Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Day Off

The girls have had early dismissal all week and last Friday for parent-teacher conferences.  So Friday we had our regular babysitter and I left work a little early for our appointments starting at 3:45, then Monday we had a brand new babysitter and then yesterday they went home with a friend.  Today I took the day off and was really looking forward to a few hours alone to do whatever (all the stuff that I'm always whining about never having time to do).

So after I dropped the girls off at school I started doing things around the house and realized I better hurry and find our Elf on the Shelf so he can make his traditional day-after-Thanksgiving appearance.  So I spent the first half of my alone time looking for him, to no avail.  Then I got a phone call from school; the girls have lice.  I wasn't surprised, because a friend texted last night that her daughter had it but I looked the girls over and didn't see anything, but I didn't look that hard because I got sidetracked with other things.

So, I had to go pick them up and then I called the lice specialist and got an appointment for Saturday.  Meanwhile, we are going to Paul's parents for Thanksgiving tomorrow and we were going to spend the night but now I'm not sure if we should.

So much for my day off.  I had a feeling it would get ruined, but I thought it would be that the girls would catch my cold.  At least I got a pie and a side dish made for tomorrow and got some other things done.

As for the Elf on the Shelf, a friend is letting me borrow hers in case we don't find ours in time.  Whew!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


So I haven't blogged in about 2 months, I think.  I keep starting posts but just never get around to finishing them.  Our schedule has been crazy lately.  Soccer just ended, so it has calmed down a bit, but here's what a typical week looked like after school:

Monday - homework, early dinner, then soccer practice.  Finish homework if not already done, read, baths, etc.

Tuesday - homework, dinner, then Paul drops Olivia at gymnastics and gets back just in time for Kayley's piano lesson (her teacher comes to our house.  How cool is that??!).  Meanwhile, I get home, eat, and then pick Olivia up.  Read and bedtime.

Wednesday - homework, then violin for Olivia.  Kayley goes along and just plays on the iPad or whatever.  Paul takes them to Subway or somewhere for dinner.  Meanwhile, I get home and eat my own dinner.  Then the normal homework/read/baths whatever while I clean up, make lunches, fold laundry, etc. (that part is every night, or course, not just Wednesday!).  Oh, and once a month on Wednesdays they also have Girl Scouts.

Thursday - usually nothing, but for a few weeks there Kayley had a dentist appointment every Thursday and once on a Friday, due to a bike accident she had back in August (can't remember if I ever blogged about that).

Friday - nothing other than the occasional event at school or whatever.

And then we've had soccer games every Saturday morning for the last 8 or 10 weeks, mostly at 9:00 AM and a few were 45 minutes away which meant we had to leave at 8:00, because they had to be there at 8:45.  They had their last game last Saturday, so I will be glad to have my Saturday mornings back!

Coach Matt and the Fireballs.  Olivia middle row, far right and Kayley bottom row, far right

For Halloween Kayley was Darth Vader and Olivia was a Zombie Cheerleader.

Kayley wouldn't let me get a picture but her friend's mom got one of the whole group so I stole it from her Facebook page.

Kayley as DV, 2nd from left and Olivia in the middle

We did our usual thing where Paul takes them around our loop while I stay home and hand out candy, then we leave the bowl of candy on the porch and trick-or-treat our way down to our friends' house and have a little party.  It was a little less of one this year since it was a Monday, but still fun.

And now it's almost Thanksgiving!