Sometimes being a police officer means that #1 isn't around much. This weekend is one of those times. He left for work yesterday at 3:30pm, got home probably around 12:30 am (so we didn't see him) and left the house before 7:00 am this morning. He won't get home tonight until 12:30am again...so by the time he wakes up around 8am for church tomorrow...that's a little over 40 hours since the kids or I have seen him.
That is a little over 40 hours with the kids by myself. I can't imagine having a husband that deploys!
I decided right away that we'd need a schedule of fun activities if we were going to survive! Last night the kids helped me wash apples and then watched as I canned quarts of applesauce. As a bonus, a college student friend of ours is home for fall break and came over to watch "Lady and the Tramp" and give lots of tickles and read stories. That was a real blessing to me!
The weather today is BEAUTIFUL. Perfect indian summer. Breezy, sunny, and about eighty degrees. I've been wanting to take a fall picture of the kids for our wall. I have a big frame that I try to change every season. I had a coupon from Wal-Mart for a free 16x20 print and although that is too big, decided to take a picture I could cut down and put in the frame. Today was the day!
I took the kiddos outside and got the shot I wanted in my first 30 seconds. I had a photo trip to a working 1800's farm all planned...and even though I had my picture, I decided we'd go anyway. More fun than being home. So I uploaded the picture to Wal-Mart to be picked up later and we headed out!
I was a little disappointed when I saw the horses out in the pasture. It meant that they weren't harvesting anything today. I was kind of hoping there would be something like that going on. Instead, we were among quite a few other people there taking pictures. Seriously, we saw no less than 10 families with professional photographers.
On the way out we stopped at the penny candy store where things like Sweedish Fish and candy sticks can be bought from 2cents a piece. Each boy had 10 cents from their bank...which translated to 3-4 small pieces each. Not even what would be in a snack size Skittles, but enough for them to feel really special getting to choose and pay by themselves.
I didn't notice how late it was getting, but when Rosebud had a complete meltdown, I figured it out. Ooops. I felt kinda mean taking her picture, but realistically she isn't all smiles all the time. She is a typical toddler.