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Monday, February 6, 2012

No Not Really

Yesterday after church was cra-zee in the van.  Mark loaded most of the kids up in the van while I finished my conversation and gathered the last two.  The craziness had already begun with fights between Callie and Christian and Shannie was very unhappy for some reason.

I jump in the van as Mark runs back into church to help load the storage van as it's his Sunday to help and off we go.  I decided to do the drive through.  Ella and Jacob had play date exchanges, so Jacob was with his friend and Ella's friend was with us.  Ella starts taking down the orders.  Shannie is still unhappy and crying in the back of the van.  Callie is generally patient with Shannie, but yesterday it was just too much for her sound sensitivities.

As I'm ordering, Calle starts to yell at Shannie to be quiet.  Finally I complete the order and try to cajole Callie.  Now, she's thrown her earphones, that she wears to muff the sounds, and she's taking off her seat belt.  Ella's friend undoes her seat belt and slips into the front seat, sweetly saying, "I think I'll just sit up here."  Callie starts catapulting herself over the seat towards Shannie.  Ella grabs her and Callie's face is in Chad's face - thankfully not Christian or it'd been a total knock down drag out fight.  I'm yelling at Chad, "'Push her back Chad", but he isn't able to comprehend what he should do.  So, I stop the van in the drive through line, remove my belt and grab Callie turning her around and telling her to calm down.

It should be noted that all during this Ella and I are hysterically laughing.  Perhaps we weren't exactly conveying to Callie the seriousness of her behavior, but come one, it was crazy funny.  Callie calms down a bit and we get our drinks, but have to pull forward into the #1 spot to wait for our food.  Finally the food comes and I realize I forgot to order Ella's friend's food.  So, Ella and said friend go into the McD's and order her food.  I notice Callie putting a burger wrapping into Ella's bag, but didn't think about it.

Ella and friend return and we're just about to leave and Ella says, "Hey, where's my burger?"  Oh, so that's what Callie was doing.  She had eaten all her lunch and then Ella's in the time that they spent inside ordering friend's food.  So, of course, I didn't dare go inside and Ella didn't want to go in, so through the drive through line we go again.

I was teasing good natured friend and said, "Doesn't this sort of stuff happen in your van?"  She smiled and said, "No, not really."  Ya, I didn't think so.

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