Sunday October 3, 2010

So what do you do…

~Your husband (who has been sick for the better part of 2 weeks) leaves on business travel

~You are left alone with three young children.

~The week is packed full with a field trip, school days, doctor appointments,  homework, Awanas…

~ Your sweet little girl spends the first part of the week running a very high temperature which turns out to be a double ear infection and not just a virus that needs to “run it’s course”.

What do you do?

You lean very heavily on the four wonderful grandparents who live just 4 minutes away.  My sweet mother-in-law who held Eliza in her arms while I quickly ran to the grocery store to get food for the week.  Who didn’t even flinch when I said “Mom are you sure you want to watch her?  She’s running a really high fever?”   Grandpa W. who took time out of his busy harvest-time schedule to take Jude to school and to check on us in the evening.  My own mom who went with me to our doctors appointments, babysat Eliza while I took the boys to the Fire Station, and my own dad who came to my rescue more than once.

My Dad called one night to check on me and sensed the weariness and strain in my voice.  Ten minutes later he was on my door step with popcorn in his hands ready to play with three exited children.  Eliza made herself at home on Grandpa’s shoulder as they all happily ate popcorn and watched “Curious George”.  He stayed to help with p.j’s, bedtime stories, songs, prayers, and good-night kisses.

My children are growing up believing that all children have 4 wonderful, loving, devoted, Godly Grandparents.  They will never know anything different.  They don’t know how blessed they are… but I do.

So, what do you do on the very first day everyone is finally healthy?  You get out of the house!  Have some fun.  So we called the cousins

Alli (my sister-in-law) and I have a system for coordinating time together.  It goes like this-
Phone rings around breakfast time.  “Hey, what are you guys doing today?”
“Nothing important.”
“Do you want to run away and play with us?”
“Sounds great!”

So we did.  Since we both have school age children, we made it and educational get away to The Great Valley Museum.

Then we stopped at the grocery store to pick up lunch items and Starbucks for the grownups.

We were quite the spectacle wandering down the aisles with 8 children in tow.  The reactions on peoples’ faces ranged from amused, to delighted, to a little terrified .

Off to the park for a picnic lunch, and a little water play.

Anything can become a swim suit!

There is only a small window of time when you are allowed to run around in you underwear in public and not raise a few eyebrows.  They are making the most of that brief window!

She is another reason I feel tremendously blessed.

I don’t even want to know how many Oreos and Cheetos Gideon ate that day.

Gideon shares my love of all things orange and artificial.

Well I off now.  I might even try to sneak in a little Sunday nap before the children wake up.

Enjoy what is left of this Fall weekend!

5 thoughts on “Sunday October 3, 2010

  1. H0LDfast

    i’m giving you back the ‘’ award.
    i smiled all the way through  : )
    maybe next time we go out we should dress them all in uniforms …..
    love you ~


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