October 23, 2014

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To the pumpkin patch we go....

  • 6:20 is really, really early to wake up in the morning and then 6:40 is really, really early to wake up your sleeping kids just for a trip to the pumpkin patch. Anderson was already wide awake when Robby went upstairs to go and wake everyone up.  When the kids are excited about the day, they can get up and put their clothes on quickly.
  • The night before Anderson said he had a bad dream and dreamed about monsters.  But this morning, he told me that he didn't dream about monsters because he prayed about it before he went to bed-that right there made waking up so early not so bad!
  • They gobbled down their breakfast and we climbed in the car at 7:26-six minutes later than I would have liked to have left.  Our meeting time was 7:40 and when I turned on to Lawson and saw a line of cars only going 15 miles per hour, I was starting to sweat it.  I guess the traffic was just volume because there was nothing slowing us down.  Thankfully, we made it-we were actually the first ones to pull into the Heart Hospital to meet the others.  (Sara had overslept but still pulled in at the same time that Amber did who had gone to get gas and make her crew potty one last time.)
  • With Amber and her kids plus Laynie and Sara and her kids, the van was completely filled-all 15 seats.  That would be 12 kids and 10 car seats!  It was a tight squeeze but we made it and the ride there was non-eventful.  About the last 5 minutes of our hour and 20 minutes trek, I did think about turning the tv on.  The kids did really, really well-here is the run down of who sat by who-back row: Ethan, Graham, Noah and Anderson, 3rd row: Eden, Campbell and Laynie, 2nd row: Brody, Keaton and Lily, 1st row: Reagan (who didn't really have a buddy in our car), Sara and Whitman and Amber sat up front with me.  
  • The man who was directing traffic asked if we were a bus full of kids and we said we sure were so we got to park in the front.  Whoop!  There are so many benefits of having my van-riding with all of your friends and then having front row parking!  Candice and her kids and Jodee and Kennedy rode together and beat us by just a few minutes.  
  • All the workers knew the home school group was coming-all 22 of us (17 kids).  The first thing we did was take a few to the potties-porta potties that were surprisingly clean.  We actually heard that the potties were cleaned yesterday and since they have about 200 kids a day, we came on the right day!
  • Then we lined up and paid our fee and soon we entered the Arkansas Frontier.  Our first stop there was the Dog Trot house.  The lady told us about the house and then the kids were free to milk the pretend cows, make cornmeal and look at some of the animals.  Then we proceeded to the one room school.  It was interesting but didn't compare to Laura and Mary's school in De Smet.  
  • Next up was the Indian Village and the guide told us way more than we would ever want to know about Indians.  But playing in the teepees were a pretty big hit.  Campbell did grab a pole of the teepee and for a few moments we did think the entire 20 foot tall teepee might possibly come crashing down on us.  We quickly scurried on to our next stop after that.
  • I can't really remember what we did next but I bet it was play area.  They had the water pumps where you could pump the water and float the ducks down a gutter.  This was a big, big hit and the kids stopped here every single time we were anywhere close to this.  They also had a few slides to scoot down and tires to climb all over-which we did over and over.
  • One odd stop was the Dino Dig.  A man told us about a few types of dinosaurs and then the kids dug in a sand pit to find a dinosaur egg and then they traded it in for a little toy dinosaur. That little toy dinosaur Whitman immediately put in his mouth-the poor child looked at me like he wanted to say "hey mom, I've already been in my car seat and then in this stroller for hours and if I want to eat some plastic, then let me eat some plastic."  I still didn't let him eat any but that child is the most perfectest baby ever!  He was wonderful all day (and who can blame him for having a fit during pumpkin patch picture time!)
  • Soon we stopped and had lunch.  The sun wasn't out yet and it was still chilly.  The kids had had their coats on and off all day but I didn't take my coat off until almost 2.  Everyone ate lunch and then they had more time to play in the play area before we headed to the gemstone mining.
  • Every group gets to mine one stone but we had paid extra so each kid could have their bag of dirt.  This was the biggest hit of the entire day.  The man lined everyone up and they all had their mining box (I don't know what you call it but the box with the screen on the bottom that you put in the water) and he would pour their rock filled dirt into it for them to sift.  There was squealing and hollering and yelps of excitement during all of this and that was just from the mommas.  We may have had a bit more fun than the kids during all of this.  Of course, Graham is pretty sure that he found gold and diamonds...maybe he will have that same luck if we go to Crater of Diamonds sometime.
  • Next stop was the hay ride and since the school groups had already gone, we had the huge trailer to ourselves.  It was wonderful and gave us plenty of space to move around and snap a few pictures.  The ride was around the pasture so we saw lots of different animals.  At the end of the ride, there were more animals for us to walk around and see.  My favorite was a baby, baby goat.  And there were lots of bunnies that cause the kids to have a hopping contest-whatever keeps them happy.
  • Next up was a walk through the Enchanted Forest.  It was just a walk through the woods with some wooden cutouts and fake animals but the kids enjoyed it.   But the kids found the huge hay/dirt pile at the end of the walk most more entertaining than the walk.  Of course, I will probably never be able to get all of the dirt out of their clothes!
  • After the forest walk, we let them play on the playground a bit longer.  Then it was time to pick our pumpkins.  Campbell quickly picked the first pumpkin that she saw but I did convince her to look around for one-I still think she went back to the first one she saw.  
  • I did set the kids down to try and get a group picture.  I was actually pretty pleased with how they came out-took about 100 but got one with a couple of kids looking at the camera with decent expressions on their face.  I have learned a long time ago, you take what you can get and be thankful for it!  Really, I was just thankful that I could get them all in the picture and even get them all setting down in the picture.  Of course, I did break my sunglasses in the process and almost fell down after spinning Whitman around so he would be so dizzy that he couldn't stand up during the picture!  Whatever works!
  • After the pumpkins were collected, the patch was shutting down so we headed to the car.  I really couldn't believe that we stayed all the way until 2.  The ride home was a bit more chaotic with a bunch of tired kiddos.  We had passed out a snack early in the ride and then again in the middle of the ride.  But that didn't seem to help too much.  At one point, the kids on each side of Keaton were crying and my sweet Keaton shouted "Be quiet, my Whitman is asleep!"  Love her!
  • We dropped everyone off and since we were so near Krispy Kreme, the kids talked me into stopping there since they had been good so I talked Sara into going to.  (Amber had already driven away or we would have tried to convince her.)  The hot light wasn't on but they were still passing out hot donuts so that was a win for me (and my pocketbook).  I let everyone pick out a doughnut and even saved 2 for Robby.  
  • When we finally made it home, the carpet stretcher man was at our house.  He worked in almost every room of the house stretching the carpet.  He said that whoever laid our carpet didn't know what they were doing.  In most of the rooms, he stretched and cut off at least 3 inches of carpet.  In about 4 places in the house, we had carpet humps that were eventually going to cause a problem-tripping someone or the carpet getting torn.  They were thorough and charged a reasonable price.  
  • While they were working, we kept the kids outside.  This wasn't too hard even though the kids were filthy and tired.  Robby and the boys played football.  Reagan played frisbee and swang. Campbell and Keaton swang, played with Whitman and played on the treehouse.  Whitman did some of it all but his favorite spot today was sitting in the dirt pile.  That child dug, played with car, poured sand, threw sand, put sand in his hair and was a big sandy mess when we finally went in for showers.  
  • We showered everyone off, had hot dogs and then put the kids to work straightening the house.  It didn't take too long for the house to be neat and the kids started playing upstairs. Their toy room was just perfectly clean but was trashed again by bedtime-oh, well they enjoyed playing.  
  • Whitman was the first to go to bed while the others had a snack and then it was time for Bible story time and bedtime!  I think they were all pretty tired tonight.

October 22, 2014

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Can he be any cuter?

  • Wednesday morning here so potties were cleaned, trash was emptied and pancakes and waffles served. Campbell actually received the honor of being the "chore boss" today.  This was the first time we had ever had a "chore boss" but it seemed to go over well.  The others had to turn in their completed chore list to Campbell.  Oh, the reason that we even had a "chore boss" was because Campbell had to soak her toe and needed something to do while she was sitting her and I figured bossing her siblings around would be ideal for her!
  • Her toe is some better.  Everything we read seems to say treat it a week until going to the doctor.  I do think it is better but we have given it until Friday for a noticeable difference before heading to the doctor.  But that girl has some high pain tolerance-I squeezed the fire out of that toe today and she just grimaced.  
  • Bible study was this morning and when I dropped Keaton off she didn't really want to go.  So I told her that I would pick her up first.  This really impacted her and she even told her teachers that her momma was going to pick her up first.  
  • After Bible study, we went to the Kamp's house to eat our lunch.  The kids ate outside and then played while the moms talked.  At one point, we couldn't find the boys and then discovered they were all in Noah's room making perler bead creations-it is all the rage still in my house! When they were done and when we were all getting ready to leave, Sara got out her iron to iron my kids creations.  I told her not to worry about it now and we could get it another time.  My Anderson was in the room and he said "if she wants to, then let her."  This caused quite an uproar of laughter from the moms in the room which caused Anderson to duck his head and sneak out of the room.
  • We then loaded up and headed to see Beebee.  She was in a good mood since Elvis was coming to their place at 2:30.  There were signs advertising it everywhere but my favorite part of the sign was the bottom that said "sponsored by your friends at Little Rock Funeral Home." Isn't that great advertisement?-the funeral home advertising at the nursing home!
  • When the kids got Beebee's candy out, Whitman started squealing and signing "more" just as fast as he can.  I pretty much have to keep him eating the entire time or he will get very upset with me.  I can cut the other kids off at 4 pieces since they can count but Whitman can't count!
  • On the way home, I didn't take my usual route that avoids Sonic but instead stopped there today.  As we drove off, slushies in hand Campbell said "that was a big bonus."  That indeed it was.  The kids were so happy with their slushies that they happily sipped and crafted all afternoon long-more perler beads and more rainbow looms.  
  • They were busy all afternoon and so was I-but when you only have 2 hours before supper needs to be served, that doesn't give you too much time to accomplish much of anything.  The kids were hungry at supper and everyone was finished when Robby came home.  Then we were off to church.
  • Robby and I are the puppets for the preschoolers.  This involved 4 back to back puppet shows and the kids are in those rooms during music too so we are trapped.  Since I had enjoyed at Route 44 Sonic drink, I jumped at the chance to go to the bathroom when the room cleared.  I thought others had seen me get up so they could stop the next class from coming in but when I exited the bathroom, I saw about 15 2 and 3 year olds (including Keaton) staring at me.  I was shocked but quickly went behind the puppet screen.  
  • After our magnificent puppet performance and while we were waiting on the kids to finish singing so we could leave, we heard Keaton's teacher call her name.  That stinker had walked to the back of the puppet screen and was peeking around it.  She saw us!  Later tonight she asked what we were doing back that.  Robby said that the whole magic is now ruined for the child and we should probably go ahead and tell her about the tooth fairy!
  • Once at home, we passed out snacks and then it was time for bed.  Tomorrow is the pumpkin patch so my crew was ready to go to sleep so tomorrow can begin. 

October 21, 2014

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Even I have school work!

  • Two days in a row and I was the first one up again - it may be a record.  But if I get up and exercise and even have time to do a few items on my list like laundry or dishes. I'd rather be in the cozy bed but it does help start the day off good.  Robby soon stirred and that was before any kids made it to the bedroom.  In fact, I had to go wake them up because it was time for Campbell to head to school.
  • Often, we're running behind and she has to eat in a poptart in the car but today she really wanted yogurt and it was cinnamon toast day too.  But we had enough time for her to eat her yogurt and she ended up taking her toast in the car. We said bye to her and Robby, finished our breakfast and got started on school.
  • School was pretty uneventful and everyone worked through their boxes.  We did our together work, had lunch and did more reading. We're almost finished with James and the Giant Peach.
  • Nonna picked up Campbell from school and they went back to her house for lunch and to cook up a snack for the rest of the kiddos.  Soon, they came bearing their snack and Reagan said it was the "best pudding she's had. How did she make it taste so good?"
  • Campbell was excited to get home because she had picked out a movie with Robby yesterday from Redbox for everyone to watch.  While getting ready to watch the movie, Campbell banged her toe and let out an unusual screech....
  • Turns out she has a really bad ingrown toenail.  She seems to have picked at her nail and now it has turned red and it very sore for her.  She was in quite a bit of pain.  We've soaked it in warm water and Epsom salt, put antibiotic cream and taken some Tylenol.  It seems to have given her some relief.  At first Robby said we should make an appointment with a podiatrist (he had one as a kid and had to have surgery).  But after a little internet reading - it sounds like we should try treating it at home for a few days.  I hope Campbell can survive because it doesn't sound like any quick fixes.  Any one out there have any other suggestions?  All welcome.
  • The plan was for everyone to go outside to play and enjoy the nice weather but Campbell's toe's situation curtailed her and Keaton going out (so they followed me around!)  Reagan, Anderson and Graham played outside with their walkie talkies, a game of football and throwing the giant frisbee (which eventually landed on the roof).
  • Robby made it home from work and the grocery store just in time for me to head out for pajama Bunko (does it get any better?)  He cooked up some frozen pizzas, threw the football around with the kids (except Campbell who was soaking her foot again) and then came in for supper.
  • Showers for everyone were next, followed by making to-go lunches for after Bible Study tomorrow and then everyone, even Whitman, watched Wipeout and finished their candy from Keaton's birthday party.  Nothing like a box of sugar right before bed - but Robby did make them brush their teeth an extra minute.
  • They read the Bible story (tonight's story about the two golden calves ad idols - Anderson said, "Will those people ever learn to do what is right?"  Robby told him to remember that lesson.) And then it was lights out...and I'm still out partying!  

October 20, 2014-Happy (early) Birthday Pops!

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Celebrating Pop's 68th birthday!

  • I was the first one up this morning-actually, I was up for an hour before anyone else woke up.  But as soon as they woke up, 4 kiddos climbed into the bed with us and Robby quickly climbed out.  There was much pushing, shoving and whining.  Then I reminded everyone that long ago, many families only had 1 bed.  This did calm them down for about 3 seconds as they thought about all of us having to share a bed.
  • I ran upstairs to turn off their fan and when I came back down, my Campbell was already putting on her clothes.  I tell you, she does enjoy going to school.  Today she came home with the cutest picture proofs.  I can not explain how adorable they were and if she was an only child, I would have spent a small fortune to buy her pictures.  But since she is not an only child, I sure can't buy a big ole picture of her and have nothing of her brothers and sisters.  Beside, I took a pretty adorable picture of her on picture day-not nearly as cute as those pictures though. 
  • The rest of us had school.  Graham continues to finish before everyone else-when he is focused he can really knock his school work out.  Though him finishing first isn't always a good thing.  But my Reagan and Anderson have become the most distracted of the bunch.  Reagan does get her work done but she can so easily distract everyone else.  And my Anderson can be distracted by anything-so just imagine how many times he gets distracted trying to to work in the same room as a 1 year old, a 2 year old and Reagan and Graham.  I did let him just do one page of his math but told him that during the afternoon he would have to finish the other page-and he did so without complaint.
  • We had our sandwiches for lunch and I read quite a bit during lunch.  Then everyone set off to do their afternoon chores.  Graham's chore today was box mover and he helped me move bin of clothing out into their bedroom.  My plan today was to change over the boys clothes and just as I got everything finished in the attic and had sat down to start working, the power went out.  
  • The kids room is pretty dark without power-dark enough that I couldn't see the sizes on the clothes so I finished my pile and moved to the toy room where it was brighter.  I couldn't really do what I had wanted because of power outage but I was able to go through the boys boxes and pull out all their possibilities.  The lights were still out so we then started going through Reagan and Campbell's clothes.  Man, my Reagan is picky but thankfully, right now we have enough choices for her to be picky and I let her as long as it was modest enough.
  • Near the end of the afternoon, I started working on supper for Pops-I was sweating it for a bit when the power was out since I was using the crock pot to cook supper.  But it all ended up working out great.  The kids worked more on their perler beads which meant that I had to iron again.  And would you believe, that silly iron that is practically never used broke-the plate just came off during my ironing.  It just wasn't meant to be!
  • Nonna, Pops and Jason came over to celebrate Pops' 68th birthday. The food was good if I do say so myself and the dessert was even better.  I can say that since I didn't make it-my friend Marie Callendar did.  Pops opened his presents and his plethora of cards from the kids.  When it was time for everyone to leave, the kids waved bye and after a bit of picking up, it was soon bedtime for all!...and more pie for me!

October 19, 2014

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Sunday Night Means Ice Cream Truck Night!

  • Even though we had doughnuts this morning, my kids weren't moving to quickly.  I think this busy weekend has done them in!  Finally, they all started moving around (I was already dressed) and we were able to start on breakfast. Everyone is much more excited about leftover Krispy Kreme than the powdered donuts that we usually have on Sunday mornings but there is nothing that compares to the hot Krispy Kreme donuts yesterday.
  • After breakfast, everyone got ready and some even had time to play on their kindles before we loaded up for church.  Before church, we saw Pops who had candy for the kids.  Then we saw the candy man who had candy for the kid.  And then we stopped to see Grandpa who had candy for the kids.  My Keaton was so, so excited about all of this candy-kind of like trick or treating in the church house.
  • You may have noticed me sitting exceptionally still in big church this morning-Bro. Paul preached.  My momma made it very clear to me when I was a little girl that Bro. Paul would stop his sermon and call my name if he saw me not listening during church.  I wasn't going to take any chances today!
  • Not only did Bro. Paul preach but the pulpit was on the stage and Graham asked what that was.  And then when the choir came down wearing their choir robes-Campbell was very confused.  She had never seen those before and she leaned over to me and asked "are they wearing anything under those?"  I told her that I sure hoped they were!
  • We then went to Sunday school and my Anderson was called up on stage for a game.  That is great but my poor Graham so, so wants to get called to go on stage.  Now there are about 60+ kids in that room so of course, he may never get called on to go on stage but that sure is hard to understand for a little guy.
  • Lunch was more of those spaghetti leftovers from the other day.  The kids again complained about the leftovers and Robby made it very clear that they were going to eat sandwiches every single day this next week and there would be no complaints.  The other day I asked Reagan what she would eat if she could eat anything for lunch.  She thought for a long time and then seriously looked at me and said "candy."  That is what my people think is a meal and really, they are going to complain every time they are not served a meal of candy for breakfast.
  • At lunch, Reagan pulled out her perler beads and went to work.  I made it very clear that I was not going to iron anything during the afternoon but everyone still joined her and they just crafted all afternoon long while watching their movies.  Whitman and Keaton slept and so did Robby and I.  Robby mentioned cutting the yard some but I pulled him over to the dark side and convinced him to nap with me.
  • Soon it was time to scurry around to leave for choir-the alarm goes off at 3:45, I hit snooze for at least 10 minutes and then we have to be out the door by 4:15.  As you can imagine that leads to much rushing.  The kids quickly put back on their Sunday clothes and surprisingly we were able to be in the car on time and made it to choir early.
  • Tonight, our choir and choirs from other churches sang.  It was wonderful-at one point, I leaned over and told my Graham that this is just a taste of what heave will be like.  I know I have said it before, but there is nothing like hearing your kids worship.  My boys were singing their hearts out during the worship time.  And during the last choir song, Graham could not help but sing.  I could go on and on but man, I am so thankful for our church.  
  • Sundays are long days and Campbell does pretty well in big church.  And we do have to remember that she is just 4 (almost 5 though) but she was so antsy tonight.  That child could not stay still-eventually she was taken out.  Her daddy was probably kinder to her than I would have been.  But a bit after Campbell left, I saw Pops leaving too-I figured he was going out to rescue his Campbell.  Oh, that child!
  • Robby had a meeting after church, so the boys played in the game room and the girls and Whitman ran up and down the hallways.  Whitman loved, loved running and was pretty tired from running when it was time to leave.   He wasn't so tired that he fell asleep on the way home-no, he stayed up because I think he really knew that tonight was ice cream truck night.  
  • Once we made it home, everyone put on their pjs.  Then it was ice cream picking time Everyone liked our new selection of ice cream and all my crew went to bed very happy!  

October 18, 2014

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Rooting on the Hogs!

  • Maybe we should stay out until 10 every night-at least we would get to sleep until almost 8.  Of course, this Saturday we should probably have started our day a bit earlier but it was still fun to sleep in a bit.  When everyone woke up they first crawled into our bed and then they quickly put on their clothes.  My boys did this quickly because their football jerseys was what they were wearing and my girls put on their clothes quickly because the first stop of the day was Krispy Kreme.
  • Robby had just mentioned that this Krispy Kreme visit was to celebrate Keaton's belated birthday.  I didn't even think of getting out the candles since her birthday was 3 weeks ago and she had her fair share of candles during her birthday.  Keaton must have heard this because after she had eaten some of her doughnut, she said that she was going to save the rest for her candle.  Oops, so I started singing to her and that kind of appeased her.  Hope that event doesn't scar her!  
  • The other kids weren't scarred at all by the doughnut breakfast.  They scarfed those doughnuts down.  We have to buy 2 dozen doughnuts now (along with the frees ones you get when you walk in) so we can have enough for breakfast the next day.   
  • The next stop was long overdue-Baptist hospital to see our pictures.  My kids think they are something special but when you see your picture three times your size on a skybridge and on a box truck, you really know you are something special.  Everyone was so happy to see themselves but I was a bit saddened to see how much everyone had grown since last December-My Whitman isn't a baby anymore.
  • Sams was the next place we ran into.  We just had to pick up some medicine and then we had a few minutes to walk around a bit.  I love looking at stuff at Sams-though we never really buy anything and the kids loved looking at the toys.  When we left, Robby, Reagan and Campbell ran over to Walmart while the rest of us loaded up the car.  He bought a hat for himself (he was without a razorback hat), a laundry basket for me and football eye thingies for Graham.
  • Grannymom had appetizers at 11 this morning and we made it there just in time.  The kids enjoyed the "snacky lunch" as they like to call it.  She had empanadas and Dana brought dip and it was all delicious.  This day was a trifecta in my book-not a single meal was cooked or served at home/by me!
  • Robby helped usher at the football game so I dropped him off at the stadium.  I left the kids at Grannymom's house when I did this but once I neared the excitement of the tailgaters and the stadium, I was a bit disappointed that I didn't bring them.  They would have loved seeing all of the sights of the game.  But I am sure they were all having fun at Grannymom's house and they even seemed pretty calm when I came back to pick them up.
  • Nonna had given Reagan a Michaels gift card for her birthday.  So our main goal was to find something for her to buy.  We walked and walked and walked around that store.  The kids were excellent and Reagan knew exactly what she wanted when we had finished walking through the store.  She decided on perler beads-we have some but never use them.  She found some with different colors than what we had and I splurged and bought some new things to make the designs on so everyone was happy. 
  • I also found a wreath hanger and a bow for my wreath that I made.  I don't think the pictures really do it justice.  It is super cute and I totally copied it from my friend Alisa.  I was able to finish it tonight as we watched our movie.  It ended up not being too shabby for a 15 dollar wreath.  
  • Back at home, I put Whitman down.  He really, really wanted to stay up and let me know about it.  However, since everyone else had pulled out the perler beads (these tiny beads that you carefully place on a board and then I iron so they stick together) there was no way that Whitman could be up.  I really, really do not like the perler beads-they are tiny, they are everywhere and they involve me using my iron.  I don't think I had plugged up my iron in years!
  • The boys were also interested in watching the ball game.  The more Anderson is around football, the deeper his voice gets when he is talking.  My boys love them some football. Robby isn't a huge football fan-he likes to see the Hogs win but it isn't the end of the world if they lose. My Anderson and Graham screamed and yelled and jumped up and down as they watched their hogs flounder around today.
  • Even Keaton watched the ballgame today.  She was diligently looking for her daddy.  We knew he was in yellow and whenever we saw someone in yellow, I tried to convince them that it was Robby.  I really wanted for them to think that they had seen him since they were looking for him so hard.  At one point, Graham was yelling "get him, get him" as a Georgia player was running with the ball.  Beside him set Keaton yelling "get him Daddy, get him Daddy."
  • At halftime, we coasted to Nonna's house.  Not really coasted, we did probably have enough gas to get to Nonna's house.  Robby had told me that I needed more than "21 miles to go" when I got home or I would need to get a tiny bit of gas on the way home (he wanted to buy gas at another gas station so he could get a better price)  At the gas station, my car read "22 miles to go" and since home was another 5 miles, I pulled in to buy 5 dollars worth of gas.  When I pulled out, my car then read "24 miles to empty."  I don't know how that happened but I did know I wasn't going to have enough gas to get home, get to Nonnas, get back home and then back to the gas station.  After Nonna's house, we did meet Robby at the gas station so we could fill up both cars-there goes the grocery budget for the month! 
  • The kids were so happy when we pulled in to Nonna's house.  They walked in the front door and out the back door.  The boys convinced Jason to come out and play with them and apparently they played a game of tackle football.  All the kids, even Whitman, went out and played.  
  • Nonna had hot dogs and chili for everyone to eat.  The kids ate and then I convinced everyone to take baths or showers.  And when the kids weren't in the shower or bath tub, they were eating oreo pie!  At the end of the game, we loaded up to meet Robby.
  • Reagan took her medicine, Whitman went to bed, everyone brushed and then we watched the end of our Skylark movie.  The kids were so frightened by the fires in the movie but then so excited at the end of the movie.  It had been a busy, busy day and watching the movie was a great end to the day.  

October 17, 2014

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An early Halloween party!

  • The first thing that at least 2 of the kids said to me this morning was "I am starving."  Seriously, could they really be starving?  I don't think so but I crawled out of bed and eventually found them breakfast.  I pulled out breakfast burritos and pancake muffins-surely those would be enough to kill their hunger.  
  • Robby left for work and since it was Friday, Campbell didn't have school and she could stay home with us all day.  Just as Graham did when he was at school 3 days a week, she can't quite figure out how to incorporate back into our homeschool day when she is gone so often during the week.  At one point, she said that she wished she had school today.  But Robby said when he takes her to school, she always says she wished she could stay at home.  I am sure though she did enjoy her day because I worked with her first for a long time, she played well with Keaton and Whitman and even helped me (followed me around) all afternoon long.
  • School went well-nothing too exciting happened.  There is no spelling on Friday so that makes me happy, happy.  Keaton and Campbell keep busy doing school related things and Whitman also stays busy-mostly he stays busy walking to the pantry and pulling out cereal boxes and bringing them to me.  
  • At 11, Whitman went down for a nap-I am trying to wean him off of his morning naps (actually, I am trying to wean me off of his morning naps.)  We did all of our together work then and even read quite a bit of our many books that we are working on. 
  • Then it was lunch time-leftover spaghetti.  Those same children who were starving at breakfast turned their nose up at spaghetti.  They complain each day that we have sandwiches saying that we always have sandwiches.  So today when I pass out leftovers they complained that we just had that last night.  My Reagan was the only one with any sense and said "it is the same stuff we ate last night, just eat it."  Those kids didn't have any trouble eating the leftover cookies from last night!
  • This afternoon I felt like I was running behind the whole afternoon.  I went through 3 bins of clothes (I am trying to week down my kid clothes-my goal is for all of my bins to close completely).  I made some breakfast cookies with my two little helpers and soon Robby was coming in with groceries to be put up.
  • We thought we had plenty of time before having to leave tonight but before we knew it, we were scrambling to get all of the kids into their Halloween costumes.  We made it in plenty of time of the group picture (Campbell was afraid we were going to miss the picture-I tried to explain that they would probably wait on us.  I don't even know why she thought of a group picture anyway.) 
  • Indeed, they did not take the group picture without us.  (The McGuires were down 2 kids tonight.)  The kids enjoyed seeing each others costumes and playing outside.  Amber had delicious spaghetti and the adults were able to sit around the table and talk most of the evening long.  It was a great evening...and my Whitman was so excited when he found Laynie's toy car to play with.  
  • Back at home, the kids quickly put on their pjs and then it was time for bed.  After reading the Bible story, we tucked everyone in and I am know they were sound asleep soon-even though Keaton was doing jumping jacks during out night time prayer-she didn't seem to sleepy then!