Today’s activities included:
1. getting up early for a head-start on laundry and schoolwork
2. racing out the door soon after breakfast to get Kateri to the barn
3. hitting the outlets (with seven children in tow) to pick up a few “special” items for Dan’s birthday (tomorrow)
4. rushing back to the barn to pick up the big girl (we were late)
5. hurrying home to throw together what the kids fondly call “Crazy Lunch” (toast with honey, peanut butter sandwiches, leftovers, you find it, you can eat it)
6. Grandpa arriving with a truckload of loam and 50 strawberry plants he intended to put in the field. Today. With the kids “helping.” And with Mom running out for more topsoil when we ran low.
7. throwing together and enforcing the ingestion of “dinner” in the form of sandwiches, crackers, and glasses of milk while coaxing big boys to dress for baseball
8. dropping Boy #1 at his game field and then racing to the second field with Boy#2
9. hanging around game field #2, swinging on playgrounds, running in fields, and keeping a motherless 8 year old from terrorizing my toddlers
10. rushing home for clean-up and, of course, American Idol (Archuleta totally won — this is not open for discussion) before at last getting the kids into bed.
Somewhere in there (I think it was at game field #2) little Raphael looked up at me, blinked his big brown eyes, and said, “Remember when we took Kateri to the barn and went shopping? Was that … this day?”
And I had to tell my little guy that yes, that was this day. It only feels like it was about a million years ago because today has been crazy and too busy and we are so darn tired and I am so sorry for you my little boy who should be home, warm and sleeping in his clean, sweet bed.
So Bean family life today was a little bit crazy. But I know this much:
There’s no one else in world I would rather be crazy with, get exhausted with, get so-sick-of-you with, push me to my limits with, and gather together with at the end of all the crazy.
Life around here is not always crazy, but even when it is — it’s our crazy. It’s our life. And I’m keeping it.
[tags]family life, kids activities, busy moms, crazy life[/tags]