I love Mondays. School Mondays, summer Mondays, holiday Mondays - it doesn't matter. I love Mondays for the fresh start feel.
I love them for the routine after a busy weekend.
Friday night - above. The plan had been to take Wendy shopping for some much neededs - shopping that is hard to schedule unless I drag two boys to go shopping with us. (shudder) The plan was to take advantage of knowing that Greg was home that night.
But Wendy changed the plan. She came home from school and informed me that it was the ASL coffee chat at Biggby Coffee and I promised to take them (some time). Well, that worked to, so we swtiched gears. Next time I would just drop them off, but none of us were sure how it would be - so I stayed. It was standing room, and much noisier than one would think.
Extra credit for her ASL class earned.
Also on Friday - the boys attended the after school swim at the local pool. It's something that I'd never let the older kids do as I always felt queasy about sending one kid, but everything seems easier with a pair. They can't wait for the opportunity to go again. They had a blast.
Saturday morning - Greg left for a three day trip to Toledo, and I took the boys to their belt ceremony. Brian's was to be at 9am and Mark's at 10:30 am, but it is not unusual and recommended that if you have kids in both - just bring them to one or the other, it doesn't matter. Brian - not my morning kid - was more than eager to attend Mark's when he found out his own was at 9am.
Had Greg been home we would have each taken a kid so they could attend their own time session.
As it was - Brian was the only green belt testing, so he had to perform solo in front of the whole dojo. He did great. I love what karate does for their confidence.
I like this picture also because one of my favorites from school is in the yellow belt in the background. Nicki is in the oldest CI class, and I've had the honor of working in his class now and then over the past couple years. He's in Mark's karate class and will look for me each time and then greet me with a huge hug and/or wave.
In school he'll ask if I'm going to be at karate and every once in awhile I have to confess that it won't be me, but that my husband will.
The first time I told him that my husband would be there instead of me, he asked "is he as awesome and as gentle as you?" See why he's one of my favorites?
I told him of course, I wouldn't have married him otherwise.
That man that I married -- that man that was going to be gone for three days - texted at 11:30 Saturday morning while I was still at the belt ceremony and said he was home.
So we revamped the day's plan. Instead of laundry and closet cleaning, I shopped. Costco, and then home to get Wendy and we did the shopping we had intended to do on Friday night.
By Saturday night I could tell I was for sure fighting off a bug.
Sunday morning I overslept while the kids and dad went to Sunday school and church.
On Sunday I laid low and took pictures of the kids making snowmen.
As for today - no school.
planning to get some exercise in
meeting up with a few people who are purchasing things I've listed on local garage sale sites
and seeing how much more stuff I can throw onto the porch before Purple Heart comes.
time to get busy....
And from the college kid:
Mom: So how was school after the first week?
Kid: It wasn't terrible