Sunday, October 31, 2010

House Tour Part 3 and Halloween

Well, Halloween has come and is almost gone. We are out of Candy and actually ran out before all of the Trick or Treaters came. We actually had several come after we had turned our light out . . . I don't know what these people are actually thinking. We handed out candy from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and ran out. People from all over came to our little area of the world and lined the streets. We didn't even know 98% of the kids.

Our niece and great nieces came by for a visit . . . they were adorable in their little fairy costumes. Baby Noelliah let us love and hug on her for a bit. The boys all decided they wanted to hold her and it was o.k. with her Mommy, so they did. We took photos so we could share them:

Cute little Butterfly Fairy (she couldn't decide) Poor little thing crashed on her bicycle the other day.

I was teasing KiKi that she was dressed like Stinkerbell! She was NOT amused!

Cody was "checking out" Stinkerbell and she wasn't so sure she wanted CHECKED OUT!

Baby Noelliah's First Halloween


Ryan wanted to hold Noelliah . . . so he did.

Love the eyes!

Noelliah wasn't too sure about BOYS! This was the FIRST time Cody actually paid any attention to Noelliah.

And Yet another! EJ LOVED seeing Noelliah!


Cameron's turn and Noelliah didn't seem to mind too much.

Well, MAYBE she did!

Precious girl asleep! Guess we wore her out!

Kamie got in on the BABY action too and was keeping a close eye on Noelliah!


Now Part 3 of OUR HOUSE on slide show!

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Happy Halloween

The last day of the month has arrived . . . It is really hard to believe tomorrow is November! Wow, where does time go?

Last evening I took Katelyn to a Costume Ball at the Bowen Center . . . It  is an old, shut down Insane Asylum that a family owns and wants to renovate into a Bed and Breakfast and museum dedicated to the people that lived there. There was a bonfire, DJ, music, snacks, photo opportunities and plenty of stories about the old place.

Katelyn dressed up as a gypsy . . .




Friday, October 29, 2010

HOW MUCH

There is one fact I have been trying to ignore . . .

Christmas is . . .

just around the corner!

Can you believe it?

I just installed a new Christmas Countdown on the right sidebar. Apparently, we are only 56 days away from Christmas!

Of course, wouldn't you know what came in the mail today?

Think about it . . .

Think about it . . .

O.K. . . . what comes before Halloween to every house in America delivered by the US Post Office?

Everyone that has children SHOULD know the answer to this . . .

Give Up????

Think You Know???

O.k. Fine, I will show you!

The . . .


Oh Yeah!!!

My Boys have been through the catalog front to back, back to front, middle to ends . . .

the catalog in taking on a crumpled look!











Three of the boys were scouring the catalog over and over - even all together.

Cody was taking a nap . . .

Peaceful browsing for the older brothers.

I have only purchased a few things for each of the kids for Christmas. We plan to keep toy buying relatively low because the kids already have so many toys. We are going to focus more on things like books, audio, one large present and some small things.

How about you?

Have you began Christmas Shopping?

Do you budget?

Do you buy your kids the same # of items? the same cost?

We try to keep everything within pennies for each of the kids. We try to decide on the amount that will be spent and go from there. In years past, we (I should only blame myself here) purchased the kids a whole bunch of toys, toys, toys. The problem with that . . . the kids didn't appreciate the gifts, they wanted more and more, they didn't even play with half of it. So, we re-assessed the entire situation last year and Christmas went GREAT! The kids played with the presents they received and appreciated them much more.

Today, when the catalog arrived I told the kids to go through the catalog and put a few sticky notes with their names on them on pictures of items they would like. I only had one child out of five ask . . . "How MUCH do we GET?" Of course, this was a valid question, however if the child listened, he would have known that I instructed them to choose one or two things that they really wanted. I, of course, made it very clear that if they weren't happy with one or two items . . . we could simply get underwear and socks ONLY.

I really don't think there will be any more questions about "HOW MUCH".







Thursday, October 28, 2010

First Fire in the Fireplace of the Season

Our first fire in the fireplace for the season. It was nice and toasty!
The temperature is down to 34 degrees already and it is only 10:13 p.m. Baby it is going to get really cold tonight! We all gathered in the family room tonight and watched a movie while the fire in the fireplace warmed the room. Our furnace was on, but we only have it set to 68 degrees and it felt chilly to us as we usually have the house temperature set at 73 degrees. I even have SOCKS on my feet and my family and friends all know that I am not usually a sock person . . . even in the winter!

The boys received their school pictures today . . . the fastest we have ever received them! I have each of their photos cut apart, name, age and grade are all written on the back of each photo as well. That was certainly a tedious job. For some reason Katelyn did not receive her photos yet . . . maybe tomorrow. Anyway, I wanted to show you how good they look:





I am certainly spoiled by a gorgeous group of boys! As you can see, the two older boys have gotten their front teeth in, but poor EJ still doesn't have ANY front teeth ~~~ upper or lower!

Well, the hour is late and I need to get my warm jammies and snuggle in bed. Morning comes too early most mornings!

Stay Warm!








BRRRRR BABY IT IS COLD OUTSIDE

Brrrrrrrr Baby it is COLD outside. The furnace is ON! The temperature is currently in the LOW 40's and the wind is blowing strong. The skies remind me of the sky in February . . . yucky, dreary and blah! We actually have a freeze warning for tonight! YIKES

Ooopppsss  . . . hang on, my laundry just beeped . . .

Four loads in (two washing and two drying) and three to go . . . not too bad for a Thursday.

Yesterday Cody and I tried to get an updated photo of he and I . . . it was quite a chore adventure! Here is what we got:











SCARY ISN'T IT!?

I have to tell you, my head was everywhere . . . he would push his head into mine this way or that. He really likes to have his picture taken, can you tell?

Well, I only have an hour before I go and pick him up from Preschool. I should close because I want to finish up a book I am reading, plus drink the remainder of my coffee before I leave.

Have a great day and STAY warm!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dreary and Cool Outside BUT Comfortable and Relaxing Inside

Fall weather is rearing its head today. The sky has been dreary, cloudy and it looks like rain. The temperature is rather cool and breezy. We were out a while this morning watching the kids and came in around lunch time to warm up and have lunch. After lunch we all began getting our chores done so the house is in tip top condition to begin the week. Ahhhhh, feels great!

Randy received a call about 4:00 p.m. from his Mom. Apparently, his Dad was having pain in his chest and she was concerned. He quickly got himself together and headed off to pick them up and take them to the ER. I called him a little bit ago to see how things were going and he said they were waiting for the doctor to compare the test strip readings of his heart. One from the other day at our local ER and this evenings at a Major Hospital in the next large city. The other day, our local ER diagnosed Aorta Aneurysm at a 5 cm. They advised him to see a heart specialist early this week as he wasn't too keen on the idea of staying in the hospital. The doctor today told him that he really needed to have surgery to get it repaired. So we wait to see what the final verdict is.

The boys are busy watching Scooby Doo on television. They are relatively quiet for the time being, which is a welcomed quiet!!!

I have been busy for the majority of the weekend with work from my office. I am certainly glad that I had time to work on it and get a bit ahead for the week.

I am so excited . . . I bought new jammies for myself! They are snuggly soft and warm and I love them!

I need to figure out what I am going to make the kids for dinner! Since I don't know what time Randy is going to be home, I can make it quick and easy for the kids. Maybe I will treat them to Sonic . . . who knows!

Well, laundry calls once again . . . better say g'bye!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Very Damp and Cool Saturday

It is a cool and breezy afternoon in my area of the world. The temperature is a crisp 58 degrees and very dreary.

Randy's Dad was taken by ambulance this morning to the hospital unresponsive. The paramedics couldn't wake him up and he was unconscious at the hospital for a while. At first the docs couldn't find the cause for quite some time. Randy just received a call that a Cat scan revealed an aortic aneurysm measured at a size 5 cm. He has been referred to a cardiac doctor and sent home. Randy and I are both concerned that he was sent home . . . for something to have caused him to be unconscious for approximately 35 - 45 minutes, complain of chest pain, be white as a ghost and not remember anything . . . the diagnosis of aortic aneurysm is pretty serious!

We are taking the day easy . . . not doing much, but simply enjoying our day. I am personally beginning to feel like I need a jacket. I think I need a hot tea too! Lovin Pumpkin Spice!

The leaves are beginning to fall and they are beautiful! It is too damp for the boys to play in the leaves, but I am sure they would love playing in them.

I am excited today . . . I have officially lost 35.2 lbs and 22.5" in 56 days. I feel incredible and can tell a big difference in the way my body looks and feels.

Katelyn is inside playing the piano . . . she is playing Christmas songs! I really don't want to think about Christmas coming so soon. I have not even begun to get ideas for gifts for my kids yet! How about you?

I really need to get started on our Shutterfly book for 2010. I am going to put together a book of pictures for the entire year instead of quarterly like I have in the past.

All morning we have been hearing HUGE rumbles, but it isn't thunder. It is a really weird sound and I am certainly relieved it isn't closer as it sounds horrible. We will probably never know what it is.

I think tonight will be pizza night for my kiddos . . . Maybe Randy and I will have steak on the grill. Sounds like a great idea to me!

Well, my brain is empty and I have nothing left to write. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Lovely Thursday in My Neck of the Woods

Thursday . . . my day has been full already today!  The day has been a really good one so far, and for that I am thankful!

Everyone was pretty easy to get up and going this morning. The boys got up, dressed and had breakfast without a bunch of fussing with each other. PHEW! Before we knew it . . . time to load up and head out. That was when the dawdling began. It was a bit harder to get the kids loaded into the car . . . and then to get them out of the car at school. Everyone seemed to want to stay together to talk or tease each other. After I got them out of my SUV I headed back home for a bit . . . I made myself a cup of coffee while I talked to Mom. I love sitting in our library all snuggled into the chair with a cup of coffee or tea!

Time ticked by and it was time for my nail appointment. I always enjoy chatting with Missy while she makes my nails beautiful. Missy always does an incredible job! Thanks girl!

I had a bit of time to kill after my nail appointment, so I decided to head to Hallmark. I rarely go into the Hallmark Store, but today I was on a mission. I wanted to pick up something little and special as my kids got their report cards yesterday - except for Cameron and we will get his today - as they did so well during their first nine weeks of school. I am so proud of them! So I picked up four little Ty Beanie Bats named Midnight for the boys and a super soft Snoopy and Card for Katelyn. I left Hallmark and headed home to get the keys to Katelyn's car. Once at the school, I wrote little notes to each of the boys and Katelyn . . . then I put each of the little bats in their seats with the notes. They will be surprised when they get out of school and get into the car. Cody's note and bat were on his seat for him in my car.

Report Cards:

Katelyn: Grade 12: American Government - 98.8 A; Band 100.0 A+; Bible 101.2 A+; Chemistry 92.2 B+; Choir 97.0 A; English 91.0 B. Her grade point average is: 95.6

Ryan: Grade 3:Art 3.0 S+, Bible 93.1 B+; Choir 3.0 S+; English 88.3 B-; History 90.3 B; Math 89.2 B; Music 3.5 O-; Penmanship .9 S-; Reading 87.5 B-; Science 87.7 B-; Spelling 93.1 B+

EJ: Grade 1: Art 3.1 S+; Bible 95.3 A-; Choir 3.5 O-; Math 94.0 A-; Music 3.0 S+; Phonics 96.1 A; Reading 88.2 B-; Spelling 86.0 C+; Writing 2.2 S

S = satisfactory; O = Outstanding, N = Needs Improvement

Cody has done very well in Preschool and received all O's and S's on his "report card".

Hopefully, Cameron will bring his report card home tonight.

I parked and went into school to pick up Cody. While I was talking to Mrs. H the school secretary . . . Ryan came to the office . . . he forgot his lunch. I took he and Cody through the drive thru at  McD's for their lunch . . . chicken nuggets, fries and milk. They ate in the car while I drove back school . . . before I left Ryan off at school he handed me a little paper . . . The paper read:

***-****

*** ***** Street

Big Heart, Star and ????

It was a note from a girl with her telephone number, street address, a heart shape, star and a circle with three smaller circles above it . . . not certain what that was.

I asked him about it and he said, "Mom, it was from a GIRL!
She wants me to come over to her house or something."  

Hmmmm . . . . this Momma thinks NOT!

Ryan is ONLY 8 years old!

We got right through the McD's line and headed back to school. Cody and Ryan ate on our way back to the school and then finished up while I sat with them in the parking lot. Ryan headed back in to school . . . Cody and I headed home.

Once home, the first course of urgency was for me to get to laundry and then boil up some eggs. Tonight we are having left overs . . . we have a lot of them from all of the cooking I have done. The kids love egg salad, so they are having egg salad sandwiches with carrots and potatoes from the other night's dinner.  Banana's for dessert tonight as they need to be eaten up.

Lately our mail has consisted of a ton of catalogs . . .

yesterday's mail was no exception . . .

we received about 20 catalogs . . .

five or six were toy catalogs.

Our boys devoured the toy catalogs . . .

Cody has begun the process of circling everything he wants or NEEDS (ha ha ha) in the toy books. I am quite certain the others will be circling until their hearts content tonight!

Last year, we limited our children to a certain $$$ amount for Christmas . . . the first year we have ever really set an amount and stuck to it. The same will be true again this year. PLUS, I usually have the boys go through their things and decide ten items to give away. They are always to very good about "giving" away and I am proud of them for their self LESS ness!

Well, the kids will be home in less than an hour from school . . .

It is time for me to chill out for a while.

Have a great evening!





Wednesday, October 20, 2010

HOUSE TOUR Part 1 and 2

From time to time people ask me about our house renovation and addition. They comment about wanting to stop by and see the house and/or that we should have an open house type thing. Well, our lives are super duper busy and I simply don't know "WHEN" we would be able to schedule one. Besides the fact that I have five kids, four of which love to make messes AND that we LIVE in our home. Yes, there are times we have toys strewn throughout the family room and foyer and possibly into the library. We have dust and those little dust bunnies that like to accumulate in our home on a weekly basis . . . Our home is ALWAYS open to visitors, but if someone just "happens" by, they may see us folding laundry, toys all over or even a bit of dust and/or dust bunnies.

I decided instead to make little photo slide shows of our home . . . I am taking pictures in little clusters and will focus in on a room or rooms until we have completed the entire house.

So, here we go . . . two slide shows: Feel free to ask questions in the comment section or by email!

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

TUESDAY

Today has been an incredibly full day for me. After I took the boys to school and then returned home and started up the washers. Dirty clothes seem to always find me! A call to my Mom was next . . . I thoroughly enjoyed our chat! Before long it was time to say goodbye and get on with my day.

Roast, Potato, Carrots and Onions x 2 large pans were put into the oven. Creme puffs were next . . . once those were in the oven I moved on to Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins made just shy of two dozen. Once the roast was done, I put together two "meals to go" one for our elderly neighbor man and one for my Aunt Doris.

In the kitchen today . . . I had my lil' Chef Cody . . . check him out:



Yep, that's my boy with his face all full of ravioli sauce!

He loved wearing his apron!



Beth Moore . . . I Love This Story She Tells

Are you listening to God?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

THE WEATHER IS GORGEOUS AND WOULD YOU BELIEVE . . .

The weather is gorgeous and would you believe Randy and my boys are all outside swimming in our pool?

In my area of the world, swimming outside in mid October is not something normal! It is 69 degrees as I write.

It is nice that they get to be outside for a while getting 
in probably the last swim of the year.

As they enjoy the pool, I am sitting upstairs in our Master sitting room in a comfy chair with my feet up. I have complete control of the television remote . . . ALL to myself!!! Andy Griffith is on television . . . I love that little series! Barney cracks me up. I also like that era in time . . . everything was much more simple then. Wouldn't it be nice to:
  • not worry about your children outside playing
  • not have all of the electronic irritations
  • have neighbors that love their neighbors
  • join in front porch gatherings
  • home cooking every night of the week
  • children were polite
  • have people care for one another
  • everyone knew everyone
  • have doctors that made house calls
  • not have all of the germs and diseases that we have now
Times were certainly different back then!

That being said, we must live in the now . . . not the past regardless of how envious we may be of quiet evenings on the front porch.

I love the area we live in. We live on a lake in a lovely area of town. Our neighborhood is filling with families with children. When we moved here, we were the only ones with a small child. There were older folks and teenagers, but no small children. Within the past year or so, we have had several families move in and the sounds of children and teens are filling the neighborhood. Of course, our family has grown since we moved in . . . by our additions of four little boys.

Laundry is almost done, the upstairs has been dust mopped and mopped, bathrooms have been cleaned. The main floor is all tidy, floors are clean and one of the 1/2 baths are done . . . one more to take care of tonight. It feels really good to have everything under control throughout the house.

This week shouldn't be too busy . . . hopefully things will be calm throughout the entire week.

Time to figure what to make up for dinner.

Have a great night.

BE SURE YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT!

Be sure your sin will find you out . . .

That sentence has been resonating though out our home for a long time now. We continue to try and teach our children that although Mom and Dad aren't watching every second of every day, God is watching and sees everything they do . . . obedient or disobedient.

My children are like a lot of other children in this world . . .
they push the envelope as far as they can and HOPE not to be caught. We continue to teach them right from wrong according to God's Word . . . sometimes they listen and sometimes they don't.
Of course, when they don't listen they are corrected . . .  reminded the "why" that they are not supposed to do what they were doing.
Of course, many times the kids don't understand why Mom or Dad are upset with them and we get "the look" that questions "why" Mom and/or Dad's panties are in a bunch.

The other night I was watching 19 Kids and Counting . . . Michele Duggar made a statement that has stayed with me  . . .

It is important to correct your children when you see they are doing something wrong . . .

AND

It is equally important to praise your children when you see they are doing something right!

In fact, you should praise them TEN times more than you correct them! It is also important to praise them in the midst of others.

Wow! This Mom on 19 . . . she is really on top of things! I could really learn from her!

This week, I am going to strive to purposefully find my children being obedient . . .

and then fill them with PRAISES!!!

How about you?



Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chocolaty Yummy Goodness

This evening after dinner was all cleaned up I decided to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies. They turned out terrific . . . they look beautiful and EVERYONE enjoyed them . . . except me. I simply took in the wonderfully delightful smell of fresh baked cookies and smiled at my family as they devoured them.

Check out how pretty they are were:


I did NOT taste, lick my fingers or eat ANY!

I love to bake for my family almost as much as they love eating what I bake!

A Saturday is for Hanging Out

This afternoon, the kids are watching Veggie Tales . . . Larry Boy and the Fib from Outer Space. Such a cute movie with an awesome message about lying. My two youngest are really "into" the movie.


Kamie - not so enthused with the video.


Laundry is running.

Randy is off washing his SUV.

Katelyn is relaxing (and watching the video) with the boys.

I am getting ready to take a walk on the treadmill . . . or maybe I will load up the dogs and take them to the park for a walk . . . will have to remember to take those poop bags.

Whatever it is that you are doing, have a great day!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Weekend has Arrived!

The weekend is officially here . . . It has been a really l -o-o-o-o-n-g week!

I am so GLAD it is the weekend!!!

I put on a pot of chili for dinner tonight . . . made mine without the beans. I am going to pop in some pop overs for the kids as soon as I am finished writing this post. They will be thrilled!

Cody has been busy with just about everything this afternoon, but has kept himself entertained for hours. It is so nice that he will "go play" by himself for a while so I can get things done.

Dishes are all done and the kitchen is cleaned up from the chili making. I started using "buffalo" in many of my dishes as it has so much less fat. I saw a statistic that buffalo is actually 1/2 the fat of turkey and only about 20 calories more for the same portion. The great thing is that my kids LOVE it and so does my hubs! When I purchase my buffalo roast and ground I make sure to purchase it from a reputable organic farm. (My dogs love those little bits of leftovers too!)

Tonight I am planning movie and popcorn for the kids. I want to set the tone for the weekend . . . relaxation at its finest! Of course, there will be those little things that we all must get done, but for the most part . . . RELAXING in on our agenda!

How often do you balance your check book?

Well, if you are like me I like to balance it weekly for home and almost daily for the office. I feel better knowing my balance and the bank balance are in sync. Every once in a while I may forget to write something in the checkbook that throws me off. I ALWAYS have "extra" in our checking for just such an occurrence, but have rarely used it. There are those tines that things are a bit off , but it didn't happen on my end. Nope, the unthinkable . . .TheBanks made a mistake! It has been known to happen and just such an occurrence happened today in our company bank account. I was balancing things at home when the account showed a deposit $45.00 less than what was deposited. A quick call to the bank clarified the situation quickly and a correction was made on their end. Hey, $45.00 is $45.00! I guess the point is . . . if you don't regularly balance your checking account . . . you may want to start balancing it regularly as it could save you a bit of money.

The roofing guys are finishing up our roof. It looks marvelous and I am so excited it is almost done.

Well, I must get to those popovers . . .

Have a splendid Friday night.

Hugs!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Chilly Evening

Thursday morning . . . I am at the office, my work is finished. I am waiting for time to tick by for me to head to the car dealership to get my door handle on my SUV fixed . . . my four year old broke it on Tuesday. Grrrrrrr! I really don't think the door handle should be so fragile that a four year old could yank so hard that the clip that holds the left side would break. Hmmmm, poor design . . .

The office is quiet this morning as everyone is busy with their regular duties. I enjoy coming into the office on days like today. I have my fresh ground and brewed coffee and quietness . . . and it is amazing!

Does anyone out there have Verizon Wireless? If you do, how do you shut off that horrible "please enjoy the music while your party is reached" music? It is really annoying!!!

***********************************************************************************

Figured out the Verizon Wireless hold music and fixed Randy and my phones. At least I got that done!

Door handle is fixed on my SUV. I did complain a little to the service guy and he agreed that those crazy handles are made too cheaply! They got it replaced and I was able to enjoy a bit of quiet time in the waiting room with a few other nice folks. One lady had on some really great sandals . . .  I didn't get a chance to ask her what brand they were though. Bummer!

It is now evening and I am sitting outside on my deck. It is getting a bit chilly, so I probably won't be out here long. The lake is calm and I am listening to the sound of the sprinklers running. I absolutely love sitting out here! I guess we are going to have to get one of those outside heaters so we will be able to sit out here in the winter too! lol

The guys continue to replace our shingles . . . our roof has a lot of detail and is quite steep . . . I really don't envy their job!

Well, it is time to head in . . . I am a bit chilly!

G'night all

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Catalogs

I love catalogs . . . Williams-Sonoma AND Pottery Barn are some of my favorites! Guess what came in the mail today? You guessed it . . . WS and PB! Both catalogs are FULL of great ideas for your home PLUS great products. (I do not work for or receive any compensation from WS or PB.)

Most years I have not decorated our home for the seasons . . . Of course we decorate for Christmas, but that is pretty much the only holiday. This year, I have decorated for Fall and absolutely love the "feel" of our home. I posted some pictures last week of our new table decorations, candles, etc. The only thing I will add for the Thanksgiving holiday will be a few turkeys and PB has some really cute ones!


How Cute are these?

I Know, I Love them!

Williams Sonoma has a set of turkeys too . . .


I really like these too!

Which would you choose?



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

NO HOME IS PERFECT

The evening is here and the kids are all doing their homework. Each and every night of the week is consumed with homework x four little boys . . . yes, even our youngest has a memory verse to learn! There are spelling lists, reading assignments, math to practice, papers to go over and then help them with anything they are struggling with. Last week it was EJ and his spelling . . . He received a 100 A+ for his hard work on his spelling test on Friday! Woo Hoo This week Ryan is struggling with math, spelling and history . . . we have our work cut out for us! Cameron is doing well and isn't struggling with anything academic at the moment.

Many times people ask me, "How do you do it all?" "How do you take care of five kids, your home, three dogs, husband AND work?" There is only one simple answer . . . "Many times I don't." Let me explain . . . Regardless of what people will try to get you to believe, there is no perfect Mom . . . no perfect home and NO ONE can do it all!!! Something will not get done OR not get done well.

Here is how things roll at our house:
  • Our Family . . . each and every member of our family is IMPORTANT, SPECIAL and LOVED
  • Our home is LIVED in . . . every square inch ~~~ Four boys ages 8, 7, 6 and 4; One teenage girl, three dogs, a bowl of goldfish, a guinea pig, a Dad and of course me.
  • Things happen . . .
  • Laundry gets away from me if I don't work on it EVERY day. I load up the washers ~ I have two washers and two dryers and I wouldn't live without them ~~~ after the kids and Randy have their bath each evening. Before bed I can usually get between 2 and 4 loads done.
  • After dinner each evening, the kids help to clear the table, empty the dishwashers AND take out the garbage.
  • Bedrooms have room checks every night so things don't get away from us or them.
  • Homework is ALWAYS done with a grownup present.
  • I keep a special folder with copies of spelling words, special projects and school stuff to take care of.
  • Each member of our home has chores based on their age.
  • Beds are supposed to be made each morning and rooms tidy BEFORE breakfast.
  • Bathrooms should be wiped every day . . . sometimes, they don't get it every day.
  • I make ONE meal for dinner . . . I don't believe in being a short order chef . . . no special orders.
  • During the week, we try to keep television viewing at a minimum for the kids.
  • I use my little helpers online to take care of the day to day needs of our home . . . amazon.com, alice.com . . . I love FREE shipping and shopping online saves me a ton of time. I also order 90% of the kids' clothing as well as mine.
  • We keep extra curricular activities to a minimum during the school year.
  • Only one adult is allowed to go insane at a time.
  • A calendar/agenda book is extremely important! I do use my computer to keep track of dates, but also keep a hard copy available on my desk for Randy or Katelyn to check if needed.
  • Backpacks are to be packed each evening before bed.
  • Lunches are made each evening.
  • Bedtime is 8:30 p.m. for the boys.
Life is never certain, but I can absolutely guarantee:

Houses get messy

Kids can be naughty

Kids make messes

Parents make mistakes

Parents can be grumpy

Everyone gets impatient

Things get broken

Things can be replaced

Kids don't stay little forever

Kids won't always want to be with you

There will be good days and bad days



Treasure each moment

Treasure each day

Love

Quiet Tuesday Morning . . . Maybe NOT Quiet . . . But Calm

It is Tuesday Morning and I am sitting in my office, at work enjoying the quiet Calm! My morning has been filled with this paperwork or that paperwork this question or that. Nonetheless, I am quite enjoying it after a hectic weekend and Monday.

Mia came into work with me . .  she is my little tag along and LOVES going with me.

Today the roofing guys are working on our roof . . . removing and replacing our shingles from the hail damage we had a few months ago. I am not thrilled that once again we seem to be under construction, but it has to be done. At least the weather is cooperating for today.

Cody was funny yesterday morning . . . I asked him to get dressed and he tried to comply. He came back into my bedroom with tears in his eyes . . . "Mommy, I can't find any SHORT SLEEVED PANTS!" He was devastated! I had to hold back the giggles as he was so serious but his choice of wording was too cute!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day everyone! I cannot believe how long this day was! Whew!

My day began a bit earlier than I would have liked . . . the kids were all up before 8:15 a.m. A bit too early for a holiday . . . even if it is Columbus Day.

Of course, the kids were out of school which meant we could have a fun day. However, the kids were combative today ~~~ not only with each other, but with me as well. So, instead of taking a "field trip" we worked around the house. I am pleased to say THANKS to Everyone's efforts . . .
everything is D.O.N.E!

Woo Hoo!!!

This afternoon, I decided to allow us all a bit of fun since the work was done and we went outside. First to the back yard to run, climb and whatever else little boys like to do and then on to bike riding.

The boys played:
  •  bad guys and police chase on their bicycles
  • keep away from the guy in the middle with a ball
  • who could run the fastest
  • who could ride the fastest
Here are some photos of the fun:








Those legs were moving as fast as they could throughout the afternoon!

After a long time of play, it was time to head inside for dinner and bath time. Everyone went down easily for bed . . . Praise the Lord!

I love that the boys FINALLY all decided to play something they all could enjoy!

Don't they all look so cute in their bike helmets?

Tomorrow is going to be a less busy day for me . . .

How about you?

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