I know it has been awhile. For all those that check frequently and wonder if I realize how long it has been, I do. I have about 15 minutes right now to blog. My life has been turned into a foggy haze in the past two weeks. Here goes…
Sonnenburg Mennonite Church had a carnival a couple weeks ago. I had saved the paper so I wouldn’t forget. It was free for ages 2 – grade 6 and their families. I didn’t really know what to expect, but we had a lot of fun. The girls dug in a hay pile to find pennies.
They made Gak (well, chose the color they wanted it to be). Madison is STILL playing with this stuff. It is pretty cool. They got arms painted. You could get your face painted, but Madison (and by default) Ellie chose arms. Madison got a rainbow. Ellie got a flower. Both girls sat very still while they did it. They had animal paintings with cut outs for their heads. They took your pictrue and you could pick it up later in the night. We now have a picture of (ready for the alliteration…) Ellie the Elephant and Madison the Monkey. (Their choice, not mine.)
Madison’s highlight – the train. She LOVES these things and can sit forever on them. In fact, I think she did sit for at least a 15-20 mintues continuous train ride. Ellie tried the train – again. And I had to perform a rescue mission – again. I say, at least she keeps trying!
Madison also enjoyed the pony rides. Ellie did not attempt these.
Ellie’s highlight – the meal. The poor girl was hungry by the time we got the (free) food. We had a hot dog, chips, drink, popcorn, ice cream sundaes, and choice of cookie. Madison chose frosted sugar with sprinkles; Ellie chose (really, chose) the one with M&Ms. It was good.
We also had the Machinery Sale. Jeremy purchased a power washer for $20 that he has had fun with – cleaning parts of the driveway, writing words in the driveway, etc. The girls and I just went and looked around. We bought fries from the youth group trailers. We also had a lot of people park in driveway – people we know. We just know a lot of people who like to come! It is great. And the highlight of that… Having Uncle Luke’s Jeep parked in your driveway. I am not kidding when I say, the girls played for AN HOUR (maybe a little longer) right here.
Since then, I started the school routine. I get up at 5:30am. The girls have to be up at 6:25. We have to be out the door by 6:40. Thankfully, they get fed wherever they go. They go to grandparents’ two days a week and Miss Emily three days a week. The drop off with the grandparents’ obviously, I had no concerns. On the first day with Miss Emily, I was a bit nervous that Ellie would be clinging and wailing when I left. In fact, she shed not one tear. Madison, however, was clinging a little. It was an answer to prayers. Because, let me tell you, it would have been hard to drive away with Ellie (or Madison) screaming at the door. The girls are adjusting well, but it is so early. I don’t think it is fair. Clarification…. Madison usually will be up before I have to get her up – 5:45, 6, 6:15. Only one morning did I actually have to wake her up. I am having a hard time waking up, having energy for a day of kids, coming home to play with my two, making supper, doing the nighttime routine, and doing anything else except sitting on the couch. Maybe it will get better….
I am fighting a cold right now, finding little time to rest, and even though we have a long weekend, see little rest involved (we are going to a wedding out of state Sunday over Monday). So, please pray for my health and enthusiasm. It is an adjustment that lots of families make (people going back to work or just working). We have done it before and we will make it again; it just takes time.