I was busy, as you’ll read, so you get a weekend post.
This morning I got up and after my daily planning and stuff I went to the basement to spend time with my kids. There was a huge stack of boxes sitting by the wood stove. Today is the day, I told myself. Oh my goodness. That cardboard put off a ton of heat. The basement is now toasty warm and I am struggling to get the last boxes burned because the space around the stove is insanely hot! The heat has even made it upstairs. One time I had a friend that said I should recycle the cardboard. I am, I said. I used it to warm my house up to keep my kids warm.
As I was putting my shoes on my dog came and stood in front of me, as usual. I can’t make a move without her being 2 feet away from me at all times. I was thinking that her love language is touch and words of affirmation. Hahaha. Oh, and an update on our limping cat. She isn’t limping anymore but Benjamin found shes had broken a claw on another of her paws. What is this cat doing to get injured? She fine though so no worries there.
After school Alex and Benjamin met Michael at the school to work on the cardboard piano they are making for the play. Benjamin had fun and said he’d go next week to help also.
After they were done we all piled into the van to go to the cousins house but first we needed to get the foot of snow off the roof. I thought it might be a bit dangerous to have it fly off as we drive down the highway. I was going to go to the end of my street (which is a dead end) and have the boys shovel the snow off into the plowed pile. Alex told me to drive and stop fast. That did the trick. Twice. It is a long van and a lot of snow. It’s always fun to watch snow slide off the car onto the windshield.
We then drove to the cousins house for the monthly cousins/family movie night. We had tacos and they were so good. My sister-in-law did a good job planning it. The kids watched the live action Dora movie and the live action Lion King. The adults watched the movie Belle. It was a good movie. Michael was exhausted (teenager) and slept on my shoulder the whole time. Evangeline fell asleep on me, too. I didn’t realize it was as late as it was until we got in the van to go home and it was 10:30! It takes us about 30 minutes to get home so it was a late night. But before we could go home we had to get the van unstuck. We got stuck in the snow. It took 5 people to push the 15 passenger van out of the ice rut the tires had created. I am so over winter.
We slept in! Saturday is the only day we get to. We all got up, made german pancakes, and then cleaned the house. Michael had friends coming over to work on a history project for school and didn’t want to be embarrassed. I don’t blame him!
Alex and I then left for our weekly date. We left the baby asleep and Lauren watching her. Lauren said she woke up after 10 minutes. Not possible. She normally sleeps for hours! Lauren said, “Okay, it could have been an hour, I wasn’t watching the clock.”
Alex and I stopped at the local thrift store. Michael needed a suit jacket for the play and he also needed some longer church pants. We found both! I do have to hem up the pants but they will work.
Then we went out to eat. We decided to try the Mongolian Grill. The first time we went there it was their soft opening. It was crowded and chaotic and the restaurants system was still being worked out. This time it was empty and slow (still early-ish on a Saturday). The food was okay but I won’t be going there again. Not nearly good enough food for the price. The Mongolian Grill in the town where Alex works, though it is a hole in the wall, is so much better.
And, as usual, we had to top the date off with a trip to Walmart to get essentials. Lame, but that is life. We came home, made pizza for dinner and then went to bed early.
I was up early today! Well, early for a Sunday. 5:30. I planned on serving beef stew for lunch for the family gathering we were having. I got it cooking and then we got everyone up and ready for church on time.
Edgar spoke in church about his experience with joining the church and how it has changed his life for the better. He said had he kept hanging out with the friends he had before he joined the church he would be doing the same thing they are which is drugs, drinking, and prayer. He is such a good kid so it is good that he made the good choices he did. I can’t imagine him living a life like he said he would have been.
After church all the cousins and in-laws came over for lunch. There was plenty of food and plenty of dessert. I was a bit upset because the stew wasn’t cooked enough. I’ve made better. It needed more time but everyone was “starving” so whatever, go ahead and eat. Later Alex brought home an assortment of cookies from Edgar’s mission farewell open house that a friend had thrown for him. The cookies along with the cheesecake and brownies from lunch sorely tested my willpower. I didn’t eat any though. I am determined this time to lose all the weight so I can move on to getting something else done. I hit 20 pounds lost on Saturday and I am not going to ruin all that progress for a cookie.
This afternoon as we were just sitting around, Noah came up to me and said, “My nose hurts. I ‘bless-youd’ too hard. I need a bandaid.” Hahahaha. He kept saying that the rest of the day. I love little kid words.
Before bed we read scriptures and the kids had turned on the google chrome so we cast my phone to the tv and looked at all the old pictures and videos on my phone. That was fun way to spend the evening. We need to do that more often.
Well, that was the weekend in a nutshell. It was a good weekend.