So today (yesterday? It's after midnight now...) involved a lot of running around right at the beginning of the day. Philip had a dentist appointment this morning at 7:30, and we had to drop him off at the base hospital so that I'd be able to get A.J. to school at 8 o'clock. In between dropping Philip off and taking A.J., I took a quick shower. Of course, there wasn't even time to dry my hair, so I'm sure I looked like a complete goober driving to A.J.'s school with my hair still wrapped up in a towel turban!
As soon as A.J. was out of the car, we continued on to the hospital to pick up Philip, me still sporting my cool 'do. I traded places with him so he could drive back home, as it was actually a bit difficult to turn my head to see properly without bumping the turban on the roof of the van. He got Jack dressed for the day while I dried my hair, and in just a bit, we were ready for him to drop us both off for my Parents at Home meeting.
And then there was a change in plans.
Some backstory: each week when I attend my Parents at Home meeting, Jack spends time with other children in the church's care program. For the past two years, that has meant being in the nursery. This year, however, the care has been segregated a little bit: separating the older, preschool-aged kids from the toddlers and babies. That was fine and dandy with him for many of the meetings at the beginning of the year. In recent weeks though, there haven't been enough volunteers for the nursery, and so all the kids have needed to be kept together in one spot. And Jack really misses being in just the older group - he's tired of the nursery and the fussiness of the younger kids and babies.
He's asked me a few times if he could come along with me to my "mom's group," but I keep telling him that it would be so boring for him, and that I'm sure he has more fun with the other kids. He doesn't believe me, though. Our Parents at Home group meets in the youth center, and I think he envisions all us moms playing foozball and air hockey (there are a few game tables in the youth room) instead. Last week, he even shed a few tears as soon as we arrived and were told that the older kids would be in the nursery again, and I felt bad - he never cries, and the poor volunteers thought it was because he didn't want to be left; not the real reason at all.
So we were all ready to go, and then Jack started sobbing. He climbed up in my lap and covered my shirt in tears. He absolutely did not want to go to "the baby room," and I felt bad for him. Even though I'd been looking forward to hearing our librarian speaker today for a few weeks, I couldn't make him go. Instantly, we needed a change of plans, but I was starving too (there is usually refreshments/breakfast stuff at the group). So we all decided on breakfast out together, and Jack picked Vidlak's for the place.
And we had a good meal together, just the three of us. We all ate a ton, and we lounged around and giggled some. We got back home in time for me to change into my uniform for work, and then Philip and Jack dropped me off at Runza.
And we were BUSY today. Due to scheduling conflicts, there's only three of us on Thursdays for now, and it is hard to keep up. At one point, I had a piercing headache strike within a minute's time, and it lasted for about ten minutes. When it finally disappeared, it did so just as quickly as the pain had hit. I admit - that worries me just a bit. Then again, I'm just so glad it went away, because it would have been very painful to continue an entire shift with a headache like that. I didn't mention it to anyone else at the time, either.
Philip and I swapped places at 2pm, and then I came home. We received Jack's lamp
in the mail today, so he and I set that up in his room. It makes a very cool nightlight, too. Then it was time to pick up A.J. from school, and the boys played a little X-Box 360 afterwards. I worked on a few pictures and then laid down for a short nap.
I do love that my boys are perfectly able to entertain and care for themselves when I take a nap. They are so wonderful sometimes. :-)
I had planned grilled chicken salad for dinner, but Philip finished off the tomatoes without my realizing it. Also, the boys and I arrived to pick him up from Runza at 7pm, but I had been wrong in looking at the schedule, and he didn't actually get off until 7:30. While we waited, my tummy took to rumbling fiercely, and when he finally got in the car, we decided to just grab a quick bite somewhere instead. We also stopped and filled up with gas before coming back home, happy to find that the rate at the Shoppette on base was still only $1.91/gallon (most of the other gas stations around had shot up $.18/gallon overnight).
The boys had a quick shower and then settled in for bed. Philip headed out to Jammer's with the guys, and I snuggled in on the couch to watch The Beach
. Lots of eye candy, my friends - lots. Mmmmm, Leo. ;-)
Oh, and we have a date for Philip's departure now...
Now I'm getting pretty tired, and Philip should be home shortly. He called just after midnight to tell me he'd be home about 1am, and I'm thinking I can stay up until then. Oh, but then I'm going to be very ready for bed. :-D
In other news, this is my 3000th
post. Watch out for clumpy confetti!
*confetti rocks all around*