Let's see, we had: a Shakespeare play performance, in which the Teenager played Duke Orsino and had to spend several full days at practices; two 4-H meetings, one of which involved the twins giving speeches; a field trip; several track practices; a Science Fair, which involved too many logistics of photo developing, matting, and framing for all three kids; and FDPG's finale for her last year of Brownies, which involved her doing every badge she hadn't already done - and that, Gentle Reader, saw her doing eighteen badges last week.
Now FDPG has every single badge in the Brownie Handbook. This was her goal ever since she joined Brownies almost two years ago (because I like you all, well, most of you anyhow, I will spare you her interpretation of how the Brownie Motto actually adjures each and every Brownie to do each and every badge - just know that this, err, logic underpins her methodology). I'm sure some of the Brownie mothers see me as a Bossy Stage Mother, pushing FDPG along on a demented quest, and I wish I could convey to them just how demented, err, motivated our little FDPG is, but I can't so I won't. I will say though that FDPG was quite thrilled with herself when she got that little packet stuffed with 18 badges. Sadly, her sash is so filled with all the other badges we're not quite sure what to do with these 18.
Even Sunday saw us busy: attempting to erect a large, solid, polycarbonate-sided greenhouse in the back of my father's garden (aren't adjectives handy?). All I will say about that is this: whoever owns that greenhouse-making company should hire more skilled instruction-pamphlet-makers. That pamphlet was a wonder of obtuseness. A marvel of incomprehensibility. An impressive formation of nonsense. A complete distraction, from start to finish. The only thing that was barely legible was the equipment list, and even there they mixed up the GO13s with the GY12s.
Today we are resting after our labours. Well, me and the twins are. Yes, I realize some of you are thinking to yourselves "Gosh, what terrible grammar, she really should be saying 'The twins and I'" now, aren't you? But really, grammar is a much more fluid thing than most people give it credit for (barring people who use "U" in place of "you" and "2" in place of "to" of course - even I can't bring myself to go quite that far. Heck, I even struggle with using LOL in an email but enough of all this parenthetical nonsense). I figure I can move pronouns around a bit without totally enraging the Grammar Gods. Don't you think?