The Gonzalez Family Herald

Headlines and commentary from a Northern California family of seven.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Who, what, when???

Anyone get the number of that train that just hit us? Sometimes life happens so fast that after a spell here and there, you have to look back and check out what you just experienced. So is the case for me this week.

A couple of weeks ago I had to alter my shift at work. Not a major undertaking, but given the timing of the change it had a significant impact on. Now this change is only a two week stint to help out my supervisor who is on vacation. But it came at a time when another coworker was having a family emergency AND I was doing overtime AND my daughter was swimming in the league championships.

So I have been up at about 4:00 AM to get to work by 5:30. I work until 4:00 PM and call it a day. No big thing. Except that 4:00 AM issue. Man that is early. It makes me exhausted just writing about it. Needless to say, I have been T-I-R-E-D. But yesterday was the last day of that schedule and next week it is back to normal.

In the midst of this exhausting last few weeks I have also noticed that my four year old is becoming an insanely good reader. My wife has taught all of our kids how to read. As homeschoolers there is a certain amount of instructional basics that we need to cover before we can get deeper into the teaching we want to give our kids. But I have got to say that few people in this world have the ability to teach reading and writing like my wife. All of our kids have been exceptional readers before their fifth birthdays. We have a nine year old that eats through books. I mean she will get a 200 page young reader novel and have it finished the next day. My eight year old is the same way. We have a large collection of Previously Read Books that my children have owned for a few days.

Which brings me to next realization... my wife is an exceptional woman. Not only is she a "household engineer" (I can't stand stay-at-home mom or homemaker, so bear with this), but she is a great mother, an awesome teacher, a wonderful wife and a generous person. On top of all this, she homeschools three school-age while tending to two other less than school-age children. Is that outrageous or what? She doesn't give herself the credit she deserves - partly because she is also very humble, partly because she doesn't have time to - but she is such an inspiring woman.

Another thing about my wife... even with as much stuff as she has going on in her life she still finds time to take care of a baby. Our son has graduated to size 3 diapers. This comes a day after his six week birthday. This also comes from 100% breast milk, as have all of our kids. Yes, you heard it here first ladies and gentlemen, on top of everything else, my wife nurses our babies. Man, I need to stop before this becomes an infomercial and I start getting phone order for a new wife.

My kids have also shown me how awesome they are during the last few weeks. Mind you they are nine, eight, four, two and brand new, and they will frequently remind you of this by their behavior, but the three older kids have definitely taken on a much more mature position around the house lately. They are becoming more responsible, more considerate and more mature. Now if we could just get through that peaceful sibling coexistence issue...

I have a ton of pictures that I want to share. I will be posting them in a little bit as time allows. Right now the house is in a bit of a hush because mom and the baby are sleeping. But when next I write I will give the old college try to get some photos up here for you to see. Until then, never let a baby boy lay on the changing table with his diaper off or you may be forced to perform an emergency shampoo on your hairdo.

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