15 October 2020
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14 October 2020
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27 September 2020
Most of our week was on the boring side. The hazy skies brought a measure of "blah" and "meh" to our attitudes. I did buy a large pack of sidewalk chalk on Monday. The girls decorated parking spots for their bikes or scooters. It was too late to get a photo of the chaos in the driveway that evening. Evelyn and Josie took baths in the snow saucers with hose water and hand soap. Ambree, Evelyn, and Josie made an umbrella fort. The creativity was very high this week. Everett spent most afternoons outside with various lengths of PVC pipe doing whatever he does outside.
We are enjoying our family read of The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis. The kids finished worksheets for each basic subject for this week's submission. Friday's submission went quickly, only took me 20 minutes to gather and submit. I tried on Thursday night but Google had a large outage, course...just my luck. Our early morning are catching up with me! I love getting up at 6:40 but it does make for a very tired mother. I wish getting up early was a natural talent. Still no weight loss for any of us gym-goers except Everett who doesn't have any chub to lose. My huge task of the week is getting the plethora of receipts ready for reimbursement. I need a better way to get this done.
Wednesday we drove out to Babby Farms for a homeschool activity. I had to laugh a little at the amount of essential oil smells wafting from other attendants. The natural folks were out in abundance for the activity. The kids fed some of the non-biting animals. The Asian deer were by far the daintiest creatures. We loved the Llamas, camels, zorses, zdonk, ponies, emus, monkeys, cats, and such. Amelia was quite sad the sloths and otters were not out to play. Exotic animals in the middle of farm country! What an idea. One little monkey named Mario gave us a playful show on his tiny circle swing. Amelia had a service project cleaning out an over-grown backyard.
Josie bemoans most everyday how long it takes until her next birthday. It is torture to wait until after Christmas. She is worried about it taking too long. We tease her that she's not going to grow much since she will not eat fruits and veggies. I can almost see the disgust character from "Inside Out" driving her brain during meals. Evelyn is planning for Christmas already...once she noticed decorations out at Walmart. Fall is indeed in the air this week. I am looking forward to pumpkin patches. On our drive to church this morning I told Justin my plan to visit lots of Pumpkin patches. He responded, "Hon, I am the wind beneath your wings." I added and the "money to my dreams!" Ha ha ha. Justin keeps my kitchen island stocked with fresh flowers. He is so thoughtful. Tonight we are having dinner with the Palmers! Fun times. Amelia is baking lemon cookies for dessert. Drool......
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20 September 2020
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13 September 2020
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06 September 2020
Tuesday Phillip and Evelyn had well-child visits. Both kids are doing well! Once again confirmed that our kids are quite short but stout. The Dr starting questioning Phillip about his ability to read once he found out we home-schooled. He asked several probing questions like what level do you read at, can you read alone, and how long does he read each day. Phillip proudly reported he was reading Harry Potter along with Audible. The Dr told him that was not good enough and he had to learn to read boring things like textbooks and manuals. I wanted to punch him...Phillip has a hard time reading. He is doing quite well and tries hard. Phillip was crestfallen after our appointment. We talked about how we need to judge other's words against our heart and mind before we let other's rulings part of our framework. The Dr had some advice which was not the best for Phillip. We will try harder but Phillip can still listen to audible books and absolutely love them. We went to Target after school so the kids could burn their birthday money. Evelyn got a huge LOL baby in a purse. Josie was very sad about not getting one too. She returned her special owl flyer toy and spent all her allowance to get one of her own. That was an ordeal as I made a same-day trip to Target in the evening.
The kids are loving gymnastics. Evelyn swears her muscles are stronger already! Josie joined the older class with Evelyn. She did well but the age difference was quite evident. Her LOL doll watched the girls do gymnastics. On Thursday I dropped off the boys to gymnastics then headed to Goodwill to search through their books. I love when there are new books that exactly fill in missing books in series I am collecting. Yay!
The James family is here to visit us this weekend! They arrived after 10:00 pm on Friday. We cleaned the house then settled in to watch the new Mulan movie. The movie was sooooo good. Charity brought along their dog Molly, Vader was very excited about that. He's sniffed every inch of Molly several times over. We finally got everyone settled in a sleeping space before midnight.
Saturday Charity showed off an old home video of Cousin Shawn before he passed away back in 2002. Justin was teary eyed watching his cousin talking and walking. Evelyn busted out her makeup to give Charity makeovers. We spent a lovely afternoon at Arrowrock Reservoir. The water was a good 50 feet lower that the first time we visited. The space we found had a lovely strip of mud to play in. The kids lathered themselves in mud just for the heck of it. Mia said it was a lovely spa treatment. The mud turned Everett into a pond monster. We made the trek across the lake to the opposite shore. The water level drop revealed a stair-step bank. The soft sand was really fun to play in, crumbling the sand down to the lower levels. Everett showed off his Angry Squirrel belly flop! Mason and the boys played in the raft for a long while. We also had Clare Palmer with us for the day. We packed up when Evelyn started to get hangry. I've heard Boise Fry Company is a must-try in Idaho so we gave it a try. Their burgers were the best we've tried. The fries fresh and homemade, the sauces were especially creative but too fancy for most of our group. Mia and Clare loved the blueberry ketchup, I thought the jalapeno sauce and aioli were delish. I felt quite gritty after this dip in the swampy lake...everyone got a nice shower before bed.
We had a lovely sacrament meeting for church at home today. We had a testimony meeting then watched President Nelson's talk Hear Him. After church I showed Reagan and Mason how to make sushi. The rice turned out all mushy and gross but we used it up anyhow.
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