Seriously.This has been one of the most emotionally draining weeks I have had in a long time. Extreme happiness followed by terrible news, followed by great news, immediately followed by less awesome news and so on. All intermingled with the usual goings on of child rearing and family maintenance. I'll try to start where we left off. Bear with me.
Friday. Guys night out.. sort of
I've mentioned that Loopy is an amazing guitarist. A couple years ago he was in a group called Category 5. The former members were performing at a local beachy bar so I decided it would be fun to go see the old crew. They have since changed the name to Dewy Rose (the story behind that name is pretty funny) Loopy isn't into the bar scene and fell asleep on the couch, so I asked our friend Ian to go. His wife Jessica is currently in MI and about to become and aunt. (YAY!!)
So Ian was excited to go and our friends Grubbs and Scott were at his house and were also down for some entertainment. So we had in impromptu guys night out.
|These boys don't hold back.|
After some sing a long action and greasy drunk food at Denny's I came home to upload these awesome pictures but my laptop charger died. Can I just say that I hate sharing Loopy's computer? If he's not home, a kid is playing games or watching "Fail" videos on youtube. PLUS he has this ergonomic keyboard that is just wrong. I can't find any of the right keys on there, ever.
Saturday is cleaning day!
I haven't been able to clean my floors or do regular house work for 3 weeks now. That means that it just hasn't been done. I got sick of picking crumbs, tape, and unidentifiable stuff off my foot brace so I decided this has to get done. Kendal was super excited to help.
|Kendal was the one to forget pants this day.|
With a little encouragement from Happy Green Monster she did a great job.. on that one spot for a long time.
End of weekend.Sunday morning Logan woke up early to make me coffee. He LOVES to make my coffee. He told me that he put extra love in every spoonful. I really believe he did because it was perfect. I am pretty sure he has potential to be the best child ever in the world.
Sunday night I remembered that he was assigned a 'Life Timeline' project 2 weeks ago that I didn't get around to starting with him. So that took up most of our evening. Until this blog and facebook status updates I didn't record anything that happened in his young life.
When did he first roll over? I dunno.
When did he sit up on his own? I dunno.
When did he start walking? hmmmm.
I know when he got potty trained! We'll put that on there.
I admitted my laziness on facebook and all the other 1st grade moms from his school also put it off until the last minute. It always makes me feel better to know I'm not the only procrastinator.
Here's where things start to get interesting. I finally got a referral to a podiatrist. YAY. But the appointment is not until November 5th. BOO. I told them my situation and they simply could not get me in sooner. I called Dr. Feelgood about a orthopedic referral because that is what everyone told me I should do. I didn't get a reply. I probably forgot to leave my name in the message or something stupid like that. They close at 2pm so... figuring out how to NOT walk on a broken foot for another month will have to wait.
I gave up on getting anywhere with that nonsense so me and Kendal went outside to blow bubbles instead.
It occurred to me Logan is off school Thursday and Friday. We were talking about making Loopy's appointment in Savannah on Monday a family thing.. Now I have a strong urge to take a long weekend to see fall colors. I have an amazing ability to plan a memorable vacation for any number of people to any town in the country in 10min or less. By that evening I had talked Loopy into taking Friday off and booked a long weekend vacation in Stone Mountain GA then over to Tybee Island in time for his appointment on Monday morning. I consider this a huge win.
Later that night me and Loopy were on the back porch enjoying a glass of wine while discussing our big plans. The kids were playing relatively nicely together and we relished in the moment. Kendal came skipping outside and very clearly asked Loopy to put his wine into her sippy cup so she can drink it all gone. We are in trouble with this girl, I'm tellin' ya.
I did not like Tuesday. Not. One. Bit.
Tuesday I got up and fired up the desktop beast and checked my usual emails, blog stuff, facebook ect. After some quick stalking and poking around I discovered that my friend Ben was reported missing on Sunday. PLEASE read more about that HERE and HERE. Those are links to information about Ben and also, on a personal note, it deserved its own post.
Then I picked Logan up from school and had a big long note from his teacher that he doesn't do his writing work. Seriously what the heck does my kid do for 2 hours at school instead of his work? He has an hour before and an hour after lunch to complete an assignment that takes him 10 minutes at home. When this started happening a couple weeks ago I suggested that he miss recess when his work isn't done. That was definitely not effective. He blames the kids around him for talking too much. His teacher says he looks around the room or stares into space. *sigh* I got some great input from other parents, teachers and friends about ways to help him focus. He can write anything, spell anything, read anything. Just has a lack of motivation.. then again, we all must remember that he is 6.
Things kept going downhill from there...
Loopy is working late. It is 8pm and I just made a fresh pot of coffee. My patience is wearing thin. Only a couple more hours and they'll all be sleeping, right?
Two hours later....
KENDAL! STOP GOING TO THE BATHROOM!!!! THERE IS NO MORE PEE!!!!!
One hour later...
|Find a happy place.|
Screw it, I'm switching to Sangria.
|Heres my happy place and all the dishes I plan to ignore |
until at LEAST tomorrow.
I spy bagel chips, a burnt out candle, a magazine I can't afford to purchase from, a rock, an ankle brace, broken crayons, unfinished homework, 24 hours worth of dishes, and the magic that makes it ALL turn invisible: BOGO sangria from publix!!
Then this cheered me right up. It helped me realize I am not the only one with crazy children and endless things to maintain. Its sheer genius and I agree with EVERY word. Stick with it past the ads. SO worth it.
Parents rap about maintaining their household by videosonlytube
Loopy left work at midnight. I am not sure what the major emergency was or what kept him there for 16 hours but it better not become a regular thing again. I won't say anymore about that right now. It never ends well.
I find myself saying is it REALLY only Wednesday!?
We have a morning routine when we get up. First, we make coffee. Then we brush our teeth. Sometimes when we brush our teeth Kendal brings tiny animals. Today she decided that her "long neck dinosaur" and "littlest elephant'' needed a bath. So she filled the sink and splashed away while I did her hair. I was looking at my handiwork in the mirror when I noticed the sink was too full. I though to myself 'luckily there is a safety drain on sinks'. I looked at my pretty little girl in the mirror, then down at the safety drain hole and saw some very long ugly spikey insect legs reaching up around the edge of the drain. After making an involuntary noise I told Kendal her animals were clean, all done. Curiosity got the best of me and I went back after coffee to investigate.
Later tonight Loopy found him chillin' on the drain again. Egads.
Today I got a barrage of phone calls that I have been waiting for. Staples called to tell me my laptop charger finally came in. YAY!! I got a hold of a couple orthopedic doctors in the area who said they don't take care of broken feet. So I called a couple podiatrists and found one that can take me tomorrow. YAY!!
We headed to Staples to get the charger where she had the happiest freak out ever because she found a container of sour gummy bears on display. She made a HUGE scene jumping up and down yelling "I FINALLY FOUND THEM MOM!! THEY ARE HERE!! Oh I just love these gummies, please put them here, pay for them, eat them all gone. I love this so much. I hug them. I won't drop them like this (drop) Oh, that bad idea. I'll put them here and pay them." All this in painfully cute bouncing up and down preschooler voice with pigtails flying. If I didn't buy them, the old lady next to me at the register would have. Guess who got a big ass box of gummies?
After passing ALL the gas stations, restaurants, and stores, she said Mom, I have to pee. So we stopped at my friend's consignment shop to use her bathroom. While I was there my girly doctor called to let me know my thyroid ultrasound results are in. I have nodules on my thyroid. WTF are nodules you say? Go google it. I have to see 'Hot Doctor' the ENT on Tuesday to figure out what to do about that fiasco. But they were sure to inform me that she doesn't do Thyroid surgery, so if it has to be removed they will refer me elsewhere. Wait, what? One. Thing. At. A. Time.
Then we went to get Logan
Logan: Mom, I got all my school work done and got a 'good' today. I got to play at recess. Then this girl in my class took a book from the library without asking and when I told her I like the book she hit me really hard on the arm with it. I cried and Mrs. Spires wrote all about it in my planner. Can we go on a date tonight because I did my work? And can we stop and get my new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book? And a journal that I can write in?
Kendal: Logan, I am trying to watch this Pirates of the Caribbean movie, stop talking.
Logan: Look Kendal, I haven't talked to mom all day and I have things to say.
Kendal: Close. Your. Mouth.
After agreeing to date night, getting this dang computer charged, doing the dishes that reappeared this morning. getting everyone drinks and snacks and agreeing on something to watch, I was happily sitting on my comfy couch working away and Kendal brought me her guitar. She wanted me to help her get things out of it. Inside she had stuffed 3 crayons, some paper and a tiny turtle and some dice. It is REALLY hard to get a bouncy ball out of a guitar. When you shake it glitter comes out.
Things quickly got rowdy so I sent them outside to play. I left the bubbles sitting out so in a matter of minutes the kids were all slimy and gross and into the bath they went. Together. Willingly. Weird. I suggested that we all go out for dinner together to a benefit at a local restaurant for a little boy who has cancer. Kendal was not happy that I was talking to dad when SHE was obviously playing with him. She told me to stop talking, close my mouth, and leave the room. So glad she learned to talk.
SO me and Logan headed to Panera Bread and the book store.
My kid who can't focus on his schoolwork has already started writing in his journal and blasted through 68 pages of his new book.
Kendal and Loopy went on a shopping date instead of dinner. Since Loopy needed a couple things and she loves to shop they both came back happy. That's all that matters.