‘Cause I’m afraid I might go over today. Either that or forget everything that has happened since Thursday morning. I think I’ll work backwards.
Livi is home from school. She had a fever last night but seems better. I think I might send her after lunch. She’s already asking “what’s for lunch?” and it’s 9:30.
Livi and Ava ended up sleeping with me halfway through the night last night. Livi was moaning and groaning. Ava was coughing like crazy. After going to bed at 1:00 and getting up 5 times before 3:00, I was in a ROTTEN mood. Good thing Mother’s Day was over. At one point, I threw my pillow on the floor, yelled, stormed out of the bedroom, stormed back in, and laid down with my head at the foot of the bed and fell asleep. Mother of the Year for sure.
Gabe went to Starbucks last night to get me a Mother’s Day Cinnamon Dolce Frappuccino. The guy asked him if he wanted creme-based or coffee-based, and Gabe (who HATES Starbucks because what intelligent guy likes to feel completely incompetent because he has no idea how to answer questions about coffee products?) said creme-based after much hesitation. Called me from the gas station. I told him it was fine. He came home, handed it to me, then handed me a coffee one too. He had gone back, explained that it was Mother’s Day and he got his wife the wrong drink. They gave it to him for free. 🙂
Then we watched P.S. I Love You. After it was over, I crawled up into Gabe’s lap in the recliner, put my arms around him and bawled.
Mother’s Day was pretty uneventful. Went to the new church again at 5:30. Makes for a weird Sunday morning not going to church. (they’re thinking of switching the service time to 10:00 a.m. I’d like that.) Tried to take a nap when Nina did, but Livi and Ava were sooo loud. I had a little rage-fest then too. Exhaustion isn’t an excuse for sin. I need to get some rest.
Saturday was a fun day. Up early. Janelle got all five girls ready (mine plus Morgan and Reese), and when Angie got there, the 8 of us piled into our 7-seater mini-van and drove 25 minutes to Jamie’s church. It was a Daughters of Promise Brunch. We ate, I spoke, we did fun activities. Livi and Ava helped. I thought it went well. Then Livi and Ava told me that I had promised they could do x, y, and z, and I ended up doing it all myself. I was in such a zone I didn’t even notice. I asked them to forgive me and asked for a chance to redeem myself at Beki’s church on Sunday. They said okay.
Jamie and the boys came over to Rock and Janelle’s for a few hours after the brunch. We took a gator ride–Janelle, Jamie, me, and 7 kids all on one gator. Super fun! Then the kids took turns riding Mary the horse. Then Janelle made a picnic lunch for the kiddos, complete with little bowls of apples and chocolate chips. It was her 50th birthday, and I can think of a billion better ways to spend your 50th birthday, so thank you from the bottom of my heart, Janelle. They played with hula hoops, jump ropes, bubbles, and Charlie the dog who plays soccer and fetches golf balls. He’s a hoot.
Can I just say that I love Jamie to bits? Jamie, you are such a sweet, wonderful, funny friend. I love you.
We came home Saturday afternoon, collapsed, ate pizza, watched NASCAR, stared at the mess of bags and books and shoes all over the floor.
Friday was good too. I spoke on sex at a MOPS group in Lima. (Angie surprised me by coming. Thanks, Ang!) The gals were so great, and we had a wonderful discussion at our tables afterwards. It was just a really neat time, and I was so encouraged by all the girls. One of them asked to meet me in the bathroom so we could see whose chest was really smaller. (I talked about body image for awhile). She was adorable and her “challenge” made me grin.
Janelle watched the kids while Gabe and I went to Texas Roadhouse for supper, Wal-Mart to get a b-day/MD gift for Janelle, and Ollie’s (the super-cool Odd Lots-type store that has zillions of great Christian books at deep discounts).
Thursday was super fun with my family. Sadly, it was cold and rainy, so we didn’t get to play outside. Dad grilled in the garage. We had lots of good talks, played games, laughed. I love my family. Nina and I went to visit my grandma. She had surgery Friday (for her bladder cancer) and did really well. Thank you, Jesus.
Lots of things on my mind. I apologize for not sharing deep, insightful thoughts lately. I just can’t seem to get them sorted out and on “paper.” And I’m working on another book, so a lot of them are going in there. I’m going to ask for your help here in a bit too.
Tomorrow, Nina and I are headed to Bethy’s church to speak on mommyhood. I like Bethy and her church.
Gabe (just now): Marla not done bloggy yet?!
Me: (no response)
Last thing. Someone sweet has something fun to announce.
Have a great week, girls! Love ya!