1. Lesson Learned: You would think after 13 years of being a mom, and 14 years of being married to a very fair skinned man, that I would be on top of the whole sunscreen issue. Alas, I am not, and my children are paying for it dearly. We went to the pool on Wednesday and while I slathered the young girls with SPF 50, I told the older ones to take care of themselves. Did I double check? You'd think I would have, but I didn't. Needless to say, my kids are burned... especially the boys. (Christopher has specifically asked that the phrase "lobster red" not be used to describe him, so let that show how bad it is)They have been shirtless for 5 days now, and couldn't even make it to Mass this morning, since anything on their sunburns is extremely painful. The next time we make it to the pool, EVERY kid gets SPF 50, AND an inspection before heading out.
2. Projects Accomplished: Since we haven't ventured outside since Wednesday (no, it's not overkill... they REALLY don't need any exposure to the sun right now!) we've been busy doing all sorts of fun indoor stuff. The kids are learning that you really CAN find activities to do other than TV watching or computer games. Friday proved to be an exceptionally creative day for us -- messy, but creative. Reilly sewed a cute hat for herself out of felt, Kathryn made doves and puppets, the little girls also made puppets, and the boys took the bag of colored pipe cleaners and made men appropriately called "the pipe cleaner boys." Being pipe cleaners, their job is to... yes, clean pipes. I keep finding them tucked away in straws, sippy cup lids, etc, "doing their job." I have to admit, it's making me smile!
So, what did I do?
First, I redid my "Control Journal" (from FlyLady). I can't really show many pictures since the pages are filled with lots of personal information, but I'll tell you about it --
A master calendar page of EVERYTHING that goes on my yearly calendars (in case of computer problems, I've got a handwritten copy of birthdays, death days, sacramental days, etc..)
Followed by a home decorating section, in which I've saved paint chips (and names and colors) for all the rooms in the house, in case we ever need it. This section also includes pages ripped out of various magazines for decorating ideas.
Then, I decided it was time to tackle more projects that have been on my mind for far too long. For example, take a look at this ironing board: