What a weekend! I would love to tell you that it was great, but it was actually hard and my heart is a little heavy in my chest. Fortunately there were some definite bright spots.
Dimples came home from school on Friday feeling very edgy and irritable. We invited three friends (sisters) to play and spend the night. Although that may sound crazy, we love these kids, and Dimples does much better when there are friends to occupy her and help her keep herself in check. It’s hard to explain, but trust me, three extra children is far easier than one very unhappy girl.
Russ went to his parents’ Friday after work and stayed the night, which was a treat for him. I was glad for him to get some rest and enjoy being with them. We wish we had more time with them, but the one hour drive each way combined with our family’s schedule makes it hard to visit as much as we would like.
The kids were great, but despite the presence of friends, Dimples still struggled. Imaginative play is difficult for her and much time was devoted to building an elaborate fort and playing “house.” By the time Russ got home at 3:00, I was worn out, but thankfully, I had plans to go to Costco with my friend, Michele, “Aunt Michele” for those of you who follow my blog closely. We took off and had a grand time shopping, talking continually, and eating a slice of pizza for dinner.
I got home in time to give hugs and kisses as kids went to bed, but Honeybee was not happy, so that made bedtime tough. Sweet Pea was here, but I was worn out from lack of sleep and needy children, so I went to bed and hoped for a fresh start on Sunday.
Sunday morning was rough with one little girl complaining bitterly about the breakfast choices, which morphed into how we were certainly the wrong family for her because we don’t give her the breakfast she wants. Threats of running away followed, along with comparisons of our family to other families who would certainly provide omelets or lasagna for breakfast. It was highly unpleasant and made me want to take a 30 minute shower.
By the time I got to church I was ready for a good cry, but I held it together for most of the service, or at least until communion.
The afternoon was better. I planned a good dinner of pork loin, roasted vegetables, sesame green beans, salad, rolls, and brownies with ice cream for dessert. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a good Sabbath dinner and my family was happy! I put the pork and vegetables in the oven before we left for church, so it wasn’t too much work to finish up the meal when we got home. Dimples set a pretty table and Sunshine found some nice orange candles to add a pretty fall touch.
The unexpected blessing came later that afternoon when our friends with the three daughters invited our five youngest over to play for the afternoon. They were thrilled. Once they were out the door we sat down with our five older children (Andrew and Mimi weren’t here) and had a spontaneous family meeting involving some planning and lots of discussion. Then we just relaxed together until the younger kids got home. It was good for my soul.
This is far more than you ever wanted to know about my weekend, but I guess it is “blog therapy” for me. Sorry!
I am praying for a wonderful, productive week. How about you? What do you have coming up this week?
#251 – 260 giving thanks
three of my kids dancing to “mash-ups” behind me as I type
friends who care about my children
plans for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration this weekend
Sweet Pea’s visit
Russ’ time with his parents
a great meal with ten of our children around the table
warm days with kids playing in swimsuits – in October!
more time at home now that we aren’t traveling to Seattle so often
roasted vegetables – yummy
laughing with my big kids
Have a great Monday, friends.
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