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Monday, December 19, 2011

Bad, Bad Weekend

This was the first bad weekend in awhile. Maybe it is because it is Hell trying to keep a 13 year old boy down. He hates sitting still or relaxing and with the broken Xbox, it was 1000 times worse. I know video games get a lot of flack. I hear it all the time: Why aren't they outside? Why is that game so violent? Why is he getting so mad at that football game when it is just a game? I get it and a lot of times I feel the same way but Nico and Tommy aren't kids who play video games for hours at a time. They are usually at practice or shooting hoops outside or throwing a ball around. In this house, video games are what make the difference between compliance with treatments and noncompliance. When you get to play the video game, you don't fight as hard doing it (you do a little but not as much). Without the Xbox, the fight to do it has been terrible. There are tears and pulling out hair (and that is me and pulling out my own). There is the TV but as Nico said, "Playing the Xbox makes the treatment go faster. It takes forever with the TV." Now, I know that isn't true but it is his perception and Tommy hops aboard with it and fights just as hard. We have to send the Xbox away and who knows how long it will be before it comes back. I see a lot more fights in the future. What stinks even more is that Santa is bringing them Xbox games that they aren't going to be able to play so Christmas morning will be like rubbing salt in a wound.

I don't know if Leo read the blog or not but it's funny that after I wrote that post, he fixed the printer and brought my computer to Best Buy. Great news about the works! Not so great news about the computer...they won't do anything and anything they can do will cost a lot of money. Leo is going to bring it into work and get the stuff off my hard drive. I think I'll have to use his work computer for longer than I thought. (D.W....I know this stinks.)

Besides the fun I had at the neighborhood Christmas party, which I only got to go to for two hours (the last two) because Leo insists on going to basketball games to scout, this weekend was full of not feeling okay no matter where I was or what I was doing. Just a lot of stress that wouldn't go away. A lot of worry that sat in my stomach making me feel a little sick. I will tell you that I hate sleepovers even more now than I did before and I really didn't think that was possible (and no, I didn't have one...almost did because my son is that convincing but didn't). Just another way for kids to feel left out. Remember when I told Tommy how I sometimes question God and what He is doing...well...this was a weekend of that and that never feels good.

Today is a new day so I am not going to dwell on the weekend. I have a whole day to spend with my children who are off school and I know will help me around the house and won't ask me once to drive them anywhere or have kids over here. It's going to be great!


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