May 14, 2021-Devil's Den Round 2

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Robby and I both get a little bit giddy on trip days so much so that it causes us to wake up early. We probably should have trips planned every week day so we wake up and start moving. By 8, 2 loads of clothes were folded, showers taken, dishes emptied, and the dog had pottied a few times. We were  moving.

The plan was to leave around 10, and it was about 10:15 when we did pull off. I ran to pick up Noah a little bit before we left, and he rode with us. The kids are pretty good about helping us pack and load the last few things. The only thing so far that we needed has been an earring back-Reagan lost hers half way here. In the white van, I carry spare earring backs-I guess that I should in this rig too.

It took about 4 hours to get here. We stopped once for gas-Robby says that you have to stop to fill up at some point on the way here or on the way home, plus he likes to park this when it is full so that means he will fill up when we get home. All that to say, we got gas on the way here. Bentley was glad that we did so because she needed to use the restroom.

The gas station had a dog park area-fenced in area. Robby told me to take her over there so she could run a little bit. I didn't want to go because I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to catch her-bless it, when we went inside, Bentley didn't leave my side. 

There was a bit of traffic on the way up here-I didn't notice too much because I took advantage of us to make the kids lunches. Most folks wanted corndogs so I heated them up in the microwave as we were sitting in the traffic. I had hummus and Robby had a ham and cheese croissant. There was also 2 bagels and a hot pockets. There are some benefits to traveling in a moving house.

We were the first ones here this afternoon. That was fine with us-we had plenty of time to set up without people watching us-which meant that we could sit down and watch all of our buddies have to set up their camp. The kids helped some, but really all they can think about is getting the bikes off the back and pulling out scooters and skateboards from the back of the car. 

The boys do understand that they have to help more than the girls do. Of course there are lots of things that we need them to do-the bikes are difficult, the tent is cumbersome, the trailer is heavy-we do put them to work. Whitman was even handed the blower to blow off the picnic areas. 

With Bentley, we have one helper that is out because they are having to walk her since she needs to potty after the ride. Keaton helped put out the mat while she was zooming around on the skateboard. Our spot is across the loop from where we were last time. Some folks are on the other side, but in the middle is the big grassy field. In December, things were wet and no one was able to play or even walk out there. 

However, today there have been volleyball games, kick ball games, basketball playing, and even foursquare happening. Plus the loop is pretty perfect for the kids to ride their bikes and things around. We can pretty much see them the entire way. Now, this place has filled up quite a bit so there are lots of campers.

The Fergusons arrived next followed by the Heltz and Crafts. Soon the Kamps showed up in their new pop up (which is surprisingly nice and roomy). The big kids ended up taking a walk to the visitor's center while the rest of us just sat around. It was super pleasant outside-I just had on my light jacket, not my long underwear and multiple jackets that I packed just in case that I need them.

There are 22 kiddos in our group so we do take up a lot of space and probably make a lot of noise. But everyone seems to be having a good time. Tonight for supper, we tried something new-fried rice and lo mein noodles. I will say that it was definitely a winner, and we will make them again sometime. Of course, as Robby and I often do-we go big. We had enough fried rice that we gave out plates to extra kids, fed extra adults, and still had leftovers. We probably could have fed the whole crew here tonight. I probably will even have some of those leftovers tomorrow for lunch.

After supper, it seemed to get dark fairly quickly. After setting around for a little bit, it was soon time to get the s'mores out. We brought the chocolate, and my campsite had the fire so the party was at our house. All of the kids really enjoy making s'mores-well, who doesn't? I didn't get any pictures through because I was busy unwrapping Hershey candy bars as fast as I could for all of the kiddos.

It was nearly 11 when we all finally headed into the camper. It takes us a good while to get everyone situated and find all of the blankets. When the kids do get into bed, I think that they are all pretty tired and don't stay awake too long! I know that I won't stay awake too long tonight!

May 13, 2021

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  • I won't even tell you what time this dog woke up today. I thought that she was waking up because of the sunrise, but I really think that she is now waking up so she can get into our bed. Seriously, I have decided that she just likes us and can't get enough of us during the day. And I am also afraid that we have created a spoiled little puppy. 
  • I worked the whole day long, and seriously, I felt so scattered all day long. I did manage to get a few things accomplished during the day. The house is semi straight, the camper is mostly packed and all of the kids are accounted for so I will say that this day is a win.
  • There is still a pretty good list that I have to mark off tomorrow but for now all is well. Reagan did sneak off for a bit today and go to her school's picnic. I think that she had fun there, but was ready to take a nap when she returned home-take a nap and eat a chicken pot pie. 
  • Campbell and I went to the pregnancy center today. Traffic was bad on the way there so we were there even later than usual. We had stopped Walmart before and probably should have left a bit earlier than we did. We were able to help some and soon, everything was finished up there.
  • We then made one more stop before making it to soccer practice. While we were out, I told Campbell that I needed to use the restroom but I would just wait until practice. When we showed up, Campbell wondered aloud what the signs on the restrooms were. Robby was quick to tell her that there was an email telling everyone that the restrooms were closed due to a water line break. 
  • Yikes! So Campbell and I loaded up in search of a rest room. It didn't take us long to decide where we should go-we went to a friend's house just down the road. We were back within 10 minutes and all was well!
  • After practice, Robby grabbed some supper for us, and we came home at ate. Afterwards, there was some more packing followed by lots of straightening. Hopefully, everyone sleeps well tonight-the dog included!

May 12, 2021

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  • In case you were losing sleep over my dog waking thoughts from last night. The saga continues-this morning Bentley woke up at 6:08 and sunrise was at drumroll please....6:07. Interesting, isn't it? Now, she does sleep in the corner of my room behind the tv cabinet with a blanket over her cage, so how can she know when the sunrises so well? 
  • Also just to continue with our Bentley antics, last night Robby was downstairs and fussed a bit at the boys because they were still going strong acting a fool upstairs and not sleeping. A few minutes later, we couldn't find Bentley downstairs. We walked around and walked around, until climbed to the top of the stairs and saw her curled up by the boys door. I don't think that she liked them getting into trouble and went up to comfort them.
  • For so many things to accomplish today, I think that I was able to finish a few things. I guess the biggest item marked off of the to do list was getting the big boys a hair cut. Their hair had started looking fairly shaggy. I did kind of like it long, but a hair cut was a necessity. I will say that I probably should have gone to beauty school-really, I probably still should go to beauty school.
  • This afternoon the kids and I loaded up with Nonna to go and pick strawberries. The berry patch was a ways away, but not too bad. It was really a pretty spot, and the kids enjoyed picking the strawberries. We have been strawberry picking before, but it has been many, many years ago-so long that even Anderson was trying to remember what exactly how strawberries grew.
  • We picked two full buckets full-about 10 or so pounds. Nonna paid for me and get the senior discount. Strawberries aren't cheap-I put up 4 containers and paid over 10 dollars for each container. Ha! But the experience was well worth it. 
  • Everyone did well picking the strawberries. Anderson stayed with Nonna and helped her out. Whitman took it very seriously again and went right to work. Campbell was determined to pick more than anyone else. I didn't let my people get more than 3 buckets because I was afraid that we would fill as many buckets as we had. 
  • When we made it back home, I loaded a few more things in to the camper. Robby spent the evening getting a few more things ready to go. Campbell and Whitman decided to clean out the garage. They did a great job and really made a difference.  Plus they found about 15 balls that we threw away because they didn't keep air.
  • We had leftovers for supper-we are trying to clean out the fridge. And I didn't have many takers on helping me clean out the fridge. I did tell Robby that no one had eaten the salad that he bought-he was quick to admit that he didn't buy a salad or the hummus in the fridge. Apparently the day that we missed a bunch of our Walmart order, we also received a few surprise items.
  • It was kind of a quiet evening-I did dye some of Campbell's hair. See what I mean about beauty school. She now has red tips again. I am not sure how well it will stay in, but she is happy.
  • The certain highlight of my day was this evening when I asked Whitman to complete his daily chore. Now, for some reason when I made out my summer chore chart, I thought I had 5 kids and assigned rotating chores dealing with the dog only to the big 5. That left Whitman without any so I had to be creative. Today, his "chore" was brushing the dog's teeth. Let's just say we have the most patient and good natured dog-Whitman tried his hardest, even laying on the floor under her mouth. He was able to brush one side, but we called it good-and we have never laughed so hard!

May 11, 2021

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  • So Bentley has been waking up at 6:10 the last few mornings. I had read that dogs are very sensitive to light and wouldn't you know it, sunrise is at 6:09. Interesting. I will be very curious to see what she will do in the pitch black camper-fingers crossed that she does sleep better.
  • Now instead of being upset that she wakes up early, we certainly are not. We know that we should get on up and start our day, but instead I just look at the clock and go right on back to sleep happy as I can be since I have a few good hours of sleep left before time to start my day.
  • Now Robby didn't sleep the morning away this morning. He was up and gone before it was time to start work. His mission for the day-change the tire. He ran to buy some things that he needed. Yes, he could have borrowed them but since this is the second tire problem we have had, he is going to be prepared. 
  • By lunch, the tire was off and on it's way to the repair shop. Unfortunately, it couldn't be repaired, but that is fine. Robby replaced it and was still grateful that none of this happened zooming down the highway or Friday morning. The new tire is on the camper snugly, and the tire pressure system is now programmed correctly and working well.
  • I did lots of packing again today. It is kind of funny that a person can work all day and really not be able to see any progress. However, at noon we left for our afternoon out. The first stop was at Nonna and Pops' house briefly. We were dropping off Pops' sock of the month club socks. Then we went to the library-Campbell and Keaton left the place with books galore like they had never been to the library before.
  • The big even today was volunteering at the Arkansas Foodbank. We do this occasionally, but this was a big day because Whitman is now old enough to go with us. I do think that everyone enjoys the foodbank-it is work though. We are there for 3 hours, and other than a 15 minute break we work the entire time.
  • Today's task was a bit confusing-we had to check dates. There are two different types of dates-expired by and best if used by. Then some things past the date were fine and others were not. Then if things were ok on the date, we would have to tape them up if they were broken, and finally we would have to put things in the correct category of boxes. While the man was explaining everything, Whitman asked me if I would help him. I think he was a bit overwhelmed-but so were we.
  • I began with setting things out for Whitman to put in the right places, but soon he was doing it without my help. We would work and empty a pallet of stuff, and as soon as we did they would bring another one to us. It seemed to be never ending. 
  • Lily came to our house and Campbell went to the Kamps when we headed home. I wasn't home too long before I headed to my puppy kindergarten graduation. I had asked everyone if they wanted to go with me-Campbell had, but she was gone, Whitman had, but he changed his mind, Keaton had, but she had a friend over, Anderson was playing his ipad, Graham was playing his xbox, but surprisingly, Reagan wanted to go with me. 
  • I was glad for her company, and I think that she enjoyed it. We had to do an obstacle course with our dogs not on the leash. Thankfully, Bentley did not embarrass me-bless one dog pooped in the middle of her turn. We did okay-at least we didn't poop everywhere. And really she didn't run away from me and make a scene so that was good. So we did finish the class and earned a certificate, a dog toy and a some treats.
  • Back at home, we headed up some pizzas and ate before I ran to get Campbell. I then had the kids finish their chores and school before I went to the camper to pack for the evening. I am currently cooking rice for our Friday night meal of fried rice and soon it is bedtime for my crew.

May 10, 2021

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  • Ah, our first day of summer vacation around here, and I worked harder today than all of last week put together. I spent most of my time getting things ready for the next few days around here. There are lots of things that need to happen and lots of lists to make.
  • After making more lists that probably necessary, I did load up my sleepy crew and head to the dentist with everyone. Six dentist appointments and only two cavities (Keaton and Campbell). I will definitely take that as a win. Reagan came bopping out of that dentist office-she was so proud that it was finally not her with a cavity. Anderson had also stressed himself out about having a cavity so he was pleased as well.
  • This isn't surprising, but we were told that Anderson (slight misalignment), Graham (more misalignment) and Campbell (missing a tooth) will all need to get braces soon. We knew that was all coming, but yikes. 
  • We did celebrate the only two cavities with frostys from Wendys. It did take us about 30 minutes to get those frostys, but since I was thanked about 5 times then I would say that they were worth it. Graham and Anderson then ran in a store with me since we were on the hunt for them some shorts.
  • Back at home, there was more working in the camper for me. Robby and the little girls ran a few errands and went to Grannymom and Grandpa's house for a little bit. 
  • Tonight we had toasted ravioli for supper-Robby and I both talked about it being the highlight of living in the dorms and eating the cafeteria food. 
  • After our meal, Robby went back to the camper to start checking on things before we leave-and he found a flat tire. That was unexpected and disappointing. However, it is the perfect timing-he already had a jack arriving tomorrow and there is plenty of time before we leave to get things fixed. Hopefully, the fix will be easy and smooth. This is just a good reminder of why you are prepared and why you double and triple check all of the important things.
  • That all did kind of bum Robby out, but since there was still some cheesecake left he went to bed happy. Bentley also went to bed happy-Campbell gave her a bath tonight and she just snoozed for the rest of the evening afterwards. She will also go to bed happy tonight because we took out the divider in her kennel-it is now the entire thing so she will have plenty of room to stretch out.

May 9, 2021-Happy Mother's Day and Happy 89th Birthday (Party) Grandpa!

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  • Bentley woke up at 5 this morning. We weren't really sure why she did, but she wasn't headed back to bed without getting out to go potty. So Robby took her and then brought her back to our bed. I now think that the dog woke up and decided that our bed was more comfy-so I fully expect this to happen again tonight. 
  • We were in a rush to head to church this morning since in lieu of our traditional Mother's Day breakfast (Robby and the kids make me waffles and I act surprised when they bring them in to me), we headed to pick up doughnuts.
  • Of course we only had about 9 gallons on gas left when we got into the car. So when Robby stopped for doughnuts, he just parked at the gas station. Since the line was out of the door at the doughnut place, I asked him if he wanted me to get the gas while he was getting the doughnuts-he was pretty adamant that I could not do that. I think that he was afraid that I would later give him a hard time about me having to pump my gas on Mother's Day.
  • Church was good-15 kiddos in our Sunday school class. More and more kids keep coming back which is a wonderful problem to have. After church, we headed to Dana's house to celebrate Mother's Day and Grandpa's 89th birthday. 
  • Dana had bbq for lunch, and everything was delicious. The kids played outside some and then Grannymom and Grandpa both opened up some presents. We soon left so we could get home to let Bentley out of our kennel. She had been in for a long time but didn't have a problem.
  • What she did have a problem with was with going back to sleep for my Sunday/Mother's Day nap. At first our nap was not a nap at all. I can't complain too much since I was one of the ones hoping to get a dog! 
  • Eventually Robby (and Bentley) did get up, and I was able to finish my nap. Afterwards, I worked on this week's to do list-it's a wee bit long, but I'm not stressed at all because we are finished with school. 
  • The Wilsons all came over for a little bit tonight. They brought some supper and I supplemented with some of our leftovers, and we made a meal of it! We all visited for a while and watched the dogs play.
  • When they headed home, we started picking up the house and some of the kids had showers before it was bedtime. 

May 8, 2021

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  • Graham and I had the first shift at the concession stand today. It was a fairly busy morning, and before we knew it the rest of the family had arrived. Today was the last soccer game for us since we will miss next week.
  • At 11:30, I had Robby coaching, Reagan, Anderson and Graham refereeing, and Campbell, Keaton and Whitman playing. It was a fairly busy hour for all of us-I spent my time walking from field to field watching everyone play.
  • Campbell's team did lose today, but man she played her hardest. I so wanted that girl to score. Keaton's team won and my Keaton had a free kick against the goalie and scored. I was looking her direction at the time and was able to see her score. She was our only score-er this year-twice. And on the little fields, Whitman, who isn't really crazy about soccer, did so well this year. His favorite part about soccer was the snacks!
  • We stayed until the games were over-the playground is open so that is where Whitman spent most of his time today. Even though he had his ipad, he enjoyed the playground more. The boys helped pick up some, and Robby and I counted the concession stand money (that's a stressful job-not sure why people want to ask me questions when I am counting.)
  • I had a car load of kids (9) on the way home, but I still stopped at Walmart. They wanted to come in and I said no way! I ran my errand quickly before dropping of my girls at the Kamps and Noah came over to our house. The boys played outside some while I unpacked all of the bags. The soccer bag will turn into our swimming pool bag this week.
  • Robby and I were about to set down and rest when we decided to be productive. We added shelves to the camper, fixed the wobbly dinette back and even loaded up new lawnchairs. There is alot to do this week since we leave for one trip Friday, come home Sunday and leave again on Monday. And we would have it no other way.
  • After working in the camper, we came in. Campbell gave Bentley a bath and everyone else also had their showers. I am actually getting ready to have some of my Mother's Day cheesecake that Robby bought me yesterday! I should probably wait until midnight, but nah!

May 7, 2021

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  • Bentley had a vet appointment today at 9. Whitman was the only one awake this morning when we snuck out of the house. Bentley did fine at her appointment-2 shots and nails trimmed. She now weighs 26 pounds. The dog is funny-she just whined and whined when the people there were not giving her any attention.
  • Also this little interaction with vet did make my laugh today. I mentioned how friendly she is. He was quick to say, "yes, they are mostly all like that when they are puppies." He continued with, "then some get territorial or bad tempered." Oh, great! That is just what I wanted to hear. He did finally finish with mentioning that Bentley's breed is fairly good natured.
  • Back at home, I started on getting ready for our party tonight. Campbell wanted to have an ice cream party to kick off summer. Soon it became Campbell and Keaton's ice cream and brownie party. (Keaton doesn't like ice cream.) As soon as they walked down the stairs, I put those two girls to work.
  • They pulled out all of the toppings for the ice cream, they helped get tables out, they made the brownies and helped us later in the day pick out the ice cream. They did work for this party tonight. Whitman, who is often oblivious to life, did ask why Keaton and Campbell got to have a party. I asked him if he wanted to have a party with his friends. He said "yes" so I guess that is next on the list.
  • Also, the other day Campbell and Keaton were talking about everyone's games being at the same time on Saturday. They continued to say that we (the spectators) could turn our chairs one way and watch Campbell and then turn our chairs the other way and watch Keaton. Whitman, who was not involved in the conversation at all, shot back at them, "Well, what about me?"
  • Campbell, Keaton and Graham went with us to run a few errands this afternoon-Sams, Gas, and Kroger were the places we needed to go. However, we ended up at ChickFilA as well along with Five Below for some boogie boards for the beach. 
  • Back at home, there was time to go and get Annie. She is home alone so Bentley had a party with her friend for a little bit this afternoon. Bentley did figure out how to get out of her collar-actually, she would jerk so hard that she would snap it open. She quickly was given a new collar (not from the Dollar Tree!)
  • Then it was time for tonight's party. Even though we had a few friends not able to come, we still had a great time. There were about 10 girls here plus my folks. We had ham and cheese croissants. The kids played outside-gaga ball, a relay race-there were even games inside-cookie face, draw a picture on a paper plate, and bingo. Of course there were prizes! 
  • Then the evening was ended with an ice cream sundae bar. We had tons of toppings and I think that folks had lots of fun. It was a pretty fun evening-and I'm glad it's over!
  • When it was over, we went to play with Annie some more before it was bedtime for her. Then we came home to clean up after the party. Keaton and Campbell have one friend over and tonight is internet night so the kids get to stay up later than normal-actually, it is already later than normal and they are just brushing their teeth.
  • Graham is working early with me at the concession stand so he will get to leave at 7:30ish with me. This is our last soccer game-the season was just a little bit too short for me. But I will be glad to sleep in-though our next few Saturday's are spent out of town so there will be little sleeping in....until probably school starts again and things get back to normal. 

May 6, 2021

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  • I was up at 6:30 with the dog, but out of all of the days this week today was the longest that I could sleep so we climbed back in bed and snoozed some more. We just had one book to read aloud today along with our Bible chapter so we were soon working on school work. 
  • School went fine today-mainly because it was the last day Well, it is the last day, but there are a few things we will do this summer. Some things are finishing from this year and others are getting ahead for next year. 
  • Yesterday while we were at the Nutrition Center, I was able to get all of my school organized and planned for next year. Now, I just have to buy the things that I need and start getting things pulled out and ready to go. My goal is to do that early in the summer!
  • I am currently taking full advantage of having people that are capable of doing thing well these days-Campbell made brownies, Keaton organized the pantry-it's nice when the kids can work and work well. Now they do a lot of things sloppily-but when I find what they love (baking/organizing) then they do things with excellence. Though I still have quite a few kiddos that I just don't know what they love yet.
  • We ran to see Annie for a little bit this afternoon. Then it was back home for the treadmill for me. When I finished that, it was time for us all to load up and head out to soccer practice. We were there a few minutes early, but soon it was practice time.
  • Whitman isn't a huge fan of game days, but he certainly loves practice. Bentley loves practice too-her friend Sully was there tonight, and they played and played. It was a pleasant evening-just like I wasn't ready for Wednesday nights to end, I am really not ready for soccer to end as well. I could stand a few more weeks of it-at least until we are miserably hot.
  • After soccer, we went to Nonna and Pops' house to celebrate Mother's Day. Pops made hamburgers and everything was absolutely delicious. After eating we played a game of trivial pursuit before we headed home.
  • The kids had planned on waiting up until Robby came home-I quickly put an end to that idea. It will be fairly late when he does get in and they are up late enough as is! Hopefully, they will be asleep when he does get home and hopefully, they will get home quickly and safely.

May 5, 2021

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  • So this was the earliest day yet this week. Graham and I had to be at the Nutrition Center at 8:15 this morning. You shouldn't be surprised when you learn that when we left, the house was still snoozing. All but Bentley, she slept until my alarm at 6:45 and then we played pretty hard so she would snooze in her kennel until everyone else woke up.
  • I think that Campbell was the first one awake-or the first one to remember that we had a dog. She did get her out and feed her breakfast this morning. I had left a long list of chores with strong encouragement for everyone to keep the house clean. When we eventually did come home, they had very nicely done both things.
  • Graham had a pretty long day at the Nutrition Center-they drew his blood every hour. They just put an iv in to make it easier. Of course he did great and didn't seem to mind it at all. I was the one who was a bit more antsy-it was a long day to sit in a waiting room chair without any food. I didn't know he had to fast-or I would have brought myself some food to eat on the sly.
  • He was greatly rewarded at the end of the visit with ChickFilA-sandwich, shake and fries. All of my other folks were also rewarded with ChickFilA. Grannymom and Grandpa came over to eat lunch with everyone to help break up their day just a little bit.
  • They ate outside on the patio and enjoyed the nice weather. The girls even drove to the plant nursery where Campbell bought some watermelon seeds. She has since planted them, watered them and even checked them a few times today.
  • Tonight was the last Wednesday night for the summer. I would say yippee, but really we have missed so much church that I just can't get too excited about it. My kids love it too so folks were a bit bummed. Now my big kids did all have tacos tonight and the littles had popcorn and snow cones so who can be sad with lots of snacks.
  • We even stayed at the church house until almost 8 before heading home. When we did come home, we found our suppers and all eventually crowded in the bonus room to watch The Call of the Wild which is the book that we just finished reading.
  • After the movie was over, it was time for my crew to go to bed. Tomorrow is the last full day of school for everyone-next week starts our summer school schedule!

May 4, 2021

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  • I probably stayed up too late last night playing on my phone because when I had to go to the bathroom at 6 this morning, Bentley was ready for me to take her to the bathroom-or maybe she was ready to get in the bed with me. 
  • Either way, we were both able to get a bit more sleep. This was not a lazy day because Reagan had to be at school for first period this morning. I think that her classes and Anderson's will both be first period next year-ugh!
  • She did manage to bribe me to take her to ChickFilA on the way for her to get a coffee. When I did get home, it was still just about the time that we usually start on our together work. We did all of that with no problem and soon folks were starting on their school work for the day.
  • The one worrisome part of the morning was checking to see if the dishwasher ran. The night before and last night, I swore that I ran it-the dishwasher stuff was even in there, but the dishes weren't clean. Today I promise that the clean light was on, yet it was not clean. 
  • So I crossed my fingers, said a prayer and tried again this morning-and things worked perfectly. I was super dreading hand washing 2 days of dishes. We pretty much used paper products today just in case things don't work tonight. We were actually doing good on our lack of dishes usage, until Reagan made some desserts tonight.
  • I had to run to the store really quickly today and on the way home we picked up Reagan from school. This was her last day at Comm Central for the year, but she still has a few things to complete before the school year is over.
  • I wasn't home for too long this afternoon before it was time for me to cut up my hot dogs and go to puppy class. This was our next to last class, and this the one thing that we failed out was to call our dogs and have them come to us. First time, Bentley did perfectly. Second time, she just sat and stared at me-I'm on the other side of the room squealing her name, jumping and waving my arms and nothing! Finally the dog did waltz over to me-I think that she just wanted me to look like a fool for a little bit!
  • While I was at puppy class, I did get some good news. Anderson's shoe was found-at the neighbor's house on their front porch. That dern stray dog took his shoe. It was still in tact and all was well-I was very grateful since finding that shoe saved me about 60 bucks!
  • Reagan went to the talent show at school tonight. When she did come home, the rest of us had already eaten our chicken spaghetti. She ate and then started on some baking. Soon, the plan is to have some ice cream before bed and then bedtime for the crew-we will try to get to bed earlier tonight than last night!

May 3, 2021

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  • Robby was the first one awake this morning. He quietly tip toed to the shower so he wouldn't wake me or the dog. However, he quickly awoke Bentley. He took her to the bathroom, and then he started his shower. When she did come back from the bathroom, he put her in bed with me which is where she stays in the morning times after her first potty. Tonight, I put her in my room when I went to tell the kids goodnight. She first laid on the floor, but then she found her spot in the bed where I think she might plan on staying for the rest of the week. 
  • The kids were up fairly early this morning-Campbell was in my room by 7:45. So by the time we normally start on school, I had already marked off quite a few things from my list. The most fun task today was stripping clothes in the bathtub upstairs. 
  • I followed a recipe and put about 4 different cleaners in a bathtub full of stinky clothes (think pajama shirts, Robby's undershirts, and dish towels). Then I stirred them every hour for about 5 hours. The water turned black-I mean black. Now, was that because the clothes were filthy or because a chemical reaction happened. I won't know until I get the clothes out of the dryer in a few minutes-maybe I will remember to tell you.
  • We did our school work today-everyone was fairly mellow. Reagan did forget she had a zoom call. I forgot to remind her, but that was fine because she soon received an email from her teacher say that she had mastered things and didn't have to do the last few exercises. That was nice to hear.
  • Folks finished school fairly early this morning. I did have to work with Reagan on her last essay, but soon it was time to take the big boys to their discipleship group at church. While they were there, I did a few things on my computer and ran to the library. 
  • When we came home, I was just there for about 15 minutes before it was time to turn around and leave again. Keaton had soccer practice tonight, so Anderson and I ran to get a supper at Freddys. He had a hamburger, and I had ice cream. 
  • When we made it home, I pulled out leftovers and some of the kids eventually headed outside to play. We have been outside a lot today looking for a shoe. Anderson has lost one of his shoes-we have to assume that last night's stray dog took it away. Ugh, of course Anderson is my child that just has one pair of tennis shoes-now he just has one right tennis shoe. That will be tomorrow or Wednesday's project-finding him another pair of shoes. 
  • I did make time to play a longest game of memory with some of the kids. It took forever because there were so many cards. Thankfully, the game did eventually end, and when it did end, I was the winner.
  • The kids took a long while to calm down tonight when they went to bed. Keaton came down with tooth that she had just pulled and Whitman came down later saying that Anderson was keeping him awake. Currently, it sounds like everyone is asleep-fingers crossed!
  • And clothes update-I don't think that it helped Robby's stained t-shirts. However, the shirts that were kind of stinky and even had a yucky feel, don't seem to smell right now. We will see after a few wears if this really did make a difference. 

May 2, 2021

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  • When I woke up this morning, I thought that it was the middle of the night. Unfortunately, it was not-it was time to wake up. Robby went to wake up the kids, and everyone was sleeping except for Whitman who was happily in his box playing his ipad.
  • We got new stools the other day and put them together last night. Robby let the 3 littles keep the boxes which they have now spent countless hours laying in them with their devices. This is well and good, but boxes seem to be everywhere in this house.
  • And there are also bar stools everywhere in this house. I did list them online to sell-and they really aren't worth much because they need to be painted, cleaned and really all need new screws or whatever since they are wobbly. I guess my price was a little bit too good-I have had over 55 offers...except I haven't gotten anyone to actually pay yet (I'm trying to be good and go down the line of offers, and I probably wait too long before moving on to the next person, but not everyone sits around with their phones in their laps...or do they?)
  • We had half the number of kids this week as last week in our Sunday school class. I wasn't teaching this week, but that does make it hard to plan! After church, we went to Nonna's house for lunch. Reagan liked the meal so much that she asked for a to go container and had it for her supper tonight.
  • Our afternoon was pretty slow around here-well, it was slow and short. Around 3:30, we all loaded up to go and see a movie. I don't think that I have been to the movies since 2019. This was a new movie-possibly a preview. It was really good-a British race horse movie. There were parts that were hard to understand because of their accents and others because of their Welsh phrases that they used. Despite all of this, it was pretty entertaining, and everyone enjoyed it. (And yes, I took a little nap during some of it.)
  • Back at home, we went right to town on making our Sunday night supper. Tonight we had pancakes, banana bread, sausage, biscuits and gravy. Breakfast is one of my favorite meals to eat, and since we had very few leftovers, I think that the others enjoyed it too.

May 1, 2021

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  • It was an early soccer morning because Whitman had his first (and only) 8:30 game. We also had to pick up the ChickFilA for the fields on the way there. When our trunk was full of over 300 dollars worth of ChickFilA, we thought about skipping town and just having a big ole breakfast, but instead we headed to watch Whitman's team.
  • Whitman's team had not won a game until today. His little teammates were on fire today. I believe that all of our scores (at least 6) were scored by 2 of his friends. It was like a completely different team. Whitman had fun, and he was certainly glad to hear that he just has one more soccer game left this year!
  • Next up was Keaton's team's turn to play. They also won their game. Keaton didn't get to score today, but she played pretty fiercely-her little face was just as red as it could be. Then we had a break where we just sat and watched some more buddies play soccer.
  • During that time Anderson was a ref. Later in the day Graham had his soccer game to ref. And poor Reagan, who didn't feel all that great yesterday, was busy with reffing 3 games today. She was pretty hot and tired by the end of the day.
  • The dog was also pretty hot and tired by the end of the day. It was pretty hot during Campbell's game. We are all red, and Bentley spend the game trying to get in the shade under my chair. I kept trying to give her water, but her favorite treat was the ice from the ice chest. By the end of the game though she was sound asleep.
  • Campbell's game was last-you may think that Campbell is not much of a husstle-er, but man can she get after it. Her team also won their game-4-2. They haven't had much of a winning season, so they were super excited to win today. Poor Campbell-she had been goalie once, but no one else on her team wanted to be goalie. And since her dad is the coach, she had to be goalie the last period of the game.
  • Our sunburned, tired and sweaty crew rolled in and immediately started to help Robby pick up sticks in the yard. He had some mowing to do and needed some sticks gone. While he was working on mowing, I spend a good while unpacking from the day and repacking for the next soccer day. Soon my soccer bag turns into a swim bag and just like that the season's change.
  • There wasn't even time for a nap this afternoon. It seemed like all I was doing was laundry. I am not sure what has happened to us lately, but gracious we are doing laundry all of the time. 
  • Tonight we celebrated Tony's birthday at a habachi grill. Campbell really wanted for me to take a video of the man cooking-I couldn't bring myself to do it though. I did encourage her to ask to go there for her birthday.
  • After eating, we ran around a few stores while the kids were at home eating pizza and playing basketball. They were having a blast when we came home playing horse. Whitman, however, was in the kitchen scooping himself a big bowl of ice cream! It is funny that he never things to make himself lunch, yet he knows where the ice cream scoop is and can serve up a bowl of cookie dough ice cream like a pro.

April 30, 2021

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  • Fridays are my sleep in days-except this Friday once again we were headed to the nutrition center with Graham. We have one more visit to complete this study which will happen on Wednesday. Graham has had to eat basically a no fruit and veggie diet getting ready for this study-needless to say, that was no problem at all. 
  • We were there before 8:30, and things went pretty quickly. We were leaving before 10:30 which made me super happy. They did have to stick him twice for blood, but he didn't mind at all. Now on Wednesday, he will have to be stuck every hour for 5 hours. Good times.
  • We stopped at Subway for him on the way home. And back at home, some of the kids were just starting to stir. Keaton was already up and was making Whitman do their chore-their main task today was to clean his desk. I plan for most everyone to clean their desks really well next week. We shall see though since we really have all summer long.
  • When we came home, there were lots of chores to get caught up on. Then I really don't know what happened for most of the rest of the afternoon. I did watch a movie-a Hallmark mystery so the kids that were around were pretty interested in it. I did happen to fall asleep during some of it, but I managed to figure out what had happened at the end.
  • There was a game of Sorry this afternoon with Anderson, Campbell and Keaton. Oh, yes, I also worked on Legos today with Anderson. Our next step is to order all of our missing pieces from the sets that we have tried to re-work.
  • Tonight Robby, Graham, Keaton and I went out to eat at On the Borger, then a quick run to Walmart where we spent a small fortune (not really-but I keep finding cake mixes for 50 cents and how can I pass them up.) And finally we stopped at Lowes. It was a fun little evening-and now we have supplies for a few little projects.
  • Campbell passed her time tonight by giving Bentley another bath-she is the cleanest dog ever. Tonight the kids get to stay up as late as they would like-I'm not so sure that is a great idea since the Dennie bus is leaving close to 7 in the morning!

April 29, 2021

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  • What a fun day this has been-it seems that we have been busy from early this morning. Graham is going to the nutrition center center tomorrow so he needs to provide a sample, a stool sample, to take with us. Unfortunately, I woke up to him telling me that his sample was ready for me to scoop in the container.
  • Of course, I was sound asleep at this point and woke up thinking that Bentley had pooped in the bed with us. It took me a while to understand exactly who had pooped this morning. I seem to be in a stage in my life where I am not having to deal with poop too often thankfully.
  • We did our school work and went to town on reading some of our books. Then it was time to start on everyone's individual work. The kids seemed to fly through everything today-even my Whitman.
  • Reagan went to school this afternoon. Robby was able to take her and drop off some clothes too today. While they were gone, we did Bible study-it was the last one for the school year! Yippee! Since this was the first year that Whitman did the Bible study book, we did it all together. Campbell and Keaton joined us as well each and every day this year to finish the books.
  • At 2, Keaton and Campbell had their sugar club folks over today. We did things pretty low key and made jello for the kids to enjoy. Then we made dog treats. They had quite a bit of fun rolling out the dough and taste testing the dog treats with Bentley. Of course, she enjoyed all of the treats that she could get.
  • The girls cooked and then we went to the church down the road to ride scooters and skateboards. The girls all had a blast and were hungry for their jello when we returned to the house. Then we dropped everyone off at home.
  • After dropping off all of the girls, Robby and I dropped off our girls and headed to do a quick mystery shop. I ate my food while we were in a crazy 20+ minute line at McDonalds for Robby's food. 
  • We did stop briefly and found Bentley a dog toy before heading to Kroger to buy ice cream for our real children. At home, we all gobbled up the ice cream and watched one show before it was bedtime for all.

April 28, 2021

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  • Our normal right now is to wake up with Bentley, then put her back in bed with us, and we snooze some more. This morning I had been sleeping so well until it was just about time to wake up. I started dreaming the craziest dreams-we were in someone's house and my black flats were on the floor. Some old folks were there and were about to trip on my shoes-then I woke up. What in the world was that dream about?
  • I made sure that all of my shoes were put away this morning when we started on our school. Today we finished our history book. Then the folks started working on their own school work. Campbell was already finished with her work and just needed to check a few days of math. Anderson was also finished with everything but his math before I even got out of my bed. 
  • I was able to finish my work a little bit earlier than usual so that was nice. Then the afternoon really flew by-actually, it flew by because it was a much shorter afternoon than usual. After I walked on the treadmill, it was time to leave.
  • Graham is learning how to do the slides that show the songs for the youth so he had to be there at 3:30. We then dropped Reagan off at her friend's house for a little bit. Then we had two returns at Academy. Campbell and Keaton came in with me while Anderson and Whitman stayed in the car.
  • Our next stop was Walmart-those boys stayed in the car again (there was a phone and internet in there for them). We did some speed shopping for sure-though I couldn't find one thing I needed for a new project.
  • On the way I had Anderson look it up-he did, but then jokingly handed my the phone while covering his eyes. I had him look up "clothes stripping." There was no reason to shield his eyes, because this clothes stripping is just washing clean clothes in all of these detergents to super clean your clothes.
  • Next up was church-tonight they had Tazikis for supper for all of the workers, and pizza for the kids. We then did the church thing before going to the Wilson's house for our second supper-they had more Mediterranean food for us to eat.
  • It was a fun time, and it was almost bedtime when we did get home!

April 27, 2021

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  • We didn't have long to work together this morning because Reagan had to get to school early for a class picture, plus she wanted to go early to get a Starbucks drink. She has really enjoyed school this year, though she did tell me that quite a few people from her class are going to another co-op next year. 
  • We did finish our science book today and will finish history tomorrow. I am not too sure that we will actually finish the other two books that I am trying to finish this year. Surely, we can get it done-are there is always next year. We have now been reading through the New Testament with the church for over a year. The church finished forever ago, but we still have a few more books left to go-we will eventually get it accomplished.
  • After our reading, folks started finishing their work left and right. I do think that Campbell and Keaton did most of their school work for the whole week last night after it was bedtime. I guess that is fine-better than being on a device, but now what will they do all day long.
  • I was able to work on a shirt today and accomplish a few other things before walking on the treadmill. Then we made a few internet purchases before Bentley and I went to pick Reagan up from school. Bentley was so excited to see Reagan walking to the car.
  • Bentley and I have actually spent quite a bit of time together today. While the others had soccer games, the dog and I had puppy kindergarten. We walked though an obstacle course, and Bentley did not like for me to hold her and rub her belly at all-at all! Like they told me to work on that this week! Puppy kindergarten drop outs!
  • While we were actually mastering the doggie obstacle course, the others were playing their hearts out at soccer. Campbell's team did lose, but I do think that she had a lot fun. Reagan refereed two games both with the preacher so she was a bit nervous. Anderson had one game to call which was Whitman's game. Whitman's team also lost, but Robby said that Whitman came fairly close to scoring-we will take that. And my Keaton helped Graham in the concession stand most of the time.
  • After their games, they headed to Arby's and to Kroger real quick. I made Whitman a grilled cheese which is what he prefers. The kids cycled through the showers, and even Bentley had a shower tonight!

April 26, 2021

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  • School was fairly uneventful today-well, Graham did struggle with his math. However, it might be hard to concentrate on math while you are watching basketball on your ipad. I'm not sure about that, but I do have my suspicions.
  • We just have about 3 days left this week and then 3 days next week. Now, I do have a few things that I want for folks to finish up, so there will still be some school work for the rest of May happening. 
  • Honestly, I am ready for the school work to end-I have a list of things to accomplish this summer and need no school for them to happen. My main goal is to clean this house from top to bottom. I am not too sure if that will happen though since I am sure that I will find something much more exciting to do than clean!
  • I am not sure what all happened today during school that caused me to still be working on school work at 2 this afternoon. Seriously, isn't it almost summer time? I was working on Reagan's work with her. Right now she has crazy word problems like John drove 246 miles at 24 miles per hour, but Jim drove the same distance but arrived 4 hours later. I can honestly say that those are problems that I have never used in real life. 
  • While Anderson was working on one of his math problems today, he said that he would like to meet the people in the problems. He continued that he just wants to ask Jake why he wants to plant a circular planter or why doesn't he just buy the trim that he needs for his trapezoid shaped room and take back the extra. 
  • I was able to walk on the treadmill for a little bit today. I was also going to eat a little bit healthier, but instead we have lemon bars and apple cake so that surely didn't happen. Maybe tomorrow-or maybe next month.
  • Tonight we did have Keaton's soccer game. Reagan was the referee for Keaton's game. Keaton's team won. Then Graham and Anderson both were referees. We watched Anderson ref, and he did a great job.  I didn't see Graham, but I did hear that he received a compliment so that was good to hear.
  • Once we made it home, we worked on showers and suppers for everyone. After that I tried to finish a few things around the house before it was bedtime for the crew.

April 25, 2021

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  • It didn't take my crew long to get ready for church today. We did have one first-Reagan was asked to do worship care. I sure didn't think that she would say yes, but she sure did. I do think that she enjoyed it-well, I guess her exact words were that she enjoyed it more than going to church. I'm not sure if that is what I wanted to hear or not.
  • Our Sunday school class was booming today-17 kiddos. What a great problem to have. All of the kids' classes are getting pretty full-we only had one chair left in our little room.
  • After lunch, we headed to Grannymom's house to eat our lunch. Robby did run home to get Bentley. She did very well, but we probably need for her to start working on staying in her little kennel for a bit longer. 
  • Then it was back home for some quick cleaning in the house and around the house. There has been a pit bull-ish stray hanging around the yard. We were worried that it would be here tonight when Robby had quite a few folks over. Thankfully, after Robby yelled out it and chased it once on foot and once on his tractor today, a neighbor did put it in his fence.
  • The kids were great helping get ready for tonight. They really do step it up and help out most of the time. Soon, I was headed to girls' night at Jennifer's house and all of dads and kids were headed to our house.
  • Robby grilled hot dogs and the guys all brought food-including bacon wrapped oreos. They had a bit night even playing a gaga ball tournament or two along with some family basketball competitions. 
  • The guys stayed out pretty late, but the ladies stayed out even later. I do think that the girls were trying to outlast the guys and make sure that the kids were in bed. It was 11 when I left, and I was the one who broke up the party by saying that I was going to leave! 
  • When I came home, the house and yard were perfect. The kids had all worked hard getting everything back in order so hopefully tomorrow will start smoothly.

April 24, 2021

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  • Robby woke me up before 6:30 to tell me that we didn't have soccer. We didn't think that we would, but we weren't really sure. We sent out a few texts, took Bentley potty and then all crawled back into bed and slept some more. It was a pretty perfect Saturday afternoon.
  • Now, I do enjoy being at the soccer field. The kids love running around playing with all of their friends. I love for the big kids to have the chance to ref and they are earning money for camps so really, it was a loss not being there today.
  • We didn't really do much today-all day! Robby wanted to buy a grill, but they don't have what he wants in Little Rock, so he will have to wait a bit. We need to cover our back patio-maybe that will be the next big project. Oh, we have so many big projects around here that they will all never get done.
  • Campbell and Keaton had their friend spend the night last night, so they were busy all day long. They did make some pancakes late in the morning. It is nice when folks can fend for themselves.
  • Robby ran a few errands with Graham today, Bentley and I worked on rolling over (I am much better at it than her), Reagan did some school work, and Anderson stayed close to his xbox. That was pretty much our day.
  • Robby and I did take Bentley on a walk for a little bit today. We just have quite a few stray dogs around here-two showed up tonight and stayed around the yard all evening. Hopefully, they migrate on somewhere else while we are asleep and gone tomorrow. 
  • Tonight Reagan had a few folks over-I guess 9 extra folks. So that meant that we had a house full-about 16 kids when we add Brett to the list. That's not too bad-love it when this house is a party house. I think that it will be a bit of a party house tomorrow too. 
  • We had plenty of pizza, and the kids stayed outside most of the night long-really only coming in to eat supper and cookies. I tried to make Shannon's cookies tonight-I believe that Robby would rate them as a C+ so that is better than our last fails. I really should just get my own cookie and not compete! 
  • Actually, I was quite the Betty Crocker tonight-not only did I make cookies, but I also made apple cake and lemon bars for tomorrow. I wish that I enjoyed making real food as much as I enjoy baking desserts!

April 23, 2021

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  • Graham and I had a nutrition center visit today-and I came home in a bit of a sour mood. It was long (I don't like long), we had to wait (I don't like to wait), it wasn't worth my time (I probably should have said no), and they didn't feed my kid (Feed my kid.) Actually, on the last point they had asked him to fast, and then after being there for 3 hours no one offered him any food. Not a huge deal because he doesn't eat breakfast usually. However, it was just about enough to send me over the edge!
  • I do sound sour-it wasn't that bad. I did enjoy spending the morning with Graham. And he certainly enjoyed the lunch that I bought him on the way home. Once at home, I joined Robby in the laundry folding. I think it is the dog, but something has caused us to start wearing more clothes over here. I am not sure really what she has to do with it, but I am blaming Bentley. It probably is the warm weather where people are outside more and showers are more frequent.
  • Though it hasn't been warm at all. I am just now trying to figure out if I lay out things for soccer in the morning or just plan on things being cancelled. Either way, it is wet and messy out there now. Hopefully, it will rain a bit harder, and we can snooze to the pitter patter of the rain. On nights like this, I so want to be in the camper.
  • This afternoon I worked on the girls' clothes in their closet. There room is pretty much back to normal after all of our clothes work. I do need to buy some more hangers so they can hang up their things. Keaton has no transitioned completely to big hangers so we are no out of hangers! 
  • After that I migrated to the living room for the rest of the afternoon. The girls were playing outside so that is where Bentley wanted to go. She would go to the back door and bark, so Robby and I would take her out-she would just want to go see Keaton and Campbell. That little stinker! She was pretty lucky that we did take her out when she needed to later in the afternoon. I probably should have told her the story about the little boy who cried wolf.
  • This evening the girls convinced the neighbor girl to spend the night so they are completely happy. After making supper, Robby and I ran to Kroger to pick up a few sales and to get ice cream. I found a few extra sales which made me happy-let's just say, I now have plenty of icing and will be ready to decorate gingerbread houses! I would have bought more, but after our Walmart order today our pantry is full-like completely full.
  • Robby and I even ran to the Wilsons for a few minutes to eat our ice cream. Then after a bit, it was back home for the rest of the night. The kids get to stay up late today, so hopefully they do go to bed at a decent time just in case we do have soccer.

April 22, 2021

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  • The first person I remember this morning was Whitman busting in my room holding a brand new dollar bill. The tooth fairy came last night. A few years ago, the tooth fairy would come into the kids' rooms with money. Recently, the tooth fairy has had helpers, but sometimes the tooth fairy even forgets that so she just leaves money on the kids' ipads when needed. Surely we are nearing the end of the tooth fairy visits. 
  • Even though Bentley played hard last night, she still woke up at the same time this morning. That was fine though because as she went back to sleep in our bed-and so did I! 
  • We were soon working on our school work. I think that most folks finished their work for the week-at least I hope so. I usually always find out when folks skimp on their work-and it never makes me too happy!
  • I took Reagan to school today along with Campbell and Keaton. They were headed to Academy to spend their money. They both had their hearts set on skateboards-so pretty much all of the girls' free time for the rest of the day has spent on their skateboards.
  • We then picked up Reagan, and I was home for a few minutes before heading to the pregnancy center with Keaton. We did diapers and diapers and diapers today along with some straightening. Our time went by fairly quickly, and soon we were on our way to the soccer fields.
  • Tonight was picture night at soccer so that made the time go by quicker for the kids. Bentley walked around with me, and I think that she is worn out since she is snoozing now. Maybe I am worn out too after walking around!
  • When we came home, we had ravioli for supper followed by a cake that Graham made for us. It was pretty delicious since there was a lot of icing. We ate the cake after everyone had their showers. The girls and I watched some tv until it was finally bedtime.

April 21, 2021

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  • We just keep waking up later and later these days-and it's wonderful. Well, we aren't really waking up later and later, I should probably say that I am starting school later and later. I still have quite a bit of read aloud things to finish.
  • Oh, Whitman and I have been reading Harry Potter for a good while now. Since we finished it and the movie, Whitman has asked me everyday for us to start reading another book. I hate to tell him that I need a little bit of a break from reading. I figure I will get us a new book to read this summer.
  • I don't really remember our school day except that it was fairly short. By a bit after noon, I was upstairs going through two more bins of girls clothes. We actually have gone through 9 bins of girls clothes this week. Of those, we have returned 3 back to the attic, found about a bin full of clothes that will go in the girls' drawers or closet now, passed 3 bags of clothes on to a friend and have 2 more bags to take to donate. Pretty good, I love to clean out-unfortunately, for Robby and the rest of the family, I don't love to clean so much!
  • The girls all worked on their drawers too today. Hopefully, that will spur them on to straighten their room a little bit too. The boys probably need to straighten their room too-hopefully, we will be able to paint their room soon as well. And really, if we are being honest, I need to straighten my room. I do at least clean it every night, but there are dog toys all over like we have a toddler.
  • I did my treadmill time today-almost scared myself senseless since I was watching a mystery. That is a bit unlike me! Afterwards, it was time for me to load up my crew and head to church. On the way, we stopped at ChickFilA. Reagan wanted to buy a drink so I told everyone to that they could use their own money.
  • We did decide to just order on the app and deal with what they owed us later. I still managed to order Reagan the wrong drink, Graham didn't get a cherry on his milkshake, and Campbell's milkshake was 1/4 empty. I was a bit disappointed/frustrated with my ordering abilities. 
  • While we were at church, Robby dog sat Annie. The Wilsons went to watch Brett play so they were gone a while. Annie stayed with us and they really did very well. Bentley is worn completely out from playing with her friend.
  • Once Annie left, it was time for my crew to head to bed! Bentley was not the only one that was tired.

April 20, 2021

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  • Bentley woke up earlier than usual this morning. For some reason, I couldn't go back to sleep so I just played on my phone for a bit. Now honestly, I should have gotten up and started being productive, but today was not a day for productivity for me!
  • We did our school work this morning. Graham was fairly distracted today since he found out that a game that he ordered was coming a few days early. He has been looking at the window all day long. Thankfully, the game did finally come this evening.
  • Speaking of Graham and Anderson. Yesterday, we were chatting on the way home. I think that it was Anderson who said that he wanted to die before he had to be in a wheelchair. Graham replied that he wanted to die before it hurt to walk around. I was quick to shout back at him, "you want to die when you are 43?" The boys were a bit shocked to learn that yes, it does sometime hurt to walk around-getting old sucks!
  • Though I am old, I did manage to walk on the treadmill for 3 miles today. Of course watching my Hallmark movies does help a little bit. I am actually finishing one up right now-I do plan on watching quite a few movies this summer!
  • Reagan went to school today. I think that she so enjoys her school days. She just has about 2 weeks left after this week and a few things to turn in, but she is wrapping a successful freshman year.
  • There was a lot of playing outside today-well, I could never get Whitman to go outside today. And really, I didn't want to force it because it is cold out there. At least it was tonight. Campbell and Keaton have been spending their time pulling each other-one rides the hover board while another sits on a rolling board and flies around the driveway.
  • This evening I had puppy kindergarten. I am not sure but being told, "she is going to be a handful" is a good thing or not. Ha! Bentley did really great tonight-but maybe she is still going to be a handful! Tonight we had doggy races-bless it, Bentley was too distracted to get a good run in and lost all of her heats! Ha!
  • Currently, Keaton is making cupcakes for our evening snack while Campbell and Bentley are playing in the kitchen. Hopefully the cupcakes will be ready before bedtime! (It's not looking like it though!)

April 19, 2021

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  • It was a pretty good Monday morning around here. Oh, yes, we were up early to make sure that we were able to register Campbell for her cooking camp. It was supposed to happen last summer, but well, stupid Covid. 
  • This year though she is (fingers crossed) registered to attend culinary camp in July. She is excited, and we are excited that she will finally be able to cash in our her Christmas gift from 2019. 
  • Bentley did get up to potty this morning, and then she laid around beside us snoozing until it was time to start on our school work.
  • The school day went fairly smooth-I told Robby this at 1:20 when I was still doing work with Whitman, but it really did go great. We just have two more weeks after this week so I guess that we are all a bit more relaxed.
  • Not only was school done in a decent time frame, I also had time to work on some of the girls' clothes in the attic. I had Campbell and Keaton help me some so that made things go quicker-well, maybe!
  • I walked on the treadmill some this afternoon before taking the big boys to their D group at church. While they were there, I ran to the library, worked on Sunday school, did some reading and even finished my Bible study for the week. I was on a roll!
  • Campbell and Keaton spent some time this afternoon and evening outside. They spend most of their time outside these days for which I am super grateful. Though they are never too excited about the idea of having to take showers though.
  • Once I made it home from the boy's Bible study, it soon seemed to like it was after 6. I am not sure what happened during that time! Ha! I made mac and cheese for our supper so we added that to our leftovers and had a feast! The kids mostly ate our mac and cheese and were a bit light on the leftovers. 
  • Robby worked outside some tonight while the girls played. I played with Bentley some. Anderson helped me-we were mostly tormenting her since we were trying to get her to stand on a box that she was terrified of! 
  • We ended the evening watching Harry Potter. Whitman and I have just finished reading it. Whitman has set in the floor quoting parts and mentioning when things were left out of the movie. I guess he really was listening as we read the long book! Now I wonder if we should read the next one.

April 18, 2021

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  • This Sunday morning it wasn't too hard to wake folks up. I had already been upstairs to wake up Reagan and her friends. The second time I just stood at the bottom of the stairs and asked them, "Do I need to come up there in my towel to wake you guys up again?" Reagan was quick to reply that they were awake. I guess I should waltz around in my towel more often to help motivate folks to get up!
  • They packed a lot into church today-baby dedication, baptist, Bible presentation-all my people said that church was pretty full, almost to precovid days. I don't know about that because I was playing with the babies in the nursery. 
  • Afterwards, we had Sunday school-13 kiddos there today. It is certainly good to see folks coming back to church, but there are so many of our regulars who haven't been back yet. We did a craft in Sunday school so we stayed busy the entire time.
  • Lunch was at Nonna's house. She had Mexican casserole which is really yummy to me. Plus I like the guacamole and corn salsa that she had as well. After lunch Robby worked on their door bell some while Nonna, Keaton and I played a game. It was a game that I used to love as a kid, but I can't really figure out how to play now. It probably didn't help that we didn't have a dice-instead of using one, Graham just "used an app" on the phone to call out numbers. Though he wasn't really using an app-he was just randomly calling out numbers. His number order was 2, 3, 6 over and over again. It worked out well for me since I was the third roller and received all of his 6s.
  • Back at home, I folded a huge mound of laundry. Laundry on Sunday makes me sour-well, laundry right now, any day of the week, makes me sour. 
  • Then it was time for my afternoon nap. Last week, Bentley was not tired at all and had nothing to do with a nap. I ended up walking her last week, but this week she just snuggled up beside us. I slept so well until Keaton came to ask me if they could go swimming.
  • Yep, swimming, yep, it was 58. I said that they could and off she went. A few minutes later, Whitman came and asked the same thing. I agreed that he could as well. This did cause me to get out of bed to walk over to the neighbors for a little bit. I wanted to make sure that my crew invading her pool was fine. They were doing some work, so I ended up helping with her baby for a second.
  • I came in and worked on my list for a little bit. The kids did end up migrating in for warm clothes before going back out to play. The evening kind of flew by because soon I was heating up some suppers and the Wilsons came over.
  • They brought their puppy and the girls were much sweeter tonight. It took a little work, but they really did well-they are getting used to each other which makes me super happy. Shannon had lemon bars which also made my super happy! 
  • Tomorrow is back in the school routine-not too many more days left! And then our busy summer starts!

April 17, 2021

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  • This morning Anderson went with me early in the morning to work the concession stand. I actually didn't think that I would be able to wake him up. It took me 2 trips up stairs, and I was headed up once again when I finally heard him walking down.
  • Campbell also joined us too. She helped some in the concession stand, but also found a few friends to play with  until Robby and the other arrived. 
  • Reagan reffed 3 games today. One of those games was Campbell's game. Also Reagan said that she prayed before 2 of her 3 games. She also said that it wasn't that hard to pray before the games since all you have to say is 5 words, "be safe, have fun, amen." I guess that is certainly true.
  • Anderson reffed 1 game, and Graham also reffed one game. Graham reffed Whitman's game and really did great job. Anderson reffed the game between two staff members so I am sure that wasn't any pressure at all.
  • Whitman's team lost their game, but Whitman didn't know that. He was actually leading his team in a chant at one point while sitting on the bench. All he cared about was getting a bag of chips after the game.
  • Keaton's team won, and Keaton even scored. She then ran back to the middle and looked at us all cheering for her-she was sure grinning. She playing goalie for at least one period as well.
  • Campbell's team also won their game. Two wins today-we really don't have to have any more all season long. Campbell did great but a was a bit stand offish today. She played goalie the first bit of the game, but I was on the other side watching Whitman play so I didn't see it.
  • After the Campbell and Whitman's game, Robby went to watch another game-the one that Anderson was calling. I worked in the concession stand and froze to death the last game. It just got super chilly outside and all I could think about was getting home to take a warm shower.
  • It took us a while to leave the field-we had to round up all of our people. Campbell had a friend over plus we had one extra to drop off. I unloaded the cars, put things away and repacked some things. Then there were a few house chores before I finally did get into that shower. 
  • After that I was warm and cozy and really wanted a nap. I was about to lay my head down when Reagan asked me to take her and Alyssa to Walmart. I knew we were going at some point. We also met Kennedy there-they had to buy paint so they could paint their shoes. That is what they are currently working on right now.
  • Campbell, her friend, Keaton and the neighbor all spent the afternoon playing outside. Robby ran to get bbq for supper, so we quickly fed 12 folks supper before Campbell's friend had to go home. 
  • Whitman is showering currently, the big girls are painting their shoes, the little girls are outside playing and the big boys are in mission control on their xboxes. 

April 16, 2021

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  • I had a to-do list today that was pretty long, but really there wasn't much on it at all. So when I did wake up this morning, I went right to work and by noon, I had pretty much marked everything off of it. That is the way that I like to-do lists-easy to accomplish.
  • Anderson had made snickerdoodles for the grandparents yesterday. So we delivered them today. I had offered for him to drive, but he declined. Maybe I scared him the other day with making him drive on Lawson, but he did really well. I think that he just needed a little bit of warning-he is my plan ahead kind of guy.
  • When we came home, I loaded up with a different bunch and headed to get my second covid shot. While I was waiting my 15 minutes in the store, I had Graham, Campbell and Keaton running all over the store grabbing things to fill the buggy. By the time my 15 minutes was up, I only had 3 more things to put in the buggy. That is probably a good way to do my shopping.
  • Then Robby ran into Harbor Freight with Graham. I swear they were in that store for an hour. And they came out with so much stuff that it did look like they had actually been in there all day. Then we ran through Big Lots-I had not been in one of those in years, and I didn't really find anything that I needed either.
  • We were home for a little bit, but soon it was time for me to take Keaton to a party tonight. I know that she is having a great time with her friends-and I'm glad it is not at my house! When we came home, Campbell made some brownies and later in the evening kept busy with washing the dog.
  • She definitely needed something to do tonight. She is having a friend over tomorrow, but so wants to have someone spend the night, and it just isn't working out. She just doesn't have that many buddies right now and her best buddy is getting ready to leave the country soon.
  • Robby and I did run to the Wilson's house tonight for a little bit. While we were gone, the kids ate brownies and the girls played outside with the dog some. We stayed out visiting for a little bit before we eventually came home to put the kids in bed. Though Friday night is ipad night around here, so the devices can stay on pretty late. 

April 15, 2021

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  • I know that I had a strange dream last night, but for the life of me I can not remember what it was. The morning was pretty much the same as usual. I think that I did say something yesterday or the day before about Graham finally getting his math-never mind and I take it all back! 
  • I know that he will eventually get it, but he sure didn't today. Well, I do think that he finally figured it out by the time that we were finished working together. However, by the time that we were finished, I had racked up a pile crowns in heaven. 
  • Reagan had school at noon today. Robby and I had both kind of forgotten about that. Glad that she did remember. After her school, she had what should be her last orthodontist appointment. I guess that means that we have to sign another Dennie up now. Ugh!
  • While they were gone, I worked with Bentley some, did Bible study with the littles, and walked on the treadmill. My movie today was about a lady and her dog so that did keep my attention fairly well during my walk. 
  • Anderson helped me make some cookies today. He enjoys cooking and does well, but I guess that the kitchen is usually too full for him to help. Now, he does enjoy making a chicken, egg and cheese burrito whenever he has left over ChickFilA. 
  • Then it was time to load up for soccer practice. We don't all have to go, but it is just an hour, it is outside and really, why not? So we have all been going-tonight it was a little bit chilly. There had even been talk of the kids sleeping on the trampoline, but we had to nix that idea with the chilly weather tonight.
  • This is really the perfect soccer year-all of the kids are on good teams and practice is just one hour. Whitman would never admit it-but he enjoys it! Now he will never score a goal, but he knows whats happening on the field and runs hard the whole time. And then when soccer is over, he runs around and plays with his friends-he is such a different child than just a little bit ago. Oh, he still loves to be alone, but now he can play and interact when that wasn't his strongest skill.
  • We picked up some super yummy Popeye's chicken on the way home. I would have just been happy eating the mashed potatoes. The mac and cheese, biscuits, fries and chicken were enough to fill our plates and everyone left the table happy.
  • It took most of the evening for everyone to finish their showers. I think that Robby is next in line and I might even take one before the kids go to bed tonight too.

April 14, 2021

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  • For some silly reason I set my alarm for 7:30 this morning. I think that I turned it off before it woke up Bentley, but she is pretty much like clock work so she woke up pretty soon afterwards. She didn't stir during the storm during the night or when the lights blinked though.
  • After she pottied, we all ended up going back to sleep for a little bit. I did laugh while she was pottying that if anyone tried to rob the place and found me outside with her, I would be the one scaring the person away with my crazy bed head.
  • Soon we were all wake and working on our school. Things didn't take too long today at all because Graham had finished his work before we started on our school work. He usually takes the longest, but when I worked with him first the whole day went quicker. Maybe I need him to always wake up before the rest of us and finish his school work.
  • Today a few of our homeschool buddies came over-I think there was around  37 folks at the house today. It was quite a party. Thankfully the ground dried up enough that folks were able to play outside. We celebrated little Landon's birthday so of course there were cupcakes and cake.
  • I had ham and cheese croissants for supper and the other moms brought salad, fruit, chips, salsa and drinks. We had a house full, and it was a definitely a fun afternoon. Everyone stayed until we all had to leave for church. Then we all loaded up with other kids in the cars and headed there.
  • The big kids had a special thing at church tonight-Graham even won a gift card! (though it is to a store that mostly sells women's clothing). They had lots of fun and could have stayed longer at church, but I was ready to get home.
  • Robby had spent the evening cleaning up the mess from the day. I did have an apple crisp to put in the oven, so the Wilsons came over for a little bit. Our little puppies played pretty hard tonight-at least we think they were playing. Next time they play together, I think they need a good long walk together first before they start playing.
  • Robby and I took a while to get the kids in bed since I was working on a cricut project. When it was finally bedtime, I still had the blog to do so I am sure that this is the latest blog in a few days for sure!

April 13, 2021

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  • I dreamed that Bentley woke up late this morning, but instead she did wake up at the same time that she always does. That was fine because I went to sleep so early last night that I didn't get to look at my phone much so I caught up on that this morning. 
  • We did our school work-Bentley was a mess during our work together. She just ran around like a crazy dog. She did eventually calm down as soon as I put her in Robby's office and snoozed for a good hour.
  • Everyone finished their work, and really it was a good morning. I took Reagan to school and ran to the library to pick up a book. Whitman and I have been reading Harry Potter, so I picked up the movie today so we could watch it together. We both have never seen it-I think that all of the other kids have seen at least the first one.
  • When I came home, I noticed that there weren't many folks driving down Lawson. I had Anderson drive me to just a few blocks down the road. I had never ridden with Anderson. He did just fine. I was a bit concerned when we were going 15 on Lawson, but he picked it up and did really well.
  • Eventually ended up on the treadmill as I thought the others were working in the yard. However, they didn't start working in the yard until after I was done, so I was able to help. Reagan did get out of most of the yard work because she was at school until we were almost finished.
  • We cleaned everything up while Robby went to run a few errands and pick up supper. Then I headed out with Bentley for our second puppy kindergarten. I will say that she did pretty good. We had a long talk in the car about proper behavior so maybe she did listen. Of course passing out pieces of hot dog sure did help quite a bit. 
  • Back at home I had my supper since everyone else had already eaten. Bentley had her second bath of the day (one was just a hose down and one was a real bath). And then it was pretty much just time to sit on the couch and do nothing-the best part of the day!

April 12, 2021

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  • Today was a fairly un-Monday morning meaning that things went fairly smoothly. We did start our work a few minutes later than planned because I fell back asleep with the cuddly puppy. During the day she wants little cuddling, but in the mornings she will lay briefly beside us.
  • Graham did well on his math today. He has not gotten back to the hard part where we had to stop and go back a few lessons. He needed a reminder on how to do it, but then he went and did it all by himself. Woohoo, maybe we are finally getting it-just in time to forget it over the summer break.
  • I don't really remember too much most of this morning. Even though we have finished up quite a few things, I am still finishing around 12:30. I am able to do the laundry and dishes during the school day so I guess I do have a little bit more time.
  • Bentley had a vet appointment today. She did great-shots and had her fingernails trimmed. Then she came home and had her heartworm and flea and tick meds. That is probably the reason that she has snoozed most of the day long.
  • We did run to Sams and to Walmart this afternoon after the vet. There is one thing that I need for a gift that I can not find at the Walmarts-it is supposed to be there, but I can never find it. I did just have Robby order it for me online. Speaking of online ordering, around lunch I had him order me two shirts for the boys and by 4 they were sitting at my front door. That is just pretty amazing.
  • The boys earned themselves a little yard work this afternoon. They took 2 tarps full of leaves to the woods-really, I wish we could do this every day and clean up some areas of the yard that we have just neglected. 
  • Anderson did kill some type of snake today. We think it was a garter snake-yikes! I was on the treadmill during all of this. Then I migrated to the kitchen and made some apple crisp to freeze. I am never a fan of my freezer meals, but when I freeze my apple crisp we all really enjoy it.
  • Robby made breakfast quesadillas on the blackstone tonight. It was a delicious meal that we pretty much gobbled up. Afterwards, the neighbors asked if the kids wanted to swim. Campbell and Keaton went over and had a blast swimming until it was dark outside!
  • The rest of the evening was kind of quiet. Robby worked on Reagan's essay for school-it is nice to have a semi-proof reader around. There was even a snack of ice cream so it was a pretty perfect evening.

April 11, 2021

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  • Sunday morning and the only one awake was Whitman. I tell you, soccer just exhausted my people yesterday. The sun and crazy wind probably didn't help anyone either, but we were pretty much good for nothing yesterday evening.
  • After making sure that everyone was moving this morning, Robby and I started getting ready. I saw Whitman struggling with his shorts so I helped him. I then realized that they were way too small-think 2 sizes too small. He was adamant that they still fit fine, so I let them be and will move them to the give away pile after I wash them.
  • We did church and Sunday school this morning-it is still so good to be back at church. I just really missed church and people and the choir during all of this covid mess. Well, maybe I am not too sure how much I missed people-I could say that I missed some people.
  • After church, Robby ran home to get Bentley. We could probably leave her in her kennel at home for just a bit longer, but if we did that we would be anxious to leave Grannymom's house. So when Robby picks her up, we can stay a bit longer.
  • Grannymom had lunch for us-chicken spaghetti and Mississippi mud chocolate cake. After eating and visiting for a little bit, we headed home. The plan was to take a nap, but silly Bentley didn't want to cooperate with me. In the mornings she will lay in our bed being the sweetest girl, but this afternoon she just wanted to get down and then move from spot to spot in our room. That was going to be ok, until she started going under out bed. She occasionally chews on things under there so I couldn't leave her there.
  • So I took her for a walk and then to play in the living room so Robby could rest. I did manage to get a little bit of a nap when Bentley finally did rest for a few minutes. Before too long Robby was loading the bikes to go and meet the Fergusons at the big church.
  • The kids so enjoyed riding their bikes and scooters for a little bit. Bentley and Reagan ran and ran in the field. Reagan has been wanting to run some and tonight would have been the perfect place to do that. 
  • When we left there, we quickly headed over to the Wilson's house for our Sunday night supper. They had hot dogs and chili for supper along with some ice cream for dessert. Last time Bentley and Annie met, Annie was exhausted, but this time those 2 had a blast playing together. At least I think that they had a blast. They were super active for sure. 
  • When we made it home, it was soon bedtime for everyone. Tomorrow starts a fairly busy week around here.