I had an amazing FEX post prepared for yesterday and fotoflexer wasn't cooperating. *sad panda* So, next Sunday FEX will be back - hopefully my collage will work - and Fave Cousin will be off my ass for awhile.
Friday brought the arrival of The Man's son from Colorado Springs. He will be here for a month. While The Man and I do not live together, his son will be spending the next month under my roof for a number of reasons.
- The Man lives in a 3 bedroom townhome with 2 roommates. The only place for his son to sleep there is on the couch. Here, The Boy has bunk beds and the two of them can share a room. (They are only 10 days apart in age AND they get along.)
- The Man works 13 - 14 hours a day, 6 days a week. By staying here, his son will have someplace to be with adult supervision AND other kiddos to play with.
- I cook. The Man goes out to eat. Need I say more about that?
On Saturday, my beloved son returned from a week at Boy Scout camp. It has been chaos here since. Some highlights from his trip include kids from his troop being chased by a bear (they were camping in northern Wisconsin), a huge thunder storm resulting in a canoe 30 feet from his tent being struck by lightning, a woodtick embedded in his belly (EW!), and bringing home a urine filled canteen ("Mom! It was dark, it was raining, and there were BEARS!"). Needless to say, he is excited to go back next year.
Today, The Girl's BF and the BF's older sister spent the day here while their mom was at work. The girls used to be our neighbors and moved near the end of the school year. They informed me today that the relative they were living with (their mother was evicted from the home they were renting in my neighborhood) has kicked them out and they have been living in a hotel for the last month. It breaks my heart that their mother is such an irresponsible pain and that they're no longer just down the street. My home used to be their safe haven. Their mom has tried repeatedly to use me as a free childcare for the girls already this summer. I would love to help, but I can't afford to feed 5 kids every day.
I also found out over the weekend that I will be able to go to Chicago in August for a Memorial BBQ in honor of my Favorite Uncle. He lost an ugly battle with Leukemia just over a year ago. I'm super stoked to see Fave Cousin, her hubby, and their kids as well as my Favorite Aunt and a whole slew of other cousins and family members! I don't get to see my family anywhere near enough.
Anywho, stay tuned this week for some exciting stuff! I will be hosting my very first (real) giveaway this week! Also, during DuckFest, I won a Stickman cartoon! That will be debuting right here at Only Parent Chronicles THIS WEEK!!!