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Halloween recap

Yesterday was so much fun! And so busy! Just the way I like it.

We spent most of the day cleaning and cooking. I vacuumed and washed the floors while Bill shampooed the rugs. When the house was clean, I started in the kitchen. I made a big pot of chili, some baked acorn squash, quesadillas, cornbread, and pumpkin yumpkin muffins. We used the bench for extra seating at the kitchen table so we could seat everyone.

Caitlyn, Koby, Owen, Dani, Tommy and Miles came over for dinner. Afterward, we all drove over to Nick’s house, so we could trick-or-treat in his neighborhood with him and his mom and brother. Ryan came home just in time to join us.

Miles and Owen did such a wonderful job going house to house! Owen was running, saying, “Run!” They both did their best at saying ‘Trick-or-Treat’ and ‘Thank you.’ Decky and Nick did too.

We all went back to our house for some pud-pud and ice cream, then the adults enjoyed some wine. The babies and their parents went home, and Bill and I took Decky and Nick out for another round of trick-or-treating. They each had quite a haul!

After driving Nick home, and avoiding the crazy neighbors’ party on the driveway next door, Bill, Decky and I relaxed and regrouped.

I finished up the cleaning this morning, then spent the day doing nonproductive things with Owen and Caitlyn. We shopped for new gym shoes and boots, and hand cream and soaps. We had a fun lunch at a new restaurant, then I went to their house to meet their new kitten Bean. Sweet little thing – lets Owen pick him up and carry him wherever he wants.

I think the three of us missed our occasional fun days out. Too much work and travel lately I guess.

After a dinner of leftovers, I took Declan to basketball practice. He is tired and kinda cranky, but he’ll feel better once he’s in bed for the night with his dog.

Work a half day tomorrow, vote, early dismissal for Decky. Pretty quiet, just right after our weekend trip and Halloween.

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The up side

The fourth painter guy that came out today got the job. His bid was way low, he came with wonderful reliable references, and I’ve seen his work. Yay!
Now to call the other painter guys and tell them they didn’t get the job. Boo.

My iphone case arrived in the mail, along with all the prescriptions I had been waiting on.

Bill brought home ice cream treats.

I made a wonderful dinner of roast beef, mashed potatoes, homemade gravy and green beans. The boys gobbled it up!

Ryan went to the doctor for his cough and chest pain and came home with antibiotics and an inhaler. So glad he consented to go and to take the meds.

Owen and Caitlyn came for lunch and Owen gave me many many big smooches and hugs. I’m so lucky!

Decky and I had our dental checkups and cleanings and got good reports.

Decky had a wonderful drum lesson in which he was taught a trick that involved twirling the sticks.

It was a very good but hectic day. I am looking forward to work tomorrow so I can get some ‘rest.’

Family

My girls are together. They are getting along. They are both adults. They share a strong love for Owen.

Stefanie put forth a lot of effort making sure everything was done right for Caitlyn’s, Koby’s and Owen’s visit. And she is getting such positive feedback from them. It makes her feel so good. She’s the hostess with the mostest.

Caitlyn is so happy to spend time one-on-one with her sister. Now that they are both adults, they have so much in common. They laugh about the same things. She loves how Stefanie dotes on Owen.

I wanted so badly to go to Chicago this weekend, too, to see how everybody reacted to the wonderful Owen. But I’m so glad I didn’t. Those girls needed to do this on their own.

They’re so happy. And I’m so proud. We’ve all been waiting a long time for this, and I don’t know if we even knew it.

Weird

How weird is it that my oldest daughter just bought a bedroom set of her own – her first brand-new furniture?
How weird is it that my youngest daughter, her boyfriend, and her son are taking their first weekend trip together as a family?
How weird is it that my youngest daughter, her boyfriend and her son are going to stay at her sister’s house?
How weird is it that I have grown-up children with families and furniture who are all grown-up and doing grown-up things?
With each other?

The mind just boggles at the very thought of it all.

Maintaining homeostasis

Things seem okay around here.

The Princess and O’Baby are trying to settle into a routine. O’Baby seems a little out of sorts – he’s not napping very well, cries in the evening because he’s so overtired. But he’s okay most of the time. Bubba is really loving having him around again. The Princess is also out of sorts, but seems to be trying very hard to keep Owen close to his daddy.

Bro seems pretty happy. He’s not around that much, but when we do see him, he seems okay. Today he powerwashed the patio. It looks so nice.

Bubba had a good day today. He had a full day with O’Baby and me, got to talk to Bro for a while, went out with Daddy for ice cream. He’s pretty happy.

Hubby and I are keeping watch over everybody, trying to stay in tune to the vibrations and tensions in the house. Tomorrow, we are attending a party for a friend, and we actually got a sitter for Bubba. It’s his friend’s older sister, so he knows her and he seems excited about it. Hubby and I are just excited to get out of the house for a while alone. We’ll see our friends and have a fun relaxing time. I can’t wait.

We’re taking everything day by day, hour by hour. Today was a good day full of many good hours. Hopefully we can keep this going for a while.