This is my second day documenting Week in the Life. Ali Edwards hosted link parties last week. I'm doing what I can this week instead. Today was more challenging than yesterday. We were without electricity for much of the day and my preferred method is to keep up with my timeline in my blog draft so that when evening comes around most of the work is done and I just have to plunk in photos. Today that didn't happen. But I am determined to make the effort to get posted, since I did get the photos today.
5:00 | Up. Much more of a fight to get out of bed than yesterday. Still up. Put on a little make-up. Unusual. Hoping that makes today a bit easier. Make bed.
5:30 | Coffee. Quiet time. Starting the book of Jeremiah. Check email.
6:00 | Prepare for no electricity or water today. Pack cooler with remaining refrigerator items. Clean out freezer.
6:20 | Daniel up. Breakfast (Honey Nut Cheerios). Work on TRU Midweek slides while we still have power.
6:30 | Gracie up. Breakfast (Honey Nut Cheerios and Dried mangos).
7:00 | Jordin arrives. He'll be getting on the bus with Daniel and Mercy.
7:15 | Wake up Mercy. She expressed nervousness about today's concert and not wanting to go. We dressed in jeans so that she didn't have to think about it all day. I really wanted her to wear her new dress, but want her to be comfortable more.
7:20 | Read on the couch and cuddles Gracie. Mercy eats breakfast (Honey Nut Cheerios).
7:30 | Mad dash to complete as many chores that require electricity and/or water.
7:55 | Took all the kids to the bus stop, including Jordin. Raining. Bus is more than five minutes late. Unusual. Really, really wet.
8:15 | Power is still on. Take advantage and make cinnamon toast for me and Gracie.
9:45 | Power goes out. Work on powerless chores. Start assembling mini prayer journals for my DGLs.
10:05 | Decide to run errands and get out of the house with Gracie. We go to the Dollar Store. Gracie gets a rainbow slinky.
10:55 | Back home. Play with slinky. I get to show her how it works.
12:30 | Flurry of phone calls between the hard line and the cell phone. Carrie. Kim. Kim again. Celeste. Eric. Andy.
12:50 | Finally get to serve Gracie lunch, in her room. Huge treat.
1:30 | Been praying for Linda. Decide to call. Leave message.
2:00 | Gracie helps sort laundry. Taking much longer than it should. But she is having fun.
2:45 | Dad and Mom Blue call. They're stopping by. Power comes back on minutes after I hand up.
2:50 | Mom comes with two beautiful bunches of tulips. My favorite. Now the redeeming part of my messy dining room table.
3:20 | Dad and Mom leave.
3:35 | Allow Gracie to watch a video. She chooses a Super Why Video Jack and the Beanstalk.
3:51 | Kids hop off the bus. May Day flowers from both of my school-aged kids.
4:15 | Eric returns home. I head back the bedroom with him. We lay on the bed and chat about what the evening will involve.
4:40 | Leave house for dinner. Going to Amigos. Arrive to discover Gracie has fallen asleep in the eight minutes it took to get here from home. I carry her in. She barely stirs. We order. Eric (two enchiladas). Me (cheeseburger and seasoned fries to share with Gracie when she wakes up). Daniel (Mexican chicken strips, rice and beans). Mercy (Mexican chicken strips and fries.) Our chips, beans and salsa arrive. They are gone in minutes. Discover it's so busy because it's all you can eat tacos for $5. Talk about how we should come back another Tuesday and have tacos.
5:45 | Gracie still asleep. Hasn't eaten anything. Stirs as I try to get her buckled back into her car seat. Head to the elementary school for the concert. Uncle Andy meets us there.
6:15 | Mercy refuses to participate. No amount of coaxing works. Daniel takes a lot of coaxing, but we do get him on the stage. Gracie munches on the leftovers I saved for her.
6:30 | Kids sing. ABC songs. Gracie says, "That's MY song!" She thoroughly enjoys the concert for the first twenty minutes. Then states loudly, "It's taking so long. Why's it taking so long?" Any first grader who wants to sing at the microphone gets to, in cluster groups of six. Daniel does a fabulous job.
6:55 | Concert over. Daniel wants to walk through the book fair. We do. Throng of people. Not pleasant. Will return when it is less busy.
7:15 | Home. Kids hungry again. Snack (peanut butter sandwiches for the girls). Finish homework.
7:30 | Eric and I pull the refrigerator out and clean. It was disgusting! It took the two of us working together about twenty minutes to thoroughly scrub the walls, surrounding cupboards, floor, and the top and sides of the refrigerator. Discovered all the parts that can't be reached unless you pull it out. First time in the eight years we lived here. Terrible.
8:15 | Kids ready for bed. Prayers. No book on CD tonight, way too late. Allow Daniel to read in bed for about twenty minutes while I finish some chores.
9:15 | Curl up on the couch with Eric and watch a Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri. I fell asleep about halfway through.
10:00 | In bed.
"Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless--cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One might in everything--encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!" I Peter 4:8-11 (The Message paraphrase)