Some quick notes about today before I hit the pillow…
Rob picked up Monday on his way home from Falls Creek. I met Tuesday-Friday at McDonald’s and brought them home. Thankfully my sister was planning on coming to Tulsa today. She and her family met me at McDonald’s and she rode with me to entertain little ones for the hour long car ride. Fun purse, Aunt Marianne!
Marianne and family stayed around a little while and the kids played together. I managed to change 4 diapers and go to the potty by myself before they had to leave. Thanks to a lovely crockpot, lunch on my own was pretty easy. Shortly after lunch, Aunt Cheryl brought Calvin and Duncan home from camp. Soon after, Rob arrived with precious cargo.
I couldn’t help but to be filled with emotion at the moment that all five kids were under our roof. Happy tears filled my eyes more than once today.
I fed Monday lunch and he did great! Rob and Aunt Cheryl began getting the bedroom and the other four kids ready for naps. Without too much trouble, we had all 5 asleep at the same time and I finally had a chance to hug my husband.
After naps, we did a quick diaper change and put shoes, socks on and I packed my first diaper bag. It included 8 diapers, 2 pull ups, a package of wipes, 5 sippy cups, a package of rice cakes an a container of applesauce. Next we headed to my youngest sister’s house for a late arrival to Mary’s Mended Heart Party. (I’m too tired/lazy to link this. I’ve written about my sweet niece Mary earlier this spring. She had open heart surgery last month to repair congenital heart defects. She is doing fantastic so her parent’s threw a party to celebrate!) It was such a different experience to walk into my sister’s house with 5 little ones. I hardly visited with anyone there as I was busy being a momma.
We didn’t stay long because we wanted to get the kids home for dinner. Their planned afternoon snack (cottage cheese and peaches) got replaced with heart shaped sugar cookies, heart shaped jello jigglers, cupcakes and veggie straws. It was time to get home for something a containing a little less sugar! I did diaper changes and supervised play time while Rob cooked dinner. This morning I browned 4 pounds of ground turkey meat, so dinner prep didn’t take too long. The kids ate gluten-free spaghetti (light on the sauce) and peaches.
Rob took the girls to the bathtub while I helped the boys finish eating. I gave them each a new car to play with at the table while I cleaned up. Rob sent girls out in towels and started the boy rotation. I did diapers and pjs and we got ready for bed.
It took longer to get them settled in for the night. Thankfully, my husband is a patient sleepmaster. He did most of the work and eventually all 5 kids fell asleep. As I type, 4 are in their room and one is in our room. I’m not exactly sure what the allnight plan is, but I don’t mind sharing.
I traded a few more minutes of sleep and a little more cleaning time this morning for drying and straightening my hair. I can wear my short hair curly, however, if it’s a hot, humid day; or a sweaty day…my hair just gets bigger and bigger. I should totally do a before and after picture some day so you can see what I mean. Beautiful, I tell ya, beautiful.
I snapped only one picture today.
My dishwasher is running. My washing machine is running. I cleaned the table, chairs and the stove. All of the dishes are cleaned and put away. I swept the floor. I don’t say all of this to brag. Wait a minute, I probably am saying it for that very reason! I have no idea how I’ll be able to establish and keep good routines for my housekeeping. But when I do, I’ll be sure to let you know! In the meantime, I think I shall head to bed and be lulled to sleep by the hum of the dishwasher.
We did brush teeth after lunch today, but I forgot to do it before bedtime. Should I wake them now?! ; )
Thanks for your prayers today!