10 November 2013

They Were Hongry, Mom!

I almost flipped out Tuesday...almost. Justin came home on time after my phone call to hurry him home. He came home and I went to time out. It snowed a bit on Tuesday. Amelia had the stomach flu Monday evening/night. Amelia was in bed with us most of the night. Justin told her to get ready for school. I shot him a quizzical look saying, "What? She was up barfing all night." He had no idea. She stayed home Tuesday adding to the chaos. We stayed inside except for a 20 minute jaunt to stomp in the snow. I tried to keep the kids busy but with three kids feeling under the weather it was not easy. The straw that broke the proverbial camel's back: Phillip fed my fish. He said the fish were super, duper hungry. So he dumped an entire large canister of flake food into the tank. The fish are alive and no worse for the wear. I ended up draining the tank on Wednesday and washing the entire tank out. I finally deep cleaned the tank!

Sunday afternoon we went to the school park before dark. We went a couple weeks ago and Amelia could not travel the Monkey Bars. I looked over to find her traveling across the bars by herself. It was a proud moment for her. Monday we got ready for snow and freezing temps. The boys and I dug out the carrots. Everett was cracking me up. Each time he picked a carrot he would dive into the greens, poke his nose into the ground, root around, fine a carrot, and jump up with his discovery. Phillip enjoyed swinging the carrots in a circle to make carrot copters. The carrots are so sweet and crunchy. Yum! Monday evening I introduced Amelia to Riverdance. She LOVED it. Since then she looks up Riverdance clips on YouTube whenever she can. Her favorite is the Eye of the Tiger.

The snow melted by Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday and Thursday we spent time outside playing in the soggy leaves. Evelyn was a good sport. Phillip covered her with leaves, she just laid there staring at the sky and blinking. I sewed up several bonnets and made Phillip a Santa shirt this week. I am considering reopening my Etsy shop for a month or two. My goal is to sell all the hankie bonnets and upcycle sets I made in the past year. The only effort would be posting the photos and shipping items. Gina Hill hosted a new book group at her home. I went for a couple hours of much needed girl time. We talked more girl talk then book talk! Gina made some delish cheesecake brownies. 

Thursday I totally scored at the Salvation Army and Thrift stores. I got several gently used Gymboree outfits for the girls, a cute suspender pants set for Everett, a fur mattress cover (I will use it as a backdrop piece), and a Bumblebee costume for Phillip. The helmet is meant for a 7-10 year old. On him it looks super silly. He roared around the house for several days now. I spent most of the day Thursday cleaning and making dinner preparations. The missionaries came over for a lovely German meal of sausage, spaetzle, carrots, new potatoes, and brown gravy. I made a lemon curd crostada for dessert. I invited over Maren and Matt as well. I put so much effort into missionary meals that it seems to make sense for more folks to come over and enjoy yummy food and clean house. The boys were helping me cook by throwing noodle dough on the ceiling, poking the pastry dough, and splashing the gravy base. I made peanut butter dough and put the boys to work in the basement with cookie cutters. Phillip used his toy roller truck to flatten his dough. He is over-the-top creative sometimes. Phillip ran into some guy with a wheeled high chair at McD. He apparently apologized, rubbed the guy's boo-boo better, and went on his merry way. The guy was so impressed with his manners that he told me about it.

Our HS football team made it to the state championship game this year. The schools closed Friday so folks could travel to cheer on the football team. We stayed home and had a tea party with Bumblebee the Transformer as entertainment, Everett, and three girls. I made tiny cookies from the leftover pastry dough and strawberry milk for tea. I sent in a large photo order while the kids played. Amelia went to Stella's home for the afternoon since Phillip was interrupting their play. Justin and I went to see Thor that evening. Alia and Ashlynn watched the older three. Evelyn and I hung out at the back of the theater watching the movie. She is not being very cooperative when we go see a movie. LOL.

Saturday Justin took the kids fishing at the pond. The kids were so excited to go with Justin. Phillip is having a hard time listening and obeying lately. He is constantly getting yelled at and "Philliped!!!". Phillip did not listen to Justin's instruction to keep his pole resting on the fishing deck. His pole fell into the deep pond water. Justin fished (har-har) it out with his fancy pole. Then he was swinging Justin's pole and caught a hook in my forehead. This morning he slammed Mia's finger in the door. He is always too loving with Evelyn, poking her eyes, etc. I just want to spank him...mostly so I feel better. Phillip must have a sense of his own doom because whenever we are on the brink of wanting to smack him he gives us doe eyes and says "I wuv you." Our hearts melt and the tension is broken. I have to try super hard to find praise for him. He becomes putty when I take time to read him a book or sit him on my lap. The power of love over punishment surprises me each time. The hook did no damage but still I had to bite my tongue. He was so excited it was too much for him to reign in the new experience. Everett and Amelia were pretty skilled at reeling in their lines slowly. Everett looked so cute with his shoulders hunched over the pole. Amelia helped make dinner. She cut up bananas and put them on plates all by herself. We watched the Croods as a family. It was a cute movie.

I am so proud of Amelia today. She dropped off an invite to her friend Katelyn for the Primary Program next Sunday. She told me who she wanted to invite then asked me to drop her off at Katelyn's right now, before I forgot. We did! On the drive home Amelia said she is going to pray this week that Katelyn will be able to come.

Evelyn must be in the middle of a growth spurt. She is sleeping more than usual. She is coordinating her limbs more this week. She can purposely smack her toys when under the play mat. She is getting close to giggling when I tickle kiss her under the chin. Evelyn loves to hold her right arm straight out with her other arm flapping or next to her body. I call it the "L" formation. Most of her photos lately show off her new pose. While cleaning the kitchen this evening I heard a loud smacking sound. Guess who was sucking on her fist? Yep! The little munchkin discovered how to control her left hand. As I type she has her entire fist stuffed in her mouth! Oops...now her thumb! I love smelling her sweet skin after a bath. I would drive 10 hours to hold her...would you? Hint, hint.

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