Tonight ...

He went back into the hospital.

This means I fed the kids.

Cleaned up the dirty dishes.

Washed the dirt off the floor that the neighbor kids left.

Helped with homework.

Broke up several fights that were clearly over life and death situations such as who got to call their friend first.

Attempted to and successfully reasoned with an 11-year old and an eight-year old. Simultaneously.

Gave the cat a little TLC.

Allotted a limited amount of time to video/computer games.

Sent them into the shower {just the kids, not the cat}.

Had part of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw read to me.

Knelt together and said prayers.

Tucked them into bed.

Nearly kissed the cheeks right off their faces in the process.

Picked up their clothes and towels left on the bathrom floor.

Re-cleaned the floor where their shoes were leaving the dirt this time.

Oh, and then blogged about it.

I sound like a real, bonefide mom ... no?

The only thing I did not do was have the prep-talk to the maturation program, which is occurring at school tomorrow for the 11-year-old. I left that for his mother to have with him whenever she returns from the hospital. That is where I will always draw the line.

P.s. The head of the 11-year-old's head is 60 cm. The eight-year-old's is 59cm. ;)


Allred Mom said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your brother-in-law is back in the hospital. :( Your nephews are so lucky to have such a loving aunt to be with them as their mom and dad are away. Your sister is lucky to have you as her sister, too. Hugs to you for always being willing to serve!

Love, Rachel

Avree said...

Nice work Mindy! I'm sorry about your brother-in-law, I hope he gets to come home soon!

Julie M. said...

You have to be the best Aunt ever. Can we adopt you? :) I'm sorry to here that Steve went back. Him and his family are in my prayers!

Dan and Laura said...

You're such a wonderful person! Thanks for the head stats too. :) We're praying for your family!

Meg said...

Do you think you could simultaneously reason with two 3-year-olds? I will let you try. :)

I hope this hospital stay is short, we'll keep him in our prayers.

Kat said...

yer awesome. truly awesome.

Erica said...

I appreciate that you made sure to include their head sizes. :)

No, seriously though, I hope things all turn out good and things improve soon. You are an awesome aunt (sister-in-law, sister).

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