Here is what I have been doing in lieu of blogging:
- Watching all 3 presidential debates
- Watching episodes of Shameless on Netflix
- Looking at Facebook
A constructive use of my time, if I do say so myself! I have also been working some more hours- after a very sluggish summer, my private practice has continued to grow, so I am working two different jobs and running between the two of them, plus home. Plus I am a room parent in Benjamin's class this year. And I am again preparing to run the Philly Half Marathon, at my usual "tortoise" pace.
Last weekend we took a trip to Virginia to see our friends and go to Cox Farms, which we did last year while the Pope was in Philadelphia. This year, though, the boys had a full day of school, and we didn't get on the road until almost 4 pm on Friday. Is anything worse than rush hour on a Friday? No. the drive took us 3.5 hours! Eric was glowering the whole way.
Our friends had a hot and delicious dinner waiting for us, which was a warm welcome. We ate, put the kids in bed, and my friend Alissa and I sat and caught up while the husbands played video games and drank beer (their past time together since we all started dating our now-spouses back in 2004).
In the morning we made pancakes (chocolate chip!) and packed up again in order to get to Cox Farms as soon as they opened. Surprisingly, even with 5 kids between us, we did it! The day before, Charlotte had started to get hoarse and get a cough. She said she felt fine and wanted to go, but once we were at the farm, she seemed to go downhill. This definitely tempered our enjoyment, but we made the most of it.
Here is what we did in our time there before we fled with a lethargic Charlotte:
|Family selfie on the hayride. Benjamin refused to look at the camera|
- Hayride through various randomly-themed (UFOs and former presidents, witches, Wild West Town, cartoon characters) areas
- Big slides with burlap sacks
|Eric with Charlotte. She was fading fast.|
- Drank apple cider
- Ate kettle corn
- Corn maze
- Various photo ops
|Possibly going on our holiday card!|
|Asher flying on the rope swing|
Sunday she wasn't much better, but she and Asher had their running series race that night, and I doped her up with Advil and took her. She had a great race- she has finished 1st for 3 weeks in a row! Then she fell apart and went to bed without dinner.
|The leader of the pack|
And finally, a picture of Asher doing his homework while I cooked dinner on Monday night. I fondly remember doing my homework at the kitchen table while my mom cooked, and now my own children are keeping me company while they do theirs. Asher got his first homework assignment- a packet that he has all week to do- and sat down and did all of it immediately. He and his teacher are two peas in a pod and I think he is in heaven this year!