Sometimes I have to just write down what happened in a day so it won’t seem like it withered away in the chaos. So here’s my list for today:
–Hosted eleven neighborhood kids at our house. (I’m sure our neighbors are pleased as punch to have our pool turn into “kid soup” again with all the yelling over the waterfall and delighted shrieking.)
–Hung out with 16 kids, and when you include Lu and a few of her tantrums in the mix, that’s a lot of noise. (And a lot of drink-getting…why are kids always so thirsty?)
–Endured the fact that they played their beloved “Rock Band” most of the day. If you don’t know “Rock Band” I’ll just let you know that’s a lot of noise.
–Washed an orange crayon with one of my loads of laundry.
–Made an appointment for Max to get his braces on.
–Found a leak under the fridge that has slowly seeped through to the pantry resulting in mold, discolored floor boards, and a lot of questions on how to go about fixing it all.
–Picked up the cushions and put them back on the couches nine times.
–Tried to pay some bills which brought me to the realization that the automatic deposit didn’t go through last month, resulting in overdraft protection fees accruing pretty much every other day while I was gone for four weeks.
–Called the bank lady in horror trying to figure it out.
–Tried to hide in a closet to talk to her so I could make out some of what she said with “Rock Band” blaring in the background.
–Picked up 287 orange peels. (All those kids apparently really liked the oranges I brought home from Costco.)
–Wrote down a list of doctors I need to follow up with on Lucy, and lab work we need to get done.
–Returned five phone calls from my list.
–Ignored 12 phone calls. (Sorry whoever you were.)
–Swept the floor six times.
–Got more grumpy.
–Made cookies to salvage some of the eggs Grace accidentally dropped when helping me carry in the groceries. (And to get me out of my grumpiness.)
–Closed the left-open-to-air-condition-the-neighborhood front and back doors 43 times.
–Solved five arguments.
–Quieted three tantrums.
–Rewarded cookie dough for non-arguers.
–Ate cookie dough to further pull me out of grumpiness, and to give me energy to close the coolness-evaporating open door three more times and pick up 14 more orange peels.
–Didn’t exercise…once again.
–Maneuvered four kids through meeting with five teachers at “meet the teacher night”…(that part was fun).
–Tucked a jet-lagged husband, five kids and three sleeping-over cousins in bed (the cousins were pretty fun too).
–Stayed up too late…again.
Yep, we’re home.