Tuesday, April 03, 2007

a day in the life

We aren't, as a rule, one of those always-on-the-go-sign-the-kids-up-for-everything families. They are pretty much limited to one activity per kid, but multiplying that out can mean a lot of activities. But this past Saturday's schedule topped all others in recent memory. Here is what we were supposed to do:

9:00 am - 11:00 am Abie to baseball practice at Park A

9:30 am - 10:30 am Ben to t-ball clinic at Park B (approx. 4-5 miles from Park A)

11:30-3:00 pm check in, brunch and seminars at College Choice B for Jake (admitted students day) (30 minutes away)

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Emma to cheerleading clinic (about 10 minutes from college)

3:30 pm Hope to birthday sleepover at her friend's house about 1/2 way between home and college

Nice, huh? We actually had a plan and it was all going to work out. Bill would take Abie (and Clara) to his practice and I would take Ben (and Lydia) to his. We would then both go home, drop off the boys and take Lydia, Jake and Emma to the college. Drop Billiam and Jake at the college, drop Emma at cheerleading. Go back to college with Lydia to meet up with Billiam and Jake. I would leave the college with Lydia in time to pick up Emma from cheerleading, go back home and get the rest of the kids, drop Hope at her friend's house, then head back to the college to pick up Billiam and Jake.

As it turned out, Emma was still tired from the fever thing the other day and chose a nap over cheerleading and poor Hope had a fever (different from Emma's of the other day--low grade, gone by the next day), so she couldn't go to her sleepover.

So that was Saturday. Sunday was much easier. Field hockey for Clara for two hours during which I dropped dinner at my sister's house and got to love on that baby. It was her due date. Today is the appointment at Children's with the orthopedic surgeon about her hip dystocia. Hopefully it will be good news.

The swelling has gone down on her face and now I see my sister in her through the eyes.

Vita Marie on her due date

Oh, and the proud parents (at Christmas)

my baby sister and her husband

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Anonymous Kim said...

I need a nap just reading that schedule. . .


4/04/2007 7:26 AM  
Anonymous pippi said...

Holy Crap!
If I had to keep a schedule anything like that, I'd be dropping balls left and right!

4/04/2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger Angela Martínez said...

All that AND you find time to knit?! I am humbled by your super-mom abilities.

BTW, now that Jake is old enough to drive, can you enlist him with some of the running around sometimes? I mean, I know it's not fair to make your kid be a slave to his younger siblings all the time, but wouldn't it be nice to have a saturday where you get to relax on the couch with a cup of tea while he runs them here, there, and yonder for you? Hmmm... mother's day present idea. (You reading this, Jake?) :)

4/04/2007 8:42 AM  
Blogger Gretchen said...

Angie--he's old enough, but still has his learner's permit. That's just fine with me. I probably wouldn't let him drive other kids (including mine) by himself for quite a while, anyway. That's not a reflection on his driving...just my own anxiety.

4/04/2007 7:40 PM  

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