This week with Maria:
Monday I got up at 6:00 and met my friend Candie at 6:30 so we could walk four miles. Later on Monday we went to Pacers Story Time at the library. We got there before the Story Time and Maria checked out her own books, which she loves to do and which I don't so much love because in order to do it, she has to take my keys. Also, our library has this dumb but necessary (I SUPPOSE) thing where you have to put a date due card allll the way down in the pocket or the bell rings when you are walking out, I guess allegedly STEALING your FREE library books. Anyway, she never puts the cards all the way down in the slots but I get my fun, because when the alarm sounds, I just yell RUN! RUN WITH YOUR STOLEN BOOKS! ha ha ha, take that librarians!
From there we went to the sprinkler park over by my house. It is a great park, it has swings and picnic tables and a whole climber thing and the splash pad but it also is in kind of a sketchy neighborhood and there is always, always someone smoking. I don't really care but come on, people. We went to the library with my friend Julie and four of her six kids and then my friend Marta showed up at the park with her four kids and her mother in law so it was a fun party. We went to Dairy Queen afterward.
Tuesday I took Felicity to her little day camp she was doing this week, then I went and got the girls and took them to swim lessons at the Y, then I took them to camp, the same one as Felicity. Then I went home and relieved Mike, who was home with Anthony doing home therapy. Anthony and his therapist left at noon for his place and at 1:00 I went to get the girls and we went to the JCC, swimming. We met Marta and some other friends there and as Maria said, "this is like a St. Joan of Arc party!", she saw so many school friends. It got a little rough there, since Felicity and Veronica were WIPED out but Maria was raring to go, so I got them ready to go and then told Maria we were leaving. It was so, so hot and it's the kind of hot where I can't help but get sunburned, no matter how much stuff I put on. We went to the Dairy Queen on the way to get Anthony but Felicity was asleep but Maria wanted to get down and go in so I had to wake her and she was a little grumpy. I got Anthony and then we went home, later I took Anthony to occupational therapy and did a two mile walk there in that heat, ugh it was awful!
Wednesday I got up at 6:00 again to walk four miles and when I got home Maria said she didn't really like me going out walking so much. I said what do you care what I do when you're sleeping and she said I'm not sleeping now, am I? Later Wednesday they had camp again, from 9:00-1:00, and since the day before had been so hard to do something hot and outside, I figured we would take it easy and go to the library and cash in some points in the Summer Reading Program. We did and then went home to meet my parents, who were picking up Anthony and coming for dinner and then to babysit, since Mike and I were seeing Book of Mormon later that night. We saw the show and it was really good but not for the faint of heart, it's extremely vulgar and has terrible language. Still, I thought it was great and it's nice to get out.
Thursday they had camp and I figured they could skip their swim lessons, so they just did that until 1:00. Mike and I went to a meeting at Anthony's place to work on our final external appeal for his insurance nonsense and then I went to get them. We went home for a snack and then at 2:30, met Marta and three of her four kids and our friend Ali to go creek stomping, but it turned into swimming because we had a lot of rain and the creek was full and had a fast current, which Veronica thought might sweep her away so she spent a lot of time crying about that. I actually thought it might sweep Felicity away, but she did okay. They were soaking wet and of course I hadn't brought a change of clothes - it never occurred to me they would SWIM in that water, so we wanted to go out afterward for a snack. Thank GOD I found Felicity a tshirt in my car so she could at least wear that with her diaper (classy) and we went to Dairy Queen.
Today we are going to a different library for this Meet the Critters thing, they bring animals? And you meet them? I don't even know but at noon Marta and her (Italian) family are coming over to watch the Italy soccer match at noon and then at 5:00 I'm going to work and since I'm closing tonight, I'll be there late, which thank God isn't too late anymore, maybe 11:00.
All this and every night and every morning, Maria asks in a VERY accusing tone, what she is doing today. I do not even know. Here are some pictures!
Day 9 of Lent
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