Saturday was pretty typical for our household. So here’s a peek at an ordinary day.
6:00 – Brian and Parker get up and stumble around the house to get ready for the scouts' 50 mile bike ride. Parker eats Chinese food for breakfast and then makes a lunch for the ride
6:40 – They go outside to load the bike into the Suburban but see that Garrett has already loaded the 250 pounds of expired food in there to dispose of this morning. They realize that they can’t put the bike in the truck either because someone picked it up yesterday so they can pick up mulch and sod for a landscaping project.
6:50 – They load the bike into the trunk of the Toyota and go off to drop Parker at the scoutmaster’s house. Brian will leave from there and go workout. We decide that he will call me when he gets done and we’ll go for a bagel.
7:00 – I jump in the shower and make the bed so I won’t get back in it and then do a few chores.
8:00 – Brian calls and we decide to meet at the car wash because he needs gas and a car wash and it will save him from coming all the way back home.
8:15 – He’s still not at the car wash
8:25 – He arrives and picks me up. It took longer because when he walked out of his workout, he ran into his business partner and they started talking. He called home to tell me he would be late, but I was gone……..so he cuts the conversation short and meets me. We leave a car there and struggle with which place to get the bagel.
8:35 – We get our bagels. The place is really crowded. It’s never this crowded. As soon as we sit down, Brian gets a call from a ward member. I eat my bagel. He listens. He mouths, “Sorry.” I shrug. I’m used to this. I’m just here for the food anyway.
9:00 – We’re back home and decide to leave for the temple a little early so we can stop at the dry cleaners so we don’t have to do it later. We discuss today’s eagle project completion with Garrett and tell him we’ll meet him as close to 12 as possible.
9:25 – Friend calls and asks if she can stay at our house this next week until she moves into her new apartment. I throw the sheets into the wash.
9:35 – Changed and ready for the temple, we take off and hit the dry cleaners.
10:10 – Arrive at the temple for the wedding.
10:35 – Wedding of two young singles (not for long) who were in the ward. It is awesome. They are both returned missionaries. She’s beautiful. The families are thrilled. The sealer does his usual incredible job. It’s fantastic.
11:00 – Hug bride and groom and apologize that we won’t be able to come to their house for lunch because we have to go to the eagle project.
11:05 – Stop in and see Brian’s mom. She’s been sick for nearly a month but she says she is feeling better. She says she’s at 92% ;)
11:45 – We arrive back home to see Garrett has gotten rid of the expired food and packed the Suburban with 800 pounds of food for the food pantry. He too, thought he would use the truck. LOL
12:00 – Change our clothes, throw the sheets into the dryer and head to the food pantry.
12:10 – Help Garrett and others unload food and put it on shelves. The lady who runs the food pantry is so happy because the shelves had been empty and she is THRILLED that Garrett sorted the food before he came. She said that last time, it took 4 hours to sort the food and get it on the shelves. We are cruising. We are working in dog years! Each hour should equal 7 because all of us are running and forming a chain to load food on the shelves. Oh………and there’s no air conditioning. We figured this would take about 3 hours.
3:00 – We’re done and back home! Woohoo! Bonus time! We run to our bed to get on/in it and watch the Olympics. We’re starving so we give Garrett and Tyler money and send them to get us food. I think I’ll take a nap, which I NEVER do. But the room is cool and the bed is inviting. Just as I drift off to sleep, the phone rings. Forget the nap. The phone rings every 10 or 15 minutes and I need to go to the grocery store anyway.
4:00 – Make the bed in the guest room. Blow off the grocery store. We’ll go later (I know this is a mistake). Get ready to leave for the baptism and stake High Priest Group Social.
4:30 – Leave for the Stake Center
5:00 – Baptism – Really COOL! They are baptizing three singles. All have great stories. The mission president is there. The ward is there. Some of the non member families are there supporting their kids. All three new members bear their testimonies after being baptized and they ROCK!
6:15 – Go outside church to call Parker and make sure he survived the bike ride. Garrett had picked him up and taken him to get dinner. Now he can’t find his dialectic journal on the computer that he needs to finish up for the first day of school
6:30 – Go into cultural hall for the dinner portion of the evening.
7:30 – It’s time to go to the chapel for the talk part of the evening. We sneak out.
7:40 – We arrive at the wedding reception. Talk to the parents of the bride and groom, congratulate the bride and groom, talk to ward members, have a glass of punch and skedaddle.
8:00 – Leave reception and go to the grocery store.
8:50 – Get home and visit with our friend who just arrived. Check and see how Parker is getting along with his summer homework. I had told everyone that they had to finish by midnight tonight. J Why does it feel like midnight tonight?
9:30 – Clean kitchen, straighten up a few things and get ready for bed. Parker is still typing.
10:30 – Can’t keep my eyes open any longer. This is a mistake because Garrett will be home in an hour and I’ll wake up, get out of bed to talk to him and not be able to go back to sleep.
11:15 – Garrett calls and they are on their way home from dinner and the Stake Dance. He’s mad because he put the rear passenger window down and now it won’t go back up.
11:23 – Parker is still typing. Garrett and Tyler get home. They had a great night but it was ruined by the whole window thing. I tell them to make absolutely NO noise. I don’t want Brian to wake up. They go downstairs to play pool.
11:30 - Parker literally drags himself upstairs saying he can’t walk. He probably can’t. His 50 mile bike ride was 60. He’s tired. But I can’t deal with noise or drama right now, so I tell him to get up and go to bed. I say it nicely…well kind of.
11:45 – I’m back in bed and can’t sleep. I listen to Brian’s even breathing and finally drift off.
12:23 – I’m awakened by voices outside my bedroom window. They are loud. They sound young. They are throwing rocks. I am mad. I watch them for a second. They are throwing rocks at the big street light on the corner. They hit it, crack a panel and start walking back home. I grab Garrett and tell him we are going to find out who the kids are. I’ll talk to their parents later. We drive around the block. Garrett spies them crouching in someone’s yard. Before I can say anything, he’s out of the car and sprinting. When he finally comes back, he tells me that he passed the two girls who were obviously lagging behind and caught up with the biggest boy. He threw him to the ground (not quite what I had planned) and said, “What are you doing? You woke up my whole family! Go home and go to bed.” The kid evidently asked him, “Who are you?” in a scared voice. Garrett answered, “It doesn’t matter. Go home!” So yeah – we didn’t find out who they were and it’s 12:45 and I’m still not asleep.