In the last week, life has changed drastically for us. My fiancé and I stepped up and were given provisional custody of his two nephews, ages 7 and 3. Last month, his brother started working a job that takes him away from home a majority of the time and his brother's new wife wasn't ready for the responisbility of raising two extremely rambunctious boys, so we picked them up last Tuesday and enrolled the older one in our local public school. We have been trying to provide stability and get them into a normal routine. It has definitely been exhausting as they can totally wear me out. It is very difficult to split your time between two kids who both need your attention, especially when their age difference makes it near impossible to try to spend time all together. *sigh*
Want to know the irony of the situation? We had just decided we probably weren't going to have any children of our own and just enjoy life together. Now, all of our time at home is consumed with raising the boys. Last week was rough and stressful, but the weekend did show me that we can handle them together.
Even with everything going all topsy-turvy on us, we did manage to have some very limited private time after the boys went to sleep. Lucky for me, we acquired those canes from Cane-iac last month. With the need to be quiet and all, they really are the only implements we can try to use right now.
Anyway, there are a TON of things I miss terribly and even some things I regret not doing yet now that we have kids, but I know that we are doing the right thing in taking them in. I do hope that the parents will be able to pull themselves together and figure things out in time for next school year, but in the mean time, we will do our best and take one day at a time.
Positive thoughts, comments, smoke signals, etc. are all welcome and greatly appreciated!