May 24, 2016

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  • I woke up 6 this morning and looked at the clock and sighed, "we made it."  All night long without anyone throwing up!  That helped me snooze wonderfully well for the next hour.  When Robby climbed out of bed and said that he was going to go and wake Keaton up, I had no idea why or what he was talking about.  Eventually I did realize that she does indeed still have school-only one more day though after today.
  • Robby and Keaton left this morning and soon everyone was awake and we ate breakfast before they started on their school work.  The kids finished their school pretty quickly and we worked on our science before everyone headed outside.  
  • The kiddos played outside for just a bit before I served up lunch.  Then back outside they went for most of the day.  This is the second day in a row that the kids have been outside for most of the day and my kitchen floor feels like the beach.  There is more dirt on the floor of my house than in the dirt pile outside.  Yes, I know that I could sweep it and I probably should but there is always tomorrow.
  • The neighbor kids came over and most of the day was spent playing in "Whitman's desert"-the dirt pile.  This made Whitman incredibly happy but when Reagan was completely buried, it did not make me happy at all.  Dirt, dirt everywhere.
  • Around 5, I headed out with Whitman to the grocery store.  He was a pretty good shopper as long as I would let him get a few things off of the shelf.  He did become pretty excited about ice cream that I was buying.  I tried my best to explain that this was not his ice cream-it was Mommy and Daddy's ice cream and when he was a daddy he could stay up late and eat ice cream too.  
  • It was again nearly 8 when we had our spaghetti for supper (we are like big city folk).  It is kind of nice because just as soon as the kids have showers, we eat and then it is bedtime!...and then it is ice cream time!

May 23, 2016

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  • We were sleeping so peacefully last night when Campbell came into our room and said those dreaded words "Keaton threw up."  Up the steps we went to gather and clean poor Keaton.  She was still standing in the bathroom.  I helped her go to the bathroom and then she went downstairs with Robby while he left me with the paper towels and cleaning stuff.  
  • By the time I can downstairs, Robby had Keaton bedded down in our floor and we hoped that the night would go smoothly from there.  That poor baby could not go to sleep at all and tossed and turned for about an hour until she had to go to the bathroom.  That didn't last too long and we had to quickly turn around.  Keaton is my happiest yet worst sick kid-she will throw up and just smile back at you right afterwards but when she is sick, she is really, really sick.  Thankfully though once she finished with that round, she soon fell asleep and didn't wake up until Graham had already joined her in the floor of my room.
  • Graham didn't get sick until 7 this morning and bless him, he was sick, sick, much worse than he has ever been.  Both ends and continuous until about 10.  But here is the odd thing, by 11 he was outside riding his bike.  He still moved a bit slower today and would come in occasionally to go to the bathroom but still, sick as a dog one minute and playing outside the next.  
  • But that was also the way it was with Keaton; when she woke up this morning she was ready to eat, to play and to not lay in my room and rest.  I eventually did just have to let her get up and do whatever she wanted and after she held down a pop tart for breakfast I counted her as well.  I am sure it must have been a stomach bug but their oddly quick recovery times makes me wonder if they are something bad (but we all ate the same thing yesterday so that really couldn't be it-probably just wishful thinking by me because I don't want for anyone else, including me, to get sick.)
  • I tried to keep everyone quiet this morning hoping that Graham would rest but he was too busy being sick to rest.  The kids helped me straighten upstairs and then downstairs.  I was going to make them do their school but Robby talked me out of it (it wasn't that hard to convince me!)  
  • By lunch time, everyone was playing outside so we just had a quick little snacky lunch-mostly cheese and crackers for all of my sickly people.  But Graham and Keaton must have been starving because they kept asking for more food.  After lunch, the kids headed back outside to play with the neighbors and there they stayed until after 8.  
  • Eventually Robby and I joined them outside to do some raking. While Robby was blowing some leaves he stumbled upon a snake.  Anderson was sent to get a shovel and couldn't find one so he did come back with a hoe (good thinking).  The snake wasn't huge but was indeed a copperhead-eek!  That did spur Robby on to start a fire and get rid of some of our leaves on the lower side of the house.  We worked out there until bedtime with only stopping when Grannymom and Grandpa came over for a quick visit.
  • After showers, we had supper and then sent the kiddos to bed.  Hopefully everyone will sleep all night long tonight and this little tummy bug will bypass the rest of us!

May 22, 2016

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  • Last night I had sent the girls upstairs to find their church clothes and Reagan met me on the stairs wearing one of Campbell's dresses (which perfectly fit her but she has said that she doesn't like and let her sister have).  She asked if it was too short and I told her that it was perfectly cute.  Wow, her wearing a dress-I couldn't believe it.  But this morning when it was time to get ready, I looked around and that dress that she had laid out was no longer on the floor of my room nor was it on Reagan.  She instead had her church jeans and a cute top which was fine but just not the dress that I had been hoping for.
  • Church was uneventful this morning and soon we were on our way to Nonna's house for lunch-or should I have said breakfast.  Nonna and Pops had a huge breakfast-pancakes, waffles, strawberries, fruit, bacon, sausage and eggs.  This was a hit and the kids gobbled it up and even went back for seconds.
  • This afternoon Robby and I laid down for our weekly hour nap and even though last week's nap was perfect, today's nap was not perfect at all.  The kids' movie was loud, Whitman messed his pants, Keaton had a zillion questions about snack, Reagan wanted to go outside, Graham sat on Campbell, Whitman found a Hulk mask and proceeded to put it on and growl/scream at us until we finally gave up and got up. 
  • Even though my nap didn't go as expected, tonight still turned out to be fun.  This was the Upward soccer celebration and the kids were very excited.  The entertainer was the same one as last year (and possibly the year before).  He was entertaining-though Keaton did lean over to Robby half way through and say "he just keeps doing the same thing over and over" which was very true.  Robby and I stayed happy as long as we didn't have to go up on the stage and thankfully we were not called on.
  • Afterwards, the kids were given their soccer balls and everyone had a snow cone.  When they had finished their snow cones, we took our 6 blue and red lipped kiddos to go and eat at Dickeys.  Sundays are kids eat free so how could we pass that up? 
  • As Reagan was eating her ice cream tonight, she looked around and said, "Snow cones and ice cream all in one night, where are my parents?"  It was a pretty good night for my crew!

May 21, 2016

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  • Last soccer day at Raymar so we were up early this morning-not as early as we probably should have been but still early.  We had about 10 minutes left before we needed to load up, I was getting myself dressed and doing the girls' hair and I hollered at Robby, who didn't hear me, to please not let me forget Whitman.  Graham and Campbell had slept over at grandparents so we were already down a few kids and I was a bit afraid that I would forget about the one who was still happily sleeping.  Whitman must have sensed this because within seconds he was knocking on his door saying "let me out."
  • The original plan was for Robby to run into the grocery store before the games but since we left about 5 minutes later than planned, we didn't think we had time for the store (and ran there between games instead).  When we made it to the fields, Campbell and Graham were both there and happy to see us.
  • Campbell and Keaton played first.  My Keaton did a cartwheel as she ran out of the tunnel and was very proud of herself.  The team that they were playing today were giants-seriously, they were all as tall as Campbell but fortunately for us, they weren't too good at all.  Our little team of 4 pretty much dominated the game even though the score did not reflect that.  Campbell ran and ran and ran during the game and Keaton would really kick the ball hard.  It was a great game for them to finish the season with because they all played super hard the entire game.
  • Next up was our doughnut run-Dale's in Benton today.  It was pretty good but Shipley's is still the favorite of ours.  Reagan and Graham were the next games.  I walked over to see Graham play during the first period-I looked on the field and he wasn't there.  I looked on the bench he wasn't there.  I guess that Robby saw me looking around confused and shouted at me that he was playing on another field.  The other field was short players so Robby was sending one of his players over each period.  I was able to see Graham score a goal on that side and this was the only goal scored by his team today.
  • I only watched him play 2 periods.  Reagan really notices who is watching her games and I wanted to make sure she had a crowd to cheer for her.  That girl was on fire today-she scored at least 3 and the other coach was shouting at his players to "stay with number 23."  Reagan said that she heard him say that and "it made her feel good."  Her team won their game and I believe the score was at least 6-1.
  • We all had lunch under the pavilion and then headed to watch Anderson's team play.  They are always entertaining and Anderson almost scored a goal but he ran his little heart out.  His team won as well but I think he was more excited about passing out a snack to his teammates.
  • After the games, the kids helped pick up the fields and flags.  Then we rewarded everyone with Sonic drinks and some time to play on the playground at Sonic.  Once we made it home, we cleaned and cleaned out the car.  It is so clean now that I feel that we should be going on a trip. 
  • But we didn't go on a trip-we just played outside.  I finished cleaning up inside while Robby did just what he wanted to do on a Saturday afternoon-cut down a tree (not!)  A tree near the house is dead and has been dead but today a good bit of it fell while we were gone so neighbor man cut the tree down and Robby spent the rest of the afternoon cutting up the tree and picking up limbs.
  • When we finally finished that job, we headed in for showers and a sandwich supper.  We let the kids finish watching a documentary (wild and crazy Saturday night for us!) and then it was bedtime for the crew!

May 20, 2016

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  • We have now completed the first full week of our summer vacation and I think that I really, really like summer.  It might just be my favorite time of the year and possibly we will continue our summer schedule forever and give up our normal school days.  (kidding about giving up school-kind of!) We all pretty much slept until 8, had biscuits and jelly for breakfast, did a bit of school, played a game, did some chores and were outside by 11. 
  • The kids started their Sorry game yesterday but only played a tiny bit of it then and even less today.  We have been pretty diligent about locking the game up in a room away from Whitman and taking pictures of it each time they finish.  Maybe we can sit down tomorrow and finish it but since Whitman has now moved (possibly hidden) all of the pieces who knows what we will do.
  • At 1, we loaded up and headed to Nonna's house to drop off Campbell.  This was her turn to spend the night at Nonna's house and also her turn to spend the night with Grannymom.  When Grannymom wrote to ask about getting Campbell tonight, I was busy texting her and wiping a bottom and guess what happen to my phone.  Yep, right in the potty but it only took me less than a second to throw the pottyer off of the potty, grab my phone, rip off the case and start drying it with pottyer's undies (they were the closest thing I had).  Let's just say that the commotion coming from that bathroom caused all of my people to come and check on us.  My phone and my hands were then disinfected multiple times over the next few minutes and thankfully my phone survived this little ordeal.
  • After we dropped of Campbell, we went to see Beebee.  She was in good spirits and the kids had brought a game to play which helped some.  When we were leaving, Beebee did say "Whitman only got 1 spanking while he was here so he did pretty good."  I'll agree with that.
  • Next up was dropping off Graham with Grannymom.  Since Campbell was taken, Grannymom had to take the next in line-Graham.  He was so excited to learn that he was going to get a night out of the house.  
  • When we came home, the kids spent pretty much the rest of the day outside.  Whitman would come in and then go back out.  They were all outside when Robby came home and we played a bit of baseball before heading inside.  Reagan and Keaton convinced us to let them make nachos for the kids.  So they ate their supper while watching a movie and now, Anderson is sleeping on the floor in the girls' room and Keaton and Reagan are sleeping in a tent in their bedroom.  Now, usually on a Friday night (or any other night of the week) I would be preparing myself for ice cream but not tonight-we are all out!  Eeek!  

May 19, 2016

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  • I forgot this little tidbit last night.  After the ice cream party, the kids played out on the playground and Robby and I called them to leave.  Everyone came running except Whitman who did not even hear us.  Robby led the others out of the gate and on around the fence towards the car. I entered the playground and was behind Whitman to get him.  Before I could make it to him, he looked up and saw his Daddy and his brothers and sisters walking to the car.  That baby of mine shouted. "don't leave me" and took off running to the car.  He had no idea that I was behind him and sprinted out of the playground, down the sidewalk and to the car.  It was pretty funny but a bit sad as well-surely, he wouldn't think that that we would leave him.  I tried to reassure him for the rest of the evening that we would not leave him anywhere (at least on purpose.)
  • Before 7, Campbell was in our bed but she soon fell back asleep so we laid there until time to jump up and get Keaton to school.  Each week Robby has been taking Whitman along with one of the kids.  At the beginning of school, they would just run a few errands but over the last few weeks the mornings out have become bigger and bigger-doughnuts and drinks along with the errands.  Campbell was the one on the adventure today and she even brought him doughnuts for the rest of us.
  • Back at home, the rest of us started to work on school and I went to work on that school room closet.  When Robby returned, Whitman went upstairs to play on his train track-he has backed off his kindle watching lately and has renewed his obsession with his trains.  The rest of us worked together and then we started on a game of Sorry.
  • We didn't get too far on that because Robby saw the neighbor kids out during one of their school breaks.  The kids hustled outside and stayed out there for the next 6 hours.  I made lunch and Reagan and Whitman came in to eat, Campbell gobbled her food so she could get back outside and the boys ate outside while playing.  
  • The kids spent quite a bit of time in the neighbors front yard playing board games.  They also played a game of baseball here and hours were spent riding their bikes.  Whitman spent his afternoon in the dirt pile-that boy was able to entertain himself for most of the afternoon.  He did help rake a bit but other than that, he was on his own.  
  • When it was almost 5, I called in the kids to have a snack and load up.  On the way to the fields, we ran to Walmart but we also drove through quite a bit of rain.  That prepared us mentally for the soccer game that was to come.  When Reagan saw the rain on the windshield, she become so stressed out that she would not get to play her next to last soccer game.
  • We were able to start the game without it raining but soon, it was a good little drizzle.  We quickly put up our umbrellas and urged the kids to come under them with us but apparently the only kid that we have with any sense is Keaton.  She did try at least to stay dry but no one else seemed to care.  Reagan and her team played 3 on 3 with the other team and Reagan's team one by 2 points.  It would have been a higher scoring game except that lightening appeared on the radar so the games were cancelled at half time.  Reagan was bummed about not getting to play a full game but Robby was glad that he was able to see her play since he is always coaching Graham during Reagan's games.
  • It took us probably 30 minutes to load up the car.  We tried to dry a few things before loading them up.  Then we worked on getting the grass off of the kids legs followed by taking off their shoes and socks before they climbed into the car.  Then we headed to pick up a pizza on the way home.
  • Once at home, everyone showered so they could eat in dry clothes.  We ate and then gobbled up the brownies that Keaton and Nonna had made this afternoon.  The kiddos were tired tonight so I sure hope that they sleep in a bit in the morning.

May 18, 2016

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  • It was such a dreary morning that my people were very slow to wake up which was wonderful.  And then when they did wake up, they migrated to our bed-first Keaton and Campbell, then Graham, followed by Whitman and with all of those kiddos in bed with me it was sure hard to get up.
  • Whitman picked our breakfast this morning-his choices were waffles and pancakes or toast and yogurt.  He picked yogurt so that it was...yogurt in his mouth, on his shirt, across his face and even in his hair.  My boy liked him some yogurt!
  • After breakfast the kids went right to work on the laundry (assigned by Robby) and then back to the kitchen to help with that yogurt clean up.  Next it was time for their school work and everyone went right to work on that.
  • The morning went by pretty quick and before I had accomplished much, it was time for lunch.  I was supervising the boys raising a tent when Reagan asked if she could make lunch.  That I certainly agreed to but then I did question my agreement when she served "chipwiches" (bread with chips on it).  I was about to say "nope" to her selection when she explained that it was from a book that she is reading so I figured one "chipwich" wouldn't hurt.
  • After lunch, the boys went back to work on their fort building and Reagan scurried off to read (she is flying through a book series right now and can not get enough of her books-unfortunately she is on the last one!)  And I headed to the treadmill.  Today was a good treadmill day-I only had to get off 2 times.  Once to turn on the air upstairs and another time to ....hmm, sorry I don't even remember.  I do know that it was something to do with Whitman but can't remember what it was.
  • When it was near supper time, the kids put on their clothes and then we had our baked potatoes for supper (I only have about 20 more pounds of them for us to eat!)  Church was next and this was awards night.  Whitman fell sound asleep on the way there so I just held him during the ceremony.  He was fine the first bit (when he was asleep) but then I had to wrestle him that next half.  
  • Keaton and Campbell's group sang a few songs and said a few verses.  They were all awarded a certificate.  Then the big kids sang a song and also said a few verses.  Reagan received a hymnal for her work memorizing hymns in 1-3rd grade.  She also received a trophy for memorizing all the verses and a few other ribbons.  The boys also received a trophy and a few ribbons.  Everyone was pretty proud of themselves but the highlight of the evening was ice cream and lots of toppings.
  • Once we came home, it was bedtime and the kids had quite a bit of reading time tonight.  The boys were pretty pleased-lots of new books from the library and Anderson is even sleeping in the tent.