The first three days this week were pretty darn good; hot, but sunny and clear. We spent lots of time outside. We played with water guns. We went for walks. I took the whole works of them swimming at our local lake beach for one whole magic morning. I was feeling pretty good.
Then yesterday was just a screaming hellscape for a whole host of reasons. The weather turned again, became drizzly, foggy, and humid. George was recovering from his 18-month vaccines, delivered Tuesday night. Daisy had her 18-month vaccines on Thursday morning before drop-off, and also reacted badly. There was a lot of yelling yesterday.
Harry was surly and quick to anger. Ron behaved exactly the same way his older brother did the summer before ‘big kid’ school started; alternating between being a polite, respectful, grown-up kid and being a sobbing, hysterical, thumb-sucking mess who misses preschool. Arthur was harder to entertain than usual. And everything was punctuated by the inconsolable wailing from Daisy as she sat in my lap and tried to pull out my boobs for a comfort-nurse while George swatted her indignantly and yelled “NO NO NO NOOOOOOOO!!!”
It was a trying day.
Today was better, against all predictions. And it’s FRIDAY!
Some random thoughts:
- I booked my plane ticket for Blissdom Canada, so I guess I’m really going. I’m terrified at the thought of going on an airplane and leaving my family behind. What will happen to them if my plane crashes? Will Michael be able to pack them nutritious school lunches every day? Will George remember me? WHAT ABOUT BUYING THEIR CLOTHES AND SHOES, I’M THE ONLY ONE THAT KNOWS THEIR SIZES.
- Coaching Ron’s t-ball team continues to be both an incredible challenge and one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I’m very luck in that the kids are pretty much all fun-loving, hard-working, and delightful. They want to learn the game and they are all ready to laugh at my very lamest jokes.
- Harry and Ron are both heading to Camp Nanny & Grandad’s House on Tuesday for at least four nights. They’ve never been away from home for that long before, so we’ll have to wait and see if they make it. I am very much looking forward to cooking what I want and not packing three lunches every night.
- George has developed a passionate love affair with Nickelodeon’s Bubble Guppies. (You can also spare me your lectures about children under two watching television – it started as a coping mechanism over the winter when he was still waking at night, and then getting up for the day at 5AM.) Anyway, Bubble Guppies. As children’s TV goes, it’s pretty darn good; bright colours, songs, gentle characters that solve a simple problem each episode. I’m finding though that I’m overthinking it, probably because I watch it half-asleep every day in a sort of half-asleep haze. The main characters are all merpeople – but there are only six of them. Everyone else in town is either a snail, a lobster, or a crab. Oh, except for their teacher, who is a grouper. They are underwater, apparently, but one whole episode involves them going to the beach. They have all the same animals that we have on land, but they have fish tails instead of rear legs (think mer-cows, mer-horses, and Bubble Puppy the mer-dog). And I’m pretty sure one of the main characters is meant to be on the autism spectrum. I AM SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME THINKING ABOUT THIS STUFF, THIS IS WHY I CAN’T CARRY ON A NORMAL CONVERSATION WITH FUNCTIONAL ADULT PERSONS.
- There are only ten working days left until my vacation. Ten days, people. In the middle there somewhere too is Harry’s Lord of the Rings-themed birthday party, for which I have lots of ideas but have actually done nothing. I’m thinking this week the project may be “getting ready for the birthday party”.
- I’ve been flirting with Pinterest. Just flirting. For me, it’s the biggest time-suck on the internet. Just browsing! Forever! And organizing all the things you find into neat little themes! I’m afraid of Pinterest, actually – I’d need to give up all my other internet activities just to free up the necessary time. However, I’m proud to be part of a group board dedicated to Will & Kate’s imminent arrival, and you need to look at it, people. There are things on that board that need to be seen to be believed. Like the cake. The one with the unfortunate strawberries. Go look, I’ll wait.
Another very hot day forecast for today, so we’re planning to spend much of it wandering aimlessly around malls, soaking up the air conditioning and trying not to buy all the new Lord of the Rings LEGO kits. Have a good weekend, kittens!