Odds and Ends

30 03 2007

I’ve been trying for 3 days to post pictures of my ladies luncheon on Saturday but have thus far been unsuccessful (and frustrated and impatient).  I’ll see if Conrad can help me tonight.
In other news, it’s been a crazy couple of days.  We are expecting 16 people from PA tomorrow night and they will be staying with us all weekend.  They are coming for an invitational quizzing tournament.  Should be lots of fun but is taking a lot of organizing to plan meals and think through who will sleep where, etc.  Not to mention, my basement is in need of some serious attention before we will be ready for people to sleep down there.

Last weekend, we took the girls to the local high school to see “The Wizard of Oz.”  It was a 2 1/2 hour production so we were a bit nervous about how they’d do.  The older girls did very well (with 10 minutes left in the show Bryn looked at me and said, “Mommy, I just want to color”) but Ellie was a bit of a mess.  My kind husband took her out to the hallway and got her to sleep.  He missed about 30 minutes of the show.  As we were leaving we were having a conversation with the girls about how someday maybe they can be in a play like that.  Lydia said, “I want to be the witch” and Bryn pipes up, “And I want to be The Ten Commandments!”  Umm. . .how exactly do you respond to that?


On the mend

21 03 2007

We spent most of the weekend taking turns being sick.  It started with Ellie throwing up, then it was Lydia.  Then on Saturday Conrad said he was feeling a little funny and he ended up being up all night very sick.  By Sunday afternoon he was better but I was feeling a little weird.  I spent all of Monday very sick and Lydia was back to throwing up again.  Bryn seems to have been spared this mysterious illness. . . hopefully she won’t get it.  Not my favorite way to spend a weekend but sometimes you gotta roll with the punches.

Today, I woke up feeling much better and at full energy so I cleaned my house like my life depended on it.  Got tons of laundry done, both bathrooms scrubbed, everything dusted and swept.  I still have more to do tomorrow.  I might tackle the windows if the weather permits.  I have the ladies luncheon this weekend at my house so I want it to look sparkling clean for that.

My friend Kari called this morning and asked if I was up for taking the kids to Chuck E. Cheese for supper.  She had just finished a big paper and was feeling a need to get out and do something fun.  Her husband works 2nd shift and mine works late on Tuesdays so we went for it.  To be honest, I did not have time to go.  I have a million and one things to do this week and I’m already behind since I lost a day to being sick.  But, something in me said, “Why live life at breakneck speed?”  So, I threw caution to the wind and headed to Chuck’s.  We had a great time, the girls played like crazy, we ate lots of pizza, and Kari and I had great conversation.  Why do you suppose we wait until the weekends to do fun stuff like that?  Why not pick a random Tuesday night and do something completely out of the ordinary?  That’s my great thought for the day.  Off to watch American Idol.

My Throat Still Hurts. . .

15 03 2007

Yesterday morning I took B and L to the YMCA for their swim class just like I do every Tuesday morning.  When it was finished the teacher took all the kids over to the hot tub to let them warm up a little.  All the moms were standing right beside the tub while the teacher was giving us updates on how each of the kids was doing.  I was watching my kids out of the corner of my eye when I realized I could only see Bryn.  “Where’s Lydia?” I asked with just a hint of panic in my voice and right about that same time I saw nothing but the top of a head bobbing in the middle of the hot tub.  Just as I started screaming “GET HER!” the teacher was in the pool pulling Lydia up out of the water.  Lydia coughed and gagged a few times and then sat at the edge of the tub until we were sure she was fine.  In the mean time, the teacher started apologizing over and over, and the lifeguard came over to check on everyone.  I assured everyone that she seemed fine and I didn’t want to frighten her with a bunch of people flocking around her.  They gave us some space and we walked back to the locker room to get changed.  My hands were shaking and my throat felt raw from the scream I let out when I saw that head in the middle of the tub.  By the time I got to the locker room I was actually I bit nauseated but I managed to hold it together and not puke.  Lydia seemed to be fine and when we got home she wanted to tell Conrad all about it (“I fell in the water and then I coughed and coughed and coughed!”  then Bryn pipes up, “and Mommy screamed really loud!”).  It’s amazing to me how quickly things can happen.  There were 3 moms, the teacher and the lifeguard all standing within a few feet of the hot tub and none of us saw it happen!  The other kids were standing on the seats in the pool where the water is about chest high for them.  I think Lydia must have thought that it was all level and stepped off the seat and ended up submerged.  There was no splash so I’m just thankful I saw her when I did!  Oh my. . . call me morbid, but last night when I was kissing Lydia goodnight I remember thinking, “God, thank you that I am not kissing a cold body, but that I had another opportunity to say good-night to Lydia.”  Then this morning, I got a call from the teacher just checking in on Lydia.  I assured her again that she seemed fine.  The teacher told me she had to go the locker room after we left and regroup and that she found the lifeguard (a 17-18 year old guy) off crying because it had scared him so bad!  She told me she filed an accident report, I assured her over and over I was not going to sue or do anything stupid like that.  Accidents happen and I’m just glad ours had a happy ending!  We did agree to bring Lydia back to the pool sometime before Tuesday and let her get back in the water before her next class.  I hope I never have to see something like that again!  My nerves (and my vocal chords) can’t take it!

On a much lighter note, today I had a few friends over for a play date and we ended up all going to Burger King for lunch.  The weather is warm today although a bit overcast and the girls insisted they needed an umbrella.  We got to BK and they opened the umbrella in the van so that it was nearly impossible to get through the door.  They finally came stumbling out and when I told them it was no longer raining, they continued to huddle together under the umbrella.  Bryn looked at me and said, “But Mommy, we still need to stand really close under the umbrella so we don’t shibber!”  Some things just aren’t worth arguing over.

As I’ve been writing this, both girls are outside playing.  Bryn came in and said that she was looking for a shovel so she could dig up the garden.  Then she found her watering can which I helped her fill and get back outside.  Then Lydia came in saying, “But Mommy, we don’t have any seeds and we really want to plant some flower seeds!”  So, I sent them back outside with a bowl full of rice krispies and told them these would make perfect seeds to plant (by the way, I once heard of a grandpa who took his grandkids outside one evening and planted cheerios all over the lawn.  Then the next morning the kids went outside and found donuts all over the grass.  I think that’s such a cute idea. . . maybe someday when I have grandkids. . .).  So, the girls are outside planting and watering rice krispies all over my flower beds.

Ruined Laundry

9 03 2007

This morning when I was picking out clothes for B and L to wear I found myself having a hard time finding anything in decent condition.  I remember thinking to myself, “I hope spring comes soon because their winter clothes aren’t going to make it much longer.”  Fast forward a couple hours.  The dryer dings  and I run down to the laundry room to discover a dark blue crayon somehow found its way to the dryer.  Everything in that load is ruined except for a pair of dark blue jeans and a handful of black dress socks.   Sigh.  Now I’m really hoping for an early spring.

Catholic School and Other Decisions

7 03 2007

We went to the Catholic Central Open House last week and I have to say we walked away very impressed.  Which is only making our decision about where to send the girls even more difficult.  I loved the kindergarten teacher and I really loved the fact that the classes are really small.  This year she has only 12 students, last year she had 9.  I also got a really good vibe from the other parents.  Definitely a family feel and a lot of enthusiasm among the moms.  I think I could really connect with people there.  But, am I okay with my kids saying the “Hail Mary” prayers every morning?  Attending mass,  crossing themselves, participating in field trips to the “Living Rosary” (whatever that is). . . I’m just not sure .

We also visited Emmanuel Christian Academy last week.  The facility was very impressive, the people were friendly, etc.  But they sent us home with a registration packet and inside was a double sided, single-spaced, small print document all on the dress code.  Also, almost every kid that we saw looked like they could have been raised in my home:  white, middle-class, suburban, churched.  And the school is located in Springfield where there is a large black population.  But the whole time we were there we saw only 2 black students.  I just don’t like that!  I would like for my kids to be exposed to people who are different than we are.  But, the flip side of that is, the exposure is what seems to be scaring me about  the public school. . . AHHHH!

So, what’s a girl to do?  Keep on praying and trusting that God will show us what’s best for our family.  I just don’t want to screw up this decision.

In other news, I’ve decided to have a ladies luncheon in my home for all the ladies at church (about 30).  Usually about this time of year, I have to make a very concentrated effort to not be grumpy or sulk all day.  I’ve found that having something to look forward to helps me a lot.  So, with all of that in mind, I am overcoming cabin fever by planning this luncheon for my friends at church.  I’m having this little get-together the first Sat. of Spring (March 24).  I haven’t completely locked in on a menu yet, but I’m thinking about chilled strawberry soup, chicken salad of some kind, bread sticks, and lemon-raspberry cheesecake for dessert.

For any of you who are getting stressed out just thinking about this, let me assure you I think this stuff is a blast!  I wish I could make a living out of making invitations, menus and table decorations.  It’s fun to try new recipes and make things for people that I wouldn’t normally make for my family.  And to see people laughing and enjoying each other’s company in my home is something that gives me warm fuzzies.   So good-bye winter blues and hello to spring time cheer!