Okay -- life is crazy busy around here.
Rich's schedule this week (24 hour shifts): he has worked Monday, Tuesday, Wedensday, Thursday (today) and will be home tomorrow, which happens to be his birthday.... then he goes back to work Saturday and Sunday. Then it all starts all over again next week with regular schedule work days and overtimes. So the ONLY day this week we get to see him is Friday!!! Poor guy...working so much. And poor me, for having to do it all alone here with eight kids and a growing belly. Ah well... I'm sorta used to it. Such is the life of the wife of a fire fighter. I'm not really complaining, but it's been just such a busy week with kid's activities: baseball, tennis, soccer, preschool, church, school, etc. BUSY. Not to mention meals (the kids are ALWAYS eating!) and laundry, laundry, laundry.
In this house, we should do at least 3 loads of laundry each day if we want to keep up. Well, we don't do laundry everyday, because sometimes there's simply no time for it...so it backs up. When it backs up, there is literally clothes and towels and sheets all over the garage floor (we keep our three laundry baskets in the garage since the laundry room is right off the garage) It's crazy. Aislynn is very hard lately because she changes her clothes about 7 times everyday. She will go up to her room and come down in a new outfit. The one she had on ends up on the floor, which then will end up in the dirty clothes hamper. Even if it was only worn 2 minutes. Yes, that drives me crazy. Yes, I want to do something about it. But Aislynn is one of eight around here. I can't watch her every move every second of the day. And to tell you the truth, there are days that I don't even go in her room at all (she sleeps with us in our room 99% of the time) and so, the clothes pile up in her room until they eventually get brought down to the laundry. Mostly clean clothes, that then end up smelling because they are in the laundry baskets.
Things that are broke around here:
The toilet in the kids' bathroom.
The garage door.
We need to replace all of them. (lucky Rich has so many overtimes!!)
Aislynn hasn't been taking naps for the past 6 months, so I have gotton used to that...but now Andrew is starting to want to skip his naps as well. Uh...no way. The kid needs a nap and I need the break. He's a very active 21 month old...and although he's so much fun right now, he's a lot of work! He runs from here to there, gets into things, grabs pencils and pens and runs with them, takes out the pots and pans, pulls up the flowers in the backyard, runs, runs, runs...and climbs up on everything. So, when he finally goes down for a rest -- it's SO nice! These past two days he has taken really short naps and I'm starting to get worried. I need the long, 3 hour naps that he usually takes! That little boy...he's so darn cute. But still. Sleep is a good thing.
Well that's all the update for now. I promise I'll get some recent photos up soon!