More than anything this morning, I wanted to take the older kids to the gym,
So maybe later tonight.
(I am having trouble typing because I use my phone so often. I think that this computer is going to capitalize and punctuate for me, but it doesn't.
I spent some time with my journal and my Book at 4am this morn,
and finished a letter I had been working on.
(I have a gift for writing persuasive letters,
but I need devoted quiet time for it,
and Ainsley kept smiling at me and waiting for me to look at her.)
So this past week was good.
It is so busy that my house resembles a fallout zone.
Today, me and my best friend, bleach, are going to spend some time together.
Wanna hear about the weekend?
Of course you do.
On Friday about 2:40 pm, I did my warm up exercises as Dan jokes;
(It's what we do just before the bell rings and the schools releases the children into the wild.)
Every time that song pops into mind, "Who let the dogs out. Who? Who? Who? Who?"
And then the kids walked through the door a few moments later.
We did some stuff and put dinner together.
Dan loaded the laundry for me.
At 5:05pm I headed to the hood for wrestling practice.
We dropped Corbin and Cade and Caleb
and I took 5 others with me to the laundrymat.
Our neighbor was with us.
She had been wanting Presley to play with her,
but Presley said, "No way. I love the laundrymat."
So our sweet little neighbor, (who has a house cleaner and a super nice sports car) got her first lesson in "LAUNDRY....for the Fast and the Furious."
We started it in the washers (only 12 loads),
and drove back to wresting to exchange the little boys for the big boys.
We worked as fast as we could to get it all dried and folded and back in the car.
And then we picked up Colin and Caleb and hit the donut shop on the way home.
These kids will do anything for a donut.
And then Sydney finished her physics with her dad and we all went to bed exhausted.
4am wake up call for the temple.
Sydney was too hammered, so let her sleep in.
But Colin went.
I met Dan at the gym at 6am with Caleb and Sydney.
(She was SUPER grouchy)
After some time on the treadmill, she perked up.
We finished a fun work out.
Sometimes we have to remember that we aren't raising body builders.
And we aren't raising cows.
I'm not sure what are doing, actually.
The gym is fun, but the workouts aren't producing much yet.
The kids are still learning the correct moves.
So we went home and had some really quick breakfast.
I put together the needed items for the Merit Badge Clinic,
and we headed out to soccer.
Caleb and Colin spent the morning learning about their nation.
I spent the morning wondering why I want 'family togetherness' on the sideline??
Dan left to take a mid-term.
We met up again later to transport more kids to more soccer and the football party.
(I left the napping children home and just took Presley).
We met up again at the football party,
and then it was finally home.
Yeah for home.
The older kids went off to parties, friends or grandparents,
and we were left with just the 4 little ones.
I had this great idea to put up the Christmas lights.
We did that while we waited around for the ice-cream truck.
Corbin said...."This is our best Getting-Ready-For-Christmas-Day ever."
Yes, it was.
We put kids to bed and headed out to deliver Sydney to a party.
It was up north near the temple,
so Dan took me there for the very last session of the night.
I counldn't help but remark that he began the day with the earliest session,
and ended with the latest.
We had some Mexican food before retrieving the teenager.
Dan was starving....something about 'Never Eating' when he's with me.
Who has time for that?
We picked up Presley from her grandparents and hit the Walmart on the way home for a final birthday gift.
I fell asleep in the car....again.
When we got home,
I crawled into my bed completely exhausted.
It had been a good day....."the best ever" according to Corbin.
Dan was settled and held my hand as he fell asleep.
(I'm glad I was tired, because the sheets didn't make it back on my bed,
and I'm OCD).
We woke up Sunday morning to a messy house,
and happy children.
It was good.
But none of us can handle this house out of shape very long,
so today is the day!
Oh....one more thing about Saturday.
In the lull of the afternoon,
we were standing outside when we noticed a loose dog.
It wasn't our neighbors dog,
but I remembered that it was the friends dog.
And the 3 dogs play together.
As I opened the gate to let the dog in,
My mom and Dan were protesting,
I said, "Oh they play together all the time. Look they like each other."
Dan and my mom just shook their heads.
And then the conversation went something like this:
Me to the dogs, "There you go. Oh wait. Hey. Stop that. No. No... stop that! Get off her. Dan! Help. This dog is being naugty."
And his response was something like,
"You are such an airhead."
The worst part is that the dogs got stuck together.
Dan said his training didn't include this kind of thing,
and he wasn't sure, but judging by the odd position of the dog,
he was pretty sure that the beans were, in fact, above the frank.
(We never should have seen that movie.)
And so we finally left.
There were only a few neighbor kids standing around.
A few minutes later,
Corbin asked me for a penny.
I told him I didn't have a penny.
He said, "Okay, a dollar.)
I gave him Dan's wallet.
The next thing I knew, my mom was saying,
"Umm...are you sure you want Cade and Corbin dividing up the contents of Dan's wallet?"
There wasn't much in it, because earlier, I had given Caleb and Colin Dan's debit card on their way to the mall. They looked curiously at me and fiendishly took the card without me questioning myself.
A few minutes after the dog and wallet issue,
I put Maryn and Ainsley in the stroller and walked back to check on the dogs.
I parked the girls at the top of the driveway and peeked over the gate.
When I turned around,
the girls had big eyes and were sitting at the bottom of the driveway.
I will remember the brake next time.
Dan said there is really little difference between me and a blond,
except the hair coloring.
There are things I am super good at,
just not that day.
Ainsley is done with this blogging biz.
Time to get onto the day.
I have to somehow see the loop-hole in my latest negotiation venture.
Dan says it's my gift,
and if there is a loophole,
I will find it.
Hopefully we save a house :)