Luke left for Texas on Saturday morning.
I don't know how it's possible but I love her more every day.
That night a sitter came over so I could go to Becky's bday dinner. Fun with friends!
On Sunday Jenny and Amanda came over for Meal Prep Day. Amanda brought her Instant Pot (the toast of the Internet) and extra baking sheets. We made: beef stew (from Costco - and I slow cooked it the evening before); shredded chicken (chicken thighs + can of red enchilada sauce in slow cooker); flank steak; poached chicken breasts in the Instant Pot; bacon and eggs; roasted brussels sprouts and green beans. Jenny had the genius idea of adding a generous dollop of spinach artichoke dip over the chicken nestled with veggies - so delicious when re-heated. When I went through my Costco receipt and we divvied everything up, the cost was only $72 a person! And we made too much. I have several meals left. We will definitely do this again - it was great to combine friend time and household maintenance time.
Tuesday. The daycare called to say Josie and fallen and cut her chin on a wooden boat fixture. I hurried over to the daycare, collected her, and walked her to the emergency department (benefits of onsite daycare and ER?)
Waiting in triage.
Time for what the doctor called "string bandaids". Three adults and I held Josie down, her arms behind her in a pillowcase, while she screamed MY DONE! MY DONE! ALL DONE! MOMMY! MOMMY! She was terrified. Five stitches.
All over. Here she crying because I told her we were finished with Sleeping Beauty. I complimented the nurse on the cleverness of the styrofoam cup Popsicle-dribble holder and she replied, "Pinterest."
We began swim lessons again this week. I picked up the girls after school and we had dinner at Qdoba. No lessons for Josie due to her stitches. (The girls have way too much swimwear which is too bad because the new Hanna Andersson stuff is so cute!) I saw at least two families leave the gym with their kids clad in their pajamas and I will definitely steal that idea!
Off they went. Usually I relish the alone time but I missed them immediately. I put gas in the car (#1 most hated chore), went to the library, picked up some groceries. Deciding that Sunday would be my work catch-up day (why the grandparents swooped in), I tackled a project I've been putting off for a while: sorting the girls' clothes and culling the items for Ava. It turns out this exercise - long considered, always put off - took about 25 minutes. Winter clothes, summer clothes, Ava clothes. I did all the laundry in the house, put on the brand-new sheets (Costco always gets me with a surprise purchase - this trip was so-soft sheets), and watched Top Chef while the washer whirred, the travel plans coalesced, and I Prime'd a few things for C's birthday. She wants a Barbie for her birthday but I'm not sure if I want introduce Barbie and her baggage at this point.
On Sunday I slept in until 10! I got dressed to go into work, starting sipping my iced coffee and ... my car wouldn't start. Uber'ed to work, got done what I needed to, Uber'ed home. Luke's Sunday gig in Texas was rained out and he started home early. With him en route and the girls in WashMO, the car problem could wait. I spent the afternoon on travel plans, finishing Top Chef (which I love but really it should be called Top Short-Order Chef, since we never get to see any slow methods employed), reading Patient HM/ perusing the cookbooks I checked out from the library.
Luke arrived home, (welcome home! fix my problem!) jumped the battery in my car, and we had bunless burgers at Five Star Burgers. On Wednesday we held down Josie while I snipped her stitches out and now -- we're back to normal. Such a wonderful place to be.