Because you will laugh!
We started the weekend with the Coach's first football game Friday night. After a HARD week with Daughter (#6) and school. HARD. I can't remember the last time I have been that emotionally exhausted. Ugh.
The football game? Well. . . we got creamed. In the worst way.
Headed home to tuck in the little ones and wait for the Coach. He's so good - knows it's just a game and he did all he could. Not like when we were first married and a loss ruined the whole weekend!
As I was putting the three little girls to bed, I noticed that Daughter (#5) looked worn out. Out of habit, I placed my hand on her forehead. On fire! Couldn't believe it. She had a temp of 102.5.
Saturday morning, we slept in a bit (always do after football games) and soon found 4 or 5 or 6 of the kids in bed with us talking and laughing. It's a tradition. :-) Anyway, as we were lying there, the power went off!
I'm SO not kidding!
It was off for a few hours, we had to postpone the Saturday morning waffles. No way to cook them! Turns out a squirrel chewed through the line behind our house. Ha!
Daughter (#2) woke up with a horrible eye infection. We started antibiotic drops immediately and she left her contacts out. It's not any better, tonight, though.
Saturday was somewhat quiet - after the power came on - we caught up around the house a bit. The Coach took Son (#3) to the pet store to get the LONG awaited fish (he got the tank for his birthday LAST weekend and we've been prepping the tank and testing water until it was ready to be inhabited).
I did catch up on the laundry from Friday. Nice to have that done. And finished a great book. "Candle in the Darkness" by Lynn Austin. Enjoyed it.
Then we headed over to my parents for the two football games of the day. Daughter (#5) went along and slept on the couch. My sweet mother bathed all of the other little ones and the big boys showered, so we could stay a bit longer.
Of course the first game was good and the second (Coach's favorite college team) was . . . well. . . they got creamed, too!
This morning, the Coach went to church with six kids while I stayed home with the formerly feverish and the Little Man. No fever today, though!
After a nice Sunday lunch, we packed up and headed to the farm. The kids LOVE the farm. I've told you about what we do there - four wheelers, rangers, pond, canoe - it's paradise for our kids. They hit the vehicles with the Coach and I took a nap! Yeah! Soon, Grandmother and Granddad arrived with the food. We sat down and played Skipbo (about 8 of us, anyway) and were about to fix dinner when. . .
In came little Daughter (#5) holding her arm. Well, she was driving one of the little four wheelers and turned to look behind her - and hit a tree! She was going slowly, wearing a helmet and didn't even fall off! But her arm. . . ugh. Her big brother loaded her up on his ranger and brought her back to the house. It looked awful!
The Coach and I loaded her up in Granddad's car and headed into town. My parents (who really are too kind for words) stayed to feed the kids and pack up. We talked to a friend of ours (who took care of the other two arm injuries this year) and he met us at the Orthopedic ER (thank you Lord - no Emergency Room at the hospital!).
She broke it, alright! BOTH bones - all the way through - separated. Nasty.
Right there (because it was the right place to be!) they put her to sleep and put it straight. The only time she cried was when they did her IV. Four times! Bless her heart. The nurse said when she saw her, she thought she was about four years old. She's SO tiny! They weighed her to calculate the meds- 45 lbs. And almost 8 years old. :-)
Her arm is nice and straight, now. She had an extremely kind and gentle doctor. He was great with her! In a splint for now. Got her a Sonic Cherry Sprite on the way home to wash down her Tylenol and Motrin. She'll get a cast after 7-10 days.
My amazing parents fed the other 7 at the farm, loaded everyone up, beat us back to the house and had already bathed the youngest three, when we got here. I told you they were beyond belief wonderful!
Went to check on Peanut (Daughter - #5) a minute ago to see if she needed anything. Tucked her in, turned and reached out to close the closet door. And guess what I found? Little Man. Sleeping half in, half out of the girls' closet.
Want an exciting life? Have a houseful of kids. I'm telling you, life is NEVER dull. :-)
Happy Labor Day!