Thursday, April 19, 2007

Who's got the brain today?

Back when I was a kid my grandma made a comment and said, "Elena must have the brain in the family." Being the cynical family we are, this comment has become a running joke for us. On occasion we'll ask who is using the one and only brain in the family. Today I am wondering exactly who's got it because I really need it.

I tried to get a packet with a take home assignment ready for Halle's kindergarten class. (I am the morning room mom.) I thought I was doing so well, getting the note written and the packets stuffed last night. Thankfully before I stuffed them I realized I had written my mom's home phone number down instead of my own. Mistake number one. I was ready to take them to the school, when on a whim, I looked at my calendar and realized that I had gotten the dates wrong. A whole week early. So I changed the date, emailed the afternoon room mother whom I had already emailed the wrong letter to and asked her to change it on her letters. I got ready to reprint my letters, (and restuff the packets), when my phone range. (Primary stuff...)

Once I got off the phone, I went back to reprint and realized there was one more wrong date written. So I changed that one, emailed the pm mom again with the new revised letter attached, or so I thought. Sure enough, I had forgotten to attach it, so I had to send a THIRD email to this lady I don't even know, explaining how come I am so crazy.

Finally I got the correct letter written and printed and tried to start stuffing the envelopes. An impossible task with Kate and Carter around. So I got them entertained downstairs with a cartoon and went back upstairs to finish. Now I KNOW better than to leave Kate unattended, but I only had 10 minutes before kindergarten was over and I had to get the letters there today.

I finished the packets, ran downstairs to shove the little kids in the truck and THIS is what I found. WHY ME?????

Grabbing the camera to click a picture shouldn't have been my first priority, but I am keeping all of these as blackmail. Someday when Kate is a mommy and calls to complain about how her kids are making her crazy, I'll just pull all these little mishap pictures out and say, "It's only payback."

Well, by this point I had missed getting the packets to the kindergarten before school got out, but I figured it would be okay if they went home tomorrow with the kids. So I stick Kate in her car seat so that I can clean up the mess, then jump in the truck to get Halle. That's when I remembered that somewhere in the midst of the phone calls and million emails, I faintly saw Kate lugging around my car keys. Not to worry I found them in my bathroom and managed to pick up Halle on time.

Would somebody PLEASE send the brain my way??! I am in desperate need of it.


Anonymous said...

All I can do is sit here and shake my head and smile.

Elise said...

Elena, I am serious about you writing a book. This story made me laugh out loud (and I read it at work!) and the picture is so priceless. So hilarious!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your stories! You are hilarious and so are your kids. I'm glad you can have a sense of humor! YIKES!! Kate is certainly busy!

becky ward said...

Very entertaining! Kate-the little stinker. Luckily, Owen doesn't know how to open the fridge yet!