You know, the days kind of blend together. I struggled to get out of bed again. I don’t know how Alex gets up with so little sleep. I can’t. But then I don’t have to support the family by going to work either. That would make a difference. He had trouble getting up too. Going to bed too late this week. Tonight’s plan is to go to bed insanely early. Like 8:30. Yes, that is insanely early to me.
The kids got themselves up, like they always do, thank goodness. I love that about my kids. Michael is just naturally like that and set the example for all the kids that followed. It has made my life so much easier. They all left cheerful this morning which made a difference, too. Michael’s play was performed for two of the local elementary schools so he wore his costume to school today. It was so cute seeing him go in a Sunday suit with a bow tie and a bowler hat. Alex is going to go see the play tomorrow and then I will go on Friday with my mom, dad, and sister. If we do that then we don’t need a babysitter. And we don’t have to bring the baby which would mean I might as well not even go because trying to control a toddler is like trying to control an octopus that can run. It doesn’t work.
Today I saw that Little Women is in the cheap theaters so I am planning on taking Lauren to see it this weekend. A little girl outing. I will probably take Elizabeth with us to see it. Not Evangeline. Not this time. I am looking forward to actually watching the movie.
This morning when I went to the garage to feed the cats and take out the garbage there was another cat, not ours, in the garage. I don’t know if it is getting friendly with my cats or just there for the food. Benjamin got Skylar to go after the cat. I am glad that she can tell the difference but I doubt the other cat really cares.
And speaking of garbage, we missed garbage day last week. And of course this week I did some decluttering and cleaning and have more garbage than usual. Ugh. It always happens that way. I forget and have excess garbage. I had taken the garbage out for years every single week. The last year or so Edgar had helped so it usually got taken out. He left last week and I didn’t think about it. I heard the garbage man come but I couldn’t get up to take it out or Evangeline would scream. I should have just let her scream. Oh well. I have since set an alarm to remind me to get me back in the habit of taking the can out to the street.
Evangeline was a busy baby who just needed my attention all day. That’s fine. I got stuff done earlier and so it wasn’t a big deal. By the time the kids got home though I was ready for a break. I took one in the form of making and after school snack and dinner. Remember how I made bread dough on Monday and stuck in in the fridge for later? Well today was later. I needed a fairly quick snack and so I put the dough on the pans to warm up and then baked them. The smell was amazing and the flavor was pretty good, too. I think I might do that more often. Make a giant batch and keep it in the fridge for when I need some fast-ish food.
After school Edgar called the kids. When I was a missionary we could only call our family twice a year. The rules have thankfully changed and now with technology we can video call and once a week. The kids talked to him and they updated each other on what was going on. It was fun for them. Evangeline was holding the phone and kissed it.
Later, for dinner, I made cabbage and hamburger to go with the bread. I usually make it into a deconstructed egg roll type dish but I decided to just use salt, pepper, butter, and red pepper flakes. All but three people at it. Not bad. And really no leftovers. That is a win in my book. I like leftovers, but sometimes it is annoying to have the fridge full of them. And honestly the cabbage is a horrible leftover. The after effects are unpleasant.
After dinner I was fed up. The dog has been shadowing me for, well, three years. I reached my limit today. She literally matches my every step. I move, she moves. It is insanity. I told the kids to get her away from me and take care of her. And while they were at it they were to clean the kitchen like I would. I cook for them and clean up after them every day and I was done. The little ones did the basement and the older ones the kitchen. I have yet to go up and see if they have. I seriously doubt they did a good job even though I know they know how. I’ll let you know later.
We all chilled for awhile and then since I needed an early bed time we ended the night just after 7. We turned off all the electronics and we had a discussion on listening to the Holy Spirit. Alex and I asked them what they needed to do to hear the whisperings of the Spirit. They all answered the usual, read scriptures, be kind, say prayers, be good. It really is just the simple things and being a good person that makes such a big difference in whether we can hear the Savior speak to us through the Holy Ghost. It was a good discussion, though short.
I will end here so that we can go to bed because everything is so much better when you aren’t tired.