May 25, 2015

Memorial Day at the Pool
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  • Robby told me last night that he thought someone would wake up at 7 this morning but thankfully he was wrong.  The kids slept until 8 or after so that was nice and none of the big kids asked about breakfast.  Anderson and Campbell usually come down and stand by our bed and say "I am starving."  Whitman was the one today who asked about breakfast. His first words to Robby were "eat time?"
  • We fed everyone breakfast and then let the kids do whatever they would like-isn't that what you should do on a holiday.  Last year we went to the Vetran's cemetary and my Graham remembered and asked if we were going to go this year.  We told him that we would try to go next year and I am sure that he will hold us to it.  
  • Robby and I went to work on another attic this morning.  It was a lot easier than the attic yesterday.  We straightened and moved some suitcases to the way, way back of that attic and then I had some space to move my memory boxes out of the toy room closet (slowly working towards turning that room into a boys room.)
  • We worked until almost time to leave for the pool.  On the way I ran into Walmart and on the way home, Robby ran into the grocery store.  We ended up spending most of the day at the Memorial day cookout at the pool.  The kids played and played and even though I sprayed and sprayed, they are all a bit pink-some more than others.  My blonde headed, blue eyed kids are the fried ones!  
  • Once we finally cma ehome, everyone had showers while Robby worked in the garage and then did a bit of work on my new mirror for over the fireplace.  (We have been productive around here lately!)  The kids then played their kindles, did a few chores, watched tv and finally had supper.
  • Of course, when it was beditme is when the storms hit.  We were pretty ertainly that we were going to have to head downstairs to the closet but thankfully (so far) that threat seems to have passed us.  My crew was worn out from the day os swimming so maybe they will sleep in a bit tomorrow too.

May 24, 2015

Cooking up breakfast for supper!
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  • The kids were up before we were this morning and Robby passed out breakfast while I got ready and then we switched spots.  I do believe that my Graham was trying to be silly this morning when he pointed to Whitman's shirt and asked if that was his-or at least I hope he was trying to be silly after wearing Whitman's Sunday shirt last week.
  • While we were loading up the car, Whitman found a coke from yesterday and tried to drink out of it so back in to the house he had to come for a change of clothes.  We still made it to church in plenty of time to see all of the grands and then take everyone to class.
  • We dropped off a squawling Whitman and then I walked to Keaton's room.  I realized that her teachers were not teaching today and it was the worship care volunteers so I asked if she would want to go to big church.  Of course she did want to go with us and was a perfect child the entire time.  She is able to sit much stiller than her big sister on the other side of Robby.   Bless Campbell's heart, she tries but she might have a little bit of ADHD that presents itself during church services.  I could hardly concentrate during church today becuase I was so worried about Keaton needing to get up and go to the bathroom-I forget to take her before we walked back into the sanctuary but thankfully she made it fine.
  • After church, we went to Walmart for Feed the Need.  The kids had their lists and were pretty serious about marking off the list.  But when I started throwing other things in the cart, I threw everyone for a loop.  We did a bit of shopping for us as well before walking out to the truck to put the donated items inside.
  • Reagan was with Lilli and was not with us.  Andeson, Graham, Campbell and Keaton were able to walk on the truck and sort their groceries.  Then we walked and saw the firetruck and the kids climbed all over it (not Anderson though, I guess that he is too big for that now.)  
  • Then we walked back to the car and Whitman would not get in.  Finally, I realized that he wanted to get in the firetruck.  I didn't get him out of the shopping cart when we were beside the truck because he never acted like he wanted to get out.  So I walked him back and put him in the truck and he was thrilled.  Then we headed back to the car and he started pointing to the other truck saying "that one, that one" so I put him in the back of the 18 wheeler to look around in there.  After he finished looking, he came down and happily sat back down in the car.
  • Lunch was at Grannymom's house and afterwards the kids played a round of kickball.  My kids fight with Lilli and Cash like they are brothers and sisters.  This kickball game was taken very seriously and it finally ended before there was a winner.  
  • This afternoon the kids watched movies while Robby and worked and worked.  We moved a set of drawers from the toy room to the bonus room attic.  That sentence makes it sound a lot easier than it was-Robby had to take the drawers out, then we had to take it down the stairs, through the living room, up the stairs, bring the drawers down and then back up and then Robby had to put the drawers back in which wasn't too easy.  After it was all put together again, I quickly filled it up but my attic, which had become a mess, is now nice and neat again.
  • Robby and his assistant chefs, Campbell and Keaton, made supper-sausage, biscuits and eggs.  Supper was delicious and the kids gobbled it up and then they were thrilled to find out that we were going to get to watch the fireworks tonight.  
  • We could have all squeezed in our big van when we picked up Nonna, Pops and Jason but since we were going to Jason and Pops' parking garage, we had to take the little car and have a kid or two ride with Pops. We walked about the parking garage while waiting on the fireworks to start and then the kids oohed and aahed watching them...all but one kid.  Whitman wasn't too thrilled-he covered his eyes, he covered his ears, he hung tighly to my neck, he said "scared, scared" but eventually he started looking, naming colors and by the time it was over he was saying "no scared."  I do believe we might see quite a few fireworks on our next few trips so he better continue getting used to them.

May 23, 2015

Hanging out at the soccer fields!
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  • Before I even realized that Graham was up this morning, he was already wearing his soccer jersey.  My kiddos love soccer and even though I am pretty glad that it is about over, for their sakes I am a bit disappointed that it is about over.  
  • Everyone put on their clothes, had breakfast and then we headed out to the field.  Everyone else beat us there-Nonna, Pops, Jason, Grannymon, Grandpa, Anderson and Cash.  The morning started off pretty chilly with us wearing our jackets.  For the first game, we took our coats on and off depending on the sun.  We probably should have kept them on or I should have remembered to put sunscreen on the kids becuase this afternoon I realized that everyone one of them is fried!
  • Campbell's team played the same team today that they played on Monday night.  On Monday, they were beat pretty badly but today they dominated.  It was probably the most exciting game of the day to watch.  My Campbell scored a goal (all the Dennies did today!) but more importantly she kept running after the ball the entire time.
  • Next game was Graham and Anderson's game.  The other team was short one so the coach asked if Graham would play for the other team, he really didn't want to but he did.  This caused quite the confusion since our little cheering section was now routing on both teams.  Graham scored for his new team and wasn't pleased that he did-we told him that we counted it for his real soccer team and not the other.  Eventually another player showed back up and Graham was able to re-join his team.  They did end up losing but they played hard and had fun.
  • Lunch was at McDonalds and then we joined Grannyom, Grandpa and Dana at Lowes.  Dana was picking up a new lawn mower and obviously, we all caused quite the commotion in the lawn mower department-there were children sitting on every lawn mower in that place.  
  • Then it was back to the fields for Reagan's game.  They only had 4 team mates so they had to play the entire game.  This was pretty hard on them but really, Reagan likes playing the entire game.  The hustled and won their game.
  • Afterwards, the kids helped pick up the flags on the fields and then we headed home.  The way to get the kids to work hard is to tell them that after we pick up we are going swimming.  The kids worked hard and soon we were loaded up and headed to the pool. 
  • I did learn one thing at the pool today: I will not be able to go to the pool alone very often this year.  Reagan, Anderson and Graham can swim adequately and I do not worry about them at all.  Keaton wears her floatee the entire time and therefore I do not have to think twice about her.  Campbell can swim but not well so she has to be watched when not wearing his floatees.  And Whitman did fine but has to be watched constantly.  He wore his life jacket but even if he falls in the water with his jacket on, he will get a face full of water and hasn't learn to float in that life jacket yet.  
  • The kids had a blast and played and played and were exhausted when we left.  Reagan went home to spend the night with Lilli and I dropped Robby off at Sams to pick up his car (tires rotated).  We then headed home and for showers.  By the time that we ate supper it was nearly 8 so the kids just had a few minutes of downtime before bed.

May 22, 2015

Another Masterpiece!
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  • I am sure you stayed up late last night wondering how our breakfast was going to go this morning.  For starters, I had three helpers stirring, mixing and cracking eggs (only one cracked on the floor!)-Graham, Campbell and Whitman.  Despite having peaches, strawberries and blueberries in our baked oatmeal, it was not a hit with most.  I do believe that Whitman laughed at me when I put it on his plate.  Keaton and Campbell ate their mandatory bite with little fuss.  Reagan and Graham did eat two helpers and Anderson told me "no" when I told him that he would try a bite.  (That did not go over well at all and he indeed did take a bite-and gag!)
  • The kids started on their school work while did some laundry and well, I am not really sure what I did but before I knew it, it was time to read a few stories and then we did some painting.  Today we talked about Georges Saurat and the kids made a painting in his stype (pointillism).  Painting is always lots of fun for everyone and even my Whitman gets into it now.  
  • While I did my treadmill time, the kids watched a movie with me.  We learned about the Asian Carp (I think).  Then it was lunch time and I think that kids were a bit happier with me lunch choice than my breakfast choice.  I opened a jar of nutella the other day for a "special treat" and since then every day has deserved a special treat so now my speical jar of nutella is almost gone but people do seem happier at lunch with a sandwiche full of creamy chocolate spread.
  • This afternoon we picked up the house and then Graham and I worked on his newspaper chair for a bit.  That kid has been determined to make a chair that will hold him up and we are pretty much there.  It is actually just a stool now but I can almost put all of my weight on it without fear of toppling over and that is truly saying something!  
  • Then much to everyone's delight, we had another nerf gun battle.  During this battle the mail lady rang the doorbell and 6 kids and I all run to the door holding our guns.  I am sure she thinks we are crazy! (I do too sometimes!)  The game didn't end too well-actually it ended with lots of screaming and tears but that didn't last for too long because Robby was home soon after.
  • Grannymom and Grandpa showed up as well and Anderson went to the front porch and called to them "you don't have to get out, I am all packed."  I guess the boy was ready to get out of the house for the evening.  I wonder if he misses Graham as much as Graham misses him.  It is good for them to be apart a bit but wow, Graham was a bit lost without his brother this afternoon.  
  • Robby and I put together some bookshelves for a newly cleaned attic (reason number 37 why we will never move: we have 5 attics in this house.)  Then I pulled out all of Campbell's work for her first month of kindergarten and when I was finished with that, the kids had convinced Robby that we needed to go to Sonic so they could play.  
  • We obliged and had our supper at Sonic and spent a while playing-not long enough becuase we didn't make it there until 8 when milkshakes would have been half off.  Instead we went home and gave everyone showers before putting them to bed.  Tonight Keaton is sleeping in Reagan's bed who is sleeping in Anderson's bed-we will see how that works out.  My guess is that she will end up in Campbell or Reagan's bed for no reason other than the fact that she can.  

May 21, 2015

Outside Dining!
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  • Each and every Thursday that Campbell goes to school, Robby takes her and Keaton and usually Whitman ride along.  But also each week Graham asks to go but we do not let him becuase he needs to get his school finished.  So today, since we are out of school already I said that I would take Campell to school and anyone could go with me.  Everyone said they were going....except Graham!
  • We all had to rush around a bit for us all to get ready to take her to school but we did have time for a quick breakfast and our Bible story.  Whitman though knew we were going bye-bye but could not understand why we were not getting into the car.  He had to have a time out in his bedroom until Robby was finally able to get him to understand breakfast first and then bye-bye. 
  • I think that Graham enjoyed being the only one home when while the rest of us left to take Campbell to school.  Robby was home too and said that Graham worked the entire time doing his little bit of school work and reading.  Then Robby said "you make them read for 30 minutes in the summer?"  He seemed to think that was too much but Graham flew through 2 books during reading time today-he probably enjoyed sitting in a quiet house.
  • Once we all made it home, I washed Keaton's hair and then I headed outside to help Robby for a bit. He was mowing so I picked up sticks and pulled weeds from the flower bed.  And before too long, it was time to load up and pick up Campbell again....and everyone but Graham went again.  
  • The boy who had been playing outside during the morning then went inside and did a bit of kindle playing time.  When I made it home, I fixed mac and cheese and the kids all ate their lunch wearing coats while on the patio...in May!  Crazy weather day and all the kids can think about is swimming Saturday.  I keep reminding them that until the weather is in the 90s for a good while, Robby and I will not be getting into the pool with them (easier said than done with Whitman in tow.)
  • We were all pretty much inside and outside most of the afternoon.  The kids did migrate inside for some movies but both boys managed to be outside when Robby was killing a snake.  They rushed in to tell me and I told them that makes me want to move.  Anderson, while rolling his eyes, said "that is silly, moving over one little snake?"
  • After showers for everyone, Robby made his waffles (he is now adding another waffle maker to his list so we can all eat at some what the same time.)  The kids love Robby's waffles, strawberries and sausage.  Hopefully they will love my baked oatmeal breakfast that I am trying tomorrow (my expectations: Reagan will try it and probably like it, Graham will immediately say that he loves it and will eat none of it, Anderson will not eat anything and possibly will even gag, Whitman will guzzle cup after cup of milk to sustain himself until lunch and Keaton and Campbell will both decided that they do not like it at all before we have even finished making it!)

May 20, 2015

Sleepy Time!
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  • Robby and I woke up a bit before everyone else this morning and I tried to be as productive during that "bit" as I could be.  I started on laundry and folded and folded and folded clothes. When Graham came downstairs, he said "I saw all of the lights on and man, you've been busy." 
  • I washed the girls hair this morning and then served up breakfast.  Whitman now sees everythin that we have and wants it...even if it is something we know he won't like.  This morning it was banana bread and as I gave it to him he started shouting "no break"-he didn't want for me to break his bread into smaller pieces.  
  • The kids did their little bit of school work and then I made everyone do our afternoon chores this morning since I knew the grandparents were coming by after lunch.  The kids weren't too happy about this but I liked having the house straight for a bit.  
  • When the chores were over, we read some and then I headed to the treadmill for a little bit.  For some reason, Campbell thougth I said it was movie time and she told Whitman so there was no going back on that.  I let them watch a movie and while they did this, they played with their sand-it's a mess but it keeps people so occupied.  Even Whitman played some today with Anderson's sand.
  • I had exercised for about 15 minutes when Grannymon and Grandpa stopped by.  I continued on the treadmill and finished just as Nonna arrived with lunch.  It was a pretty great afternoon-Nonna and Grannymom both bringing over laundry, Grandpa putting a light in the attic for me and Nonna bringing lunch.  I could get used to this!
  • When everyone left, Whitman headed to bed and the kids finished their movies while I did a bit of housework.  Campbell and Keaton followed me around to the attic, all around the house and then helped me clean the couch (we are now out of furniture cleaner!)
  • Before too long, it was time for church.  Tonight the big three had a special magician man for the entertainment since it was the last day.  The preschoolers had the same routine but there were a lot less little kids around-which was much nicer for their workers (me!)  Once at home, everyone headed to bed after our Bible story-Robby is about to catch up with our morning Bible reading.  So right now, Robby is reading just about the same passage that we read in the mornings and it is corresponding to our Sunday school lessons too!  This drives Anderson crazy but Robby reminded him that God must really want us to learn something!

May 19, 2015

Kindle Time!
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  • The kids woke up on time and things were going splendidly with Campbell getting ready for school and about to leave.  At the last minute, things got a bit crazy around here and we let Campbell skip school this morning.
  • She wasn't too happy about this after first but when Nonna showed up and shortly after Grannymom arrived, I think she knew that she had made the right choice skipping school.  I had actually forgotten that she will go to school the first week of June so she still has 4 days left (one day is Memorial Day and is the award/picnic day so those don't count in her grand total.)
  • I eventuaully made lunch for everyone and Nonna suggested that I should add Nutella to my peanut butter sandwiches so, of course, this was a really big hit.  The grandmothers stayed until after lunch and then they both headed home.  So the kids decided that it was time for a nerf gun battle and since they had been pretty perfect all morning long, I agreed.
  • We divided into teams, passed out the ammunition and ran around screaming and shooting at each other for 15 minutes.  Everyone was pretty happy after our little war so I quickly mentioned a movie and had lots of takers.
  • They watched their movies and had a few snacks while I did a bit of laundry.  Robby brought home supper for all of us and that was wonderful.  The kids gobbled down theirs and I devoured my PeiWei.  
  • After supper, Whitman and the little girls saw a deer in the grass out back.  He eventually became upset downstairs so Robby took him upstairs to play and they played with the animal toys for the longest time.  He (Whitman) is the best little guy when it comes to playing.  The evening was fairly calm around here and when it was time for bed I don't really think that anyone was really tired!