Friday, March 22, 2013

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That pretty much sums up this post. We are all SO GLAD it is finally Friday night. It seems like we've been on the run all week long. Dada was in town this week, which is always nice.

Monday night I went to the Y with just Liam. I can't tell you the last time that happened! Tuesday, his bowling league was cancelled and he was disappointed, but that also meant he got time to relax in the tub. Wednesday brought Carrie's spring concert and since she was in the oldest class, they went last and the kids got to bed late. Yesterday Liam had his pack meeting that started at 7 in the evening, so he didn't get home until close to 9. Care Bear had THREE tests/quizzes today so all week she was made to study every possible second. She seems to think it paid off and that she did "excellently" on all of them. We shall see.

So right this second, she is blasting her way through The Legend of Zelda video game, Liam is immersed in Angry Birds on the iPad, Dada is curled in the armchair with a novel, Damon is loose and loud, and here I am. Surveying the scene of a week when next to no cleaning got accomplished by the big kids. Papers from here to Goshen. Magazines and library books strewn across every horizontal surface, including the floor. The dishwasher is full of clean dishes and the sink is overflowing with used ones, including two skillets. There's a pile of crumbled pizza crusts waiting to be tossed outside for our bird friends. I can see Carrie's brand new shoes sitting by the front door; her brand new swim suit still on a hanger hanging on the back of her kitchen chair, along with her dress shirt from the concert two nights ago; my (wonder of wonders) empty coffee mug on the counter with the spoon still in it; a toy doctor's kit (or two) that have apparently exploded between the big chair and the coffee table; various plastic Spongebobs, balls, Snoopy in a pumpkin car, a wooden spoon, a jack o lantern felt mask, Cookie Monster, an etch a sketch, recipes, coupons, pencils, pens, sippy cups, my cell phone, Carrie's school folder, the envelope for her class picture, a Hawaiian nut necklace, and several escaped finger puppets... all from my vantage point in this chair. We are blessed. With mess. But blessed, nonetheless. 

We've had dinner, which was leftovers for the kids and fish from a fish fry for us grown ups. The big kids had some outside play time right after school until dinner. They seem to think since it's sunny that it must be warm and had to be told more than once to put their fleeces on while they were out. Damon had his second three-hour nap in two days. I have a sneaking suspicion he's ready to outgrow all the clothes he has in his drawers right now. This is not a problem as he has boxes and boxes waiting to replace the ones in his drawers, I just wish he'd wait longer than the month and a half he's been in the current size. ;)

It's already 10 to 7 and I can't get used to the amount of light there still is outside. These wiped out kids are going to give me 7 kinds of grief when I tell them to get ready for bed. I know better than to hope they'll sleep in. I'm hoping to steal Liam away in the morning for breakfast out, or at least donuts. Then maybe I'll get to do the same with Carrie on Sunday before I go snuggle babies at church.

Uncle Kelly will be ordained in April, so we will be ending our Easter break with a visit to their new house and join the celebration of all his hard work before we get back into the school routine. I'm hoping we have a fun, relaxing vacation with a night at the movies for all of us and a chance to enjoy our schedule instead of the rush-rush-rush we've had.

Have a wonderful weekend! I'm being informed, "I wiw get my joos, I wiw get my joos.." so I must go. Sure enough, he brought the entire container of Simply Orange juice to me....


Sherri said...

This sounds like a great "I Spy" adventure!! In just a few short years, the clutter will all be gone and you will be wishing for it all back!!

Val said...

Do YOU wish for it all back!?

JC said...

perhaps one of my favorite posts ever. I love you. What a crazy week!

And YAY for Kelly!