Sadly, Santa didn’t leave me any Xanax

28 Dec

So Christmas is over (huge sigh of relief). We got through the day with no tears, which was fantastic. The days leading up to Christmas were pretty difficult. I had a couple of days there that I could hardly even get out of bed. I just felt so completely done with everything. I think it was a mix of the stress of moving, being a little homesick, Christmastime, our house not being finished, the whole mess of everything just kind of fell down on me. Christmas day though, we decided there’d been enough wallowing time, and we went to go see some of Chris’ family that I’d never met before. They were so wonderful, saying all kinds of wonderful things like, baby, that dawg bit the fool out of me!, and well, he was just fussin and fussin at me, but I didn’t pay him no nevermind, or well ain’t you just the prettiest thang. I really love Southern accents, and his family his very, very Southern. They were just so kind and welcoming, and just so much better than I thought they’d be. Like his Aunt, who is the one who said that the dog bit the fool out of her, is so sweet. She said to me and the kids, y’all just call me MeMaw. Which is awesome, because 1. I’ve never had a MeMaw, and 2. MeMaw is an awesome name.

So in the post-Christmas haze, we’re attempting to get back to normal. I’ve decided that I’m not going to be depressed, and I’m not going to be lonely. I’m certainly not going to be bored, the kids are making sure of that. They’ve been fighting. A lot. Like constantly. I feel like I’ve been anointed the new warden of asylum. Like this morning, they were fighting because Kat was making thank you cards, David was playing his Playstation. Kat asked David how many presents her uncle got her (so she could make sure to include them all in her note). He said 2, she thought it was 3. They started screaming at each other about it. Or like last night, they were playing Battleship. Kat told David that she wanted him to tell her again all of the numbers he’d already called so she could mark them down (or some such thing), David said no, Kat said yes, and they nearly came to blows about it. I don’t know if it’s too much candy, not enough sleep, Christmas, or a combination of all three, but those two have lost their damn mind. And I’m not too far behind.

I find myself missing the time when I have too much to do before they get home from school, or the blissful quiet that settles over the house as they leave for the bus stop in the morning, having a cup coffee in the morning without anyone nagging at me, the mundane tasks that I do during the day…when I’m COMPLETELY ALONE. Incidentally, there are 8 more days until they go back to school, I hope. This morning, my dreams of peace and solitude were shattered. See, the state of Georgia says that the kids need some special form filled out by their doctor, verifying that they’ve had all their shots, etc. It can’t be a Maine shot record, it has to be a Georgia shot record. So they don’t need shots, just to have a Georgia doctor say that they had their shots in Maine. Confused yet? Me too. Anyway, this has to be done within 30 days of when the kids start school, so their appointments are this week. When their new pediatrician called to verify the insurance information, they told me that the number I gave them is inactive, essentially they have no insurance. When Chris transferred down here, apparently, his insurance didn’t. There was some crap about how this center uses a different carrier, I don’t know, I glazed over at the thought of another week of the kids bickering. Well, anyway, the lady is all, let’s just reschedule so your husband’s work can get this all settled. I was like, NO! The school says if this isn’t done by January 5, they can’t go back to school! She was like, ma’am, if there’s no insurance on file, you’ll have to pay cash. I was like, fine, I don’t care. I’ll pay cash. She was all, well…it’s going to be at least $250 per child, you may end paying well over $500 for this. A small price to pay for my sanity.

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