Saturday, October 2, 2010

Change of plans

Last Saturday Night we found out that our neices' birthday party was going to be this week Sunday. We planned on going up after church and returning after the party. It takes almost 3 hrs to get there from home, so every trip is really special. We were invited to spend the night Saturday to have some extra time there. Unfortunately we just were not going to be able to do that. Responsibilities come first and we usually have some commitments at church on first Sunday.

When we arrived at church the next day we saw that the worship schedule had changed. My normal commitment of first Sunday was moved to second Sunday this month. This was a great thing. Now we can have an overnighter in Aberdeen! First Sunday is usually after first Saturday of the month. At our church this means that Men's breakfast was going to be on Saturday. Chris wanted to go. So now "THE PLAN" is as follows. Friday=take kids to schools, go to work, pick up Ellie from school, pick up Tanner from my parents,  have dinner with in-laws, Saturday morning=Men's Breakfast, leave for Aberdeen, watch Nathaniel's soccer game in Montesano at 12:00, spend the night, Sunday= have birthday party, come home.

Friday Morning Tanner wakes up sick. This happens to make plans get thrown out the window. The story could just end here and be summed up nice and neat. However this version of the story does not show the emotional rollercoaster that we just lived through. Prior to knowing that Tanner was sick, he asked me if he could watch cartoons. I informed him that only kids that are dressed and have had breakfast get to watch tv. This is when his tummy hurt, followed by a session of kneeling in front of the toilet. PLANS CHANGE. He gets to now watch tv in his jammies and not have breakfast. Phone calls start. Unless you have had the privelege of having kids, a job, and people who help take care of your kids, you might not realize how many phone calls one must go through in this circumstance. The list-My work(2 differnt voice mails), Tanner's school, My parents, My husband, so it is only 5 phone calls so far. Weekend plans have not been considered at this point just trying to make it through the morning.

At this point Ellie is concerned. It is Friday which means Friday night dinner with Grandma and Grandpa. Ellie likes to wear a dress on Friday, so that she is dressed up for dinner. "Does this mean we don't get to go out to dinner??" I calm her fears. Even if Tanner has to stay home she can go out to dinner. She picks a nice red dress, black tights and her fancy black shoes. I look at her and shake my head. Yes, I will allow her to wear a dress, but those shoes are not going to be able to be used on the playground. CHANGE your shoes. She comes back out with appropriate school worthy shoes.

This is when my father calls back. He wants to know if he can take Ellie to school. Now for me this is a great relief. We normally walk Ellie to school, but I am not going to force my sick son to walk the quarter mile to school. Back up plan= drive kids up to Ellie's school while Tanner holds bowl. I approve his offer. I then let Ellie know that grandpa wants to take Ellie to school on grandma's new trike. She is so excited that her arms are up in the air. A dress is not going to be worn on a motorcycle. Go CHANGE your clothes.     
Chris sends me a text from work. He also is thinking about dinner. (Side note- I am horrible taking care of sick kids. The smell gets me sick) Chris decided that I should take Ellie to dinner and he would stay home with Tanner. I love my husband.

After Ellie gets home she CHANGES back into her outfit, this time wearing the fancy black shoes with my approval. Dinner was at CPK. With our tummies full we went to the mall for some "calorie burning", which really meant we went shopping for the twins' birthday party.

Tanner still has a fever, so the idea of us spending the night in Aberdeen has CHANGED. While shopping Grandma Debby gets a phone call from Uncle Jeremy. He invites them up. Ellie wants to know if she can go with them. Grandma and Grandpa approve (more CHANGE). In fact she suggests Ellie spend the night at their house that night, so that it is not a big deal in the morning when they leave early. Ellie does more shopping with grandma and grandpa while I go home, wrap presents, pack Ellie's bag, and get things together that were suppose to go up to Aberdeen. Chris drove the stuff over and showed Joe how to get to the soccer game. 

Home. With all the CHANGES, Chris and I decide that we are going to have a movie night in. Phone call received. ****PUT YOUR JUDGMENTS ASIDE UNTIL YOU HAVE A NEWBORN**** It was requested that Ellie not go up to Aberdeen with grandma and grandpa. Theory.. Tanner is sick and has a fever. Ellie might be sick and not showing signs. For the safety of a very beautiful new little girl we are playing things on the safe side.

Picture of Ellie holding Camrynn 2 weeks prior

At this point it is to late to get Ellie. She is asleep. Chris woke up early and went over to grandma and grandpa's and broke the news to Ellie. Until this point all of the CHANGES have worked in Ellie's favor. This was a big disappointment. Being the absolutely amazing daddy that Chris is, he skipped the Men's breakfast he had been looking forward to and took his little girl out to breakfast Daddy and daughter time.
The time worked. she walked through the door at home with a smile on her face. "Mommy what do Sarah(Ellie's teddy bear) and I have in common?" I couldn't come up with the answer. "We are both stuffed!"

1 comment:

  1. Found out today that Chris forgot about his responcibilities for at Church. He is suppose to be there tomorrow. I guess it is a good thing that Tanner got sick... And that our friends are around to remind us of these things.