May 31, 2020

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  • Today was our last day of outside church-I really enjoyed our outside church time. We were even early today which may not have been too good of an idea since it was was crazy sunny.
  • Last week it was overcast and pleasant, but today was it hot and sunny. Thankfully at Raymar there is always a breeze so that did help quite a bit.
  • After church, we headed to the only shaded spot under some trees. Our group numbered about 50 today plus there was another group of at least that many under the trees as well.
  • The kids had so much fun playing-they will really miss the after church picnics. I made sandwiches for everyone while I was sitting in my lawn chair-it was quite pleasant.
  • Robby left a few minutes before me to head home to work while I stayed with everyone until they were finished playing. On the way home, we did stop by Target-Reagan's swim bottoms that we bought a few days before still had the security tag on it. Then we dropped off some books on someone's front porch.
  • We headed home and the kids were delighted to see Brett at the house with a scavenger hunt ready to go for them. They immediately took off on the hunt while I unloaded the car!
  • I had just finished all of my stuff in the house and was thinking about my long overdue Sunday nap, when Robby stuck his head in the house and asked if I wanted to paint. So I ran out there to do some painting.
  • When I had finished that, I came back in and was about to lay my head down when I got a text about the pool. So I asked the crew and only Campbell and Keaton wanted to go. I should have just taken my nap, but since I was trying to be nice I did take them. 
  • The girls brought their neighbor friend and all had a great time. I sat in the shade some and then I would have to sit in the sun some as well! I couldn't decide it I was cold or hot.
  • On the way home, we picked up clothes from Dana along with supper for everyone at the house. I do believe that Tony and Robby have pretty much finished the shed-there is painting and strategically planning where things will go in the new shed. My plan is to draw a diagram tomorrow-everything will have a home (possibly labeled!)
  • The kids all came in-just in time to ask for ice cream. We passed out some ice cream after their showers and then it was eventually bedtime for the crew! 

March 30, 2020

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  • Robby and I woke up early this morning and quickly loaded a few more things into our suitcases. Then we dropped off Reagan, Anderson and Graham for camp. Right afterwards Whitman, Keaton and Campbell went for a few days at Nonna, Pops, Grannymom and Grandpa's houses. Robby and I then had to hurry to the airport for our two flights to Disney. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary, and after two smooth flights, we made our way to our rooftop dinner reservations where we could see the fireworks over Cinderella's castle. 
  • Or maybe Corona happened and I worked on the shed project all day long and then went to a kids' birthday party. I know that we have missed a few trips already, but this one really makes me bummed to miss. Robby and I went to Branson for a few nights two years ago along with Oklahoma for 1 night last year, but this was going to be our first big trip since Key West 6 years ago.  
  • Now, I am not saying that today was not nearly as fun as a day at Disney, but we did work from dawn until dusk on the shed. Well, not really dawn-more like 9-and not really dusk-I quit at 5. I did tell Robby that I felt like a bad mom today since I didn't do much with the kids.
  • In my defense, Campbell and Keaton had spent the night with the neighbor. The big boys had Noah with them, and they even slept in. I didn't see Reagan until around 2 which is about the same time that I remembered that I should make Whitman lunch. Good thing, he can take care of himself and had just poured himself some more cereal!
  • Today's project was pouring some concrete on the shed along with emptying out and scooting the old shed over. We still have to get a permanent spot for the old shed, but that is for another day since we ran out of time today.
  • Tonight we had Michael's birthday party. It was a water party with a slip and slide along with lots of water guns. The kids all had a blast playing in the water-most of my big kids enjoyed watching over the little kids. 
  • We stayed until the end of the party. Reagan stayed longer and spent the night over there, while the rest of us headed home for showers and bit of ice cream before bed. I actually had two bits of ice cream before bedtime!

May 29, 2020

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  • It was a fairly busy day around here. Pretty much as soon as I had folded today's laundry, I went right to work on painting outside. There were 36 new boards of trim along with some red on the shed that Robby and I started to paint.
  • Thankfully, Keaton and Campbell started to help us. They are pretty good painters. Campbell even helped Robby saw and nail in a few more boards. I did briefly get a bit frustrated with my big kids who weren't out helping us as well. I really should have had 4 more painters, but I didn't want to ruin the pleasantness happening outside. 
  • We worked until it was time to leave the house for swimming. The pool was pretty busy today-they even asked us to leave before our time. I clarified, and we were able to stay our allotted time.
  • As I was gathering our things though, things did get interesting. Reagan, Anderson, Graham, Noah and Alyssa had been hanging out in the park on the other side of the parking lot. They all came back into the pool in a hurry and all talking to me at once. 
  • I heard the story once and had them tell another momma. All of the kids had seen a lady walking around, but Alyssa and Reagan saw a lady reach into a car and grab a purse before driving off. Yep, they saw a lady steal a purse.
  • We gave our information to the lady while debating if we should stick around or not. The police man arrived and soon asked Reagan and Alyssa a few questions. They told everything they knew, and then we gave him all of our information.
  • It was quite an interesting day at the pool for sure. My Whitman stood right by Reagan while she was talking to the policeman. All of this event made him nervous, but he was interested in it. Afterwards, I asked him if he wanted his picture with the policeman, but he did not at all.
  • My van was quite noisy on the way home-we discussed a little bit of everything: the theft to current events. What a world that we live in. It is quite a scary place that we live in.
  • Campbell and Keaton were excited to get home because they were soon headed out to Zoey's house to celebrate her birthday party. As soon as we came home, they packed and walked down the road.
  • Noah came over to spend the night and the kids played while Robby and I worked some more. Grannymom and Grandpa did come over to see the shed progress. Grannymom even brought dessert for us. We pretty much gobbled it up!
  • When they left, Robby and I worked some more on the shed. Once we finished, we did clean up and head to the Wilsons. Since my crew had not had supper yet, I took some food over there. Shannon had cake so we just had ourselves a party.
  • The kids mostly played outside but did come inside around dark. That is when we played a game-everyone was able to play and had a good time. 

May 28, 2020

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  • I had a huge mound of laundry this morning to work through. I was able to help Whitman with his summer school and read with the big boys while I was folding. After finishing my pile, I moved on to the dishes. And actually, I still have folded laundry in my room waiting for me to put it up in my closet-there is always tomorrow.
  • I did finally work some Legos with Anderson today. We haven't been Lego-ing lately, and I still do want to finish. Finishing will probably never happen, but we did accomplish two little sets today.
  • I also cleaned the shower today (I know I have done that recently). I scrubbed that baby with bleach, and it did help. I have started following a new cleaning lady, and I am a bit motivated to clean this place up-but again, there is always tomorrow.
  • I had a doctor's appointment today so that was my first real hospital/doctor's office visit since Corona. It is a crazy world that we live in.
  • On the way home, I ran by the library. Graham has been super excited for me to go to the library because he had checked out a few Marvel movies to watch. I think that he is trying to watch all of them in order so I did add a few more to his pile today.
  • I then stopped by Nonna and Pops' house because Whitman's bike (one of the few that actually work) has been messing up. It was the reason that Graham fell the other day and skinned up his arm. They had one the same size as Whitman's so I brought another bike home. Robby may have to enlarge his shed for all of these bikes! Not really, I have found a place to take our old junky ones and plan on doing that soon.
  • Back at home, I thought about painting and even went outside to Robby's remote office (the garage), just in time to see it pouring down. That did get me out of painting for the day-there is always tomorrow though.
  • I might have had a nap this afternoon. When I did wake up, Robby and I ran to pick up some Loew's supplies. I had to wait forever for paint. Then we tried to order Mexican food which took over an hour to get. We did run to Sonic and pick up some corn dogs for some of my non-Mexican eating kids while we were waiting. 
  • When we finally did get our food, we hurried home to eat. After eating, everyone helped clean the house. It had gotten a wee bit messy today. I do believe that everyone has forgotten how to put things up over the last few weeks. It is like I am the only one who can close a cabinet door, change the trash can or put things in the dishwasher. Many hands do make light work so we were soon back to having a clean house.
  • Everyone stayed up too late and it was well after 10 before the people were all bedded down!

May 27, 2020

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  • I slept incredibly well last night, except I was dreaming about craziness all night long. Possibly could be due to that ice cream for supper. I have decided that ice cream for supper is probably the best choice though.
  • Since I slept in a little bit, the morning did seem to go fairly quickly. I was able to help the boys with their school work, and then we decided to run to the pool for a quick trip. We met the Crafts so we were able to do our kid swap. Keaton stayed up pretty late last night and is right now in my bed. She just gets so exhausted after a night (and a whole day) of fun.
  • We swam this morning for about an hour and a half. The weather was perfect-I am not sure how cold the pool was, but the weather was pleasantly warm. Graham was my only big that went with me. He had a super fun time playing with baby Gabriel though.
  • When we came home, it was pretty evident that Campbell was indeed exhausted. There were tears and grumbling while she (and I) cleaned the bonus room. She and her friends had slept up there, and it needed a good straightening.
  • I also made everyone else work on their chores and school work. I have moved our big chore day to Wednesday, and we were able to accomplish everything on my list. However, after following a cleaning page on the computer, I realize maybe just how dirty my house is. That will be a project for another day though.
  • It didn't seem like long until it was about time to leave for the pool. However, the thunder delayed us for an hour. That was fine though because all of the buddies were there tonight. 
  • My boys all had fun playing with Noah and Brett. My Whitman kept up with the big boys-playing baseball with them and then sliding down the slide over and over with them. 
  • A good time was had by all. When we did get home, my crew was starving so I heated up some bbq. By the time that it was ready, Keaton had decided that she didn't feel good and started to get mopey. Soon she was sleeping soundly.
  • Tony and Robby worked on the shed while we were gone all evening. Shannon and Layne came over in time to visit a little bit. It was after 10:30 when my kiddos all did get into bed-they are all spread out over this house-some in the fort and some in their beds. I am thinking that I could probably sell Graham and Whitman's beds because they are loving their fort time!

May 26, 2020

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  • Some days the blog just seems a bit shorter than other days. I do believe that this will be one of the shorter ones for sure. I am not really sure what all happened today, but the day is over and I am tired.
  • Let's see the boys, Campbell and Keaton got up and started on their school work fairly early this morning. They worked hard and fast trying to finish everything on their list. Now, I bet that Whitman did skip a few things, but I am not too sure that he knows exactly how to read his list. I will have to make sure I explain it to him tomorrow.
  • Reagan had said that her summer list looked longer than her regular school day list. I am not quite sure about that since I figure that her summer stuff will take about 30-45 minutes, but whatever!
  • With this rain, Robby had noticed some pooling on the new shed roof. So that mean that we spent some time re-engineering it. The water was actually already leaking through the roof, so it is good that we worked on it today.
  • While Robby had run to get supplies, I was able to work with the kids-we read a few of our books, but I am not sure that Campbell or Keaton were listening. They were too anxious for their afternoon and evening.
  • Keaton spent the night with Sophia and the big girls were over here with Campbell. They had been making plans all day long, and I am pretty sure that they have done them all already. Now, the girls have had the best time today. Since I have been distracted helping Robby, anything they asked, I pretty much said yes to-can we make jello? can we start a youtube channel? can we ride our bikes down the road? can we zip line out the window?-yes, yes, yes, yes, yes (well, not really yes to the last one, but if they would have asked at the right moment, they might have gotten that yes.)
  • This evening I ran with Reagan to find a bathing suit for her. We just stopped at one store and didn't find anything. We might have found bottoms-not sure yet because I am not sure if she has tried them on or now. We also ordered a top along with another suit so hopefully one of those will fit and look modest on her.
  • We picked up supper on the way home. The kids ate early, but it was well after 9 when Robby and I finally set down to eat. I thought that we were supposed to be bored during all of this corona stuff-and I just need a nap!

May 25, 2020

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  • Other than the weekends, this is the first day in a while that we haven't done school. Kind of interesting for me since I have to figure out exactly what I am going to do with all of my new free time.
  • Of course there is always laundry and dishes to do every single day. I did touch up the paint in the girls' room-it was still darkish in there so I hope I did good job. Then I worked on cleaning out Whitman's desk and getting school ready for next year-at least on the computer.
  • I gave my shutters another coat of stain right before we left for the pool. I took Keaton, Campbell, Graham and Whitman today for our first pool visit. I was worried that there would be quite a few new restrictions and rules, but everything seemed to be fine.
  • My big 3 didn't have any problems remembering how to swim. Graham had volunteered to watch Whitman, but after just a bit we realized that he can do just fine in the water. He still isn't the prettiest swimming, but does alright.
  • We stayed for two kid swims which gave us time to have a pretty good snack while we were there. I guess the hot sun and water made everyone hungry. Well, I wasn't even in the sun or the water, but I was hungry too.
  • Once we made it home, the kids played outside for a little bit. Then before too long, I was outside painting the shed some. We stayed outside working until the rain came. We scurried around picking up everything just in time for the rain to stop.
  • Then I told the boys that I would play basketball so I did that with only stopping to eat cookies from the Wilsons. Right now that is all that I have had for supper-I guess ice cream for supper is healthy enough.
  • It was nearly 8:30 when we finally did get supper for the crew. We mostly had leftovers, but Reagan had herself an egg filled bagel while Anderson had two eggs in the whole. I do love it when they cook, but everyone isn't the best at picking up the kitchen after themselves.
  • I am not sure what all of the plans for tomorrow are-possibly looking for a bathing suit for Reagan along with a trip to the library!