Friday (8/24) Whew, we survived our first full week of school! We got AJ up and out on the bus on time, although he was tough to wake up this morning. Daniel woke up a little early so he got to hang with me for a bit before getting ready for school. I got Daniel and Zak dropped off to school and then I came home and worked like crazy around the house. I have been feeling a little out of control all week so I decided to take the day today to get myself together. I finished a bunch of things on my to do list and even had a little fun with some Beverly Hills 90120 reruns on in the background. Before I knew it, it was time to pick up the boys from school. They were excited to get home and play video games since they haven't had them most of the past week because of school and homework. Although before they started on those, AJ got out his new trombone and showed it off to his brothers. He is very excited about learning to play it!
Sunday (8/26) Today everyone else was up pretty early and I accidentally overslept. Daniel had a bad dream so I had to go sleep with him in the middle of the night and I did not get good sleep while I was in there. Unfortunately I slept just late enough that I was not able to get to first service at church. So we all went together to second service where I served in childcare. I switched classrooms this week and taught in Daniel's classroom. It was an interesting experience and confirmed I prefer the younger elementary (K-3rd grade) kids.
After church, we came home and had lunch together. Then the boys went to play while Adrian and I got some stuff done around the house. We were all supposed to go swimming but AJ and Daniel both decided they didn't want to go. So I stayed home with them while Adrian took Zak to his swim lessons. He did great swimming and had a lot of fun! After they got home, I got dinner set up in the instant pot and then got the boys ready for Martial Arts. I enjoyed watching them practice and was super proud of AJ for finally being able to do the rolls (somersaults)! He has been struggling with them and it finally clicked today. I'm proud of him for keeping with it!
Monday (8/27) The alarm went off bright and early this morning for school. Adrian and I got AJ on the bus on time, which is now 10 minutes earlier than last week. Then he headed to work and I relaxed a bit before getting the other two up and ready for school. They wanted to walk again so we did even though it was already getting very hot that early! After I dropped them off, I came home and did a few things before heading to the Y for my friend's Cardio Fit class. I was still pretty sore after the jam on Saturday so this was the perfect shake out for my muscles.
After the fun class, I came home, grabbed a quick lunch and changed to head into the school to sub for the first time this year. I did a quarter day this afternoon for one of the 3rd grade teachers and had a very easy afternoon. It was a nice way to get my feet wet again after the summer off. When school was over, I came home and dropped the boys off and then headed back to the Y to teach my Zumba Gold class. We had a sweaty fun time in class!! Then I headed back home to do dinner and homework with everyone. After dinner, Adrian and AJ headed to his Boy Scout meeting where he continued to work on his first aid badge. I hung out at home with the other two boys and got the house back in order. When everyone was back home, we got the boys to bed, had a snack and watched another episode of "American Vandal" before heading to bed.
From there, the day got really hard. AJ had a tough day at school and we had a horrible time getting thru homework. I barely got dinner on the table for the boys before we had to leave for soccer practices. Adrian took Daniel to his practice and I took Zak to his while AJ stayed home to continue working on his homework. When we got home we finally finished the homework and fought with the boys to get thru clean up. The only bright spot in the evening was our dinner - amazing jerk chicken tacos in the slow cooker that were ready when we got home from soccer!
Wednesday (8/29) As expected this morning was rough! We struggled to get up, AJ would not get ready and the other two boys didn't want to get up either. We did barely manage to get AJ out to the bus stop on time and then his bus was 20 minutes late! I know this happens but today was just the worst day for it to happen. When he finally got on the bus, I headed in and got ready for my day. I got the boys up and ready and we walked up to school for the day. Zak was really upset and crying that he hated school and didn't want to go. Good times over here!
When I finally got back home and had a quiet cup of coffee and some encouraging texts from a friend, I was ready to start my day. I got caught up on some stuff that I didn't get to yesterday and made a plan for the rest of the week. While I really want to be subbing more, it is nice to get these big chunks of time to get things done. The day passed quickly and before long it was time to get AJ from the bus and walk up to pick up the other boys. I got them home and settled and then I headed out to the Y to teach my Zumba class. As always, I felt better after dancing and ready to face the evening.
I was on my own for the evening because Adrian is checking out a new board game club that meets every Wednesday night. I made it easy and had leftovers for dinner for everyone and then we got thru our homework. I baked Avengers cookies to try to put everyone in a better mood and it seemed to work! We got thru everything we needed to do tonight with time left to play quick game of Machi Koro. After the game, we cleaned up and then the boys watched a show and had a snack before I put them to bed. When I came down from putting them to bed, I finished up a few things, made my snack and sat down to watch mindless TV before heading to bed too.
Thursday (8/30) We did a little better getting up and moving this morning but we are still struggling. I hope we can all get good rest this weekend and have a better week next week! Adrian and I got AJ on the bus and then he headed to work and I got the rest of us ready. I dropped Daniel and Zak at school and then headed to Harcum to teach my two Silver Sneakers classes. I had smaller classes today (only 19 people in each, lol!) because lots of my students are traveling for the weekend. We had good classes and lots of laughs as always. When class was over, I ran a few errands that I needed to get done to be ready for the long weekend.
I got home in time to get AJ off the bus and walk up to pick up the other boys. Then I came home and got ready for a busy night. I fed the boys and got Daniel ready for soccer practice. Adrian took him to practice while I stayed home and ate dinner before heading out to help at the Cub Scout registration night. We had a lot of new Scouts come and register and we are excited about the new year. I was exhausted by the end of the event and headed home as soon as I was able. When I got here we put the boys to bed, finished cleaning up and watching the season finale of "Younger." It was really good and left a lot of questions for next season! After that we went to bed because we are exhausted and struggling thru this week.