June 23 – last blog
June 24 – Sunday church, time at Granma’s
June 25 – work; VBS began
June 29 – very unorganized trip to FL began….
My brothers were both supposed to come HERE for that weekend and stay through the 4th. I won’t even begin to tell you about the family drama that took place that week leading up to the trip…we’ll just say that we didn’t know we were going to FL until Thursday night. My mother didn’t leave work until close to 7pm and we got on the road just after 8pm. The drive wasn’t TOO bad … the kids were much better behaved than I anticipated and really did sleep the majority of the time. We’ve definately discovered that 6 hours is pretty much their limit though, so the 3+ hours over that were a bit uncomfortable. We arrived right at 5am and fell into bed for a few short hours. My older brother had arrived from Charleston the night before and Saturday was WONDERFUL being all together. We had a grand time at the ocean and grilling out Sat night, church Sunday morning and a day lounging in Uncle Louie’s pool (uncle L is actually my SIL’s dad that lives next door…we LOVE his pool!!!). The rest of the trip was so relaxing and VACATIONY that we stayed an extra full day and didn’t start the drive back until 4:30pm on Thurs. I definately prefer the 8pm start to that long drive and won’t do another drive that involves supper-time again for a LONG time.
We had a spectacular show of fireworks in the neighborhood and 3 out of the 4 kids I had with me truly enjoyed them. Jacob (6) really didn’t like the noise and stayed inside with a movie… Alli – who I really worried about – begged for sparkler after sparkler and more boom! silly girl.
That Friday was spent in a no-sleep daze and catch up on housework, Saturday was catchup, Sunday church and a complete carpet cleaning at my house! and then Monday back to work. We are still in need of a second grade teacher (are you SURE you don’t want to work Grace? – you’d be PERFECT for this job!!!!) and the administrator was in for ONE day between vacations. That monday was crazy and I had to leave early because Ralph had some pre-scheduled overtime (hey, he makes twice my pay/hour..yeah, he can work it!). Tuesday morning I helped out (ok, ok – I got paid very WELL to watch kids) MOPS. Wednesday I’m working hard at some new paperwork for the up=coming school year and my computer freezes. Everyone I talked to for the next 2 days diagnosed it as hard-drive gone bad. Now… I’ve not worked in an office before. I don’t think about computers going bad because…well…. Ralph builds all of our computers and can easily just switch out a hard drive when needed. I keep all my pictures on CD (only because my camera takes them to mini CD) and nothing else of great importance so I never back-up. Welllllllllllllllll…. it’s kinda needed in a “business”. There was VERY VERY VERY (to the nth power) important stuff on that computer. I actually cried when talking to my boss Wed afternoon … Anyway, it was a long couple of days worrying about what to do.
Thursday – Ralph and I went to see a counselor together. Not a lot of sleep leading up to that….. even less coming out of it …. sigh…..
Friday morning I dragged that crazy computer back into the office, prayed over it. plugged it up and don’t you know that thing started right up without a problem. ???
I’ll proclaim and claim a miracle. That silly thing started up – I sent EVERYTHING to the networked computer first and then started saving files to CD. The computer did an automatice restart with updates and never came back on. I took it to the repairman an hour later and that was that.
Saturday morning I made the drive to get my girls. ( ^*^ that’s me cheering !! ). We then spent the afternoon lounging, doing laundry, watching kids for a friend and early bed (finally!).
Today…church at 10, worship at 11:30, friends for lunch, friends for both girls, taking brittney and friends to “play”, then back to help my long-time best friend clean out her attic for her upcoming (just 2 weeks, sniff!) move to Mephis and finally home.
I just finished off the bag of Sun Chips I opened for lunch (no I didn’t eat them ALL by myself) and I’m heading to bed soon.
This week will be more work, work, work. Next week will be 4 days in Charleston and the week after that is pre-planning, then school starts again. WHERE has the summer gone??