This past Saturday was one week past the big party.
As is usually the case with these larger events (which always seem to be started off with a big push on house projects), by the time the event is over I am way more tired than I even realize I am.
The party was last Saturday. We had a birthday party to go to on Sunday, then the rest of the day was spent cleaning up our own house and garage from the party the day before.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were filled with client work, class picnics and bowling trips for the elementary kids and finals over 2 half-days for our high school daughter. Tuesday night was the actual graduation ceremony at the school. It was an absolutely gorgeous night! That was sandwiched between baseball and soccer on both Monday and Wednesday, so we did not really have much of a chance to rest until Thursday night. Which was also the first day of summer break.
Friday we went to the library and I picked up a big book to dive into. I finished it within 36 hours, if that is any indication of my level of activity Friday and Saturday.
I think complete fatigue just took over on Saturday morning. I did not get out of bed until 10:30. And that was only to grab something to eat and get back into bed until 11. It was ridiculous, but I needed it. Steve had gone to a house fire in the middle of the night, and when he came home he feel asleep on the couch until 11 also. The kids did not even surface until nearly 10, and even then they were just chilling out until about 11, too.
Luckily, we had two graduation open houses to go to, so we did not even have to feed ourselves . We visited with friends at both open houses, and then Alex & I went to dinner with dear friends and watched our favorite dancer in her dance company’s annual recital. It was glorious!
I started to feel better by yesterday afternoon. We made a big breakfast after church and celebrated Father’s Day with Steve. Then Steve drove Alex up to camp while the boys and I visited my mom and step-dad, who fed us dinner and DQ. Again, it was glorious.
Last night before bed, we played a game with the younger boys and it was really nice to just hang out with the boys after so much running the past several weeks.
I guess all of this is to say that yes, we did accomplish a tremendous amount to get ready for this party. But all that effort is not without its price. You kind of have to be prepared to crash a bit afterward. This is a lesson I tend to forget, although I am getting better about allowing for that bone tired feeling after a big push.
Because it will come whether I “allow” for it or not, so it is best if I can clear a path on which to land for a few days. You know, to sort of minimize the damage.