Saturday, April 26, 2008

Oh. My. Gosh.

Today was so incredibly hectic - why oh why do I do this to myself????

Todd left for work at 6:00 this morning, so I got up and made him lunch (otherwise he would eat dinner Friday night and dinner Saturday night) to take to work. Tyler was up at 6:30 this morning then, so him and I watched an Air Bud movie - the soccer one.



We left the house by 9 to go to Tyler's soccer game. A stop at the gas station for a cappucino for me, and we were there. Jessie decides (in a pre-tween fit) that she isn't using the wheelchair, and wants to use her crutches - the entire morning. My response was - "that's fine, but I will not carry you from one field to the other" - there are 4 different soccer fields at our school spread out all over kingdom come (probably about 4 acres all told). Of course, by the time she walks the lenght of 1 soccer field, she is exhausted (and I'm thinking good thing I did bring the wheelchair), and sweet talks her old coach into carrying her to where she wants to go (I told him - oh these girls have your number - you are such a softie) - and he carried her all over when she was tired (and girls like to just move around a LOT). But he is an awesome father - and a great coach and mentor for these young kids.




Then, I was bringing Jessie, Tyler and one of his little friends, Braden, home until Tyler's birthday party as Braden's sister had a soccer game at 12, and they live at the other end of the county. It ended up I brought Jessie, Tyler, Braden and Logan (another friend) home with me until the party, and Braden's sister Blair, got dropped off after her game at our house. 7 boys and 3 girls (another one of Tyler's friends sister stayed with Jessie and Blair for the afternoon) for the afternoon. Fortunately, the sun was out and we were able to be outside for the party. Todd gets off work at 4:30 and calls me - how many chicken halves would you like? The Fireman's Association did a chicken barbque during the Village yardsales and they were selling the leftover chicken halves for $2 each - so we got 30. So I deboned 30 chicken halves (okay - 27 after we ate a few) and put them in freezer bags to enjoy later on for dinners. I'm thinking chicken salad, creamed chicken sandwiches - any other suggestions?


Why is it such fun to climb hay bales?








So I am exhausted. But I know why I do this - I want all the kids to want to come to our house, to feel comfortable hanging out here rather than god knows where - and if they are here (or at the friends houses) someone will/should always know what they are doing - right????? I am just so thankful that we have some really good parents in our district, and the kids all get along so incredibly well. We talked today that perhaps the 5 or 6 families whose kids are really close would all go camping this summer - I think that would be so fun (of course, it's 6 families and would be like 14 kids under the age of 9) - I'm really hoping this works out for us all.







Tommorrow I am moving my blackberries and strawberries - come h*** or high water.

7 comments:

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Sounds hectic, but wonderful. I feel the same way about wanting my kids' friends to feel comfortable coming over so they can play in a safe environment rather than God-knows-where. My oldest is starting pre-school in the fall, so I'm anticipating play-dates and whatnot. The word "play-date" cracks me up. In the city kids have to actually make dates in order to play. So sad. Your husband is awesome for carrying your daughter around. When is her cast coming off?

Granny Lyn said...

Wow, I remember that life, and I can't believe I lived through it, only I had 8 to chase and feed and have parties for. The rule at our house was the birthday child could invite the same number of friends as their age, and then the other kids got a buddy their age so nobody was left out.

You're a good mom!

Jacquie said...

So many folks don't understand the life of a mom. I'm sure you left out a bunch of things other things you did today. Busy, but wonderful! As for the chicken, chicken enchiladas would be a must at our house along with chicken and broccoli casserole. I have a great recipe for chinese chicken salad that my kids love. Such a great price and all that chicken for future meals. btw my kids favorite sport used to be bale jumping!

farm mom said...

Whoa girl, I'm too tired to leave a comment after that post!! I'm gonna go have a lie down! :)

country mouse said...

WOW what a busy day!! I know how you feel about wanting to know where the kids are. Mine are young too (7 and 4) and there is real peace of mind knowing they are somewhere safe. Now as for the chicken my favorites to make with the left-overs are chicken pot pie or chicken and dumplings. I also have a recipe for a chicken loaf with a mushroom gravy, a nice change from regular meatloaf. I'm sure you will make some seriously yummy meals with all that chicken!! :cD

Tristin said...

Ooh, all that chicken! I agree with Jacquie-definitely chicken enchiladas. Also, give my White Chili a try. I would also chop the meat, mix it with some pinto beans and have tacos with all the fixin's. Yum!

sugarcreekfarm said...

Chicken pot pie!

We're in a "crazy" stage of life, right there with ya. And I figure at this point it won't end until they're all out of high school. So I try my best to enjoy the craziness and not pull my hair out. I'm getting better...