First off…I want to say I love my life. I really do but sometimes being the matriarch of this crew takes some doing and lots of praying.
With five kids there is always so much going on. Things were crazy when they all were little and mistakenly, I thought it would slow down as they got older. In a way, it has but in another way…WOW, it hasn’t.
There was my Friday…I’ll give you a rundown on each of our kids.
Kelli the oldest was supposed to bring Georgia here in the morning and I was supposed to take care of her while Kelli went to get her blood sugar check. Kelli is pregnant with twins. She had her first glucose test on Monday which she flunked. So she had to go in for the long test on Friday.
Well, it snowed and with the slippery roads it didn’t work out for her to come and bring Georgia.
…so that was on my mind.
Kayla, next in the line, called me and was upset. She was on her way to the doctor with Jasper. He had a cold earlier in the week but all of that had warped into something more. She was taken him in to get checked out.
Well an hour or so later Spencer, Kayla’s husband, called me and said they admitted Jasper to the hospital. He was a sick little boy. His oxygen levels were low and a chest x-ray showed he has pneumonia.
Poor guy. They had been trying to get him to give up his pacifier but if you are hospitalized, you get your pacifier…no questions asked!!
There was a lot of back and forth calls and work to keep the rest of the kids informed on what was up with our sweet Jasper.
I’ve had my own kids in the hospital. I know it isn’t fun. What’s worse is worrying about Kayla on top of worrying about Jasper and knowing there is nothing I can do. I’m sure you all can relate.
Buck is the next kiddo…
He didn’t have quite so much drama. He did call to let me know he put Lora and the girls on a plane. They were traveling to Florida to spend time with family.
Buck couldn’t go as he does snow removal and we’ve had snow lately. Not a ton of snow but enough that he can’t leave.
Scotty had school so didn’t go. The other Grandma was on duty to watch him as the snow was predicted so we got happy kid-free updates from Buck that evening but then Saturday he sent this picture…
You can see that’s a bad break on his snowplow. UGH. More to worry about.
Karl, as always, is my least worrisome kid. He does have his own things but they are typically they aren’t as dramatic as the other kids. Right now things are still going through on the purchase of his house. This week he has been working on getting bids from the electrician, getting the abstract updated, finding out about property insurance, and getting more paperwork into the bank. All of this Karl HATES. Anything paperwork related is Karl’s arch enemy.
He’s also having a bit of a case of cabin fever. Covid plus the weather has been not so good.
He has been driving my truck to work as his Toyota isn’t the best at winter driving.
Kalissa, the last of the kids, had her own day. She worked the overnight Thursday into Friday. She commutes about 80 minutes to work. So on Friday after her shift, she was scheduled to get her 2nd Covid shot. The time wasn’t until 11 am though so she slept in town until her appointment, got her shot, and drove to my house.
I had Gannon. We’ve had a LONG week with Gannon. He’s been having issues again with being backed up. It’s been a week of enemas, Miralax, and anything that will clean the guy out. You can read more about it on Kalissa’s blog. It’s been interesting, to say the least. While I was watching him on Friday he had pooped and it was up past his shoulder blades.
Kalissa had to pick him up from my house and take him to the doctor again to get an x-ray to make sure all was well.
She did all of this on 3 hours of sleep. UGH. I can’t do that stuff anymore and it always amazes/worries me when she does.
On top of all of that…I have the in-laws too. Craig and Jason both are farmers and it’s been like -20 degrees and they along with Buck are out working in it all the time.
So this was mostly all happening on Friday…
There is lots on the plate being a mom to five and grandma to seven.
So Friday Craig came at about 3:20 pm and was going to pick up Carver. He was getting off the bus at my house as Kalissa wasn’t back from the doctor yet with Gannon. The bus came at 3:30 pm. I was in the middle of making waffle cookies. Shortly after Kalissa showed up.
They were getting Carver dressed and were walking out the door when my phone rang. It was public health calling me asking if I wanted to get my covid vaccine. They had extra doses and if I came now, I could get mine. Kalissa was already walking out the door so really loudly into the phone I said, “I’d love to get my Covid vaccine. I’ll do what I can to make it work.
Kalissa and Craig stopped and the scramble began. I still had childcare kids at my house…just two school-aged kiddos and one baby. Kalissa and Craig volunteered to watch them…and finish baking the cookies.
I ran upstairs, changed my clothes, and dug around to find Karl’s spare set of keys. Remember he had taken my truck to work?
Before long I was in the car and on my way.
We live pretty rural so I had to drive 40 minutes towards the opposite end of the county to get my shot.
I had to drive here…I was given a clipboard with a questionnaire.
Then I backed the car out, handed a lady the clipboard, she gave me back a paper, and I got in line.
I pulled into the garage and handed them my paper. I took my arm out of my sleeve and I got my shot.
I was given this card and told to wait in the parking lot for 15 minutes. It was easy peasy.
I am now a card-carrying vaccinated, with round one, person. YAHOO!! I couldn’t be happier. I go back in March for round two. I’m so thankful to have this.
Oh my…what a day Friday was!!
So if want the rest of the story, here it is.
Kelli passed her glucose test.
Jasper got out of the hospital on Saturday.
Buck borrowed someone else’s snowplow.
Karl got out to relieve his cabin fever.
Gannon’s x-ray came back good. He is no longer backed up.
…and me, so far no side effects from the shot!
WOW…how’s that for family drama on what should have been an average every old day?