First of all, addendum to yesterday’s post:
-I regularly forget Luke’s snack on Tuesdays since I don’t pack him a lunch on that day. Yep, it happened today.
-I did not get mooned today. Yay for me.
Friday was not my best performance as a mom. Yes, we were just coming off some major sickness in the house, so my routine was thrown off, but still. No excuse.
Of course, Friday was Halloween parade/party day at both Bennett’s preschool and Luke’s school. I told Luke I would take him to school that day since he was bringing his costume (and since Nana Jo was visiting, too! The boys like when she’s with me for drop off/pick up), so we needed to get out the door a few minutes earlier than normal. As Jo was helping kids into the van with all of their stuff, it occurred to me that I was supposed to be sending a decorated paper bag (I’d found out on Wednesday that I needed to do this; had we been in school the week prior, I would have had more warning and it would have gone on my calendar) along with Bennett for all of his party treats. AAACKK! My mind was racing…what could I possibly put together in 14 seconds?
And that’s when my friend Karen unknowingly saved the day.
On Wednesday we were talking on the phone about doing projects with kids, and I was feeling like a slacker, so I did a little pumpkin drawing project with Bennett on some construction paper. We didn’t really do anything else with it after that, so it lay on the counter until Friday when I frantically taped it to a paper bag and wrote Bennett’s name on top (with the second marker I grabbed, as the first one, of course, was dried up). Mission accomplished.
I dropped Luke off at school and brought Bennett to school, and we stuck around after drop-off for his little Halloween sing-a-long and costume parade. It was really cute, and Nana Jo, Jack Henry and I headed home around 10am.
I noticed right away that Luke had not taken his homework back to school that day, and it was due. Failure #2.
But the biggest fail of the day was yet to come.
Jo and I sat around talking and looking at my BeadforLife jewelry, and at some point, we started talking about food or something, and Jo said something like, “Not a good conversation to have at 11:30 in the morning, when we’re hungry for lunch!” I shrieked, looked at my watch, which read 11:27, and literally RAN out the door. I had totally forgotten to pick up Bennett from school (school day ends at 11:30). Yes, that’s right, I forgot my kid. Now, on Mondays and Wednesdays if I was a few minutes late, it would be no big deal, because there are several classes that all do the carpool line together on those days, and I would have just been at the end of the line. But on Fridays, there are fewer classes, so the line goes really quickly.
I called the school and let them know that I would be a few minutes late, and the secretary was really sweet and said that he would be sitting with her. Honestly, my internal clock was just off, and I know why: I’m used to leaving preschool a little after 9, and then naturally knowing when it’s about time to go get him. However, on Friday, I left the school almost an hour later than normal, and just didn’t adjust my thinking. Talk about humiliating. Luckily, Bennett was not at all concerned (and seemed to not really know what was going on) and I was only five minutes later than the last of the carpool line pickup. But still. FAIL.
Oh, and isn’t it nice that I did all of this in front of my mother-in-law? This would maybe freak some of you out, but fortunately for me, she’s not THAT kind of mother-in-law. If she thought I was failing, she certainly didn’t let on 🙂
I finished off the day (and Jo’s visit with us) by taking entirely too long to prepare a high-fat, mediocre-tasting dinner.
Saturday was a much, much better day.