The baby fell asleep on the way to the store in the morning, so I drove home instead of getting some necessary items for making the cake. Once I arrived home and pulled into the driveway, the baby was awake again, but by then I wasn't in the mood for the store anymore. I thought I would just "make do". As a consequence, I had to improvise on the cake a little bit, and I wasn't able to prepare dinner ahead of time. BIG MISTAKE!
The good news is the table was set for dinner by 9 am.
My ice cream cake "invention" was in the freezer by 10 am.
Presents were wrapped (with Hagen's "help") by 11 am.
I ended up picking up groceries at 2 pm on my way to pick up the kids from school.
The kids and I walked from school at 3 pm as usual, just missing a huge down pour of rain.
Ran into Walgreens in the pouring rain at 3:30 pm to pick up a photo gift I made.
By the time we got home, it was 4 o'clock.
The kids were starving, but I urged them to wait for dinner. "We're having a party!" I reminded them. I had to whip up chicken enchiladas while McKinley worked on her homework, while feeding the baby, and helping Everest with his homework. I am in awe of this multi-tasking 9 year old!
That's when I received a text reminding me McKinley had a rehearsal from 6-7 pm. Okay, I'm going to try to make this work...
Soon after, I received a call from the Birthday Boy. He was held up in traffic and wouldn't be home at 5 pm as expected. Somewhat a relief, but how would we get McKinley to rehearsal?
Baby was crying, homework wasn't going well, kids were starving.... that's when I declared, "STOP!"
RELAX and take care of things one at a time.
Here's what I did at 5:30 pm to get things in order:
Put the baby in his crib for an evening nap.
Gave the kids an appetizer.
Sent a text that McKinley wouldn't be able to make the rehearsal.
Opened two cervezas to compliment the entree.
I don't know what time we finally ate, but it didn't matter anymore. The Birthday Boy was surrounded by his loving family, and we were "having a party!" After dinner Daddy and the kids (baby included) even went out an jumped in a giant rain puddle in the driveway. Now that's what I call fun!
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