Wednesday, August 27, 2008

All My "Free" Time

The prevalent question now that the children are back in school is what am I doing with all my 'free time.' After almost 2 weeks, my answer is that I am not sure what I did without it.

This week has been especially hairy, as the state of Georgia is experiencing a very serious budget deficit. As a result the children's home I am involved in is about to experience major budget cuts. We already run a lean organization, so it is involving lots of meetings and creative thought to decide where to go from here in terms of financing our care for abused and neglected children.

Monday and Tuesday I was busy co-hosting a children's clothing trunk show. This is the first time I have done this--and although it was a lot of work, to have two nice outfits for each of the children 'paid for' was a great reward!

Today I journeyed to Atlanta for a hair appointment--including a chemical straightening treatment--so I now get to spend the next three days keeping my hair dry at all costs (during hurricane season, no less.) The hardest part is that I also am not allowed to tuck it behind my ears--a serious habit of mine. And I am not looking forward to telling my exercise group Friday that I cannot sweat.

The advantage of this trip was that I finally finished my book. All I can say is that it should have come with a warning about reading the last third in public. At one point, as my hair was being treated I was so teary I could not read the words on the page. The stylist asked me if I was having trouble with the vapors from the chemicals he was using.

K had her first science project this week, so Daddy & I spent some quality time with paper mache the last couple of evenings as we fashioned a comet for her to paint. She was so proud of her final product--and we got even more experience with trying to explain to the boys why she got to make one and they did not.

And have I mentioned that we leave for a week at Disney on Sunday? The children are absolutely beside themselves with excitement. I purchased a book written by kids for kids and they have been pouring over it. I am quite certain they will know more about the rides than we do by the time we arrive!

14 comments:

Kim said...

Sounds like full days to me! I'll bet the comet was fabulous!

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Karen said...

How fun for y'all - going to Disney - the kids will LOVE it. :) (And I have to tell you I have never heard of having your hair chemically straightened - how interesting...off to "google" it!) lol

Kim said...

Since my children started school, the most difficult question for me to answer is "how I spend ALL that time"..... it goes so quickly, doesn't it? It's wonderful though to have time to do what we need to do without neglecting time with our children. You are such an inspiration in the way you have found your gifts in the area of service!

Now, good luck with the hair..... Keeping it dry does not sound fun. Oh, the things us girls must go through to look good! :)

LaTricia said...

The best strategy we utilized when we surprised our twins for our trip to Disney was...being flexible! Sounds silly but, we did what we wanted to do at the parks and when the kids were tired, we left. We didn't push them to "get in everything" and we were all happy. After 2 days in 2 diff. parks we took a day "off" and relaxed at the resort. Then we were ready for another 2 days in 2 diff. parks again. Of course,we didn't see everything but we ALL really enjoyed ourselves and that's what was important to us :)

Paulette said...

WOWZER, I have never heard of a 4 year old doing a science project!!
I hope you have an amazing trip to Disney, oh what fun that will be!!!

new mom in law said...

E mail me and tell me about your trunk show...brand, etc. I am very interested! Angela in NC
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Mom of Eleven said...

I forgot y'all are leaving for Disney. You will love it. Let me know if you need any "insider tips".
Wendy

Nicole said...

Too funny--when you said "finished my book" I thought you meant you WROTE a book. I was wondering how I missed the fact you were writing a book...but then I followed the link! Looks like a great book, I've added it to my "plan to read" list...which is ever growing.

Have fun at Disney! I'm slightly jealous as we haven't gotten to take our kids yet!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Your kids haven't been to Disney yet? Oh. My. Word. I can already hear the shrieking. They will have such a great time.

I'm looking forward to having three mornings a week to myself (and the baby) next week when school starts. This post gave me hope that it will happen!

and 2 became 5 said...

I agree with you on the last 3rd of that book - a big red warning label should be right on the front. But wasn't it good?? Glad you are doing well!

ACC-mom said...

I am sure you are SO excited about the Disney trip. Where did you all decide to stay? On the grounds, house, etc... We have dont both and they are equally wonderful. Enjoy!

JMom said...

We are staying on the grounds so we can ride the tram and the boat. We are all getting kind of giddy!!!

KM said...

We leave on Thursday morning and leave the following Sunday. WE just have 1 four year old, though~

If I see you, I'll politely come up and say Hi!!

Kristi in Texas

JMom said...

PLEASE DO say hello if you see us. (Unless I am having a moment...then just pretend you missed it. :-)