Monday, October 25, 2010

Another Weekend Recap

Please excuse the writer's block and complete lack of motivation on my part to sit down and blog anything. I've been taking advantage of Netflix and catching up on 4 seasons of 30 Rock.

I mean, I've been staying on top of the laundry and cooking dinners from scratch and translating Bible verses into remote tribal dialects while my children take turns singing hymns to each other.

That's it.

A brief play-by-play of our weekend:

--Have one of the boys' friends over to play for a while on Friday. Watch them play in the backyard from the kitchen window, and catch Aidan peeing into his stainless steel water bottle. Promptly bury my head in my hands and mumble to myself something about boarding school. Look up just in time to see Aidan shaking the pee from the bottle onto the slide for his friend to slide down in. Wha? Why? WHAT?? Where do they get these ideas? WHAT ON EARTH?? Male readership, please enlighten.

--After the unfortunate "water bottle incident", slowly lose control of children and sanity while Brandon works till 11pm. Get frustrated with the kids and strap everyone into the van, and drive. And drive, till arriving at a Chic-Fil-A drive thru two towns away. Chicken nuggets for all. Come home, put everyone to bed, and contemplate a swig of Scope mouthwash in the absence of any sort of adult beverage in the house.

--Saturday, with Brandon at work for a few hours, take Aidan and Emerson to Aidan's soccer game. Spike Aidan's mohawk 5 inches in the air in honor of team picture day, only to arrive at field and learn that it was not, in fact, team picture day. Fiercest looking 5 year old ever on the soccer field. Hallelujah, during the game Emerson learned how to say "please" after only working on it for the past month and a half. She has about 20 or so words that she will say on her own without prompting, and she is understanding most of what we say to her these days.

--After a lunch of Nutella and lemon juice, realize that the dreaded trip to Wal-Mart on a Saturday is inevitable.

--Stay home with the napping sisters while Brandon took Dane to his flag football game, where Dane scored his first ever TOUCHDOWN for his team to win the game. And I missed it, and the camera was at home. Boo.

--Saturday night watch as the kids lapped up a dinner of something called "Dorito casserole" and wonder if Emerson thinks that all these white people are crazy for serving her something with hot chips in it and calling it dinner. Serve Emerson second helping of dorito casserole.

--Sunday morning, enjoy uneventful trip to church, where everyone was fully dressed and kept their underwear on the entire time. So what if Aidan was wearing cowboy boots with his shorts. We pick our battles around here.

--Sunday afternoon, take boys to birthday party while Brandon takes a turn with the napping sisters. At party, listen as an "enthusiastically 4-months pregnant with first baby" mama tells an "at the party with 10 day old baby, and my other 2 kids are at home" mama about this book that teaches you how to get your baby on a schedule as soon as you get home from the hospital. And the mama of three was so sweet and patient, and listened to this sweet girl for several minutes, when I probably would have strangled her with a receiving blanket in a sleep-deprived haze. Bless her little enthusiastic heart.

Here's hoping to a Monday of patient friends, a little 30 Rock, and Chinese babies who learn how to say "potty".


Francie S. said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! I have to say, though, that I am 4 months pregnant with my first child and highly enthusiastic, but I'm not reading books about bringing the baby home. In fact, I'm pretty much ignoring all the literature that starts with "labor and delivery" forward. Hopeless denial, I know.

Anonymous said...

GranDoug offers the Anthropology 101 explanation for Alpha Aidan's behavior: He is merely marking his territory in the presence of another young male of the species.

Adrienne said...

Oh, Mandy, that is just hilarious! Thanks for the reminders to pray for you and your sanity! ;)

Also: way to go, Dane with the first-ever touchdown! Woo hoo!

Brand al Thor said...

I think Aidan was just being resourceful and creating his own slip and slide.

Anonymous said...

Brandon.... Listen to Grand Doug.. He is a very wise man... Slip and Slide, jimminy...

Ang Stoltzfus said...

mandy...i need that dorito casserole recipe! anything w/doritos in that = dinner has to be a winner!

think of you LOTS throughout my days!

how you have time to watch 30Rock is beyond me...=) but i'm sure it helps keep you sane!!
that's probably the problem around here...i'm lacking sanity...
we NEED to live closer so i can watch & learn from you.

love you lots!

Anonymous said...

You should check out "national geographic: China's lost girls" on Netflix, which is an interesting documentary on adopting of beautiful little Chinese girls like yours!

AnnieBlogs said...

Your weekend is something, my friend. :)