This week has been the craziest week I've had in a long time. And that was just Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There are still two more days to go.
(Pardon the horrible cell phone photos again. Sigh.)
It started with a squirrel. Libby is the middle squirrel with the long, blond hair in this photo. As she put it after Tuesday's performance (the last of three performances this week), "Three months of practice, three performances, and the flowers and ice cream afterwards made it all worth it." She has loved this theater club at school and is very excited to do it again next year because she'll be in 5th grade and the majority of the roles are filled with 5th graders. She wants to be a star. :)
In the midst of two crazy days filled with last-minute squirrel costume emergencies (what you can't see in the photo is the huge, bushy tail that was a big problem for most of the squirrels) and two night performances of the play, this little dude below came down with a 103 temp and vomiting. Thankfully, both he and my couch are recovering nicely today. The couch is spotless now and he should be back at school tomorrow.
And because Andrew was home sick, and sick enough that I couldn't ask a neighbor to help out, Tom had to take a day off work because I was already scheduled to spend the day in Illinois yesterday chaperoning a 7th grade field trip to Medieval Times.
Besides Tom having to miss work and Andrew being sick, the day of the field trip started out great. We picked up a bunch of other 7th grade girls early in the morning and headed to school to meet the buses and start the long road trip. On the way there, one of the buses had a broken hose on the highway and we all stopped at a toll to wait for them. But, it was a quick fix and seemed to be no big deal.
After the show was over and we headed towards the buses, we were told that a second bus had broken down and was actually taken to a mechanic. Mind you, these were charter buses, not school buses. And we were 2.5 hours away from home with 350 students. And every single seat on each bus was filled.
After debating about whether to put 12 extra kids on each of the other 6 buses or waiting for the broken bus to be fixed, we decided to simply wait. The 12 extra kids on each bus would have been sitting on laps or on the floor and it simply wouldn't have been safe. So, we sat on the bus for 90 minutes while we waited for the mechanic to work his magic. And then had a 2.5 hour drive home.
Needless to say, after 11 very, very long hours with 7th graders, I was ready for some quiet time when I got home last night.
And I'm hoping that the rest of the week is a lot more mundane. :)