This week has been crazy. As I mentioned, Mom, Dad and Papa are in Daytona this week vacationing and so I decided to take the girls down on Tuesday. It was a beautiful day at the beach and though we only stayed for a few hours, we could have stayed for days because of all the gear I had to take. Two pack and plays, two booster seats, double jogging stroller, diapers, sippies, change of clothes, bathing suits, beach towels, videos for the car, snacks. At least I didn't have to bring formula, bottles or burp cloths. Tuesday afternoon after we played outside for a while we all came up and I set up the pack and plays in this TINY room for the babies to nap. They were NOT thrilled at the prospect of sleeping in a crazy place and they were screaming their heads off. Fun. My mom was in the kitchen (and by kitchen I mean the entry from the door to the bedroom/kitchen table area) making lunch for the rest of us. Sweet mom, she just knows when I'm losing it. I walked out of the twins' area, fully prepared to lie down on the bed and try to read while they fell asleep. Instead Mom just hands me a beer and a fried bologna sandwich (yeah, I said fried bologna)and sent me away to eat and read in peace by the pool. It was heavenly! I got to sit outside in the shade and listen to the waves while I read for one glorious, uninterrupted hour or so. Thanks Mom!
Yesterday Mom and I got to meet at the outlets to do some shopping for her. It was so fun! I never get to do things with mom by myself - come to think of it, I never do anything at all by myself. Anyway, we spent the better part of two hours in the Chico's dressing room. If you're thinking of buying clothes from there anytime soon just give me a call and I'll be able to tell you exactly what they have in stock. I think she tried on everything in the store and she got some great looking clothes for work and for fun. It made me happy that she would buy herself some stuff - she does everything for everyone else so it was great to see her getting some things that feel good and look great on her! Now if only I could get her to buy a new purse. Yesterday when we were checking out I just had to laugh because I mom carries a purse within a purse. I'm not joking. She just doesn't take time to switch things out like wallets or purses so I guess one day she just decided to put her smaller purse fully inside her larger purse that I guess matched her outfit at the time. So whenever she goes to pay she takes out the little tan purse and rummages around for her moolah, pays the clerk, then crams it back into her fashionable purse. Hilarious. For a long time, too, she had a plastic ziploc as her wallet. It was sad...and pretty funny. Thankfully my mother-in-law got her a new changepurse to put in her purse...to put in her purse. (By the way, I got mom's full approval before I included this little pocketbook ditty.)
Yesterday afternoon I did something so crazy. After school I had eight (count em...8) children at my house. Six of them were kindergarteners and then my twins. The mommies of these kiddos are good friends and have both helped me out with my girls when I have needed them. So, I wanted to do what I oculd when they asked. It was a zoo. The funniest part was when one of the kids came and sat by me and stared at me for a while, then asked, "Maggie's Mommy, have you ever helped Maggie wipe her bottom before?". Took me a minute to figure out the child needed help. So sweet. They are all getting so big, but are still so young. Basically what I've learned from that little afternoon is that I will never, and I mean never, be a daycare worker. I don't know how people do that. I love all those kids dearly, but I just don't have what it takes to take care of that many kids at the same time. You know I enjoyed my glass of chardonnay last night!
OK, the loads of laundry are callin. Schlada!