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Taking Care of Business!

It was a combination awesome/typical day at the “Whitehouse” yesterday.

I got home from work to an empty house.  A rarity.  I was the king of my big, empty castle for 30 seconds.  My text to Beth: “where you at?” was almost immediately returned: “look in the driveway”

I decided to donate an hour to looking for the floor and countertops.  As much as I hate housework, I love it.  I crave the order found under all the chaos.  Jake was with his Behavioral Specialist, and the younger two were at dance.  I set to work folding laundry and gathering stray toys, while Beth went to pick up the children and run some errands.

At dinner, we all gathered around.  I swear there were vegetables this time.  Honest.  I’m in the sweet spot of dinnertime.  The kids are old enough to participate in the conversation, but not so old to clam up and grunt when spoken to.  Jake had a fire drill and “escaped.”  He kept asking each of us, in turn, to tell the others that “Jake escaped the fire drill.”  Olivia’s friend’s family just adopted a kitten, and could we have one?  She finished her third day this week of standardized testing, and things seemed to go OK.  Gabe played dodge ball against a pretty tough team, including Connor, Derek, and Priscilla – and still won!  He couldn’t believe it.

After dinner, Gabriel settled into a hot tub, and I got to read to him from a Disney Adventure book, while Beth and Liv read from a joke book for kids.  Jake waited his turn in the tub by watching dinosaur vids on Youtube.

Knock Knock.
Who’s there?
Cows go.
Cows go who?
No silly, cows go moo!

After tubs, Liv and I researched pink dolphins online (no we can’t have one of those either), and Gabe and I played with a new free app I downloaded today.  Fresh out of the tub, Jake paraded around upstairs al fresco.  Thank God that kid keeps pretty much to his room when in the nude.

The kids were fluffed, puffed, and tucked into bed just before 8 p.m.  Gabe’s got a sleepover tomorrow and we’re trying to front-load a little shut-eye.  Liv’s had a tough week of NECAPs (standardized tests), and Jake wanted to settle in with his Nintendo DS.

Beth set up camp on the couch with her iPad and Law & Order on the DVR, while I took the dogs for a four mile walk with my Kindle earbuds firmly planted in my ears.  I’m now officially half-way through Dr. Sleep.

By the time I got home with two very tired dogs, feeling tired myself – yet renewed, Beth was moving on to Big Bang Theory, and I decided to jot down my review of the day.

Moral of this story: Sometimes God really is in the details.  Nothing outstanding or too out of the ordinary happened (except maybe the cleaning), but I just feel complete tonight, like all my little ducks are in a row.  Don’t take these things for granted.  I don’t for one minute take for granted the fact that as I sit here at 9:30 at night, my babies are all in the house, tucked into their beds, safe and sound.

I know it will be a virtual “snap” before the kids will be driving, exploring, experimenting.  I’m fully appreciating every minute until then, strengthening our relationships so that when those choices are presented, they’ll choose wisely.

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