I can't go into detail about everything that made my week so tough, but I will highlight a few of the (bad) things:
- Malachi brought my Eden's Nintendo DS saying he had "washed it". Even though I put it in a bag of rice, it is still dead.
- I cleaned pencil drawings off the walls.
- Joshua whipped a child's small plastic snowboard around by the string and sheared off one of our landscaping lights in the front yard. At least they lasted a full year.
- I cleaned marker off the walls.
- An unidentified flying object struck my nearly-empty cup of pepsi, knocking it onto the nearby dvd/vcr player and spilling the remaining contents. The player no longer works.
- I cleaned marker off the carpeting.
- I cleaned marker and pen off the children.
- We scrubbed crayon off the table (because some children...like Joshua...are obviously not old enough to stay on the paper).
- Malachi broke open a red ink pen and got it all over himself and the couch (thankfully it's dark navy blue, but it still is there).
- Someone (not sure who, because who would own up to this?) threw something that cracked our plasma screen t.v. At first it worked, and the crack was in the lower right-hand corner, so we could live with it. A couple days later it died completely. This was a little too much for me to handle.
Now, I know that you're already thinking about the obvious solution here. Obviously my kids need better supervision, right? If I would just step up and do my job of watching the kids, then all these "bad" things wouldn't happen in our home. It's so simple! ;) Whatever...let me know when you have kids of your own someday if you still feel that way.
Ok, on to better things!
Mitch had Thursday and Friday off. All the schools in Minnesota were closed for MEA break. This is so that teachers can attend annual training conferences. Mitch went to one down in the cities on Thursday. I had a dentist appointment scheduled for him on Friday. On Friday morning when I got up, he asked me if I would like to go to the Women of Faith conference in the cities. I had no idea there was even one going on! I said, "Sure!" We made arrangements, and I headed out the door after his dentist appointment.
I tried hard to relax. I really did. I was nervous driving in the cities, anxious to get there (I missed the opening sessions), and kinda lonely. Not to mention a tad worried about how things would go at home (I shouldn't have been). But it's hard to shut off that part of my brain. When I got there I went to the ticket counter to purchase a ticket. Someone from a church in Red Wing blessed me with a free ticket. How cool was that??? I was there until almost 10 pm, drove all the way home to St. Cloud (yuck, yuck), and drove back on Saturday for more. I got to see Lisa Welchel, Anita Renfroe, Patsy Clairmont, Mandisa, and Mary Beth and Steven Curtis Chapman, among others. Those were just some of my favorites. Oh! And Nicole Johnson, too. But it was lonely. It would have definitely been more fun to share the adventure with a friend. I really missed my kids too. I just wanted to snuggle Tirzah and kiss Malachi's fat cheeks and encourage the others. Still I am glad I had the opportunity to go, and I'm thankful for the sacrifices that Mitch made and the hard work that he did at home while I was gone (like rinsing out poopy diapers, doing extra laundry, rearranging the living room, you know that kind of stuff).
I also came home with a new reading list (hehehe) and have a new book waiting here for me to read for review (can't wait to crack it open).
Last week I took a 14-weeks-pregnant belly shot so you can see the little bump that I'm sporting now. I went through my closet and took out nearly all of my clothes that no longer fit or that wouldn't fit by this week. That left very few. :) I started hanging up some maternity clothes (which also don't fit yet). I grabbed a tub to store away my "regular" clothes and I found a few pairs of jeans in there that are "regular" jeans, just a couple sizes larger than I normally wear. Oh it was such a relief to pull those out and find that they fit comfortably! That was last week...we'll see how I make it through this week...I'll probably have to finish hanging up those maternity clothes. I have about 4 different wardrobes now, I think. There are the just-pregnant-starting-to-show maternity, the very-pregnant maternity, just after I had the baby, and my regular clothes which fit 12 months after I had the baby. Those in the last category usually fit for about 2-3 months, then I'm already pg again and back into the same clothes that fit just after I had the baby. What a cycle! Then there is the change of seasons, too. But I don't have very many summer maternity clothes right now. I guess that's a good reason to be pg during the winter! Thank goodness for Goodwill (used clothing store). :)
There's my little 14-week bump. It was in the morning, so it's not quite as bad as the rest of the day. LOL.
This next picture is just for fun. After we finished praying for our meal on Thursday night, everyone looked up, but Malachi didn't. He was out cold!