them, just keep them hidden until after cake and give them to him.
Lil Miss is so much like me. She tries her best to interact with Lil Man and make sure he stays out of trouble. She also spends a lot of her time interpreting for Del. I love her and that she is so helpful, but I also know she has to just be a kid; I mean she is only 4.5.
But beyond that, Uncle and SIL want little to do with her. They prefer to hang out with Lil Man; after all, he is still a cute “baby” tantrums and all (which now include severe head-banging). Lil Miss is just me in a small body.
I have taught her she has control over herself and her body. I have suck out doctors that allow her to make decisions during exams (like telling them she doesn’t want to take off her pants), I have worked to allow her to feel free to tell an adult “no” when appropriate (some things are non-negotiable, others are very negotiable).
But, to Uncle and SIL it just looks like she is spoiled; and often hubby and I argue over it. She is strong and I refuse to parent that out of her. She now accepts when I tell her she can’t have something from the store (she may ask me for 8 MILLION things but she accepts no every time, without a fit).
I refuse to teach her she can’t come to me and tell me her wants and needs; I might not always be able to give her what she wants when she wants it but she can ALWAYS tell me anything.
In the end life has been hell, turned upside down, and I still have no idea how I am making it through or what I am going to do from here. Because what I thought my plans were aren’t too promising as of today; which makes me sadder than anyone could ever get.
I wish I could say I would be back, more often and more consistently; but I just can’t. I barely make it through one day without bawling, so yea writing it out would probably be good, but most days I am to fuming to make coherent posts.
I hope to be back, to be more consistent in posting, and to be better at handling things but none of those things are things I can say for certain are going to occur, unfortunately.