Wednesdays Suck & I'm Selfish

When I planned out my schedule for the school year, I knew Wednesdays would be nutty between bible study, morning preschool, early release for the 2nd grader and of course Wednesday evening at church, otherwise known as Prime Time.  Throw in soccer practice that day and of course, it's grandma day too and I tossed up the white flag.

Fast forward a few months and things are nutty in a different way.  I had to pull the preschooler out of his preschool because holy moly, that was a bad fit.  Praise the Lord I did find another preschool which is in the afternoon, so now I have to drop off the 5yo at grandma's, take a crying 2yo to bible study because he would rather be at grandma's, go to bible study, rush back to grandma's to pick up 5yo, kill an hour, take him to preschool, come home and find lunch before school pick up at 1:30 for mr. 2nd grader, back to pick up 5yo, dinner and rush to church.

So Wednesdays are nutty and I'm no different than most other parents who probably have an even busier schedule than mine 5 days a week.  Here is why I'm selfish....I want a full on, total grandma day.

Ummm, what the heck is grandma day? and how do I get in on that gig????

 I'm super, duper blessed to have a mother-in-law who takes one day a week out of her schedule to spend time with her grandsons.  I drop them off in the morning and they read, play, bake cookies, do whatever together, grandma and boys.  For me, this is a full day. To. Myself.

Errands, cleaning house unassisted, going back to bed because I could, quilting, beading, shopping for fabric or beads, whatever my little heart desires.  Like all good things, they must come to an end it seems.  Due to things way outside my control, grandma day doesn't really exist anymore.

So now I try to squeeze in grandma day because it's important for my boys to see their grandma and play with their cousins even if it has become a bit of an inconvenience for me.  So those other projects, errands, house work, etc. will wait another day.  Because when it's all said and done, I want my boys to remember their grandparents and treasure the time they had with them, just like I treasure all those years with my grandparents.


Ladies Christmas Dinner

I understand that this post is a bit past due, but I wanted to share one of my favorite Christmas activities.  Each year my church hosts a Ladies Christmas Dinner as a way to start off the holiday season and also a way to minister to ours friends and neighbors what the meaning of Christmas is all about.

For the past several years, I co-host a table with my mother-in-law.  She has all the dishes and most importantly the serving dishes we need.  The church provides a table, chairs and dinner, we bring the table setting, a gift for each lady at our table and the serving dishes for the dinner.

The day starts out with two hours of glorious, free baby-sitting to let the mommies set up the tables without little ones to "help"  My MIL and I have done this so many times and usually my husband's grandma is in town during this time so between the three of us, we can set that table in about 30 minutes.

The theme this year was Let Heaven and Nature sing, so our table had a burlap table cloth (nature) and the dishes were blue and silver (heaven).  It had a very Swedish feel to it.  Our gifts were silver, glittery ornaments and it was just a wonderful evening.

This is just a few pictures of other tables that night.  This event is special to me and I always enjoy seeing the other tables, seeing friends that I only get to see once or twice a year and an evening out with girlfriends celebrating the birth of our Christ, our Savior.