My mom was there with me all day on Friday to help!
Last Thursday when I got off of work, I was so excited about my long weekend and the possibility it held! I get long weekends a lot(because of my 3 day work week), but I just needed this one.
So, got up Friday morning ready to work...and work I did! After getting Ava off to preschool, I got started with the cleaning up/cleaning out project at hand. Our Christmas goodies were still all sitting in plastic tubs in the playroom, because I just didn't know where to put them all!
Another change we are going through right now with toys is Big Kid versus Baby. Ava is old enough for toys that include small objects, not to mention her extensive jewelry collection and her random collection of small things she merits "treasures". Archer on the other hand is crawling everywhere and putting everything in his mouth! How can I keep both of these kids happy and safe?
I gutted the playroom and put everything except BIG furniture items outside! I even emptied out Ava's little room. Guess what, this didn't give me the opportunity to quit after I got started! Not that I wanted to, yes I felt overworked at the end of the day, but something about getting everything organized and in its place makes me feel good!
I took a load of stuff to the dump, a load to my storage unit, and a load to donate! Spring cleaning came early to my house! At the end of the night, I had almost, almost everything where I wanted it.
Each toy has home now. If that toy doesn't make it back to its home at night, then it may not be there when Ava goes looking for it again. Ava keeps freaking out because she thinks I'm going to get rid of her stuff. She is doing such a better job picking up her toys. I am so proud of her, and I am so ready to stop battling her about picking up after herself!
I like to at least get to lay in the bed until 8AM on Saturday mornings. We may all 3 be awake and piled up in the bed together watching cartoons, but I just like to keep the day from starting until 8. Well, not this Saturday...
Archer woke me up at 6AM, I let him lay in his bed talking and playing until 6:45. At which time, I thought I would put him in his swing and let him enjoy some Yo Gabba Gabba while I got back in the bed for awhile longer. I was switching on the swing and backing away when here comes Ava out of our room! So, my Saturday lounge wasn't going to happen!
So, I got up and in the shower while the kids were watching cartoons. I just had that "gotta get out of the house" feeling. It was a cold and windy day, but we had to get out! By 9 o'clock I was on the road with Ava, Huett, and Sam going to pick up Hannah and Amy Beth! Talk about impromptu! I was stir-crazy, and the kids were my victims!
We went to the park, and they played for about 30 minutes until the big girls were ready to go.
While at the park, I get a call from Ava's daddy that her cousin's birthday party is today, at 12 o'clock...its 11 o'clock NOW! Anyway, it worked out and she got there in time and ended up staying with her daddy until Monday morning.
I took the rest of my crew to Stix for lunch. We looked really cool cruising around in my dad's 12 passenger van. The kids ate so much I thought they were going to have to vomit! It was some great food as usual.
That afternoon, it was just me and Archer for an afternoon nap. My friend Lori came over that night and we just played with Archer and watched some television.
I woke up in a funk, and didn't want to get ready for church. I am just out of wack when Ava is away. Things just don't quite click when she is gone for the weekend. Me and Archer woke up at 7, and we were back in the bed by 9 o'clock that morning. He slept for almost 3 hours! I ended up waking him up, and then we went over to Michelle's for lunch. We spent the afternoon playing.
I ended up keeping Charlie today, so I didn't do much except take care of the babies. Ava came home this morning, and I let her stay home because I missed her so much over the weekend! So, I have my kids both back home and everything feels right with the world!
I returned back to work on Tuesday, refreshed and rested!