So, here's the update with what's shaking in our world. Evan is in China right now and I put in a few days of solo parenting before my mother arrived to give me some backup so I could still work my regular shifts at the restaurant over the weekend. I cannot fully describe how HUGE it is to get some help while Evan is gone.
And the kids just love having her here. Isaiah insisted that she sleep on the couch in the living room rather than the bed in the playroom, just so he could run in there in the morning after the clock turns green and be the first to say, "Good morning Grandma!" They were relatively well-behaved for her, but they did try to push her limits a bit while I was at work today, doing things they know full well were not ok. But, Mom rolled with the punches and enjoyed every minute of it.
I had to laugh when my mother observed, "They are always running! They come running out of their bedroom in the morning. They run all day. And then they run to bed at night! Do they ever stop running?" I was about to respond, but instead Isaiah chimed in with "Come on Grandma! Let's run!!!"
They played hide and seek. Had lightsaber fights. Played with Play-Doh. Painted a picture. Wrestled. Had tickle fights. Read books. Played on a Game Boy. They ran, of course.
I got to go for a run on Saturday afternoon.
Thanks a million, Mom. You were such a big help this weekend and I am so grateful.
The kids screamed and cried for about 10 minutes after you left. I put in Mulan and they calmed down pretty quickly. Considering Aaron Rodgers was on the Super Bowl pregame show at that same moment, it was quite the sacrifice to opt for the Disney movie, but I had to do what I had to do to console their grief stricken faces.
Love you, Mom.