The kids have Vacation Bible School this week, so our routine (which is barely intact from the switch from school to summer anyway) is all whacked out again. At lunchtime, I run home, let Penny out, fill water buckets, and pack a cooler dinner for the kids before heading back to the office.
Then at 5, I head out, pick up the boys at the sitter, then swing by the school and pick up the Ladybug from daycamp, and we picnic together for 30-45 minutes in the parking lot before I walk them in to VBS at 6:30. There’s just not enough time to try and get home (even though it’s close), get something to eat, and get back. At least, not if we want to be a happy, sane family.
This way the kids get to enjoy something out of the ordinary, we get to visit together as a family before they head off for the rest of the evening, and only momma is totally stressed out. Then I head home for 2 hours until pick-up time.
So…what to do for 2 hours…?
Yesterday I leisurely fed the animals with Penny, visited with Mr. Fix-It when he got home, and then wandered around taking pictures of my flower garden.
I took a nice stroll around the whole pasture with Penny.
I found a turkey feather along the back fence line that I brought home for the kids to see.
I picked up a couple stray posts in the field that the kids missed the other evening…but on the whole I didn’t do much at all.
Then I picked them up and we headed home for bedtime…
…Where I discovered that I had 3 load of laundry to do (if I didn’t want my kids to go to the sitter naked in the morning), a daycamp field trip lunch to pack, and 3 stuffed bats to…well…come up with for VBS on Tuesday–because no Treasure Quest challenge goes unmet in this house!
So stay tuned tomorrow if you’ve ever wondered how to produce 3 stuffed cavern-dwelling bats in less than 2, non-consecutive, hours. (‘Cause who doesn’t wonder about that all. the. time. Right?)