Thursday, March 25, 2010

We Made It

Today, we celebrated having made it through the week while Case is in Seattle. (Flying home tomorrow afternoon.) Usually, while Case is gone, the girls and I do a few more things out and about, since schedule doesn't matter as much and I don't tend to "make" dinner like I do when he's home. This time was different, in that Haley gave me a bad head cold and I realized on Sunday morning, when Case left, that I'd need to really take it easy just to make it till class on Wednesday. (I may not have mentioned it, but I'm on week two of my second provisional series w/Bradley).

So, things were simplified as much as they could be. I am not exaggerating when I say that it took me from Sunday to Wednesday night to prepare for class. Between doing the needed preparation for teaching and trying to keep up on the house, (to say nothing of keeping up with the girls' needs and training) I was worn out. As soon as class was over last night, I breathed a sigh of relief that we'd actually made it. Another day and a half would be cake after this!

The girls did fairly well during class. There was a lot of noise at times--extra bumps and squealing (the happy kind, thankfully!) above us as we went through the first half of the material. I did have to come check on them once or twice while the students were watching a DVD, but it went much better than it could have. In the last few days, there was a lot of rehearsing what was going to happen when Mommy had class, and that they were to stay in their room (the older two--I put Haley to bed) and play quietly until their light turned off (it's on a timer) and then climb into bed and wait quietly for me. All in all, they did fairly well, though we spent a good 45 minutes cleaning their room this morning (much of this was due to the laundry I had piled just outside their closet before class--one of the girls' piles was pretty much scattered all over the room. I'll let you guess whose :). I told them if they did well, we'd spend today taking it easy and celebrating, and that's what we did!

Tonight, we ran to get a bite to eat and got a special ice cream treat on the way home. After getting ready for bed, calling Daddy and putting Haley down, we snuggled on the bed and watched a movie and had popcorn. The girls have been asking to do this since Monday. Then, we played their Tea Party game to finish off the celebration.

I wasn't clear on how to play this game. Claire volunteered to "read" the "structions."

It was a good week. God was so gracious. We all survived and the house is even in good shape, thanks to class last night! Case will be thrilled to come home to a clean(ish) house. And we will be thrilled to have him back.

I'll leave you with a quote from my niece that made me chuckle yesterday: "When I get married, my husband will be my boyfriend forever and that's the best way to not get a divorsion." Sounds good, Lyd.