January 25, 2015

Sunday night means everyone screams for ice cream!

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  • It didn't take too long to get ready this morning and soon we were on our way to church.  I did manage to do a pretty awesome bun on Reagan's hair today so I went to church pretty proud of myself. It even stayed in a bun until we had to get ready for church tonight.  She did have to teach me how to do a bun before I managed to do it.  My strength is just not in doing hair-maybe I should take some classes!
  • Campbell was the most still she has been in church today.  That little girl had on a sweater and skirt today and she was so adorable.  But probably because I had told her how adorable she was she become pretty self conscience and told me she didn't want to wear that outfit tonight.
  • Lunch was at Nonna's house.  We ate and then the kids had time to play.  Robby did take Graham to Walgreens to pick up some wart medicine.  He has one on his hand and we treated it once but it didn't get better so we shall try again.
  • Even though Robby had wanted to stop taking naps on Sunday afternoons, he appeared in his pajamas pants so I guess he changed his mind!  There is nothing better than Sunday naps-seriously, nothing at all-even though it makes us a bit frazzled when trying to get back to church for choir, naps are still so wonderful!
  • I skipped my meeting tonight and hung out with Robby, Keaton and Whitman in the bookstore. The kids spent most of the time cleaning the chairs and tables with wipes.  Whitman was more interested in those wipeys than the cookie Robby had bought for him so I finished off his cookie for him!
  • Church and then home for ice cream truck.  The kids did help us with the laundry first-they were so excited about helping!  Ha!  Our Sunday laundry pile wasn't as big today as it was last Sunday but it was still pretty massive.  Thankfully with our many hands, our work was light-it would have been lighter if Whitman would have gotten out of the laundry basket or if he would have left the piles of folded laundry alone!  

January 24, 2015

Dennie / McGuire Kids Take Over McClard's

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  • Try as we might to sleep a bit later this morning, there was someone in our bed right at 7.  Yep, I did say someone because I really don't know who it was-wasn't Whitman, Reagan or Keaton and probably not Anderson.  And a bit before that, some stinker had set the alarm on my phone to go off at 5-last time I woke up at 5, I was probably catching an airplane or going to the hospital to have a baby.  That didn't bother me though because I quickly switched that alarm off and went soundly back to sleep until our early morning riser, whoever it was, came to our bed.
  • The kids trickled downstairs and soon everyone was up-even Whitman who will stay happily in his bed.  He will talk and sing and only start singing really loudly when he is finally ready for us to wake him up.  I let the girls wake him up this morning after he finished singing "let it go, let it go."
  • Robby soon was busy in the kitchen with breakfast-bacon, sausage, biscuits and eggs.  A fancy smancy Saturday meal here at the Dennie house.  Robby was all proud of his meal until he overheard Keaton talking to Pops on the phone.  Pops asked Keaton what she had for breakfast and she promptly said "a sandwich."  Her bacon and eggs were in her biscuit so to her it was a sandwich.
  • After cleaning up from breakfast, Graham built a train track in the toy room.  I often think about putting some toys away and then as soon as I think about a specific toy to put up, that is inevitably the one that the kids pull out and play with.  It was a pretty massive track all around the toy room-the train track is probably one of my favorite no longer played with toys.  I will probably even keep it for my grandkids (yes, I have already started thinking about which toys are keepers and which are garage sellers) 
  • I pulled out Sunday clothes-with Reagan's help.  Every Saturday, I pick something for Reagan to wear the next day and then she changes it on Sunday morning-that is just how we do things. It used to bother me but now it doesn't and is my running joke.  If she does indeed wear what I have picked out, then I do consider it a Sunday miracle.  She did spot me picking out clothes today so she quickly jumped in to pick out her own pick.  
  • Whitman had a shower this morning.  Actually a shower for him was not on the to-do list but he got in the shower with his pajamas on to play with the toys and since I had just had a shower, he became wet, wet.  So Robby decided that would be a good time for his morning shower and Whitman joined him so he could continue playing. 
  • And then it was time for me to take Reagan to church for Super Hero Saturday.  Keaton, Campbell and Whitman went with me.  Reagan wore one of Anderson's super hero shirts and some of her friends were there waiting on her when we arrived.  They took their pictures with the Incredible family and even with Superman.  I tried to get Keaton and Campbell to take their pictures with the super heroes but they would not at all!
  • Reagan had fun and when it was over, she went home with the McGuires.  We left our house soon afterwards and picked up the entire McGuire fam.  We all loaded into the van and headed to Hot Springs.  If you remember a few weeks ago, our crew went to eat at McClards and it was closed so we tried again today.
  • When we made it to McClards, we had to walk past the large front windows and we could see the entire restaurant turn their heads our directions and begin counting kids.  It was just about 4 and the place was packed but thankfully Todd walked right in and found a table beside the bar.  It took a few minutes but we situated the kids at the bar stools-Reagan, Kennedy, Camryn, Campbell, Laynie, Keaton, Graham and Anderson and then the McGuires, us and Whitman squeezed into a 2 man table!  (It wasn't really a 2 man table but let just say it was a tight squeeze.)
  • The kids were perfect-absolutely perfect.  Worker after worker commented on their good behavior-of course that just makes me wonder what the kids that usually eat there act like. They stayed in their seats and they ate-what else could we ask for?  One of the workers even gave the kids their own Peppermint Pattie.  Back at the grown up table, we ate and ate and hands down the best thing there is the tamales.
  • After eating, we drove downtown and walked by the Hot Springs.  Everyone enjoyed stretching their legs but my Keaton would not touch the water at all.  We were all saying that the water was hot so I guess she heard us and wasn't going to touch it all.  Then we walked around the Arlington, remembering the days that we would go there and watch the ball room dancers.  
  • And after we had walked off supper, we needed a snack so we went to Fat Bottomed Girls for a few cupcakes-a dozen!  The kids all picked out one and we ate them in the car.  It did make for a quieter than usual ride home since they were eating those huge cupcakes for a bit of the ride. 
  • It was quiet at least until Whitman started letting us know that he was wet, tired and ready to get out of the car.  He had missed his nap and fussed pretty much until we made it home but once his feet hit the ground, he was our happy baby again.  The kids quickly put on their pjs and then we even watched a Duck Dynasty before bed-a pretty perfect, yet tiring day for all!

January 23, 2015

Volcanic Explosions!

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  • My waking up early and exercising failed miserably again this week-I guess 1 out of 5 days isn't too bad.  Robby said that it was too cold to wake up early and get out of bed but I thought that was a pretty sorry excuse-until 6 this morning and then I thought it being too cold outside of my bed sounded like a pretty good excuse.
  • So we woke up a bit later than usual but everyone had started by 8:30.  One of the main items on today's agenda was finishing up those oral reports.  We did manage to do that and now all that is left is picking some pictures and gluing them on a board to show as they speak.  Now we just have lots and lots of practicing that needs to be done.
  • Fridays are just a different kind of day here.  Campbell is home which adds another element to our school day but also we don't have to do spelling or language so that also changes things.  But for some reason every Friday, the kids are struggling to finish their work-I guess that is all attributed to Campbell and the life that she brings to our day (I made that sound all nice didn't I?)
  • We had lunch and I have been pretty proud of myself lately-not serving sandwiches for lunch.  Yep, the kids hurt my feelings a while back saying that I only know how to cook sandwiches so I vowed that they would miss the days of sandwiches (ha, not really, I am sure that we will have some soon.)  Today's meal was leftovers-that meat that Robby didn't like last night, leftover mac and cheese from yesterday, leftover bread from bunko and finishing off the last of the grapes.  Later during science we ate the rest of the cookies that Robby and I made late last night-clean out the fridge day was deemed a success!
  • A few years ago, we went to a birthday party and the kids all did volcanoes so I had brought those home and saved them for a rainy day.  Well, this was not a rainy day but we still used them today-it was quite the experience.  Keaton was a bit terrified the first time her volcano exploded with baking soda and vinegar.  Whitman apparently liked the taste of vinegar mixed with baking soda so I had to keep my eye on him the entire time.  But my big people emptied my bottle of vinegar and would have used my entire 5 lb bag of baking soda had I let them.  
  • After I cleaned up that mess, it was late in the afternoon and the kids watched some movies and had a snack-I was kind and let them have some of my nutella.   Then it was time for supper-leftover soups from bunko and then more cookies for my people that made a happy bowl (though Anderson didn't eat any of his corn or tomatoes-he is so strange to me.  Dr. Martin made him promise her that he would try new things-I  made him eat a strawberry and grape the other day.  Today, I told him that if he didn't eat some corn, he would have to write her a letter and tell her why he wasn't trying new things!)
  • Then it was a pretty low key evening-kindles, showers, a game or two with Keaton and Campbell and then bedtime!  Now to find something to watch on tv or to finish my book-choices, choices!

January 22, 2015

Whitman's First Haircut!

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  • Campbell, Graham and Anderson were in our bed first and after a few minutes with them, Robby did get up and start getting ready.  I urged Campbell to put on her clothes and then went upstairs to wake Keaton up.  She was sleeping soundly until I asked if she wanted to take Campbell to school and she popped up out of her bed instantly.  (Wish Reagan would wake up like that!)
  • We had our breakfast and then told Keaton, Campbell and Whitman along with Robby bye as they went to drop of Campbell at school.  It won't be too much longer until Keaton will be the one going to school and Campbell will be here doing kindergarten.  
  • When breakfast was finished, we started school here-Reagan and Graham cuddled by the heater reading and Anderson in the school room working on math.  I had worked with Graham and some with Anderson when the others came back.  Graham was actually finished early enough to entertain Keaton and Whitman some upstairs but mostly everyone was right there with us.  
  • Robby ran to pick up Campbell and when she made it home, the kids went upstairs to play with the big legos.  They had everything laid out so nicely and it looked like they would have a wonderful time...but they didn't!  Reagan, Anderson and Graham were fighting in seconds of being upstairs.  I quickly worked on lunch and called everyone down before anyone was injured in their quarrel!  
  • Everyone calmed down at lunch and soon they were back upstairs playing happily with those legos.  (It probably helped that I told them they would play happily or they would nap the rest of the afternoon.)  They even played so much and so well that I just let them play and never called them down to do science or any of the other together school work that I had laid out on the table to do this afternoon.  
  • Around 2:30, I pulled Whitman out of bed and loaded him into the car along with a bag full of candy, drinks and goodies-it was hair cut day for my beautiful curly headed boy.  Tammy cut my hair first and Whitman silently watched and when it was his turn, I was certainly expecting the worst.  But I had nothing to worry about-that little angel set perfectly and let Tammy cut and cut his hair some more.  I tell people that he is the best baby and seriously, he really is.  He looks so grown up...and I will let you in on a little secret, I did something today that I haven't done for any of the other kids-I saved a lock of Whitman's curly hair (I am becoming one of those moms!)
  • We ran by the store to buy a bit of milk-10 half gallons since they were cheaper than gallons.  And since Whitman saw a box of fish and said "fish," we also bought a box of fish for him to eat on the way home...except I forget to get them out of the bag for him and only thought of it when I heard Nemo talking on the movie.  By then it was too late and Keaton and Campbell helped him eat them when we made it home.
  • The big kids were watching a movie as Robby worked.  They did take great delight in seeing Whitman and started calling him "Little Cash."  I did Campbell's reading book with her and worked on her oral report while Robby finished supper.  Poor Robby had bought some meat for supper and even though it was decent (turkey tenderloin) it wasn't his favorite.  He had a look of disgust on his face the entire time that he was cutting it with the electric knife.  Anderson kept asking "what kind of meat is this? is this turkey?"  Anderson is the only Dennie kid who might possibly grow up to be a vegetarian.  
  • After supper, the kids all stuffed blankets under their shirts and started slamming into each other-we do I even buy toys?  Seriously, I let them do this until I was too afraid that someone was going to get a head injury with all of that craziness going on.  
  • We watched the hogs tonight-the girls had their pom poms and megaphone out and did their best to cheer on those razorbacks.  It was almost bedtime when the game went into overtime-life was so much easier before the kids could read numbers.  We could have just told them that the game was over and sent everyone to bed but now they know better and insist on staying up!  

January 21, 2015

Hug or a choke hold?

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  • I guess after having Bunko guests hanging out at the house until nearly 12 and then cleaning up the kitchen, it is no wonder that I was tired this morning. The kids were just as tired-I guess they really did have a big time at McDonalds and then at Grannymom's house.  We did get moving in time to even eat our regularly scheduled breakfast item-waffles and pancakes.  
  • Also had time to empty the trash cans before loading up to head to Bible study.  We were just out of the driveway when Keaton asked about going to the potty.  I didn't remember her going this morning so we did make quick turn around and her and Reagan ran back in the house.  I offered to go inside with her but she took Reagan up-I was surprised because Keaton is the one always worried about getting left.  
  • Bible study was good and the kids were delighted and flabbergasted to learn that we were going to Larry's pizza for lunch.  My Bible study group all met there and even though it did cost a small fortune compared to our usual Wednesday brown bag lunch, it was lots of fun.  I made the kids eat their weight in pizza before I let them play the games.  I handed each of them 4 tokens to play with-that made most of them happy but Campbell wasn't too pleased when she ran out and I didn't pass her out more tokens.  I tried to explain that this was not a birthday party and 4 tokens would be all that she would receive!
  • My Graham was so sweet-he picked out his little toy and then got a tootsie roll for Whitman. My Whitman sat in his high chair by me eating away-he loved the cheese pizza and cinnamon pizza.  A worker lady brought him a ball to play with and he was so, happy.  He just looked at it and looked at it and would grin whenever he touched him. 
  • We then went home for a bit of work on our oral reports, science, naps and movies-I was one of those in the nap category today.  I could hardly keep my eyes open in this dark, cold house. I guess that I was lucky that I was able to get up and get supper for everyone.
  • We had our corn dogs and then headed off to church.  The kids had lots of fun and we could hear Campbell telling all of her friends and everyone that would listen that her momma and daddy were the puppets.  
  • Back at home, we quickly changed into our pajamas and then had our ice cream truck that had been delayed from Sunday.  Then it was bedtime for the Dennie crew!

January 20, 2015

Ringing up the sales!

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  • We went to bed a bit later last night so when the alarm went off, I kept hitting the snooze and didn't make it to the treadmill. There is always tomorrow...
  • The kids stirred one by one and soon there were 4 kids in the bed which meant it was time for us to get up.  It was a Ms. Stacy day for Campbell so she got dressed, we started breakfast and soon she and Robby were out the door.
  • Back here we got busy with school because it was another day to leave the house.  Everyone had a productive day of school.
  • Nonna picked up Campbell from school, we had lunch here and then packed up and headed to Nonna's where I trade Reagan, Keaton, Whitman and Graham for Campbell. She and Anderson had their annual doctor visit with Dr. Martin.  No major concerns and we were out of there about as soon as we had arrived.
  • We booked up back to Nonna's where we had time to visit with Pops for just a little bit as he was getting home from work.  But then we had to hurry home because we had lots to do around the house since Bunko was here tonight.  I let the kids do some chores in between their movie.  Just as Robby was getting home, it was one of the "chore" times and you would have thought I had had the kids doing chores for hours the way their faces were.  But soon they were back to watching movies, Robby quickly mopped the kitchen and I finished getting my food ready.  The menu tonight was a choice of chili or Zuppa Toscana along with apple cake or oooey-gooey.
  • Robby left around 6:00 so I could finish getting the house ready. He had told me to not get gas because he had a $1 off at Kroger. I told him he only had 4 miles - so he did put in a gas can just in case.  He said he got nervous half way because it said 1 mile left so he pulled over and put a bit of gas in. It didn't really register because he drove about 3 miles more with the reading saying "0" miles left. But he made it to Kroger and put 30 gallons of gas for less than $30.  Oh, it would be so nice to be able to fill the "bus" up for only 30 each time but we will take what we can get.
  • They ended up at McDonald's where Reagan had to go to the bathroom as soon as they got there - that was good because everyone was right there. Later, middle of the way through dinner, Keaton had to go.  So everyone had to get up and go - nothing like taking 6 kids towards the bathroom in the McDonald's - always funny to see the stares of folks (so Robby says).  The kids played and played and even got Whitman to go up the big slide 2 or 3 times. He was smiling each time he came down.
  • They packed up and headed to Grannymom and Grandpa's.  Everyone took a quick shower, played with the toys and watched a movie or too - probably meant Grannymom and Grandpa didn't get to watch their regular shows since Full House and Jesse were the kids selections tonight.
  • By 9:00, the kids were hollering for another snack so Robby decided to head home.  There was still some oooey-gooey left so they had quick snack, gave hugs, brushed their teeth and went to bed. It will be another early morning (well, for us) since Bible Study is tomorrow.

January 19, 2015

A trip to the zoo!
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  • I guess since we did go to bed a bit after 10 last night, it did make it a bit easier to get up at a decent time.  I didn't like waking up for some treadmill time and in fact, I was pretty mad about it but I put on my big girl panties and got on that blasted treadmill.  
  • When I did come back downstairs, the little girls were in bed with Robby but by the time I had finished getting ready, pretty much everyone was awake.  That was good since we needed to get our day started early.  We ate our breakfast and then everyone started on their school work.  
  • Things went fairly well-Graham did get a bit distracted but I took him to Robby's office (his real office-not his office in the closet) and sat him down to work.  He did wonderful there and knocked his school work out in no time at all.  I may just move Graham permanently-that is how well it worked.  This obviously helped Anderson with his work-my Anderson even was working on his work before we had started breakfast.  
  • We didn't have a ton of time at home and at 10, we started picking up downstairs and getting everyone ready.  Then we were out the door to pick up Grannymom, Lilli and Cash.  Lots of other folks had the same idea as we did about going to the zoo today but that was fine because even though the parking lot of crowded, we didn't see too many crowds inside the gates.
  • At the beginning of our walk through the zoo, the animals seemed to avoid our group-sitting very still (monkeys) or walking into their cage (anteater).  I wonder why the animals would scurry away from our group?-Ha! Our band of 8 kiddos was pretty noisy trying to woo the animals out of their cages or hiding spots with whistles, hoots and any possibly animal sound.
  • Robby found us at the zoo and the kids were happy to see him.  He stayed with us until we made it to the playground and then he ran back to work.  The kids played and played on the playground until they decided that they might be just a bit hungry-it was well after noon and nearing 1.
  • We then walked by the elephants and then to the tigers and lions.  And then back to the exit-Reagan and Lilli worked for the longest time trying to figure out the fastest way out of the zoo. Thankfully, they finally agreed that the fastest way out was the way that we were actually going to go!  We did stop back by the monkeys because they were making quite the commotion and pretty much as soon as we came, they stopped their show and went into their cage.
  • Next stop for our crew was the park for lunch.  The kids pretty much devoured their lunches and then went back to their play.  Anderson did bang his head pretty hard and immediately had a huge bump with a good scratch on the top of his head but he was tough and soon was back playing.  Keaton and Whitman loved the swings and Campbell really enjoyed walking up and down the huge log.  
  • After plenty of playtime, we headed home.  I dropped off Lilli, Cash and Grannymom and then we went home.  Whitman and Keaton were sound asleep when we made it home.  Whitman didn't even stir when I hauled him upstairs and changed his diaper.  Keaton woke up pretty quick and looked at me and said "I don't have to take a nap, do I?"  I let her stay up while the kids watched their movies for a bit and I worked.
  • When Robby came home, we started on our pizzas.  The kids loved making their pizzas and everyone was thrilled that their pizzas came out well-these probably were the best pizzas we had made so far.  Though the cinnamon pizza was a bit overdone but we sure did devour it!  
  • Before we realized it, the clock said 7!  Whoa, what happened to our evening?  We still had showers to do but they were done quickly and then it was bedtime for the crew.