April 7, 2020

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  • Another school day around here. No one really complains about their school right now. The kids are just plugging along-right now at almost 8, two kids are sitting in the floor working on their school right now. 
  • Whitman has been doing pretty well on his school-if I could just figure out how to improve his handwriting! Right now we are reading about Hitler and World War 2 in history so it is pretty interesting to the boys and me. 
  • After school was over today, I was able to do my exercise video. I am not too sure that I like doing an exercise video which is odd because I don't really like the treadmill either. I did play basketball with most folks after supper tonight so I guess that does count as a little bit of exercise.
  • The big activity this afternoon was organizing the kids bathroom cabinet...which is out of toilet paper! Thankfully, we do have some extra in other cabinets but will need to buy some before this pandemic is over!
  • I also worked on changing the kids shoes over from winter to summer. There isn't a lot of changing to do but I did move all of the girls' boots out of my closet which helped clear out my space some. 
  • Robby and I did take an outing today to pick up some pictures (non essential item we know) and to pick up some supper (essential). Robby did see a man walk out of Walgreens with a buggy full of beer without paying. Strange times!
  • Everyone was super happy to have the new Chick Fil A copycat sauce from Kroger. We must about finished half of the bottle. It is the little things! Then we did have our almost daily basketball game outside. The pollen seems to be crazy here right now-Campbell and Keaton don't seem to mind, but goodness it makes my eyes itch!
  • Tonight most of us are watching a Netflix movie about Brandon Burrelsworth. I am sure that the next thing will be a snack or two for the crew before bedtime!

April 6, 2020

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  • I woke up this morning thinking that it was Thursday or Friday. I am not sure what made me think that, but I was just a wee bit disappointed to realize that it was indeed just Monday. I guess there really isn't too much difference in Monday and Friday anymore so there was really little adjustment to prepare for the day.
  • Soon we were working on our school work. Whitman was very happy with me that I had a few new library books for him to read. In his book box, I have a pile of books that are too easy for him, but I want for him to read one last time before I put them in the garage sale box. He calls them "baby books," so when he found the new books today, he was very excited!
  • After school was over and even before lunch, I was able to help Reagan with a project for her Bible study tonight. Some of the 8th graders are doing the Defined Bible study together on zoom. That is super fun and the video tonight was really good.
  • The kids all made their lunches-Graham made a sausage, egg and cheese bagel, Anderson made two eggs in the hole and I think that Reagan made eggs herself-I guess I need to tell the kids that we bought the eggs to dye. I do want there to be at least one part of Easter that is the same as usual on Sunday.
  • When we worked together this afternoon, the internet was down so we weren't able to do some of our work on the tv. That was fine though because we did do our history and Bible reading. I had made a list of history reading and today is the first day that we are ahead. That is probably because today Robby and I would have been heading to the Masters.
  • I guess you could say that this is trip 3 that the virus has messed up. The first would be the trip to the SEC championship followed by our dash to Utah that we wisely decided to pass on. The Masters would have started tomorrow so we are missing that though they have rescheduled for November. In a few weeks we will miss our first May Disney trip and then after that Robby and I will much more than likely miss our anniversary trip to Disney. Oh well, that is not what this life is all about.
  • The afternoon did fly by. The kids spent a lot of time going inside and outside. Campbell and Keaton are still actually outside playing. Whitman did have a zoom meeting with his little friends. He enjoyed that-though we do need to work on his social skills a little bit!
  • I worked on organizing some recipes along with organizing some pictures. Then it was soon time to work on supper. We had ravioli tonight for supper which is a crowd favorite. 
  • As soon as we finished supper, it was time to start Reagan's meeting. We are the ones playing the video for all of the people to see but we had some sound issues. Robby was able to get it figured out before the video so everything worked perfectly!
  • Everyone made sure that they had a yummy snack tonight before bed and most even had showers! It was a good Friday or Monday or whatever day it is! 

April 5, 2020

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  • We did jump up in time to gather everyone and stick some cinnamon rolls in the oven before church started. We had found the cinnamon rolls in the bottom of the freezer, and crossed our fingers as we put them in the oven.
  • As it turns out-the church service was good, but the cinnamon rolls were not. They didn't really rise even though I let them thaw all night long. I do have another batch in the freezer so hopefully they will be better. I guess that we can try them next Sunday morning.
  • When church was over, we watched our Sunday school class. Our teacher is just excellent, and they have been working through the Bible for years. It does kind of make me miss being in an adult class, but at the same time I missed making construction paper palm branches today with our first graders.
  • After Sunday school, we ate our lunch. Pops had brought lunch over yesterday. I tried to assure him that we were able to cook for ourselves. He had made pork tenderloin, potatoes and beans. It was perfectly easy to heat up and delicious. 
  • Soon Jason came over to give Whitman his birthday present. Whitman was pretty excited with the gifts that he opened-one was a Lego type set that he had asked for. This seemed great and all, but I did not realize how parent involved it would be since it isn't just a Lego set, but a machine type Lego set.
  • We worked one and then I was able to sneak in my Sunday afternoon nap while Robby caught up on his weekly sermon total. We watched quite a few people, though I did sleep through one of my favorites from last week.
  • We did break the rules and go to the grocery store tonight. They have been saying that we don't need to go to the store at all over the next two weeks-we will see how long that we can make it! We tried to think of quite a few things and did manage to fill our buggy.
  • As soon as we made it home, it was time for our life group to meet on zoom. We just chatted, but did so for quite a while. When it was over, we hustled the kids to bed so Robby could work on a shutterfly book until our bedtime.

April 4, 2020

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  • Robby and I were not productive today at all. We did watch a documentary last night until late in the night. Then we decided to finish our tv watching this morning so we did little this morning. Pops even called me near lunch and asked if I was still in bed. I was, but I was dressed and ready for the day. I even put on real clothes today and not my "day pajamas" as I usually wear.
  • Whitman was the first one awake this morning so he did what he does when downstairs is empty-climb in our bed. He laid very still for a long time until he couldn't be still any longer. It was 7:30ish so I found him some breakfast and helped him get his spot by the heater.
  • Soon everyone else was awake and moving in the house. I was able to fold some laundry as we watched tv. But just as soon as it was breakfast, it was soon lunch time. The kids all found their lunches.
  • After that, I did run to the Terry library. A few libraries now have porch pick up, so I emailed them my requests early this morning, and they were ready today. My intent was for Reagan to drive the whole way there (which would have been a long way for her), but instead she just drove all the way down Lawson. She was pretty adamant that she was done when we made it down that road and even asked me a few times, "how long is this road?" She did great though, and I was thrilled to get a few books-makes life seem a bit like normal.
  • Keaton had a zoom call this afternoon, and Campbell was on the phone for a bit with her friends. Soon it was evening again, and Robby grilled burgers for supper. Half of us had burgers while the other half ate nuggets. Robby did make fries in the air fryer, and the first batch was perfectly crisp.
  • Robby watched the Grand Ole Opry on tv, and I worked on some school stuff. Then we all settled in the living room to watch a Bates along with a few church videos that we were behind in. Then it was soon time for bed for the crew!

April 3, 2020

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  • The first thing Robby said to me this morning was that I was a good sleeper. That I sure am! I still managed to get our school going in plenty of time. We did our morning reading followed by some together work. 
  • I know that I have said it before, but I sure am missing our library right now. I didn't have that many collected from after our trip, and we have quickly gone through them with only about 2 more to read. Some library branches are starting to do pick up so maybe ours will be soon.
  • We didn't finish school as early this morning. That was probably because I had to help lots of folks with the computer math. Our new computer math system is working well-and we just may do it all summer long!
  • The few things that we did accomplish today was finishing the girls' closet. It is now nice and neat which seems to be a miracle-it won't last because I have two girls that can't seem to pick up anything right now!
  • I did my exercise video today-that is a new thing. Plus there was some afternoon basketball along with some Lego building. I tried to convince Reagan to do a little bit of driving, but she didn't want to. Tomorrow though there will be driving.
  • Campbell spent lots of time with her friends on zoom. Her and Keaton also chatted with their friends on the phones for a long time. And pretty much everyone ran from the trampoline and back to the house a zillion times.
  • The morning even started with a challenge of Graham, Campbell, Keaton and Whitman trying to stay in Whitman's new tent as long as he could. This did mean that the kids woke up early to do their school work-I could even hear them helping Whitman get through all of his work. When they finished school, they ran up to get in the tent and stay there as long as they could. They stayed until almost lunch before leaving their tent and abandoning their challenge.
  • Supper tonight was just leftovers-the fridge is now fairly empty. We did end our evening with another tiny birthday celebration for Whitman-a family movie night to watching Onward complete with candy and popcorn.

April 2, 2020-Happy 7th Birthday Whitman!

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  • This morning started with lots of pots and pans banging in the kitchen. Graham and Keaton woke up early to bake Whitman muffins for his birthday breakfast. When the muffins were ready, Graham carried a sleepy Whitman down the stairs to our bedroom. He had already made a comfy spot for him with pillows and blankets. 
  • Whitman was just grinning from ear to ear on his ride into our room. And when we all sang Happy Birthday to him with candles in his muffins, he was over joyed. We then did our morning reading with Whitman picking out the order of what we did.
  • Then everyone started on their day's work. Campbell, Keaton and Graham only had to work with me this morning so they were finished super quickly. Whitman just had fun school today-a map, a maze, graphing with Skittles, and some light reading. Reagan and Anderson were finished later in the morning. I was even able to finish organizing my school room closet. While I was working on the closet, I did find a few other projects to add to my ever growing list.
  • The kids jumped on the trampoline during the lunch time hour. I did call them in around 1 to do some history reading. Then we finally let Whitman open up a few presents. We rarely get the kids birthday presents-our thought is that we fund a birthday party for the kids, so that is our present. 
  • However, we did have a pretty grand gift for Whitman in our attic. We had bought it (on clearance) earlier in the year, and my plan had been to let a grandparent give it to him. Anyway, Whitman was incredibly pleased when he opened up a tent that inflates with a box fan. It didn't take long for us to pull out the fan, and the test was just as neat as it looked. 
  • Keaton and Campbell also had a scavenger hunt for Whitman before he could receive his presents-a kite and a sweatshirt (both of which were sourced from the gift attic!) along with a package of oreos (which he ate all by himself today.)
  • Reagan drove down the road a little ways to drop off a few things. We did meet a trash truck flying down a one lane-ish road. So she did get a lesson in "get over, get over now!" She did just fine though! 
  • When we returned home, Keaton was on a zoom call with her little friends. Then we received a visit from church-Ms. Meryl wrote on our driveway a birthday wish for Whitman. She had hit up 20 houses today to do some chalk art. 
  • We did all leave the house this afternoon to drop off a birthday present for one of the kids' friends. Then we picked up pizza which was Whitman's choice. We haven't had pizza that often, but Robby and I were definitely hoping for something else. Robby did buy a few good pizzas from Paxtons along with some regular ones from somewhere else.
  • This evening we did celebrate Whitman with one more round of candles on his birthday brownies. Campbell had made them for him earlier in the day, and we enjoyed them with ice cream-vanilla which is his favorite. I do think that the birthday boy had a pretty great birthday!

April 1, 2020

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  • Not too many Wednesdays do we do school, but today we sure did. Everyone seems to be zooming through school these days. Today, Whitman even had time to take a break before we worked together. He still continues to struggle with spelling-we did do double e words today, and he was able to write 10. Just a few weeks ago, the most I could handle was him trying to write 5 words a day so we are definitely improving. In just a day or two, he will be the only Dennie still working on this year's spelling book, so there will be more time for him to practice.
  • After lunch, I did sneak off to work on my school room closet. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. Also there was some work on the girls' closet. That should also be finished tomorrow-hopefully. Though we will have some birthday celebrating to do during the day.
  • There was lots of celebration when Campbell and Keaton finished our 1,000 piece puzzle today. They have been really the only ones who have helped me work the puzzle so I was glad that they stuck with it to finish it. It probably helped that they finished their school work for today and tomorrow last night.
  • I believe that our trampoline is getting the most work out of anyone or anything in this house. There was one drama session out there-Graham pushed Whitman possibly accidentally. His knee then hit Campbell's eye which just might be black in the morning. Campbell got upset and someone said that it was Whitman's fault which caused him to tell everyone that he doesn't like them. This caused Keaton to start crying as Whitman stormed off. Oh the drama. 
  • Everyone finally calmed down and even returned to the trampoline later in the day for some type of wrestle mania. I did encourage them to stop that because I don't think that this is the time to go to the emergency room.
  • Reagan's girl group had a Bible study tonight-I was in charge of playing the video on zoom so that was a bit stressful! Ha! I managed and everyone heard it so I was surely relieved. There was also Reagan and Anderson's youth group meeting tonight on facebook so even though things have slowed tremendously, they still seem so busy!
  • We had delivered toilet paper to someone the other day and today they delivered cookies to us. The cookies were really good so that was a fun treat and a fun dessert for us tonight. As always people stayed up too late and left me with too much laundry! Laundry and dishes still don't stop even in a quarantine.