Oh how painful it is to roll over and see this on the clock when one first wakes up! Luckily I was able to roll over and fall back to sleep.
I was probably in and out of sleep until I woke up for good around 6 or 6:30. Graham woke up first and came in to watch cartoons, and then Ellie joined us. We were still laying around in bed like this at 8:34.
Kenny sent me a picture from his morning - I love that he doesn't mind being in pictures, that he doesn't mind sharing them, and that he even seems to be interested in taking them! He tells me they were looking at a YouTube video on his friend Willie's phone.
After breakfast the kids worked on their homework pages - home work pages and having their room cleaned up is their ticket to getting screen time, so they've been pretty willing to get these things done all summer! The homework has become a little more difficult as they go through the books, so I've been doing more helping lately (Ellie's on my lap in this picture)
They had a 1/2 hour of tablet time (they only get one hour total on non-school days) and then they helped me out with some chores. I was only going to have them clean their own bathroom, but they actually volunteered to help me clean mine - true story!
I finished up clothes laundry (notice the lost sock pile below - was trying to find matches for these guys since I found a few stray socks at Wil's house awhile back) then moved on to washing rugs.
The kids wanted Mac&Cheese for lunch - this hasn't changed much over the years!
Poor Graham had a rough time with his though. I turned around to find his whole bowl of mac&cheese in his lap and on the floor (and he had just gotten out of the shower!) He was in tears because he had been sooo hungry. Through the tears he said, I wanted more to eat than what's left! Usually they are goofing around and that's why they spill, but I think the bowl really just slid out of his hands funny and off of the counter. I cleaned up the mess and put what was left back on the counter for him. I turned around to take something to the laundry, heard his bowl fall again, and heard him cry, "not again!" Sure enough, it wasn't quite the mess we had the first time, but there was more mac&cheese on the floor. He was so frustrated and sad by this point...I felt so bad for him 'cause you know, we all have days like that! I told him I'd make some more mac&cheese for him - while he was waiting he finished what little was left in his bowl, hanging on for dear life! Sweet boy actually apologized to me for wasting all of that mac&cheese....
Once I got G all settled in with some new mac&cheese, I sat down to eat a few bagel chips with hummus. I wasn't terribly hungry, so this was a good lunch snack.
The kids went to quiet time and I got to work on sending out Ellie's birthday invitations. I'm a little behind on this, but hopefully some of her little friends will be able to come. Wish I was a bit further along on this party "to do" list, but I'm sure it will all come together in the end....it always does!
Graham came out after an hour and declared that he had been reading the whole time - yay! I checked on Ellie and she had fallen asleep....she still does every once in awhile. I love that she seems totally cool with laying down and shutting her eyes when she knows she is tired instead of fighting it.
After washing all of the rugs I started on sheets - naked bed!!
Graham had a shower before lunch, and Ellie got into the tub after quiet time. Graham has almost completely switched over to showers now and he tells me he'd like to take them more often to try and be more "mature". Ellie likes the idea of taking a shower, but really still loves to play in the bath. She spent so much time in there today that her fingers were so wrinkled!
While she was in the tub I got myself dressed and ready to meet some friends out...
Wil arrived a little later than planned, but the kids left with him for the weekend around 4:30. I always have such mixed emotions about watching them go. Part of me is definitely ready for some quiet time over the weekend, but part of me is always sad to see them go. That feeling hasn't really changed much in the years that we've been doing this and I don't really expect it to. Sounds like they have a fun weekend planned though, and I have some surprises planned for them when they return :)
After they left I hustled out to meet these lovely ladies at The Cannery. All are friends/teachers that work at the kids' school where I also work. They've been kind enough to keep inviting me on their outings for drinks, walks, and whatever else they come up with. There are others that also join in when they can - there is always a lot of laughing and chatting during these gatherings.
Came home and put the clean sheets on the bed - first night in clean sheets is a favorite thing! I also swept and mopped the kitchen floor and vacuumed the rugs in the living room before settling in to watch a little TV that I had DVR'd. Tonight it was an episode of The Astronaut Wives Club (which I pretty much cried through) and the finale of Marriage Boot Camp (no crying during that one, in fact I think I laughed out loud a few times during that!)
I uploaded the pictures from the day and started putting this post together, and then crawled into those clean sheets for the night :) Looking forward to what the weekend will bring.....