Yesterday I folded eleven loads of laundry and sorted one giant basket of socks. Thank you for putting Season 3 on the internet, Downton Abbey.
I am nearly 16 weeks along and am totally showing. In fact, I remember being exactly this pregnant with my first and you absolutely could not tell. At all. I could see the tiny baby's movements because I was still so small. Seven babies will stretch you out a bit, I suppose.
Our son is coming home tomorrow. Now that he is not considered an unaccompanied minor, we have a found a bus/plane route that is similar in cost to my gas and food driving down and back. This is a lucky thing. It is a long day for him, but so much better for me.
We finally got down to the business of carving pumpkins the other night. I enjoy doing it with the kids, but it always makes me grumpy. It is a paradox.
I have written the Sacrament Meeting Primary Program, made the copies, and have parts ready to hand out this Sunday. Next up on the docket: figure out how to seat 95 people in 32 choir seats.
After kneeling for some time in the temple this week, I full-on fainted. The woman in the seat next to me happened to have been a leader of mine during my teenage years (Carol Stevenson, for those who know). She was so sweet to me, kept checking my pulse and feeling my cheeks. I felt very silly, but very loved. I'm glad she chose to worship that day, too.
I'm still getting used to this having enough business. I worry about every purchase and wonder if I am being glutenous (eggnog). The other day I was supposed to spend $150 for groceries. I spent $200 and panicked. (How can they say there is no inflation in groceries when I see it every time I go to the store?! Packages are smaller and prices are higher.) I hurried home to check our bank account, thinking I'd ruined us for the month. $50 is so much money! While I hope I do settle down a little bit, I hope I stay vigilant so we never again get to the point where a $50 grocery bill overage could ruin us.
I am reading 1776 by David McCullough. If you've never read a book by him and you are interested in history, you must do it! His books are all non-fiction. There is no made-up dialog or inserted characters to help the story along, but his books read like novels. Fantastic, well-researched writing.
I want to visit Mount Vernon and study the gardens there. We can be more self-sufficient, I know it. I don't have black slaves to make it happen, but I do have a lot of children! They think I treat them like slaves. How little they know.
We're off to buy witches hats and a Chinese fan and yarn to make a wig. Halloween is just around the corner. AUGH!