Updating my blog the odd time might be a good idea. Just sayin.
Catch up time:
Summer has been incredibly hard on me. I’ve had far more daycare kids than are good for me far too many days. I’ve had super super challenging kids (mostly mine to be honest) and days and enough of them that I am INCREDIBLY burnt out. I had to be realistic with myself and organize my fall so I don’t want to quit work and run away on a daily basis.
So my “niece and nephew” (friends children) are not coming any more in September. Last day is August 31. That freed up a bunch of days and because they were not on a set schedule I would ALWAYS have to leave two afterschool spots open which would really limit the amount of income I made and would make it far far too chaotic with having to go and pick them up every day as well (the kindergartner would not be allowed to walk home with the other kids.) These are the kids that I almost always have until after 6 as well and that makes it FAR too long of a day for me… especially when everyone else is gone by 4:45.
So… that meant I could take a part time kiddo (Seija who is almost 2) instead. She’ll be here Wednesday and Thursday and she goes home by 1pm. And they pay for two days a week full time. Yes. My September looks like this:
(including Phoenix… Maddy has dance EVER day and Liv has dance three days)
Monday: Jacob, Logan, Sofia, Evy
Tuesday: Jacob Logan, Sofia
Thursday: Seija, Sofia, Evy
Friday: Jacob, Logan, Evy
So I only have all five (including Phoenix) on Mondays… and then just him and Seija on Wednesdays. But three days a week (If I still took J and G) I’d be maxed out and I CANNOT do that to myself any freaking more. I just can’t. Working at this pace is killing me 😦 So I do feel guilty that my friend had to find a new daycare but I have to be realistic to myself and realize what I can and cannot do. And I cannot do this any more.
EPIC fail week last week on just so many fronts. I had my heart and spirit crushed by numerous things (one larger than others) throughout the week and by the end of it I was DONE in dogs and going to spay everything in my house and never show my girls again. Then I talked to MY breeder and mentor and felt so much better about life/dogs/myself. *phew*
Right now I am getting ready for the Kamloops dog shows. Bella is the only specials Collie entered. There are three class bitches, two class dogs and then Bella. I’m entering Trinity for practice but not expecting too much. As she will be slow maturing her head planes are off and she appears deep and her eyes are going through lots of changes. She has a KILLER freaking body though and I know that judges will not nitpick her head. And quite frankly… a judge that ONLY judges based on eye and expression ONLY is not a judge I am terribly interested in. I read a fantastic article in a Canadian Dog digest magazine that talked about the dog as a WHOLE package and about breeding true to ALL parts of the standard of your breed (and like it or not! Collies DO have a body as well as a head!!! lol!) Interesting anyways.
So I’m going down on the Thursday and Cher/I will share a hotel. I’ve entered both girls all four days (including the Sagebrush specialty).
Meal planning: this is incredibly horrid but I either DON’T eat at dog shows or eat like crap. It’s impossible to shop/prepare and store food on the road. SO … hopefully the hotel has a mini fridge for Milk, fruit so that’s breakfast (or a continental breaky… which I think it does) and I am taking protein bars for lunches. Dinner will be out each night but I’ll keep it simple. Salads and grilled chicken mostly.
Well one little girl is due to be picked up soon. Should change diapers and get her ready.
Getting ready for the Kamloops dog show.