August 17, 2018

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  • Today was a pretty fun day! First, I was in no hurry to wake up. Actually, no one in this house was in a hurry to wake up. Since we had already finished our school for the week, we didn't have to rush around this morning. 
  • Now, Anderson did have a page of math and grammar to work on before he touched his ipad. So he delivered his work to me before I had even left the bed this morning. I guess he was the only one in a hurry this morning since he still had to finish his work before touching any devices.
  • Come September, we will have Bible study on Wednesdays so on Fridays we will still be doing our last school day of the week. Now, I do love Bible study very much, but it sure would be nice to have a free day once a week.
  • We did do a bit of reading this morning-especially history since if we don't work hard at it, it will take us 2 years to finish. There was also a science experiment which was supposed to prove the kids that we use not only our sense of smell to smell with but also our eyes. After making them smell and eat lemon jello that was dyed red, they were sure that the actually lemon jello was really cherry jello dyed yellow.
  • Around 3, we all loaded up to go to the children's library. The big 3 are doing the EAST program at the library this year. It looked pretty neat-they all had nametags, folders and were all sitting at computers. The internet was down some today so they weren't able to do everything that they had planned. I think it will be really neat.
  • While they were in their class, 2 hours, Campbell, Keaton, Whitman and I read quite a few books. We are working on Pippi Longstocking so we read some of that. But we also read a few others ones. I even stumbled on a book that Whitman proudly read to everyone (I can see. I can hide. I can jump...)
  • When the big kids were finished with their class, the boys came out telling me all about what they did. They were both talking as fast as they could until we made it to basketball. Later on the way home, Reagan had her turn to tell me all about it. Graham and Reagan seemed to both be interested in graphic design. I am possibly more excited about this class than the kids are!
  • Now, the boys usually aren't too nuts about basketball, but today we arrived a bit early and I suggested them staying in the car for a few more minutes while we listened to our book. Both boys, who usually love the books on tape, were ready to get right out and go into basketball.
  • The girls, Whitman and I headed home. The girls opted to eat cheese ravioli for their supper. Robby and I however ran to the food truck down the way. Not the catfish food truck but the Mexican one. We are so classy on Lawson that we do have 2 food trucks! 
  • I got a burrito which was absolutely huge! Robby had tacos. All of our food, despite being food truck prices, was really yummy. We came home and gobbled it down before running to pick Graham up from basketball. Anderson had gone on home with Grannymom to spend the night. 
  • Once at home, Graham had a shower and ate his supper. Then the kids had a snack before vegging out in the living room. Currently, we are all in the living room. Robby and I have our computers in our laps, Graham is watching tv, and Reagan, Campbell, Keaton and Whitman all have their ipads in front of them. It is a pretty quiet, yet perfect Friday night.

August 16, 2018

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  • Anderson and Graham were up early this morning and immediately started on their school. Graham felt like he had a lot of work today (he didn't) so he started as early as he could.
  • We had our breakfast, did our reading and then the kids started on their school work. Since no one had spelling today, everything went really smoothly. Reagan had finished her school work for today yesterday so she was done early. 
  • After our lunch, we did a bit more reading along with some chores. Then we loaded up to head to the Museum of Discovery. We just have a few more months left on our pass to the museum so I feel like I need to use it to the fullest. 
  • The kids always enjoy it even though quite a bit of the things are the same each time. There was a new exhibit about diamonds which was kind of interesting though. I had to go out once to feed the meter again. I tried to use my credit card, but the machine didn't like my Discover so I had to use some quarters from Campbell's bag.
  • While we were at the museum today, a worker with a snake wrapped around his arm asked Whitman if he wanted to touch a snake. Whitman looked at the man, looked at what was on his arm and jumped back while shouting "no." A bit later, Whitman approached the man and asked if the snake was tame. He did finally pet the snake!
  • After the museum, we ran to Dairy Queen. While I was ordering, the lady taking my order starting guessing the kids orders and also asked if one was for Reagan. The one lady knows most of the kids' names. As she was handing the Blizzards to us, she whispered to me, "I made one extra for you." That was incredibly sweet even though we have 7 cards so one was already for me! I just smiled and thanked her. The kids passed around the extra one and soon it was also gone.
  • From there, we headed to Lifeway to have Reagan's name put on her Bible. It was actually free this week so that couldn't have worked out any better. Our next, and final stop, was the pool. Robby met us there and brought supper.
  • We did stay and swim until closing time at 8. The kids enjoyed playing with the Kamps who were there as well. By the end, I was a bit chilly even though I read that the heat index was 107 today. 
  • Once we made it home, everyne had their showers, and we watched a Bates tv show before bedtime. It is a good thing that we don't have school tomorrow because my kiddo will be tired since we stayed up much later than even our usual late bedtime. 

August 15, 2018

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  • Again no one was awake early this morning, but I was! I had 2 dozen muffins in the oven before anyone stirred. Now don't be too impressed, because all I did was open up some packages of muffins, added milk and stirred. 
  • Now, you might should be impressed that I also emptied the dishwasher, folded a load of clothes, walked 2 miles and cleaned the fridge also before anyone came downstairs. I can not guarantee that all of that will happen tomorrow or really ever again!
  • We did our morning reading and then everyone started on their school work. Whitman breezed through his this morning and even had to wait on my to work with him. He also had a fit when he realized that he wasn't getting to do math on the ipad like everyone else. So Reagan helped him with his ipad math, and he was happy once again.
  • Graham once again had another good day. Possibly I should make him a sticker chart to mark his good days. His math even changed up today, but it still was not a problem. Reagan's math also changed, and I am always so pleased when I understand what they are doing. Sometimes I have to work a bit to figure it all out again. Reagan's math was finding the volume of cylinders while Graham's was subtracting mixed numbers.
  • At lunch we ate. Then, Anderson worked some more on his school work before we did some reading again. We have 82 library books checked our right now. I told Robby tonight that my favorite part about Wednesday nights is coming home and going through all of my library books. Of course he replied that maybe I should get out more often!
  • The afternoon went by fairly quickly. Quite a bit of the afternoon my girls spent trying to figure out exactly what they were going to wear for their first Wednesday night. I kept reminding everyone that anything would be just fine, but there were outfit changes, drama, fingernail painting and lots of hair combing. 
  • We ran by the library before eating supper at ChickFilA. Then it was church time. Robby dropped us off. I was in the front as we were walking in and saw Reagan's friend walking by. I told Reagan, and she started knocking down brothers and sisters to get in the door and catch up with her buddy. Again, I think that she might have been a bit nervous!
  • I do believe that everyone had a good time at church tonight. Anderson was pleased that he won a game. Keaton was excited that she had said her verse already. 
  • Once at home, the kids put on their pajamas and had a snack before bed. Tomorrow is the last day of school for the week and hopefully, we will get to go to a few fun places as well.

August 14, 2018

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  • So today was a much better school day even though I didn't wake up as early as I would have liked. I did have to wake everyone else up. I did briefly feel bad about this until I saw multiple facebook pictures of kids waiting on their buses before 7 in the morning.
  • Today was supposed to be toast and eggs for breakfast but since we were running behind, I told everyone to just grab what they wanted. All of the girls almost mutinied because we didn't have muffins this morning. I told them that I would try to get up in time to make muffins tomorrow for school.
  • We did our work together part of school, and then everyone started on their own school work. Whitman has just figured out that the sooner he finishes his work, the sooner he can play his ipad. Not that this decreases his school time by much since I was still working with him at noon. He is however starting to do most of his phonics pages by himself. Though today he did trick Campbell into reading it for him.
  • We had our lunch, did a few chores and then even did some more reading. I worked on some Christmas gifts, yes, it is indeed never too early to get started. After I walked on the treadmill, it was time for us to load up and head to the pool. 
  • We arrived at the pool at 4, and we were the only ones there for the next 2 hours. Well, there was one other little boy who just lives down the road. Robby did show up with pizza for supper, and the Kamps arrived a bit afterwards.
  • We stayed until 8 which is quite a while for us to stay at the pool. It did increase my hour total on my spreadsheet that I am keeping of pool time and pool visits. Afterwards, we headed home to take a few quick showers, eat a few cookies and play for a few minutes before bedtime.

August 13, 2018

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  • First day of school for most everyone around here, but this was our 4th week of school. I had expected that we were in a bit of a routine, however I was pretty wrong. The kids slept in a bit this morning. I did have to wake everyone but Graham up for breakfast.
  • I called Reagan down at least 5 times before she graced us with her presence. I read at breakfast so I don't like starting if someone is not yet there. We then did our work together. We barely managed to squeeze everything in during the hour.
  • Afterwards, everyone started on their school work. Graham lost his ever loving mind today and struggled all day long with school. During all of his drama, I did quickly realize that some of my kiddos are a breeze to teach at home and others not so much.
  • Reagan had an orthodontist appointment at 11:30. Robby said that she was in the back for a good hour with them working on her mouth. They are now working on changing her bite. The good news is that she doesn't have to wear rubber bands any more. 
  • The bad news is that minutes after she came home, she sat down on the couch and something popped off of her braces. That left a wire that was poking her so I called as soon as the orthodontist office was back from lunch at 2. They said that they had an appointment at 2:30, so Reagan and I jumped in the car and headed back to the other side of town.
  • It didn't take as long the second time so hopefully whatever it was will stay on her tooth and not pop off again. Back at home, we decided to skip the pool since it was still a bit rainy this afternoon. Campbell was not happy about this decision, but she is rarely happy about any decision I make these days.
  • Around supper, we loaded up to head to Dairy Queen. They were having a kids eat free night. The place was busy, but it didn't take too long for us to order. We then waited for over an hour for our food. Robby tried to ask about it once, but was told he hadn't been waiting long enough and was refused to get his money back for what he did buy.
  • As we continued to watch people come in, receive their food and then leave, we did grow a bit impatient. The kids were able to drink plenty of coke so they were fairly content. I guess this was an excellent lesson on patience. Robby had to ask again about the food, and it was finally delivered. The kids were starving so they scarfed their food down, and we were soon on our way to Nonna's house.
  • Today was Nonna's birthday so we celebrated tonight with Key Lime Pie and lots of cards. Her gift is still on its way so it was be delivered later. Reagan, Anderson and Campbell worked hard at lighting the candles and did light most of them. The pie was pretty delicious, and the kids enjoyed hanging out at Nonna's house before we had to head home.
  • Once home, everyone had their showers and then had a few minutes to hang out before bedtime. Tomorrow is another school day-hopefully a much better one.

August 12, 2018

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  • Promotion Sunday morning so everyone was excited about their new classes this morning. Whitman even received a phone call from his teacher last night. He was the cutest thing ever talking to Mr. Ernie on the phone. 
  • Keaton and Campbell had meticulously picked out their clothes for this morning and were the first ones dressed and ready to go. I had to do their hair before I stepped into the shower. The big girls, Reagan, Kennedy and Alyssa, were all dressed and possibly a bit anxious about going to their new Sunday school classes. 
  • We made it to church in plenty of time. We were able to run to my class to put down my Sunday school stuff and then see the grands before church started. The service was full to the brim, and we heard that the other service was just the same. 
  • After big church, we headed off to our classes. We have a manageable class with only one kiddo that could be a problem, and it is not our Campbell. Robby gathered Keaton and Whitman after Sunday school, and then the big kids trickled in from their classes.
  • We ate lunch at Nonna and Pops' house. She had Mexican and my favorite corn dip ever. The kids had some time to play while Pops, Robby and I struggled to keep our eyes open. What is it about Sunday afternoon and my ability to stay awake. 
  • When we did come home, Robby and I snoozed for a good while. Candice then dropped by to pick up Reagan to take her to her Bible study. While Reagan was gone, we went through some clothes, cleaned upstairs and had pancakes for supper. 
  • We didn't save Reagan much supper since she has stated over and over again that she does not like breakfast for supper. We assumed that she would chose leftovers from lats night. However, she picked the pancakes from our supper.
  • As she ate, the rest of us snacked on leftover monkey bread from my Sunday school snack while watching The Bates on tv. Then it was time for bed-still too late but at least better than last night.

August 11, 2018

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  • Whitman was the first one that I saw this morning. He burst into our room asking if and his sisters could eat breakfast in the living room. I was quick to agree, and he was quick to fly back towards the kitchen to find his breakfast.
  • I am not sure who woke up first the girls or Whitman, but they were going strong fairly early this morning. Robby and I headed to Dollar General to check to see if they had something in their ad, so before we left, I ran towards the steps to tell Reagan that she was in charge. She was already coming down and scared the daylights out of me.
  • Robby and I struck out and were soon back home. We hung up a shower curtain rod before loading up to run some more errands with everyone.
  • Our first stop was Sams. We walked around buying a few things and doing some definite window shopping. We did pick up Kennedy there since she was spending the night with us. 
  • After Sams, we ran to Grannymom's house to pick up Graham. Then we headed to Sonic for drinks for everyone including the Wilsons. At the Wilson's house, Tony helped me cut something. We stayed there for a long time because we were given notices that our power was out. We finally headed back home when the notes came back on saying that the power was out.
  • At home, we realized that possibly our power was never out-our clocks weren't blinking, the house was cool and the internet seemed to be fine as well. I went right to work sorting out the clothes that Shannon had given me. Anderson spent some time looking at my grandpa's fishing lures that he brought home. (Anderson and Pops went fishing today, and Anderson caught a whopper.) Graham helped Robby work on two bikes from the Wilson's house.
  • Alyssa showed up so Reagan had herself a party with two friends spending the night. Now, Reagan could have had friends spend the night last night when the boys were both gone, but she wanted people to spend the night on Saturday so they could go to church together. Possibly someone is a bit anxious about going to the youth department tomorrow.
  • Speaking of, we have a child in the youth group. How in the world did that happen? It is a bit flabbergasting to me! I guess since I do still have a preschooler for one more year, I am not yet officially old. And yes, we do have a preschooler (1), grade schooler (2), preteen (2) and student (1) at church. 
  • Soon we were all eating our supper of hot dogs and hamburgers while monkey bread for Sunday school was baking. Robby cut Graham's hair a bit. I had just finished with the kitchen when the Wilsons came over.
  • Shannon and I ran to the store to pick up a few of the weekend sales. They were out of what I needed, but I did come home with milk and more biscuits, since Robby was already into my monkey bread for Sunday school. 
  • The Wilsons stayed for a bit, but as soon as they left my boys finished their showers while another monkey bread (number 3 for the day) baked and the girls watched a movie. It was nearly 11 when we finally had everyone in bed for the evening.
  • I had to work on the blog some, and Robby and I started watching a crazy house flipping tv show which assured us that we never need to try to flip a house!

August 10, 2018

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  • Even though we didn't have school this morning, we still had plenty of things to do. I had planned on us eating breakfast together at the normal time, but I couldn't bring myself to wake up the kids that early since they were all still snoozing. 
  • I let them sleep as long as they could but did end up having to wake up Reagan. Everyone else did gradually wake up. Now, I also hated making them stop what they were doing this morning and start having everyone work on their chores. 
  • We scrambled around cleaning potties, vacuuming and packing bags until 10:15 when we loaded up the car. Our first stop was Dairy Queen for free ice cream cones. The kids had summer reading cards from Dairy Queen and when you read 10 books, you received a free cone. The kids enjoyed their cones. While we were sitting there eating, I realized that we have now turned Keaton into an ice cream eater. When we started our weekly Dairy Queen visits, Keaton rarely wanted anything or would eat very little of her ice cream. Now, she can down a Blizzard in just a few minutes.
  • After Dairy Queen, we drove on to Lifeway. They also had a summer reading program. We turned in our papers, and everyone received a book and a Bible. The Bibles we will give away to someone, but the books are pretty neat. 
  • Nonna and Pops met us at Lifeway to take Anderson with them to spend the night. Then we ran to Grannymom's house to drop Graham off to spend the night over there. The next stop was to the pool. It was pretty warm there so I did eventually climb in. Reagan never did get in nor did Robby, who showed up for a bit at lunch time.
  • Eventually, he left with Reagan to run on home, but first she did get to use her Tropical Smoothie gift card. Once at home, we unloaded the cars before putting on dry clothes. The afternoon was fairly short since we didn't really get home and unloaded until nearly 4. 
  • Robby and I started on supper as Shannon showed up. We made meatball subs which were pretty yummy. Then we made our focaccia bread from our Silver Dollar City cooking school. We made two batches, one for Shannon and one for us.
  • After letting them rise for an hour, we cooked one and then topped it with cheese. It was pretty delicious. The kids really enjoyed the warm bread because when I cleaned up the kitchen we just had about 2 pieces left. Overall, the recipe was a keeper.
  • The Wilsons stayed for a while and Brett and the girls played a few rounds of Skip Bo. My kiddos finally went to bed around 11 tonight. Whitman, who was delighted that we let him sleep in his clothes, is soundly sleeping in the girls room. 

August 9, 2018

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  • I knew last night that I would not be getting up for the treadmill again this morning. I had checked and possibly double checked the weather and was anxiously awaiting the rain. I so love the rain beating on the windows in the morning. 
  • However, the rain beating on the windows in the morning seems to make it very hard for my crew to wake up. Maybe it was that pitter patter of the rain or maybe it was the lack of sunshine coming through the windows, but I was the only one awake for a long time.
  • I finally had to wake everyone up since it was a school day after all. Keaton was in her own bed. I guess that she is over her bad dream from a few nights ago. Whitman, however, was hanging off of the edge of Graham's bed. I am not sure why but he has been in there for the last few nights.
  • It took a while, but I was able to get everyone downstairs just a bit behind our schedule. I let them make their breakfast and then eat in my bedroom as I read to them. Reagan had finished most of her school yesterday, actually all of it but checking a few things with me. She helped quite a bit keeping Whitman on task for the first little bit.
  • He then escaped upstairs with Campbell and Keaton. They both had to make a lego animal as one of their school activities. Now in my head, this would be a fun little get up activity that would take just a few minutes. I had no idea that it would take almost an hour. I was not sure what they were doing upstairs, but gracious me.
  • Everyone did finish before lunch time and then work started on chores. We read some more this afternoon. I could sit and read to them forever but after a bit they all seem to get antsy. Well, if I am reading picture books, Whitman could listen forever, but reading about Lorenzo de Medici is a bit less interesting to him. 
  • Afterwards, I worked up my nerve and took the girls to the store. Reagan was in need of church clothes and I had seen a few cute tops at our Kroger. Yep, at the grocery store. Shopping with Reagan can sometimes be easy and sometimes not be so easy. She is a bit on the picky side. 
  • Now this time, shopping was perfectly easy. Reagan left with 3 shirts, two of those were churchy and Campbell found a dress. Afterwards, we walked to the new store, Five Below. The girls all had money, and they could not wait to spend it. Keaton and Reagan left with new blankets (though Keaton's already has a hole in it-you do indeed get what you pay for.) Campbell spent her money on a huge bag of candy which she and her brothers and sisters have been working steadily on all afternoon.
  • Once at home, the kids were playing outside for a little bit. The neighbors were out until they had to hurry home. My crew came in, and soon we were working on supper after Robby made it home. It was just a light meal tonight because before our movie, Reagan made a delicious snack for everyone (biscuits, nutella, chocolate chips, marshmallows).
  • We then watched the movie I Can Only Imagine. Then the kids headed to bed for the evening. They were once again in bed around 10. I think that we might just have to push our school time back a bit if we don't start going to bed earlier. However tomorrow, we don't have school since we have already done our four days this week. Well, my Anderson does have a bit school work to finish from this week!

August 8, 2018

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  • At 4:45ish this morning, it was raining and thundering wonderfully outside out window. It woke me up enough to have to get up for the bathroom and while I was up, I also reset my alarm from 6 to 7. I didn't know if it would still be storming, but there was no chance I would get out of bed for the treadmill with it still raining. I so love the rain...while I am in the bed or on the couch!
  • Needless to say, I was the one scurrying around a bit this morning. I wasn't that late, but when I saw that Reagan was downstairs on the couch (yes, I would have lost last night's bet) I knew that I was running behind.
  • I did have to wake up all of the boys and none of the girls this morning which is a rarity. Once everyone was awake and downstairs, we started on breakfast. We weren't too behind schedule so we still have time to do all of our reading. I think that everyone enjoys doing Latin this most right now when we work together. I am still not so sold on it, but I guess it can't hurt anything.
  • When we finished working together, everyone started on their work. I was running major behind today working with everyone. When it came time for me to work with Reagan, I realized that she was working diligently to finish not only today's school but also tomorrow's school. That was fine with me but it did add to my work load of correcting and returning things.
  • We had our lunch, and then the kids started on their chores. I think that everyone is getting back into the swing of school and chores. I am glad to see that at least things are going to be doable, and we haven't added way too much.
  • The girls had set out blankets in the living room, and they all were working on their tomorrow's school work. Campbell and Keaton had copied exactly what Reagan's was doing. At 2, the three little's went to the pool. I ran on the treadmill while they were there and then had plans of meeting them and swapping with Robby.
  • However, thunder interrupted their swim after an hour so they headed home after trying to wait it out. So I headed to the grocery store to pick up some of our necessities. I filled my cart, buying nothing on sale and thankfully didn't spend over a hundred dollars. I don't like spending a ton of money when I didn't buy any real meals.
  • I raced home trying to beat the storm. I made it and was unloaded and in the shower before it started raining here. Around 5:15, we loaded up to head to Robby's work. They have a new cafeteria, and the folks that worked on it were invited to the soft opening tonight.
  • They had tons of food which my crew happily ate. Nuggets and mac and cheese for the three littles, hamburgers for the big boys, salad and a chicken sandwich for Reagan. I had dirty rice and some type of chicken. Then there were cookies, which we probably ate at least 2 dozen, and other sweets. 
  • Anderson enjoyed sitting in the movie theater room watching a movie; everyone enjoyed the popcorn and skittles that were around. After we toured downstairs, we went up to Robby's desk. Making Robby's desk go up and down and up and down was a hit. Whitman could not wait to get his hands on the button that did this. Later we saw someone who had written all over their wall which was a dry erase board. Whitman was quick to ask if they were allowed to do that.
  • Everyone enjoyed our outing and going home took not time at all compared to the traffic that we had to go through to get there. Once at home, everyone changed their clothes and then had a bit of downtime before bed.

August 7, 2018

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  • Keaton came into our room last night around 4. She said that she had a scary dream so I just rolled over and made room for her. Seconds later we heard feet above us, and I expected someone else to join us soon. Keaton told me though that it was Campbell going back to bed because Campbell had walked her down the stairs.
  • That is my Campbell. She can drive me crazy some days, but every day she can be the sweetest child ever. Tonight, the kids played musical chairs. Whitman lost pretty early this first round and became upset. The second round he was in the finals but lost. Campbell was quick to comfort him each time and even got him a juice box to help him feel better. Sweet sister.
  • I looked on the breakfast menu today, and it was toast and eggs. I decided that I better get the eggs going so we could eat on time. I did bake a dozen eggs in the oven and thought they were pretty good. That is good because I have a few extras since the kids weren't crazy about them.
  • The toast was at least a hit. However, since the other day when the cord on my toast was pretty hot, I was the toaster guard watching it closely. (No worries though, a new toaster arrived today in the mail.)
  • My planning ahead didn't help too much because we still had a later start that I wanted. Now, we didn't work together since we were leaving for lunch today. So the kids got right to work on their school work. 
  • I had plans on taking a shower before we left right before lunch. Though I never had enough time. We did leave the house pretty much a wreck as well, but we had all afternoon to pick up.
  • We met a few buddies and a new church staff member's wife at church so the kids could get to know each other. The big kids enjoyed being at church able to play and run around. And my Whitman so took up with one of the new little girls. They played the entire time; it was so sweet.
  • After we ate and played, we headed back home for the afternoon. Anderson worked some more on his school work that he didn't finish. Everyone worked on their summer reading charts and chores. 
  • I did a few of my chores and soon ended up on the treadmill, but before that happened I took a bit of a nap. Soon Robby was home, and I was cleaning out the fridge for supper. Then we headed to the pool to celebrate Michael and Caroline's birthdays.
  • It would have been a lovely night to swim...except for all of the lightening happening in the distance. The kids did get to swim for about 10 minutes before the lightening began. That was fine because we soon had cake, opened presents and played a few rounds of musical chairs. 
  • When the wind kicked up, we did leave a bit early. At home, the kids had showers and then we watched a bit of tv before sending everyone to bed. Reagan wasn't pleased about going to bed even though it was 10. However, I would bet a good bit of money that I will have to wake her along with everyone else up in the morning.

August 6, 2018

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  • Fewer people were awake this morning than yesterday. We probably shouldn't have stayed up as late, but that seems to be our new norm around here. Graham was awake first and did start a bit on his school work.
  • I had to wake up all of the other sleepers. They were pretty exhausted, but did all stumble down the stairs in time for breakfast. Today's breakfast was cereal and what was left of our fruit. The kids are delighted that we hit up the weekend cereal sales and all have plenty of choices.
  • After breakfast, we read for a long time before starting on our school work. This week, everyone has added spelling. It seemed to go fine and I was still finished with my part of school work before noon.
  • Everyone finished their work around noonish. I am not sure though what happened because after we ate lunch, I looked at the clock and it was 1:40. That was when we were supposed to be leaving for the pool. I looked at another clock and even checked my watch. Indeed, it was 1:40, and I somehow lost an hour of the day.
  • We hurried around and were soon in the car without bathing suits on. The kids were able to swim for almost 2 hours. The sky was threatening for most of our time there, and during the last 20 minutes there was a clap on thunder.
  • That was fine since we were about to leave, so we loaded up to head to Dairy Queen. I think that we have about 3 or 4 more visits. I will miss the Blizzards, but I think that our waistlines will not miss those Blizzards.
  • Once at home, Reagan had about 20 minutes before her, Robby and Anderson turned around and left. Robby took her and Alyssa Kate to their Bibles study. They sewed their bags, made a s'mores biscuit, and finished their sewn books, which were really, really neat. 
  • Anderson went to see if he could find his Bible that he left at church yesterday. Robby and him also picked up propane for Robby's grill for tonight's hamburgers. Once they were home, Robby started on those immediately.
  • We ate our burgers, which are still the best ones ever. Then Robby headed outside to do some yard work. I had to repaint a table top and did a few things in the house. The kids were in and out all evening long playing with the neighbors.
  • Once Reagan made it home, everyone headed in for showers and cookies. Reagan was starving and went right to the food that I had left out for her. Soon it was once again bedtime for the crew.

August 5, 2018

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  • Anderson and Graham were dressed this morning and watching videos on my computer when I woke up. Whitman and Campbell were in the living room on their ipads. Whitman didn't have on his church clothes just yet though. 
  • I did have to wake up Keaton and Reagan this morning and urge them to get started on their clothes and breakfast. We all had plenty of time this morning, but there was still someone who had neglected to comb their hair as we were walking to the car.
  • It was the Lord's Supper at church this morning, and we survived. There was no grape juice spilled! Anderson did give me the evil eye when I wouldn't let go of the plate of juice until Robby's hand was on it. The kids are all bigger now, but I still don't trust them at all!
  • After church, we didn't have lunch at Grannymom's house since we were having supper there. So we headed home for sandwiches. Reagan and Anderson had eaten so much in their Sunday school class that they didn't even want any lunch. Everyone else ate, then we picked up the kitchen before taking a short nap.
  • Now, while we were snoozing, I was asked 4 times about a snack by 4 different people and someone even sent a text about a snack. Now, the first time I was asked was less than 30  minutes after lunch. It was like we were starving these children!
  • We headed to the pool a bit before 4. The Kamps were there too so the kids had some folks to play with. Whitman worked on his swimming. He will do so good, and then just stop and start sinking! We have thought about swimming lessons this year, but will do it early next summer so he doesn't forget this winter.
  • After 2 kid swims, we headed to Grannymom's house to change into dry clothes. Then it was time to celebrate Jenna's birthday. Grannymom had bbq and all of the fixings for supper. We even enjoyed 3 different dessert options. After Jenna opened her presents, the kids headed outside for a game of kickball. 
  • Once at home, everyone showered and even though they asked for more food, it was denied. Anderson fell asleep before we even sent everyone to bed. They stayed up a bit later than usual, but sometime I plan to start a much earlier bedtime. I may just have to wait until time change though! 

August 4, 2018

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  • Some days are just busy, and this was one of those wonderfully busy days. Even though it started out slowly with everyone sleeping in. I even had to wake Reagan up at 10:00 to urge her to go ahead and get herself ready.
  • Once everyone was dressed, we loaded up and headed to Honeybaked Pies to celebrate their birthday. They were giving out free pieces of cake-chocolate or confetti. When Graham took a bite of his generous slice of cake, you could tell by his facial expression that he thought it was wonderful.
  • Indeed it was very tasty. The sitting area was nice so we leisurely enjoyed our slices of cake while waiting on Grannymom and Grandpa to come. The kids and I played Apples to Apples and the three littles even colored a few pictures. It was a neat stop, and I would like to go back. At one time, they had pie baking classes so I will have to keep my eye out for that. 
  • After the cake samples, I ran to Walmart to return one of Graham's gifts. Then we met up with the others at Sams. They had been getting gas. We walked around Sam's eating samples. The only thing that we bought were shirts for Reagan and Campbell. Robby had a free slice of pizza, ice cream and drink at Sams, but he did buy another slice of pizza and hot dog. We split all of that before loading back up.
  • The next stop was Kroger where Robby and I ran in the store to pick up some bargains. After that, our final stop was Dairy Queen for our weekly Blizzards. Reagan was so full from our practically free food day, that she didn't even want her Blizzard.
  • Then it was back home for a little bit. I looked at my canning cookbook from the library. I was underwhelmed. Now, if I had a garden and had plenty of green beans to spare, then canning might be an option. However, right now, with no garden, the grocery store is a much better option.
  • I loaded up along with Reagan, Anderson, Graham and Campbell to take them to 4 different Sunday school pool parties. On the way, we picked up Kennedy, Alyssa and Caroline. Here is the short version of where I went next: party 1, party 2, party 3, party 4, party 1, party 3, party 2, party 4, party 1. 
  • Yep, it was pretty much like that. I dropped Campbell off at her party and picked up Chase while I was there. Then I dropped off Chase, Caroline and Graham at their party. The big girls looked across the street at the still empty pool party they were going to and asked me to drop Anderson off next. So I dropped Anderson off at his party, and then dropped off those girls.
  • Once my car was empty, I went back to Campbell's party to help out some. They actually had a water play party and had lots of fun playing. When the other parties were wrapping up, I picked up Anderson first, followed by Caroline, Graham, and Chase. Then walked across the street to pick up Reagan, Alyssa and Kennedy. At Campbell's party, I did make my whole crew get out and help pick up the water balloons in the yard, before we loaded up and headed for Lawson.
  • Jodee was at Candice's house so I dropped off all of my extra's there before bringing my crew back for showers. Robby and his crew were still out when we arrived home. They went to the Christopher Robin movie at the theater. I think that they were pretty excited to have something to do tonight since all of the others had a party to go to.
  • Robby, Keaton and Whitman had a big night out. They ate a quick supper and had showers before leaving the house. Next was a quick grocery store stop-the store has a super good cereal deal going on right now that we just can't pass up even though our pantry is now bursting at the seems. 
  • Then they all enjoyed the move. Keaton said that she loved the movie. Robby said that drank tons of coke and ate lots of popcorn. However, they came home with a completely full tub of popcorn and a full cup of coke. I better make sure that they all potty a few times before bed tonight!

August 3, 2018

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  • Since this wasn't a school day, it was a fairly quiet morning around here. I wasn't in a hurry to get out of bed and only did so after Whitman asked me to get him some milk. I agreed to help before I thought of asking where his sisters were. 
  • Anderson was up fairly early as well. He still had 2 pages of math and one other quick thing to finish today. Now, his math today took about an hour, but again he is in no hurry. Whitman had a bit to do as well, but I helped so he quickly knocked his out. 
  • Campbell and Keaton made muffins for their breakfast this morning. Then later in the morning, Keaton, along with Campbell's help, made cookie dough for Graham's late birthday present. We baked a pan full of cookies and froze the rest of the dough.
  • I walked on the treadmill right before Candice brought Reagan home from her sleepover. Reagan did stay up until the wee hours of the morning so she was fairly quiet this afternoon. We all ate a quick bite to eat, then loaded up with everyone, minus Reagan and Campbell, to run some errands.
  • First, I ran into the library. Then it was time to go to Goodwill. Anderson and Graham had hoped to find something to buy there that they could sell online to make a profit. Graham found 2 books that Robby listed online. Unfortunately, Anderson didn't find any. I tried but just wasn't able to. Now, both big boys, Keaton and Campbell or Reagan all did get a shirt. (I say Campbell or Reagan because the shirt will fit either of them.)
  • Next stop was Academy. Whitman received a gift card for his birthday from the Mississippi Dennies, and we have just gotten around to spending it. He was so excited and kept telling us that it was his first gift card. He did pretty well and left with a bubble machine, extra bubbles, a pool noodle and a big bouncy ball. The boy could not have been any happier.
  • Once at home, the afternoon was fairly short. Around 5 we started scurrying around eating supper and getting ready. Robby dropped me off at the grocery store, and then he dropped off the boys at basketball.
  • Then I dropped everyone else off at the pool and headed to Kohls to spend a coupon. Afterwards, I picked up the boys, and then brought them to the pool. We all stayed there until the pool closed at 9. The kids had a big contest with Robby seeing who could catch the ball and throw it back while jumping off the diving board.
  • When the pool closed, we headed home for showers, cookies and bed! We actually did watch a Bates tv show before we sent everyone to bed tonight. I think that I like that show as much as the kids do...especially when the talk about courtship and not dating.

August 2, 2018

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  • School day number 8 today, and I had to wake most people up. Anderson was the first one awake and tried really hard to convince me to let him play his ipad. He couldn't convince me of that so he tried to ask about watching youtube on another computer. Nope was the answer to that as well. If I give in once, they will keep at it until I have lost my willpower!
  • We were headed to the pool around 10, so we didn't do our together work. Instead, everyone went right to work on their own school work. Anderson still had some math to finish up tomorrow, and Campbell was able to finish her leftover work this afternoon.
  • We soon were in the car heading to the pool. It was chilly there today. I didn't even think about getting in today which is probably the reason that I still have on my bathing suit! The kids were even a bit chilly but eventually started playing in the water. I do think that Anderson and Reagan spent more time out of the pool than in the pool.
  • When we left, we headed to Hobby Lobby to buy a birthday present. It was for one of Campbell's buddies so she picked out the present. Bless, she wanted it to be so perfect, but perfect take a long time and perfect with 5 siblings following you and commenting on everything takes a long time as well!
  • We paid a bit more than I normally do for presents, but as I told Robby, I would have paid any price to get us on out of that store! Our next stop was Menchies. The kids had a free ice cream because they read 10 books this summer. They were pretty excited about the change from Dairy Queen! Ha! Whitman did say that next time he was just going to get a plain ice cream and no toppings!
  • When we made it home, the kids stayed inside for a bit. Whitman and Campbell had some school work to do. Keaton made a caramel blondie for dessert tonight during our short afternoon. Then Keaton rode with me to take Reagan and Alyssa Kate to a sleepover. Keaton fell sound asleep on the way home, and I had to chug my water to stay awake myself. 
  • Once at home, the girls went out to play with the neighbors. Then Keaton came in to make her fish for supper. Tonight she worked on the meal just by herself and was super pleased with herself. The fish was actually pretty good-good enough that I might just make the two pieces that I have leftover in the freezer. 
  • As soon as supper was over, we kicked everyone out of the house for a bit. Robby and I sat outside for a while, but then ended up working on the garage some. Everyone stayed outside until 9, and then we hurried inside for showers. 
  • Right before bed, Keaton was pleased to pass out her dessert to everyone. It was also a winner. They all ate and then headed to bed. Keaton and Campbell are in the same bed tonight since Reagan is away. I am not even sure why Keaton has her own bed anyway. Most mornings, I find Keaton wrapped in her mermaid blanket about 10 feet from her bed on the floor. It is a rare morning that she is still in her bed. 

August 1, 2018

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  • Graham was awake this morning and working on his math right after 7 this morning. It was new math, so I did have to help him which was easier than watching the video. I am always relieved when I know how to do their math. Honestly though I never remember doing any of this math in high school or college. I think that math has some how changed through the years.
  • Soon I was upstairs waking everyone up to start their day. Reagan was the last to stumble down the steps, but she did make it in time for breakfast. The breakfast food of choice today was poptarts and granola bars.
  • We soon did our reading, and then the kids started to work on their school work. Reagan again had a science experiment. It wasn't a grand or exciting experiment, but she did it by herself. We had also done a little experiment while we were working together. It involved M&Ms. I am not sure if anyone learned anything, but everyone enjoyed their little snack.
  • Around noon, Anderson left with Robby to grab something to eat while the rest of us ate here. Soon we loaded up to leave for the afternoon. We stopped at Reagan's orthodontist because they were giving away free snow cones away to patients and their families. (Though the little at the desk didn't really want to give all of the kids tokens for a snow cone.)
  • We had to wait a few minutes for our snow cones but I guess that they were worth the wait because the kids pretty much devoured them. Then we headed to the pool the meet our buddies. Soon Robby brought Anderson to meet up with us. 
  • The kids swam and played for about 2 and a half hours. Then we loaded up to head to Barnes and Noble. Everyone completed their summer reading program so they all received a free book. Whitman wasn't old enough, but he didn't seem to care at all. I love the book store, and unfortunately my kids only seem to love the toys at the bookstore. 
  • Afterwards, we ran by Dairy Queen for our weekly Blizzards. I think that the kids will miss the people that work there. There is even one lady that knows most of the kids names which means that we have been there way too much. On the way home, we finished one of our books on tape and then even listened to our Latin cd.
  • The kids played outside some before coming in. I sat down on the couch and missed Robby cooking supper. As soon as everyone ate, the girls ran back outside to play while the boys started on their showers. 
  • Ice cream sandwiches were dessert tonight and shortly thereafter, it was bedtime for the crew. Whitman was so interested in his ipad that he refused to leave it for his dessert. That was fine with us! More for another day!