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Ma Vida Loca

Sunday, September 16, 2007

For those who might have been wondering, No, I haven't been abducted by aliens.

Nor was I so overcome with grief at the dogs' absence that I couldn't post.

Let's just say, despite any previous notions I may have had, now I know what it means to be Busy!

Jude officially started Kindergarten last Monday, which also happened to be my first day of teaching piano lessons this year. This was the Monday immediately following the Saturday (with a day of rest between, of course) where I was one of two organizers for the church's Ladies Scrapbooking Day, for which I was responsible for organizing the babysitters and kids' activities for the day. (Miraculously, due to an extremely small turnout, I actually managed to complete three pages of my own--three more layouts than I had expected to complete!)

Fortunately, the Scrapbooking Saturday is only once a month. However, this is what my weekly schedule now looks like:

Monday to Friday: Up by 7:00 a.m. so I can take Jude to school by 8:45 a.m. This involves making sure the whole family is dressed and fed and into the van by 8:30.

Tuesdays to Thursdays: Start babysitting one, and sometimes two, 1-year-old girls by 8:30 a.m. this means that I also have to take them with me in the van to take Jude to school. When I have both girls, I have FIVE! (Count 'em: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!) car seats and booster seats combined in the van. That means every chair but the driver's seat, since the bench in the back may fit three bums, but only two car seats. Also, last week, both girls were teething. WHEEE! They go home between four and five o'clock most days.

Monday to Wednesday: Start teaching piano at 5:00 p.m. (5:30 on Wednesdays). Done by 8:00 (8:30 on Mondays). This means that I have to have supper already cooked, and have eaten myself, by the time my husband walks in the door at five, so I can give him a quick run-down of the household status and disappear into my office for three hours without wanting to chew my desk in half by the time I'm done.

Thursdays: Take kids to Awana Club by 6:15 p.m. Come home at 8:00 and put kids to bed--past their bedtimes by then. By the time I come home, Jason has left for basketball. Once kids are in bed, collapse onto sofa and put my feet up. If I'm feeling especially energetic, I might make myself a cup of hot chocolate to sip while I unwind.

Fridays: This evening is set aside to either go on a date with my honey, or babysit Gregory's kids while they go on a date, which is still pretty easy. An "easy" day.

Saturdays: Usually, renovations. Probably get together with friends in the evening.

Sunday: Church in the morning most often, hang with friends or relax at home in the afternoon. Get ready for the new week in the evening.

When do I clean my house? When do I do my office work? When do I get some "down time" to scrapbook or read? When do I blog?!

I don't know. I'm still figuring that stuff out. Pray for me!

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We have been honoured to have as our guests since Friday George and Ruth Peters, our dear friends from India. They are the ones who started the Bible College that Jason and I both volunteered at about ten+ years ago. The last time we saw them was when they and their daughters visited us at our house in Sylvan Lake. We were so. stoked. when we found out that they had time to come and stay with us for a few days on this trip to North America, short as it is. The kids have been having a lot of fun with them, and they totally love our kids. Also, it's been fun to just have them around--we've all been having a little R&R while they are here, except of course for the usual day-to-day stuff like doing dishes and caring for children.

PLUS! Tonight Ruth made authentic Chicken Curry with Spiced Rice, and Sautéed Green Beans on the side. MMMmmm--mm! The curry was a bit zippy for the kids but they loved it anyway, especially Jude--Chicken Curry has been one of his favourite dishes since he was a baby. Also, our house now smells divine!

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My fabulous brother Logan is having a birthday tomorrow. And he's in England. Those two random facts are actually my way of introducing you to his blog, Just swingin' a cat here, which he started to document the travels he began on September 3rd. He is a hilarious writer, although I have a feeling that paying an extravagant amount of poundage per hour for internet time may put a damper on his usual talent. Feel free to pop on over there and give him some birthday bumps, however. And bring a friend, 'cause you're gonna need help--the man is six feet tall!

Love ya, Bro!

Happy Sunday Monday, friends!

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11 comments

  1. You have been crazy busy!! Be sure to take some time to sit down for yourself! :)

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  2. Wow, T that is really busy! Adding school and babysitting to the mix is simply over the top!! Will be praying for you. (I noticed for the first time today how alike you and Logan actually are {eyes+nose I think} but don't worry, you are Much prettier! Neat family resemblance though.)

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  3. That DOES sound VERY busy. I might just stop whinging about how busy I am...

    I had an extremely frustrating week of writer's block when it came to preparing a very important document for my PhD. The gears in my brain appear to be churning a little today.

    London...is COLD today and I've wrapped a wool shawl around me to stop the shivers and goosebumps.=)

    I'm really hoping to get a paper in next year for a conference in Vancouver =)

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  4. Being a working mom sounds positively relaxing compared to that week!

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  5. Anne - I'll do my best to heed your advice!

    Dawn - Yep, we're definitely related. And thanks for the prayers!

    Ace - I don't know, whinging sounds kinda fun. Maybe I'll try that for a while. Is it kind of like flying? I've always wanted to learn how to fly.

    How does a paper help you to get a conference in Vancouver?

    Will check out the photos in a bit! Hug you!

    Rohini - You can't fool me, Miss Googling-for-five-hours-for-
    preschool-homework. I've seen your schedule, and I think we could have a pretty good argument over who's busier! :-) Hope you are doing well!

    Mom - Thanks! Back atcha!

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  6. Sounds a LITTLE insane!!! I think I'm going to go and take a nap ....

    Oh. I'll pray for you first and THEN take a nap. Reading about other people's busy lives makes me sleeeeepy.

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  7. Colleen - Could you nap a little for me today? Thanks. I appreciate that.

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  8. i didnt know you liked curry!!
    im impressed!!

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