Well, 2012 is in full swing and let me tell you all how my first week of the new year is going so far...in numbers.
6 - the number of puke puddles I've had to clean up
1 - the number of children who were responsible for half of the puke
1 - the number of cats who were responsible for the other half
34 - the number of times I gagged and dry heaved as I cleaned up the puke
3 - the number of times I had to chase the cat away from eating its own puke
9 - the number of miles I've ridden my bike while the little twins rode their scooters alongside me
4 - the number of times I said, "Okay, let's cross the street but be sure to stay in the cross walk."
7 - the number of times I screamed, "Stay in the freakin' cross walk for God's sake! Do you want to get run over by a car?!"
2 - the number of times the little smart asses laughed and said, "Yeah, that would be cool"
5 - the number of times I warned the little twins about the uneven cracks in the sidewalk
5 - the number of times the little twins flew over the handle bars of their scooters every time they ran over the uneven cracks in the sidewalk
25 - the number of minutes one of them cried afterwards, even though I had already hugged him for...
3 - the number of minutes I comforted the crying child
2 - the number of annoying strangers who asked me if I knew that one of my kids was crying
8 - the number of times I threatened to never bring them on a bike ride with me ever again
0 - the number of times I'll probably follow through on that threat because I have no choice but to bring them along
3 - the number of dinners I made that my family truly enjoyed
1 - the number of dinners I made that my family truly hated
5 - the number of times I said "tough luck" to the family members who dared to complain out loud about the meal
2 - the number of pounds I've lost since my holiday eating frenzy
165.5 - the number of minutes I get complete peace and quiet while the kids are in school (even though one kid is home sick)
23 - the number of times I laughed at myself for thinking I might actually miss the kids once they were back in school again after winter break
How's your first week of the new year going??
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