Woof. What a week. On Tuesday, I had 12 texting conversations going on and by the end of the day I thought my thumbs were going to fall off. We sat and watched "Call the Midwife" and I iced my thumbs. This has definitely a week where I have been so so grateful for cell phones and texting and also a week where I want to chuck my phone in the pool and then run over it for good measure. It's so nice to send a text or text while my light sleeper is sleeping but sometimes I just want to be unreachable and give my full attention to Caroline and Ben.
I got a lot done on the Primary front this week. Texting a million people paid off with all the info and tips that I got. Throughout the week I got in contact with most my teachers, found subs for all the missing callings we have, got things organized, visited all the classes, and taught sharing time. I'd call that pretty successful. This week I'm getting binders together, organizing primary materials, and just general organization. The kids are fantastic so I'm just excited to have fun for two hours of church instead of sitting in Sunday School and politically and spiritually draining Relief Society lessons. As much as this calling make me nervous it's exactly what I needed. I love music, organizing, and moving, and teaching--so yup, I'm doing all that and a little more. It's a good change. Somethings will have to wait until January (new year organization, decorating--we have the saddest bulletin board and since I am the self proclaimed bulletin board queen it kind of kills me to look at it) but for the most part things are going well.
Ben worked geriatrics this week and learned a lot about old people, diapers, and nursing home love triangles. He's not feeling the geriatric vibe but their schedules are really laid back. The other students said they only worked half days the entire week. Ben didn't but he did get Friday afternoon off which was a nice start to the weekend. We also bought a lawnmower this weekend. Our landlord agreed to knock our rent down, buy a lawn mower (it comes out of our rent), and pay for Ben to buy fertilizer an rent any tools he might need. Ben offered a flat rate off the rent every month or to itemize things each month. Our lawn was only mowed twice since we moved in and the landscapers were charging our landlord for coming 3 times a month--which didn't happen. He was pretty upset about that and since his contacts seem to be shady people he was glad to have someone reliable doing things. Also, from now on we get to pick handyman guys and take care of everything. Huzzah! So now our lawn looks fantastic, Ben really enjoys mowing, and I like being in charge so it's a winwinwin.
Caroline is so sweet and she's had a week where we've gone swimming every day. Sunday's are kind of sad because she begs all day to get her soup and go swimming. Because we are in this rainy season it rains every afternoon so we've been hitting the pool every morning. We also went to the Schoolhouse for story time and it was packed and fantastic. I also learned that once school starts story time is less packed--which will make it even better. There was this super mean kid that was 5 or 6 terrorizing all of the little kids and chasing and screaming at them. It was kind of scary/disturbing how crazy he was. Anyways, we also went to this super cool park but once we got there the splash pad was closed for maintenance. There were several playgrounds all in a row for big kids, little kids, special needs kids, and a cool pirate ship to play on. So the park redeemed itself. It was super super hot though and there were homeless people hanging around and asking people for money. So maybe it didn't redeem itself after all. There was also a lost little kid that hung around Caroline and me crying for ten minutes as we walked around the playground looking for his family before his dad showed up. The little boy was probably two and half ...maybe even younger...and it really shocked me that no one cared! There was even a dad and another mom looking for the little guys family--so it's not like his parents were close or keeping an eye on him. I guess my pet peeve is when parents don't parent or just aren't parents. Not that I'm perfect at all (Caroline jumped off a pew today but geez!) Poor little guy. And I want to go back once the splash pad is working. I've liked the park on facebook so hopefully I'll get an accurate update before we drive all the way there again.
Caroline's new trick is jumping into the swimming pool which is awesome but it also translates into jumping off the couch. We are just waiting until she hurts herself despite all of our efforts to stop her. She's pretty darn fearless but a little caution wouldn't hurt her. She was thrilled to make cookies today and was a big helper this week. She also kept herself occupied while I was busy with primary stuff this week. Insert mom guilt here. We are prepping for her birthday. I've collected a few things over the last few months and I'm excited to wrap it up. I'm going to make her a banner and solidify birthday cake/cookies/or cupake/or doughnut ideas this week. I can't believe my baby is almost two! She walks around the house singing happy birthday to herself so she is ready to party!
We spent a whole morning this week at Barnes and Noble. It was completely empty and there were no escalators so it was a great place. We played with the trains and blocks and the dinosaurs and read lots of books. There was this sweet grandma named Dottie who told me all sorts of fun things to do around our area and also Siesta Key, Sanibel Island, and Sarasota. I 'm ready to go back now that she planned an entire trip for me! It was the perfect morning! We'll have to buy a book for two from Barnes and Noble since we found a good one to play at.
Caroline is so cute in nursery! I made the rounds this week and stopped in nursery and she grabbed my hand and had me sit right beside her. The nursery leaders would ask her questions and she would respond with her cute jibber jabber and it was ADORABLE. I love that Caroline loves her nursery leaders and that they are smitten with her. Ben picks her up from nursery usually and this week she ran in Primary room and gave me the biggest hug. Ah! That girl!
We've been watching "Call the Midwife" this week. Ben was really skeptical about my girly show but since we are on season 3, he obviously doesn't mind. It's pretty fascinating how far health care has come in the past 60 years and my gratitude for epidurals has only increased. Our favorite shows are on hiatus so we are scouting out what to watch next so we take recommendations. I'm really just ready for January so we can watch Downton Abbey, September so we can watch Cinderella, and October so we can watch Aladdin. I swear I don't look forward to things because of what shows or movies are coming out but I have some things to look forward too.
And as much as this is going to kill my picture loving heart I'm posting this without pictures. I've done all the updates but the new photos and I are just not jiving no matter how many updates I have gone through. Hopefully Apple gets everything sorted out because it's one of those "it's not me, it's definitely you" things. (pics added!...finally got everything in order!
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