South America – Day 27

I think if it weren’t for all the extra things going on in my life right now, this time without Derick wouldn’t be nearly as hard.  I miss him terribly.  But I miss him more when I visit his parents, and when Christian has a school function, and when I need to find a babysitter to do something simple like get my hair done.  I miss him when I crawl in bed at night and I wake up in the morning alone.  I miss him when I have to clean up dinner and put the kids to bed by myself.  I miss him when I balance the checkbook because I don’t have anyone to talk to about how to spend our money.  I miss him everytime I gaze at the face of our new baby boy, and think about how much Brody will change by the time he gets back.  And I miss him because I can’t talk to him right now.  I have gotten a couple of text messages from him this week, but I think when he sends them he has about 5 minutes of free time.  So, I rarely get to answer back right away. 

The kids and I made cupcakes tonight.  The night seemed to go smoother having something for all of us to do together.  I should plan more activities like that but for some reason I just don’t.  Allyn kept taking the used beaters and dipping them into the cake batter and licking it, while I was trying to fill the cupcake papers.  He was dripping it everywhere!  Then after the papers were all full and I let the kids lick the bowl, Aida started smearing it on her face and telling me that it was face wash.  Needless to say, they took a bath while the cupcakes were in the oven.  I guess the white cake batter did sort of look like my moisturizer… a little.

Aida is such a girly girl.  She is fascinated with my makeup. I really don’t have very much, especially being a cosmetologist.  I would love to do formal hair and makeup for a living.  No color, no cuts, just formal styles and makeup, but the investment in the makeup is huge.  I don’t have enough clients for that.  Plus, all the business would come by referral.  There’s not a lot of repeat business there.  But, the little bit I do have seems to keep Aida occupied for any length of time.  She wears lipstick all the time.  She has even tried to put on mascara but she usually ends up looking like a football player instead of a fashion model.  She is much girlier than I have ever been. 

Tomorrow I am taking the kids to a friend’s house so I can cut hair, and Aida, Christian and I are going to Tanner’s Orchard.  I’m excited!  I get to have an outing with just my older kids!!  Aida told me today that we need more apples.  Christian says he wants to pick his own.  I told him we’ll see.  I don’t know if we will have enough time for that.  If I leave Brody with my friend, then I’ll have about 2 hours that I can be gone.  I don’t know if that’s enough time.  I am excited!  It sounds like a  relaxing day to me!

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