September 18, 2018

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  • I hit my snooze for as long as I could this morning. I could already hear Graham and Campbell working in the school room. Actually, I could hear Graham in the school room sneezing. Just like Robby does, Graham sneezed at least 20 times in a row.
  • After everyone was awake, we all grabbed breakfast and then began our school work in my bedroom. We skipped eating in the kitchen and everyone ate in my room as I read history. I did make sure that no one left in the middle of history to go to the mailbox.
  • I am not sure how this happened today, but at 11 I had finished working with everyone except for Whitman. He also had every single bit of his work left. I thought I was already learning to be patient with the other kids, but gracious I will be the most patient person in the world by the time we are finished with Whitman's kindergarten year.
  • Just like yesterday, this afternoon was also a blur-packing, school work, reading, Jr. Ranger books, more packing, treadmill-This week my afternoons have been completely full. And honestly, I would rather my afternoons be full than slower. Well now, I guess a wonderful afternoon nap would be rather nice. 
  • The neighbors have been out about 4 times since May and of course tonight they come out just about the time that we have to call them in to leave. We headed to Nonna's house for supper tonight to celebrate Robby's birthday. I had told the kids that Robby would be 43 but I think I was wrong, and he will really by 44. 
  • Pops made burgers and Nonna had pie and brownies. Afterwards, Robby opened up his presents-gift cards and some cash. The kids all played hide and seek in the dark and had a blast.
  • When we left there, Campbell, Keaton and I ran to Walmart to pick up a pair of shoes for them for the trip. Then we rushed home. I did some more packing while everyone else took their showers. Everyone did make their lunch for tomorrow, and Graham created a logo. We let them stay up late enough that Whitman was super exhausted when it was finally bedtime!

September 17, 2018

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  • I knew that I wouldn't be waking up early this morning, but I did wake up on time. I was glad at least for that. Campbell and Graham were already awake working on their school work. Graham has been flying through his work lately which is pretty nice...except when he is finished with everything by 10:30. 
  • I woke up the crew and as usual, Whitman was not in his bed. I couldn't find him at first but then noticed him at the foot of Anderson's bed. He was awake enough that he had already opened up Anderson's blinds a bit so he could see out. Pretty much every night, Keaton or Whitman don't sleep the entire night in their bed.
  • We ate our leftover doughnuts for breakfast this morning. Then it was time for our school work. I had to zoom through our reading together today because I had so many books out for us to read. I am trying to take a basket full of books back to the library before we leave for our little road trip.
  • The kids started on their school work and things went fairly well. Whitman continues to leave and not come back to his school work quite often. I spend a good deal of my morning hollering, "Whitman? Where are you? Come back in here." 
  • Though today during our work together, the girls and Whitman were coloring. He had already left once for the bathroom, but then asked if he could go again. I knew he wasn't heading to the bathroom since he had a paper hidden behind his back, but since the probability was low of him remembering anything we were reading about Hernando Cortez, I let him go. When he returned, he told us that there was mail. I shushed him and continued reading.
  • When we were finished reading, he again told me that there was mail. I told him wonderful, and then Graham offered to go and get the mail. I had assumed that Whitman had placed the picture that he drew somewhere in the house. I was wrong. He had walked out to the mailbox and put his picture inside of it. Indeed, we did have mail! And I better have Robby double check that the chimes are working on all of the doors so I can hear when people leave this place.
  • Everyone was finished with school by lunchtime...except for Campbell. She had a big time today and was in no hurry at all. Reagan even finished most of 2 days of school. I will tell you, I do believe that I have become a pro at finding the volume of a cone or pyramid. I am almost positive that I never knew how to do those things, but now I help solve those problems daily. That game show Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, well, I could probably win that game show right now!
  • After lunch, we finished a few chores and did our afternoon reading. Grannymom and Grandpa came over for a bit. Grannymom then took the girls to a store for a little bit. They were out most of the afternoon until Robby picked them up at supper time. They all came back with a new tops and each one of them couldn't wait to show everyone their new duds. 
  • While they were gone, I helped the boys pack their bags, helped Robby clean the van and did a little bit of loading it, walked on the treadmill, and read to Whitman. It was a fairly productive afternoon. 
  • When my girls returned home, we ate supper-pizza. Then the girls did their packing, well some of it since they still have some things in the laundry. Everyone did a Jr. Ranger book. I have apparently saved the difficult ones for the end. 
  • The evening passed fairly quickly and all too soon, we were putting everyone to bed....and pulling out the ice cream!

September 16, 2018

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  • So last night, I think that it was nearly 1 when I went upstairs to tell the girls that it was really bedtime. I then went downstairs to continue reading my book, which I had just started during the night. I had planned on going back up to lay down the law to anyone who was still awake at 1:30, but instead I read until I finished my book until 2. 
  • I then waked up the stairs to see if anyone was awake. I stayed on the steps for a long while waiting to hear anything and surprisingly I didn't. They must have been asleep, or they were very quiet. 
  • At 7, I stirred as Robby was leaving to pick up the other kids and doughnuts. I decided that I better wake up the kids before feeding my animals. Reagan was already in the restroom, but the rest of the girls began stirring quickly when I opened the blinds. 
  • I walked down the road to feed my animals one last time. I was grateful that they all looked alive and well after having to depend on me for a few days. This afternoon Campbell and Keaton delivered the neighbors mail. They gave Campbell a 20 dollar bill, and she came home thinking that she would get all of it. Unfortunately, I reminded her that other folks did help. She was not too pleased but will still end up with half of it once I split it up tomorrow.
  • Robby was soon home with the others and with doughnuts. The girls ate as soon as they were ready. There was lots of hair curling and eye shadowing upstairs so I was surprised when everyone was ready to go on time. I probably did help that I was shouting how many minutes were left every 10 minutes.
  • At church, most of the girls ended up sitting above us in the balcony. I wasn't too crazy about that since I would like to be able to keep my eyes on her. After big church, everyone headed off to Sunday school. Robby and I were the only teachers in our class today so the hour went by really quickly.
  • Lunch was at Grannymom's house. She had oreo delight to celebrate Robby and Reagan's birthdays. Reagan opened up a letter board, calligraphy pens and some cash. Robby received another fan along with a gift card or two. It was a pretty good end to Reagan's birthday celebration and beginning of Robby's birthday celebration.
  • After we ate lunch, the kids played for a bit before we headed home. After 2 short nights in a row, all I could focus on during church was my afternoon nap and it did not disappoint. We finally woke up in time to send Reagan off to her Life Group.
  • While she was gone, I pulled out school for the next two days and for the week when we return from our little trip. We also fed everyone before Robby headed off to pick up Reagan. The kids waited anxiously for their return, because soon after they came home we set up another popcorn bar for everyone.
  • The boys were the most bummed about missing our popcorn bar last night. It wasn't really too elaborate since we just had popcorn along with chocolate chips, marshmallows, some crunchy cereal, m and ms, skittles and possibly some other candy but I can't remember what else! Everyone filled their bowl with popcorn and then added lots of toppings. It was quite fun, and Robby and I even had a bowl full before our bowl full of ice cream once the kids went to bed!

September 15, 2018-Happy Birthday (party) Reagan!

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  • I slept as late as I could this morning, but the chickens were calling my name. Actually, they weren't but maybe cupcakes were calling my name. I made Reagan's second batch of cupcakes this morning and then did my chicken duty. So far my egg count is about 20 which I guess is good. It is a lot easier collecting eggs from Kroger though.
  • It wasn't too much later when I jumped in Shannon's car and headed to Vintage Market Days (I think that was the name.) It was basically booth after booth of farmhouse decor. It did make me feel a bit inadequate but was still fun. Shannon and I both took quite a few pictures of things that we can make. I am not too sure of how much we will actually make though.
  • Then it was back home for a bit. Reagan and I did start to ice her cupcakes but soon I realized that I didn't have any shortening. So later in the afternoon when Robby went to pick up Graham's watch, which he left at practice last night, he did run again to the grocery store.
  • Reagan had spent the morning working on getting things ready for her party. I can really tell that she is growing up. She had sleeping bags lined upstairs for everyone. She had cleaned her bedroom and even prepared all of the games. I almost think that she could have the party without me even being here.
  • I slept through most of the first half of the Hogs game. When I woke up, I could tell that I didn't miss very much at all. Robby and Graham were running their errand so I walked down to feed my little farm. 
  • When Robby returned, it was time to make the icing. Reagan did it 3 different colors, and it turned out so very good. She was pleased. Soon after, girls started arriving-Sara, Alyssa, Emma, Ava, Lily, Kennedy, Cate, Lochlan, Presley, and Logan. Yes, it was a very full house!
  • While everyone was arriving, Robby started on supper-spaghetti, green beans and bread. Reagan had picked out the supper, and it sure couldn't have been any easier to make. There are quite a few leftovers, but we will certainly eat them up. 
  • Next up were presents-Reagan received lots of pens, notebooks, candy, a bucket full of pineapple stuff, one of her very own sweaters (from Graham), IOUs for cookie dough (from Keaton and Campbell) and a Thomas the Train pillow (from Whitman). I do believe that she was pleased.
  • After presents, we all gathered to sing Happy Birthday to our 13 year old. She blew out her candles, and everyone had cupcakes. Soon afterwards, Robby loaded up the crew to head to Grannymom's house for the night. My two little girls would enjoy the party just way too much if they stayed her.
  • Reagan then began her games. The first one was to guess the number of skittles. Then there was a much wilder balloon tied around your ankle game which involved moving all of the furniture. Then there was a candy winning dice game that everyone enjoyed. It was fairly quiet for a good little bit. Robby was still gone dropping off the kids and picking up more drinks so it was just me and the girls. I was able to clean the kitchen and get some of the popcorn bar ready.
  • It was after 10 when we started the movie so the popcorn bar was served around 11. The girls are currently still watching the movie so hopefully, the evening will be quiet and sleep will come soon to all!

September 14, 2018

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  • Unfortunately, even though it was Friday this morning, I still set my alarm early enough to walk on the treadmill before school. I did hit snooze for absolutely as long as I could before getting up. After my walk, I brushed my teeth, put on my contacts and flossed, which is on my to do list.
  • Then I woke up the kids asking if they wanted to go with me to feed the pets. Graham and Whitman were the only ones awake, but Campbell did jump at the chance to ride down the road.
  • We fed and watered the rabbits, looked for chicken eggs and fed the dogs. The dogs are the easiest of all of the animals to deal with. This little assignment has reminded me that I don't want any type of pets any time soon. Not at all. I can't even keep the weeds out of my flower beds-why in the world would I want more responsibilities?
  • Even with doing all of that, we were able to start breakfast on time. I guess that it did help that I woke the kids up earlier than usual to ask if they wanted to go with me. So when I came back everyone was awake and ready to eat. Since we do have a few extra eggs from the neighbors chickens, I asked the kids if they wanted eggs for breakfast. Most everyone turned up their noses, but Campbell did ask if I had any eggs from real chickens. Not sure if this homeschooling is working on her!
  • School went fairly well. Friday's are lighter days for me since no one has spelling, if it is our 4th school day of the week. Reagan had finished most or all of her school yesterday as did Keaton. Graham was done by 10ish or maybe even before. That just left Anderson, Campbell and Whitman. 
  • They finally did get everything done. I can already tell that Whitman will be just like Anderson when it comes to school work. Campbell is working hard but third grade is just a big year for us. There is lots more for her to do than last year so of course it takes her longer.
  • We then had our lunch followed by some heavy duty house cleaning. I was shouting out orders like a drill sergeant while vacuuming. When I have my kids just do their chores, things are done half way. However, when everyone is working with a goal in mind (cleaning the house for Reagan's party) they all seem to do much better. 
  • Soon the house was clean, and we settled in to read some more school work. We also did another Jr. Ranger book. I had Campbell set an alarm so we would finish in plenty of time to get ready to leave, but finished way early. 
  • Even though we did finish early, when I finished my stuff and sat down, I only had 3 minutes until it was time to load everyone up. I had already almost fallen asleep once this morning while Whitman was doing his phonics. 
  • Today was the kids EAST day. They did a lot of work on graphic design today. From what I could see walking by the door twice, they made a Mickey Mouse head. Anderson said that his worked perfectly while Reagan said that hers was square shaped. They are all enjoying the class, and I am hoping that this weeks homework will be less than last weeks.
  • While they were at East, I read with Whitman some, we checked out many more books and we went to a program. They had the world record airplane man there. He showed many different airplanes, and we all learned about drag and lift and lots of other scientific-y things. Then he showed everyone how to make his winning airplane. Everyone enjoyed it very much and soon it was time for the others to finish with East.
  • I dropped the boys off at East and then headed home. Lily and Eden are spending the night with us. Eden and Campbell helped me feed the pets tonight. Then we rushed home to make a cake before the Wilsons came over for supper. Everyone was very helpful making the cake and it was decent (the icing was not my favorite at all though.)
  • Robby grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for supper. After we finished eating, Robby went to pick up Anderson and Graham.  While they were gone, Reagan made her first batch of cupcakes. I had grand plans of those cupcakes being done by now, but I just don't know when that would have happened. 
  • I filled the cupcakes into the pan and over filled them. It was a mess-too messy to use. So tonight we made another batch and plan on making the second good batch tomorrow morning. That still leaves the icing of the cupcakes to be done tomorrow. She had already spent most her time this afternoon on getting ready for one of her party games. There is still much work to be done tomorrow, but I think that there will be plenty of time. At least I hope that there will be plenty of time. 
  • The girls played a few games, played with their American Girl dolls, made a scavenger hunt and watched the longest most ever. I was after midnight when I put them in bed. And just a few minutes ago (almost 1) I could hear talking and movement above me. Hopefully, they will go one to sleep because I am about to go to sleep too.
  • Once the house was quiet, we straightened for a bit and then went to work on the blog before bedtime. Tomorrow may prove to be a busy day as well! I am already looking forward to Sunday's nap.  

September 13, 2018

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  • I hit snooze a few too many times this morning. I know that I am running late when the school room seems full of people working and I am still in the bed! I wasn't incredibly late so we were able to catch up a bit.
  • Everyone had their breakfast. The kids have gotten very territorial about their breakfast stools. Campbell and Keaton desperately want to sit by Whitman and everyone else will do anything to prevent this from happening. At one time we had assigned stools that would rotate every morning. I guess that I may have to go back to that!
  • We then our reading together time. Afterwards, I have to work with each kid individually. Last year, I would struggle to find who wanted to work with me first. However, this year everyone wants to work with me first. I think they all want to get it over with, which is what I would want to do as well. Now, if you do work with me first, then you have to usually come back and fix your math with me so maybe first isn't always the best.
  • Once school was over, we had our lunch and then did a few chores. I did list everything that would have to be done tomorrow in preparation for Friday's sleepover and Saturday's birthday sleepover so their chores were a bit less today. 
  • We did some more reading in the afternoon and worked on more Jr. Ranger books. I am not sure we will ever finish all of our Jr. Ranger books! Then Anderson and Grahamd worked on their typing for East. Now, I make them do typing every single week, but no one has ever taken it this seriously before.
  • And let's talk about talking something seriously. Reagan is still working on hers. if that child doesn't complete a level with 100 percent then she does it again. That child! She also spent most of the afternoon working on tomorrow's school work. 
  • Around supper time, Campbell, Graham, Keaton and I went down to the neighbors to feed their dogs, chickens and rabbits. Keaton was so scared of the dogs that she couldn't even come in the gate (the gate that didn't even have any dogs in it!) Graham and Campbell helped with the rabbits while Anderson watrered the chickens. Then Graham and Campbell both left.
  • Anderson wasn't going to leave me there by myself. He helped me with the chickens. He kept the door to the coup guarded from escaping chickens while I collected the eggs (a dozen). Then he helped me feed the dogs who were amazingly calm. 
  • We both needed showers after our farm adventure. Then it was time to load up for Refresh at church. Reagan is now too old to go so she gladly stayed home. The others had a good time at church tonight. 
  • Once at home, we had a few minutes of downtime before everyone headed to bed. When I came downstairs, I realized that we would be awake and doing it all again in less than 12 hours...that just made me especially tired!

September 12, 2018-Happy Birthday Reagan!

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  • I didn't have to wake the birthday girl up this morning. Campbell ran down about 7:15 to fetch some hair spray for her sister. Reagan was busy curling her straight hair. This was the second week that the girls were up early on a Wednesday primping before Bible study.
  • I was also awake early on this Wednesday. I walked on the treadmill before getting ready. Then I had time to hang our fall wreath and do some packing. When you do wake up early, you have plenty of time to accomplish things before leaving the house which is very nice.
  • Reagan had not gotten her breakfast this morning so Robby made her eggs to put on her bagel. Of course we put a candle on that bagel and sang to her. I do believe that she might truly enjoy being the center of attention especially on her birthday. (I'm kidding-she loves being the center of attention.)
  • As we headed to Bible study, I ate my weekly Wednesday bagel. Wednesday's are long days around here but my Wednesday bagels and library trips do make them a bit better. Campbell could not wait to get into Bibles study this morning because she had her snickerdoodle cookies to share with everyone. I do believe that they were a hit!
  • After Bible study, the weather was a bit iffy so we headed to St. Andrews to play because they have a wonderful pavilion that we eat our lunch under. Robby showed up after lunch with cupcakes for Reagan and Sara's birthdays. They share a birthday along with 2 other ladies at church. When Reagan found this out, she commented that all of the people born on her birthday were very pretty. I also added that they are all extremely sweet and kind people.
  • Anderson left the park with Robby to run a few errands and grab a bit of lunch. The rest of us left eventually to head home. Once at home, everyone helped me unload, did their chores and settled down for a quiet afternoon.
  • Reagan spent a good amount of time working on her typing. Campbell, Keaton and I walked down to the neighbors house because we are going to feed their animals while they are out of town (dogs, chickens and rabbits), Whitman did his reading with me, and Campbell, Keaton and Whitman all worked on their Jr. Ranger books. 
  • All too soon it was time to think about leaving again. Robby took Reagan out to eat steak for her birthday. That girl loves her some steak! The rest of us headed on to the library and then to the church house. 
  • I wasn't in games tonight, instead I told the story. When Whitman saw me, he gave me the biggest hug ever. Oh, he can just melt your heart sometimes. He is definitely the most affectionate Dennie. 
  • Once we made it home, everyone had a snack. The boys had showers while Reagan and Keaton got a head start on their school work for tomorrow. 

September 11, 2018

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  • Graham and Campbell were both awake this morning when I started stirring. They were both already working on their school, and Campbell needed help with some of her math. I am never to crazy about doing math at 7:30 in the morning. Yikes! 
  • I think Reagan is awesome and totally amazing!!!-that is what happens when you leave your blog unattended and Reagan is around. I think that she is pretty excited about her birthday tomorrow. She is also continually making plans for her birthday party on Saturday. Today she cleaned the girls room and organized it. Unfortunately, Campbell and Keaton are having friends over Friday night so the room may end up trashed again.
  • Once again Anderson finished his school early. I know that I should be excited about this, but I am not sure of what is different so I am worried that something is being omitted. Though the last 2 days, he has done all of the things I require him to do each day and has also chosen easy assignments. That is fine, but that leaves the more difficult ones for later this week!
  • We are out lunch a little bit after 12:30. I was waiting on Reagan to finish her typing. They have to complete a typing program by the end of the year for their East program. I am having the boys do one section each day. 
  • However, Reagan may be a bit type A personality because she spent most of the afternoon working on her typing. Each section has multiple levels, and Reagan does each level until she scores a hundred percent on it. She has also completed over half of the program already. Gracious. I wonder where she gets that!
  • The afternoon was spent reading with everyone, reading with the little 3, reading with Whitman and working on Jr. Ranger books. This is all extra stuff that we have started this year. The kids still have plenty of time to play, enjoy life and netflix the afternoon away.
  • There was also some cooking this afternoon. Campbell signed up for snack for her Bible study class. I debated signing up everyone all at once. Instead I just let them sign up whenever they wanted. Of course this means that we will have snack just about every other week until Christmas!
  • I finished the treadmill just about the time that Robby came home from work. We both worked on some packing. My 6 page packing list can seem overwhelming, but once you start pulling everything out, it does go pretty quickly. I guess we could even leave a few days early!
  • We had leftover spaghetti from last night for supper. Afterwards, there was lunch packing for tomorrow, showers and some straightening. Then we didn't do much of anything until it was bedtime!

September 10, 2018

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  • I don't think finishing school at 7 is too bad, do you? Gracious me. It wasn't really that bad of a day. I will admit that we didn't work the entire time since I had to drop off the van, run to lunch and then pick the van back up. Let's start from the beginning...
  • Graham was the only one awake this morning. It then took a while for me to wake everyone else up even though breakfast was chocolate chip pumpkin muffins, cereal and yogurt. We finally did eat our breakfast while I read a few books.
  • Then it was time for our work together time. I try to only do all of that for an hour or so but today we did run over. I had already worked with Keaton last night so that helped me some. Campbell was the only one who didn't finish her work before I had to leave to drop off the van. I was super surprised that Anderson finished his work before lunch time. We will just see how much he really did tomorrow when I double check everything.
  • When I returned, we all worked together for a bit longer-there was more reading, Jr. Ranger books, EAST for the big kids, reading with the littles and working with Whitman. I hadn't finished with Whitman when Robby came to tell me that it was time to pick up the van.
  • We headed out and were soon back. I jumped on the treadmill and meanwhile Robby made supper. I finished just in time to grab a bite to eat. The kids helped clean up the house for a bit while we cleaned up the supper dishes.
  • Reagan spent a good bit of time working on a birthday banner for herself. Her birthday preparations are in full swing. 
  • That is when I finally sat down with finish Whitman's daily reading. It was late, but I still had time to pack a few things for our upcoming trip before we all sat down to watch the Bates.

September 9, 2018

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  • Anderson and Graham were the first ones awake this morning. I went upstairs to wake up Camryn and Reagan, who were sound asleep. Then it was time to wake up Keaton. She had started the night in the floor by Whitman's bed and ended up in Whitman's bed. I didn't see Whitman in his bed, but later found him up against the wall in Anderson's bed. 
  • Even though we were awake in plenty of time this morning, we still barely made it into church before it begin. I had to drop of my Sunday school bag so I am not even sure if the kids were able to see the grands before church or not.
  • Sunday school was fairly uneventful until we lost a kid not once but twice from my class. It would have not been a big deal if it was a Dennie but it was not. Thankfully, we did find him, and I was probably a bit put out when speaking to his mom. 
  • Now, Campbell had spent the night with Camryn and as soon as church was out, she left with Eden for her birthday party. Campbell had a blast there and after it was over, she hung out at Caroline's house until Robby came to pick her up. So we haven't really seen to much of Campbell the last day!
  • For lunch, we went to Nonna's house. She had a birthday dinner for Reagan with lots of pork tenderloin. Reagan even had a big birthday balloon. She also opened up some pens, lots of gift cards and money! I think she was pretty pleased with the beginnings of her 13th birthday celebration week. (Yesterday, Camryn gave her a huge soft blanket for a present.)
  • This afternoon was kind of quiet. Robby and I had a nap while the kids played. When I woke up, I went to work on making breakfast burritos to put in the freezer. Anderson loves them and had just run out. 
  • Robby left to take Reagan to her first life group meeting. She is in the student ministry now-her life group is 7th-12th graders. Growing up. She didn't seem as nervous going to this as she did her first other student ministry stuff. It probably helped that Alyssa was there to walk in with her.
  • I had just pulled out pumpkin muffins out of the oven when Robby went to pick up Reagan and Alyssa. While he was gone, we straightened the house, did some laundry and put on pjs. Soon it was time for bed around here! This week will be very full!

September 8, 2018

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  • Last night as I went to sleep, I set my alarm thinking that there would be no way that I would need it. Sure enough though, my alarm went off at 9, and I had not yet woken up. I had to run upstairs to wake up Campbell and Keaton so they could get ready for the morning.
  • I hurried through my shower and soon the girls and I were headed to Anna's birthday party. It was a panda birthday party, and my Keaton had on panda earrings. She was so excited about the party. Campbell was also excited about the party, but she was absolutely thrilled to hold baby Gabriel.
  • Robby had left this morning to go and pick up Whitman who had spend the night at Grannymom and Grandpa's house. They ran a few errands and made it back home before I did. Cash had slept longer than the boys this morning, but everyone enjoyed eating the leftover doughnuts for breakfast this morning.
  • We made lunch for everyone at about the same time that Camryn arrived. Campbell already had her bag packed and also headed to Laynie's house to spend the night. My Campbell doesn't get too many over night invitations so this made me supper happy.
  • I did my treadmill this afternoon while the kids bounced from in and outside. Soon it was time to load up and take Cash home. Then we scurried on to church for Date Night.
  • Robby and I had gone out to eat yesterday by ourselves, so tonight we did the next best thing-we went to Kroger. We almost filled up two carts but still had time for him to drop me off at home before going to pick up the kids.
  • I worked putting up groceries the entire time that he was gone picking them and pizza up. They had lots of fun-the boys enjoyed the big screen video games that they played. Keaton made a mug for a craft. We had heard that Whitman's group was having a luau so of course he dressed appropriately. He had lots of fun but was disappointed that they didn't "dance" (do the hula) tonight.
  • The Wilson's came over once Robby returned with the kids. They tried to help us cheer on the Hogs but it didn't work. We did all enjoy some pizza and lots of popcorn despite the loss.
  • After the game, we put everyone in bed. Reagan and Camryn are sleeping in the bonus room so that would leave Keaton alone in her room. She would never last half of the night by herself, so she is sleeping next to Whitman on the floor.

September 7, 2018

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  • I was scrambling around this morning since I have been making muffins on Fridays for breakfast. This morning though I was a bit later than usual since I did sleep in. On my behalf though, I was still the first one awake. I did have a few cans of expired cinnamon rolls that I yanked out of the fridge and shoved in the oven before waking up the crew.
  • They killed hunger even though I didn't cook them long enough. I had baked them an extra 5 minutes yet they still didn't seem to finish, and we definitely needed to get the day started.
  • I thought this day might be a little easier since Campbell, Keaton and Graham had very little school work. They still all had to work with me which takes some time. Campbell works with me the longest, and we have 6 things to do together (multiplication tables, history, reading, grammar, spelling and another grammar).
  • I have also let my guard down on Whitman. That boy has learned to just disappear during the school day. It was 11:30 today, and he still had his phonics to do. That is his hardest thing so his bit sisters decided to help him. I am not sure how much help they gave him because I think they pretty much did it for him. 
  • Anderson was the only one still working after lunch. We all read, did some chores, finished another Jr. Ranger book and all 3 big kids finished their East homework for the week. I headed up to the treadmill while the Campbell and Whitman were working on a fort.
  • Robby made the kids supper while I finished up. Then we dropped the boys off at basketball, and Whitman off at Grannymom's house for the night. Robby and I went out to eat by ourselves! On the way home, we picked up Krispy Kreme doughnuts for a snack tonight.
  • When basketball was over, Cash came home with us to spend the night and we devoured a box of doughnuts! The kids all zoned out this evening on their devices while Reagan worked on making a sign. She has grand plans to sell it so hopefully that works out!

September 6, 2018

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  • Thursday morning and things went well. Laundry had been done the night before. I walked on the treadmill and emptied dishes before Graham had asked me a single question about his school work. He was downstairs right at 7 already working on his school work. 
  • I still had to work hard to wake everyone up this morning. I have found that if I stay upstairs talking to someone about some upcoming event or something exciting, then the others will wake up a bit easier because they are curious as to what we are talking about.
  • Everyone ate their breakfast, and then we started on our work together and daily school work. I seemed to be scrambling most of the day to catch up and to urge people to work on. Now, Keaton did finish today's work and tomorrow's as well. Campbell was still doing work today at 4, but she ended up doing most of her work for tomorrow too. I did try to explain that maybe next time she should finish one day's work before starting on the next day's work!
  • Around lunch, I headed off to get my hair cut. Most everyone was done with their school, and by the time that I made it back home everyone was almost done with school. The big 3 still have quite a bit of work to do on their EAST stuff. They hopefully can finish tomorrow.
  • I was home a bit and soon headed out again to meet the homeschool moms for some year long planning. We did talk about making a newspaper this next year which I am pretty excited about. 
  • While I was gone, Robby made everyone supper. They even completed the laundry and did the dishes. Tomorrow morning should go splendid with all of my first chores already finished.
  • I arrived home just as everyone was heading to bed. I kissed the crew goodnight and then had a bit of time for a show and some reading and very possibly some cookie dough.

September 5, 2018

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  • When I went up the stairs towards the treadmill, I heard Campbell (I thought-though it was actually Reagan) coughing. I think that those girls were already awake because when I went to start waking everyone up, the girls' ipads were already gone. They were all in the bedroom, dressed and ready to head to the first day of CBS. I guess they were a wee bit excited!
  • I do believe that everyone had a good day at CBS. Reagan, Graham, Campbell and Keaton are all in the same classes. There are lots of new people so they will have many new friends. Anderson is now in the Jr. CBS program and would be with Reagan's class, but they have divided it into boys and girls. Whitman is now in Keaton's class with her and will be in that room for the next two years.
  • I have the same leader that I have had before. This is our 6th year of CBS. I know two people in my class, and I am really excited about our study of Genesis. I think it will be very interesting. 
  • Afterwards, we met our crew at the park. The kids enjoyed playing for a good while until we headed home. It was pleasant but was still a bit warm outside. 
  • Reagan went home with Kennedy for the afternoon, and I made the rest of the kids come home and do some work. The boys both did some of their EAST stuff. Everyone did two things of school. Bless Campbell last week she multiplied two double digit numbers and did it very well. This week she is multiplying a triple digit number with a double digit number, and it is not easy at all for her!
  • I also did some reading with everyone and even had a few minutes to sit down before loading up for church tonight. The kids all have lots of fun in their classes. Keaton and Campbell are the only ones who have to say verses. They both worked and worked on their different verses this week. Keaton could also earn bonus bucks by saying the fruits of the spirit which she knew. Now, Campbell could earn bucks by saying the 12 tribes of Israel. We put them to song and practiced, but I didn't think there was any way that she could say them tonight. Sure enough she did. In case you are wondering some of them are - Judah, Benjamin, Isachar, Dan, Gad, Nepthali, and a few other guys!
  • Once we all made it home, the kids had showers and then a bit of ice cream before bed. It was a pretty busy but pretty good day.

September 4, 2018

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  • You would not expect the first day of school after a holiday to go well, but surprisingly it did go very well today. I was shocked, to say the list, when Anderson told me before lunch that he was finished with school. His school today was just the perfect easy day-no writing in writing, easy math, and grammar with me. He was pretty pleased with himself, and I was as well.
  • Campbell was the last one to finish her school today. I am not too sure what all she did that slowed her down, but she didn't mind having to finish a bit of stuff after lunch. I am actually surprised that Keaton wasn't the last one-for some reason, I think that everyone thought today was the day that they had to read with her. So she read with at least 3 of the big kids while trying to do her work.
  • After lunch, we finished some chores and then did some more reading. By the end of all of our daily reading-15 minutes at breakfast, an hour in the morning, 15 minutes at lunch and then 30 more minutes in the afternoon-my voice starts getting a bit hoarse!
  • Once we finished that, everyone did their Jr. Ranger books. Then it was time for me to read some with the little 3. We are reading Pippi Longstocking. Afterwards, I read to Whitman, and he did some reading. He was reading to me today, and Keaton walked by and said, "I didn't know that he could read a book." Barely, but he can!
  • Much of the afternoon was spent with Reagan, Anderson and Graham working on their stuff for their library class. Since this is their first time to do this, it is a bit difficult trying to figure things out. I hope that it becomes easier, but they still have quite a few assignments to finish this week. 
  • After the treadmill,  I played a game with the little 3. Soon Robby was home. Even though we had eaten leftovers and sandwiches for lunch, I pulled out more leftovers for supper. I did make some BBQ chicken boneless wings to go with the meal. Unfortunately, I didn't buy the boneless wings and they were real wings! Urgh! That was fine because I was able to pull off the meat, but I still have another bag of those!
  • Once supper was over, we had some downtime until we watched a Bates. Robby made two batches of popcorn though we added butter and it wasn't that great. Hopefully, we will get it all figured out. We do know how to make some yummy kettle corn, but the kids don't like that as well. Reagan wants to have a popcorn bar for her party so we will have to figure it out soon. 

September 3, 2018

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  • No one was really quick to stir this morning. We heard the kids before we saw them. Whitman did come into our room sometime during the morning hours holding a gigantic cup of milk. He wanted me to put the lid on it. It was absolutely huge-so huge that I am not really sure where they found the cup or if it is even ours.
  • I had three mounds of huge laundry in the floor of our bedroom this morning, so my first stop was to work on them. It didn't take too incredibly long but gracious me, laundry never seems to end. Right now, we have one load in the dryer, and two loads in the washers, plus there is already enough wet towels to do another load. 
  • Robby and I both did our treadmill time this morning. When that was over, it was allowance passing out time. Since all of this was new, everyone counted their current cash. Then they put some of that in their long term savings. Each of these steps were carefully recorded on their ledgers. 
  • Then the excitement began-they received their first allowance. Robby already realized but this allowance passing out might just break us! Once the allowance was passed out, everyone had to put their tithe money in an envelope, put their savings in that envelope and carefully record all of that. It was pretty tedious work for some of the kids.
  • Afterwards, we ate our lunch and then had a bit of downtime before the pool. Then we loaded up for our 49th visit to the pool this summer. Yes, I have kept very meticulous records, and in case you are wondering, that means that we paid 7.18 each visit and 2.93 an hour. 
  • We actually stayed for 5 hours today. Robby did run and get supper-Chinese. This was the best pool supper yet. The kids were delighted with Chinese and devoured the lo mien noodles. At the final adult swim, they did sell everything for a quarter so that was also very exciting to everyone. Most everyone came away with a drink and a bag of chips.
  • We made it home about 7:30. The kids had their showers, and then everyone helped clean up the house for a few minutes. That really helped get us ahead on our weekly chore lists. Then everyone had a few minutes to play on their ipads before bedtime.

September 2, 2018

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  • Sunday morning and everyone was dressed and ready in time for us to leave a bit earlier than usual. I had to be there early because I had nursery duty with the babies during big church. 
  • We tried to get gas on the way, but Robby couldn't get his credit cards to work. After trying two pumps, he finally said that he would just have to get it after church.
  • We just had two babies in my room so it wasn't too bad. Robby said that all of the kiddos were good during church. He did say that Whitman was a bit squirmy and even agreed to an afternoon nap. Though that never happened.
  • After church, we headed to Grannymom's house for lunch. The girls played a game while Whitman worked diligently on some dominoes. After awhile, we left and headed to the gas station.
  • The car said "0 miles to Empty" for at least 2 miles on our way to Kroger. We probably did come really close to pushing that car, but thankfully we didn't have to. Robby had planned on dropping me off at the door so I could grab a few things while he pumped gas, but instead he just drove right on to the gas pumps!
  • This afternoon was full of a nap for Robby and me. The kids ate, ipad-ed and had a big time. Campbell and Keaton are on a rainbow loom kick and are making bracelets galore right now. That is fine because it is something to do that isn't just screens.
  • Around 5, we loaded up and headed to the pool for our 48th visit of the season. The Heltz and Crafts were all there. This was great for the girls because they all had buddies, but my big boys didn't have buddies. They still managed fine. We even had pizza for supper-Robby bought plenty of BBQ pizza this time so everyone was happy!
  • At one point Candice was holding Traci's baby at the pool, when Anderson asked me if he could hold the baby. He was dry, so I put the baby in his lap. After holding him for a while, Anderson leaned over to me and whispered, "I thought it would be more fun that it is." I guess holding the baby wasn't all that he thought it would be! He did later ask if we could take the baby home with us.
  • We stayed until the pool closed and once home, everyone had showers. Since tomorrow is not a school day, we did let everyone stay up a little bit later than usual. They were all quiet which usually means, the quieter you are, the longer you get to stay up.
  • What was not quiet tonight was our alarm. The kids were still up, Robby was laying in the bed reading and I was on the computer when our house alarm started going nuts. We both bolted out of bed-I did a door/window/kid check while Robby worked on silencing the alarm. I made my loop back to the bedroom about the time, he saw that it was a water alarm. 
  • So he went to the washing machine downstairs and I headed upstairs to check that washing machine and water heater. All was well on my end, and Robby just had a bit of dampness on his check. He did discover that his dryer hose had come loose, so we fixed it up and finally it was quiet in the Dennie house.

September 1, 2018

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  • We all slept pretty well last night. At one time, Robby had to go and stir Keaton because she must have been having a dream. She was talking in her sleep. It wasn't too much longer when she walked over to me and slept the rest of the night between Robby and me.
  • The big boys had slept in Zach's room, and pretty early this morning Anderson came up to grab his ipad. We could hear breakfast being made downstairs, but we quietly stayed upstairs until the dinner bell was rang. Anderson did manage to tell us twice that breakfast smelled "absolutely delicious." 
  • It was indeed absolutely delicious. Les and Shelley had made eggs, sausage and biscuits for breakfast. Afterwards, Campbell, Reagan and I played a board game. It was a bit too difficult for us, so soon everyone was putting on their bathing suits.
  • Of course Campbell and Whitman were the first ones to jump into the pool. Everyone played, and Whitman even had a bit of chance to work on his swimming with Reagan. She loves taking off his life jacket and does well watching him. 
  • The boys swam some but also ended up playing football in the back yard some. The little 3 swam until almost noon. Then it was time to start cleaning up and loading up to head home. We ate a bite of lunch right before leaving to come home.
  • On the way home, the kids were fairly quiet. They spent most of their time on their ipads. We did stop at McDonalds on the way home for a bathroom stop and most importantly for some ice cream. Then for the rest of the ride, we listened to the Hog game.
  • We dropped off Grannymom and Grandpa and then rushed home to see the end of the game. Well, before anyone was able to watch the game, everyone worked hard on cleaning out the car and putting away all of our stuff. Eight people going anywhere for any amount of time, even less than 24 hours, still amounts to a lot of stuff.
  • We cheered on the Hogs and took quite a bit of time this evening relaxing. Robby grilled hamburgers for our supper. Afterwards, Keaton, Campbell, Robby and I took a short walk around the block. 
  • Then it was home for some showers and a brief time before bed. The weekend has already flown by but thankfully, we have Monday to celebrate a little bit longer!

August 31, 2018

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  • I was almost the last one awake this morning. Reagan was the only one still sleeping when I finally rolled out of bed. She continued to sleep while I folded 2 loads of laundry, walked on the treadmill, emptied the dishwasher and packed my bag.
  • However, by the time that we started our work together this morning at 10, she was indeed awake. We didn't get to do our little bit of reading yesterday afternoon, so I did some of our fun reading today. We finished off a lot of picture books and even finished The Twits. 
  • My favorite part of reading today was reading a book about a pet rock and by the time I had finished, most of the kids had ran to grab one of their rocks. For some reason, everyone has rocks now. Reagan and her friends even share custody of a rock like piece of aluminum foil. He has a name and even a bed.
  • Chores were next on the agenda. Not so much chores today, but we had to straighten the house. Helping everyone make their beds takes a good bit of time. After that was over, Reagan and Anderson packed while the rest of us picked up upstairs. Then Anderson vacuumed while others finished upstairs and others folded 2 more loads of laundry (the laundry will seriously never ever end.)
  • By this time, it was almost lunch time. We usually eat our lunch together and do some more reading during that time. Today, I just told everyone eat on their own. This makes them practically giddy. By this time though, it was time for me to hurry around and get my shower so I just left Whitman to fend for himself. I did later see that he had a plate in front of him. Even though the plate was empty, it must have had food on it so I didn't worry much. Later I did find out that Keaton was the one to make his lunch today. He asked for a grilled cheese sandwich without the grilled. So that was what he got.
  • We decided to leave a few minutes earlier than planned, but everyone and everything was ready. The Kroger sales were calling our names. Robby bought the gas while I went in, then he went in while I brought my groceries back to the car. The kids were all in the car but when I opened the door, everyone was shouting at me. Keaton thought she was going to be sick. Probably she was just scared though. I still had to go back inside for one more round of deals so she went in with me. Once she was with me, she was perfectly fine. This is new for her but has now happened twice. 
  • From there, we picked up drinks at Sonic, which is a risky thing to do before a road trip. Next we picked up Grannymom and Grandpa and headed on to Mississippi. We did stop once at a rest stop. And were soon crossing into Tennessee. Well, it felt like it to me and Graham since we dozed a good bit. (Robby and I were up until 2 last night finishing a movie so I am not quite caught up on my sleep.)
  • This evening we tailgated in front of the stadium. Les had grilled hot dogs, and I had brought my pineapple mango salsa which was even better today. Then it was ballgame time. 
  • Unfortunately, Lewisburg Patriots didn't win tonight. The game was almost played and officiated in slow motion. It was still a nice night, and we enjoyed seeing Josh play ball. The boys always love a football game. Well, the big boys do. Whitman loved the band!
  • Back at Les' house, we stayed up fairly late before crashing for the night. Campbell can only think about swimming in the pool tomorrow! Hopefully it will not rain!

August 30, 2018

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  • Last day of school for the week. Graham was again the only one awake this morning. He came into my room fairly early needing helping on his math. His math today was fairly easy to do (3x=27) so I was fairly relieved that it was something that I could do and explain.
  • I still had to wake up the others this morning. We did our reading and then started to school. At one point, I couldn't find Whitman. I knew that boy was hiding from me. It was a good thing it took me a while to find him because I was super mad with that little guy. I did finally find him and put him right to work. 
  • I basically have 3 kids that work fast and hard and three that take their sweet time. However, I guess it doesn't really matter because all of the work is eventually finished, and everyone has plenty of free time for the rest of the day.
  • The free time today was spent making more rainbow loom bracelets, redoing the hair on all of the American Girl dolls, and some basketball playing. Keaton went with Robby for an errand and lunch today. 
  • My afternoon list has seemed to be a bit longer these days. I did get everything accomplished today just barely. Robby did help me make our mango and pineapple salsa later in the day. I think that it is going to be pretty great. Now, I do wish that all of my ingredients were from my garden, but we can work on that next year.
  • I soon headed to Bunko while the kids ate Arbys and headed to the pool. They were able to swim for an hour and a half before it thundered and they had to leave. It was late but once at home, the kids began a movie. They were awake when I came home from Bunko but were at least heading to bed.

August 29, 2018

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  • I do believe that I might possibly be grieving our last non Bible Study Wednesday. I know that I have said it before but I do enjoy Bible study and it is wonderful for the kids-absolutely wonderful. When we do school though on Wednesdays, then we have a free day on Friday, and I love that too. We might possibly try to do a bit more school on Wednesdays this year so our Friday's will still be a bit lighter...or maybe we will just take a nap after Bible study.
  • Graham was awake early this morning, already working on his school work. He was flying through it. I helped him for a bit before I woke everyone else up. Reagan and Whitman were the last two for me to get downstairs. There wasn't much hurry for them to come down for a bowl of cereal!
  • We did our reading and then everyone started on their school work. By 11, Whitman still had not done anything today. Gracious me! I did try to help Anderson pick what he was going to do next multiple times during the day. That did seem to help him some. I will try to do a better job at keeping him on task tomorrow.
  • Robby took Graham to lunch today. While they were gone, I read with the littles, worked with Whitman and them helped the littles with their Jr. Ranger books. Once he came home, we read together and then worked with the bigs on their Ranger books. Even though we are done with school around lunch, there is a still a lot of "schooling' happening in the afternoons these days.
  • Campbell and Keaton have been making rainbow loom bracelets lately. Keaton made one for herself and one for Whitman. Campbell decided to make a pretty complicated one. She watched a video and got it all ready. Then it was my turn. I remember trying to make these difficult bracelets with Reagan when she was younger. I never really had any luck so I kept reminding Campbell that I didn't think I could do it. After watching the video over and over and lots of encouragement from Campbell, we finished it, and it was perfect!
  • I was finishing my shower after the treadmill when I heard Robby starting another money lesson. I hurried to finish I could help Whitman do his writing. The other day we used skittles to represent money and savings and even interest. The last few days the kids have been asking to do extra chores to add skittles to their savings. Yep, I have been passing out extra chores like mad! They do an extra chore and earn 3 skittles. I do think that I have the better end of the deal!
  • Afterwards, we scarfed down our supper and then headed to church. First I ran by the library, and we were able to unload before the rain started to fall at church. The boys had fun in their classes tonight and talked about it the entire way home. 
  • Keaton loves her class and wanted to practice her new verse over and over again tonight. I finally had to remind her that she had 6 more days to practice, and we would work some more tomorrow. Now, Campbell has a verse which is doable but she also has to remember the 12 tribes of Israel. Eeek! That will be a bit difficult.
  • Once at home, the kids changed and we had a snack before bedtime. For some reason, Graham and Whitman are sleeping on the floor tonight. Anderson is not-he jammed (hopefully) his toe tonight before church, and it is bit a swollen! Yuck!

August 28, 2018

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  • I was the first one awake this morning and went to town making muffins for breakfast. Now, I had been awake for a while since I had set my alarm to wake me up in time to walk on the treadmill. Now, I hit snooze on my phone long enough that there was no time for the treadmill at least this morning.
  • The kids woke up fairly quickly for muffins this morning. I probably should wake up every morning and cook them some type of warm breakfast, but we all know that's not going to happen. 
  • We did our school work and even though the kids have a bit more spelling today, we were still eating lunch by 12:30. School went well, but it does seem like everyone needs my help all at once. One minute I can be putting away laundry after no one is ready to work with me and then the next minute 3 people are sitting on the floor around me, 1 person is calling me and 2 more are fussing at each other in another room.
  • For lunch, we worked on eating some of our leftovers, but unfortunately we didn't even make a dent in things. After lunch was just as busy as school-I worked with the big 3 on their Jr. Ranger book, then worked with the little 3 of theirs and read them a book, then it was time for me to work with Whitman on his reading book.
  • After I did the treadmill, we were soon all in the car on our way to Dairy Queen. Today was our last visit there because we have now received 6-7 Blizzards each week for the last year. We had 6 coupons and eventually Shannon gave us hers as well. So that total is around 330 Blizzards were eaten by the Dennies this year. The kids were a bit bummed because they knew that we probably won't be going back anytime soon. 
  • From there we headed to the pool. I am sure that the lifeguards were wondering if they should call in reinforcements tonight. When we arrived there was already one family there with 6 kids, the Heltz and their 4 were there and later the Crafts came with their 5. We took a picture with our pool buddies and even though we were missing 3 kids, there were 16 in the picture.
  • I ran to Walmart on the way home while Robby took everyone home to start showers. They were almost all finished by the time I made it home. Everyone was able to veg out for a few minutes before bedtime. Tomorrow is our last school day Wednesday before Bible study begins next week.

August 27, 2018

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  • This Monday morning went much better than last week. That made me happy, happy! It was still an incredibly busy day-school for six is just really hectic. This morning, Graham was the only one awake this morning. When I did go upstairs to wake everyone up, Anderson was stirring so I just had 4 folks to wake up.
  • I was running a bit behind on waking up the crew, but we had still eaten and began our work together by 8:10. We did our history, science, Latin, memory work and lots and lots of reading this morning. Then it was time for us to start on our work.
  • Campbell and Keaton went to lunch with Robby so they were on fire with finishing their school. Reagan wanted to finish two days of school but only did about a day and a half. She has a page of fairly difficult science to do tomorrow so that will take her awhile...hopefully, it will just take her a while and not me!
  • Anderson did his work with gusto today. It helped tremendously that his math was shorter today (mean, median and mode). Whitman even worked hard today and after finishing his work, I did let him play on his ipad instead of working on his chores.
  • Campbell and Keaton were happy to have lunch with Robby and to run an errand or two on the way home. I was happy that they did run by the library to drop off some books that were almost due. 
  • This afternoon, I worked with Whitman, walked on the treadmill and even made supper. Around 4, I started to do our afternoon reading with the kids. I finished my last book, when Robby had everyone go to their desks for their first finance class.
  • Robby gave everyone skittles which they pretended to be money. They had to tithe with their skittles and put some in savings. Along with that they had a ledger to keep up with their skittle total. This was excellent practice for everyone. Graham was a bit disappointed that there wouldn't be another finance class tomorrow.
  • As soon as that was over, we had a pasta chicken dish that I had made. The kids did eat it up, and Graham even said that it was a keeper. Though most people didn't seem to eat any of the chicken. My supper could have been a lot cheaper if I had left that out. 
  • Around 6, the girls, Whitman, Robby and I headed to the pool. The boys stayed home to watch a movie. We were there until closing time at 8. The pool kids had fun today and are excited about going back tomorrow because most of their buddies should be there. 
  • Once at home, there were showers and a few minutes before bed. Last night we told them that they had to go to bed a bit earlier because bedtime took FOREVER. We also told the boys that if we had to come up there, there would be no ipad tomorrow. Now, the boys are pretty noisy up there, but no one has called me upstairs!

August 26, 2018

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  • Sunday morning and the only one that I had to wake up was Reagan. She didn't lollygag long because she was soon downstairs dressed and ready. I tell you Sunday mornings continue to get easier. I remember the days when one of us would be feeding a baby while another would be squeezing chubby little toddler legs into tights while filling cups of milk and bowls of cheerios. Those possibly might have been the good ole days! 
  • At the end of big church, Whitman asked me if we were leaving. I reminded him that we still had Sunday school to go to. He told me that he was just asking if we were leaving that room (sanctuary). He didn't mind us staying at church, he just wanted to make sure that we weren't going to stick around for another sermon.
  • We ate lunch at Nonna's house today. Graham had been telling us how yummy Nonna's chocolate cake would be for dessert. I think that he had eaten a bite or two after she made it on Saturday. We hung out there for a little bit before heading home.
  • Our Sunday afternoon was spent how Sunday afternoons should be-taking a nap. The kids don't realize what they are missing! I had even brought part of the paper to study but couldn't keep my eyes open long enough. 
  • We loaded up and headed to the pool. There will only be a few more pool visits before it is closed for the year. I already have on my list for early May to get Whitman swim lessons. Since it has been a bit chilly, he has regressed some on his swimming skills, but still manged to swim across the pool. He still could go down in an instant though so swim lessons will be mandatory for my little guy.
  • Robby ran to pick up pizza while we were there. The Heltz were there, and we all enjoyed supper at the pool. The kids swam until the pool closed at 8. Then we dropped off the kids at home, and we ran to the Wilson's house for a minute.
  • Then back to our house to finish up the shower line, and then to get everyone into bed. They need all of the sleep that they can get, because Mondays are always fairly difficult days getting back into the swing of things around here!

August 25, 2018

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  • I had already had to go to the bathroom this morning, so I was kind of awake when my phone dinged with a text message at 7:30. (That was pretty early for my phone, though yesterday morning, Pops text around 5 in the morning!) I looked at it and read that Keaton's planned birthday party had to be put on hold for today because of a sick sibling.
  • Now, I sure couldn't go back to sleep after this. I was pretty bummed and knew Keaton would be too. I pulled out a little present to take to the birthday-party-missing girl when we were to pick up Campbell later in the morning. 
  • I had thought about waking Keaton up, but waited as long as I could. When I heard someone on the steps, I hoped it was Keaton so I could tell her the bad news. It was just Whitman, who wanted a "surprise breakfast" again. This time he received cereal and "surprise" we had milk!
  • I went on up to tell Keaton that the birthday party was cancelled. The poor baby cried and cried. She has had a fairly rough week-it started with her playdate on Monday not happening because the other girl was sick and ended with missing today's birthday party. 
  • Keaton was happy to get to ride with me to pick up Campbell from her party. She also delighted in giving Anna her extra birthday present. Campbell wasn't too happy to see us since that meant that it was time for her to go. 
  • We did have a brief discussion on proper things to say when you see your mother. Things like "I am not leaving yet" are definitely not appropriate. However, things like, "hello" or "I had a good time" or even "Mom, I missed you" would be completely appropriate.
  • I think that Campbell did have a great time. She enjoys a party-any party. On the way home, she told us all about everything that happened. She also told me that Ms. Traci had the best popcorn and best cinnamon rolls ever.
  • Once at home, Robby and then I ran on the treadmill. Afterwards, we ran a few errands. We did find Graham some shoes and snagged some Kroger bargains. Then we picked up Graham on the way home. 
  • We didn't have too long before everyone loaded up to head to the Salt Bowl. It is always fun to go there, but we do forget how incredibly hot it is. Crazy hot! The kids love it probably has much as they love Halloween. That definitely come home with almost as much stuff.
  • At the tailgate, we walked through row after row of tents handing out stuff. By the end, Whitman wouldn't take anything else-he was done. We did sit in the shade and eat hot dogs and cheese dip while sweat was dripping down our backs. 
  • The boys would love to stay for the football game, but it was incredibly nice to walk back to our air conditioned car instead of sitting in stands for the next hour and half waiting on the game to just begin.
  • At home, we didn't cool off too much because Robby went to work mowing and put Anderson to work mowing the front yard. I put everyone else to work picking up sticks. We picked up sticks until Anderson was finished and joined us. They don't really understand that the quicker they pick up the sticks, the sooner they will be finished with their job.
  • Once inside, it was shower time and loot sorting time. The kids loved spreading out all of their stuff. They spent the rest of the evening eating as much as they could from their bags. We did pause the candy fest to watch a Bates before it was bedtime for the crew!

August 24, 2018

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  • There is just something wonderful about Fridays or maybe I should more accurately say that there is something wonderful about days that we don't have school around here. Whitman was awake fairly early this morning. He asked about his ipad and then even asked about breakfast. I do believe (my memory is a bit fuzzy) that I encouraged him to talk to Anderson. 
  • I don't think that Anderson was much help this morning because I ended up getting Whitman's breakfast. He requested a "surprise" breakfast which I was not too in the mood to come up with. In case you are wondering, a "surprise" breakfast is a pop tart, raisins and one graham cracker. Along with that surprise was a cup of coke. That was a real surprise. Remember we were out of milk...and yes, Robby did go to the store today and forget the milk. However, he went again later and did remember the milk.
  • The main event this morning was a bit of reading, chores and then lunch. Then it was to the post office we went. The Dennie kids applied for passports this afternoon. That was a fun-45 minutes in a small space with 6 kids. It was like we were on display at the post office. Robby had a folder crammed full of copy after copy of document after document. Thankfully, we had everything so hopefully their passports will come soon...and after spending that much on passports, you better believe that we will do our best to get our money's worth out of them.
  • We rewarded the kids with Sonic. We actually had to go to two Sonic's to get our drinks since we accidentally went to the wrong Sonic to pick up our order. Then we dropped Graham off at Nonna's house for the night. We did look at their new living room furniture, and I inspected the work being done next door on Beebee's house.
  • The afternoon was fairly short. I did do some reading briefly before taking Campbell to a birthday party. It was a sleepover, and that girl was so excited about it. She was actually so excited that she packed this morning while Reagan was still sleeping. I hope that she is having a good time.
  • Robby then took Anderson to basketball. Then he came to pick us up to take us to the Wilson's house for supper. Shannon had taco salad for supper, and it was delicious. Robby then had to pick up Anderson for bball. He took Reagan home on the way, and Keaton rode with them.
  • They did pick up Anderson as well as the more important milk (kidding). Then Robby took Anderson home and brought Keaton back with him so she could help Shannon make some cookies. We ate the cookies while trying to convince her to start selling her cookies. 
  • Before bed tonight, Robby did list a few things on ebay. We will let you know how he does in a few days.

August 23, 2018

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  • This morning Anderson and Whitman were awake before I left my bedroom. Anderson was working on his ipad doing some math so Whitman thought that he would also get his ipad to do a bit of movie watching. 
  • Whitman so wanted to do math on his ipad today just like everyone else. I would have happily let him except he hadn't even started on any of his paper work. It was almost noon today when I had to sit down with Whitman and get him moving. We worked together and finished his work fairly quickly.
  • Everyone ate breakfast this morning and once again we are out of milk. We used to do so good always staying stocked up on milk. Then we slowed down to one gallon every few days. Somehow in the last few months, our milk level is back up again. It is not nearly back up to a gallon a day like we have done in the past. Either way, we are out of milk, and I didn't even mention it to Robby for his grocery store run tonight.
  • We had our lunches today-pizza, cheese toast, beans, pretzels, chips, barbecue, and a sandwich. Not as many choices as yesterday's lunch. And we still have a fridge full of leftovers. After lunch, everyone worked on chores. Sometimes I wonder if we should just do all of our cleaning chores on one day during the week. The kids do the easy things on Monday (like cleaning the bonus room) but wait until the end of the week to do the more difficult things (like cleaning the potties.) I guess this is all fine, but I never feel like the house is clean. At least if we did it all on one day, at least for an hour or so things would seem clean.
  • Around 4, we loaded up to head to Sonic for drinks. Then we stopped by Grandpa's house to drop off some boards. Reagan has decided that she wants to make a sign with my cricut to sell. That sounds perfectly fine, but I am not exactly how she will sell it. I need to find a kid craft show I guess!
  • The pool was our next stop. The Heltz family was all there tonight. I don't think that the pool was that incredibly cold, but outside of the pool it was definitely cold. At one point, I even thought about covering up with a towel! 
  • Robby brought corn dogs for our supper. The kids devoured them. We stayed until closing time and then headed home. The kids had showers and then had a few minutes to play before their bedtime!

August 22, 2018

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  • When I went to wake everyone up this morning, I found Graham in Whitman's bed and Keaton in Campbell's bed. I think that we could possibly sell some of the beds in this house and clear up some space since people seem to be rarely sleeping in their own beds.
  • Even though we had a pretty good breakfast yesterday, Whitman was in tears because he wanted pancakes. So this morning, I looked in all of the freezers for pancakes, but unfortunately we were all out. I did put some on the grocery list. However, Whitman didn't mention pancakes this morning.
  • After our breakfast, we did our daily school work. Then it was time for everyone work together. For some reason, Anderson was in no hurry today. Yet, when it was after lunch, and he realized how much he had left, he was pretty upset. Hopefully, he will figure out how to manage his time a bit better.
  • On the other hand, there is Reagan who spent her morning working on today's school and tomorrow's school. I am glad that she can get her work done, but then part of me starts to wonder if she has enough to do. 
  • We had our lunch this morning. Even though the kids make their own lunches on most days, I do feel like a short order cook. This is a list of foods today eaten at lunch: pizza, barbecue, cheesy bread, chips, pretzels, quesadilla, beans, apples, hot dog and a wrap. That list doesn't seem like a lot but trust me, it seems like a lot.
  • This afternoon was spent finishing school, reading and working on Whitman's reading. Soon it was time to load up for church. I took Graham with me, and we headed to the library. I know I said it last week, but I just love getting my library books each week. Today I was delighted because I turned in 25 and checked out 23. That was great. Now to finish more this week than I pick up next week. 
  • We then met everyone else at ChickFilA for supper. Keaton and Reagan could hardly wait to get to church tonight. Everyone loves this classes. Anderson and Graham found out that they both were put in the group that they wanted to be in. 
  • I let everyone play on the playground a bit before heading home. Once we did make it home, the kids changed, and then we had a bit of a snack before bedtime.

August 21, 2018

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  • I stuck carefully to my breakfast schedule this morning. Graham wasn't too pleased yesterday when I deviated from the lunch schedule. So before my people were awake, I had cinnamon toast in the oven and eggs frying on the stove. 
  • We all ate our breakfast and quickly started on our school work. I had told the kids that everyone had to be finished by 12:30 today. Reagan didn't have anything at all to do today so just wandered around and played on her ipad some. 
  • Everyone else did pretty good with their work. I somehow stayed caught up today and didn't feel as swamped as I had the day before. Campbell and Anderson were the last ones to finish, but they diligently worked until they had finished. 
  • Nonna and Pops brought over lunch for everyone this afternoon. They brought pizza, chips and cookies. My kids gobbled everything up. I think that I should start ordering lunch every single day. 
  • Once they left, the kids finished their chores. We then did some more reading before working on another one of our Jr. Ranger books. Right now we are doing one every week to catch up on the ones from our trip. I think that when we are done with this, we will start with books from other parks that we haven't visited. Maybe we will just do one of those a month though.
  • At 2:20, we loaded up and headed to the dentist. I had books packed and was bracing myself for a tough afternoon because Whitman ha been a bit fussy all day long. Almost like he was sickly or tired. He did get over it as we were walking in though.
  • We sat down in the waiting room, and the receptionist called me over. She said, "Tara, we don't have ya'll on the schedule." Do what? I knew that I hadn't received any texts and emails. But the appointment was on my paper calendar and my phone. It was no big deal though I felt like an idiot!
  • Now, tonight when we did arrive home, Robby did look at my last years calendars and there on the last page was a sticker from the dentist with today's date on it. I had showed up on the right date, though I don't know what happened to my appointment. In case you are wondering, we do have an appointment scheduled for December and one already scheduled for May. 
  • So we had to find something else to do until the pool opened at 4. Our first stop was of course, Dairy Queen. We have only one more visit! Today as I pulled up to order, a man asked if he could take our order. I began with, "I need to order 7 mini blizzards." As soon as those words left my mouth, our lady worker friend shouted, "hey gang!" She pretty much knows our orders, and this time she remembered all of the kids names except Anderson.
  • Next stop was to Academy to look for shoes. Reagan and Graham could use a new pair. Keaton and Campbell also thought that they needed some. Unfortunately, we didn't see any that were in our price range. 
  • Then we went to Whole Foods. The kids had never been so I told them that we would go and find something that we had never had before and buy it. Those kids didn't really understand my quest for something like "star fruit" or "okra." Instead they tried to get my to buy every candy or cookie in the store. They were indeed all organic or natural and of course we had never eaten any of those. 
  • We finally settled on dried strawberries and brioche bread. Once we picked those out, we headed on to the pool. We were pretty much the only ones there most of the time. Robby came with supper when he had finished with work. 
  • The Kamps showed up so the kids had folks to play with. Robby did get in the pool, but it was too cool for me to even act like I was going to get in the pool. We were there for 3.5 hours which brings our total to 42 visits and 98.5 hours spent at the pool. I am pretty pleased with that total, though we still probably have a few more pool visits left in us. However, I am getting a bit ready to unpack my swim bag and get it out of the floor of my closet.
  • Once at home, it did take forever to unload the cars. Then the kids started on their showers. There is lots of excitement happening because Robby has mentioned the kids getting to invest in stocks soon and there was even a hint of an allowance for the big 3.   

August 20, 2018

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  • Everyone was asleep this morning, but when I opened the boys' door to wake them up, Graham jumped up and shouted "good morning." Bless, that boy coughed a good bit of the night and pretty much all day long. He has a pretty good cold. Whitman and Campbell also have running noses but hopefully they don't get his cough.
  • Once everyone was awake, they were in fairly good moods. Well, we did have to move our normal work together from my room into the kitchen. We finished our working together about the normal time. However, everything about school today seemed to take forever.
  • I have been expecting things to catch up with me since last year it took me until noon to work with everyone individually. This year we have also added Whitman to the mix and I am reading a chapter book with all 4 big kids during our work together time as well. So this was the first day that it was after lunch when I finally finished with everyone. 
  • Reagan did run to lunch with Robby, but she has some how managed to finish at least two and a half days of school. Her doing extra probably did slow me down some, but I am definitely glad that she is working ahead some. She is currently working on Wednesday's math. I thought she was, but she has apparently spent quite a bit of time drawing an excellent sheep on her assignment page. Now, I am not really sure what she will do for the rest of the week if she finishes all of her school work. I guess I will have her be Whitman's teacher.
  • After lunch, we finished up school. I might add that Anderson finished before lunch today. He was pretty proud of himself and sped through his chores. The afternoon was spent just around the house. Campbell and Reagan did make smoothies for their snack this afternoon.
  • As I was finishing up the treadmill, Robby took the little 3 to the pool. We didn't make everyone go because the plan is to go tomorrow. I stayed home with the big 3. We ate our supper-which they promptly called "mushy." 
  • After the pool, everyone else was eating and lo and behold, Whitman called it "mushy" too. I guess the chicken enchiladas might have been on the mushy side. I did leave the foil on the whole time so I think that was the reason. Though possibly it was because they were frozen though that has never happened before. Pioneer Woman always toast her tortillas before putting them in her enchiladas. Oh well, it killed hunger!
  • The evening flew by and the kiddos vegged out before bedtime. Tomorrow will be another busy day!

August 19, 2018

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  • Sunday morning and Graham was the only one dressed when Robby went to check on the kids' progress. Anderson was awake too but didn't have on his church clothes yet. The girls were sleeping, but they all did jump up to get themselves ready. 
  • After my shower, I had to go and wake Whitman up. I laid him on the floor of my room but he was quick to jump up and climb under the covers of my bed. Soon though, he had his shower that he missed from last night, and everyone was soon ready and eating their breakfast.
  • Church was fairly uneventful. Graham did have to leave after the sermon to go and blow his nose. Whitman and Keaton were both by me. He "read" his Bible outloud during a bit of the sermon while she did her best to sit still with "wiggles" sitting on the other side of me.
  • After church, we headed to Grannymom's house for lunch. We celebrated Cash's birthday with cookie cake. Afterwards, the kids went to Dana's house to see Cash's video game and the puppies.
  • Once at home, we took our Sunday afternoon naps-well, Robby and I did. The kids were fairly quiet. I was only asked about a snack by 3 different people. Twice in person and one text. I eventually did get up and start on my evening activities.
  • I folded the laundry, prepared a freezer meal, cooked beans in my instant pot and worked on some Christmas gifts. I was feeling pretty accomplished! 
  • Candice picked up Reagan for a life group meeting. While she was gone, Robby and I took the little 3 to the pool. I stayed for a little bit and then ran to the grocery store. When I returned, it was almost time for the pool to close, and my people were the only ones there. Three Dennies swimming and 2 lifeguards. Not a bad ratio.
  • Once at home, we ate frozen pizza for supper. We don't think that the kids really like it, but I really do. Once the kitchen was picked up from supper, Robby started to play with his new toy-a whirly popper. 
  • It makes some pretty good stove top popcorn. The first batch was butter and then second was kettle corn. It made a ton and everyone gobbled it all up. Of course this did mean that the living room floor had to be vacuumed for the second time today! 
  • The kids headed to bed just about the time that it started to rain. It was too late to be heading to bed on a Sunday night so hopefully they can catch up on some Zzzs tonight.