15 November 2020
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:59 PM
14 November 2020
Posted by Jenni Call at 8:35 PM
06 November 2020
Friday evening Justin and I went out for a date. I had a hankering for pizza. The first place had an hour wait. The second place refused to serve us because the manager was not paying the employees enough, the employees wanted to make a point. I think they got fired for their statement. We settled on second rate chicken wings, where is Bon Chon when you need it? Oh yes, Arizona. I was not in a particularly great mood, too much home time, a headache, and way too tired. Poor Justin! Amelia had the table ready for pumpkin carving once we got home. So much excitement! Josie designed her own pumpkin, she did her best to carve it solo. The older kids required little assistance, their imaginations came out for the carving. Amelia had a cute, complicated carve of a flower. Phillip carved a face then stabbed a pack of tooth picks into the pumpkin. Everett made a fun face with little. I helped Evelyn carve a kitty in honor of the Ostler's new kitten, Astrid. Hooray for tradition. I tried to coax the kids into painting pumpkins, I lost.
Saturday we worked on cleaning the garage for the Halloween bash. Sara is the Primary President, she organized a block party on our street instead of a trunk or treat. My garage was assigned as the photo booth and face painting station. I finally took down the school photo back drop, course someone messaged me a while later asking for photos. LOL. Always! We took it easy until 3 when it was time to start fixing hair before the party. Justin brought over three hay bales for the photo booth from the Ostlers. Sister Finch and Sister Whiting helped me paint faces. The party started at 6 pm! Our kids enjoyed running up and down the street. Josie tried to trick or treat all by herself down the next street over. Someone brought her back home! Justin managed not to lose her the rest of the evening. Amelia and Cassidie/Jocelyn ran the fishing booth. Phillip and Carson managed the corn hole game. We kept busy until 8:30! I hear we were practically the only homes open for business. I couldn't see any other homes with porch lights on for the kids. Several neighbors came over thanking us for the fun night. The next day a friend from AZ posted a video of a girl stealing the rest of the candy in their bowl, the girl yelled to another girl, "Chloe! This bowl is almost full, should I take the candy?" Yep, it was our Chloe as the invisible girl outside camera range. Josie was up from 3 am with a tummy ache...too much candy for the sugar girl?! I headed downstairs with her after an hour of her thumping about in our bed. We watched TV from 4 am until the kids woke up. At least it was daylight savings, that extra hour was much needed. Poor kid collapsed on me during church for a nap. Phillip made a disgusting mess making hamburger helper. Ah the struggles of kids learning to cook. He cleaned up to the best of his ability. I re-worked his effort after he left the house to play. I am unsure how he managed to get hamburger helper on the microwave, oven, floor, and cabinets. That was impressive.
Posted by Jenni Call at 9:04 PM
25 October 2020
Getting back into school this week was painful! The mornings are cold and dark now even at 6:45, we engage the bum warmers in the van on our way to the gym. Evelyn was not feeling the need for school on Monday. Took me an hour just to coax her to complete two math problems. The boys were not thrilled I made them do actual math lessons and learn about phonics. Amelia discovered she had to finish a complicated unit on factoring that took three days instead of an hour or so. I was delighted to try my hand at quadratic equations after many, many years. We figured it all out but she still had to slug through all the practices and tests. The little girls and I made an impromptu stop at the library to finally get cards because I heard the lobby was open...the library was open! Only 30 can enter at a time but we were able to go in, browse, and check out 30 new books. Lots of fun reading this week thanks to the library. I felt behind most of the week, behind in laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning, writing and blogging the week, etc.
Posted by Jenni Call at 3:46 PM
23 October 2020
Posted by Jenni Call at 1:17 PM