My babysitter threatened to quit this morning. And it looks like there’s nothing I can do to get her to stay. “Tired of working,” she said. “Had enough.” I’m not sure what her deal is. I’ve tried not to use her that often–mostly during my radio interviews and when Gabe and I want to watch a movie–alone. Well, and when I have a big writing project. Or need a shower. Or in the mornings when I’m really tired.
She quit once before, and we shelled out $200 to get her back. That’s not in the budget right now (get in line behind the dryer vent, vacuum, and Gabe’s stuttering car). And who knows if it would even convince her to keep working.
We went to the wedding Saturday. Very beautiful. The bridesmaids’ dresses were…not sure what color…very ripe watermelon with ripe canteloupe trim. Very summery and pretty. It took less than 2 hours to get to the hotel, so that was cool. Got there at 2:00ish. Gabe took Livi and Ava swimming. Got dressed. Drove 30 minutes to wedding. Childcare for Nina. Livi and Ava came in with us. Wedding over at 5:30. Reception not until 7:30.
Went back to hotel, chilled, ate snacks. Drove 5 minutes to reception. Got there at 6:50. Couldn’t get in to reception until 7:15. Gabe’s mom walked around with Nina. Sat down. Ate appetizers. Close to 8:00. Nina’s bedtime. She wasn’t in the mood for any more festivities. Took her outside to walk around the parking lot. Wedding party arrived. Danced in as they were announced–very creative dances, some of them. Especially Gabe’s 8-month pregnant cousin bridesmaid (matron). Prayed for food.
8:30. Haven’t even gotten to salad and bread yet. Who knows when our table would be called? Crying Nina. We left. Left all that yummy food behind. Nina fell asleep in the van immediately. Stopped at Taco Bell–supper for $8.50. Put Nina in the pack-n-play. I straightened up our stuff while Gabe took Livi and Ava swimming. Then it was my turn. I like to swim, but I prefer outdoor pools in the sunshine, not indoor pools at night with four middle-school boys playing Marco Polo and doing cannonballs and taking up nearly the entire pool.
I got to bed before 11:00, so that was cool.
Up at 7:30 for breakfast, Gabe swam with Livi and Ava while I packed our stuff. Left for zoo at 9:15, got there at 10. Lasted until 1:15. Loved the polar bears. Other than that, I’ll take our zoo any day. (and we’re getting polar bears in ’08) Ava was tired and whiny–shocker. But I’ve learned not to expect great things, so it was still fun. I’ll post pics when I get a chance.
Off to Target for b-day presents, to Kroger for food. Gabe’s taking a half day off so we can go to his grandpa’s for a cook-out. Gotta shop, make taco dip, eat lunch, leave. Tomorrow is clean the house (sort of) and pack food for a 14-person picnic at the zoo on Wednesday (my mom and dad, sister and BIL, bro and SIL, 1 niece, 2 nephews).
We’re meeting at the zoo at 10, eating a picnic lunch, back to our place for presents (Gavin, Anna, Ethan, Ava) and our now-famous ice cream cake.
Thursday–rest, clean, pack. Friday-Sunday–girls’ get-away with my sisters and daughters.
Quick prayer request for wisdom for me. Have a decision to make, don’t want to make it out of retaliation for my pride being injured. Sorry for the vagueness. Good news–Gabe has made his opinion clear, and it’s one of those deals when I can say, “My husband feels I should do this…” And I know God will honor that decision. I’m so thankful for a husband who stands up for me and won’t let people walk all over me (like he says I let them do).
Love and hugs to all! Have a happy week of fireworks, food and family!