Happy 4th Birthday, Leah! Happy 16th Birthday, Diana!
This has been one of those days when we actually could get in on the friends and family fun; yet we had to juggle two parties and it all ended up being a rush of too busy and not all that much time spent with anyone – at least for Michael and me. Before I get to the parties report, though; let’s take a micro look at the rest of my day.
It was cold, wet, and unpleasant around here this morning; so Tai Chi was indoors. Michael went home for breakfast because he could do that with his parents on their day off; though they were working at the Inn today anyway – just not in the kitchen or dining room. We had a busy day at school because the rush is on for SAT preparations; and Diana’s lunchtime birthday fun was a great way to get started with a new month. Michael and I started to get busy after school because we were drafted to help out with Leah’s party. Her father and grandmother led that effort while Aunt Deborah was busy at the clinic until it closed, but Michael and I helped with getting Leah, her cousins, and friends to their home from daycare or elsewhere; we kept them entertained with fun and party games until dinnertime; and then helped to get the younger kids fed while Leah had the usual birthday fun with her parents and best friends.
Doing all of that with Leah’s party meant that we missed dinner at Diana’s party, but we headed over to her place after helping with the post-dinner clean-up at Leah’s home while she had a bit more play time with her friends ahead of a small sleepover with just two of her besties. We spent two hours with Diana and the rest of our friends, but her party wrapped up early too because we all had homework – or SAT studying – to get done too. I brought Michael home with me for that; we were here by ten-thirty; and used a time phase for both our studying and Mom’s Magi lesson with us. We needed to keep up appearances for actually doing that work in real time, so Michael stayed to help me with putting the twins to bed; and then we had a bit of quiet make-out time in the lounge until he went home at midnight.
That made my start to the ‘real’ work and studying a bit later than I’d have liked, but at least I was smiling while getting to that work after seeing Michael out and on his way home! ;^)
I’m not going to spend much time on the work and studying I’ve been doing since Michael left and I got ready for bed and tucked in with Mandy, but should mention that we are trying to be ready in case we need to do whatever we can to help out in some of the areas around the world where there are serious geo-political problems right now. I definitely don’t want to get started on the stupidity behind a lot of these issues, but we’re concerned about the people being hurt most by the violence and potential for conflict – as well as the other problems being faced in too many countries right now. My part in the work Mom’s having us do right now includes moving resources around to be available for our charities if needed; expediting some business projects to help where we can do that too; and in several countries, we’re backing off until it’s safer to do more again. That’s a tough call to make, but while we don’t want to risk people who work for us un-necessarily; there are still other things we can do in other ways.
It is late, though, and I’ll save up my rants on the injustices of our world for another time. We’ve had a good day; I’m glad of that; and now I need to crash and nap for a while; so, until next time...
...May the Magi Force be with you!