January 16, 2020

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  • Campbell and Graham were both up working hard on school work this morning. They along with Keaton were all pretty much finished by the time that we started on our reading early this morning.
  • When most people are finished with their school early, they are anxious to work with me. They aren't officially finished with school until they finish working with me so they were ready to do this. I flew through the first three and then slowed down. Anderson and I don't have a lot to do together but his math is kind of hard to check these days so it takes a while. 
  • Campbell and Keaton helped Whitman with his school work today. I did have to often tell them to stop doing it for him. For example, if his math was 13-5, Campbell would say "what is 3 plus 5?" and on his phonics, they would read both sentences for him leaving only the picture for him to match. He is a smart kid, but he quickly figures out how to get by with doing very little.
  • By 11:30, most peope headed outside. Actually, everyone did-Reagan was the first to herd a group to go with her. Whitman and her played for a long while on the trampoline. He was out there in his long feetie Minecraft pjs. Anderson even took a break from his school to go and play. 
  • Later in the afternoon, I even ended up outside for a little bit to play some basketball with the people. It started off as me, Anderson and Graham but Keaton and Campbell came to join us. The kids were a bit highstrung, but I was a bit too because I was freezing to death. I tell you it took them about 10 minutes to pass the ball in once-it was too cold for that silliness!
  • There was treadmilling this afternoon along with some fort making by Keaton and Whitman. I have not yet been upstairs so I don't know what kind of fort treat awaits me. I have kind of given up on the house lately because my plan is to clean really well right before we leave. 
  • This evening, Robby and I had a dinner at church. The chicken, cake and rolls were really great. The but onions in my salad and broccoli in my rice make me not as happy! Despite the extra veggies, we still enjoyed the dinner.
  • Meanwhile, it took a village to get my Thursday basketball players to practice and back home. Sara took them and brought Campbell home while the boys' coach brought them home. They had fun at practice and all headed to the showers when they came in the door.
  • This evening I should have been working on my blog some or actually cleaning off my incredibly messy school desk, but all of the kids were sitting in the living room. Some were watching tv, some watching their ipads and some doing school. It was too perfect for me to leave...
  • And that did last for a few minutes but then it quickly came to an end. Keaton and Whitman didn't do their science today with Reagan so she decided to do it tonight. She wasn't that friendly with them so the reciprocated with not listening at all. It didn't go over very well. I would have thought that by now they would have figured out how to act.

January 15, 2020

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  • My friends text this morning and when they did, I was soon jumping out of the bed. Not only did I have about 40 minutes to get myself ready, but I also still had to wake up everyone else. I have a suspicion that the kids do th to sleep in only on days when we have to leave the house.
  • We packed our lunch this morning with plans to go the park after Bible study. Some people pack a decent lunch (a peanut butter roll up with goldfish or crackers and peanut butter) and some people don't (a bag of goldfish or a granola bar.) 
  • We had to scurry around to get ourselves ready in time, pack those yummy lunches and empty the trashcans before we left the house. Reagan kind of watned to drive some of the way, but this weather is just nasty.
  • I dropped everyone off to their classes and then headed to Candice's car. She drive us to Bible study each week after dropping off the kids. And each week lately, we have been getting there a little bit late-that is fine with me because we have a few minutes to visit before class starts.
  • The kids were bummed after Bible study that we couldn't go to the park. I have two stores that I need to go to but didn't have what I needed so we headed home. I will say that I miss the visiting time with the girls, but I certainly enjoyed the extra time at home this afternoon.
  • After I ate my lunch, I helped Whitman work a puzzle and later in the day helped Campbell and Keaton with a 300 piece puzzle. Anderson and I worked on more Lego finding. I guess I am feeling pretty patient today with all of that tiny work happening.
  • I had time for the treadmill too along with pulling out Keaton's work for the trip. Now, I have not touched the now two clean loads of laundry in the floor of my room. I am pretending like it is not there. Hopefully, they will disappear before bedtime!

January 14, 2020

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  • This was a fairly low key day around here. It was pretty much like most days around here-school, chores, treadmill, basketball practice, late night organizing. I guess I should elaborate a little:
  • The morning started off fine-we did some more reading. Before our trip, I am trying to finish our Bible story book, but I know that I will never finish that silly history book. We are almost half way so that is good. This is level 4 so next year, we will go back to level 1 which will be wonderful because the lessons are so much shorter. Today we read just 2 pages of two chapters about the Civil War in our book.
  • The rest of school went well. Whitman had about 3 things left to do when I climbed on the treadmill. However, he was just beside himself because he wanted to help his sisters. Campbell and Keaton had poured out everything from their desks and cabinets in the floor of the school roon and were slowly cleaning it up. 
  • Those sweet sisters stopped what they were doing, made their lunches and helped Whitman finish his work so he could help them. I do believe that this task took at least a few hours to finish. They did a pretty great job. When I came home from my errands, I helped them finish just a few things. Now, later this week, I should do my desk because it is the worst looking one in the school room right now.
  • I had my regular blood pressure check today. My doctor seems to be a bit test happy still. My blood pressure was fine-actually the best that it is has been a long while. (Not as good as Robby's which is incredibly low.) I guess that treadmill walking helps a bit after all.
  • I ran to Walmart and Sams alone today to pick up a few things on my trip list plus a refill of meds for Anderson. Then it was back home for some packing-seriously, we might need a uhaul!
  • Robby took Keaton to basketball practice tonight. While he was gone, I vacuumed the rest of the house since he had done the other half earlier, plus I worked on some picture picking. Then they came home, and we started on supper.
  • Afterwards, Robby and I worked on the last pantry. We did pull out a bin of food for the trip so that did make the pantry seem emptier. Afterwards, I worked on some Legos with Anderson. He was working on rebuilding something and needed my help finding pieces. 
  • Then it was back downstiars to find Robby with a project of his own-going through all of the instruction manuals and booklets. We knocked that out and quickly sent the kids to bed!

January 13, 2020

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  • Monday morning and there was little drama. We did our reading and are working on knocking out all of our library books. I only have 66 books checked out right now, so hopefully by next week we will have a few less checked out. 
  • Spelling on the first day of the week is often fairly easy so that does help with my time. Anderson flew through his math today, while Whitman was still working on his school work at 5. Don't feel too bad for him-he played with his magnets, he shot bb guns with the girls, and he found a zillion other things to do during the day instead of his math page.
  • I did my treadmill time around lunch then had a sandwich before we started work on our afternoon reading. We are contining our work on our chocolate project from the other day. Today, the kids just had to design the packaging and pick a name for their pretend chocolate bar. Poor Campbell and Graham couldn't agree about theirs at all. Graham was extremely patient with his sister.
  • The next task was putting up a few Christmas presents-yep, there are still presents sitting around my living room. Robby and I even have some left in our bedroom. We put up quite a bit and even packed our Disney pins. 
  • I then used Campbell and Keaton's man power to help me do some packing. The bonus room is now filled with piles of boxes and bags. Things are a mess up there, but it is coming together. We might be ready to leave on time!
  • We went to the Ferguson's house to watch the ballgame tonight. When I told Whitman what we were doing, he was quick to ask if we had to watch the ballgame. I assured him that he would get to play. He loved playing with all of their toys along with playing with the boys. 
  • We had chili, cheese dip, brownies and rice krispy treats. I think that my big boys ate pretty much the entire time that we were there. We all had a fun visiting and watching the game. We did come home after the 3rd quarter, so once the kids had brushed and were in their pjs then we did let them watch the end of the game. Needless to say, it was a very late night!

January 12, 2020

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  • It was a chilly Sunday morning. As we were leaving, Anderson asked if his black jacket when with his Sunday shirt. I was quick to assure him that of course it would be fine, and honestly, when it is below freezing you can pretty much where whatever you want to church....
  • Except for Whitman-he didn't get to wear whatever he wanted to wear. He wanted a sweatshirt, but instead I opted for a fleece pullover. It was orange so why would he not like it? Well, he didn't like it at all and pulled it off as soon as we came in the church house.
  • Sunday school went fine today-19 first graders definitely made the morning go very quickly.
  • After church, we headed to Nonna's house for lunch. She had lasagna which everyone enjoyed-except for Whitman. He was a bit upset with me because I made him put some lasagna on his plate. He didn't understand why he didn't get to eat what he wanted to eat. It is tough being 6 in the Dennie house-don't get to wear what you want, don't get to eat what you want.
  • Reagan drove us home from Nonna's house. She did very well. Now, sometimes it seems that she is driving way too slow and other times it seems that she is driving way too fast (45 mph). She really did very well though-we made it! I asked her if her palms were sweaty-she said no, but mine sure were.
  • This afternoon we did have our Sunday afternoon nap. It was wonderful. Robby doesn't like Sunday afternoon naps as much as I do. And he sure didn't like it when we had to do our treadmill time after our nap. We did have a few minutes between nap and treadmill. Robby brushed his teeth while I had some cookie butter. Can you guess which one of us has actually lost weight from the treadmill time this year?
  • Reagan and Anderson went to their life group tonight. While they were gone, the rest of us had supper and that was pretty much it. Their group is pretty short so soon it was time for Robby to pick them up while I worked on school for next week. 
  • Of course at 9 tonight, instead of herding the kids to bed, Robby and I started work on rearranging the kitchen pantry. We didn't do as much organizing right after Christmas but we have been catching up lately, and I LOVE it!We have done quite a bit of organizing, but still have lots to do!

January 11, 2020

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  • It was an early morning this morning-well, not really. We jumped out of bed at 7:50 and scrambled around here to leave at 8:30. We did manage to cook a pan of cinnamon rolls, empty the dishwasher and fold a load of clothes before we left.
  • Keaton had her basketball game first this morning. Campbell kept score and thought that Keaton's team lost by 2 while on the other side of the court, we kept score and thought that her team won by 2. Who knows! It was a good game, and Keaton is a great gaurder. Though quite often, I find myself shouting, "take the ball out of her hands;" my Keaton needs to be a bit less timid.
  • Keaton and Campbell went home with Nonna and Pops. Reagan and Whitman were still at home since they set Keaton's game out. So the big boys and us ran to McDonalds for a little breakfast. Then we went to Kroger to see if they had any more Lego sets on sale like last night.
  • Last night we didn't do a good job looking at all of the sets but did grab Anderson one. Today, our plan was to study them and possibly let Anderson buy another or even buy one to sell. However, there were none left at all. That was fine with Anderson though because after spending the night at Grannymom's house, he was anxious to get home and see his new set that we (actually, he) bought last night.
  • During our basketball break, we cleaned the fridge, plugged it back in and loaded a bit of it up again. Then there were the blasted 4 miles on the treadmill followed by quick hair cuts for some. I ran to pick up Campbell and take her to her game early so she could take team pictures.
  • Campbell's game was good. They really hustled. At one point, the other team was trying to shoot in the wrong goal. Campbell's coach was shouting at them that they were going the other way while Campbell was shouting at him to not say anything. She planned on winning that game one way or another!
  • We then had a few minutes to run and get gas and another Kroger run for me during our next basketball break. Then it was the boys' turn to play ball. They tied their game and then it went to overtime. My Graham really stepped up the intensity of his playing today, and Anderson is pretty consistent-a fierce ball grabber. 
  • The only thing about this down to the wire and overtime game was that it lasted forever. The game went about 15 minutes over the normal time so we had to hurry home to watch the last basketball game of the day-the Hogs. 
  • I will say that I didn't see much of that game. I did cuddle up on the chair and slept even though the exciting end of the game. The kids cycled through the showers while Robby and I worked on supper. While we were doing that, we did manage to hang up my new laundry sign from my birthday.
  • We all ate, and then I settled into the school room pulling out school when the Wilsons wrote. We headed over there for the evening. Reagan debated going, but did ask two important questions before she decided-Will there be food? and Can I drive?
  • The answer to both of those were yes. Shannon had cookies and Reagan did drive us over there. Anderson stayed back working on his new Lego set while Whitman stayed home and pretty much covered all of the living room floor. 

January 10, 2020

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  • Aww, our last day of school for the week. How wonderful it was. We read quite a few books and things were fairly smoothly for the most part. My people were pretty awake this morning when I went to wake everyone up-I was the one starting school 15 minutes later than I had planned. 
  • The kids zoomed through most of their school work. I do think that Fridays are my favorite day-and really why should they not be? If we have done school for 4 days, then we do not have spelling (except Whitman) so that does lighten the load a bit.
  • After we did our school work, well, everyone but Whitman, who was still working on his last page of math, we had a small project. Eariler this school year, Robby printed me out a logic book that I wanted to do with the kids. I have planned on doing it for weeks and months, but the first project has caused me to hesitate. 
  • Today, though we did it. Basically the book is about a stolen chocolate bar. The first activity is to determine which recipe for chocolate is the favorite. The kids loved this task. They worked together in groups to make 5 different tiny chocolate recipes. Robby walked in the kitchen at one point, looked around and walked right back out. It was a mess! 
  • However, everyone did help clean up though. My next activity was the treadmill. Robby had already done his so it was just me...until Campbell and Keaton joined me. They enjoy my Hallmark movies. However, when they started to talk, I had to make it very clear that there is no talking while on the treadmill!
  • The boys went to basketball practice tonight and then spent the night with Grannymom and Grandpa. The Wilsons, Robby and I went out to eat for my birthday. Then we went to Kroger and shopped till we dropped. We debated even getting a buggy but then completely filled it up. 
  • While we were gone, Reagan made pasta and mashed potatoes for supper. She said that she knew it didn't go together, but that is what she wanted. I told her that was fine with me. Then Campbell, Keaton and Whitman made mug cakes and wrote to me to tell me that they were amazing! 
  • I do think that it was a pretty good day for all of the Dennies. Now, we just have to wait for the weather to pass before we can get some sleep!