May 18, 2019

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  • Today was our last day of soccer, and we didn't have an 8:30 game so really, could life get any better? The boys were awake this morning, but I did have to wake up Campbell and Keaton. Whitman was up early at Grannymom's house and Reagan was up late at her sleepover.
  • The first two games we had this morning was Whitman's and Campbell's. Campbell was super excited that Robby was able to watch her play because most of the games that she has played has been during a time that Robby was coaching another team. 
  • Campbell was goalie for most of the time, but for two periods she played on the field. I looked over one time to see Campbell just about knock the goalie down while kicking the ball. A bit later she was able to score which made that girl super excited.
  • Whitman really improved this year. Now, he won't probably be playing in the World Cup or anything, but he saw improved this year. Maybe next year will be his year that he really enjoys the game. 
  • Keaton's game was the next hour. She did super and scored today. Now, Keaton could have scored about 5 other times except she would miss the goal by inches each time. Robby is her coach, and the boys and I became quite tickled and him and the other coach. Robby would yell "kick it in" and the other coach would yell "kick it out." That just went on and on like that.
  • As soon as that game was over, Keaton, Campbell and I zoomed home so they could change clothes. It was Zoey's birthday party, and they were super excited about going. They had a great time, and came home with a bag full of candy.
  • I made it back just a few seconds after Anderson scored his first goal of the year. That was a pretty perfect way to end his Upward career. Graham really wanted to score, but he spent some time as goalie and did a pretty great job.
  • From there, we headed home for some work-I worked on cleaning out all of the soccer bags and turning one of them into a swim bag. There as also laundry and dishes to do. Robby mowed in high gear until the rain finally came.
  • When it became really dark, I ran out to move all of the soccer shoes and that I had airing out in the sun. Then Robby with a little help from me and Anderson put the back seat in the van. We finished right before the rain came down. I let Whitman use his umbrella to play in the crazy hard rain as Robby and I sat in the garage watching it rain.
  • Once inside, I helped Reagan make some bracelets. The kids started eating their supper, as Nonna and Pops were over. Their electricity was out so Nonna came over to dry her hair for a little bit-tomorrow is church after all. 
  • After the kitchen was finally cleaned, we headed over to the Wilson's house for a little bit. Shannon had made a dessert which we ate on after I had my supper-cheese dip and salsa. We didn't stay too crazy long because there was still lots to do before bed.
  • Robby cut some sausage and sliced some cheese. I cut and wrapped two recipes of rice krispy treats. Then the kids put up their laundry before it was finally bedtime. I am pretty exhausted today

May 17, 2019

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  • Well, this was the last calm summer day around here. From here on out, after our trip, the days will be filled with running to and from the pool along with our Third Realm visits. I have enjoyed this week so much that maybe we will have to finish school earlier next year. This was actually later than we usually finish school since our May trip is later. Though I am not too sure if we will be able to finish earlier with a few Disney trips on the horizon.
  • This morning it was nearly 11 when I was shocked to see Reagan downstairs on the computer. Each day so far, we have had to wake her up at 11 when we do our reading together. I guess she might have been awake because Campbell and Keaton were awake fairly early because they were excited about making muffins for breakfast. I think that the kids have made muffins at least 4 different times this week.
  • After lunch, we loaded up for Third Realm. The kids enjoyed jumping and afterwards, we dropped Whitman off at Grannymom's house for the night. He has been a little toot for us the past few days. His new thing is playing with water-if he has a water bottle, then he pours it everywhere. Most of the my carpet in the living room is wet right now because of that stinker.
  • The next stop was were Walmart and Sams. We divided and conquered-the boys ran into Sams while the girls ran into Walmart. Reagan found a few more things that she wanted for camp, and after packing Campbell today, I realized that she needed one more pair of shorts for this summer.
  • From there, we rushed home so Reagan could pack before heading off to Camryn's birthday party. Also the boys soon jumped back in the car to go to their Friday night basketball. The girls and I took Reagan while Robby stayed out until after basketball was over. 
  • Once we came back home, Campbell and Keaton rode to the neighbors house and even though I was sitting outside, I still never heard them or saw them playing so I am not too sure what they were doing.
  • Robby and the boys came back with pizza which we pretty much devoured. Then we headed out to work on the van. It takes about 60 feet of cord for Robby to get all of our trip cords/wires and plug ins ready for the trip. While he worked on this, I loaded the things that I had ready.
  • By the time that we came in, it was close to 10 and there wasn't much left of the evening. Tomorrow is the last soccer day and the weather looks decent in the morning so that will be fun.

May 16, 2019

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  • It was another slow day around here. The boys were all awake before I was out of bed. I am not so sure what the rush to wake up is about. I guess they don't want to miss out on any ipad time. Whitman was huddled down in the living room fort and the big boys must have been upstairs on the xbox because they weren't anywhere around.
  • The morning was filled with this weeks normal activities-a bit of summer school for the kids, the treadmill for me, dishes, laundry and some reading together. That is pretty much how quickly the morning seems to pass.
  • Everyone at their lunch before Reagan, Campbell and Keaton and I ran another errand. Reagan still needed a white shirt along with a few other tshirts. Now, I had told Reagan that I would only pay 5 dollars for her t-shirt, and I was also sure that we would be returning to Walmart. Well, that child found her 5 dollar tshirt at the store that we went to today. She also found a few tshirts for her, and I found a pair of jeans for me on clearance. It was a win-win for us.
  • We made it home in just enough time for me to have a shower. Even though I shower each night, I hadn't washed my hair in a good day or two so it was starting to bother me. As soon as I was out of the shower, Keaton asked me to play basketball with her. We played for a bit before it was time to leave for soccer. 
  • Tonight was the last soccer practice. The kids really love soccer practice, but Robby sure doesn't. He would rather play a game than try to do practice. All of the big 4 played soccer during the first practice and then played more during the second practice. 
  • After Keaton and Whitman's practice was over, I grabbed them and we headed to Kroger and to Dairy Queen for our weekly burgers. They were having a special on BBQ sandwiches so we bought enough for all of the non sandwich eaters.
  • Once at home, the kids rode their bikes a bit-almost ever hour, I can look out the window and see Keaton and Anderson for sure and possibly Graham or Campbell all in a line playing follow the leader on their bikes. Everyone had their showers tonight as well as our dessert baked in the oven.

May 15, 2019

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  • Oh, I really do love our summer days. Actually, these will probably be my favorite days all summer because we are not having to go to the pool each day. We are still going to Third Realm, but that doesn't take up most of the day. 
  • This morning I did my treadmill along with all of my chores. There wasn't Monopoly to play today, but Whitman and I did some reading. Everyone also finished their Jr. Ranger booklets so we are ready for our little trip. 
  • We all had lunch on our own before loading up to go to Third Realm. When I wrote about lunch on our own just then, I did have a brief moment of panic because I couldn't realize if I had fed Whitman anything. Campbell and he made a fort this morning, and he spent most of the day under there. I did slide a grilled cheese to him while he was in the fort at lunch time so all Dennies were fed.
  • We met all of our friends at Third Realm today. While we were there, a sweet old couple was digging in one of the pits looking for a phone dropped by a granddaughter. The kids joined in on the search and right as the couple was leaving, one of the kids found it. Everyone was so excited for them. Then a few minutes later, another kid found another phone in the foam pit.  Both founds that were found were very nice phones. Someone also found 2 20 dollar bills while they were searching which was a good talking point to everyone about when you are at a place like Third Realm, you shouldn't have anything valuable in your pockets.
  • After we left Third Realm, we went to the Dollar Store to buy some candy for the trip. Then a quick trip to Michaels followed by an even quicker run through Academy. My "to buy" list is getting shorter and shorter. Tomorrow the goal is to find Reagan a few t-shirts and a white shirt. Then I will be done...well, I do need a new pair of jeans, but that might have to wait.
  • Once at home, it wasn't too long before Nonna and Pops came over to with a tray of chocolate covered strawberries for the kids. Now, there is one kid that doesn't eat them so he received a little baggy of cookies. My kids ate strawberry after strawberry after strawberry. 
  • Soon everyone headed outside to play while Reagan and I headed to church for our VBS meetings. Reagan's meeting was much quicker than mine was, and she said that she walked around the church house a zillion times looking for me.
  • Campbell, Keaton and Robby were still outside when we made it home. It wasn't too long before they trickled in, and we ate our potatoes. I didn't have too many but it was enough to feed us all. We did supplement our meal with ice cream sandwiches for everyone before bedtime. It was nearly 9 when we finished supper so the evening was super short.

May 14, 2019

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  • Whitman was the first one I saw this morning. He was working on his worksheet-blends. The boy can not seem to figure out blends (st, fl, cr...) so we are doing some extra work this summer with them. After we finished the worksheet, we did some of his reading as I folded the laundry.
  • From there, I moved into the kitchen to work on the dishes. Next was the treadmill followed by more of the Monopoly game. Monopoly update: Campbell is out of the game, Keaton has some money and only one piece of property left and I have just a bit of money along with my property. However, I have already had to mortgage two of them-surely tomorrow Anderson will win the game. (Another Monopoly Update: Late tonight after I started the blog, we did finally finish the game. Anderson defeated Keaton and shortly afterwards, I owed him 2,500 and could only pay him about 240.)
  • We did some reading right before lunch along with working on our Jr. Ranger books. Afterwards, I took notes on who needed to do what chores and who needed to re-do their chores. Then we had a quick bite to eat and I headed to my doctor's appointment.
  • I have a new doctor so she wanted to do a physical. That was fine, then she wanted to do every single test possible on me which didn't make me too happy. For example, I am pretty sure that an HIV test is not really necessary. My blood pressure was great today which was wonderful-actually it was lower than it is has been in years at the doctor's office.
  • Once at home, the kids played outside for a little bit. Then I loaded up with most everyone and headed to Walmart. Anderson needed some things for camp and Campbell needed a few items. Reagan also needed some things but she couldn't find anything-like a white tshirt. She would like a nicer white tshirt than we could find at Walmart...sigh.
  • Anderson has been riding his bike a lot outside the past few days. Usually, Keaton follows him as he rides through the yard. Sometimes they even make the loop on the block. Whitman also spent a good bit of time outside today playing with Campbell, Keaton and the neighbor. 
  • We had ravioli for supper and as soon as we were finished, those three ran back outside again. Once they came in, it was shower time for all-I am not sure how Campbell and Keaton can get so filthy while outside. 
  • Campbell did fall in some stickers or something today. She acted like they were inside of her skin for a bit. She washed them really well which helped. I read to put duct tape on them, but I am not sure if that worked. 
  • The evening was fairly quiet. We watched some tv and I worked on trimming everyone's fingernails. I have quite a few fingernail biters right now, which isn't good, but it does make my job easier!

May 13, 2019

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  • Ah, the first wonderful day of summer vacation. It truly seemed like a long and relaxing day around here. I did still get up at the normal time and slowly made my way to the treadmill for a little bit.
  • Some of the kids worked on their bit of summer school work this morning early, while some did theirs later in the day. Once I was finished with the treadmill, I did read with Whitman for just a bit. Then it was time to leave.
  • The preschool at church was having a play day at Mills Park. Since Whitman is officially still in the preschool department, I signed up and brought the crew. The kids all enjoyed playing on the playground even though they have rebuilt it and made it geared more towards little kids. 
  • Whitman had a blast playing, and the little kids enjoyed following my big boys around. There was one little boy that would just sit by Graham whenever Graham would sit down. And at one point, Anderson was playing soccer with three little guys. 
  • They did provide lunch for the preschooler and the mom, so Whitman and I had lunch. On the way, we did swing by Chick Fil A and used some of our breakfast gift cards to get breakfasts items for everyone else's lunch. I passed out my fries, and they felt like they were still eating Chick Fil A like everyone else. 
  • As soon as we ate, the littles had time to play a bit longer and then we jumped in the car and headed to the library. I had a few books to pick up there. Then we met the jumpers at Third Realm.
  • Reagan was feeling a bit better today. Initially this morning, she had said that she didn't want to go with us, but after thinking about being at home all day by herself again she changed her mind. She joined us and seemed fine. She did say that she probably wouldn't jump at Third Realm and she did sit for a while, but was soon jumping around. I am glad that she is definitely feeling better.
  • I wanted to go to Walmart after jumping to pick up a few things for the kids, but the revolted so I let them. We have a few day before I need to have that list completed. So we headed home to do some Jr. Ranger books, play one game and to even play some of our Monopoly game. Update: Anderson has lodges on the two most expensive properties and I am near bankrupt! 
  • This evening Keaton and Robby headed out to celebrate Keaton's March Madness win. Keaton took Lily with her, and they went to Chuck E Cheese. I think that they had a blast, and Keaton came home with 2 balls, a bag of cotton candy and even more candy.
  • While they were gone, the rest of us had supper. I also did some prep for school work for next year. I read to Whitman and did pretty everything that I could think of and was soon bored! Campbell and Whitman eventually ended up outside for a long while (Anderson has been outside for a few times riding his bike but hasn't stayed out for long.) 
  • When Robby came home, I told him that I hoped that the rest of summer wasn't this slow! I will at least get a lot accomplished-though I haven't packed a single bit for our trip today. Late this evening, the kids all came in and showered and eventually we all headed to bed.

May 12, 2019

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  • I woke to the sounds of Robby and Graham working on monkey bread in the kitchen this morning. I knew it was monkey bread that they were working on because I had sat the pan out, prepared the cinnamon and sugar in one container and had the butter and brown sugar in another container. 
  • Soon everyone was piling into my room and sitting on my bed with their hands full of cards and breakfast. Not only was there monkey bread but there was also strawberries. Some orange juice would have been good-I will have to remember that for next year. 
  • Whitman did delight in telling me that the card he told me was for Daddy was really for my Mother's Day gift. I was shocked! After we ate our breakfast was headed off to the church house minus one-Reagan.
  • She didn't feel good this morning and really all day long. This morning she didn't have fever but said that she felt like she did, but the time that we came home though she was definitely warm. She has a sore throat and is congested as well. Right now I think that my throat is a bit sore as well, but hopefully it will pass. 
  • This afternoon I did give Reagan some medicine. Afterwards, she perked up a bit-actually this is the first time all day that she has been walking around talking. Hopefully she is on the mend and will be better tomorrow. Also, I hope that the rest of us don't really get it-though if we are going to get it-right now is the time to be sick since next week is trip week.
  • Church was fine as well as Sunday school. Then we headed to Jason's Deli for lunch with Grannymom. The kids enjoyed eating with their cousins, and the food was really yummy. I had saved half of my sandwich for tomorrow's lunch, but Keaton later heated it up for Reagan to eat. 
  • This afternoon was spent taking my Mother's Day nap. When we woke up, we took everyone except Reagan and Anderson, who said he needed to stay home with Reagan, to Third Realm to jump. While they were there, I ran to Pennys to spend a coupon and look for a bathing suit. That is what you want to do on Mother's Day-try on bathing suits. I didn't find one, and really probably won't if I keep eating all of this popcorn that we bought yesterday. 
  • Around 6:30, we headed to Nonna's house for dessert. She opened up her butter keeper which Reagan had suggested for me to buy. Pops even received word that Beebee's house sold so it turned into a big celebration. 
  • Once at home, we returned to our Monopoly game. We played for probably a good hour. Right now Anderson is in the lead and will probably end up smoking the rest of us. I do have 3 houses but he has the Boardwalk and Park Place properties with houses on them. 
  • We did let everyone stay up until 10 which seems to be our normal times these days, but that is fine because there is no school tomorrow-well, there is everyone's summer school things to do, but that is really nothing at all!