Monday, Nov 23
I’m linking up all week at Team Whitaker! The good, the bad, the real (and sometimes ugly) events of a week in my life. If you’d like to follow along, check in each day for the previous day’s happenings. And if you just want some snap shots from my day, you can visit my Instagram account. A bunch of folks are in on the act, so search #weekinmylife15 on the gram. It’s going on allllllll week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.
I was up and at ’em way earlier than I like to be on a Sunday morning. The Hubs and Smarty Pants had to attend Mass at 7:30am for two reasons: SP had to serve at the altar, and his first All Star tournament game was at 9:15. After staying up later than usual, the big guy had a difficult time getting those sore legs moving. He played four games on Saturday, then battled it out with his brother on Wii Dance. This kid is so competitive, he was sweating like crazy playing that game! I don’t think I’ve ever seen him dance like that in his life. It was hysterical. There’s no telling him to take it down a notch and save his energy for the soccer field. Not with this kid. I made the boys some scrambled eggs and English muffins, and they were out the door, soccer uniform in hand to change in the church bathroom before heading straight to the game.
In the meantime, I started cooking dinner. We were having friends over for an early supper, and so I made another yummy slow cooker meal that cooked all day, allowing me to relax about feeding our guests.
Somehow, I bathed the two little girls, fixed all three girls’ hair, helped my Bright Eyes pick out an outfit leaving just enough time for me to shower, do my hair, get dressed, and get out the door to Mass on time. It’s exhausting getting a family to Sunday Mass, so when I smelled the aroma of pancake breakfast drifting up to the narthex, I was relieved. It’s so nice to head down to the Parish Hall, see friends from school, and eat a breakfast I didn’t have to cook, thanks to the Knights of Columbus. The kids love it, mostly because they get to put whipped cream on their pancakes and drink chocolate milk, but I love it because I get to sit down and enjoy my children in the company of fellow parishioners. It’s the way a church community should be!
The Hubs texted me just as we were leaving church to report that Smarty Pants’ team had lost their game and therefore were knocked out of the tournament. The game was just around the corner from Duck Donuts, so, to sooth a broken soccer player’s heart, and to celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, we all met up and enjoyed delicious warm donuts together. It was a whole lot of sugar for those of us who ate at the pancake breakfast just a half an hour before, but hey, we do what we have to do.
Sunday afternoons at our house always include naps for Little One, mom, and hopefully dad too. After blogging about our Saturday, the kids each had their thirty minutes of computer time and then watched some TV so that the three babies of the house could get their precious naps. I always sleep up in the girls’ room for my weekend naps. It’s so sunny and cozy in their room, and it’s quieter than our main floor master bedroom.
I woke up refreshed and Little One was still asleep, so I ran out to the grocery store to get some avocados, fresh cilantro, lettuce, and scallions for our tacos. When I got home, house projects were in full swing and kids were getting homework done and playing outside in coats, hats, and gloves. I turned on some Chris Stapleton and puttered around the house getting ready for our guests 4:30 arrival.
We had such a nice time with Danny, Meredith, and Liam. They are friends of ours from church who are just the nicest young couple. They graciously put up with the loudness and chaos of dinner at our house, and we fed them well. The kids all smothered Liam with love and attention, playing with him and fussing over him. It was adorable. We let the kids watch a movie so the grown-ups could talk and then said good-bye at 7:00. I must say, I really enjoyed having friends over for a brief “dinner and a chat visit.” It allowed us some time to get ready for the week ahead without being too exhausted. I need to remember this for future dinner parties. Sometimes, especially on a Sunday, it’s better to call it a night early.
Smarty Pants and Dimples helped me clean up and then it was snuggle and play time in the living room.
Social Butterfly was completely exhausted. I took advantage of this fatigue by snuggling up with her on the couch. I don’t do this enough with my kids. It feels so good to cuddle your babies close and just be together.
On Saturday night, at our friends house, Little One somehow found this random Barbie that my friend swears made its way into her house without her knowing it. She told me to let Little One take it home and then to just throw it away. I believe her words were, “Get rid of that nasty thing!” Well, I don’t think Little One is going to allow me to pry that Barbie from her cute little hands anytime soon. She has named the Barbie “Ma Homey.” That’s right. MA HOMEY. I have no idea where she came up with this, but it is hysterical and I kind of don’t want to take the nasty thing from her because its name is so dang funny!
Ma Homey can be seen pictured here with the multi-colored stringy hair, immodest outfit, and strappy heals. The other Barbies were mine when I was a little girl, and the crocheted peach mini that the Barbie laying down is wearing was made by my grandmother for my sisters. One of these things does not belong here. One of these things just isn’t the same…..
The hubs put the three younger kids to bed while I entered more contact info into my shiny new address book. Smarty Pants completed his drum practice in the office with me (I find the drums fascinating. By the way, we’re talking school band percussion, not garage band drum set.) Once the oldest two were passed out, The Hubs and I headed down to the basement to watch SNL. The episode was okay, but we especially enjoyed this skit (not appropriate for kids):
I was in bed by ten o’clock, which is something I try to do every Sunday night, just so that I start the week off with a good sleep. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow we’re heading to New Jersey for Thanksgiving! The days are long and the years are short, people.
WHAT HAVE I LEARNED DURING THIS WEEK IN MY LIFE?
I need a real camera. I love to take photographs of my children and my house. I have always just used the camera on my phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 2) and it really is an excellent camera phone. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade my photo taking to a “real camera.” Any suggestions, readers?
I talk to friends on the phone a lot. I guess it’s because I know myself well enough to know that I need some adult conversation during my day, or that I am such a social person, it is life-giving for me to chat with my girlfriends. Whatever the reason, it brings me joy to talk to the people in my life who know me, and who I know so well, to converse about the happenings in our lives and to encourage each other in whatever it is we’re going through, good or bad. I couldn’t do this mom gig without good friends.
This season in life is full of little things. It has taken me years of motherhood to arrive at the point where I can say that I accept it: running errands, driving carpools, scheduling appointments, emailing teachers, helping with school projects, and all of the duties that come with motherhood – I embrace you, little things! It’s all valuable, simple and little though it may be.
Accomplishments look different now than they used to. When the children are fed and clean and sleeping well, and their clothes are clean and put away, when they have been listened to and heard, when mom and dad get time alone together, I have accomplished quite a lot. All these basic things of life add up to quite a lot.
God is good. All the time.
Thank you, Kathryn Whitaker, for hosting Week in My Life 2015! I am so very grateful for the opportunity to connect with other bloggers as we share all the ordinary aspects of our extraordinary vocations as wives and mothers in this modern world. What we are about is truly beautiful. You are kicking some serious butt as a mom of many and I see you, even if it’s through the lens of your blog, I appreciate all you do to bring others closer to joy in their vocations and closer to Christ! I’ll be linking up next year, for sure!