Thursday, July 17, 2008

people, it's been a long week

I really wish I had more to tell you. Sometimes I, as we all do, can find myself at the end of a Thursday night trying to figure out where the week has gone, why am I posting from my Blackberry, and why do I have another dog in the house?

Re-entry from camp was a little hard for Trey, especially when he got home and remembered we had 6 kids and 5 pets and no air conditioning again. It took a few mornings of "reacclimation", otherwise known as parenting to make him appreciate the time off but also desire more order than we've had lately. I thought we should start with the flower beds but that wasn't really the kind of order he meant.
Perhaps we need an "open/closed" sign for the front door so the neighborhood would know when they could drop by for a snack, a drink of water, or both and when it was just family time. Personally, I think we definitely need a system but am not super keen on my house looking like a storefront. Any suggestions?

With the help of Mercy Street's Work Crew (which will be a later post), we were also able to reclaim our flower beds from the weeds of death. In the process, our phone line was cut which left me without phone or internet. The beds look great and speed-typing with my thumbs on my Blackberry may be a hidden talent of mine. Jealous?

Yeah, probably not.

Our dear friends are in the process of listing their house and needed a place for their chocolate lab puppy to stay temporarily. We're using that word very, very loosley.

Why? Why? Why would I bring a chocolate lab puppy home to my husband the 'dog snob, lab-lover'?


Trey is smitten and so is Darius for that matter. He literally climbed in my lap the other day saying, "Can we keep him?". I was a little disturbed when Trey did the same thing.

"What's one more, baby?", he cooed.

My sanity?

Seriously, does he only call me "baby" when he wants a lab puppy? I'm going to have to pay more attention to that one.

Edited to add*** did you notice this published twice? It's because I'm trying to post on a 1"x1" screen. So sorry, guys.


Happy Mommy said...

Hi! I left you a little surprise over at my blog. Your blog always makes me smile!

Gini said...

I am not sure what you mean by long week...could you elaborate?

Colored With Memories said...

I'm impressed...posting from a blackberry...your thumbs must be tiny!

Not sure that you were really wanting a suggestion, but one of my neighbors controls the slew of kids coming in/out with an "open door policy"...she always keeps her storm door (glass or screen type door) shut, but if her internal door is open...anyone can knock and come right in. If both doors are closed, however, that means come back later.

Pattie & Rob said...

Happy Friday!! I am sorry to hear that your A/C is still not working. I hope that gets fixed soon. It's just so hot this summer, at least here in FL and I'm sure Texas is just as bad. I hope your have a GREAT Weekend, and enjoy your temp puppy...hee hee

Lori said...

Thanks for all your enthusiasm of our impending move. I think we may be on the other side of the city from you, but who knows? If you would like to e-mail me, I'd be happy to share! :)

Michelle said...

Tiny, tiny thumbs, I am impressed! What dedication :) I like the storm door/front door signal--home security wise, probably safer than hanging a sign that says anything. Another idea (thought not as easy as opening your door) would be to hang a flag when you're ready for the 'hood to stop by.

The Kelly Family said...

ok... i was going to ask the SAME questions! (about how to deal with the constant traffic without looking like a store-front) I really hope people keep posting ideas.

Heather Holland said...

Hi Melissa - I'm a friend of Emily's and knew of your blog through hers. I checked it out today because I met a gal up here in Portland Oregon, where I live, who is involved in inner city ministry and wanted to send her the link. Anyway! I have seven kids and live on 5 acres with only 2 or 3 neighborhood families within walking distance and even that can be too much for me sometimes!!! I've often wondered how you do it. It would be kind of cute if you could come up with a fun symbol of some sort - a painted wooden sign that had two sides which could be flipped around to mean open and closed, but not obviously. The kids in the neighborhood might like it if they were in on a secret code - the pineapple means open the whatever means closed or something like that. We all need our quiet times and family times! God bless you for all you are doing. Is Voice of Hope still around?

Karen {simply a musing blog} said...

Oooh. I'm so sorry your week was so long. :) But I have good news! You're up in my queue! Can you email me at I'd like to schedule a chat. Tried emailing, but it must have been caught in your spam folder? Or it could have been the week. :)

Jess said...

Sounds like you have your hands full....and typing on your phone... very good, but sounds like you are going crazy with all that's going on...l

Hope things settle down, and have a good weekend.

emily said...

I'm not sure where to start....yes, Colored with Memories, she does have freakishly tiny thumbs that type scarily fast on her blackberry. The precious puppy will chew those great new chairs you just got in the living room and poop and pee all over the place. Trust me, I know!! I think I will bring Mo on over for a "temporary" visit now that I think about it-- you can keep all 3 when we go to Ethiopia.

How are you doing on our plan? All that I'm saying, is we better see results or I'm going back to my happy place. I did great this weekend.

Love you dearly!

Mrs. Troop said...

Sounds like a week, for sure!
Good luck getting rid of that dog -