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Friday, October 10. 2008
This week has been busy with little time to do anything but the necessities. I am finding that the days that S is working out of town seem to be of a survive mode than a thrive mode. The bare minimum gets accomplished and that doesn't seem like enough most of the time. Between classes, school work, my work and sports there really isn't much time for laundry, tidy up and just hanging out. I have noticed however that there is a lot more team work and that they are really starting to understand compromise and working together and that they may not get to go to their practice/class this week as there is only one person to drive....now I didn't say it was without fuss, whining and complaining but there definitely is learning and growth in this area.
This week, we received some "hand me downs" from our new neighbor and in it was two matching comforters for the girls. They were so excited and couldn't wait to have matching bedding.
We also found some "treasures" in our friends' garage sale/Craig's List items so that kept the kids very busy playing new games together and also gave A-girl something to do when the others were needing help with their school work. She is really getting into puzzles these days and is very proud of her accomplishments.
The past couple of days have been great and we have taken advantage of the sunshine and enjoyed some picnics/lunches on the deck.
We decided Thursday morning to try and take some fall pictures. L had an appointment mid morning and we decided we would stop along the creek on the way home to take come photos. The kids were very excited to wear their pumpkin shirts and jean jackets (they had found an old photo of the three oldest wearing jean jackets in the Fall of 2006 and they wanted to do it again). L's appointment went a little longer than anticipated so it became an issue of time and whether we could do the photo and get to work on time. They were so wanting to run along the creek that I decided we could try it. They all grabbed their pumpkins (which have now been dropped and rolled and kicked everywhere by the boys!) and headed out. LJ had his own agenda and was not going to cooperate. When the others sat for a photo, he looked the other way until the camera clicked a couple of times and then looked at me and said "all gone" He was very tired after his rough night (I was wondering at 3am how I would make a trip to the ER alone with all 4 kids as LJ barked away like a seal.) and was not in the mood. Unfortunately that was likely my only sunny option in the next few days so I may have missed the opportunity.