4 days in Seattle…3 days on Bainbridge Island…lots of friends…good times with godmothers…I think I forgot to take pictures…so glad to be home…mostly glad to not be on a plane with my children anymore…2 of them are now sick…glad Mr. D is coming home early today…
Early morning flight to Seattle. Me. 3 kids. No Mr. D.
I’m kind of dreading it…
But I can’t wait to get there. Hooray for visits with friends!
Skype, which lets me talk to one of my favorite persons (she’s definitely in my top 2 or 3) and lets my kids talk to her kids (her daughter is A’s BFF). Oh…I guess I should mention that she is sitting in a hotel in Bahrain, wondering what is going to happen next.
Love you ekg!
Valentine’s Day at school these days is all about the candy and gifts. I felt like an old lady when I caught myself saying, “I remember when I was a kid. We only exchanged little cards.” My kids came home from school on Monday, bags overflowing with candy and gum and straight sugar (disguised as Fun Dip). J also got these, which will forever be known as The Most Random Gifts Ever:
Not that we’re ungrateful or anything. The kids are nothing if not creative so I’m sure a use will be found for them.
But still. Random.
Me: A, how is your geometry project at school coming along?
A: You know what geometry is?
(Note: Is it that obvious that I’m clueless when it comes to math?)
J: There are squares and rectangles and trapezoids and octagons and triangles and octagons and parallelograms.
(Note: I definitely did not know about that when I was in kindergarten.)
6:04 am: Get shaken awake by the 5-year old who wants to get in bed with me.
6:09 am: Have my nanas* grabbed and fondled by the 2-year old. (*It’s a hold over from his nursing days. Think about it.)
6:14 am: Shake my head as the 2-year old starts trying to fly off the bed. Literally.
6:16 am: Comfort the 2-year old who gets mad when he discovers he can’t actually fly.
6:20 am: Fend off a jumping dog as I stumble to the kitchen in search of coffee.
6:25 am: Take markers away from the 2-year old who is drawing all over himself and the table with no paper in sight.
6:27 am: Peel off stickers the 2-year old has now adhered to the table.
6:29 am: Help the 8-year old finish her math homework.
6:45 am: Try and clean out the massive amounts of cars that have accumulated in the boys’ room.
7:01 am: Find blocks the 2-year old has put in the dog’s water bowl.
7:02 am: Wash off blocks.
7:05 am: Try to pick up in living room.
7:09 am: Get distracted from the picking up by the 2-year old who has opened the pencil sharpener and is scattering shavings everywhere.
7:10 am: Sweep up pencil shavings.
7:16 am: Take bag of chocolate chips away from the 2-year old.
7:18 am: Help the 5 and 8-year old finish packing their lunches.
7:21 am: Explain to the 5 and 8-year old why they can’t take candy to school.
7:24 am: Fill two grocery bags with cars to give away.
7:27 am: Remind the 8-year old that it is winter and tights or leggings might be in order.
7:32 am: Comfort the 2-year old who again tried to fly, this time off a step.
7:34 am: Say goodbye to the 5 and 8-year old as they head off to school.
7:35 am: Turn the TV on for the 2-year old so he can stay out of trouble for at least a while.
Love is a new puppy playing at my knee.
Love is J and Z always making sure I am OK.
Love is my brothers playing with me when I feel lonely.
Love is my mom always making me a delicious breakfast on sunny mornings.
Love is my dad making me laugh when I feel sad.
– A, Valentine’s Day 2011
Let your 2-year old run around the house at 5:45 am screaming, “Chase me, doggie!”