My day started early as usual. Audriana and Afton are up and out the door at 7:45, everyone eats breakfast and gets ready, the baby gets a morning bath, I take a shower — and then at 9:15am we were out the door, all seven of us (Tony, Alex, Avery, A.J., Aislynn, Andrew and me) to take Tony to his biology and English classes in Tustin (about a 20-25 minute drive from home) We do this every Tuesday and Thursday. I hate the drive — not that I don’t like driving. I do love driving, actually. And it’s nice to get out early and start our day. But the GAS is KILLING our budget!!$$$ We have a routine down, though. I drop Tony off by 10:00am and then the kids and I head to the Discovery Science Center on Tuesdays, and the Santa Ana Zoo on Thursdays. They are both just two minutes from where Tony’s classes are.
Okay, but back to today: So we drop Tony off at 10:00am as usual. Then me and the kids drive to the Science Center. They have a new “mummy” exhibit there this month and the kids really had a great time exploring that. I was wishing I had my camera, because Andrew was busy building a pyramid with these huge styrofome blocks the size of his own body. To see him carrying these things around was such a sight! And so we had a fun time at the Science Center, ate lunch there, then at 12:15 got back into the car to head home to Ladera Ranch to get A.J. to preschool by 12:45. As soon as I take him into his class and sign him in, we all get BACK into the car to drive all they way back to Tustin to pick Tony up at 1:30. Yes. That’s TWO trips to Tustin in one day (twice a week, remember) Okay, so we get Tony and then drive back home to Ladera Ranch. We get home by about 2:15. Now I have an hour “chill time” at home before I have to get BACK in the car to pick up A.J. from preschool. Of course when I say chill time, you know that doesn’t ever happen. I have diapers to change, kids to tend to, a house to pick up (because you know there is always the clutter around — ALWAYs — and the kitchen is forever needing to be swept up) So then 3:15 comes too fast and I get BACK into the car to pick up A.J. Lucky that I can leave the kids home now. Audriana and Afton are back from school and can help Tony watch the little ones. I pick up A.J. at 3:30 and then we drive to the Post Office because I have to mail out some packages that have been sitting in my car forever. Then A.J. and I get back into the car and drive home. It’s now 4:15 and Afton is dressed and ready for soccer. I drop off A.J. and get BACK into the car to take Afton to soccer practice. That’s 15 minutes there and 15 minutes back. So when I get home, Alex is ready for his soccer game. And Audriana is ready for her choir program. And Avery is ready for her first day of religion class. So everyone piles BACK into the car. We drop Alex off, then drop Audriana off (after picking up her friend who needed a ride to choir) then we drive Avery 15 minutes down the road to her class. It’s now 6:30. Afton’s practice gets out at 7pm. So we don’t get out of the car but drive to her practice. And then we sit. Because the coach doens’t let them out at 7pm but decided to keep them until 7:10pm. By now the baby is crying, and A.J. has to pee. We pass A.J. back an empty water bottle and he pees in that (not the first time he’s done this — that kid has a very small bladder and those empty water bottles come in handy!) Afton finally comes to the car after the coach decides to end the practice, and she comes with a friend who needs a ride home (now see, although I do love my 15 passenger van, it’s fairly common that we get “strays” quite often who know they can get a ride with us because we have the room!!) So then we take her friend home, and I drop all the kids off at home while I stay in the car and drive to Alex’s soccer game. I catch the last 7 minutes of the game and hurry him BACK into the car again so that we can pick up Avery at her class. It is 8pm by that time. Avery is waiting for me, along with two other boys who I am giving a ride home. We get in the car, drive back to Ladera Ranch, and I drive passenger #1 to his door, then drive passenger #2 to his door, then finally head home to our door. It’s now 8:25pm. Everyone is at the kitchen table ready to eat. Tony had put a pizza in the oven and had made scrambled eggs, plus cut up apples with cinnamon sprinkled over them. This is our dinner for the night. We all manage to eat together! During all my driving around, Audriana managed to get a ride home from the friend that I gave a ride to choir to. So we are all home, sitting around the table, eating dinner at 8:30pm. Not quite my ideal evening, but we made it work. So now it’s 9:53pm and they are all still up. Well, Andrew has fallen asleep, and the boys are quiet in their rooms. I know that Audriana and Afton are doing homework. Aislynn is in my bed. Tony is taking out the trash for tomorrow’s trash day. I told him to do that earlier when it was light out but he insisted on waiting. And that was my day. It’s crazy over here. Now I’m tired but I have so much still to do. Laundry. Paying bills. Cleaning up after the day. And poor Milo needs some attention!!