Friday, July 18, 2008

It Only Takes 3 Minutes

Do you remember playing games with a greased watermelon?  I do, and boy was that fun. Well . . .

I must not have closed Chloe & Claire's door well enough (it already has a child lock so Stella cannot go in and steal their pacifiers while they are asleep).  So while I was putting a load of laundry in Stella, Chloe & Claire found their way in the room, and closed the door. At this point you should shake your head & sigh uh-oh.  So when I went to find them 3 minutes later, Stella had gotten into the vaseline.  She decided that this would be an amazing opportunity to 'share' with her sisters, and they gratefully dove in.  I immediately placed them into the tub to be scrubbed.  That's when I was reminded of the greased watermelon.  Holding on to slimy arms & legs was NOT easy.  No matter how much I scrubbed . . . well let's just say that they will have a lovely shine for a few days.   Uhh, did I mention that Arturo has been gone all week - comes home tomorrow & I am VERY tired?

Wow - vaseline is sooooo greasy.
We did try to visit some folks this week, and we had some middle school girls over to hang out.  So that was nice, but I definitely got to work on maturing the fruits of the Spirit (love,peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control).  Every time Arturo is away & I am by myself with the kids, I have a renewed respect (and prayers) for single parents, military spouses, and really anyone who has to care for kids by themselves.  It is just HARD stuff. I am trying to maintain my children as my priority & everything else as the interruption - and not the reverse.  It is just not always easy.  I know that I am grateful for meals dropped off, an encouraging phone call, and a helpful visit.  So my challenge, for myself and you, is to be open & willing to help/encourage a single parent/guardian if the opportunity arises. I am sure it will be highly appreciated.  Plus, my girls are enjoying new playmates & friendly faces - and I'm sure they realize that it helps mom not be so cranky.  In fact, when a few days go by without a fun visit, that is all I hear about. When is_______ coming over.  Hopefully, today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday