So, just a few random things that have been happening as of late.
Did you ever try to plan a few different things and just have to pick dates randomly, only to realize it's turned into the perfect storm? Well, that's life around here this week.
Monday-Thursday (they promise, we'll see) - painters working on the stairwells and living room
Monday - pre-school St. Valentine party
Tuesday - 1st grade St. Valentine party
Wednesday - Mom's day out St. Valentine party
Friday AM - assuming the painters are done and the furniture is back in place, the cleaners arrive for their 2-hours of toil just before...
Mother-in-law arrives at noon.
Yeah, I'm sure that's gonna go without a hitch. Still, I am hopeful. I know for a fact that they have no retreats and plenty of room at St. Emma's that weekend if it doesn't work out so I'll be planning my backdoor escape. Yes, seriously. I may have mentioned that I had the flu (that's the stomach flu) for a week and I'm really not emotionally or physically ready to play hostess in a house that's ripped apart. I know that I am a flawed individual but I can only take so much disruption at once. So, I'm praying. What else can I do?
Valentine's Day and other Parties
This won't turn into a rant, I promise. I'm just so happy to see that the tide, for the moment anyway, seems to be turning away from the ridiculous abundance back to the thoughtful token. I was pleased to see that at least 70% of the "take" this Valentine's Day consisted of a lollipop/pencil/some small trinket attached to a card. Perfect. Yes, there was the bucket 'o candy and junk toys (seriously, it was this little bucket!) and the little hug with a kiss (cute but I have to throw the drink away - makes my heart heart) but, generally, it was completely within reason. Perhaps being a silent witness to the simpler way is making some sort of inroad after all.
In case you're wondering, my kids took lollipops with Holy Cards of St. Valentine attached. We figured a little background and an extra prayer is never a bad thing.