Dropping the Ball, and New Bling

Dropping the Ball, and New Bling

This week has been a lot. We are suddenly juggling so many different new things in our schedule and we’re definitely feeling the adjustment factor.

This semester we have 3 kids in sports: Natalie is trying girls softball, and Xavier and Jordan are trying track and field. That means that we have had to manage getting the three of them to their various practices, plus getting all three of them last minute appointments for sports physicals. We managed to get two of them in on Monday with our doctor (Paul took that appointment), but the third couldn’t be seen till April, so I had to go to an urgent care facility outside our network to get that done on Tuesday evening after supper, while Paul was at St. Vincent de Paul. In addition, there was youth group on Monday for X and J.. There was a therapy appointment for Ellie in the middle of the day Tuesday (meaning pick her up, do the appointment, bring her back); then I got a call that Jordan’s glasses were ready to pick up from the eye doctor, so I had to run across town to do that Wednesday morning. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, meaning we were fasting except for a meatless supper. I worked with Natalie in the afternoon to put together a big pot of vegetable stew for an early supper; then Paul had to leave around 5pm to get the kids to mass, because Ash Wednesday is always standing-room-only and he wanted to get a pew. I had to stay home with Ruben, who has been sick with a fever ranging from 101-104 all week. Thursday morning Paul took Alyssa to her initial consult for braces. As he was leaving the school parking lot after dropping her back off at school, the orthodontist called to say if he could bring her in today to get the braces put on, they’d give us a $250 discount. We like discounts, so that meant he had to run back to the school to pick her up around 2pm. In all of that, we missed the fact that there was also a therapy appointment on the books for Efrain, and I thought Paul was going to take it, and he thought I was, so neither of us did. So THAT was the ball that got dropped!

But Lyss came home to supper tonight grinning from ear to ear, with a mouthful of bling.

Tomorrow is another day of running around… Ruben still has a fever tonight, so I have an appointment for him at urgent care in the morning. In the afternoon, Paul will take Jordan and Efrain to Grandma’s house for their weekend (she takes the kids by twos every other week), and I will have to pick up some of the kids after school and then the other two after their sports practices.

It’s probably true that this is not that unusual of a schedule for a lot of families. But it does seem like there’s a lot piling up all at once here, beyond even just the addition of the sports schedule. Anyway, upward and onward!

Annette Heidmann

I homeschooled four kids all the way through high school and then fostered/adopted 7 more children. I am wife to a very smart mathematician; I dabble in photography, write and sing, paint in bright colors, and love being Catholic!

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