busyness? business? Busyness.
So, the last few weeks have been hectic to say the least. I've had two solid weeks with at least four days that have had two-three appointments a piece. I had so many things to do and so many things to organize that I can't remember which I did on which day. Lets just say that we're a two-car family. Dante has had track meets and med checks and seminary and Young Men's activities. Alex has had physicals and appointments with a pediatric ophthalmologist (more on that later) and a check up with The Providence Center and a field trip and a birthday...so he also had a birthday party. Aaron's been called into work several times (yay) and I've had to ask a coworker to take my shifts so I could get to the places I needed to be at (thanks again Ann!). I spent Saturday morning cleaning and mopping and delegating and cutting fruit and making pigs-in-a-blanket and decorating and secretly wrapping gifts and wrangling an overly-excited 6-year-old who kept bursting into tears over the smallest of things. My husband threatened to schedule 4 parties a year because of how much cleaning it prompted me to do, and I threatened to call everyone and cancel if Alex didn't pull himself together.
Thank goodness, when everyone arrived (nicely staggered so that we could properly greet everyone), Alex had calmed down and everyone got a chance to eat, play, watch Cars the movie (if they wanted to), and the grown-ups all got to chat. All of the husbands are friends with my husband from grade school, and they all grew up with each other. All of the wives (including myself) were imported from other states, lol, and we'd all met at least one other time so we got to chat and catch up. My friend Heather (from my old job) came over and hung out as well. She's the sweetest person and she always shows up at my kids birthday parties even though she doesn't have any children of her own to bring over to play. She brings herself over to play with the kids, lol, and they love her for it. And my dear friend Kat showed up with all four of her kids (including the 3-week-old baby, dressed in the sweater I'd knit for her) to play with Alex. She fit right in and we all had a blast passing the baby around.
After everyone had a chance to eat and the kids had reached that point (you know...the point at which things are just about to explode into a giant mess of poor behavior choices), I gathered everyone up and we all headed over to the Crescent Park Carousel to ride for a while. I'd picked up four birthday passes, so I had 40 tickets to pass out to the group. Everyone got at least 5 tickets but somehow Alex and Caleb ended up with 10 a piece and they rode until their little hearts were content. And as people started to drift off toward home, the families passed their unused tickets to us and we passed them to Alex and Caleb, lol. I got to hold hands with a little girl and hold an extremely cute 2-year-old for quite some time, and then later I got to take the baby some more.
Finally, it was time to walk home and Alex was happy to go (for once) because he'd ridden so many times, and we had his presents at home. I'd asked everyone not to bring any gifts, but of course no one listened so everyone came with a gift card for him. Aaron and I each got one gift, and he was thrilled with both. He spent the rest of the day playing Skylanders, and when he couldn't play video games any more he played with the Lego Spongebob Flying Dutchman set I'd gotten him. Can't go wrong with Legos, pirates, or Spongebob so this was the trifecta of gifts, lol. I spent the rest of the day catching up on homework, trying to keep the apartment this clean, and trying not to pass out on the couch until after Alex went to bed.