Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. We started off in spring this week, but are back to winter now. I have lived in the South all my life, so I knew that the cold weather really wasn’t gone…I just wish it had stayed away one more day. I had to take Not Gus to be neutered yesterday. There is a local spay and neuter clinic that does the surgery for about a third of what the vets charge, so we always use them.
They’ve started offering a transport service where, once a month, they do a pick-up at a Lowe’s that is much closer to my house than the clinic, so I decided to take advantage of that. That may have been a mistake. I wound up standing out in the cold – you know, since winter couldn’t wait one more day to do an encore – for over an hour! Y’all, I am a wimp when it comes to cold. It took me most of the day to warm up again.
I guess it could be worse. I could be the cat. Look at him:
Poor little guy didn’t even know what was in store for him. He didn’t know he was going to the vet to get “tutored.” (Somebody else tell me you’ve seen that Far Side cartoon. It’s one of my favorites.)
Brianna comes back from New York tomorrow night. She has had a wonderful time. I haven’t heard all about her week yet, but I do know that she got to see a Broadway show (Newsies) and got autographs from some of the performers (cute boys). She also sent me some great photos of Central Park.
She’s not sure if they’re going to have time to go see the Statue of Liberty. I so hope they do. I can’t imagine going to New York and not seeing the Statue of Liberty.
I freaked out a bit on Wednesday when I read about the explosion in Manhattan because I knew that they had been or were planning to go to that part of the city. Plus, you know, being a backwoods Southern girl, I have no idea where everything is in New York or how close our group might have been to Manhattan. I texted her right away, though, and she said they weren’t anywhere near there.
Oh, yeah, and that was the morning after the night she texted me at 11:30 at night and told me they were lost in Times Square – not the text you want to get from your child at that time of night. Obviously, they made it safely back to the church where they’re staying, though. I may have a few extra grey hairs that I did not have when she left last week.
In addition to our standing Tuesday play date, I babysat my niece again for a little while on Thursday. Brianna has started going over to my sister’s house for a few hours on Thursday to help out. Since she was out of town, I took her place. I had forgotten how insanely adorable baby coos are. Oh, my word! I was left wondering if it might be possible to die from sweetness.
Not Gus is seriously the most laid-back cat I’ve ever met.
I’m trying to think if we’ve done anything particularly exciting in school this week. The most exciting thing on our lesson plans is a microscope lab (we all enjoy them!), but we’ve postponed it until this afternoon since babysitting isn’t conducive to doing microscope labs. I honestly don’t know how you moms of littles do it.
One thing that babysitting my niece has shown me is that I’m too old for juggling little babies. I love having her over, playing with her, and loving on her, but, y’all, babies are a lot of work. I imagine, though, that most of that is because she’s not with us all the time and isn’t part of our daily routine.
I’ve got to say, I love having older kids! I love the baby stage and the sweet coos. The toddler stage is one of my favorites. But older kids? Why do people complain about them? Sure, they can be moody, but so can I.
I had the coolest experience the other day. Josh and Megan had gone off to do their independent work. I was on my laptop when they both wandered back to the table and pulled out their checklists and started working on their remaining work for the day.
I never thought I’d see the day when they would be so independent and willing to take ownership of their own work without me harping on them. I can’t even express what a satisfying experience that was.
This is what my lazy creatures do most of the day. See how the cat has her face covered. She does that all the time. So cute!
Oh, and guess what? Even with the time change, I was able to maintain my new wake time of 7:30 or earlier. That was helped along Thursday and today with early-morning cat drop-off and pick-up, but still, I’m rather proud of that fact. And, a little sleepy.
Those are the highlights of my week. I’d love it if you’d pray for Brianna and the rest of the team in New York for safe travels on the way home tomorrow. They’re traveling by bus, so it’s going to be a long day for them.
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