Monday, February 9, 2015

Day Four: Everything comes to a screeching halt...

Today was a big day. Every minute was scheduled, beginning at 6:30 a.m. when my alarm would go off, and not ending until after 10 p.m. I was dreading it, but determined to make it through. The plan was, get the boys up by 6:50 a.m., feed them, get them dressed, make their lunches, pack their bags, fill their water bottles, get them in their winter gear, and walk them to the bus for 7:30. That part of the plan went fairly well. After that, I had a workout scheduled, as well as various essential cleaning jobs, to be followed by an early lunch, and then we were to drive to my sister's place, about 45 minutes away, to see Maybelline. She's the horse, for anyone who is new around here. Maybelline was scheduled for a pedicure at 1 p.m. (She was getting her hooves trimmed.) We were to return home on time for me to shower, and then feed the kids an early supper and bath them so they'd be ready for bed when the baby sitters arrived at 6 p.m. Then I was to go back to the same area where my sister lives for bible study.

Remember how last night I said Lauren was fussing? Lauren never fusses. I knew something was wrong, but when I checked on her, her blankets weren't on her, so I thought maybe she was just cold. At 6 a.m., she woke up saying she needed to use the bathroom. When I picked her up to put her on the toilet, her body was burning hot. I knew then we were in trouble. Long story short, Lauren is sick, and I had to cancel everything. Maybelline still got her feet done, but I couldn't be there to help, which left my sister to handle ten horses by herself. She has a one year old and a four year old (of the human variety), so I felt terrible, but I couldn't drag Lauren out in the cold when she felt so awful. Likewise, I couldn't leave her with baby sitters, for her sake and theirs.

The kids were all mad at me for cancelling the baby sitters. Apparently they are all quite anxious to get rid of me. I really could have used an outing this evening, but at the same time, I think I was in desperate need of rest today. Well, rest I did. I did a workout and got my shower in, but I did very little else. I folded two baskets of laundry, and did dishes, and that's about it. It was a very lazy day.

I did have a startling realization, however. Saturday is Valentine's Day. I already knew that, but I forgot that means I am supposed to buy valentines for all three boys to give out to every single kid in their classes. I hate Valentine's Day for that reason. It literally takes hours upon hours to get each valentine written out, but this year, that's the least of my problems. I haven't bought any yet. I dug through my leftover supply, and I found 37, which is pretty decent. But I need around 60 to be safe, so now I have to figure out what to do. I don't really want to drag a sick kid to the store, especially when I would have to drive a minimum of 20 minutes on the highway to get there. I am thinking of photocopying sheets of the ones I have and using those, but I have been too gutless to give it a try. Tomorrow is the only day I have to do Micah's, as his party is on Thursday. I have until Friday for the other two.

Anyway, I wish I could say my supermom streak was ongoing, but today it ended. My grand plans to have the house in perfect condition when Mike returns have been put on the back burner. Tomorrow is another hockey day, which means craziness until about 8 p.m. Oh how I would love to skip hockey.

At any rate, all four kids are now in bed, though two are coughing. Now is my time to relax and breathe a little. I'm so tired, I might go to bed by 9 p.m. Only four more days until I have backup again. Hurry home, Mike.

6 comments:

Allison said...

Hi Cheryl, I had my own "oh crap it's valentines day" moment last year :-) I found these printable valentines online. Had the kids write on the back and we were good to go. I cut them out since it was going to take too long for them to do it. http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/the-best-free-printable-valentines/

I used the assorted ones by secret agent josephine, nice simple and easy peasy. Hope this helps! Allison

CAT said...

Allison! Thank you! That helped for sure! Just got two out of three boys done for valentines. Just have one left, and his teacher did not send me a list of names, even after I requested it yesterday, so not sure how I will pull that one off. Jamie is not the kind of kid that has a memory for details. Haha.

Allison said...

For Jamie's class I think I would just do "from Jamie" on the back and then he doesn't have to write all the names or worry about missing someone! Gotta get ours to do theirs tonight. We are avoiding valentines at school and taking them to wpg for the day :-) Nothing like avoidance hehehe!

CAT said...

Oh Allison, you are hilarious! It would be nice to just have him sign them all, but they like them to write each kid's name out for the practice. Micah did his this morning (we have a snow day today), and he was amazingly fast. Last year he took HOURS to do his. It was painful. Hahaha. Cody did all his by himself today, so that was painless too. Why are you avoiding Valentine's day? hehehe. We avoid Halloween every year, so I can relate. :)

Allison said...

Oh we totally avoid Halloween as well! Mostly avoiding sugar but also find our daughter especially doesn't do well with the hoopla kinda days. She has changed her mind about 50 times about giving out valentines and we aren't sure exactly what it is about. She said kids were teasing her about getting married when she is bigger and she thought that was a pretty dumb thing to tease about since DUH if your gonna have 4-8 babies ya better be married lol. So we just avoid it, they have enough to deal with. I know, I'm a big chicken and don't want to deal with it. Also have to be very careful if they watch movies as their school party. The teachers are really good at giving us a heads up and are aware that we are very careful what our kids are exposed to. Halloween would give our daughter nightmares for weeks. Combine that with the sugar high that would likely last as long, I'm sure you get the picture :-). So avoid we will. We are taking them to a wso concert, toysrus for the very first and likely last time lol and to an ethiopian restaurant. I think they'll be happy with our substitution. I'd still just write "from Jamie" heheeh practice another time.

CAT said...

Good for you, Allison. We are the same here with nightmares, and movies...etc. I don't really love the candy sugar rush, but that one I allow. Haha. You and Kelly are great parents!