Finally, a bit of quiet.  🙂  First, this photo still cracks me up:

It was Ben’s idea. 🙂

Monday we had a quiet day, recuperating from the week before. That’s what Mondays are for, in my opinion. We played around and put away laundry. Greg and I Bedazzled a shirt:

Even Nick got in some play time with the kids (after no one showed up for scouts, there was free time):

Tuesday was pretty boring as well. The kids all were in school, so I did some organizing and cleaning that I hadn’t gotten done the week before. Piano lessons were had and David was assigned the last pieces in both his lesson & performance books.

Wednesday we had a coffee/playdate with our friends Molly & Clive (& Mrs. Stephanie, too, of course). I always cherish our time with them. It’s nice to have a friendship where you feel safe & cozy & loved all the time & feel like you are cherished for your you-ness just as much as the children cherish each other. I mean, I have other really good friends that I love and that love me, too, but this friendship encompasses the children as well as the adults into its cozy center and I just love that. 🙂

That afternoon Greg and I spent in the garden, watering plants one by one, checking their progress, and then showing the big boys when they got home. We spent some time weeding & reading.

Thursday Greg and I got to playing in the morning before school, one of those play sessions where you are so very focused on your play that you don’t notice time passing AT ALL and pretty soon we looked up from the castle that we were building and realized that we were totally late for him going to school. I could swear that not ten minutes had passed since we started playing, but it had been an hour and a half since we’d spilled out those blocks. So much fun! I took him to school, then spent the rest of the day doing useful stuff (what stuff? who knows!). That night instead of having leftovers (Thursday is leftover night, whee), we bought dinner from a local fancy asian place that was having the proceeds for that night go towards helping pay for medical bills for one of Nick’s coworkers.

Friday morning I got up to a sick David, so we cancelled our fun plans for the day (we were hitting the music store, the book store, and having a playdate at Sonic with Greg’s long lost friend Tucker). We stayed home and umm, did at home stuff. Nick spent the afternoon donating plasma and I did eventually make it to the music store to buy David’s new piano books (and a clarinet solo for me!) David, after his first flush of yucky feelings, spent the rest of the day feeling perfectly fine.

DSCN1625Saturday morning we got up and headed over to Nick’s parents house for a family brunch. Lots of yummy food & drinks were had by all. We discussed Nick’s parents upcoming house renovations (they originally thought they might build a new house, but instead they are going to renovate the one they have, which will mean that they won’t have to divide up the land later and won’t have to rent out the house) and came up with some good new ideas for the addition. The cousins all had fun playing together, climbing trees, running around the pasture, and loving on the baby cows (they are tiny and cute). That afternoon we went on to church, and spent lots of time afterwards visiting with friends and making plans for committees we’re on.

Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning I heard yelling from the kids bedroom. “VOMIT!” and then “David’s throwing up in his top bunk!” I went to investigate and discovered that not only was he throwing up, he was throwing up against the wall. It was SO VERY GROSS. I had to evacuate not only David, but also Ben, and clean up both beds, make up places in the living room for them to sleep, and wake Nick up to drag the mattress out to the patio for cleaning.

So Sunday morning I woke up grumpy and painful (from all the scrubbing), but my sweet, sweet husband had gone out to the grocery and came back by the time I got up and he brought me flowers.

Then he went off to work (yes, again on a Sunday, he’s crazy busy at work lately), while I tended to kiddos. David was once again feeling fine by about 10am, so we went outside and pulled weeds in the garden for a while before coming inside to get ready for Greg’s friends birthday party. We went out and got a present, then came home to drop off the big kids with Nick, who was finally home, before Greg and I moved on to the party. The party was super cute, with a bug-and-flower theme.

We spent the afternoon & evening finishing getting ready for the upcoming week. 🙂