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!