February 20, 2019

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  • Dennie family sickness update: I think that most everyone is on the mend. Robby, Reagan, Anderson, Campbell and Whitman are all coughing. We did keep Whitman home all day today, but we don't think that he had fever today.
  • Everyone but Whitman and Reagan went to Bible study this morning. Reagan's teachers were pretty worried about her and so were Whitman's teachers. Reagan was sure that she would get a note in the mail from her teachers. I know that I have said it before, but these Bible study ladies love my kids. 
  • After Bible study, we had planned on coming home but others were going to Third Realm so we ended up grabbing a pizza before jumping for an hour. The place was empty this morning so everyone really enjoyed it. The boys are so sweaty when we leave there every single time.
  • When we made it home, everyone helped unload the car, fold the laundry and empty the trash cans. I then read a few books to Whitman to offset the multitude of ipad time that he has been racking up the last few days. He so loves books which is probably why he is already reading so well.
  • The afternoon went by really quickly because soon we were heading to church. I had wanted to leave before 5 but it ended up that we left right at 5. That meant that by the time I made it through the baked potato bar at church, there were no more sour cream or bacon bits. I didn't want any bacon bits but I did go and ask for some sour cream. I did get my sour cream and enjoyed my potato very much.
  • After church, the kids always want for me to talk so they have plenty of time to play on the playground. I did chat tonight long enough that Graham came in to find me, and Anderson asked not to stay as long next Wednesday night. 
  • Once we made it home, everyone had their showers and snacks, then it was bedtime for everyone. Tomorrow is a school day so hopefully their coughing doesn't keep any of them awake tonight.

February 19, 2019

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  • We will again begin with the Dennie family sickness update:
    • Robby-not 100% but improving
    • Tara-still a sore throat but feel fine
    • Reagan-moving a bit slowly but no fever (or at least that is what she says)
    • Anderson-more coughing today than yesterdday
    • Graham-healthy
    • Campbell-moving a bit slowly but no fever
    • Keaton-healthy
    • Whitman-fever and has asked to take 3 showers today (I have let him-shhh, don't tell our water bill.)
  • I was moving a bit slower than the kids this morning I think. I so debated just passing on school today, but I was a big girl and by 8:15 we did our reading. I read a bit less since my throat is pretty sore (no, I haven't gargled with salt water yet, but will tonight.)
  • I had decided that if anyone acted too pitiful then I wouldn't make them do everything. Campbell did lay on the floor for a good while, but didn't have any problem finishing her work. I was a bit worried about Reagan, but she was soon texting me asking to work together. She only wants to work with me when she is finished with all of her work. 
  • I did let Whitman slide on a bit of his work. This math lesson is where he has to write to one hundred every single day. I usually give the kids two math sheets, but this would take him a year so he has just been having to do one during this lesson. To make things easier, I even let Keaton write the numbers for him when he said them. 
  • It was nearly one when we did finally eat out lunch. We did do chores while I made some mac and cheese as part of our lunch. It was nice to have chores done once we did finish our lunch, though since have the crew is a bit under the weather, there were really few chores happening today.
  • Everyone but Reagan did play a nerf gun war for a little bit this afternoon. That went as well as you can imagine that it did. There were tears and name calling and that was just all by me! Kidding! There were tears and name calling, but not by me! It did prove to me that we possibly need to play a few more games around here so some people can learn to be good losers. 
  • We then read some more this afternoon. After that, I took myself a nap. I sure don't want to get sick so I am making sure that I take my vitamin C, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. On Thursday, Robby and I have our cinnamon roll class so I am crossing my fingers that I am still healthy then. My nap was lovely with it raining and even thundering a little bit. Wonderful nap time weather. Hopefully it will still be raining tonight as we go to bed.
  • Once Robby came home, he asked the kids if they wanted go to third realm. Keaton, Campbell and Graham did. Anderson did not and Reagan also declined. Robby asked Whitman who said that maybe he wanted to go another day. Of course this caused Robby to touch Whitman and indeed he had fever. 
  • When the others left, I took Whitman's fever and it was 102. Eeek, I promptly game him medicine! We then read a few books and before too long he had perked up again. The others soon returned as I was getting supper out of the oven.
  • We had chicken and biscuits for supper. It was delicious or so I thought. I think that everyone loved it as well. After supper, it was shower time for the kids while Robby and I made some rice krispie treats for tonight's snack.
  • The girls and I watched a tv show before it was finally bedtime. Possibly tomorrow, I can say that most of my folks are on the mend! 

February 18, 2019

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  • We will begin with the Dennie family sickness update: 
    • Robby: feeling much better. He even left the house twice today and feels much better than yesterday.
    • Tara: still have drainage and a sore throat but feels fine
    • Reagan: Of the 14 girls that stayed in the house she was at this weekend, there is one flu diagnosis and 5 others who are sickly. Reagan included with fever, sore throat and coughing. She even took medicine tonight without a fight.
    • Anderson: Coughing still but feels fine.
    • Graham: Healthy and trying to avoid all other family members.
    • Campbell: Coughing and low grade fever. She threw up a bit before I made it home tonight hopefully due to medicine on her empty tummy.
    • Keaton: Healthy
    • Whitman: When he has fever he is pitiful, but when he doesn't he just has a slight cough.
  • The night was long last night. Robby started off in our bed but soon left when Whitman crawled in our bed. Not only did Whitman crawl in my bed, but he brought his water bottle and huge Spiderman pillow. 
  • Whitman must sleep with his water bottle in his hand. Every time he rolled over, he would swing that water bottle. In the beginning of the night, it was still cold so I knew there was still time to sleep. Eventually that water bottle warmed up and I knew that morning was coming. 
  • I did wake right up at 6 with Campbell standing beside me. She asked to take a shower to which I certainly agreed. If you are sick enough to take a shower at 6 in the morning, then you are sick. Her shower was quick and soon we were all back asleep until 9.
  • We didn't see Reagan for most of the day today. When she did come down, we could tell that she didn't feel all that great. She was pitiful enough that Robby volunteered to go and get her a smoothie. He also picked up everyone else a lunch at ChickFilA. 
  • This afternoon Robby took everyone but Whitman and Reagan to Third Realm. Poor Whitman didn't even seem to care that everyone else was leaving. When I told him that we were going to take a nap, he also gladly came to the couch with me. After an hour though, he woke right up and went back to his ipad. 
  • The others came home and had all had a great time. Graham said that it is his goal to dunk by the end of our Third Realm visits. Hopefully, he can do that. I soon headed out to Bunko with the girls.
  • Robby had everyone shower and fixed supper for the crew. He also handed out medicine for everyone before putting everyone in bed. Hopefully everyone will sleep tonight and feel much better in the morning.

February 17, 2019

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  • Robby was still under the weather this morning. Well, he has been sickly since late Friday evening. He did get up briefly this evening but soon hibernated on the couch in the bonus room. That is actually where I think that he is going to stay for the night too since Campbell and Whitman will be in the floor of our room.
  • During church, Grannymom did notice that Whitman was a little more still than usual. On the way to Sunday School he coughed pretty good, and I even felt his forehead. He felt fine so I sent him on to class.
  • By the time that we had collected everyone after church, Whitman was fading fast. He basically just sat in the chair during lunch at Grannymom's house. 
  • Anderson and Reagan had a great time at their Big Chill weekend. Of course staying up late comes with a middle school retreat. (Unfortunately, grouchiness also comes with a a middle school retreat and we are having a lot of it around here today.) Anderson said that he slept a total of 6 hours-I know that wasn't good for his cold. He is hoarse now plus I don't think that he is any better.
  • On the way home from Grannymom's house, I ran to Kroger to pick up some medicine for Whitman. I wasn't sure what we had. I had looked for some preventative for the rest of us but couldn't find any so I bought a big thing of vitamin C. No one else would drink it, but I am guzzling it.
  • By the time my nap and Whitman's nap (you know he is sick when he sleeps) was over, Campbell was laying on the couch. I don't think that she has fever but she doesn't act like she feels well. She has even had two showers this evening. 
  • Keaton and I ran to Dairy Queen to pick up our 3 burgers for the week. I am so glad that only 3 of the kids like the burgers because it makes things much easier. Campbell and Whitman only wanted cheese and crackers, as did Robby. Keaton ate some black beans but didn't think that mine were up to Nonna's so she didn't finish them. 
  • I did tell everyone that they had to go to bed at 9 tonight. I didn't get too much push back-I think that everyone is tired. So here is the run down on the sicklies:
    • Robby-probably not fever and possibly on the mend
    • Tara-sore throat but feels fine (yep, hopefully that vitamin C will help!)
    • Reagan-healthy
    • Anderson-congested, coughing and still using the breather regularly
    • Graham-healthy
    • Campbell-coughing and feels bad
    • Keaton-sore throat but feels fine
    • Whitman-coughing and feels bad but no fever right now
  • Overall, I guess that it could be a lot worse: it could be the stomach bug! I hope that a good night's rest will help everyone around here.

February 16, 2019

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  • Well, the Nyquil that Robby borrowed from the Wilson's house, must have done it the trick because he slept all night long and all morning long and really just about all day long. 
  • The kids all set alarms upstairs because the kiddos that get upset about people setting alarms were all gone (Reagan and Anderson). I am not sure why in the world you would want to set an alarm on Saturday morning at 7 and 7:30, but whatever makes you happy I guess!
  • I pulled out school for next week this morning. I also played a game with Campbell and Whitman. Keaton had spent the night at Grannymom's house and was busy crafting this morning.
  • After we ate our lunch here, I loaded up the kiddos here and went to Nonna's house. Nonna and Pops kept the kids while I went to a funeral. Robby had planned to go but decided that he better save his energy for Anderson's last ballgame.
  • Once the funeral was over, I picked up Anderson from church. Reagan had planned on going. We had even packed a bag for her to change clothes and shower after the game. However, she did change her mind and decided that she didn't want to go. That was certainly fine though because just the fact that she even thought about going was super sweet. 
  • Anderson put on his jersey in the car, and we were soon at the gym. The game did not turn out how we would have liked, but Anderson had a good game. He scored around 5 points which was good since he hasn't scored much the last few games. 
  • They just lost by a few points, but by the end of the game I was worried about Anderson. His cold has caused his asthma to be a real problem. Candice had come to the game and was super worried about Anderson not being able to breathe! After another puff of his inhaler he was fine. 
  • The kids all enjoyed basketball. And while Anderson's games have been very close and exciting, his coach situation has been uncomfortable. That coach wasn't there today so of course we wanted them to win extra because of that. They ended up being second so that was pretty great. Anderson shook off the loss and was soon ready to shower at Sara's house and head back to church. 
  • Robby went home after the game, but I took my 4 to Third Realm. Yep, we have now been there 3 days in a row. If we keep this up, I will soon already have my moneys worth! Ha! The place was absolutely crazy. I even struggled to drive down the street because cars were parked on both sides. 
  • The kids still enjoyed jumping, and Graham even found some of his buddies that were there. Once we came home, the sweaty crew took their showers while I worked on heating up supper. I was very glad that there were plenty of frozen things in the freezer so there was a an easy super for us. 
  • After supper, the girls made a little dessert for us. Then we cuddled up in the living room and watched some baking shows before bedtime. Whitman again chose to sleep in Reagan's bed tonight. I don't really care as long as everyone was quiet and went to sleep. We talk about how bright he is, but even after sleeping in Reagan's bed last night, it was this evening when he finally asked, "where is Reagan?" Bless!

February 15, 2019

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  • First, I will apologize for any mistakes on this blog. I had just plugged up my phone tonight and realized that I had forgotten to do something. The blog! We were a bit out of our routine tonight when we came in. So instead of getting out of bed to get my computer, I am just attempting to try to do the blog on my phone. I can already tell that it will be a shorter than normal blog because this is pretty tough. 
  • This morning we all did our school work. There was no spelling for anyone today so that makes my day a lot easier. I was able to do a few things-print something out, replace a battery and repair a book. The kids always ask me to do stuff late at night when they are going to bed and the battery and book repair were from last nights ask. 
  • We had our lunch-there were again lots of leftovers from last night.  The kids didn’t even make a dent in them. My boys insist on heating everything up in the toaster oven even though it takes so long. I  usually finishing reading some of our second book when they finally get their food warm. 
  • Grannymom and Geandoa came to pick up Keaton to spend the night over there. She was super excited about it and had been packed since yesterday morning. Before they left with Keaton, we drove them around to show them where some buddies bought a house nearby. 
  • The rest of the afternoon was spend packing. We had plenty of list but still forgot Reagan’s watch (our fault) and Anderson’s pants (his fault-at least he has a jacket.)
  • I took Anderson, Graham and Campbell to east today. I enjoyed it because I sat in the quiet library and read some of my book. They did not enjoy it because they all said that they didn’t have anything to do. I wasn’t too pleased to hear that because we can just sit around at home. 
  • After east, Noah joined us. We then dropped Graham off with Robby who had been at Third Realm with Whitman and Campbell (visit 2). Robby has supper for the crew. My crew ate on the way to church and Graham ate on the way to basketball. 
  • I dropped off Reagan and she zoomed off. Anderson, on the other hand, stood right by me asking where do I go. I told him I would stay until he found a buddy. Seconds later in walked two of his friends. Then before I even had time to say bye, he headed up the stairs. I did find out what house he was at and saw that he would have one buddy there so I was pretty thankful for that. 
  • I then met Robby and the others at home and we loaded up for the wilsons. Shannon had made chili which was pretty spicy. It was actually spicy enough that I was able to try out my valentines Tums. Robby ran to pick up Graham. Then we ended up staying at the Wilsons until 10. 
  • By the time we made it home, Robby was sickly. I guess he might actually have fever. Well I know he is sick because he is wearing socks to bed! That is why my routine was all switched up tonight since after tucking the kids in I tried to crawl into bed without bothering him. 
  • I do believe that my blog is finished. And yes, it too me much longer to type this on my phone that it would have to get up and just get my computer. 

February 14, 2019-Happy Valentine's Day!

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  • I was up early enough this morning to make pumpkin chocolate chip muffins for the kids' breakfast. It was even early enough that I didn't have to talk to anyone while I was baking either. Once I had the muffins in the oven, I woke everyone up. Graham had been the only one awake this morning.
  • When I pulled the muffins out of the oven, we called the kids to gather to pass out our Valentine Day goodies. We had some candy for everyone plus 6 month passes to Third Realm. That was a pretty huge gift that everyone was super excited about. 
  • As always, Robby and I went all out this Valentine's Day. He had my annual gift of a calendar with the kids' pictures on it. He also had bought me orange flavored Tums. He is my big romantic! Ha! I had actually been complaining about our tropical flavored tums for weeks now. Now, Robby wasn't the only one giving out fancy smancy Valentine gifts. I gave him a package of Snicker's bars. 
  • After we passed out gifts, it was time to start on our school work for the day. I didn't have the kids fold laundry today because it was still in the dryer when they started on their own school work. I know it doesn't sound like a bit deal, but having the laundry folded and the dishes emptied by the time school is over is a super win in my book.
  • We had our lunch and then started on our chores. We had a fairly short afternoon, but we were able to accomplish a few things. We did our afternoon reading, and Anderson worked on his East project. 
  • Then it was time to load up for our first visit to Third Realm. You better believe that I will make sure that we get our money worth out of those passes. Yes, I am already keeping a list of our jumping visits. 
  • The kids enjoyed jumping today. They all seemed to have a lot of fun. I am sure that there are a lot of pictures on my camera because Reagan and Anderson both had it during our Third Realm visit. Whitman probably enjoyed jumping more than anyone else because more than anything else right now, he wants to have his own trampoline.
  • We came home for a little bit, but all too soon it was time to take Anderson to his last basketball practice. While he was there, Robby and I ran a few errands-first to pick up Chinese food for me and then to pick up pizza for him. That is pretty much our traditional Valentine's supper or at least our traditional near-Valentine's supper.
  • When we did make it home, everyone was starving so we quickly ate. Then we all snuggled up in the living room to watch a Bates. We started at just the right time so the show would end at bedtime. However, we didn't realize that the show was an hour longer than usual so that certainly messed up our bedtime.