June 28, 2017

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  • Day 3 of VBS (Anderson and Graham), day 2 of soccer camp (Keaton and Campbell), day 2 of basketball camp (Anderson and Graham), day 4 of mission trip (Reagan). 
  • The boys were up first this morning and I did have to wake up Campbell. Anderson is still very hoarse and even asked to stay home today. We encouraged him to go and did tell him that he could stay home tomorrow if his throat was still sore (though I did mention that I think doughnuts were the breakfast plans for tomorrow so I bet he can't pass that up.)
  • Shannon took the boys to VBS and once Anderson was on the way there, he did perk up. Robby took the girls to soccer camp and Whitman was still at Grannymom's house for his sleepover. 
  • That left me all alone in the house which rarely happens. I flew through my list and soon was on the treadmill. I decided that spending time on the treadmill is really just a time waster. Seriously, I had so much that I should have been doing and no time to the treadmill but I pressed on.
  • Soon I was on the road headed to Goodwill just to look around. I didn't find anything but did have to hurry to pick up the boys. I would have been there on earlier but I just drove right on past Rock Creek and kept on driving. After I turned around, I picked up my boys who both had a great time.
  • As they ate lunch, I shuttled them to basketball camp. Next stop was picking up Whitman from Grannymom's house. He had a good time but was also happy to see me. Then we drove to the soccer fields to pick up the girls. 
  • We were there a bit early and had time to see the girls before everything was over. They were having a good time and didn't even sit near us during the close. 
  • Back at home, the girls and Whitman helped me make a dessert for Reagan's return. The dessert was Keaton's idea and Graham really wanted to make something to for his sister (so sweet that they missed her) but he will be gone most of the day.
  • We were home just long enough to finish the desserts, when we loaded up to pick up the boys and then meet Robby at the pool. Robby brought pizza and soon Cash and Lilly arrived. The kids played and played until around 7. I headed home with the boys and Robby and the girls were not too far behind us. We changed and then headed to the Wilson's house.
  • After an almost two mile walk, we played some cards. Now, my mission is to teach the kids how to play that game. When we noticed that Whitman was sound asleep, we decided that we should head home and put that baby into bed. Everyone else headed to bed too and my girls were so excited when we reminded them that Reagan will come home tomorrow.

June 27, 2017

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  • Everyone was awake early this morning. I guess the boys some how wake up Whitman and the last two mornings, he has thought that it was still night time despite the sun shining. He comes to our bed and lays down. This morning when I got up to use the restroom, he asked me if it was morning. When I told him that it was, he hopped up and headed to the living room to join the others.
  • Keaton and Campbell were awake early this morning because today was soccer camp day for them. They could not wait for the day and were dressed and ready before the boys which never happens.
  • Shannon dropped by to pick up my boys and they were off to VBS for day 2. They were pretty excited about this morning and were both dressed in yellow shirts to support their yellow team. Soon afterwards, Robby took the girls to camp leaving Whitman and me left at home.
  • Whitman was completely happy with being the only one at home. We read at least 8 books this morning, he helped me make granola and he even watched some tv. A bit before 12, I fed Whitman and packed a lunch for the boys. 
  • We picked up the boys. They both had fun even though Anderson is pretty hoarse from screaming all morning long. I fed them, and Whitman again, in the car as we drove to basketball camp. I dropped them off and then we headed to Grannymom's house.
  • Whitman had patiently waited for his stop and was thrilled to get to spend the night with Grannymom. He had remembered to pack his two bears this morning and even brought 3 books for Grannymom to read to him. 
  • From there, I drove to the other side of the earth to pick up the girls from soccer camp. They had a great time but I should have sent them more water (same with the boys at basketball). We ran home for a few minutes and the girls did a bit of reading and as soon as we were done, it was time for me to pick up the boys.
  • Keaton and I picked them up and drove home as they told us all about it. They had a great time. Once at home, Anderson did a bit of painting and a lot of lego-ing. Graham played the xbox and Campbell and Keaton followed me around the house. 
  • Robby and I made supper-I fried eggs while he flipped pancakes and cooked the sausage. The kids had some downtime and just as they thought Robby was about to say brush their teeth, he told them to load up in the car. 
  • We picked up the Wilsons and headed to Sonic for a half price shake. This delighted the kids and they enjoyed running around for a few minutes while we drank our shakes. Once at home, it was well past bedtime and my sleepyheads went right to bed.

June 26, 2017

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  • The boys were up early this morning because they were anxious for Shannon to come and pick them up. She offered for them to go to VBS at Rock Creek and they jumped at the chance. 
  • They left a bit before 8 and even had time to see Shannon's office. Then they changed into their shirts and VBS soon began. Anderson wasn't too sure that he wanted to go to VBS again this week but Graham and he had the best time. They told me all about it on the way home-the moon pies being so much bigger at Rock Creek was a definite highlight. Tomorrow, they are dressing in their groups color and can't wait.
  • Meanwhile back at home, Keaton, Campbell and Whitman had their breakfasts and even read a few books with me. They also painted, played their ipads, played Chutes and Ladders, shuffled lots of cards, watched a few movies and helped me straighten a few times. 
  • At 12, I jumped in the car to pick up the boys and when I dropped of Layne, I picked up Brett. He hung out at our house until it was time for us to leave again. Around 2, we loaded up for the pool and when everyone was settled there I ran a few errands. 
  • I went to the Dollar Store, Michaels, Walmart, Staples and then back to the Dollar Store again. The kids played and played-Brett entertained the boys and the girls had lots of buddies that were there. We dried everyone off and then headed home for showers.
  • We popped a freezer meal in the oven and were soon eating. After we ate, the kids all sat in the living room playing on their ipads before we watched a tv show before bedtime.
  • Reagan update-we didn't hear much today but we did see some pictures. She worked a sports camp this morning and then went on a hike this afternoon. I think that this evening they did more canvassing of the nearby neighborhoods. I know that she is having a blast!

June 25, 2017

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  • The morning began early with getting Reagan out of bed so she could ready herself to leave for her mission trip. Robby took her to church to meet her group at 8:15. They received their shirts and then loaded the buses and trailers. 
  • Afterwards, her group went to the first worship service  and the 40 or so 5th and 6th graders and 20 adults were sent off to Heber Springs. They had lunch at CiCis pizza in Hot Springs and then arrived to unload. They canvased the area letting people know about the sports camp and backyard Bible clubs happening during the week. Afterwards, one group had showers then supper and worship at Brad Johnson's church. Then the second group had showers later in the evening. 
  • Candice sent a few pictures and it looks like Reagan and her buddies are all sleeping in a Sunday school room. Everyone's mattresses and sleeping bags are all laid out and Reagan is right in the middle.
  • After Robby dropped off Reagan this morning, he came back home to pick us up. We were doing decent on our time but still had to scramble so we could make it to church on time. We greeted the grands and then headed to our Sunday school classes.
  • My class was smaller today so that made things go pretty smoothly. Then we headed to church followed by lunch at Grannymom. She had spaghetti and pie-chocolate and key lime so everyone left the table happy. 
  • We played a few games there before we left and Campbell pretty much worked on learning how to shuffle all day long. I am afraid that I am raising a card shark because she is determined to figure out how to shuffle just like I do. I guess she will always be able to get a job in Vegas.
  • The afternoon flew by and soon I was downstairs having the kids pick up. We spent most of our time working on the legos which had become a disaster. Anderson plays probably an hour a day up there and cleaning up after himself is not a skill that he embraces. We worked and worked and made a very good dent. 
  • While we were working, I did notice that one child seemed to step up and take Reagan's place-Keaton. She worked harder than I had ever seen her work and was even trying to encourage the boys. It will be interesting to see if the dynamics around here change any with Reagan gone for the week.
  • I vacuumed while Robby made quesadillas for supper and we will even have some for lunch tomorrow. The kids then hung out for the rest of the evening. The boys played legos and xbox. I read to Whitman and Keaton while Campbell shuffled her cards. Soon it was bedtime! and ice cream time!


June 24, 2017

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  • I woke up this morning when Whitman and then Graham came and laid in our bed. I actually thought that Graham was Anderson so I was surprised when he asked me to go outside. I asked the time since even though there are not many neighbors, I didn't want him waking them up at 7 with a bouncing basketball. It was late enough so I agreed but a few minutes later he came backing saying he had changed his mind and asked if he could play the xbox.
  • We didn't to a whole lot this morning. Robby and I did take Whitman to Kroger with us. We picked up a few things and left the other kiddos at home. They were all vegged out in front of the tv. I left my phone with them and all was well when we returned.
  • When we came home, we unloaded and I eventually started pulling out lunch. I decided that we would just clean out the pantry and fridge so lunch consisted of: biscuits (expired and uncooked in the fridge), apples, applesauce, yogurt, goldfish, vanilla wafers, popcorn, vienna sausages, beef jerky and possibly a few other things.
  • Robby headed out to mow for a bit and I headed to fold some laundry with a brief stop for today's nap. After tomorrow's nap, I shall be fully recovered from VBS and will give up my napping habit.
  • The kids migrated outside after putting on their bathing suits. The neighbors were out so the kids were able to play for a 10 or 15 minutes before we drove down and picked them up. We had supper at the McGuires. The kids played in the pool and even sat down to play a game of cards.
  • Todd had cooked some delicious meat and we all enjoyed BBQ along with oreo delight made by Kennedy. The kids played until I think they were pretty worn out. When the sun started to go down, we headed home.
  • Everyone had showers and then we watched a quick Bates before bedtime for me crew.

June 23, 2017

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  • We probably arrived at church earlier today than we have all week long. I was teaching the little kids class and wanted to be there in plenty of time to get all of my toys laid out. The kids walked with me to my new class to help me carry my bag and then they were off to their classes. 
  • Campbell enjoys her class but she is the only one who is not too anxious to go. She would rather hang back with me for as long as she can. Yesterday, she was called up on the stage for an M&M sorting game. I should have taken a picture but I was way in the back. Campbell did win beating 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders.
  • Back to today, everyone had a great time during VBS and my bag was crazy heavy this morning but this afternoon, it took both boys to carry it to the car. After we gathered everyone, we headed to Nonna and Pops' house for lunch.
  • The other day the kids had helped Nonna snap some green beans so today she cooked the green beans with them along with potatoes and ham. Everyone ate some of the lunch-Anderson passed on the ham, Keaton passed on the potatoes and Whitman barely eats anything. Now, Reagan did eat at least a half pound of ham-that girl loves meat!
  • After some playing, we came home and unloaded the car and after some straightening it was free time. A plumber came to replace our hot water heater so that was the afternoon's entertainment. Now, I did miss out on most of the entertainment because I was taking a nap. Today wasn't a 4 hour nap but maybe a 3 hour nap. Seriously, I don't know if I could physically take one more day of VBS.
  • Jason came over to take the big boys to the movies. They watched the new Cars movie and then ended up meeting us at Wendys for supper. We had went there for supper and afterwards, we picked up some ice cream and headed to the Wilson's house for the rest of the evening.
  • When we arrived, Shannon and the kids were playing Nertz and it brought back all kinds of college days memories. I loved that game-still do and I even won one hand of it. We stayed until late and shooed the kids into bed as soon as we made it home.

June 22, 2017

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  • By 12:15, all of the girls were asleep. I couldn't have asked for anything better. I had probably only been asleep for a little bit when Whitman climbed into our bed. I don't know if he had looked for his brothers since he sometimes gets into bed with them. Since they weren't there, he came down and found us. I pulled him in bed with me and soon we were all scrunched but snoozing.
  • My alarm went off way, way too early but I dutifully climbed out of bed and started my shower. I was already dressed and had done a bit in the house when I decided that I just had to wake up the girls. They were all sleeping ever so soundly. I opened the blinds and started pulling off blankets so I could put them up.
  • By the time all of the girls were awake, I had put up all of our sleeping bags, all of our blankets and our pillows. This only left the girls' stuff upstairs making it easier for me to do a double check when it was time to leave.
  • Robby arrived back home with doughnuts and we were soon passing them out with orange juice for everyone. They had a few minutes to eat and then it was time to load up for Day 4 of VBS. 
  • On the way to church, we picked up the boys from Grannymom and Grandpa and then arrived at church, a few minutes early. We were able to haul in everyone's stuff and soon found moms and classes. 
  • I told the story in my group today so I was busy but it did make the morning pass by quickly. Reagan went home with Kennedy today and they had a big time this afternoon. She tried to tell me what they did but I am not really sure-something about making food and then having to eat it blindfolded.
  • The rest of us had leftovers had home and then we worked a few minutes in the house. Afterwards, I took a nap-a 4 hour nap! It was absolutely wonderful-I did have intentions of getting up earlier but it is not often that the stars align for a nap that long so you must take advantage of it.
  • The kids stayed busy this afternoon with perler beads, Campbell's new presents, movies and Legos. Around 5, we started getting ready to leave for VBS family night. It was pretty decent-there was a magician (illusionist is the new term, I hear) and he was interesting. Then hot dogs, chips and snow cones were on the menu. Whitman tolerated a few bites of his hot dog to earn his snow cone.
  • The kids ate their snow cones outside and then it was time for showers. After everyone had showered, they had a few minutes of downtime while I prepared my story for tomorrow. Then it was bedtime for everyone-I think that they were so exhausted!