Yesterday was one of those days. It was so crazy and hectic that I honestly wish I could have just quit being a parent. "Here ya go... three kids with three different places to be. Have fun! Not my problem today!" Unfortunately, Brian had made a commitment to volunteer with the marching band and that left me with 3 problems: a teen problem, a problem with autism, and a no napping toddler problem. You know, until she did take a nap. At 5:00 PM in the car. Which is almost worse than no nap. Or maybe it *is* worse than no nap. I haven't figured that one out yet. Add in spilling a bottle of pink lemonade all over the fridge and the floor 5 minutes before I had to leave to go pick up Jayce (thanks to a teen who didn't actually put the lid on the container), hitting my ankle getting out of the car (bruises on blood thinners are FUN!), almost running over the jogging stroller that was left behind my van, whacking my shoulder on the attic doorframe while getting Halloween decorations out (more bruises!), finding out that the one movie I wanted to watch last night after getting Jocelyn to bed won't play in our new DVD player, and fighting with the toddler to pick up crayons, and you can just get a glimpse of what my Saturday was like. Oh, and have i mentioned that it's been raining for 60 hours straight (not kidding... do we live in Seattle???) and THREE of my photo sessions were cancelled, as well as baseball pictures and baseball practice in a nearby park resulting in then having batting practice 30 minutes away...
Okay, enough complaining. The highlight of yesterday was visiting with my friend Jackie at her son's 3 year old Paw Patrol party. Jocelyn and I had a great time. If I had known what the rest of my day was going to look like, I would have just stayed there :) I'm so sad I didn't get any pictures of Jocelyn playing with her friends. She was adorable in her Chase mask :)
Anyway, here's what we've been up to this week...
Coloring Chalk Outside:
These were taken immediately before the rain started. Who knew it would be the last time we'd be outside in days?
We were outside with two purposes:
1. Meet the new neighbors
2. Stalk the mail lady carrier to inform her about our missing/stolen mail
The new neighbors are so nice! We are going to love having them across the street, although we'll miss Lori and Denis very much :(
As for our mail, the mail carrier was very rude about it. "I just wouldn't ever send money in the mail. Period." And she lied and told me mail was taking 3 weeks to be delivered. A quick trip to our downtown post office confirmed that this was not true. There is an official investigation into the problem with our mail. We are getting bills just fine and on time. Any personal correspondence (birthday cards, thank you cards, letters) either hasn't come or has arrived damaged. This stuff better be fixed by Christmas, is all I can say.
An hour before our chalk drawings, we said goodbye to my college friend Tracey and her husband Jeff.
It was SO good to see her! She hasn't changed a bit :)
Here are some more pictures from their visit:
Jayce had another baseball game... this one was at Tyger River about 30 minutes away.
That was the day that Tracey and I took Jeff back to Converse College (my alma matter) to show him around. There is just this indescribable feeling I get whenever I step foot on campus. It's the same feeling I had the first day there when I knew with 100% certainty that I was going to go to Converse come hell or high water.
It's crazy to think about how my life would be now if I hadn't had gone to Converse. I would never have met Farrell, Rachel, or Tracey. I would have never gotten an apartment on the Westside or worked at Buffalo's Cafe. I would have never met Brian. I would not have these three awesome kids. Craziness. Sometimes one simple decision can change the whole course of your life.
(whoops... forgot to rotate pic. This is my awesome Richard the Red Devil shirt. People think that it's all about the Purple and the Valkyries, but that wasn't even a thing when I went to Converse. Nope... it's all about the Red Devils vs. the Pink Panthers. I think you can tell what camp I belong to.)
Jeff and Tracey arrived the eve of Brian's birthday. Jocelyn immediately connected with my friends. I kinda felt bad... Jeff and Tracey traveled all the way from Upstate NY to have a break from their kids. And then had to deal with mine for three days. But they were excellent sports about it.
Brian decided to take the day off from work for his birthday. This was not enjoyable for anyone but him. He tagged along to the library with us and "played the magnatiles all wrong" according to Jocelyn.
We also took Shaggy to the vet to get his stitches out.
And speaking of Brian's birthday...
He went with a Star Wars theme. Look for "real" pictures from my good camera for the next post :)
Jocelyn felt like she needed to dress up, too. Let me introduce to you "Pinkie Dash Rainbow Pie". Otherwise known as a three year old who can't make up her mind.
It was quite a week! Let's hope this one is a bit more calm and chill. I go on Thursday for another angiogram of my head. Prayers, good vibes, wishes, etc are all appreciated :)