25 May 2014

Commence! Summer Vacation!

It feels like spring but acts like summer. The temperatures are spring but the kids are done with school. I hate how early our school end for summer here, we end early and start early. Amelia's last day of school was Wednesday. She came home each day loaded down with books because the school is updating all their reading programs. Not too sure what to do with 6 text books and 40 readers. I can't donate them because I imagine by next week hundreds of other moms will be thinking the same thing. Amelia is excited to teach her brothers to read...I hope they cooperate.

I finally got the sand box cleaned out and filled with new sand. The kids are in heaven playing with the sand and making up new adventures. Now the bathtub is dirty with sand and dirt! Sunday evening I opened up a box of DoTerra oils I ordered from a lady in Utah. The box was filled with an invoice, booklet, lotion, chocolates, and some candy. My heart literally fell into my feet, someone stole $180 worth of oils. I called the lady to let her know, not much we can do except file a claim through the USPS. It took me a couple days to get evidence cataloged, visit the postmaster, and file a claim. Chaps my hide! Instead of using the Digestzen on Phillip's tummy I used Kaopectate to try and loosen his bowels. He was complaining of an ouchie tummy (bowels). I expected a bowel movement by morning. It finally came Monday evening while I was doing a photoshoot in Kimball! Talk about good timing. The kids and I really enjoyed seeing Kimball, it is a cute little town. Evelyn hung out with me in the front carrier while the kids played at the park during the session. Amelia informed me Phillip had a poopscident while we walked back to the van. Sister Shields let me clean him up in her bathroom. He wore a diaper much to his chagrin. We borrowed some shorts from Gideon Bouse before finding dinner at Subway. A huge weather cell roared right over our heads the last couple minutes of the photoshoot. Justin took an amazing photo with his phone of another weather cell roaring over Potter. It was a scary storm with lots of hail, wind, rain, lightening, and tornadoes.

Our house windows are all covered with brown paper and painters tape! We cannot wait until the new color goes on. Susan, the painter, brings her little dog named Dora. The kids are in love with that little runt of a dog. They love to dogsit Dora while Susan works on our home. We spent a lovely couple hours at the park. The kids looked so cute sporting their sunglasses. They raced around with their shades just enjoying the sun. I met my VT companion and one of the ladies we visit teach at the park. Evelyn even kept her shades on a good measure of the time. We finally left the park after 2 pm. I was supposed to take my Webelo boys on a 3-mile hike but the weather turned sour. We are having issues getting this last badge completed. Hopefully we can get the hike done during the day this coming week. We celebrated the last day of school with a picnic out on the porch. I think the ants enjoyed a lovely meal. Our vacuum bit the dust, the brush was stuck and not spinning properly. We ended up getting a new one and relegating the old one down to the basement. Justin fixed it using parts from the old old vacuum.

Thursday we raced to get ready for a short trip to Amelia's school. We met briefly with Mrs Dobry to get her report card. Mr Jeffers was busy handing out more readers to all the siblings. We got another 40 readers to add to the collection. We headed to the park with delicious doughnuts until Evelyn's nap time. Amelia had a play date right after with Lily for most of the afternoon. She came back excited to raid my closet and wear my skirts and shoes! I can guess what the girls played at Lily's home. Phillip and Everett discovered how to ride tandem on the Big Wheel bike. Oh! That just warmed my heart! I love when they play nicely.

I took Everett out for his birthday photoshoot. He wore a nice outfit then a super 3 outfit. He was so hilarious showing me his moves. He won a lollipop for his hard work. We made an impromptu trip to Sterling late Friday afternoon. I wanted to get an outfit for our upcoming family photos. JC Penny's had exactly what I was looking for. I am not in love with the fashions the past couple years, reminds me of the 80s. We picked up some plants and mulch for the garden at Home Depot. Saturday Justin worked really hard clearing out rocks from the side of the yard near the chain link fence. I will use that area to plant tomatoes, squash, watermelon, and herbs. We put the fence panels back up after he fixed the broken post. Phew, now we can't see the weed fest next door. The kids played outside most of the day while we worked. Justin got a wheelbarrow and supplies to make a large sifter. We sifted the silt off the rocks and relocated the larger rocks around the other areas of our yard. The smaller rocks and silt went to fill holes in the alley. I introduced Everett to a nice squirmy worm, Amelia and Phillip wanted worms too. Soon we had a worm family going on. Some worms got cut into sections so the kids learned about regeneration and worms. Justin earned a nice sunburn on his head for all his efforts.

**Phillip is peeing in his pants again. He tells me his pee pee is like a rocket that swerves and whips through space. He can't control it. Other times his pee pee is fast like Superman and won't wait for the potty. His pee comes out super fast like Superman. The stories he tells are hilarious

**Tuesday we had the missionaries coming over for dinner. I was stressed out with too much on my plate. Amelia told me I looked stressed out then asked what she could do for me. I almost fainted! She out away towels and bibs for me then cleaned off the table without a word. I literally had tears in my eyes!

**Everett stutters when he gets excited. It is pretty cute!

**My Dad had his retirement ceremony from the Army last Tuesday. I am so proud of him and all he accomplished in 33 years serving our military. He will be in Colorado this next week as he is out processed. Thinking of driving down for a visit.

18 May 2014

Zombie Nights

I feel like a zombie this week. Phillip has not slept well all week long, not sure what his deal is. He complains of a sore tummy but is not running fevers or having daytime pains. The worst days were Sunday through Tuesday. He would wake up 5-10 times and cry, toss around our bed, and complain. It was not so much fun at all. Evelyn decided to have a stuffy nose at the same time. Everett joined in the fun because he felt lonely. I about died when Amelia decided to enjoy some nightmares as well. I think between all the sleep interruptions I only got about 28 hours of sleep this entire week. Evelyn was up until 11:30 Sunday evening. This is the first time since a couple weeks after birth she has not slept well at night. Enter cranky mommy and ornery Phillip.

Amelia taught a beautiful lesson on Monday on loving yourself as God does. She grabbed the Nursery manual, chose the lesson, looked up the scriptures, and assigned me to play the songs from the lesson. I did not help her out until a little bit into her lesson. Watching her blossom was so amazing. We played Headbanz for an activity and noshed on doughnuts.

The First Grade enjoyed a Fun Day at the park Tuesday afternoon. We needed to get out of the house so the kids and I went to play with her class for a while. Phillip was so tired he mostly sat on the ground and watched the kids play (super, duper strange). Everett loved the ball game, Take out the Trash. He did pretty well at gunny sack jumping. Amelia was the fastest gunny sack jumper in her class! We left after stacking cups because Everett and Phillip were throwing tantrums. The boys sipped pickle juice for a post Fun Day snack. Justin worked on installing new closet shelves and bars while I took Everett and Amelia with me on a photo shoot. We drove out to the Hinrichs farm for a really fun session. Mike has a cool collection of old rusty cars we used as backdrop. Everett carried around my lens case and pretended he was Dora on an adventure climbing star mountain to save a necklace. He was quite determined to hike up and down the plateaus all by himself. Amelia trailed after him making sure he stayed away from snakes and holes. They both had cute flushed cheeks when we drove home.

I planted peas, green beans, cucumbers, squash, Brussels sprouts, basil, carrots, and chard in my garden on Wednesday. We all LOVED spending so much time outside, even with a brisk wind and temperature.

Amelia and Everett had well-child dr visits early Thursday morning. As expected Amelia is a runt in the 25th percentile. I forgot to write down their stats so need to call the office and get them. Everett is in the 75th percentile in both weight and height. He eats more than both Amelia and Phillip combined. For lunch he ate an entire quesadilla, salsa, a handful of berries, a bowl of spaghetti O’s and 8 meatballs. By Thursday our closet was finally installed and most of the mess is cleaned up off the floor. I am amazed at how long projects take with more kids! What should have lasted a couple hours took several days to complete. Everett has a fascination coloring his hands and one arm red, I added a moustache to his face just because. He was not a fan of that at all…har har har, serves you right Mr Pegleg Stinky Boot (his pirate name).

I really enjoy watching the boy’s relationship unfold. Sometimes I call them Philvertt. Sounds like a stomach ache. Friday, Phillip decided it would be a good idea to stick his head between the bars on our porch. Course his head got stuck. Everett stood in front of him sucking on his binky and occasionally flicking Phillip on the forehead. That alone gave me a perfect mind photo of their relationship. Phillip acts recklessly (or thoughtlessly) and Everett observes then makes fun of Phillip’s poor choice, then pushes his buttons. I used my super muscles to bend the metal bars and save Phillip. He was most impressed with my large super muscles. Phillip loves to mimic Justin. I picked up a pretend shaving kit with a shaving brush. Phillip did a fine job shaving…his nose, ears, forehead, lips, cheeks, and chin. He insisted I roll his towel exactly how Justin wears his. He paid particular attention to filling his ears with just the right amount of shaving cream. Justin often has puffs of cream left on his ears; Phillip thinks this is normal and kosher. He even got upset when I wiped off his ears after he deliberately left some there. While getting dressed he expressed how much he missed his Superman PJs. I suggested we could get a set for his birthday. He asked if he could have Monster Truck PJs too. I asked him to choose and his choice was both of them. In a joking voice I suggested we find super monster truck PJs. He burst out laughing and slapping his knee like that was the silliest suggestion on planet Earth. He laughed, slapped his knee, and called me hilarious for a long time. I felt awesome knowing my sense of humor is so amazing.  

Friday I got to photograph the graduating preschool class at the Learning Korner where Phillip attends. There were 23 kids graduating from the sunflower class. It was an easy $400 bucks for only 4-5 hours of work. We hired a lady to paint our home. She pressure washed the outside that afternoon. The weather and some of her equipment caused several delays this week. Hopefully this time next week our home will look amazing with a new color and painted casings. Justin took the kids out for a meal at the new Sonic restaurant that opened earlier this week. We are a little excited to have a Sonic here.

Saturday we worked hard mowing the lawn, cleaning, shopping, and playing in sand. Justin even went with us to the library. This was his FIRST time in the Sidney library. Dude, that is strange. The library has several really fun educational games the boys love to play. Amelia had another birthday party to attend for her friend Katelyn. Amelia and Evelyn went with me to pick up our Bountiful Basket in Dalton. Ella was thrilled we drove out to her home for our basket this week. Amelia got carsick and barfed right outside of the Dalton city limits. I am so glad she made it outside! I ordered 24 pint cartons of blueberries this week. So delish!

After church I had a long scout meeting. Our little group of leaders is gearing up for changes that somehow became the norm. I am excited we can offer more than a bare bones program. I even get a scout shirt and patches! Hooray!   

12 May 2014

Argh Matey, These Little Pirate are Three

Success! We divided and conquered. I think that is the best way to throw a party. Sarah already had a pirate theme in the works so we just went with it. Thanks to some ideas on Pinterest and our own talents we pulled it off with relative ease.

Sarah made the cake, and wow, what a cake. She also made the sign, and did most of the grunt work around her yard. Sarah and Robbie used large boxes to make ships the kids could throw balls at each other. We had dress like a pirate, walk the plank, sink the ship, dig for treasure, shoot the pirate, and stick the eye patch on the pirate games. I made hooks out of hangers, foil, and cups and head wraps out of a large sheet. I also made all the signs and provided the treats. The kids LOVED the walk the plank and digging for gold. Actually they loved all of the stations. We had water guns and a pirate pool out to refill the guns. The kids could shoot pirates and each other. For snacks we had fish and chips, shark bait, pirate treats and salt water. Once everyone arrived we enjoyed the chaos. Only chaos can reign with 21 kids running around.