I’ve realized that I really don’t like writing “weekly wrap-ups,” especially on the weeks that I am struggling to function let alone be accountable to my goal of getting out of bed at a decent hour of the morning. I’m thinking this might be my last “week in review” post for awhile.
My alarm went off at 7:30am on Saturday morning. We had plans to be at our church between 8:30 and 9:00, so I rolled out of bed about 8:05am.
We got around and headed across the street to help out with the Operation Christmas Child shoebox packing party for restricted access countries. It was my first time being a part of OCC, and I absolutely loved the opportunity to give of my time to pack gifts for these kids who might not otherwise receive a present this Christmas.
It was fun for the kids to get a chance to participate, too. Jenny and David joined their friends in helping to prep boxes, pack boxes, and watch the toddlers.
My alarm went off at 7:30am again, but when I got up just before 8am to get in the shower, I discovered that David wasn’t feeling well (and Chris had gotten sick the afternoon/evening before). After talking to J about it, we decided it was probably best for all of us to stay home from church in order to contain the germs and allow everyone a quiet morning to recoup.
I did need to go over to the church after lunch for choir rehearsal (we’re working on our Christmas musical), so after everyone was fed and settled in for nap/quiet time, I headed across the street for a few hours.
Monday was our “Saturday” this week – J didn’t have to work and we took full advantage of the fact that we had no reason to get up early. The kids all got up shortly after 8am, so I didn’t really get much sleep after that point, but I lounged in bed until 10ish.
Jenny had piano lessons at 10am, so I was up and out the door by 9:45am.
I really didn’t want to get out of bed Wednesday – I had stayed up too late Tuesday night and was super tired. I finally dragged myself out of bed and into the shower about 11am after Jenny asked if they could have the day off and spend it reading instead of doing school.
Chris had a doctor’s appointment at 10am, and I finally managed to drag myself out of bed at 9:15am. Thankfully the kids were all up and had eaten breakfast when I got out of bed, and we were out the door with plenty of time to spare before his appointment.
We stopped at the grocery store after the appointment since we hadn’t gone on Tuesday, and then it was home to get started with school. David didn’t want to do school (again – he’s been difficult since last week before he went on his mini-vacation), but I persevered, and he actually managed to complete a full day’s worth of school work before Jenny got done with her math (she was struggling to stay focused).
After lunch, Jenny finished up her schoolwork, and I was in my recliner watching a movie by 2:30pm.
With no appointments in the morning, I had zero motivation to get up. So it was after 12pm when I finally got up. Normally when I stay in bed that late, I’m just playing on my phone the whole time, but this particular morning I was pretty tired and mostly slept. I must have been tired.
School finally got started after lunch, and I was surprised at how willing and eager David was to get started and get his work done (after it’d been such a struggle all week). Jenny got started right away but dragged her feet (I think she’s tired). We have to finish up our week tomorrow anyway, so I’m not super stressed about it.
Since J had to work all day, the kids and I made plans to stick around the house. We had some school to make up, so we did a bit of Saturday school.
When J got home (early!!), we had some crockpot chili and homemade bread. The kids had been begging all day to carve their pumpkins, so once we all ate and I got dinner cleaned up, we had some pumpkin carving fun.
I actually made it out of bed in time to get dinner in the crockpot (pork roast and potatoes) and take a shower before we had to leave for church at 9:10am.
After church, plans changed as my sister and her family were going to be driving through the south side of town and wanted to meet up with the family for lunch, so I sent J home to turn down the crockpot and get the van (we had walked to church). We headed to Red Lobster and had a delicious lunch with my parents, my sister and her family, my grandparents, and one of my aunts.
Why do my kids like coming to Red Lobster? The live lobster tank. #animallovers #picheaplace
After lunch we made a “quick” (i.e. less than an hour) trip to Menards before heading home to put Chris down for a nap. The big kids went outside to play, I headed across the street to church for choir practice, and J settled in for an afternoon of football.
This post is linked up with What I Wore Wednesday.