Okay. That's a lie.
I had a to do list. I always have a to do list. At this time it has been modified to contain piecemeal cleaning projects, updating this here blog-a-rog, making the art camp lesson plans/tags/schedule/samples... But on TUESDAY (which, you'll recall, is the day in question) on Tuesday the only thing on my list worth my time was to take the kids to the park for the day.
While the kiddos watched sesame street I cleaned up breakfast and then packed a little picnic bag to take on our adventure. Once all cargo was loaded in Big Red (no small feat, I can assure you) we cruised the 3 local jaunts before settling on a smaller turf that was - amazingly - completely empty. This little park was too small to house a summer program, and while I do think it's good for the 4 monkey's to be around other primates, the knowledge that I would only have to monitor their behavior in relation to each other was too much to resist. And, as a bonus, the parking lot is directly connected to the grounds, which means wrangling them back into the
Tony was back home after the kids were started on dinner, and while I'm sure he could attest to my exasperated expressions, a few "knocking upside the heads" (to which he calmly says "brain damage"), and a singular "you talk to him - I'm off duty for a potty break" I still feel that the day was super positive. Emma will tell you that she misses her Auntie and Nono, and rightfully so. I did make the girls help me dust after all, we didn't leave for the park until every toy was away, and they had to clean the table, chair, and floor after painting. But I feel that's all in good parenting mode... We need to readjust to being a family of 6 again. In fact, the one thing I found myself saying over and over was "you are a part of a family and we all need to work together". The kids need to adjust to mommy in charge, and I, quite frankly, need to adjust to mommy in charge. (I promise not to call the amazing Auntie and Nono in desperation... they managed a whole school year long on their own and I can do it too darn it!) But the kiddos will adjust. I will adjust. And with only a few head knocks in the forecast I think the summer is just what the doctor ordered for us.
Wouldn't you agree Emma?