January 21, 2018

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  • I was put frustrated with Keaton last night when it was bedtime because she was sobbing as we tucked her in. She was planning on wearing her new shirt to church which would be a great idea...except she was also planning on also wearing only her pantyhose. I tried to explain that pantyhose needed a skirt or a dress not just a shirt. She went to bed with no intentions of wearing anything but a shirt and pantyhose to church. I know that church is pretty casual these days, but I think pantyhose only is a bit too casual.
  • It was only a few hours later, when I heard someone moving fast upstairs above me. I woke up enough to listen to see if someone was sick upstairs. Seconds later, Campbell was in our room telling me that Keaton was sick upstairs. I hurried up the steps and Keaton was still standing right at the edge of the bathroom with her mess right in front of her. Bless! 
  • I moved her further into the bathroom and then planned my attack. She said she was fine but I encouraged her to sit on the potty for a bit while I cleaned up. I ran down to get my supplies and hurried back up. I started off my Sunday morning being very thankful that Keaton was at least in the bathroom so my clean up was a bit easier than it could have been.
  • I brought her down to our room and made her a pallet. By the time I could finish cleaning up and get myself settled back in bed, she was almost back asleep. She slept fine for the rest of the night and was ready to go this morning.
  • We loaded up and headed to church after making sandwiches for our lunch. We did big church, and Whitman started off doing really well sitting between his brothers. Robby and I even wondered if we found our magic seating arrangements for church. It didn't last very long and soon Whitman was sitting by me or Robby. 
  • Then it was on to Sunday school for everyone. Afterwards, we ate our sandwiches in the car, picked up cookies for a snack from McDonald's, picked up Grannymom and then followed the church buses downtown to the capitol for the March for Life. There were lots of church folks there and my girls even walked a different way than us and stayed with their buddies until well after the march when I went to find them. 
  • Now, Whitman had decided early yesterday that he wasn't going to "walk" at a "March," he was going to "March." So when we started walking, he started marching and singing the "shoot the artillery" song. This was all well and good until somehow all of this became mixed up in his head. He then started asking me, "why is the artillery killing babies?" His Bible stories often get mixed up so I began with Pharaoh and Moses which was not it. Then I tried Herod when Jesus was born which was still not it. Finally, I asked if he was talking about our laws that say it is okay for mommas to kill the babies in their tummies. That was it-we've never had anyone that listens as well as he does. 
  • Not only does he listen but he asks me so many questions. Actually, everyone has asked me lots of questions today and tonight. Campbell and Keaton are currently inches around me asking how to spell things to add to their lists planning their birthday parties in September and December! You better believe that I am going tor relieve a bit of stress in a few minutes with a bit bowl of ice cream!
  • Back to after the walk, we ran to pick up some pizza for an early supper. We ate at Grannymom's house, and she had the best brownies ever for dessert. I think they were just regular brownies, but they were warm which must have made them extra yummy. Once we made it home, everyone helped clean and unload the car. Then, we all moved inside to put away all of the things from the day and fold laundry. We had two loads ready and waiting to be folded so that didn't take too long.
  • Everyone put on their pajamas and we all vegged out in front of the tv after our busy day. We watched some football, watched an Ellen game show and then watched some more football before it was finally time for bed. 

January 20, 2018

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  • Today was the last day of basketball here, and my basketball players were excited (Campbell and Anderson) and nervous (Graham). Reagan doesn't bawk too much about going to the games because she does enjoy watching the boys play and has even now started to enjoy watching the Hogs play basketball. On the other hand, we have Whitman who was very upset that we were leaving the house at all today. He was in his pajamas all day long yesterday, and I guess that sounded like a good idea to him again today-sounded like a good idea to me too.
  • Before we made it to Campbell's game, we did stop by Kroger to pick up a few of the Saturday sales. I ran in and so did Robby. We were quick, quick, since we didn't have a whole lot of time before Campbell's game started. 
  • We made it in plenty of time. Keaton, Jason and all of the grands were already there. Campbell did great today and scored most of her team's points. Her team still got stomped and lost by such a great deal that we were glad that her age group doesn't keep score.
  • After the games, Anderson and Graham went to watch Cash play his basketball game. He was the only winner today of our crew. Robby and Whitman ran back by the grocery store before heading home. 
  • The girls and I ran to Kohls to spend a gift card, then to Target to buy a birthday present and finally to Hobby Lobby to buy a few other things. Then everyone met back up at Dairy Queen since all of their menu items were half off today. It wasn't as busy today as we thought it would be. The blizzards were good and my BBQ sandwich was delicious. It was actually huge and when I received it, I thought that I wouldn't eat it all, but it was so good, I did eat it all.
  • From there, it was back to Immanuel for the boys' basketball game. One part of the game, Anderson and Graham were on the court together, and they were playing great together. They both scored, and the Dennie boy scored around half of their teams score today. Unfortunately, their team lost by 1 point, but that sorrow was eased with the trophies they were presented after the game.
  • Keaton left before the boys' game for Lily's birthday party, and Noah came home with us. There wasn't too much time at home but Reagan did have time to make a big art project. Then we loaded up and headed to pick up Keaton before heading to the Pennington's house for supper.
  • April had a delicious supper for everyone. The adults had plenty of time to talk, and the kids enjoyed being together. We had such a good time that it was a bit late when we made it home. Everyone still had showers to today before bedtime. We ran everyone though the showers and by 10:30, everyone was in bed.

January 19,2018

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  • Not many folks were stirring this morning, and it was especially quiet in the house. Graham was up, and he found me when I was emptying the dishwasher. He asked me about a zillion questions about the day and about life. I was still so tired that I was barely able to mutter an answer, but we talked for a good long time.
  • I had to wake up all of the girls. I often wonder how long they could sleep if we just left them alone. Everyone came downstairs, and we feasted on my leftover coffee cake from yesterday. My 3 littles wouldn't even try it because it had the word "coffee" in it. I tried my hardest to make them understand that there was no coffee in the cake.
  • We started on school, and my Graham provided me with the best part of the day. He is working on fractions. When he saw the fraction 1/2, he thought it was pronounced "one/toots." Bahaha! I laughed, Anderson, who was in the room with us, laughed, Graham laughed, we all laughed. I will never see 1/2 again without laughing.
  • Around 11, Robby asked Keaton if she was going to pack for Grannymom's house. Keaton hadn't realized that she was spending the night at Grannymom's, and she was so excited. Quickly, she packed her bags and was waiting on Grannymom and Grandpa.
  • We were running a bit behind this morning and still finishing up around noon. It was after 1:30 when we all finished up enough to start on our lunch. Everyone just made their lunches and ate where ever.
  • I spent some time pulling out school for next week, which always takes me a bit of time. I pull out school weekly for Reagan, Anderson, and Graham, but for Keaton and Campbell I gather school monthly, which takes even longer. I am always glad to have that accomplished for the week.
  • This afternoon was spent pretty lazily-Campbell made slime, I read Whitman quite a few books, Anderson built a few Lego creations, and everyone else relaxed. It was 7ish when we finally decided to make supper.
  • Robby taught Reagan how to make spaghetti in the instant pot. It was our first time to make that recipe and it turned out pretty well. Now, I just need to have Reagan make it once a week for us.
  • After we ate, we vegged out and watched an Ellen's game show. It has been a wonderfully lazy day around here.

January 18, 2018

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  • Ooops, sorry, it looks like we didn't get any pictures today, and since it is now 11:30, I probably shouldn't go up to take any either. We will do better tomorrow though, promise.
  • Whitman crawled into our bed around 5ish this morning. He wanted to get in the middle, and for some reason, I didn't let him. I am not sure why because they left me trying to make sure he didn't fall off of the bed for the rest of the night long. He couldn't tell me why he did come downstairs. He slept great in my bed, but when it was time to wake he was wide awake.
  • After Whitman headed to school, the rest of us started on breakfast. As we were in the middle of it, Robby called saying that he had forgotten to take out the trash. We had 3 big bags in the kitchen still and there was a possibility of the garbage man coming today. I was glad that I had strong boys standing nearby. I did feel bad since it was like 12 degrees so I did take one bag of trash out with them, but goodness it was cold.
  • Back inside, we made our breakfasts and started our school day. Things went even smoother today than yesterday even though I was scrambling at noon trying to grade the last bit of work and hop in the shower. 
  • I had a dentist appointment so I ran there while the kids had lunch and worked on their chores. I was able to pick up Whitman from school after my appointment so Robby didn't have to get out. Last week, I had a doctor's appointment and planned to pick up Whitman but didn't finish in time. This week, I had plenty of time.
  • Afterwards, we went to the library, and Whitman found about a zillion books to check out. I sure don't care so we walked out with 40 plus books, which included me carrying a basket full of books, carrying an arm full of books and Whitman had to carry a load of books as well.
  • Back at home, some of the chores were done but Robby and I got to work on straightening the house. It didn't take too much-I did find Robby outside at one point washing windows. I reminded him that it was just the Bunko girls, but it was definitely a chore that needed to be done. 
  • From about 4 on, I am not sure what the kids did but I was busing working in the kitchen for the Bunko supper. We had baked potato soup which was pretty good and cowboy beans which were delicious. I also made cornbread along with coffee cake and apple crisp. There were only 6 girls there tonight so I will have plenty of leftovers if anyone wants to stop by.
  • The kids did help us straighten up a bit at the last minute, and then they left with Robby. They ate their supper at ChickFilA. Reagan had mentioned Tropical Smoothie, and they were headed there when they decided that maybe ice cream from Kroger would be more fun.
  • They picked up some ice cream, and then headed to Grannymom's house to eat it. Everyone had a good time staying over there for a bit. When Whitman did come home, he told me that he did not have a good time because he did not get a Skittle. I asked why he didn't get a Skittle, and he did not know. His daddy, however, did know. Since Whitman demanded a Skittle, he daddy denied him a Skittle. Ha! That little stinker.
  • When the kids came home, they trickled in and Campbell, Keaton and Whitman did come in to give me a hug. The kids went on to bed, and hopefully they were able to sleep with my Bunko girls downstairs having a good time. It was a good evening, and tomorrow will be a pretty busy day.

January 17, 2018

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  • I forgot to set my alarm last night, not like it would have mattered any anyway since I can hit snooze for at least an house, but it did cause me to start my day just a bit frazzled. Anderson was the only one who was awake this morning, and it was tough going upstairs to wake the others up for school with the snow shining through the windows.
  • Today was too cold to play in the snow though so I didn't feel too bad. Our mud room this morning with the two huge windows was ice cold this morning. I did wake everyone up and we started working on breakfasts. I let them pick what they wanted so that did help improve their sluggish moods.
  • After we ate, we did our work together in my room. Whitman was with us today so he was a bit of a distraction to Keaton, and probably everyone else. He does however listen and will occasionally ask me questions about what I just read. 
  • Soon we did start on our real school and while I worked with everyone, my main goal was our super large pile of laundry. One play in the snow day leaves us with two tons of laundry. My pile slowly became smaller as I did spelling and everything else with the kids. Whitman did sit beside me doing his school work, and he does really enjoy his reading book. There are lots of new words that he can read (am, Sam, eat, seed, sat, ram, rat). 
  • It was nearly 1 when we finally finished enough to school to start on lunch. Reagan and Anderson still had a bit of school after lunch to work on, but our first priorities were our chores. We were able to straighten the house some and then start on other priorities like Graham making an airplane launcher, Anderson working on a huge lego scene, Campbell making bucket fulls of slime, Graham, Keaton and Campbell playing Ticket to Ride and Reagan painting the girls' fingernails. It was a busy afternoon with the potential to trash the house but thankfully, we kept it under control! 
  • It was late when I walked on the treadmill and when I got off, I worked on supper for a bit. Robby was out late so we just had leftovers for supper. I did have quite a few-strawberries, biscuit, pasta and sauce, meatballs, chicken nuggets, fries, chili, enchiladas, chips and salsa and possibly a few other things that I can't even remember. Tomorrow is bunko here so I am sure that the fridge will fill back up with leftovers.
  • After we ate supper, I made some cookies which we ate while watching the end of the Hogs game. Then we watched an Ellen game show before everyone headed upstairs to bed. I know that Whitman was pretty tired this evening so I think that it will be a pretty quiet night.

January 16, 2018

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  • I just love a Snow Day. When we went to bed last night, it was snowing tiny little flakes but a lot of them. We had already found out that Whitman's school was cancelled but when Robby stirred around 1, he pulled out his phone to check the weather and check other school closings. I think he secretly loves Snow Days as much as I do but he just can't admit it to himself. 
  • Whitman's school was going to be cancelled if Bryant schools were out and our Wednesday Bible study would be cancelled if Little Rock was cancelled on Tuesday. I had explained all of that to the kids last night and had to explain it a few more times this morning. Basically it all boiled down to since we wouldn't have Bible study on Wednesday, then today was a Snow Day and Wednesday would be our make up school day. Everyone took that news really well this morning, but the same people weren't too thrilled about it tonight when they realized that tomorrow would be a school day.
  • I had also very clearly explained that no one would be going outside for any reason until 10 this morning. Thankfully, everyone did understand that and we were able to sleep in until 7:07. Ha! That is when Whitman joined us because I am sure that his brothers woke him up with their excitement about the snow.
  • Soon Campbell and then Keaton came into our room. At some point before we left the bed, Anderson and Graham joined us. Reagan is the only one who didn't come in our bed this morning, and that was because she was busy sleeping. She even missed our muffins that we baked for breakfast.
  • I think that I was the first one completely ready at 10. Well, not completely ready because I sure didn't have on my coat since I still had to make sure everyone else had gloves, jackets zipped and hats on their heads. Whitman was so excited about the Snow Day, but he could not understand why I was putting 2 pairs of pants on him and 2 pairs of socks. This just confused the mess out him.
  • The neighbors were coming out just as we did. It was cold out there but no one really seemed to care. Last year Keaton did play out in the snow but the year before she was just plain miserable. She had already convinced herself that she wasn't going to stay out too long, but did stay out as long as the others.
  • Robby and I were out for about an hour with our kids and the neighbors. We all walked to the "big hill." The kids were able to sled down it-not as well as last year but everyone still had lots of fun. Robby and I convinced Whitman to come in with us and by the time we walked home, Whitman was more than ready to come in.
  • He made some "cracker Mickey cookies" while I made some icing and crackers for the kids playing outside. From then until about 5 all of the kids bounced from our house to the neighbors house. I made hot chocolate and lemonade at one point and I know that they also had hot chocolate and kool aid down the road. Around 3, everyone walked through and had a sandwich-glad we bought that bread yesterday.
  • The kids came in and started on showers and chores. Graham helped Robby make chili for supper. It was the perfect fit for this cold winter day. We ended up driving down to the Wilson's house for a game of Ticket to Ride (actually 2 games since there were so many of us) and some blueberry cobbler and apple crisp. The apple crisp was my favorite but Robby liked the blueberry cobbler the best. 
  • We stayed out until 10 and then headed home. There is a short patch of ice on our street and a pretty good stretch of Lawson that must be in the shade because it was solid ice. We took Robby's car since it has 4 wheel drive even though that meant that Reagan and Keaton had to double buckle. I also made sure that everyone had good shoes and coats...just in case. But we made it there and home safely. 
  • Once home, it was bedtime but first we had a long reminder that tomorrow was a school day, and not just a school day but a school day with an excellent attitude.

January 15, 2018

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  • Since the boys had spent the night at Dana's house and since Lilly was spending the night here and since Whitman didn't have school at church, we sure were not going to try to do school here today. This led to lots of sleeping in around here. Whitman was the first to wake up and that was after 8, and we never heard from the girls until well after 9.
  • I eventually climbed out of bed to start on our chores. I did realize that you can accomplish a lot of things when no one else is awake (except for Whitman who was happily watching a movie) and when you aren't trying to do school.
  • Around 11, we loaded up to meet Dana to drop off Lilly and to pick up the boys. The boys were so excited that they talked the entire way home telling us all about Third Realm. Once we did make it home, I told the kids all about what was next at home-chores!
  • The kids did work hard on their chores for a bit. Robby cut Anderson and Graham's hair, and then I helped Anderson pick up the Lego nook. Then we finally had lunch. Lunch is almost silly right now because everyone makes their own sandwiches in the toaster oven plus some make halves after they have finished their first sandwich so the kitchen is crazy at all times with people making sandwiches and using the oven.
  • After lunch, we did a bit more housework, and the kids vegged out in their rooms while I was on the treadmill. Then we loaded up for Dairy Queen to get our weekly Blizzards. Afterwards, we went to the grocery store with everyone else in town. Anderson and I jumped out while everyone else stayed in the car. Surprisingly, they did have bread (we actually needed some) but thankfully, we didn't need any milk so we didn't have to venture down that aisle.
  • Our plan was to go on home and cook chili for supper, but Robby decided that we might be couped up for a few days, so he oped to eat out at American Pie.
  • Once at home, the girls took showers while Anderson went with Robby to get some gas for the generator. He had a bit of difficulty starting the generator but did get it started. Unfortunately, I am afraid that him buying gas might have been enough to jinx us out of getting a decent amount of snow.
  • We watched a movie while constantly checking the windows while hoping that the snowflakes increase rapidly in size. Everyone did have a snack tonight-Whitman made ice pops just like the boy in his movie and was so happy to share them with everyone before bedtime.

January 14, 2018

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  • For a minute, let's discuss how much easier it is to get everyone ready for church when there are only 2 boys in the house compared to 6 kids and three of them being girls. We were on time to church, dare I even say early. I had a peaceful shower without anyone standing around asking for me to do their hair.
  • Robby did pick up Whitman this morning and brought him home from his night out at Grannymom's house. He had already eaten some breakfast at Grannymom's house but came right in and found himself some more. He got it himself and sat down at the bar to eat. 
  • Whitman was a bit rowdy during big church today. He really wants to sit by Anderson, which is fine because Whitman loves Anderson and would try to imitate his perfect church behavior. But when he is sitting by me, he is just a turkey wanted me to hold him all of the time. 
  • After church, we went to Nonna and Pops' house for lunch. They had pizza but also had some of the leftover corn dip that I love. The boys enjoyed their time there without the girls, but they were anxious to head to Dana's house to begin their Christmas gift.
  • Soon we did pick up the girls. They weren't ready to come home but since Lilly did come home with us that helped some. Their adventure included eating at Chickfila, watching Paddington 2 and shopping at Target. Reagan bought a shirt and a bag or two of candy, Keaton bought a candle, a shirt, a scarf, and a little dog, Campbell bought a doll, a back scratcher and some candy. They had a blast!
  • Now the boys could not wait because they were heading to Third Realm to play. I know that they had a great time there, and I am sure that they will want to go back very soon. After picking up their girls, we drove around looking for a new cinnamon roll place. We found it but were pretty bummed because it is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • I guess we were so bummed that we ended up taking a nap this afternoon. I am not sure if it was because Lilly was here or if it was because everyone was upstairs and Whitman was the only one downstairs, but our little nap was absolutely perfect.
  • When we woke up, Robby and I went to work on supper-lasagna in the instant pot. It was very, very good and definitely a keeper recipe. The Wilson's stopped by and ate with us. We looked at some picture albums as Tony tried to play their trip while the kids played a few games. 
  • After they left, we picked up and the girls watched a Shark Tank while Robby steam cleaned the floor. We had already folded two loads of laundry this afternoon but another is in the wash, one load of dishes is running and another is waiting in the sink. It is shaping up to be a busy Monday, but since there is no Dennie school, I think we can accomplish it all!

January 13, 2018

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  • The first thing we did this morning was feel Campbell's forehead. It was just a minute after 7 and her and Keaton were in our bed giggling and whispering. She didn't feel warm and didn't act sick. So Operation Get Ready for Basketball commenced.
  • Soon we were at Campbell's game, and that girl was on fire. Not only is does she really have the guarding her opponent down but she scored at least 10-12 points. This morning she had said that her ear did hurt a tiny bit so we had already brought 2 cars for me to just run her by the doctor. 
  • This is just an aside, but if I am giving advice, I would tell people that if they are going to have 6 kids then they need to marry or be a physician. We walked right in to the doctor's office which was nice. They took Campbell's fever first, and she did have 102, and soon we found out that one ear was very infected. My girl is pretty fierce to dominate on the basketball court and feel so bad.
  • We picked up her medicine, and then met Robby to give him some passes that were in my car. Robby and everyone else had picked up doughnuts and then ran home for a minute. We had forgotten that today was Star Wars day at the Museum of Discovery, or we would have planned better. 
  • Robby grabbed the boys jerseys, and they headed that way. It was very crowded there, but they had a good time. Anderson knew who every Star Wars character was and was happy to take a picture with each of them. 
  • The girls and I hung out at home. We played a game. We had lunch. We did pretty much nothing. I did make a grocery list and clean the potties, but other than that we didn't do much at all. The afternoon went by quickly, and soon we were headed back to Immanuel.
  • The boys played at 2. I think there team wasn't really "on" today. Anderson scored once but that was all for the Dennie boys. Their game ended in a tie which Graham said was worse than a loss. I personally think it was better than a loss so afterwards, the boy celebrated with a trip to the grocery store with Robby.
  • While he headed there, I took Whitman to Grannymom's house to spend the night. He could not wait to go over there and wanted to leave during the ballgame. Then I dropped the girls off at Dana's house. An ear infection wasn't going to stop Campbell at all from this Christmas present. Dana had given the girls a Target gift card for a shopping trip, along with a movie tonight and supper. My people have been looking forward to this since Christmas, and I think that they will agree that it was the favorite present.
  • I met Robby and the boys at the gas station, and then we all headed home. We unloaded a few groceries, and then they turned on football and I covered up for a nap. Football then turned into basketball, and Robby eventually headed to pick up supper.
  • Robby came back, and we devoured his supper while watching the Hogs finish up their game. Then we headed over to the Wilsons for a bit. It was just the big boys over there tonight so things were really calm. We talked about their upcoming road trip which kind of made Robby panicky when we came home thinking of planning our own.
  • Once we did come home, the boys had to shower before bed and we might have let them stay up a bit longer since there were just two of them! Tomorrow will be a big day for them so I guess that they do need their rest!

January 12, 2018

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  • Since Whitman didn't have to wake up and go to school this morning, there was little motivation for me to climb out of bed. I did though, just a bit later than usual and started the morning. Keaton and Reagan were the only ones awake, but I did stir them when I put toothpaste on the toothbrushes.
  • I decided that we would make muffins this morning and Whitman, Campbell and Keaton helped with that. It was just packages so it didn't take too long. While the muffins were cooking, we read our science and history. Then we ate while I read some of our other morning reads. We made two types of muffins-chocolate from a bag and blueberry from a box. The blueberry should have been better but the kids were quick to turn their nose up at them. When one person says something negative about the food, it quickly spreads to everyone else. Needless to say, I was not too happy about my people deciding they didn't like half of their breakfasts.
  • We did our school work while Whitman sat right beside me for most of the morning. He worked on his school work most of the time. Through this homeschool journey, I have definitely learned that I am a visual learner. I can't even answer their math questions unless I see them. I have also learned that I need just a bit of quiet to think clearly (probably why I don't think that I have thought clearly in about 12 years). So for me to help someone during school, they have to be close enough to me for me to see what they are talking about-this is the reason why I often have 3 or more people sitting nearby. But that doesn't usually lead to quiet so everything is just usually crazy. Crazy or not, we do get it done though.
  • Sandwiches were what was for lunch. Anderson finished with his work around 11:30, and when he looked at the clock, he said, "well, this must be a record for me." Ha! It probably was a record but he something else on his mind-finishing his Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lego set that came yesterday.
  • Campbell was his buddy today, and she helped him find pieces most of the day. He would probably still be working on it, if it wasn't for her. This afternoon was busy with lots of projects, there was the Legos, Campbell cleaned her desk really well, Reagan added flowers to her new water bottle and Graham made an angel food cake. We just a crafty bunch! I actually wish that we could be crafty like that more often but all of that craftiness wore me and Campbell out.
  • She was sound asleep in my bedroom when I snuck in there to take a rest too. I didn't want her to nap alone. The kids had popcorn and were fairly sedate late this afternoon. Right before we left for Nonna's house, the boys did go out to play basketball. At least, I think they were playing basketball. They had been outside for over 30 minutes when they came in sweaty and red cheeked saying that the score was 9-9. That doesn't really sound too much like a basketball score after 30 minutes though so I am not too sure.
  • I guess it was my last 40th  birthday celebration tonight at Nonna's house. That kind of bums me out. I guess I do still have a trip to Memphis to claim as one of my presents but we don't even have an idea of when that will happen. Nonna had chicken enchiladas and all of the fixings along with two beautiful chocolate pies. I cut one of them and butchered it to pieces getting it out of the pan but they did start off pretty. Graham happily served his angel food cake and strawberries up and we finished his cake completely. I opened a coupon for a shopping trip with Nonna along with a Kirklands gift card. I guess I need to go and spend my gift cards this next week-that would make my birthday last a bit longer!
  • Once at home, some kids showered, some kids had some medicine, and some played on their ipads and watched a bit of Shark Tank. We weren't home very long before it was time for bed. They all need their rest though the boys were looking out the window I think in hopes that it will snow tonight.

January 11, 2018

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  • Whitman was sound asleep this morning when I woke him up. When I mentioned that it was Ms. Stacy day, and he had to take a soup label, and he would stay for LunchBox kids, and he was bringing a Sock with Six Snakes and Spiders inside (S day), he was quick to wake up and put on his clothes.
  • Once Whitman left, we heated up some waffles and pancakes for our breakfast, and I read while the kids ate. Then it was time for our work together work. I have changed around our work together stuff so we are doing a bit less each day in hopes that I give some of my slower folks some more time to finish their work.
  • I did tell Robby today that Thursdays might be my favorite school day. Mondays are crazy with everyone getting back into the routine, Tuesdays are still crazy with lots to do and Fridays are bit crazier with Whitman there. Things did go well today except my little Keaton is getting herself a feisty attitude!
  • Robby made spaghetti in the instant pot for lunch. It was very good-or maybe it was just hot, and we were hungry. I later used it again to make some eggs-almost blew the place up. Not really, but I was confused about which setting for something. We figured it out, and the eggs were great. I boiled a dozen but with my kids eating some and the neighbors eating some, I only ended up with 5!
  • The neighbors were outside at one point today so my kids ran out. They all played in the warm sunshine and the next thing I knew, it was pouring and I was left hoping that the kids were inside of somebody's house. They were all at the neighbor's house so they were fairly dry when I drove to pick them up for Refresh.
  • Everyone had a good time at church tonight. Afterwards, we headed home stopping to play the trivia game. Robby was gone when we arrived home since he was at the movies. Anderson received his new Lego set in the mail, and that is all that he could think about. He did have a few minutes to work while waiting on his shower, but he was totally bummed that I wouldn't let him stay up later to work. 
  • I didn't let him to stay up and work though because it was bedtime! The possibility of a tiny bit of wintry mix tonight made the kids ecstatic even though it will probably come to nothing. Robby was home by the time I had finished tucking everyone into bed and then it was dessert time for us...I hope at least!

January 10, 2018

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  • Robby had to wake all of the kiddos up this morning-my people are just plain tired. We need to stick to bedtime for a few nights-maybe even move that bedtime up a little bit. Wouldn't that be a wonderful idea?
  • It didn't take everyone long to get moving because Wednesday's are their favorite day of the week. Whitman just needed to clarify if it was going to be a big church day or not. I did check my phone occasionally to make sure that there were no pipes burst this morning.
  • Everyone was glad to be back in their classes and just a few minutes before our lecture was over, I quietly stepped out. I snatched up the kids and met Robby at At Home. Their Christmas merchandise was moved to 75% off, and I wanted a Christmas tree,
  • Since my tree is 21 years old, I think I deserve a new tree. Not only did we leave with a new tree but we also left with new trees for the kids rooms. They also were in need of new trees. I also bought wrapping paper and a pitcher. Robby bought a light thing and some packing bags. The kids bought 2 nutcrackers, 2 stars for the top of their trees, an orange Christmas tree and an elf parking sign. The kids were having just as much fun as Robby and I were shopping.
  • After loading up the back of the car, we ran over to Rock Creek to meet our buddies. They were already playing there and it didn't take too long for my crew to catch up. Everyone had lots of fun playing there today.
  • When we did finally leave, after staying longer than usual, we ran to Dairy Queen for our weekly Blizzards. And these were the worst ones ever. I could have poured everyone out and the lady didn't even try to flip them. Urgh. They are free and all, but it was just ridiculous.
  • Once we made it home, we emptied the car and the kids had some downtime. I did send Campbell to rest since she is still not up to par. Everyone else was fairly quiet this afternoon except for Whitman. He spent his time bouncing on a ball and making magnet creations that he would distribute to everyone.
  • I did join Campbell in her nap for a tiny bit, but then I jumped up to make supper for the crew. By the time that supper was ready, we didn't have too much time to eat. On the way to church, I ran into the library while the kids finished a book on tape. Then we rushed on to church for the evening.
  • Everyone had lots of fun, and when we did make it home Robby had cookies ready for everyone. The kids changed clothes and then had a few minutes to watch the Hogs before we sent them to bed at halftime. 

January 9, 2018

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  • Anderson and Graham were the only ones awake this morning. They were both quietly playing on their ipads and had not been up that long when I walked through looking for Whitman. I headed upstairs to wake him up and to help his sisters wake up before it was their breakfast time.
  • Whitman put on his clothes with quite a bit of prompting from me. He is just sometimes in his own little world and would take forever to do anything if we would let him. We managed to get him in the car and off Robby took him to school.
  • Robby worked in Conway today so the house was a bit quieter than usual. It is odd but we do seem to quieter when he is not here or maybe I am not so worried about all of the noise that we make. 
  • Campbell is a bit under the weather-she still has her cough that she has had forever along with a sore throat which Robby is also battling. She doesn't have any fever but was just a bit pitiful all day long. By 11:30, she was even asleep. I was going to let her sleep through lunch, but she woke up but barely ate anything for lunch.
  • School went well today and the kids plugged on through their school work finishing everything. Anderson was even finished before lunch-well, I hope that he really did finish everything and not just "forget" something. I am pretty sure he did finish it all.
  • Before lunch Reagan started cleaning her desk and Keaton followed Reagan's lead. The only difference is that Keaton needs help to clean her desk so I helped her after we had finished our lunch. Thankfully, it didn't take too long, and her desk looks so much better now. 
  • Once the desks were clean, we made a little care package for a friend with the flu. The girls through together a pretty cute little box with only stuff from our pantry. When I was on the treadmill today, the kids hung out in their rooms. I think that they all had big times playing with their google minis.
  • Soon it was time for us to load up and go to basketball practice. Since Campbell was kind of puny-ish (which could have been due to us keeping her up crazy late last night watching the football game), I gave her the option to stay at home, but she said that she felt fine and wanted to go. 
  • Robby picked up Whitman who had spent the afternoon at Grannymom's house. My basketball folks practiced while I walked on the track some. Then we headed home for supper which Robby had waiting on us. Supper was good and warm and afterwards the kids all showered. 
  • We had a few minutes of downtime before it was bedtime. Robby spent that time working on the fridge door which is falling completely apart-it is always something! The kids went to bed and Whitman was very upset at bedtime that he didn't get to play more. We reminded him that he played all day long at school, at Grannymom's and then here at home before we came home but that didn't seem to appease him!

January 8, 2018

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  • Monday morning and what a Monday morning it was! I have 2 little girls that I am about ready to ship off to boarding school. Everything I told Keaton caused her to have a fit, and everything that I told Campbell caused for her to talk back to me. I was just about ready to lose my ever loving mind!
  • But let's start early in the morning. Whitman was up and asked quickly if he could work on his shapes. The big kids all have a new ipad game that is drawing a picture by filling in tiny blocks. It is all pretty intricate and takes a while, and Whitman loves it. I had to drag him away from his ipad to put his clothes on him and throw him in the car.
  • The rest of us poured our cereal, and they listened as I read to them. Then we did a bit of work together before I let everyone go to work on their own school work. Things went fairly well-for a Monday. 
  • After most school work was finished, we went to work on straightening downstairs and making our lunches. We had just bought bread the other day but for some reason we are already out of bread after today's lunch. We didn't even have Whitman eating with us for lunch. Maybe I should start making my own bread-I really wanted to do that a few years ago but never succeeded.
  • When lunch was over, I worked on hanging a picture with the boys. They both used a hammer and it was pretty entertaining to watch. I think that will need lots of tool lessons in the near future. Keaton and Campbell were having a fight about their Shopkins. I told them that they would have to sit in their room and play Shopkins until 2 quietly. You would have thought that I had beat them the way that they were screaming. It was so loud that Robby had to come upstairs and intervene.
  • I cleaned the shower and soon Nonna and Pops arrived with Whitman. He had had a good day and was excited to be home. Nonna had made a cranberry orange bread, and it was yummy. Once they left, I headed up to the treadmill and soon Campbell and Keaton were back at it again. This caused everyone to be sent to bed which meant that the rest of my treadmill time was peaceful!
  • When I finished, Robby and I started working on supper. We had leftover fish, fish sticks, corn (made with the instapot), leftover beans and cornbread. I think that everyone enjoyed our supper, and I was pleased with our corn. We figure that doing it in the instapot takes just about as long as boiling the water and then boiling the corn, but once I put it in I never had to look at or think about it again which was a definite plus. (We still have a bag of beans to try later this week or next week.)
  • After we ate, everyone put on their pjs-well, everyone really already had on their pjs except for Whitman. Then we just set around waiting for the championship game to start. Once it started, the kids paid pretty good attention to it.
  • At one point, I walked through the kitchen and Campbell, Keaton and everyone else in there looked up and hollered. I assumed they were doing something for my birthday (like putting Happy Birthday on the cake that we were about to eat) but still ran on out of the room.
  • At halftime, the Wilson's came over to celebrate my birthday. Shannon brought cookies, Robby pulled out an ice cream cake and ice cream, and I reluctantly pulled out my peanut butter candy from Grannymom. (Reluctantly, because I didn't want to share it at all.)
  • We ate and ate and soon were all back in the living room watching the ballgame. The kids cheered, shouted and squealed during the game. No one seemed tired and the kids just got louder during overtime. We had said that we weren't going to let the kids stay up late but goodness, they would have missed a pretty exciting ending if they had gone to bed.
  • When the game was over, we said bye to the Wilson's and looked at the tiny bit of snow falling from the sky. Too bad it isn't lots more snow than just this little tiny bit. The kids picked up and then went to bed. It was late, but it was a fun evening. 

January 7, 2018

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  • Church morning and Campbell was the first one awake. She laid in bed with us stalling picking out her clothes because she wanted for me to go upstairs and help. I did help her pick out her clothes. 
  • Keaton also found a beautiful Sunday coat in her closet and picked it out to wear. Bless, my child thought that wearing that coat and an undershirt and leggings would be okay. I had to explain to her that she had to wear real Sunday clothes under her coat. She reluctantly did but never took her coat off while at church. I am sure she was burning up!
  • I french braided Keaton and Campbell's hair and Reagan has me do a quick little braid in her hair. After doing all of that hair in a hurry, I am always glad that I have 3 boys too. I don't think that I would be able to make it to church in time if I had anyone else's hair to work on.
  • Church and Sunday school and then we headed to Grannymom's house to celebrate my birthday (I am celebrating all month long.) We had Mexican food for lunch and then apple dumplings and Shelley's famous peanut butter candy for dessert. Except the peanut butter candy was just for me! It was a present of the best kind. I had said at Christmas that I wanted it for my birthday, and Virginia remembered. Afterwards, I opened my other presents-gift card, dish towels, a hand sander, cricut vinyl and decorating bags.
  • We then ran to At Home since we are daily checking for their Christmas to be marked to 75% off. Then it was home for a wonderful Sunday afternoon nap. The kids were quiet (kind of) and we slept for a good long while.
  • For supper, we cleaned out the fridge and surprisingly, there was plenty for everyone. We did have the squirt cheese and crackers. Whitman likes for me to write words on there for him to read. He does know a few sight words but now, I am able to write little words that he can sound out like "am." That reading book is already paying off.
  • After supper, we watched a documentary about a chess player. It was thrilling tv-actually, it was pretty interesting, and everyone watched it for the most part. Then it was bedtime for the kids-school tomorrow and our first full week back in a routine!

January 6, 2018-Happy Birthday Tara!

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  • Campbell was one of the first ones awake this morning and joined us in our bed. Her morning routine (and mine too) is to look on my phone to check if snowing is coming in the next 10 days. After a bit, Campbell went to put on her uniform and Robby and I got ourselves ready.
  • Once everyone else was ready, it was time to begin my birthday celebration. I blew out candles on one of my favorite things-a cinnamon roll cake from Sams. They are not always there but if you see one, buy it because it will be the best 5 dollars you have ever spent.
  • Everyone sang to me and after blowing out my candles, Robby quickly passed out the cake while I opened my presents. Keaton gave me some holiday signs that she has already given to me once but took off of my desk earlier this week. Campbell had me hot chocolate and a package of reeses pieces. She also included a coupon book full of things that she loves doing-"I will go shopping with you, I will bake with you"...but my favorite was "I will take a nap wiht you." 
  • Graham also gave me coupon slips which I will indeed cash in. Anderson excused himself for a bit and came back with a card. Reagan had a tiny intricate card that she had made. Whitman was a bit disappointed that he had not made a card but did have Reagan help him make one later in the day, and he was so proud to give it to me.
  • Robby gave me an instant pot, a seat warmer and a trip to Ikea and the Cheeecake Factory. Just about the time that I finished opening the presents, it was time to load up and head to Campbell's basketball game.
  • It took a bit for the girls to get warmed up but when they did, Campbell was on fire. She scored 8 or more points. It was pretty interesting watching the girls play-they would shoot the ball about 10 times for every time they scored. It was quite entertaining. I do believe that this was the first time in a few games that Campbell's teal won their game.
  • On the way home, we stopped by Kroger and spent quite a few minutes in there. It was wonderful-lots of sales and plenty of time to browse. If we would have stayed any longer, I would have counted our Kroger trip as a birthday present.
  • Back at home, we unloaded the groceries, ate some crackers, cheese and sausage for lunch, and played with my new instant pot. Today we took it slow and made some hard boiled eggs. It took about the same time as cooking them on the stove but required less attention-except we stared at it the entire time. 
  • Soon we were back in the car for the boys' ballgame. Anderson scored 8 and Graham scored 4. Graham is quite a bit shorter than the other boys so when he was able to score, his fan club let out a thunderous roar.
  • And after the boys won their game, we headed back to Kroger to pick up a few more sale items. As soon as we were home, Campbell and I turned back around and headed to a birthday party. One of the girls from her team had a party at River City, and Campbell had a blast. She left begging me to sign her up for gymnastics. 
  • Then we zoomed back home long enough for me to shower and the Wilsons to come over to ride with us. We first dropped off the kiddos to Grannymom's house while the Wilsons, Robby and I headed to Heights Taco and Tamales.
  • Their tomato marmalade is my favorite. All of the food was delicious especially their pulled pork tacos and that tomato marmalade and we left completely full. It was wonderful, but we were too full for dessert.
  • After picking up the kids, they were quick to let us know that they were not too full for dessert. We served up ice cream for them before bedtime for everyone. It was a pretty great 40th birthday for me! (But I am sure not done celebrating and plan to continue my celebration for the next few days...or weeks!)

January 5, 2018

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  • As I laid in bed this morning, I debated skipping school today. Tomorrow is my birthday after all but I acted like a grown up and made sure that school happened and happened well. We did have ourselves a big breakfast this morning-cinnamon toast made by Whitman, fried eggs and scrambled eggs made partly by Campbell. I wish that I could manage a warm breakfast every morning but that's not going to happen.
  • We have a couple of Google Minis around here and last night, Robby spoke into the one downstairs and played his voice onto the ones upstairs. I believe that he told Whitman to be quiet. Whatever he did tell Whitman, he heard it and didn't think that it was Robby talking to him. Instead, he was convinced that it was God. This morning, I heard Whitman saying to the Google Mini, "Hey froogle, talk like God" over and over again.
  • School was a bit wild this morning with Whitman being here, but he is so interested in doing his own school that he sat by me for a the longest working on his workbook. He even scribbled out a new Christmas list and on it was "more school." I guess he wants another school workbook for Christmas next year.
  • My Keaton is so improving in her reading, Reagan and Graham are doing great on their writing. Anderson is my math king, and Campbell was alphabetizing everything today. We all finished by noonish.
  • Whitman convinced me to let him paint his bread like he did in Ms. Jennifer's class last year. It is just a bit of milk and food coloring to make the paint. I thought everyone would want to do it too, especially Campbell and Keaton, but Anderson was the only other one who did. Anderson painted a flag and we even sang the Star Spangled Banner to it.
  • Afterwards, it was chore time. I did make the kids do some extra chores today-I used the "it's my birthday" line and plan on using it quite a few more times this month.  When the chores were completed, I walked around the house filling a bag of trash. I have decided that I am going to take 40 bags of trash out of this house this year. 
  • This was the second afternoon that at 5:30, Robby and I laid down and took a nap. Wonder if we have mono or something? Ha! Probably not, but our room is just so cozy. We stayed in our room until the kids sounded like they were going to tear the house down. 
  • We then loaded up and headed to Eat My Catfish. We have been talking about going there for a while and began our evening with fried pickles. They were kind of spicy and heavy but good. Robby had ordered the family platter (fries, beans, hushpuppies, 10 fish pieces and 4 chicken pieces). That would be plenty for all of us, and it wasn't too long before they delivered our food.
  • We were still passing it out and opening up boxes when the server came back asking if our order was right. He knew we hadn't gotten our fish and we offered to send our wrong food back but he said he couldn't do that. So we ended up with 2 pints of beans, fries, hushpuppies, 4 chicken pieces and around 40 pieces of catfish. Yes, you read that right-40. We brought home 20 pieces of fish (I counted them as I wrapped them in foil to put in the fridge.) I am not sure what happened but it definitely worked out in our favor.
  • On the way home, we stopped to pick up some ice cream and the kids sang Happy Birthday to me to begin my birthday celebration. The kids went to bed a bit early since tomorrow will be a busy day.

January 4, 2018

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  • Whitman joined us in bed around 2:30 this morning. I guess that it was pretty chilly in our bedroom because I didn't mind snuggling with him...until it was morning time and the heat came on. It didn't take too long for it to get hot in our room, which is the hottest room in the house when the doors are closed and the heat is on. 
  • I quickly got on up and started waking up people, hauling laundry, finding Whitman's clothes, waking up people, opening blinds and emptying the dishwasher. Whitman woke up fairly well and was excited to hear that it was Ms. Stacy day and that he was to bring a toy from Christmas. 
  • Soon he was in the car with his jacket, milk, poptart and two bears-one was old and one was indeed from Christmas. I think that Whitman really enjoy school; I just hope that he obeys when he is there.
  • Back at the house, everyone had waffles or pancakes for breakfast this morning. Then it was school time and surprisingly, it went much better than I could ever expect. I did get frustrated only once when Reagan and Graham slammed me with all of their school work at one time. I like for everyone to bring me their work after they finish one or two things. Otherwise, at 11:30 I have 40+ pages to grade. 
  • Campbell and Keaton went with Robby to pick up Whitman. Robby said that they used up all of their words on the trip but surprisingly, they have had many more words that they have used today. When they all returned home, we had lunch followed by some chores.
  • It didn't take too long for Whitman to lose his ipad this afternoon. Could someone tell me why my boy has stopped going poo in the potty. A few folks ran to Dairy Queen for their weekly Blizzards. They even brought me home one which I happily enjoyed as soon as I stepped off of the treadmill. Yes, I do see the irony in that.
  • We had baked potatoes for supper tonight along with a bit of chicken, chili and a ton of other toppings. The kids all love baked potatoes (except for Whitman). Afterwards, the kids all showered and then, Robby and I migrated to our bedroom where Keaton, Campbell and Whitman migrated in and out. The others watched the Bates in the living room and gracious, they must have been using Robby's sound bar to the max because the walls of our room were shaking. 
  • Reagan passed out the rest of her dessert that she made last night while I tried to figure out what we could eat for our dessert. I had hoped that she would bring us a piece but that didn't happen. It is Thursday night after all-the night before the weekend of my 40th birthday-definitely that deserves some type of dessert!

January 3, 2018

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  • It was a scramble this morning getting ready for Bible study. I had to wake Reagan, Keaton, Graham and Whitman. I think that my crew is still pretty tired from our Christmas break. On Bible study mornings, our goal is to leave around 8:30. 
  • Reagan and Graham's bagels were in the toaster and mine was next in line since we eat them in the car on the way, when I heard my phone ding. I didn't pay too much attention to the phone noises since we only had about 5 more minutes until we would leave and there was still lots to be done. Seconds later though, my phone was going nuts, and I went to check it. It didn't take long for me to see the words "Bible Study cancelled." 
  • Pipes had froze or burst at Immanuel this morning (conflicting reports) but either way, CBS was emailing and texting, along with Candice and the other girls. Since we were all already dressed and lunches packed, we decided to meet at Rock Creek for lunch. The kids weren't too happy when I relayed the news to them. They all love Bible study and were bummed that weren't able to go. 
  • I let them finish their breakfasts while I sat and ate my bagel quietly. Then we did history, science and reading. I also did spelling with everyone and had them do two things for tomorrow's school day. 
  • I had said that I was going to work with Whitman each day this next year and that boy would do "school" forever. Each day that we have worked, he has wanted to do more. We gave him a kindergarten workbook for Christmas and I think that it might just be one of his favorites. When no one is doing it with him, he will just sit in the school room and flip through the pages trying to figure it out. 
  • Just as soon as we had finished all of this, it was time to leave for lunch. We arrived just as everyone else was going in. Our big kids are getting a bit old and don't even really try to play in the tubes anymore. They just stand around and talk. We really should bring games for them to play, but today, they really wanted to go outside so they could throw the ball and run. I hate that there is no where that we can go in cold or yucky weather that they can do this.
  • After we had eaten and played inside for a long time, we bundled up and headed outside so they all could play outside. Sara, Candice and I sat in Sara's car and watched the kids have a blast on the parking lot. 
  • On the way home, we stopped by the library and picked up quite a few books. If you remember at Whitman's class Christmas party, he received a Pete the Cat book that he did not want and had himself a big ole fit. So today at the library, I picked up about 20 Pete the Cat books for us to enjoy!
  • At home the kids finished their chores, and had some downtime. I haven't known what to do with myself today with all of my free time since my Lego project with Anderson is over. I had so much free time that not only did I get on the treadmill but I also started painting a side table.
  • Reagan made a dessert for tonight-no bake chocolate chip cookie bars. That was the recipe that she wanted to make yesterday but couldn't because we were out of butter. She didn't want anyone in the kitchen when she worked and even barked at me to get out of the "square" while she was cooking.
  • Anderson asked to cook next time and Graham already has a dessert that he wants to make as well. I am glad that want to cook but I really need for someone to make a salad and not sweets which I can not turn down at all.
  • We had a simple hot dogs, chili and the fixings for supper. The kids ate up and all went well except for when Whitman had a fit afterwards because he didn't get dessert immediately after supper. 
  • We watched a few shows after supper and then Reagan finally did pass our her dessert. Whitman did refuse it and decided on Campbell's brownies from last night. After a few rounds of HQ tonight, it was soon bedtime for the crew. Tomorrow is our first real day back at school-unless another pipe burst. No, no, we don't want that at all!

January 2, 2018

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  • I didn't know until late last night that Robby had officially taken another day off today so my plans of doing a bit of school were completely dismissed. I did wake up earlier than usual but all of my girls were still sound asleep.
  • I am surprised that they were asleep because when Whitman left our room this morning, he asked Anderson to turn on a tv show for him. He did and the volume was incredibly loud-pictures were shaking on my wall. Robby seemed to sleep right on through the commotion but I quickly grabbed my phone and text Anderson to turn the volume down. Technology can be pretty amazing sometimes.
  • This morning was spent mostly picking up and doing chores. The Christmas piles of presents are shrinking but man, I think that I could go through this house with a trash bag and fill it up. I probably should put that on my list to do each month...maybe I will. Robby would probably prefer me keeping the trash to a minimum right now since we have been using our trash bin and the neighbors for weeks now. 
  • Around noon, I went upstairs to work on the Lego thing. Last night, I told Robby that we probably have more than 3 thousand dollars upstairs in Legos. Truly, we probably have more than that but any higher number would probably make me sick. We came close to finishing this afternoon. Campbell did come up and help. Every time we would turn a page on the instructions, she and I would give each other high 5s and act like we had finished the entire project.
  • We ate lunch around one today. The kids made their own sandwiches and I read a few books. Whitman asked for a Christmas book but since I had already returned all of the ones that we didn't read to the library, there wasn't one to be found. He was content with a snowman book which is a good thing because I have quite a few from the library in hopes that it would have been snowy right now and not just freezing cold.
  • I did my treadmill time this afternoon and then Campbell made some brownies. I had told Reagan that she could make something and as we were getting out the ingredients, we discovered that we didn't have any butter. I looked and looked but couldn't find any so she gave up and Campbell stepped in to fill the gap with a box brownies.
  • I ran back upstairs to help Anderson, who seemed determined to finish today, and worked for a bit more before the basketball players along with Reagan and Keaton loaded up for basketball. I thought that Keaton and Reagan would stay home with me but they opted for practice. 
  • That just left Whitman and me at home. I read him a story and then had him vacuum the floor while I straightened downstairs. We opened my can of popcorn this morning and it is almost gone tonight. Quite a few pieces are on the floor all over the house and that was Whitman's job. And when i say, that "we" opened the popcorn, I probably mean to say that I opened the popcorn while I was still in bed this morning.
  • We stayed busy while the others were gone and when they returned home, chili was ready. Everyone ate up and then cycled through the showers. Campbell's brownies were the reward after they had finished their showers. We then had a bit of downtime-the girls watched a baking show, Graham and Robby turned on the Hogs and I found Anderson upstairs with those Legos. He had already been working and after just a bit, we had finished. I happily scooped up all of those leftover grey legos (3 bins) and Anderson went down to show off his rebuilt ship.
  • This was the first night in weeks that the kids were sent right to bed at 9. Tomorrow is Bible study and even though we do get a little break tomorrow night with no church, it is back to reality.