I had visions of sauntering back to the blog late Monday morning, tanned, refreshed, and ready to face the world.
Instead, I’ll be getting up at my least favorite hour (5 a.m.), getting me and 2 of my girlies ready, heading to my mom-in-law’s (90 minutes away) to drop off the sick one (and possibly her sister) and then to a speaking engagement (45 more minutes away), then home again.
Then soccer game #1 of 20 (over the next five weeks) if daughter #2 is feeling up to watching her big sister play. Otherwise, Coach Daddy will be on his own.
And no tan. Even though I did spend 4 days in South Carolina (well, really only 2), I have nothing to show for it except for some severe pollen inhalation issues. No, really, I’m fine.
Here’s our Spring Break in Quick Time:
Friday (April 2): I can’t even remember now. Ah, yes. The girlies and I toured Daddy’s new work, then we went to the zoo (25,000 other people had the same idea that day) for free rides at Jungle Jack’s Landing, then ate at Pei Wei to celebrate our taxes being turned in to our accountant in record time.
Saturday (April 3): We went to our friend Henry’s 2nd birthday party, then headed to Lima (90 minutes away) for Taviano Easter from 3-8pm, then back home for baths and bed.
Sunday (April 4): 9:00 Easter service at church, then headed back to Lima for Easter with Gabe’s mom’s family. Picked up my mom on our way back to C-bus. Packed. Went to bed at 1:00ish.
Monday (April 5): Up at 5:00 a.m. Packed some more. My sister Bethany and my 16mo niece Isabelle arrived at 6:30. All 7 of us (me, Mom, Beth, Izzy, Liv, Ave, Neen) piled in the van and headed to South Carolina to visit Daniel, Steph and Mia. 10 hours later… MET MIA!!! Oh, I could just eat her! Saw my first pollen coating all over the earth, cars, buildings, etc.
Tuesday (April 6): Went to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC for our 4th time. Love that place!! Introduced little Isabelle to GIRAFFES!! Played games, ate yummy food, then Ava got sick (fever).
Wednesday (April 7): More games and fun (Ava still sick).
Thursday (April 8): Pulled out of Steph’s driveway at 5:07 a.m. Got home 12 hours later, due in part to Ms. Van Driver (me) not realizing that 77 and 81 split, and I followed 81 for 35 miles before turning around. Ugh. I like it oodles better when my husband drives (have I mentioned that he drove every single one of our 22,000+ miles on the Zoo Trip?) Took super-fast shower, left the house at 5:40 for a speaking engagement across town, home at 10:30ish. Collapsed.
Friday (April 9): Mom spent the night, so she could stay home w/Ava Friday (I had another speaking engagement, and Ava was still sick). Thank you, Mom!! Both speaking engagements went really well. Filled with lots of super-fun, super-encouraging gals and lots of laughs.
Saturday (April 10): Gabe and Livi went to a KJ-52 concert. He and Gabe are pals (and Gabe designed his website), and Livi had an absolute blast meeting him and hanging out before and after the concert. Ava and Nina and I spring-cleaned and watched a million episodes of Full House.
Sunday (April 11): Church with Livi and Nina (Gabe stayed home with Ava). Then my friend Emily took Liv and Neen home with her for the afternoon. Picked them up at 6:30, ate supper, watched more Full House, put the girls to bed.
Lots of pictures to share in the coming days. Probably lots more pictures than words. Maybe I should’ve taken another week off. Sigh.
Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer. I’ll ask Happy Heidi if she’d like to guest post tomorrow.
So, 612 words about me is MORE than enough. How about you?? I’ve missed you! What’ve you been up to this past week??