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.

Dumb TV.

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!

16 thoughts on “life

  1. YoGrandmaYo

         I’m glad I’m not the only one who didn’t catch on to the “babysitter” story.:)  Your dad read your blog at work last night and was telling me about it.  I hadn’t read it yet.  I said, “Are you sure it said $200, and not $2.00, because the only babysitters I know about are Livi and Ava.:)  Well, I read your blog this morning, and I STILL didn’t get it!:)  (No comment, please).  Be nice to your mom.:)  Anyway, I used to read ALL the comments people made on your blog, but lately I’ve just been reading the comments of the people I know.  Well, today, I read ALL of them, to see if there were any others who were a little “in the dark.”  Thanks to those of you who admitted that you didn’t catch on right away………or at all!  You just gave my self-esteem a big boost!:)  And if any of you are reading this, I want to personally thank you for the love and encouragement you give my daughter!  I don’t know a lot of you, but you’re great!:)  And, Marla, I don’t tell you this very often, but I’m very proud of you and the godly woman you’ve become!  It’s interesting as I’m reading back through old prayer journals, to see how you’ve matured and how you’re letting God use you in so many ways to be a blessing to so many!  I’m proud to be your mom!  (III John 4).:)  Love you!:)

  2. Nixter77

    I will pray for you lovely lovely Marsy.

    Did you know Taco Bell is one of my fav places to eat – except we don’t have them here or in London. My all time fav is the 7-layer burrito!

    nixie = craving a 7-layer burrito and wondering how it would travel in the mail?

  3. OkinawaAna

    The TV is the babysitter!  Yeah, it took me a while, too.  Maybe because Ana doesn’t yet have the attention span for two minutes of Sesame Street.  🙂  And wow — a bridesmaid who is eight months pregnant!  I’m more cynical than most, but I can’t imagine standing through a whole ceremony, dancing through a reception, and letting people immortalize this less-than-glamorous moment in my life with formal wedding pictures.  She must really love the couple that got married!

  4. Abs7

    haha, it took me a second to realize your babysitter was your t.v.  How frustrating! I hope she comes back without having to shell out money.

  5. trishlrich

    I did not get the TV thing AT ALL.  Thanks for explaining it in your comments!  I kept wondering what was wrong with your TV since you only left the “dumb tv” line about it!

  6. luvmynoah

    WOW…I’m tired just reading about your weekend and what all you have to do in the coming days.   You need some spinach.  Okay, that was all in my brain…popeye..etc.  My babysitter stinks as well.  She was a DISH tv and my husband said NO way.  Ahhh. 

    Have a good week!

  7. terriwright

    Merciful heavens. I wasn’t too stressed until I read your post! Girl, it’s time for 2 or 3 days of coma. Go to a cabin in the woods with your babies and do nothing. Your spiritual strength will be renewed, and you’ll probably get your answer from God on your decision as well. You know He can’t talk to you when you can’t stand still and listen!!

    We had a similar wedding experience Sat., sans 3 little ones… wedding was one attendant, nuts, mints, cake, and punch……and we are still most steadfastly married. People are nuts.

    My husband as well is a leader of the home. What a blessing! You are in my prayers for your decision… will be the right one.

    Now go sit down.

  8. tonialynn59

    You know I may be alone on this one, but I like to go to a wedding where they take the guest into consideration.  That is a long time to wait for food.  I know it is probably more proper to feed the wedding party first but I really like it when you go to a wedding and they at least have something to feed the guests before the party gets there.  I’ve been to weddings where people leave before the party gets there because they have waited too long!  I know when we plan weddings we make it all about the bride and groom and in one sense it is their day and they should have what they want but I think they need to be sensitive to their guests too.

    Glad you got to bed early that night and have so much fun planned this week.  I saw you said before you were meeting in WV.  Where?  Cause 4 hours from your area is about where Amber lived.  But I doubt you are going there.:)

  9. faithchick

    saw a great tv at goodwill the other day for $30. a considteration??

    i’m messaging you right now (since you don’t have enough things to do this morning. )

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