June 23, 2021

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  • I will apologize now that we don't have any pictures from today. This has been a bit of a busy and crazy day. And really, this getting a dog spade thing has been a much bigger deal than we thought it would be.
  • Let's start with this morning. Robby took Campbell, Keaton, Whitman and Graham to swim team practice. I had told Keaton and Graham that we might go to T. J. Max since they wanted to check out the water bottles there after practice.
  • While they were gone, I snuck out of the house with Bentley. I dropped her off at the vet for her spade, microchip and nail trim. She was so excited to see new people that she didn't even notice them taking her to the back. 
  • I had a few minutes to spare so I went to the library and caught up on my phone while waiting for it to open. Then I ran in to pick up books. Next I met Robby where we dropped off the mini van for some air conditioner work. 
  • From there we did go to T.J. Max where we weren't able to find water bottles like Keaton or Graham wanted. We probably have enough water bottles to circle our house twice, but I was hoping that they could find one since they both have upcoming birthdays and need presents.
  • Next we decided to run into Walmart so Campbell, Keaton and Graham could buy snacks for their upcoming mission trips. However, Campbell did get the bring clothes memo that Keaton did, so first I ran into Walmart to buy a pair of shorts. She did have on her swim suit and her shirt was long, but really, I don't want to be on the people of walmart website. 
  • So I bought a pair of shorts that I would like and ran back out for her to change. Then I took the kids into the store while Robby worked in the car and Whitman played on his ipad. The kids picked out their 8 dollars worth of snacks which turned into 10 dollars worth of snacks or 12 dollars.
  • We then came home for a little bit. I guess I was rushing around because Campbell asked what I was in such a hurry about. I had little time and lots to do because a bit before 1 I left with Reagan and Anderson to buy their snacks.
  • Their snack choices were interesting-well, Reagan's were-she chose rice cakes and raspberry cookies. Then we had to run to Academy to buy a few things for Reagan. While we were there, I offered to get Anderson a new shirt. He picked out a shirt that had red and blue solo cups-this reminded me of a drinking game, but Robby reminded me that we drink coke out of solo cups so the shirt was bought.
  • From there, we met up with Robby, the others and some buddies at the pool. We stayed there for about 2 and a half hours before my car left. We first picked up Bentley who peed on the floor and threw up before I could even pay and get her to the car.
  • Then I dropped Reagan off. Before we made it home, Bentley was sick in the car. I was home long enough to see how pitiful the dog was. She just could not get comfortable at all. She would lay down, get up and then lay down again. She only would stop this pattern to throw up which she has done over and over this evening. Tonight Robby did get her to take a tiny sip of water which is all that she has eaten and drank since she has been home. 
  • I took Campbell and Keaton to our meeting at church. The parents had a meeting while the kids also had a meeting about their upcoming mission trip. Then we headed home for a quick supper. Anderson did find some ice cream that we didn't know that we had in the freezer, so that called for a celebration with the Wilsons.
  • When they left, I soon was on my way to pick up Reagan at her friends' house. I dropped off Noah, and then we came home for bedtime since it was after 11. Bentley is currently sound asleep on our bed-we will let her sleep her for a while before putting her in her kennel. We hate to move her if she is resting.

June 22, 2021

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  • Today wasn't the relaxing summer day like yesterday. It was a bit busy. I had to wake everyone up early so we could head to the Arkansas Foodbank at 9. We barely made it on time, but we did. Not only did we have to grab breakfast for the road, but we also had to bring bathing suits and lunches since we were making a day of it.
  • At the foodbank, there were lots of people there this morning. Usually we are the only volunteers working our shift, but today we were joined with 20 other young people. They were using an assembly line to fill boxes. 
  • Whitman actually helped them a good bit. His task was to put a box of potatoes into each box that passed by him. He did really well, and I think that the boys that were over there helped him out. My big boys worked on breaking down all of the boxes that were used during this process.
  • This left the rest of us cutting bags for fruit. Their fruit goes in these mesh bags which come from rope like spools. Once the bags are cut, then they have to be tied at the end. We made thousands of these bags. So many that we had to take breaks using the scissors because our hands were sore. It was a bit of a boring job!
  • We worked and worked hard during from 9 to noon. I thought that we worked so hard that we deserved Sonic drinks to enjoy on our way to the pool. After picking up the drinks, we headed to the pool and stayed there for 2 hours. Campbell and Keaton even snagged a later ride and stayed for one more hour before coming home.
  • I don't feel like we were home very long before we left again. I was able to finish getting school ready for the kids this next year. It isn't all ready since I now have to go back and do some fine turning of stuff, but I am definitely closer and everything has all the things that they need (well, except for reading books for Reagan and Anderson's english class at Comm Central and there is one more book that I really want to do for Reagan but I'm not too sure if I really want to do it.)
  • Reagan went swimming at someone's house, so Anderson, Graham and Keaton accompanied me to drop her off. Anderson isn't big on running errands at all, but we had shoes to exchange. We had bought him shoes that arrived today online which were too small. We found replacement shoes, which of course were more expensive. As the man was ringing me up, he asked if I was a first responder and could receive 10 percent off. I clearly said that I was not, but he still gave me 10 percent off. That just about made up for the difference in my shoes which made me do a happy dance. I did have to confirm with Anderson that I did in fact answer his question correctly since I did get that 10 percent off.
  • Back at home, Campbell made supper for everyone-chicken nuggets. We watched some you tube videos and then I promptly fell asleep right before it was bedtime for the crew.

June 21, 2021

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  • This seemed like our first real summer day-I guess it is officially the first day of summer. The weather didn't feel summery at all, but what all happening at this house did feel like summer. What all was happening? Nothing-and it was wonderful. Well, it was wonderful to me, but the kids were a bit bored.
  • They were so bored that by 11, we were playing a game in the living room. I guess I might have been a bit bored as well since I did manage to do most of my chores plus I took Bentley on two different walks today. 
  • Now right now, I can think of about 15 things that I should do before bed, but really what kind of fun is that? I am slowly working on getting everyone's school ready for next year along with straightening my school room closet. Some summers I have to take everything out of it. Thankfully, it isn't that bad this year, and I should finish it up by the end of the week.
  • We didn't really plan on going to the pool today. At 2 when it still hadn't rained yet, I decided that we would load up and go. I hadn't told anyone when I walked by a window, and it looked like it was about to pour.
  • However. it didn't rain at our house at all today. We plan on making it to the pool tomorrow though. It did rain on Robby and I as we were out tonight-it poured on us. And that rain made us chilly the entire time we were out eating supper. 
  • We did also stop at Walmart and pick up a new bike for Keaton. Everyone else got new bikes last year, but she just got a hand me down. Now she is official and has a new one. She was worried that Robby won't be able to get it on the back of the camper-I might be a bit worried too!
  • The evening was kind of quiet which was nice. I think that I might could take a little nap before it is bedtime-that is how quiet it is in this house!

July 20, 2021-Happy Father's Day

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  • Last night when the kids went to bed, Keaton asked me if they should make Robby breakfast in bed. I said that they didn't have to do that. However, shortly after my alarm went off this morning, in walked Campbell and all of her brothers and sisters.
  • That girl had gotten up early, made pancakes, sliced strawberries and mixed orange juice for everyone, along with waking everyone up for them to come downstairs to give Robby his breakfast and cards. That whole task just overwhelms me-waking everyone up was definitely probably the most difficult part of her job.
  • Robby was definitely impressed with his breakfast in bed along with his cards. It didn't take too long for us all to start getting ready this morning. Before I knew it, it was almost time for us to be loading up for church.
  • And that is when I realized that I had only briefly seen Reagan when she was in our room giving Robby his breakfast. I rushed upstairs to find that indeed she had fallen back asleep. Bless it. She took it fairly well that she only had about 5 minutes before we left, and she was in the car when everyone else loaded up.
  • Our Sunday school class was way down today. I think that all of our kiddos were on vacation this week. After our class was empty, we gathered the kids and headed to Grannymom's house for lunch.
  • She had a 4th of July meal prepared for us-hamburgers and Oreo delight. It was all delicious. Afterwards, we gave Grandpa his Father's day present. Just like with Robby this morning, we did forget to take a picture of him and all of the kids.
  • Then it was home for a Father's Day nap....for me. Robby didn't take a nap since he did some oil changing work. He stayed busy until it was time for us to leave for Pops' house. We ran to see him and delivery his Father's Day present before we headed to the pool.
  • It was just us and one other set of friends at the pool tonight. But we stayed until they closed. At home, we did have a bit of downtime before it was finally bedtime.

July 19, 2021

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  • This morning we weren't able to sleep in much because the little 4 had swim team practice. My alarm went off with only about 30 minutes until everyone needed to wake up, get ready and leave. Robby encouraged me to just go ahead and hit snooze one more time. That left us just a little bit of time, but we were able to get everyone out the door and to practice on time.
  • While they were gone, I worked on laundry and even made some banana bread. Actually, this turned out to be a banana cake. I am trying to find the perfect banana bread recipe-does anyone have one for me to try? We have one that we like, but it isn't made in a loaf pan. And I need one in a loaf pan so we can slice it to toast on the Blackstone when camping.
  • The others returned home, and Robby and I started on a little repair project. We did pretty good actually! I'm not really sure what we did the rest of the morning and afternoon, but soon we were loading up and heading to the pool.
  • We stayed there for about 3 hours-we have been to the pool 6 days this week which is Dennie personal record. Whitman and Campbell could stay at the pool all day long. Really, I think that Reagan and Keaton could also stay forever too. Now, Graham and Anderson could easily take a pass on the pool most days and did today even.
  • When we did come home from the pool, Robby and I were home for a bit before we left again. He picked up some oil to change the oil on the camper. Then we used a gift card at David's Burgers for our supper and picked up Subway for the kids. 
  • Back at home, I folded more laundry-always laundry. I think it is summer and the frequent pool visits, but laundry, laundry. laundry is about to make my crazy! I did sneak in some tv time before we sent everyone to bed.

July 18, 2021

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  • I had been looking forward to this morning all week long-we would be able to sleep in a little bit. Sometimes things just don't work out like you plan at all! Bentley was up and ready to go at 7:30 this morning. Last week she was happily sleeping until 9, but I guess after a week of having to wake up early for VBS her sleep schedule has changed.
  • Campbell's friend came over to spend the night. Those girls have been busy all day long-actually, I just remembered that they started making shirts this morning, and I said that I would finish them but haven't even thought about it yet.
  • The girls even pulled out Bentley's pool that we received (for free) in the mail. We thought she might enjoy it-she did not. She isn't a water dog at least right now, and that is fine with me because I sure am not a water girl either. She would only get in when we put her in, and she would unhappily put one paw in to try to get a toy that we were keeping from her.
  • Robby was off work today so he stayed busy around the house smoking meat and even left for a bit to run some errands.
  • I did some speed painting in the boys' room today to finish up their trim work. I didn't paint behind the beds-I know I am a super slacker. You would think that two whites are not that different, but if we ever move furniture at all, then I will have to pull out the paint brush for sure.
  • Reagan, Anderson and Graham had a kickball event at Raymar this afternoon. So they returned hot and sweaty and with 2 friends. This house has been basically like a revolving door of children this week. We have had 4 different people spend the night on 4 different nights along with having extras over here tonight. Bless Whitman, tonight at bedtime he was asking where everyone was sleeping. I told him, and then he said, "what about those other people?" He can't even keep up with all of the people that are here. I feel the same way and it is all just a bit stretching!
  • I am a person that loves a routine, a schedule and a plan. Summer is not like that, and I am quickly learning that being a mom to older kids is not like that either. 
  • We did load up all of the kids-9 tonight-and head to the pool for a little bit. Robby went to get pizza while the kids swam. We stayed until it was almost closing time. I think that everyone had fun, and when we headed out, I am sure that the pool was empty...since we left with 10 kids. 

July 17, 2021

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  • This was the last day of Camp Geyer (VBS), and surprisingly getting everyone up and going was not too much of a problem. Kennedy and Reagan were the last ones to wake up since I am sure that they had also been up the latest last night.
  • My group went very well, and soon I was gathering the kids to head outside for the family picnic. We had heard that lunch was going to be sandwiches. I wasn't too excited about a turkey sandwich and was hoping for a ham and cheese croissant instead. However, we were all super shocked to see ChickFilA sandwiches as our lunch.
  • There was also a snow cone truck along with three different water inflatables. Needless to say, I didn't seem my kids too often. Reagan was helping work the bouncys. Graham and Anderson were hanging with their friends, and Campbell, Keaton and Whitman were having a great time on the bouncys.
  • Whitman was ready to take off to go jump, but I did make him get his sandwich first. I told him that he could eat it later, but I was afraid that if he didn't get his sandwich then they might just run out. I don't think that they ever did run out since Anderson even ended up with an extra one. 
  • We stayed until they were shutting down the inflatables which left me just about 10 minutes at home. However, I was able to sit down and have myself a 3 minutes nap. Of course that 3 minute nap didn't do much so I did take a coke and candy bar to keep me awake enough to drive to Benton.
  • Keaton and I spent some time folding clothes at the pregnancy center before we headed home for a little bit. At home, Robby was making supper for tonight-chicken and beef roll ups.
  • We then loaded up for the pool. This is our 4th visit to the pool this week-our numbers are adding up. My pool numbers sure look good this week, but my nothing else numbers. No treadmill, no cleaning anything, no getting things ready for school, nothing has been done around here except for VBS and swim. I guess the kids are happy though!
  • We spent the evening at the pool-these are the best nights where it is comfortable to just sit and visit without it being hot or buggy. The kids had lots of fun and pretty much were in the water all evening long.
  • It was late when we get home so my crew was up until almost 11. The boys have a friend over spending the night, but he is already asleep!