My Real Life

February 10, 2010

Good Days

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February is always a crazy month around here, and it’s not just due to birthday madness.

In February, we rehearse for the play until 5:00 each day, which means that we all have to be super-organized, or else we’ll lose our minds.

This past Monday was a particularly long day, as I had play rehearsal, then I went to tutor.  After that, Monkey Girl and I picked up Baby Monkey, ran home to pick up Monkey in the Middle’s basketball shirt, then went to his school, where he was in after care, and got him dressed just in time for his practice to start.  (Practice is held at his school.)

A few minutes in, Real Man arrived, and we chatted for a bit, then I left while he stayed, to run to Walmart to pick up Baby Monkey’s birthday present. 

I’ve had the shopping done for the big kids for awhile, but he’s a little harder to shop for.

When I was done shopping, I called Real Man from the car and said I was leaving and he told me that practice was just ending.  We quickly devised a plan and agreed to meet.

So, Real Man clipped the monkeys in their seats and started out of the school driveway.  He pretended to take a wrong turn, and continued to pretend to take wrong turns until (fabulous timing) we both pulled into the Wendy’s parking lot at the same time.

The kids nearly lost their minds.  We haven’t taken them out to eat in a long, long time, however we still have the gift cards to Wendy’s that my parents got us for Christmas.

We found a table in a back corner, got our orders and sat and ate and laughed.

We caught up on everyone’ s day, talked about our plans for the rest of the week, discussed superstitions that might help us have a snow day on Wednesday (jammies inside out and backwards) and just enjoyed each other.

I sat back and looked at them all and my heart just swelled. 

With these monkeys in my life…it’s always a good day to be me.

January 23, 2010

Saturday Smiles

Filed under: Uncategorized — Amy @ 10:21 pm
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Today was a good day.

A fun day.

A long day.

Yet, a good day.

I started out by teaching piano lessons.  I enjoy teaching piano a great deal.

The kids are great, the music is great…it’s just a really good thing in my life.

Then, I headed to school for our full-day play rehearsal.  Our show is in the beginning of March, and today was our full-day rehearsal.

This show, in particular, is tons of work for me, as there are 25 songs in it. 

The good news?  The show is called “Back to the 80’s” and every song is from the 80’s.

My decade.

My music.

I’m loving play practice.

Real Man had to go somewhere, so about halfway through, he dropped the kids off, and so they got to see the rehearsal.

They loved it, although, I think their favorite part was the snack bar.

After play rehearsal, we came home and the monkeys played outside for a few hours, and then when it started to get dark, came inside and turned the basement into an apartment with a table on the “deck.”

Only Monkey Girl managed to poke her head out for the picture.  The boys were too busy hysterically giggling.

When Real Man got home, he brought his Dad and we all had dinner (on the good china) and had a great time together.

Then, the monkeys went back to the basement and started checking out what they could watch On Demand, and I made them popcorn.

(Note…the empty cups laying on their side on the table are from the “deck” on their apartment.  Don’t want you thinking I leave dirty cups all over the house.  Not today, at least.)

Real Man went to hockey, and the monkeys are now in the basement, still on the couch, entwined with each other and watching Phineas and Ferb.  It will be bedtime in a few minutes, and they are having a sleepover in Monkey Girl’s room tonight. 

They can’t wait.

It’s a big deal.

Despite the fact they do it every Friday and Saturday night.

Love it.

I’m going to cuddle up with Under the Dome by Stephen King, and hope to make a good sized dent, as I feel like I’ve been reading it forever, but only in two minute snippets here and there.  I’m ready to make some progress.

So, long day.

Good day.

Great day.

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