October 15, 2018

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  • Did you hear the rain this morning? It was wonderful and absolutely perfect. It was so perfect, that I hit my alarm over and over again. We could tell that the kids were not awake so I decided that everyone should be able to sleep in a little bit longer. Now, that did mean that our work together time was shortened.
  • When I did head up the stairs to wake everyone up, Campbell was walking down. Everyone else though were pretty difficult to wake up. Nearly impossible. Their rooms were so dark, and the rain was pitter pattering on the roof so loudly. 
  • Once I did get everyone downstairs, they fixed their breakfasts and ate while I did a tiny bit of reading. Then it was time to start on today's school work. My big boys acted like crazy boys all morning long. Thankfully, everyone finished their school work at a decent time.
  • We had our lunch and then started on our afternoon-chores, working on Keaton's winter clothes, reading with Whitman, typing for the big kids, Jr. Ranger books, more history and science reading and then finally the treadmill for me.
  • This evening, we picked up a pair of blue jeans for Anderson from Walmart. Poop, if they weren't too small. I have to get that boy new jeans and khaki shorts as soon as possible. 
  • Then we ran to Chick-fil-a to eat our last free meals from when Robby spent the night at the Chick-fil-a in Maumelle on their opening day. I am going to miss those chicken sandwiches. I think if you count Chick-fil-a as fast food, it would be my favorite. Now, Robby disagreed and said that he would opt for a big McDonald's hamburger.
  • Our final stop-the Main library. I signed Reagan, Anderson and Graham up for a Powerpoint class. It was an hour and a half. Robby opted to go with them instead of with the littles. The class was pretty good and I do think that the crew learned something.
  • Robby was pleased that he picked the class since I was across the hall without about 200 other people making slime. It was crowded and sticky! My fingers are blue, but Campbell, Keaton and Whitman had an absolute blast.
  • Once at home, the kids had a big bowl of ice cream to celebrate their day before bed.

October 14, 2018

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  • Whitman has only one good day of the week! Every day he asks one question, "is it school day?" If it is not school day, then he quickly adds, "is it church day?" If it is neither of these, then he is a happy camper. Today, though was church so he wasn't too pleased at all. It didn't help any when I asked him to put on blue jeans nor it probably didn't help any when I even mentioned that we would get to go back to church tonight.
  • Every morning, I put toothpaste on everyone's toothbrushes. Well, I don't put any on Robby's but all of the kids. During the week, they have to mark brushing their teeth off on their chore list. Today, though they don't have a chore list so I made sure to remind everyone to brush their teeth. I reminded over and over again and only 50% of my people brushed today. I am sorry if you were sitting by one of my non-brushers during church!
  • Lunch today was at Grannymom's house. She had chili which is one of our favorites. Grannymom also had some delicious apple pie. Grannymom and I played Candyland with Whitman. All of the kids played outside and then ended going to Dana's house to see their puppy dogs.
  • Back at home, Robby and I had ourselves a wonderful nap. Whitman should have taken a nap with us because he slept through all of church tonight. Keaton, however, was not sleeping. She was beyond excited. 
  • Reagan had helped pick out Keaton's clothes for tonight-black jeans, grey shirt, pink scarf and high heel boots. The girl was super excited and super proud to get her first grade Bible tonight. So, that brings our Bible total from church up to 8 (First grade Bibles-Robby, Tara, Reagan, Anderson, Graham, Campbell, Keaton, and 6th grade Bible-Reagan) Seriously, we are racking up some Bibles.
  • After church, they had cupcakes and lemonade upstairs for the kids. Keaton and Campbell were at the Craft's table so Whitman had to join all of those girls. 
  • Reagan did leave her Bible in the sanctuary, so afterwards the kids all went in to get it. Anderson was the only one bright enough to ask for a phone for a flashlight. It was quite entertaining watching them hunt for the Bible, then ran out of the sanctuary squealing after Anderson turned off the light.
  • Back at home, we had leftover hamburgers and hot dogs for supper. Then there was plenty of downtime before bed-Reagan watched a Shark Tank and then Graham flipped on some football before it was finally time for bed!

October 13, 2018

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  • We began our morning with the alarm ringing to wake us up for the annual pancake breakfast down the road at the Crystal Fire Department. We had told the kids that they didn't have to go if they didn't want to, so of course Reagan slept in. Also for some strange reason Graham also decided to stay in the house and on the xbox.
  • Whitman, Anderson and Keaton joined us though since Campbell had already been to the pancake breakfast with Nonna and Pops. Whitman was excited about the breakfast for two reasons-first firefighters and second because the pancakes were not coming from a box.
  • The pancakes were indeed not from a box. There were plenty of pancakes along with sausage, bacon and lots of orange juice. We ate plenty of pancakes before looking at the fire trucks for a few minutes.
  • We went back home for a little bit, long enough for Nonna and Pops to bring Campbell home. Then we loaded up with Keaton, Campbell and Anderson. One of those children was not too excited about coming, but he needed a few shirts to wear along with some Sunday shoes. 
  • Our first stop was going to be down the road at the church's bake sale. Unfortunately, they had closed their bake sale up early so there were no treats for us. We did go to the library where they were passing out huge bowls of BBQ from a local BBQ place.
  • As we were getting out bowl of BBQ nachos, Campbell noticed the prize buckets and asked if she won that would she get to keep it all. Seconds later, the lady spoke to the crowd and said that the winner of the prize bucket would have "winner" written on their bowl. Just as she said that, the lady handed Campbell her bowl of nachos. She lifted it up and indeed there was the word "winner." 
  • Campbell could not have been more excited. Her brother and sister tried to be excited for her but weren't too thrilled. She was good though and worked hard at sharing her goodies when she came home. Though I don't think that she ever offered me anything. 
  • Our next stop was for flu shots for Robby and me. Keaton was worried that she was going to have to get one. I tried to remind her that she had already had hers, but she wasn't too convinced. Afterwards, we quickly found Anderson 2 new tshirts and new shoes. He was relieved that our shopping was brief-he doesn't know though that he has at least one more shopping trip with me. I don't have a good handle on his sizes yet, so he needs to be there.
  • By the time we made it home, the wonderful rain had started. It was magical and so was my nap! We snoozed until it was time to wake up and get ready for supper. Even though we had already been to Sams today, Robby had to run back there for hamburgers tonight.
  • It was worth his trip because his hamburgers are pretty delicious. The Wilsons came over and Shannon brought her cheese dip and cookies. We had intended to make apple fritters tonight but after eating all of Shannon's cookies, we decided that we better save those for another night.
  • The game didn't end too well, but the evening was still pretty good. After the game ended, the kids straightened for a little bit and then a few had showers before tomorrow.
  • Keaton is a wee bit excited about tomorrow-before bed she asked me how many minutes it would be until Sunday!

October 12, 2018

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  • As I was about to climb out of bed this morning, Whitman crawled in bed with me. Of course I stayed thinking that maybe if he went back to sleep then I could go back to sleep too, and we could just forget about school. He did lay there so completely still, but no luck on him going back to sleep.
  • So we did our school work. Most everyone finished their school work fairly quickly this morning. Whitman even had time to watch his ipad before lunch which is highly unusual. I was able to pull out everyone's school for next week. That is always a task getting things ready for the next week. 
  • We had our lunch and as soon as we finished, Pops showed up to take Campbell away for the evening. She had been working diligently on her school work and had neglected to pack. She ran upstairs and packed her bag for her night out. Needless to say, they girl was pretty excited.
  • Keaton was also excited because this afternoon I pulled out 5 bins of clothes for her to go through. I had told her that we wouldn't be able to go through them today, but we were able to look at 4 of them before heading off to the library.
  • Today was EAST day for the big kids. They always seem to enjoy it, but they are learning lots of super neat technology stuff. Whitman opted to stay home with Robby. Actually, when I was having him get his clothes on, he asked me if Daddy would be home and if he could stay. Whitman, who would be the best only child, probably loved being in the quiet house all afternoon.
  • After the library, I dropped the boys off at basketball. Then was came home to eat some of Robby's chili. By the time we had finished, it was time for Robby to run and pick up the boys. Even though I had been to the store once this afternoon while the kids were at the library, Robby stopped at store too so he could pick up a few things.
  • Once the boys were home, they had showers and their supper. Then everyone had some ice cream before settling in for a quiet night on their ipads.

October 11, 2018

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  • So maybe next week we will do better about getting up around here, but there is nothing better than sleeping as late as you can. Well, I guess it would be better if we could actually sleep late and have nothing to do for the rest of the day.
  • Everyone ate their breakfast in my room while I read and read some more. I seem to be doing a lot of reading this year during school. It is pretty fun to me and pretty interesting. I am trying not to look at our progress in our books until Christmas time. Hopefully, then we will be half way finished with at least science and history.
  • Everyone did their work today fairly uneventfully. Reagan had disappeared for a while, and I knew where she was...doing two days of school work. On the other hand, Whitman disappeared for a while today. He was found once locked in the bathroom sitting on the floor, once he was found in the school room closet, once he was found in the bonus room and one time he was found in the school room sitting on a chair while using another chair as a desk and doing his school work. We are definitely making some progress!
  • Everyone had their lunch, and then it was chore time. Whitman did come to me once to tell me that his tummy hurt. I picked him up, and he snuggled up to me putting his head on my shoulder. At first I thought, "oh no, here comes the stomach bug." However a few minutes later, when he seemed to double over in pain, I thought. "oh no, here comes an emergency room visit." Before we went there though, I did suggest that he sit on the potty, and thankfully that was the cure.
  • Nonna and Pops came by to see everyone after their trip to Gatlinburg. They brought us back apple fritter mix along with chocolate candy. The kids went to town on the candy though Campbell and I think Graham gave theirs to me. 
  • The rest of the afternoon was spent finishing with the boys' clothes, going through some drawers upstairs, reading some more to everyone and then getting ready for church.
  • Tonight was Refresh and Campbell, Keaton and Whitman came with me. They all enjoyed it-Whitman gets to go to the game room with the big kids so he really loves it now. Tonight I really enjoyed the speaker and took plenty of notes. 
  • The others went to grab a bite of supper with Robby and stopped by Grannymom and Grandpa's house before coming home, They made it home just a few seconds before we did. I think everyone had a pretty good night around here. 

October 10, 2018

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  • Everyone did sleep well last night. Though Campbell and Keaton were in Campbell's bed when I woke them up this morning. Campbell said that Keaton was scared. I asked her if she was afraid of the storm last night but reminded her that it didn't even thunder during the night (at least not that I heard.) Reagan was quick to mention that even though it didn't thunder, there was a lot of lightening. I am not too sure how Keaton was able to see the lightening from her bed to be afraid. But they were sleeping soundly together when I woke them up this morning.
  • It doesn't seem like too long ago that Reagan didn't take too much care in her hair. Now though, she wakes up early and sits in front of the mirror curling her hair. She begs to do the girls' hair, watches videos about different hairstyles and even will do her hair for school. Things sure change pretty quickly.
  • Today was Bible study. Anderson had snack so he was very happy to bring his snack. And I do believe that it was a hit since one teacher requested the recipe. Afterwards, we headed to the park with my small group.
  • Since we were at the park with my small group, it did mean that my crew were some of the oldest. They didn't seem to mind and still had a good time. It was even the same park that we went to last week, but no one seemed to care. Reagan's cupcakes were a big hit which I am sure made her very proud.
  • Once at home, the kids worked on their chores before we did some reading. I have almost changed over the boys clothes to their winter clothes which is really more like putting in bigger clothes and taking out smaller clothes. They still have plenty of shorts and t-shirts since that is all that they wear.
  • Soon, it was time for us to turn around and head to the other big church house. The kids are always anxious to get to church as early as we can. However after eating a bit of supper here and then running to the library, we usually just arrive right on time. 
  • After church, the kids played on the playground for a bit before we headed home. Robby needed our help to move his tractor back to the garage. The kids enjoyed helping him move the tractor-6 people pushing a tractor up a hill is always exciting.
  • We had a snack, Anderson took his meds and then it was a fairly low key night until bed.

October 9, 2018

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  • I woke up plenty of time to get on the treadmill this morning. I was even wide awake but decided to turn off the alarm and sleep just a bit more. It think it was a pretty wise decision! I enjoyed my little bit of extra sleep and unfortunately, will probably enjoy it tomorrow as well again neglecting the treadmill.
  • Today was again a pretty busy day. The kids worked hard on their school work or they mostly worked hard on their school work. Everyone seemed to be finished at a decent time and I did fly through my work together with the kids.
  • Whitman still loafs around all day long. He is not in any hurry at all and take his sweet time on everything! Now, if he is working on phonics or math then he moves at a snail's pace. I am going to try to start him working on these things first in the morning.
  • We had our lunch and then went to work on things around the house. Anderson finished his podcast for his library class. Both big boys went through the clothes in their closet with me. Anderson helped me make two recipes of chocolate chip cookie dough ooey gooey to take to Bible study tomorrow.
  • Reagan had actually finished her today's school work yesterday. So this morning she volunteered to make cupcakes for my Bible study class picnic. I had cake mix and canned icing so it wouldn't have been that difficult. Except the Reagan went all out. She made oreo cream to fill the cupcakes with and then made another oreo icing to top them with. They will be absolutely delicious! She worked nearly all morning on them though.
  • At 3:30, we headed to get everyone else their flu shots. I can't yet mark "flu shots" off of my list because Robby and I still have to get ours. Everyone was super relieved that they could get the mist and not the shot this year.
  • The next stop was back to the pharmacy to get the rest of Anderson's medicine. To me his foot looks about the same, but it doesn't look any better so that is good. Then we had some time to kill before picking up pizzas so we ran to Michaels and the Dollar Tree.
  • Then it was home for pizzas. Afterwards, the kids packed their lunches for tomorrow and had their showers. Next up, we went through all of the shoes in the house putting up our summer duds and pulling out our winter shoes.
  • We ended the evening with watching Singing in the Rain in the bonus room while waiting on Robby to get home from working late. The movie was fairly interesting, and everyone was enjoying their snacks when my phone started to buzz.
  • It said "tornado warning." Hmm, I wasn't too sure of what to do so I made everyone come downstairs so I could turn on that tv to check the weather. By this time, I was doubting myself because the sirens weren't blaring yet. Within seconds of turning on the tv, the sirens were screaming, and I saw the street name "congo ferndale"
  • I soon pushed my kids in Robby's office/pantry/closet/tornado room. They all grabbed their ipads on the way in. It didn't take long for our closet to get a bit warm with 7 people! We were pretty relieved when Shannon wrote and gave us the all clear. 
  • Robby was home a bit after the tornado warning had passed. He just dealt with some rain on the way home. Once he made it home, everyone talked about their day before heading to bed.

October 8, 2018

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  • I had a whole long list of things to do today along with accomplishing our school. However, at 8 this morning, I was on the phone making a doctor's appointment for this afternoon. That wasn't my original plan but plans are made to change. More on the ill child later.
  • I was almost awake in time to wake everyone up to eat breakfast in the kitchen. Almost. Everyone still had time to make their waffles before we started on our morning reading. I knew that we had lots to do today since we were back to a full schedule after our lighter day on Friday.
  • School went well and everyone finished before lunch. I can say that everyone finished by lunch because lunch was almost at 1. The kids have work that they have to do each day (math, grammar, etc.) but they have other things that they choose what they want to do each day. They usually have to pick 5 a day each day. Not surprisingly, on Mondays they seem to pick the easiest things leaving other days of the week to be more difficult. 
  • After lunch, Anderson and I loaded up for the doctor. Whitman rode along too since he had a bit of school to do and there is no time better to do school than when you are trapped in a doctor's office. 
  • On Friday, Anderson had like a pimple on his foot. By Saturday it looked like a blister, but by Saturday night, it looked like a boil. We relieved some pressure on it and have been keeping it doctored. However, it still had some red around the edges that was concerning us.
  • It concerned Dr. Martin too so she prescribed some meds for him. We have just started practicing swallowing pills around here-mini m&ms. Unfortunately, she said that his meds would be larger than that. So he was given liquid-about a cupful a day. (Not quite, but nearly)
  • After the doctor, it seemed to take forever for us to get the medicine. We did celebrate the boys' successful flu shots. Whitman was able to get the flu mist which is back. Possibly later this week, I will take the others to get their shots.
  • When we came home, we did some together work, and I worked some more with Whitman. Then Robby, Anderson, Graham, and Campbell headed off to church for a car and catfish evening. They all had lots of fun and especially enjoyed the cookies for dessert.
  • Reagan picked out chicken for supper so I let Keaton pick the veggies-black beans and green beans. After they ate, I did the treadmill for a bit. Then Keaton asked to play a game so we played Sorry with Whitman.
  • Once everyone made it home, we had some downtime before heading to bed.

October 7, 2018

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  • Today was Keaton's first time to sing in Big Church with the big kids. She was more than excited. Her clothes had been laid out since yesterday, and before I could take my shower, I was french braiding her hair.
  • Campbell was just as excited even though she has sang with the children's choir for a few years now. Just as Keaton was wearing something new, Campbell also had something new to wear. They were both anxious to arrive at church and arrive on time.
  • Their choir did good. They sang two songs and then sang one with the congregation. Then they came to sit with us-Cash was with us today so our little tribe almost filled the pew. Whitman was pretty squirmy today so I am not sure that I heard any of the sermon.
  • After church, everyone went their own way to Sunday school. We teach Campbell's class for Sunday school. It is a fairly easy class even though we were pretty worried at the first of the year. It is going fairly smooth so far!
  • After church, there was no where to go-Grannymom was out of town, Nonna was out of town, we had to find our own lunch! That was fine since we had plenty of leftovers-I pulled out some mexican, pizza and even pork tenderloin. I think that everyone had enough to eat.
  • The kids played on their ipads, played outside and even had a few snacks while I took a nap. After my nap though, it was time to get to work. I changed over Whitman's clothes to winter clothes (yes, I know it is going to be 90 this week probably.)
  • Robby took Cash home and took Reagan to her Bible study. She really seems to enjoy it which makes me super happy. Campbell and Keaton had gone with Robby so when they arrived home, we worked on supper-chicken taquitos.
  • Afterwards, Robby ran to pick up Reagan. Then the kids had a few minutes to downtime before it was finally bedtime!

October 6, 2018

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  • We didn't have to be at Burns Park until 10 this morning, but that still meant that we were doing a lot of scrambling around this morning. It is a Saturday after all!
  • In fact we would have made it to the game on time, had we not missed the exit. It was still very early in the game when we did arrive though. And bless, we didn't miss anything. Zach's team played hard the entire game but they just didn't have a chance.
  • Despite the score, the game was pleasant especially since we were sitting in the shade. After the game, we went with all of the family to Damgoode Pies. I was going to type that the food was good, but it was not damgoode. However, I can't even say that the food was good. We waited 45 minutes for our food which is acceptable for pizza. Then they gave us the wrong pizza. It was a super meaty one which they did leave at the table while they made us the sausage we had ordered. 
  • Neither was very good to me. Though I think that I have decided that I just don't need to ever go back to a pizza place again. A to-go pizza is fine like Papa Johns or Pizza Hut, but other than that I don't want pizza again. Nor do I ever want chicken wings again. Or a Sonic shake. I guess if I keep eliminating foods that I don't want, then I will eventually lose some weight.
  • We did make up for the pizza with a good afternoon nap. The kids were quiet so we napped well Afterwards, we were super productive so we didn't feel guilty about our nap. Though I don't usually feel guilty about my naps, Robby does however.
  • Robby cut the boys hair, and I helped cut his hair. I straightened the house and went through 3 bins of clothes pulling out winter clothes for Whitman. This week my goal is to go through the kids clothes-well, maybe just the boys clothes this week.
  • Robby and Keaton went to pick up supper-you guessed it: pizza. He had some shops to do so that dictated supper. We took our food to the Wilson's house along with Cash who was spending the night. Shannon had the most delicious dessert ever which we definitely enjoyed.
  • We stayed way too long. When we made it home, the girls showered first. Some days I feel like I am working in a doctor's office. My people are pretty healthy but gracious. Tonight, Graham's eye was itchy so he needed medicine and eye drops. Anderson has an odd blister like thing on his foot that we examined and medicated. And Whitman crashed into the fireplace and gave himself a big knot which needed ice. After all of this, we went the crew to bed!

October 5, 2018

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  • Today was the last school day of the week, well I guess that make sense since it is Friday after all. We finished fairly strong, though we still haven't managed to wake up in time to eat breakfast together yet this week.
  • We end up eating in my bedroom as I am reading to everyone. That is fine, but it probably isn't too goo for my carpet. I am about done with the carpet in this house so I am probably a bit more lax than I need to be. Now, if we don't have carpet anywhere, then where we will sit all morning long doing school. I guess I will have to buy a lot of rugs!
  • Campbell and Keaton were finished very early, while Whitman and Anderson were finished fairly late. Whitman is just a little stinker. He doesn't really care that he can't watch his movies, he just would rather roll around on the floor or hide during school. He might just be the first one to see the inside of Lawson Elementary.
  • We did have lunch together and then everyone started on their chore list. I read some this afternoon. Then the kids finished school, worked on East, finished chores or just played on their ipads. 
  • I did sneak upstairs with the full intention to walk on the treadmill. I even had my shoes in my hand. But I sat down on the couch. Then I laid down on the couch. Then I covered up on the couch. Then I sat my alarm and there wasn't any treadmilling. I just had time to take my shower and then it was time to leave.
  • We had supper at the Pennington's house for our traditional Halloween gathering. The kids are all older and taller. They still enjoy dressing up though and everyone seemed to really enjoy the candy that Robby passed out!
  • They had made taco salad and chocolate cobbler for supper. It was all delicious. The kids played kickball and played some outside before starting a round or two of spoons. I think that everyone had a good time.
  • We made it home in time for everyone to have some downtime before heading to bed. Actually, they haven't headed to bed just yet. Everyone is quietly watching their ipads and as long as that is happening, they might get to stay away for a bit.

October 4, 2018

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  • I think I am going to have to get myself a louder alarm clock or possibly go to sleep before 1. Either way, I hit snooze until almost 8. Then it was a mad scramble to wake everyone up, have them grab their breakfasts and get started with our reading as soon as we could.
  • We were finished with our reading and Latin by 9:10ish so that was a win. Some days we can fly through things. This is our first year to do Latin. It started off easy but is getting progressively more difficult. It probably doesn't help that I can barely remember anything much less a foreign language without writing it down on my list.
  • School was fairly uneventful. I told Robby that if I just prepare myself mentally each day that doing school is a 8-5 job, then I am a bit less frazzled when school is still happening in the afternoon.
  • School was indeed still happening this afternoon. Robby and I left the house to eat lunch out today. We devoured tons of chips and salsa. Then both of our meals were delicious. We even topped off our meals with a sopapilla for each of us. I am still stuffed from lunch! But that sopapilla might just be my new favorite dessert.
  • Back at home, the kids had done some of their chores and some things from their list, but it seems like if I am not around things are done half way. Hmm, it is almost like they are children or something! We worked together again as a group. Then it was time for a few more chores and some catch up school work.
  • Everyone still had a good afternoon with plenty of time to do whatever they wanted. Robby passed out allowances so it still takes a bit of time figuring out their tithe, what goes in their spending and what goes in their savings buckets. It hasn't taken many allowances, and some of the kids are accumulating quite a bit of money. I think I am going to have to start requesting an allowance as well since my kitty is empty.
  • I was on the treadmill when it was time to leave for Pops's house. I scrambled around to get myself ready which doesn't take too long. We soon were at Nonna's and began our celebration of Jason's birthday.
  • Pops had his pork tenderloin that everyone loves and Nonna had two different kinds of beans that my girls love. Then there were brownies and cake. Jason opened presents after we walked over to see Beebee's house and its remodeling process.
  • Then we worked on Graham's Halloween costume. It didn't take too long and since it was the only thing I had to buy this year, I will consider it a win! And yes, the costume-ing has happened a bit early, but we will be wearing those costumes tomorrow night.

October 3, 2018

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  • The big boys were the only ones awake this Wednesday morning. Everyone else was moving as slowly as I was. It would have been a good day to stay in bed all morning long. But two of my favorite things happen on Wednesday-my bagel for breakfast and my haul of books from the library.
  • We did have to scramble to leave the house near our normal leaving time. Of course, I still didn't get into too much of a rush because we have built in some extra time. Reagan said this morning that she just wants to be late one time. Not going to happen on my watch-at least I hope not.
  • Bible study is always good. The kids always enjoy it. Graham was pleased to bring in his 2 pans of banana nut bread. The kids ate some of it, but didn't even finish one pan. This evening I was fretting over what I was going to do with all of the leftover bread. I gave Whitman some snack choices, and he could barely contain his excitement over the banana bread. I had forgotten how much he loves it.
  • We had our picnic lunch at the park. Even though it was warm today, a breeze was blowing and we were still comfortable. My big boys went home with Noah. They were pretty excited about this. Of course my little girls were not excited at all about not getting to go home with anyone.
  • We had a quiet, wonderful afternoon. I could have taken a nap, but I chose to walk on the treadmill. I am still not sure if I made the right choice or not. Afterwards, it was time to head back to a church house.
  • On the way, we stopped at the library. I gathered my weekly books. My library basket is about to fall plumb apart. I probably should put a replacement basket on my list. I need something that can haul 25ish books so a bag wouldn't really work. 
  • After church, I let the kids play on the playground for about 5 minutes. Then it was home for showers, snack and bed.

October 2, 2018

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  • Graham was the only one awake this morning at 7:40 as I went upstairs to wake up my sleeping crew. Everyone is still tired-me included. I think that we just are built for living on the road and not this school everyday thing.
  • It took me a while, but I finally did wake everyone up. I let them eat their breakfast as I read to them in my bedroom. We read until 9, and then everyone started on their school work. This was the first official day back at school, and things did go pretty well.
  • Whitman spent a lot of time in his tent doing his school work. He did disappear for a while until I found him watching a movie. He told me that Keaton said that he could have a break. Gracious. It takes a village for him to finish his school work-Graham helped, Keaton helped, I helped and I even think that Campbell helped him with his school work.
  • After we finished school, we finally had our lunch around 12:45. I had finished everything except for proofing something for Anderson and helping Reagan with her East work. No one seemed to be too worried about eating their lunch, but they did eventually show up when I called them.
  • Chores were the next thing on the list. Keaton did do a great deal of Reagan's chores. She received payment in candy. I guess it was a fair trade. We did all have to work on putting Whitman's fort up. I told him that he could put it up right after lunch or right before supper. He picked after lunch. It was probably a good thing because the fort continually grew during the day. More blankets, more flashlights, more clips and more toys under it.
  • Graham has snack tomorrow at Bible study, so he made banana bread to take tomorrow. I think that he enjoyed cooking without any one else in the kitchen. Well, I was in the kitchen, but I don't think that I count.
  • It was nearly 5:15 when I was able to get supper hot. We had ravioli which is usually a winner with everyone. That is good because I have plenty of leftovers. Soon Robby came home and Grannymom and Grandpa came over.
  • They brought over Keaton's birthday presents. She was anxious to have her new swing hung so after she opened it, Grandpa and Robby went to work hanging it. Since Keaton opened presents, she also thought that she needed candles to celebrate her birthday once again. I don't think you can celebrate too little though.
  • After the swing was hung, everyone had a few chances to swing on it. After Grannymom and Grandpa left, it was time for showers for everyone and packing out lunches for tomorrow. It was another good day but tomorrow will be a busy day!

October 1, 2018

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  • I knew that the kids would be tired today and the ever growing mountain of clean clothes was daunting to me, so school was lessened today. It was actually made much less-the kids just had to do their Bible study for the week along with 3 other items.
  • They could also eat breakfast on their own and then play their ipads when they are finished. I did tell everyone that I would have to wake them all up by 10:30 because we did our first round of working together at 11. 
  • I really would have thought that my boys would have slept late too, but they were awake before my alarm went off. I could hear them in the school room working. I did let Whitman go ahead and start on his ipad until I could help motivate him for his boxes.
  • When I did pull out my Bible study to work on and told him to get his boxes, he was tickled that he only had to do 3 boxes of school work. Tonight, I reminded him that tomorrow he would have to do it all. He just replied with, "well, it is only 10 boxes."
  • Campbell was awake by the time I started folding the laundry. I only put away mine and Robby's so the kids had huge piles of laundry to take upstairs. They had a shirt pile, shorts pile, sock pile, undie pile, pajama pile and even a coat pile. These piles took up over half of my bedroom.
  • I walked on the treadmill at 10. So it was around 10:45 when I came downstairs. Reagan was just walking down the steps, but I did have to go and wake up Keaton. She was fairly easy to wake up.
  • At 11, we did all of our work together which is still my favorite part of the day. Afterwards, I cleaned up the mess of school books, and then we started on lunch. The kids are all into making eggs for lunch. This is fine with me but it takes so much longer and there is so much moving around that I can hardly read.
  • Chores were next. I spent a good deal of time helping Anderson with an assignment on the computer and trying to put up a few things from the trip. At 2, we worked on a Jr. Ranger book and then played a round of states bingo.
  • Nonna and Pops came over to see everyone after our trip this afternoon. They visited and Whitman showed off his fort. Once they left, I had the kids watch a Louie Giglio video. Then we had a few minutes of downtime before heading to meet Robby for supper.
  • We met at the car wash. He washed the car and then him and the boys worked on vacuuming out the car. Robby didn't ask them to help but they were jumping at the chance to help. Afterwards, we ate supper at Chick-Fil-A since we were all still craving it from last night.
  • I ran to Walmart with Keaton and Campbell afterwards-needed milk, bananas, shoes for Whitman and even found a jacket to put on Keaton's xmas list. When we came home, everyone put on their pjs before we all had some ice cream to celebrate a successful Monday.