June 20, 2018

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  • There was no sleeping in this morning. By 9, we were on the road to the swimming pool. At 8:30, I made sure that everyone was awake (my sleepers were Keaton, Reagan and Whitman) and started hollering for people to put on their swimsuits, brush their teeth and make their lunches. It was a fairly smooth morning, and everyone was in a decent mood on the way to the pool. 
  • Our first stop this morning was at Hobby Lobby to buy a birthday present. The girls and I went in while the boys waited in the car. It didn't take us too long so we were soon at the pool.
  • It looked rainy all morning long, and a few times it even sprinkled. I moved the towels under the umbrella because I expected the rain to start pouring at any minute.
  • The kids had fun because all of the buddies were there. The pool was a bit emptier today probably because of the clouds. Now, also because of the clouds, it was too cool for me to swim so I enjoyed chatting with the other mommas.
  • We ate our lunch at noon, and then at one we loaded up and headed for some more errands. The girls need flip flops so we ran into Walmart quickly. Then it was on to Dairy Queen for our weekly Blizzard treats. The kids have gotten pretty good about eating them in the car since they don't like to sit around there. Now, Dairy Queen has also gotten pretty good about getting those Blizzards out before we even sit down.
  • We then headed home. Everyone put on their dry clothes and then started on their chores. The boys spent much of the afternoon watching the Hogs play and then baseball was on for pretty much the rest of the night. 
  • It took Robby a while to get home with wrecks scattered about. When he did make it, I was starving! We quickly made English muffin pizzas. They were pretty delish or maybe we were just starving.
  • Tonight we spent some time trying to figure out Campbell's half birthday party. There were showers and more baseball watching. There was even a bit of cooking-Keaton and Campbell helped Robby make oreo delight for tomorrow night.
  • Shannon and Brett came over for a bit. We watched one baseball team tie it up so then we let the kids stay up until the end of the game. I am not quite sure how I can eat my ice cream with everyone still awake!

June 19, 2018

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  • Reagan slept until after 11 this morning. By the time that she did wake up, everyone else had finished their daily reading and 3 math problems. Whitman had done his school work with me. I had finished most of my chores, and everyone was going about their day. Maybe because she had missed most of the morning, but Reagan was a tad bit grumpy this morning. 
  • Before too long, it was lunch time. I read while everyone ate their lunches. I think that they practically inhaled their sandwiches because a game of Spoons was next on the agenda. 
  • The game started off well with everyone being a good sport. Whitman even played and of course he was out on the very first round. The next game didn't go over so well. I helped Whitman play this round. I did his cards, and his job was to grab the spoon. He won round after round. Each time he knocked someone out, they would be a pretty sore loser. Graham and Reagan were the most upset about Whitman beating them. I guess I should play more games with this folks so we can work on the proper attitude to have during a game.
  • Now, Anderson and Whitman were in the finals. Whitman did legitimately win, and Anderson even gave up the Dennie Family Trophy to Whitman. I told him that he didn't have to since we hadn't said that this was a trophy game before playing. He didn't care though and gave it to his brother. 
  • This afternoon the neighbors came out so everyone was outside for the majority of the afternoon and all of the evening. The library was having a kid cooking class at 4, and my plan had been to go with whoever wanted to go. Of course with the neighbors out, no one wanted to go. So Whitman and I just loaded up and went to the grocery store instead.
  • The child talked and talked to me at the store. He definitely used up all of his words while we were at the store and in the car. I came home just wanting some peace and quiet. I guess I did get some for a few minutes since everyone was still outside. I did work on getting Anderson and Graham's school stuff ready for next school year, which is quickly approaching.
  • When the kids did come in, we all ate supper. After supper, Robby and I went to work. We have been battling ants in the kitchen so tonight, we took everything out of all of the cabinets. Cleaned the cabinets and sprayed them down. Fun times. This took until 10 so the kids stayed up a bit later again tonight. Tomorrow will be an earlier day since we are heading to the pool at 10.

June 18, 2018

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  • I really feel like this morning was our first day of summer break around here. Though I guess I could say the same thing about last Friday. So maybe I should say that this was the second day of our summer vacation. We didn't have anything this morning so the kids slept in-Graham slept until 8:40. Graham slept that long, and he is the one who never sleeps past 7.
  • Everyone did have to read and do 3 math problems this morning before they were able to play their ipads. No one seemed to upset about that so that made the morning go smoothly.
  • I spent my time organizing a closet and organizing my tupperware cabinets. The tupperware was incredibly bad. It is in perfect shape now, but unfortunately, will probably only stay that way for a day or two.
  • I did work with Whitman on his reading book some, and did make everyone do their chores right before lunch. We ate our lunch and then headed to the pool. All of the buddies were there so the kids all had lots of fun. Keaton and Campbell enjoyed walking across the street to go to the park during some of our swim time.
  • Robby picked Reagan up to take her to her othodontist appointment this afternoon. We made it home just a bit after they did. Everyone helped me unload the car and all of our stuff. Then some had their showers while others just put on dry clothes. At one point in the afternoon, I went to the living room to make sure Whitman had on dry clothes since he had not had a shower. He did and told me that Reagan found him clothes to wear. She can irritate the fire out of him or she can be the sweetest big sister.
  • Robby fixed supper while I hurried to shower and leave. The homeschool moms had supper to celebrate Traci's upcoming baby. The kids stayed up the entire time that I was gone. When I came in, the house was super quiet. I guess everyone figured that if they were good, then they would get to stay up later...and it worked. 
  • Hopefully, after staying up so late tonight will cause them to sleep even later in the morning.

June 17, 2018-Happy Father's Day

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  • We woke up this morning with our thoughtful child, Graham, bringing Robby breakfast in bed. I had forgotten to have the kids make cards so this was probably an underwhelming Father's Day for Robby. We did celebrate with our putt putt yesterday, and Whitman is still planning on making his Father's Day pasta tomorrow night.
  • We ran a bit later than usual to church this morning. We were barely able to see the grands before sitting down for church. I did briefly remember that Whitman wanted to sit with Grannymom and shoved him towards her as church was starting. I heard every word of the sermon this morning, but I'll bet Grannymom didn't hear to much with Keaton and Whitman sitting beside her! She did say that he was good so maybe he has found a new permanent pew.
  • Keaton and Whitman were the only ones to make anything for their dad in Sunday school. It was a form where they filled in the answers. The most entertaining was "My dad laughs when _________." Whitman, of course, filled in the blank with "when I fall off a cliff."
  • We then headed to Nonna's house for lunch. Lunch was good, but the highlight was Nonna making Baked Alaska. The kids were pretty intrigued by it all. It was pretty delicious, and we ate all but two pieces. 
  • When we left there, we headed home to watch the Hogs play. Well, we did some watching and some snoozing during the rain delay. In the evening, we loaded up to go to the pool. First, we stopped at Grannymom and Grandpa's house to wish Grandpa a Happy Father's Day. Then we picked up Lilly and Cash before the pool.
  • The kids enjoyed the pool tonight, and the weather wasn't too warm. Robby and I did some trip planning while the kids were swimming. I should probably bring my computer and do some school work, but that won't probably happen since I do feel as if the lifeguards tonight were lacking.
  • We closed up the pool. Then we dropped off Lilly and Cash before picking up our supper, Papa Johns. We ate pizza as everyone took turns showering. The kids then had a few minutes of down time before it was bedtime for the crew.

June 16, 2018

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  • I just don't understand why my boys don't sleep in ever. It is just odd, and possibly they were switched at birth. Now, Whitman does sleep in so he is probably ours. Robby woke the girls up while I got myself ready.
  • Soon we were all out the door and went to pick up Keaton from her sleepover with Lily. Then we headed to play a round of putt putt at Gold World. It was their annual Father-Child Mini Golf Tournament. 
  • It was hot outside, but the drinks and doughnuts helped some. Before everyone played, we sat down to eat our doughnuts. Campbell, Graham and Whitman ended up on the morning show. Whitman did say that he was going to make pasta for Father's Day. I am certainly glad that we have some leftover spaghetti for him to "make" tomorrow.
  • The kids and Robby played while I juggled the camera and scorecards. Robby scored a 42 while the kids had varying scores. I was a bit surprised that the scores fell in perfect age order-Reagan did the best while Whitman had the highest score. 
  • While Reagan and I added up the scores, Robby played the other 18 holes with Keaton and Graham. When they finished that round, Whitman decided that he wanted to play the other side as well so Anderson and Robby went with him. Anderson did much better that round with a few holes in one. So he did another score card on his better game.
  • We waited around since they were passing out door prizes often. We were give 6 tickets and we did win 5 gift cards. Not too shabby. Then they did the awards. Anderson was 3rd place in his division. Campbell and Reagan were 3rd place in their divisions, and Keaton was 2nd in her division. This won Keaton a little trophy. They also won passes to come back to play putt putt again which we will have to do sooner.
  • We celebrated our big wins with lunch from ChickFilA since we have some free meals left. Then we finished the afternoon with our Dairy Queen Blizzards. It was a pretty free morning, but then we spent a good bit of time running errands and spending some money!
  • Our last stop was Grannymom's house. We stayed there long enough to convince them to go on our next trip. Then it was home for a lazy afternoon and evening. Robby and I both had naps, and we both did a bit of reading. But while he was napping, I was reading, and when he was reading, I was napping.
  • Graham made grilled cheese for supper which we ate before everyone started on showers. Most of us spent a long time watching youtube videos about the next trip. It was later than normal when the kids went to bed, but the boys don't seem to be tired at all tonight!

June 15, 2018

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  • Since this was the first day of no VBS this week, you would have thought that the kids would have slept in. Nope, the house was hopping at 7 this morning and possibly even a little before that. 
  • Before 8, Whitman had already woken up Reagan and Camryn who would have probably slept in a bit later. That was fine though because soon our breakfast scones would be ready. Laynie, Campbell and Keaton helped me make them. I think everyone liked them. I really did, but I really like all scones.
  • The kids all played or watched tv this morning. I emptied the dishwasher, did some laundry, and did a good bit of refereeing. Whitman did some school work with me as well.
  • Around 11, I let the three little girls make cookies for us to eat. I had thought about letting them make them from scratch but when I saw the 2 bags of cookie mix in the pantry, I couldn't resist using that instead. They did care and had a blast making them and eating lots of dough.
  • I cleaned out the fridge for lunch. Unfortunately though, I don't think that I made much of a dent. After we ate, the kids put on their bathing suits, and we headed to the pool.
  • Today there were only 16 of their buddies at the pool to play with. We stayed for 3 hours, and I was even up for staying for a 4th, but everyone else left so we did too. On our way home, we stopped by Tropical Smoothie for a free smoothie since it was flip flop day. Whitman and Laynie didn't like their smoothies, but everyone else did.
  • Robby had spaghetti ready for us when we made it home. We gobbled it up, then we made everyone clean up the house some-yep, even the guests. Soon, it was time to head to Raymar for movie night.
  • I think that since everyone was just at Raymar last night for a family night, they were too tired to come to the movie tonight. Even though the crowd was low, it was still fun. The kids played before they started the movie. Once the movie started the kids settled in to lawn chairs, drinks and even popcorn. 
  • We watched toy story and Whitman was pretty much terrified the entire time. I am certainly glad that we had bug spray which helped some, but I was still bit some. Once home, I rushed everyone through the showers so they could get into bed!

June 14, 2018

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  • Last day VBS so I wasn't surprised when I had to go upstairs to wake the girls up, carry Whitman down to put him into my bed, holler again at the girls to get up and then even go upstairs one more time to wake Campbell up. Gracious they were tired!
  • Today was water day at VBS. The biggest surprise of the day was Anderson didn't get wet. Graham really didn't either even though he had some shaving cream on him. He did have to change his clothes. Reagan had to change her shirt because it looked pretty wet. Campbell, Whitman and Keaton were absolutely soaked and definitely had to change their clothes.
  • Reagan did get bit by fire ants. I didn't know about it until around 4 this afternoon. By then her leg was completely swollen up. By the end of the evening, it was really hurting her. It hurt her enough that she drank some benedryl without any complaints. Well, without too many complaints. 
  • I did get a picture yesterday of Reagan holding a live roach over her mouth at VBS. I am not sure what got into my child-the same child who can barely touch sunscreen or lotion. 
  • Somehow I ended up with 2 extra children at home this afternoon-Alyssa Kate and Kennedy. They were all fine, and I barely saw any of the girls. They spent a good deal of time playing an app on the ipads that would make them all scream and squeal. It was quite comical because it sounded like people upstairs were on a roller coaster ride. 
  • Even with a 15 minute nap this afternoon, I felt like it was the longest afternoon ever. I was able to accomplish quite a few things for school. My goal is to get school ready so I can relax a bit this summer. (Relax by organizing this place!)
  • I took Reagan and her friends to Academy to look for bathing suits this afternoon. We had no luck there so we walked to Kroger just to see since it was next door. Didn't find a bathing suit but did find a pair of jeans for Robby for 5 dollars. Then we ran across the interstate to Kohls and had no luck there. I think that bathing suit will have to come from the internet or possibly Target in the adult section. Reagan wants a swim shirt but we have seen a total of 3 and she didn't like any of those.
  • Robby met us at Raymar for the VBS family night. It was hot the first hour but then was quite pleasant outside. The kids loved playing and running outside. We even won a door prize-a gift card to altitude. It was a pretty fun evening (so fun we are headed back to Raymar tomorrow night for movie night.) 
  • We came home with two different girls-Camryn and Laynie. After everyone had their showers, Reagan and Camryn watched a movie, Laynie, Keaton and Campbell played their ipads in the tent before bedtime, Graham was exhausted and went on to bed and Anderson and Whitman finally went to bed after some ipad time.