Then, as usual, things went to crap rather quickly. I had arrangements made with Ex1 and Alex's father for getting the kids back from them, and BOTH of them changed the plans on me. As in, totally changed it from them dropping the kids off at my house to me having to pick them up in totally different places. Suffice it to say that I was pissed off. But, in this particular situation, I didn't have much of a choice in the matter. I did, however, let Alex's father know EXACTLY how I felt - in no uncertain terms.
Anyway, by the time that Emily and I picked Daniel up, got home, unloaded the van, put the seats back in, ran all over creation to retrieve the other kids, and got back to town, I had decided that I wasn't cooking. We went to Little Caesars to get pizza, and I no sooner shut the van off then the kids went at each other. I turned the van back on, pulled back out of the parking lot, and went home - without pizza. I wasn't in the mood to deal with the drama. We got home, they went at each other again, and by the time I got them all calmed down enough to make supper (frozen pizza - ha) it was probably 7:30. They ate, they got baths, and they eventually all got into bed.
Of course, in the meantime, I had to clean up the aftermath from having to unload the van in a hurry.
By now, I have most of the big stuff put away, and I uncovered the washer enough to get some stuff into it. I have to wash a lot of the stuff - the tablecloth (that's a given after every show) is already done, but I really need to wash all of the bags and the quilts because everything got really dusty out there today. The setting was gorgeous, but after the brutal heat/dryness of the summer, everything got dusty. So, I'm trying to get everything washed and dried so that it can be put away for the next show, which is November 5 at my church. At least that one's an indoor one, so I don't have to deal with the tent. Yay!
Now, I have to finish putting everything away, run the dishwasher, do a few more loads of laundry, sweep the kitchen and living room floors, and figure out all of the money stuff from the day. Then maybe I can take a power nap before I have to get everyone up and ready for church in the morning. I'm hoping that I can get my act together well enough to walk there with Alex and Daniel, but at this point, I might just be lazy and drive it. I'm tired.