Sometimes It's Just Fun to Say Yes
This morning, when Bella's camp counselor called at 6:45AM to tell me that camp was canceled, I sat in bed thinking about how much I was going to accomplish today. I had a feeling it was going to be a great day. I was going to spring out of bed and finish those two pieces I've been working on to submit to a local paper. My creativity would be so honed today, that I was also going to write a new NJ Moms Blog post before the kids woke up. At that point, the kids would wake up, but would be well behaved enough for me to figure out how to import my contacts and calendar into my new Blackberry. Before I walked out the door to go to a meeting at 10, I was going to eradicate all the items on my to do list.
Of course, things didn't quite work out that way.
The kids woke up early and all piled into my bed for some snuggles. Amazingly, no fights erupted. Everyone agreed to watch Bear in the Big Blue House as I showered. When I emerged, the troops were famished. Bella wanted waffles, but the other two wanted pancakes. It only took a little persuasion to get Bella to get excited about pancakes. By the time the pancakes were on the table with individual ramekins filled with maple syrup, it was time for me to go to my meeting. No writing, no Blackberry set-up, but a trio of happy sticky faces waved goodbye as I walked out the door.
When I got home, two and half hours later, I had a new plan in mind. After a quick lunch at home, I would put the baby down for a nap and work out for thirty minutes while the other two watched a little more TV. Once my body was nicely toned, I would squeeze in a little writing before our friends arrived to swim. Then the phone rang. One of Bella's friends, whose life has recently been turned upside down by the arrival of a baby brother, wanted a spontaneous playdate. We all jumped in the car to drop Bella off. I thought I would still be able to get that workout in before swim lessons, but Jack and Juliette started clamoring for pizza from the back seat. They were so enthusiastic about their request that I didn't have the heart to race them back home for my date with the elliptical. We had a great lunch of pizza slices and fruit punch - definitely not a good alternative to an arduous workout - but we giggled non-stop.Continued on the next page