See, the thing about field trips is that sometimes Kyle is working and it's only me with the 5 kids. Genevie is nursing, and it's really hard to manage her and all the others. This particular field trip was at 9 a.m., and I know already how tough it is to get out of the house in the morning.
Even though I knew it would be a stretch to go, I went ahead and committed myself to going when another family backed out. You see, without so many committed families, we would lose the group rate of $35 a family.
So, this morning comes. Genevie is nursing on and off all night. Kyle comes in from work in the wee hours of the morning, so he is going to need sleep. Hence, he can't help me today. I got out of bed, and rushed around trying to get the kids ready. I finally got them ready, and then I couldn't find anything clean for myself to wear. I washed 3 loads of laundry yesterday, and didn't wash any of my own clothes. So, I am frantically running around looking for clothes with no luck. Meanwhile, the baby is awake, and I'm thinking she will want to nurse soon or the screaming will begin. Armand is following me around the house crying. It's almost 9 a.m. Nobody has had breakfast. I still can't find any clothes. I don't know who to call to tell them I'm coming late. Still can't find a thing to wear. I'm feeling frantic to the point of a few tears. I think I asked God to help me several times.
So, I am trying to configure a plan to make this all work. I know that they are counting on us for the money for the field trip. So, I'm thinkin' that maybe we will drive out there, I'll give them the money, then go find a McDonald's to grab breakfast and maybe come back. I'm not sure when nursing the baby was going to fit into that.
After searching the house, I finally found something clean to wear. I thew on some make-up, told everyone to potty, changed Genevie's diaper and clothes, and we loaded up the car.
I was still very overwhelmed by the whole thing. We had the car loaded, and I noticed that my seat had been re-adjusted and the rear-view mirror was out of place. Apparently, while I had been trying to finish getting out the door, Armand had been in the car messing with stuff. So, I go to adjust the rear-view mirror, and it broke off the window. Well, here come the tears. I got really upset, went back in the house to tell Kyle, who really couldn't fix it anyway. Went back to the car. Jean-Michel said "well maybe we should pray." I agreed. So Sebastien and I both said a short prayer that we could get through the day. I set up the GPS, and started heading to the farm.
By the time we got there, and I got Genevie wrapped in the Moby, we were probably about 30 minutes late, still haven't had breakfast. My new plan was to see how long we could go without breakfast, because we were there. I really didn't know what else to do. I figured that if we had to leave early, we would just leave early.
One of the ladies offered to hold Armand for me, which was very helpful. The kids were so interested in the farm and the other kids, they never mentioned being hungry. They did at least have milk or juice before we left the house.
Genevie fell asleep in the Moby wrap. So, she didn't scream. Yay! The rest of the field trip probably didn't last more than an hour. So, it actually went very well. At the end I had to call Sebastien back, because he went a little far off looking at the crops. He came back with a small eggplant that he had picked himself. That was NOT part of the plan. I told him to bring it to the farmer, and the farmer wasn't mad, at least. On the way out, the farm had bananas, brownies, and water bottles for us. So, guess what? The kids had breakfast! No McDonald's after all.
We had a really nice time, and I am glad we went. I really should have been more prepared the night before, though. And, I still need to get my rear-view mirror fixed. But all-in-all, the field trip was good.
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