News & Notes is the name of a radio program on NPR, but it seemed like a good blog title to me. So for anyone who googles News & Notes hoping to find the NPR show, I apologize from the beginning. I will actually post my notes first, but I am not going to change the blog title.
My week of single-parenting is about to end. I am thankful. This is the longest Mark has been away from home in about 2 years. With the kids being older, it is not as hard as it used to be. But when you throw in the added factor of my working outside the home now, that raises the stakes a bit.
I had some help with childcare in the afternoons from a teenager at church and another family friend. So the kids thought that was great fun. I took off Tuesday and Thursday, and we had a couple family outings. On Tuesday, before Nevin returned from Webelos mini-camp, the three remaining children and I went to the zoo. On Thursday morning, the older children took placement tests for the new school they will be attending this fall. After that “fun” was over, we headed to the library and McDonalds.
By Friday night, I was pretty tired, but of course Nevin had been invited to a birthday party at the cool new pizza place with games, etc. All of the kids have been chomping at the bit to go to this place, so I agreed to take the other 3 there to eat and play games while Nevin was at the party. America’s Incredible Pizza is a pretty great place. It has a pizza buffet with a decent salad bar, ice cream machine, and several “themed” rooms to choose from where you can eat what you’ve selected from the many choices. After you eat, you can go use electronically scanned cards to play games. It really is a great place. But I was tired. I had a 4-year-old to manage in a place that didn’t have a great selection of small kid activities while the older kids went their own direction. It was noisy. Did I mention, I was tired. All in all, the factors that came together were not a good mix for a night of family fun. I turned into “the evil mother in every kid’s nightmares.” I was crabby and overall upset. The kids still managed to have fun, but it wasn’t how I had envisioned the evening.
We managed to get home, relax a while, and get a decent night’s rest. Things look better in the morning after some good sleep.
I woke up to find the pigeon’s nest that has been on our porch light on the ground in our front yard. I have actually been wanting to move it myself, but I have felt bad for the pigeon and had been hesitating to be a homewrecker. However, I believe the nest was knocked down by neighborhood kids who feel free to run through our yard and do whatever they want. I learned from the neighbor kid who practically lives at our house that while we were gone last night, the above-referenced “neigborhood kids” had been running through all the yards last night having a water baloon fight. So perhaps that is how our pigeon’s home met its demise.
One more note, Calvin finished Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows on Thursday after getting it last Saturday evening. It is 700+ pages. I think that’s pretty good for an 11-year-old. He loved the book and is anxious for someone else in the house to read it so he can talk about it.
If you have read this far, you probably caught the reference to the new school we plan to send our children to this year. We have selected a christian day school about 5 minutes from our home. We’re looking forward to getting to know people there, and we’re happy to have come to a decision since the summer is slipping away quickly. The good news is that they do not start school there until August 27, nearly 2 weeks later than several schools in the area. This made our choice very popular among our three older kids. We still have to figure out what Miss Charis will be doing this fall, but at least one major decision is made.