Keeping busy

Not much posting going on. Trying to “enjoy” Bill’s last week. Trying to keep busy so I don’t have time to think. Blogging also requires thinking. Thinking generally includes crying. Better not to think, so better not to blog.

Perhaps you understand.

Went to see Up yesterday. Loved it. Go see it. Do not think that because it is animated your children, and hence you, are too old for it (yes, Barbara, that is directed specifically at you). I almost didn’t go to avoid taking the baby. She was good as gold, and I am so happy I could share that hour an a half with my husband.

Movies, even matinees, for large families, are way too expensive. $7.50 for kids (all the time). $8.50 for adults. Popcorn and soda for 8? Oh my goodness. I need to take out a second mortgage.

The theater was mostly empty, which was good. Real good. The kids were fine, as I expected. Had we been in a crowded theater, other people might have assumed that my brood was responsible somewhat for the din that is likely when you fill a room with children. I normally wouldn’t mind that, but yesterday, as we left, a young and very pregnant woman (with her husband) told me how great my kids were. She looked like she was having her first baby, and I’m happy that we had an opportunity to show them both that large families are not insufferably chaotic.

Today, a visit to the lawyers to update fun things like wills and powers of attorney. Then we’ll go to DC for a “London Bus” tour. Each of the kids picked out a fun activity. Katie picked the movies. Peter wants to do the bus with the open top. Fortunately, we can get discounted tickets on post.

Why do they call them Army “Brats”? Because mom and dad try to compensate for lost time together by spending ridiculous amounts of money.

8 thoughts on “Keeping busy

  1. hoping you are able to soak up these last few days. i wont pretend to know what you are going through, but will be praying!

  2. Brats? No Way.
    Brave? Strong? Yes. You better believe it.
    Prayers for all of you this week…

  3. I can't even imagine what you are feeling but please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I only know you through the blogger world, but I can tell you are a strong woman with an amazing, loving family. I will pray for safety for your husband and your family while he is away.


  4. Just wanted to send prayers and hugs your way. The last week home is never easy…I love your idea of having each kid pick a fun activity.

    Once things settle down (maybe mid July) we can all meet up at the pool!!

    Keep busy and try not to think too much.

  5. It's one thing to spend all your money on toys, then throw the toys and the kids in a playroom and walk away. It's another thing to spend money on experiences that your kids will never forget, especially when this is probably a very tumultuous time for them. I bet they're not remotely bratty!

    God bless you and your family, especially your husband as he heads out to serve us all. Prayers to St. Barbara for her intercession on his behalf.

  6. Let me know when you need a play date.

  7. Enjoy these days with Bill and your definitely-not-bratty kids! With my prayers.

  8. I am praying for you and your family this week. Then I will continue to pray for you and your family until you are all back together again.

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