Life’s been busy. Life’s been good. I haven’t stopped to write about it. I could likely write pages and pages to tell you about the last 8 days of my life. But that might be boring. And I might fall asleep before I finish.
Allow me to present to you, the last 8 days in list format, sans pictures.
-I had a wonderful time and was really blessed at my shower last Saturday. Many fun things for my kiddos and many fun times with my coworkers, my mom, two sisters and one sister-in-law.
-Rob and I spent a little over two hot, dusty, sticky hours with 4/5 of our kids that afternoon. We were at an event on a farm. I got to take pictures and have hardly let the album out of my reach in the last week.
-Kids came back to school on Tuesday, and I remembered how exhausting teaching is! I had the cushy life of working in the office for the three week break. It was fun to have kid time again. Those days are few, and I do still owe you a post about that. This week. Perhaps.
-Amanda and I shopped at Whole Foods and Barnes and Noble on Wednesday. I was Dave Ramsey bold and asked for a discount on a well read older issue magazine. The manager said no. So I let her keep it.
-We rounded off Wednesday evening with Chinese buffet and meeting Julie for late night coffee. Yay for girl time!
-I ate ramen noodles with chopsticks on Thursday. That’s all.
-We thought we would meet the other 1/5 of our kids on Friday night, but it was postponed until Tuesday afternoon. Instead of working hard all evening, I sat around a lot and then worked late into the night.
-Saturday! We met the 4/5 at McDonald’s on the turnpike. My parents came to swap cars with us and see the kids.
-Rob climbed over the back seat to keep a little one company on the drive home.
-The kids played with toys and I changed diapers.
-Most of us had chicken and noodles for lunch. One little guy has some food allergies. So he ate chicken, cheese and broccoli. It was nice to have 9/10 of the family sitting at the table together for a meal.
-Rob got kids dressed in swimsuits while I changed diapers. It was around this time that I said, “Are you coming to help me? I’ve got pee! I’ve got poop! And I’ve got all four kids. Bring the wipes please!”
-Children dumped water on “Mommy’s” head and on “Daddy’s” head, too. They thought it was hilarious. I thought it was cold, but worth it to hear them call us Mommy and Daddy.
-We had four bottles of bubbles outside. Three bottles were dumped into the pool.
-Rob removed swimsuits and sent wet kids to me for diaper changes. I sent dry kids to him for clothes.
-We ate strawberries, cheese, cubed chicken and rice cakes for snack.
-Rob and the boys made pallets on the floor for nap time.
-At one point during our fake nap time, I was laughing as hard as the kids.
-The kids played with cars and little people and trains and books.
-Rob grilled burgers and dogs.
-His mom came over for dinner and to spend a little time with the kids.
-One more diaper change and then we hit the road.
-The little one in the back slept most of the way.
-The three in the middle seat played with QT napkins and I sang to them.
-When we got home I ran the dishwasher, hand washed the kids’ bowls and booster trays, I also swept the floor and wiped down the table and chairs. Maybe remind me of this later when we have the kids 100% of the time…but I like being a mommy and taking care of my house.
-I looked at the picture of them I keep in my bible during church this morning. It made me miss them.
-Rob whispered that it may be years before we sit next to each other in church again.
-Our Sunday School class overwhelmingly blessed us by taking up a collection for us.
-Rob spent most of his Father’s Day putting together bunk beds.
-I spent most of mass at St. Benedict’s thinking about what things need to be in my fun church bag for the kids. I am certain I will need 5 of whatever items I put in the bag. It’s not nice to tempt children to covet when you’re sitting in church.
-I cleaned the kids’ room today, I cleaned my living room today, I disinfected the potty chairs today, I took out bags of diapers, and I did our laundry. Productive and refreshing.
We have had a wonderful time. I must tell you, that it was noticeable (to me) that one swimsuit remained on the hanger, one nap time blanket didn’t get unrolled and one kitchen chair remained empty at lunch. I’m really looking forward to having 5/5 little ones here and a family dinner with 10/10 present.
Thank you all for your prayers and support. Thank you for reading listy blog posts with no pictures.
Stay tuned for more.