Just the facts, ma’am. I’ll make time for a touchy-feely blog tomorrow.
Jamie arrived from her home up north Thursday night around 9pm. She got Eden and Erik settled in for the night, then we stayed up chatting until midnight or so.
Friday morning–ZOO DAY. Livi wasn’t feeling well and whined a fair amount throughout the day (not normal for her). I knew we were in trouble when she told me Thursday, “We’re going to the zoo again! I don’t want to go to the zoooooo!”
It was hot and humid, but we took lots of drinks and snacks, and the kids were great. Jamie and her boys are so much fun! Ava was in heaven, holding hands with Eden and showing him all the animals. I’m fairly certain she didn’t stop talking for 5 seconds the whole time. Eden didn’t seem to mind. I rode the carousel with the kids while Jamie took pictures, and she rode the train with everyone but Nina, who was fast asleep in her stroller by that point. We also fed the lorikeets. Well, Jamie did. The kids were scared. She had a cup of nectar in her left hand, two birds on her arm, and was taking pictures of them with her right hand. She’s quite talented.
We got McDonald’s for lunch. Theme of my life this summer. Then Jamie ran an errand while the kids watched Narnia. Then we headed to the Metro Gardens to show the boys the BIG BUGS. So hot, but the kids were great again. We got pizza for supper, Gabe and Livi left on a date, and Jamie and the boys stayed until 7:30 or so. Fun times. Thanks for making the trip, Jamie!
Saturday–the week caught up with me. I was exhausted. We got up early, packed the girls’ suitcases, and headed to Gabe’s parents’ house. Tug and Angie and the kids came for lunch then took Tanner with them to a wedding in Toledo.
Gabe and I went to see The Bourne Ultimatum while Nina napped and the other four girls played outside. I really liked it, but I don’t think it was my favorite of the three. And I was pretty sleepy.
Hung out with the fam, got pizza, gave baths. Then we kissed Livi and Ava good-bye (until Tuesday!!) and left with Nina. The girls kept asking me when I was going to leave. Where’s the love? Hopefully, everything’s going well. I haven’t heard from them in almost 48 hours!
Gabe’s mom just kept the older four (Livi, Ava, Morgan, Reese) this time, so they could do Big Girl stuff without worrying about Nina and Tanner. At first, I wasn’t sure about that. Not much of a break for mom when her big girls leave and she still has little tyke. But it’s been good. It’s definitely easier taking care of just one, and we’re having fun. And Neenie’s pretty good at entertaining herself too. And her naptime means free time to read and write instead of games and puzzles!
Yesterday–church, relax, bookstore, library, relax, dinner out, grocery store.
Oh–confession time. I told you I’d have books to give away…and then I went and sold them to Half Price Books. I just don’t have the $ right now to send them all. So instead of spending $60, I made $21. I’ll have more books later, after I’m done with research and stuff.
Today, I’ve been cleaning and sorting through the girls’ clothes and doing laundry. Worked on the book during Nina’s nap.
And that’s it. I’d like to post more pics soon–there were some more really good ones of KY, and I got a lot of good ones on Friday too.
Man, that was long for just being the facts.