Sunday evening, I had just gotten the kids bathed, jammied, fed, and settled after a super fun and long day driving to Portland and back, when I opened Skyler’s homework folder to fill out her snack milk/ lunch form for the week.
6:15 pm: Inside Skyler’s folder, I find a surprise. Skyler is “Shining Star of the Week” this week! “Please prepare a poster with photos of your child and the answers to the attached questions. Please bring your poster in to share on Monday morning!”
6:16: Skyler gets a look of total panic when I ask her about this. I immediately know that we indeed need to make this poster tonight. I tell the kids to get shoes on because we are going to Target. I turn the oven off. The roasted squash and asparagus will have to wait.
6:17: Reed has totally perked up at the mention of Target and says: “The thing is, I don’t really have any good coloring books.”
6:18: While the kids get shoes on, I think, first things first, and hop on facebook to explain my predicament because I know that there are other mommies out there who have lived this very moment, the unplanned night-time trip to the store for a project, and I feel the need to muster up some mommy empathy as I kiss my evening to-do list goodbye.
6:20: I find a random thumb drive in my kitchen drawer and start dragging photos of Skyler off of my hard drive onto it. I haven’t printed a photo of my child in years. I tell the kids to cross their fingers that the Target photo machine is actually working.
6:45: While printing photos at the working (yes!) Target photo machine, Reed wanders off and gets lost. I’m about to call for code yellow, which I’m sad to say I’ve done before, when we spot him heading toward us. He cries because he was scared and there are hugs and tears wiped on the way to the craft aisle.
7:00: We are in the checkout line with a Batman coloring book for Reed and with poster board, colored paper, glittery letter stickers, and fancy star stickers, because dammit, my child is a shining star, yes she is.
7:15: We are home, and Skyler gets right to work arranging sparkly stickers and trimming photos while Reed spreads out on the floor with his new coloring book. I find a shoe box in my closet of photos of her when Skyler was very, very small. I get nostalgic and distracted by how much my baby girl has grown.
7:30: My friend who lives across the street comes over because I had asked her to help me break the bunk beds into 2 twin beds (the kids decided we should do this). So, while Skyler is gluing and cutting, we also start rearranging their bedroom. Skyler tries to move the poster operation upstairs to help with the room rearranging. We I decide this is a bad idea.
7:50: I help Skyler put the final touches on the poster, and maybe because I had an afternoon cup of coffee, I find myself very excitable about this awesome poster that we just pulled off.
8:00: Final touches on rearranging the bedroom
8:15: Stories in bed followed by back scratching.
8:35: Kids are asleep.
9:00: House is clean and lunches are packed and mommy has some VERY well roasted veggies and a glass of Malbec on the couch. Phew!
Don’t tell anyone we didn’t work on this baby all weekend.