October 16, 2019

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  • Robby ran to pick up our ChickFilA breakfast this morning. It was free because of their receipt day the other night so of course we had to partake! I had half of my breakfast this morning and the other half tonight for supper. 
  • We headed off to Bible study and were a bit later than usual, but still there in plenty of time. I had thought that the morning had gone well-folded laundry, emptied dishwasher, had a good breakfast. However, we left Campbell's book at home, Graham didn't pack his lunch, Whitman wasn't wearing underwear (thankfully, there were some in the car) nor did he have a coat.
  • After Bible study, we went to a park to play for a little bit. I thought it was a bit chilly, but the kids didn't seem to mind. They didn't really play on the playground equipment but spent their time playing 4 square and football.
  • We did run by Academy on the way home. The stop was about as expected-it sure wasn't fast. We did find shorts for Campbell, something for Reagan but then we started looking for shoes. Reagan needs new shoes before Disney and so does Anderson. My children have expensive taste and unfortunately I do not. Neither were able to find anything.
  • When we were walking out I did find a rack of 10 dollar Nike shoes. I thought that I had struck gold. However, try as we might, I couldn't squeeze Anderson's foot in any of them. Urgh!
  • Once at home, we did a tiny bit of reading before I sent everyone off to work on their chores. Keaton and I finished their chores before I started working in the attic for a little bit. Before too long, it was time to grab a bite to eat for supper.
  • We decided that since most everyone had ChickFilA for breakfast plus some for lunch or snack, then they could just eat leftovers or sandwiches for supper. Then it was on to church for the evening. 
  • Wednesday nights are crazy-I am always glad when they are over. We listened to our book on the ride home, and then once we made it home we celebrated that the day was over with some ice cream!

October 15, 2019

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  • Once again I didn't wake up for my treeadmill, and I so enjoyed my extra sleep. Tomorrow I do plan on waking up early, but we shall see! My extra sleep made me have to scurry around this morning waking everyone up. Thankfully, all of the boys were already awake which only left the girls to wake up.
  • School went fairly fine this morning. I do have to eat my words from yesterday because Whitman finsihed before noon today. He even zoomed through most of his math. It all just seemed to click with him today, so hopefully it will stick for Thursday.
  • The boys left for their construction class right after noon. They are still enjoying it and say that they are busy the entire time that they are there. Tpday they worked on laying bricks. They woud have been able to watch a sidewalk being poured but the rain prevented that.
  • Meanwhile, the girls and I worked on their room along with Keaton's clothes. We even bagged up 6 large trash bags of clothes to take to someone. I am getting rid of this stuff around here-one bag at a time. Life on the road here we come! Kidding, kind of, no, not really!
  • The girls, Whitman and I went to the library for the homeschool little class. We were the only ones there which is always odd. The littles enjoy it. They made candy corn garland today. Most of them made two sets of garland. I have hung up 3 in the house but don't know where else to hang any!
  • We met the boys at Third Realm for a little bit of jumping this afternoon. When we finished, Robby took most folks home while I ran some errands with Keaton and Campbell. It was supposed to be soccer night, but the weather prevented that. 
  • We went to Sams for my flu shot. My people had theirs yesterday, and since the minute they were given their shots someone in this house has been complaining about their sore arm. I have little sympathy for them, but I do hope that mine doesn't hurt me as bad as they think theirs hurts!
  • We also picked up some things from Walmart, yes again, plus a quick trip to Hobby Lobby along with picking up supper. We are focusing on Disney plus the friend's meal and birthday party coming up so no one here has thougth about what to actually eat in this house.
  • Once at home, there was lots of unloading of the car along with a tad bit of Disney preparation and Shark Tank watching before bedtime. 

October 14, 2019

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  • Monday morning and nothing too exciting. I did wake up fairly early to turn my alarm off so I just barely woke up in time to wake all of the kids up to start on our school. I have just over a hundred books checked out from the library and am trying my best to finish as many as I can before our trip. Hopefully, I can get that total down to 90ish since tomorrow we will go and check out a few more. Enough about my library book obsession...
  • School went very well. Whitman and his avoidance of doing math has started to drive my bonkers. Once he finishes his math, then he flies through everything else. He doesn't miss any math questions so it isn't that he doesn't get it though it may still be harder for him. 
  • At 12, I ran upstairs with Keaton to go through 2 bins of clothes for her. She ended up filling a laundry basket of clothes. Currently, her pants and shirts drawers are overflowing, and she will have plenty of clothes.
  • Right after lunch, Robby did take all of the kids to get their flu shots. We weren't really too sure if it was going to be shots or the flu mist. We only knew that Anderson would get the shot plus another shot that he was due. Bless, it was shots though. Keaton was pretty weepy, and Whitman wasn't too thrilled, but Robby bribed them with Sonic drinks so all was well. Now I am the only one who still needs my flu shot.
  • This afternoon we went to Third Realm to jump. The kids had lots of fun playing dodgeball with some big kids. The boys were incredibly sweaty when we left. Frm there, we ran to ChickFilA for our supper. They had a good deal tonight. 
  • Then it was to Walmart. My list is pretty long but we were able to mark a few things off tonight at Walmart. People needed shoes, shorts, shirts plus there were chips, cereal and candy to buy. The kids weren't happy about our Walmart stop, but I loved it and could have stayed longer!
  • Once we made it home, we worked on some Disney pins and packaging candy for later in the week. Then we settled in to watch Chariots of Fire. We listened to a book about Eric Liddel. I will say that the book was much better than the movie. The only thing that made the movie good was the popcorn that Robby made!

October 13, 2019

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  • As soon as I rolled out of bed this morning, I started folding laundry while listening to Robby make breakfast. Once everyone was ready, we ate our breakfast-biscuits, gravy and sausage. This was the first officially chilly Sunday morning so finding shoes and pants was a bit difficult. Whitman's pants looked huge on him, but I rolled them up, and they became at least decent.
  • Church was a bit different this morning and due to the Barnabas project, so was Sunday school. The kids that were there were able to make little goodie bags for all of the teachers which was neat for them to be able to do.
  • After Sunday school, we loaded up to meet some other folk at Otter Creek Elementary to spend the afternoon working there. We started off with lunch-chips and cookies were good, but the sandwiches weren't too impressive to me. 
  • Then we started off to work-one group repainted a basketball court's lines. My girls helped with painting a four square and hopscoth. Anderson and Graham helped there, but also helped the rest of us in the flower beds. Whitman spent some time on the playground, but he worked super hard and for a long time scooping mulch into wheelbarrows. 
  • We worked until nearly 4. I did take the boys at one point for a Sonic run. I do think that they enjoyed picking up 26 drinks. It was a super fun afternoon, and a bit tiring, but we enjoyed seeing the kids work hard.
  • Once at home, I pulled out school for the next week and then joined Robby in the living room for a little nap. We then sat around trying to figure out what to have for supper when the Wilson's wrote. We grabbed some spaghetti sauce, noodles and frozen meat along with our leftover bake sale desserts from yesterday and headed to their house.
  • We had a great evening chatting with the Wilsons and stuffing our faces with our buffet dinner-our thrown together meal plus their thrown together meal. We stayed out too late for a Sunday night since everyone had to have showers when we came home. 

October 12, 2019

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  • I woke up at 6 to go to the bathroom which is not the best time to wake up. Then I couldn't go back to sleep because I was having such crazy dreams-friend got kidnapped, riding in a car with Trump, and going to a bbq. I did finally get back to sleep but then didn't have too much time to snooze until it was time to get up for breakfast.
  • Today was the annual fireman's breakfast down the road. We tried to get some more takers to go with us, but the boys were the only ones that we could convince to go. Well, Anderson was th eonly one that for sure wnated to go. Whitman said he did until it was time to leave and then decided he wanted to stay home-we convinced him otherwise. (He still isn't 100%.)
  • Before we left, I did see a dozen deer run by. We usually see a couple or even 5 but 12 is quite a bit. I guess they are getting ready for hunting season. 
  • The fireman's breakfast was pretty crowded this morning, but we did see lots of folks that we know including the both sets of grands. Anderson and Whitman did enjoy looking at the firetrucks and making the horn sound. I do believe that was the highlight of Whitman's day.
  • We did run by the church down the road on the way home because they were having a bake sale. We bought an angel food cake along with some brownies. Tonight during half time we ate some of those along with some no bake cookies and leftover cupcakes-all of our desserts were delicious.
  • We didn't do much once we came home. I did have everyone go through all of their shoes plus 3 bins of shoes in the attic. Then we just stirred enough to eat lunch before heading to Reagan's next to last soccer game. This one was in Benton so we just took Anderson and Campbell. No one else wanted to go so that was fine with us-they will get (have) to go next week.
  • Reagan's team did super and won 3-0. Reagan always plays on the side opposite from us. Since the fields are huge, it is always hard to see her well. She continues to improve and did great today. She plays midfield, but just about almost had a chance to score today. We told her that we just wnated her to knock someone down today. She didn't do that but did kick the ball right into a girl's face.
  • After the game, Anderson went home with Nonna and Pops. He managed to run by Dave and Busters on his way home. I am sure that he loved that since none of us have been there. We ran by Sonic and Starbucks on the way home-a drink for Campbell and Robby and drink for Reagan.
  • We didn't really do anything else after the ballgame until the Hogs game came on. I guess my busy shirt making evening last night wore me out. Everyone ate supper on their own, and then we topped off the game with our dessert buffet. 

October 11, 2019

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  • If you remember, I had debated about doing school today, but my list has been slowly marked off so not only were we able to do school, but I also snuck in a nap. This was our 4th day of school this week, which meant no spelling! We do our weekly spelling lesson in 3 days so today was just a wee bit shorter.
  • Actually, it was about an hour shorter for me. By 11, I was in Whitman's closet changing his clothes to winter items. Then I even printed out vinyl for one more shirt. Reagan and Graham did most of their work for today yesterday so they had little to do school-wise today, so their mornings were as relaxing as mine.
  • Robby, Reagan, Keaton and I went to the new Newks for their preview day. We tried it out, and the food was pretty decent. Both sets of grands were there too, so that made it fun. Keaton and Reagan enjoyed a bit of extra attention.
  • Afterwards, we ran to the grocery store for a little bit. We needed to pick up a few things which turned into almost a shopping cart full of stuff. I did buy a few things for the trip-well, not that much-just 3 things of ziplock bags. 
  • Back at home, I had my nap and then finished 3 more shirts. Two for Robby and one for Anderson. Robby's shirt has "#BROKE" written on the front of his. The O in broke is a mickey head so it is super cute. 
  • Robby ran to pick up super for the kids plus he picked up Tazikis for the adults. He seriously, was super dad tonight because he took 3 of the Craft kids plus our people to Menchies and Chuck E Cheese tonight while Traci, Candice and I set up a shirt sweatshop in the kitchen.
  • We worked from 6:30 until almost midnight. We made 23 shirts, and oh, my some of them are super cute. I do believe that we should go into business-not really, shirt making is a bit tedious. However, we had a lot of fun. 
  • The kids had a blast too. Robby was telling me about how calm Whitman was this evening whil they were out and about. It was midnight when we were tucking him in and soon noticed that he felt a bit warm-thus the possible reason for his calmness and even the possiblereason for his afternoon nap today. Hopefully, he was just cozy warm and not cozy fevery. He still got some tylenol before going to sleep. We don't need any sick people around here. 

October 10, 2019

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  • I hit my alarm a bit too long for the treadmill today. I should have gotten up since I never went back to sleep, but I enjoyed my quite time before the craziness of the morning. Soon we were all in my bedroom, eating breakfast and reading about Napoleon and Jupiter.
  • Graham finished today's school work and then went right to town on tomorrow's school work. He was still finished with it all by the time that his two more distractible brothers finished theirs. He has bought a game which he was hoping to arrive in the mail tomorrow...however, it looks like it will arrive Saturday.
  • I did keep Whitman by my side as much as I could today. If he is actually doing his work, the only thing that slows him down is math. The other stuff, even phonics, he speeds through. But keeping him by me during the school day is a challenge-he will go off to use the restroom and won't return for 20 minutes. He will sharpen a pencil and will later be found sitting on the steps. 
  • I was able to start working on Whitman's clothes changeover today. Most of his clothes that he has in his closet still fit, but I still drug out some new ones. They all look huge right now but I am sure that soon they will be the right size. He was tickled with my finding him some new feetie pajamas in the bin of clothes.
  • We did some more reading this afternoon-North Korea and Brazil. Our homeschool group is planning a report day about different countries. The kids have chosen their countries, but we haven't started yet. I thought that our meeting day was a week from tomorrow, however, I just figured out that it is the next Friday. That makes me so incredible happy-one more thing off of my "must do immediately" list.
  • There was some working on Disney shirts this afternoon. I even made one more for Reagan tonight. I was about to do one for Anderson, but was distracted by trips to the bathroom. Bless it! Robby bought me my favorite caramel apple cider which didn't set well with my stomach at all! At all! I will finish Anderson's shirt tomorrow and also have two more to make for Robby. 
  • It was Whitman's turn to cook supper for us today. After Third Realm this afternoon, he came home and iced the cupcakes that we had made earlier in the day. While Reagan was at soccer practice, Whitman and I worked on his meal. He told me that he had to get up about 20 times while cooking/. I explained that is exactly how cooking is.
  • When Robby and Reagan came home, we ate Whitman's meal-chicken nuggets, edemame and mac and cheese. I also added fries and baked beans because they were in the fridge. It was a success especially when we ate his cupcakes. 
  • We finished the evening by watching the Bates before heading to bed. Tomorow is the last day of school for the week plus massive shirt making evening with the Disney folks. (For them-not for me. I have just a few more and will be done. We already have more Disney shirts than days there.)