April 21, 2018

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  • Lately, Robby and I have been reminiscing of when we would have 2 to 4 people, or sometimes even more, in our bed during the wee morning hours. They aren't usually in our bed anymore, but Whitman now sleeps with one of his brothers most every night and Campbell and Keaton slept in the same bed last night since Reagan was away. This morning, however, our room was full of people at 7:01.
  • Today was our first soccer day since the last two Saturdays have been rainy, and the Dennie team was ready. Reagan met us at the fields since she had spent the night at Grannymom and Grandpa's house.
  • It was a built chilly this morning, but eventually the sun did come out and warm us up. However, the wind always seems to blow at Raymar, at least during this time of the year. I started off with 4 layers on and then got down to one but eventually had to put one jacket back on due to the wind.
  • Our first game was Keaton and Whitman's team. Keaton, which was no surprise, did excellent. She scored 6 of her teams 8 goals. Whitman also did really well-he did everything that we had hoped. He ran through the tunnel, stayed on the field, didn't chase a butterfly, did chase the ball and even kicked the ball a few times. And, he isn't even the worst player on his team!
  • The next game was Graham's team. This is the first year that 4th grade and up are playing on the big fields with goalies so all of this was new to us. His team did well and won 2-0. Robby coaches their team and was relieved to see them look decent on the field.
  • Next up was Campbell's game and Reagan's game. Reagan's team won but she hung back quite a bit. She is good at defense and was trying to do that. However, Robby says that she is a completely different player during practice than she was during the game. Campbell is a beast during soccer. I know you would never believe that she runs the entire time, but she sure does. She scored 2 of her teams 3 or 4 goals. She thinks they tied, but they might possibly have lost by 1 point. 
  • Finally, we watched Anderson's game. Bless his little team. He knew the first practice that it was going to be a long year, and it will be. Now, they were playing a team with one star player and that kid did score all 3 goals so if you take those away, it would have been a tie. Anderson played goalie for a quarter, and I just couldn't get over how much he looked the part. I do think he was the cutest goalie at Raymar. Poor guy did twist his ankle pretty good at the very beginning of the game and limped for the rest of it.
  • I do think that everyone had a good soccer day. Once we came home, everyone had showers and a piece of pizza from the fridge. Reagan just really had time to shower and repack before her, Robby, Campbell and Keaton left again. She is spending the night at Kaleigh's house, and the others left for a quick Kroger run and a mystery shop.
  • Meanwhile back at home, Anderson and I worked on his science fair project. I also worked on a few other things before starting on supper. Oh, I did have to take a shower to get the knots out of my hair from the crazy wind this morning.
  • For supper, we had hamburgers, twice baked potatoes, roasted carrots and butternut squash along with corn on the cob. The twice baked potatoes were wonderful, and we topped our supper off with ice cream. The Wilson's were over for supper, and the kids all played outside with the neighbor kids until the rain started to move in.
  • When the WIlson's left, my crew had to have another set of showers before bedtime. They were all pretty exhausted tonight. So exhausted that I bet Whitman won't even be awake long enough to move into a brother's bed. Keaton and Campbell already started out in the same bed, but we never heard a peep out of them.

April 20, 2018

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  • For some reason, Robby and I were awake earlier today than usual. That was fine since I had plenty to do this morning. The kids found their own breakfasts, and then we did a little reading before working on chores and clothes.
  • At 9:30, we loaded up and headed to Jacksonville. On the way, we picked up Kennedy. Despite having a buddy in the car, Reagan was insistent that we listen to our book on tape. Everyone loves our books on the tape but the one we are listening to now is only on loan from the library for 14 days so we must hurry.
  • Today's field trip was all about electricity, and it was really well done. They had a lady from the Museum of Discovery who did a few science experiments for everyone first. Then the 6th graders on up, went to another area. Sara went with Noah, Kennedy and Reagan and said that it was really neat. Reagan elaborated more by saying "that talked about stuff." So informative!
  • Now my boys could have hung with the 6th graders, but I followed the rules and they stayed in the right group. It was a magician who talked about electrical safety. He was light on magic but really funny. 
  • Keaton was chosen to be an assistant. She ripped up some tissue paper, and then smashed it back together. Afterwards, the torn tissue paper turned into an adorable pink tissue paper hat. Keaton was absolutely glowing during all of this. Now later, Keaton handed me the hat and asked me to hold it. Soon Campbelll came running up to me telling me to not fold the hat. She was worried that if I folded it back up, it would turn back into torn pieces of tissue paper. I didn't fold it, and Keaton has asked for me to put the hat in her memory box.
  • After the magician, there were stations for us to go through. The favorite was making your own circuit to make a flashlight. My people made two each! When you had been to all of the stations, you were able to turn in your paper and receive a goody bag of candy. The kids loved this!
  • On the way home, we stopped by a picked up a pizza for a little snack on the way home. We then dropped off Kennedy before taking Reagan to spend the night at Grannymom's house. We stayed there for a few minutes before coming home for a bit.
  • Tonight the boys had basketball so we loaded back up to drop them off. Robby and I grabbed a shake before taking the littles to McDonalds to eat and play for a bit. We then ran to Grannymom's to drop some things off. Then Robby dropped me off at the Kroger for some speed shopping while he picked up the boys. We picked their supper up on the way home and then it was back home for the night.

April 19, 2018

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  • Thursday morning and Whitman had to get off to school. Robby made a special trip to the story yesterday to buy cheese for his grilled cheese breakfast sandwiches. Of course this morning, he didn't want one!
  • Once Robby headed off with Whitman, the rest of us settled in the living room to do our work together. We usually hibernate in my bedroom, but since muffins were baking and Robby was gone, we ended up in the living room. A change was kind of different. 
  • Currently, I spend most of our school day in my bedroom by the window where I fold the laundry. I think this is the second year that we have been working right there. One year was spent in the hallway working, and the year that I was pregnant with Whitman, we did all of our work in my bed. Maybe I will find a new spot for next year.
  • School went fairly well. Reagan finished her report for her science fair-well, it is a short, very short report. That is fine though because I think that I am done with science fairs. I am actually pretty done with this school year and ready to start next year. Now, I will say that is fine since our school year is pretty much over already. We have very few days left and am just trying to cram the rest in.
  • Once we finished school, we had our lunch. The kids listened as I read some. Afterwards, Keaton was a subject for Anderson's science fair project. While she was doing that, Anderson and I finished his last Star Wars puzzle. He has asked me to help him hang them up. I think framing them would be pricey but thankfully, I have found a solution, hopefully, on pinterest. 
  • The kids ended up outside for just a bit this afternoon. I played basketball with Graham, Anderson and Keaton. The neighbor came down for a bit and a few played with him before soccer.
  • Keaton, Campbell and I then jumped in the car to meet Robby. We met him at the gas station and then Robby and I went to work changing Whitman. We put him in his soccer uniform-it is a booger trying to dress a 5 year old in the back of the car especially when putting cleats, shin guards and socks which are large enough for a grown man to wear.
  • We made it to soccer on time though I have no idea why anyone would ever want to drive down 1-30 at 5 in the evening. It was picture night at soccer so that took up most of their time. Campbell's team did scrimmage, and they did fine. No one scored. Keaton and Whitman's team also scrimmaged. Keaton was all over that field, and all though I was worried about how they would do, their team seemed okay-ish. Whitman, bless, did better than I thought. The ball did touch him a few times. He stayed on the field and didn't lay down which is all that I can hope for on Saturday.
  • Once at home, my crew ate our supper. The others had already eaten. The kids had showers and afterwards, we had some ice cream before bed. You could have heard a pin drop when Robby mentioned that in a few weeks, the church is participating in screen free week, and we would be participating (to some degree.) I better make some plans as to what we are going to do all day long!

April 18, 2018

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  • Whitman burst in our room around 3:30 this morning and jumped over me into the middle of the bed. I do believe that he went to both brothers' beds to tell them that he was scared last night before coming down here. Now, it probably served them right that he woke them up before coming downstairs because I think that they might have possibly been egging him on earlier in the evening. I believe that they continued to talk about the "scary granny" that he has been worried about the past few nights. Hopefully, tonight he will sleep all night in his own bed.
  • I guess having one more warm body in our bed last night made it a bit cuddlier, and I stayed in bed until the last possibly moment. It is pretty amazing that within 30 minutes of me waking up, we can walk out the door. Even with that short amount of time, everyone had breakfast, everyone packed their lunch (which we remembered to bring), I unloaded the dishes, and we didn't leave a single thing at home. All of that will probably never happen again.
  • Bible study was good, and afterwards my Bible study group went to a park. It was one ladies birthday so another had bought the most beautiful cake from Sams of all places. It was as good as it looked, and that should mean quite a bit since cake is not my favorite of desserts. Though I would certainly take a slice of cake right now.
  • Afterwards, I took my crew to Dairy Queen for our Blizzards. They ate them in the car and for some reason, Reagan and Keaton didn't finish theirs so I struggled eating them and driving home.
  • Once at home, the kids did little of nothing while I worked on some garage sale stuff and worked with Whitman on his school stuff. Soon, it was time to eat our supper before church. We worked on all of the fridge leftovers. 
  • After church tonight, I headed out of the parking lot a different way than usual. The kids quickly noticed and I said that we were still heading home. When we missed the turn to go home, Graham was the only one who noticed. I then told them that we were headed to Chickfila for a few cookie. My Anderson said that he just loves free stuff! That's my boy. The cookies were delicious although the lady at the window wasn't that friendly which is completely unlike any Chickfila people. She questioned if I had 7 people in the car. Of course, the kids were all being exceptional and the car was as quiet as crickets. 
  • Once at home, everyone had a sip of coke to wash down that wonderful cookie. Before they knew it, it was bedtime.

April 17, 2018

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  • I woke up this morning with Anderson standing over me asking if they could get their own breakfasts. Scared the daylights out of me! I was glad that he asked because we were going to eat together this morning. We don't eat together usually on mornings that we have to leave the house.
  • Robby took Whitman to school while the rest of us ate our breakfasts and then went to town on reading history. As soon as they was finished, I had everyone put on their clothes and start on their chores. 
  • Today was Field Day for our little homeschool group. We had it at Raymar fields so everyone was super excited about it. Now the first stop this morning was to pick Whitman up from school. I think that he was just there about an hour and a half before we came. He didn't mind and was ready to go which was nice.
  • Our next stop was ChickFila for a free chicken biscuits. We had to wait a few minutes to get our biscuits and while waiting, a friend text saying that Hardees was giving out free sausage biscuits if you made it there by 10. I looked up, and there was a Hardees sign. They delivered our food, and I pulled out headed to Hardees. 
  • We parked in their parking lot with 3 minutes to spare and ran inside. They were just as friendly as ChickFilA and happily gave us our sausage biscuits. The kids got a kick out of this, and the boys ate their sausage biscuits for lunch in lieu of their sandwiches that they had packed this morning.
  • Most everyone was already at Raymar when we arrived. The first organized activity was a kickball game. We didn't play too long-actually, I am not even sure who's team won though I think that it was not my team. 
  • There were a few relay races and even tug of war. The kids had brought balls and all kinds of toys. Everyone just enjoyed walking all over Raymar and just doing whatever they wanted. Now, I wasn't really thinking today since I didn't get the sunscreen out until it was way too late. I have a bunch of red faced kids! Campbell, of course, is the very worse. Hopefully, they will just be pink tomorrow and not bright red!
  • We headed home around 2 after a full days worth of playing. Reagan worked on her science fair project while the others played on their ipads. It was a fairly low key afternoon because I think that they were exhausted. 
  • I had to help Robby with a work project tonight so we ate supper a bit later than usual. Everyone had baked potatoes while I had a pan full of roasted veggies (green beans, tomatoes, corn, carrots, butternut squash, mushrooms and a zuchinni or a cucumber-I don't know which one it was.) Reagan did try a few but I didn't even offer them to anyone else. 
  • After supper, the kids had their showers and then we all went upstairs to play the wii for a bit before bedtime.

April 16, 2018

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  • Anderson was awake this morning, but that was all. I went up to find Whitman so he could get ready for school. He wasn't in his bed but was sleeping all cozied up to Graham. Graham is usually the first one awake, but maybe he needed someone to snuggle up to so he could sleep a little bit longer.
  • In the girls' room, Keaton was quick to wake up to check her tooth fairy pillow. Indeed, the fairy did leave her a dollar. She was pleased with her money but did let it be known and more money would have been better.
  • We got Whitman off to school. As I buckled his seat belt, I told him that he would always be my little baby. This didn't settle with him well, so I continued that Anderson and Graham would always be my babies too. To this, Whitman said, "I want a another Momma." Gotta love parenthood!
  • The rest of us started on our school work. Since everyone had done some last night, my load was a lot lighter, and I was able to work on my afternoon chores while the kids finished their stuff. We read an interesting book about Marco Polo this year. I tell you, I have so enjoyed our history this year, and I am going to try really hard to enjoy science next year as much as I have liked history.
  • We just have two science fair projects to finish up around here. Reagan did make 3 more batches of her cupcakes today. Today she left out milk, vanilla and then something else. Her little experiment has been pretty interesting, at least to me. She did say today that she had memorized her cupcake recipe. I read a blog about a lady who let her kid do "baking" as a high school elective. I think we would go broke buying flour and sugar if that happened at our house.
  • The kids tried to find the neighbors today to play, but they were still doing school. I worked on some garage sale stuff. Whitman went home with Nonna and Pops after school. Since I had Bunko tonight, Pops came over to pick up Campbell and Keaton because everyone else had soccer practice.
  • Soon afterwards, the others were loading up for practice. This was actually picture day which is kind of funny since the kids have never put on their uniforms before. We did find out today that we are going to get to make up one game on a Sunday afternoon.
  • I headed off to Bunko-we ate at Whole Foods, which was a fun little change. Robby took the others to practice. After they picked up supper, they picked up the littles. Once everyone was home it was showers and bed. 

April 15, 2018

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  • The boys were up first of course. I was pretty worried that the girls would never wake up this morning since they were still going strong last night at midnight. I went upstairs and the first thing Keaton told me was that she had lost her tooth last night. I was fully prepared to start looking for it, but she had it on the shelf. I asked her when she lost it while trying to prepare my answer on why the tooth fairy didn't pick it up. Thankfully, the tooth came out at 6:04. I asked her if she told anyone, and she answered that she woke Camryn up to tell her. I am sure that Camryn was thrilled with being woken up for the news.
  • Surprisingly, the girls did move quickly enough this morning. Graham went to town on finishing off yesterday's Amish oatmeal. I did get a few bites of the crumbs left in the pan after I was ready. Whitman barely got his breakfast since I am almost out of cheese for his morning grilled cheese sandwiches. I am not sure why cheese wasn't on my list while I was at the store yesterday, but that is usually how my list goes.
  • We made it to church on time this morning. Whitman did go off with Reagan and Camryn to put her bag up. Reagan then said that Whitman ran off from them headed toward us. We were already seeing Nonna and Pops. Reagan said that she saw Whitman leave but she did come and check to make sure that he found us which of course he didn't have any problem doing.
  • After church, the kids ran off to their Sunday school classes. Robby and I had nursery duty which was incredibly easy today. Afterwards, Robby picked up our kids, and we headed to Grannymom's house for lunch.
  • Everyone ate and played for a bit, then the kids headed off to Dana's house to give their new puppies some loving. After a bit, we picked them up, and headed home for our naps! Unfortunately, Robby and I are the only ones who value Sunday afternoon naps as we should. The kids were fairly quiet, and we only had to answer a few questions about texting the neighbors, having a snack, watching youtube and a few other things. We were still able to nap really well though.
  • Afterwards, we folded our weekend mound of laundry before cleaning out the fridge to find our supper. Everyone ate, and then the kids did some of their tomorrow's school work. Hopefully, that will make our load a bit lighter tomorrow.
  • Next up was watching a Bates and eating ice cream before bedtime. I am just hoping that the tooth fairy remembers to deliver Keaton her tooth fairy money tonight!