So yesterday was one of THOSE days. A day when I wonder if I’m still sane. A day when I want to tuck myself away with a good book and forget that I have responsibilities. BUT… I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
Two weeks ago I saw a video of myself playing with my children and made the decision to make some major changes. I weigh more today than I have weighed EVER, including all of my pregnancies. It is unhealthy for my body and I’m unhappy with what I saw. So last week I joined with 5 other ladies in an accountability group to be healthier. I got up and walked before sunrise every day UNTIL Friday. Friday is my day off from work so my schedule is a little relaxed. I knew I didn’t have to shower before taking the kids to school so I stayed in bed until 6:40am.
First I put my new sheets in the dryer and started the laundry, then I ate breakfast, dressed Alli and took the boys to school. Came home and put the sheets on the bed and fully made the bed (this is NOT normal, or wasn’t… it’s one of my new goals). Caleb arrived to take Brittney to school and just as I was starting the dishes Brittney asked for the jumper cables. I had to back up the van and try to jump off Calebs blazer… didn’t work. So I loaded A up and took B and C to school. From there I headed to the bank to deposit Ralphs checks for the week. I was having a hard time breathing for some reason (let’s assume the crazy amount of pollen in the air *rolleyes*) and decided that a shot of my inhaler would help. It did indeed, but the side-effects of only using albuterol occasionally are that it makes me shake like crazy!! Chick-fil-A was calling my name and I drove through for a large sweet tea and hasbrowns for A. Ran into Publix to order a corsage for B, homeschool dance was last night. Of course the florist wasn’t in yet so that was a wasted trip. In the meantime my cousin Julie calls to tell me she is stuck in traffic.
Julie: We were always close as children. I moved away from our home town when I was 13 and we didn’t spend much time together after that, just the usual holidays which ended quickly also. I was in her wedding almost 12 years ago and we’ve emailed occasionally over the years. Julie got the “good” genes, hahahaha. She’s tall and beautiful and has this wonderful ability to get things DONE. She has a small side-business as a personal organizer which is why she was coming to my house yesterday. About the time I decided to change my health I decided that I HAVE to have help in my CHAOS (can’t have anyone over syndrome) house and I emailed Julie. She was THRILLED at the prospect of helping me. She came for an initial clean last Friday and was kind enough to come back with a plan in place. I can’t RAVE about her enough. Nor can I tell you the emotional good she is affording me simply by just doing this for me.
So I get back to the house and call Publix to order the corsage and work on finances for a few minutes. Julie and I got a good start on my bedroom and just in the swing of things when it came time for me to shower and dress for the day. My school has to rely on our host church for field trip transportation, unfortunately we were only allowed one bus yesterday. The students had a spanish field trip planned to the mexican restaurant and needed just one more vehicle for getting the largest class back and forth. Reluctantly, and knowing that the school was desperate, I agreed to go. Julie was supposed to go with me but she was really having “fun” (I so don’t understand that concept of cleaning being fun….) so she decided to keep the girls [did I mention that Alli was home and Julie has a 2 year old?] with her while I did my thing. Lunch was ok, the kids were super-well-behaved and I was gone about 1.5 hours. Just as arrived home and went back to sorting through my masses of clothing Brittney decides to start texting me about coming to get her and Caleb. She finally wore me down and I checked them out early on my way to pick up the boys from school. I took C home to wait on his dad to help him work on the car that is stuck in my driveway and left B at home with a sleeping A while I got the boys and picked up the flowers.
The afternoon just kind of sped by and I’m not sure what exactly took place between 3 and 5 but I know it wasn’t a nice long soak in the tub. hahahaha
Just as I’m starting to fix B’s hair for the dance the clip I was planning to use BREAKS!! I can a friend to borrow one and she was planning on coming over to borrow a pair of shoes anyway. Amy arrived with a clip and then she helped me fix the hair. That took almost an hour and I did manage to get B’s dress steamed during that time. Then I applied her make-up, helped her get the dress on and everything in it’s right place. Caleb arrived right at 6:30. We took pictures, waited on Calebs parents to arrive to take pictures and then sent them off for the night.
Spring Formal is actually a homeschool dance. Because Brittney formed lasting friendship during the year that she was homeschooled we have continued to be included in many of their functions. She was invited to the dance and really wanted to go. Caleb doesn’t like dances but wasn’t thrilled about B going without him so he sucked it up and went along. It was what I consider their first date. I’ve allowed them to travel around together a good bit (run to walmart/publix, school/home, grandmas for lunch, church, etc) but last night I let them go out to eat and head to the dance all on their own with an 11:30 curfew. I knew B was SO excited about this dance and that she didn’t want to miss a minute of it so I was confidant that they would go.
After she was gone I sat for a bit at the computer and then continued on the laundry journey. I decided I needed to be a nosey mommy about 8pm. I went out to a late dinner with a friend and then drove myself right to that dance to see my daughter. Now, many of you may be completely appalled that I would SPY on her ….. she’s my kid, and I did. Honestly, I just wanted to see her enjoying herself and her friends … AND I wanted to check on C. I arrived just after 10pm and the 30 or so kids were having a blast and they all looked beautiful. B and C were outside and I stopped inside to talk to parents and hug some kids I haven’t seen in awhile. I was welcomed by all with smiles and warm hugs …. good people!! I was chatting away when a pretty black whirwind flew into my lap with a kiss and hug. Gosh I love my daugher !!!!! She was SO excited that I had stopped by and even Caleb smiled at seeing a familiar face. We talked to everyone and they decided to go ahead and go home when I left at 10:30. Brittney had decided to spend the night with most of the girls from the dance and C waited around for them to call so he could drive her over before he went home. I did my best to find something to read on the computer but my body was tired so I climbed into my CLEAN and NEAT bed with a book around 11:30. B woke me at 11:45 telling me she was too tired to wait any longer and she was going to bed and sending C home. She must have went right to sleep because when the phone rang at 12:10, no one answered. Her friends were calling to find her, anxious to continue their night … I politely told them that they’d have to catch up another time and blissfully went to sleep.
THAT is just another day in the life of this busy mom. Reading it over doesn’t seem to be near as hectic as it felt. Guess it’s because you just had to BE there.