Monday May 21, 2007

     Mondays are usually such a good day.  We’re usually refreshed and relaxed from our Sunday, and ready for the new week.  My husband’s days off continue through Tuesday (and sometimes Wednesday) so he’s always home on Monday.  It’s good to get back to homeschooling, my normal homemaking routine, etc.  This week is shaping up to be kind of crazy, though; and today it was off to a good crazy start.

     My husband has A.O. (Advanced Officer) School four days this week.  His only day off was Sunday.  He’s off shooting and learning control holds and how to escape from an assault and all sorts of other good cop stuff.  We’re missing having him home, though.

     Will had his follow-up appointment with the orthopedic doc this morning.  His clavicle is sufficiently healed that he can go back to doing all his normal boy stuff.  Of course, he’s been doing too much of his normal boy stuff all along when we haven’t been looking, and even sometimes while we were.  Just yesterday he took a tumble playing in the playground after church.  One of the moms brought him back to where I was after his fall (and I thought he was inside listening to music! Geesh!).  Thanks, Dana!  The doctor noticed the scar on his eyebrow from his incident last fall and asked about it.  Will was having a tough time this morning with stuttering so it took awhile to tell, and his new tic of using his fingers to sort of make a scissor motion in his hair was going full throttle.  The doctor looked up at me with the merriest twinkle in his eye and said, “He’s a VERY busy boy!”, and I just decided then and there that I really, really liked that man.  Such understanding mixed with such a seemingly natural affection for my son!  It was a great appointment!

     We got home late in the morning, and the day has just been sort of floating off kilter ever since.  I’m not fighting it, I’m goin’ with the flow!  No use trying to start school at lunch time.  In fact, I think I’m going to suggest that the boys just jump in the pool here pretty soon.  We’ll have a normal school day tomorrow, and that will be our Monday. 

     Dani will be leaving us Wednesday for about 21 days.  She’s been given a great opportunity to travel with good friends from church as a sort of baby sitter/nanny.  The family has seven children, ages 1 – 13, and they are taking a trip through the north east, with stops in Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh…..all over!  She’ll be able to help with the children as they’re travelling and will also be able to help with little ones who need to nap, or to be involved in something different than the older kids for a time, staying with all the kids while the parents celebrate their anniversary, etc., yet at the same time she’ll have the opportunity to see parts of the country and some wonderful sites that she’d likely never see otherwise.  BUT, she’s going to be gone for three weeks!!!  I’m going to miss her a bunch!  She’s busily getting her things ready to pack and making herself notes of things to do before she goes……  Man, three weeks!!!  I’ll be driving her to spend the night with the family she’s travelling with Wednesday evening.  She’ll be home June 14. 

     The grandbabies are coming over tonight while Corin and Rob go out for dinner with his folks and some friends.  They’ll be here again Thursday afternoon.  We’re praying hard that baby girl will turn on her own this week before Thursday so that Corin doesn’t have to undergo the “version” procedure to try to turn her.  Please join us in praying!  Thanks.  In the meantime, though, I’ll be having some great fun with the grandbabies!!  The weather is so beautiful and there is such a great mutual love between them and my boys, I think we’ll have a blast outside playing Thursday afternoon. 

     I haven’t thrown all caution to the wind.  Today’s daily homekeeping is getting done.  Sorta.  And I am mindful that it is the fourth week of May and that there are some monthly/quarterly/etc. jobs needing to be done in my school room, mudroom/sewing nook, living room and back porch.  And most of it will get done.  There’s this really big basket in my school room that I stashed stuff in months ago and haven’t opened since………oh, and the never ending job of filing stuff from our “to be filed” box…… I’ll share some of that with you later in the week as it happens. 

     I have some chuck steaks marinating, and I’ll be grilling those this evening.  I wrote down the marinade recipe a couple of weeks ago, but I didn’t write myself a note about where I found it!  Blog, magazine, website?   The marinade is simply equal portions of soy sauce, olive oil and worcestershire sauce.  I added a couple of spoons full of minced garlic.   My husband and kids love my fried potatoes, so I’ll fill my electric skillet with those so there are plenty for us and the grandkids.  The secret is in the seasonings – a bit heavy handed with a mixture of garlic salt and onion salt and a not-so-heavy-handed sprinkling of black pepper over the potatoes when they are done.  Yummy! 

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your households!
Proverbs 31:27

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6 comments to Monday May 21, 2007

  • I know 2 little boys who are going to be THRILLED that grandma is making “juicy steaks”! :yes:

  • How fun that you will get to spend some time with your Grandbabies, Cheryl! I’m sure they have a great time at Grandma’s!
    Kelli

  • I would be honored to join you in praying for Corin’s little one to turn on her own. She sounds like such a cute mom to her kids and a credit to you and her father.

    I’m not sure how I found your blog (I think it was through a link to your Kitchen series), but I have been enjoying reading it for a couple of months or so.

  • Praying for a somersaulting baby! Enjoy your grands. 🙂

    How good to have a caring understanding doctor. Glad to hear your son is pretty well healed.

    Blessings on your week
    Melody

  • Whew – I’m tired from your Monday!  Have a great week and I hope you survive well without Dani!  The trip of a lifetime – how fun for her.  Glad Will’s clavical has healed – yeah! 

  • Oh, we’re going to HAVE to try those ‘juicy steaks’!  Wonder how much steak would be needed for a family of 11!  I recently purchased a couple on sale.  Sounds delicious! 

    Been praying for your Corinne GEEB here!  🙂