I have to laugh when I think that I had 4 kids 7 and under at that point--and now, 11 years later, I still have 4 kids 7 and under--plus 6 older ones. Ay yi yi. I didn't even have an inkling about what being busy really was! Sure I dealt with messes, and it was hard to homeschool with toddlers around. But they all went to bed around 8:00, and then I was done. I wasn't staying up for hours trying to dredge my memory for how to use the chi square test to check results of a fruit fly genetic experiment or making up Latin practice sentences using 3rd conjugation verbs (present tense only!) plus selected prepositions and nouns from the vocab lists. I didn't have to write exams and practice worksheets or search around the internet for alternative labs since I can't get the supplies for many AP labs as written. Compared to now, there was no mental strain, and I know I got more sleep and exercise than I do now! I never really dreamed that any stage could be harder than the toddler stage, but it turns out the "high schoolers plus toddlers" stage is 1000x more exhausting.
I'm so glad I started blogging. It has always mainly been to keep in touch with family and friends, especially in the "pre-Facebook" world (remember that dim, dark epoch of time?). I didn't realize that a few short years after I started blogging I would become way too busy to keep up with scrapbooking, and this blog has become a scrapbook, especially once I figured out how to post pictures (and got a digital camera in 2006, which was the first step--we are not early adopters of new technology, LOL). It's really fun for me to look back and reread old posts from way back when. I only regret now not having enough time to blog, so a lot of the fun little day-to-day things are getting forgotten. Poor Drew is only going to be remembered for his "Autumn of Accidents", LOL. I need to do another month of everyday blogging, like I did in October 2013. Maybe when things get easier . . . haha! I crack myself up! It is somewhat encouraging to think that in 11 more years, I should NOT have 4 kids 7 and under. It is incredibly weird, however, to think that I could potentially be a grandma by then. Well, I'll keep on blogging, and we'll see where we are then!