OUR PLANS MULTIPLIED
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tori was a cow-girl and Julia was a ballerina. I didn't get good pictures of either of their costumes. Here they are on the hay-ride. Although we do hay-rides fairly often, they are still quite a thrill to Julia.
Aunt Deb popped in at the end of the evening to see the kids. We miss seeing her on a daily basis, but it's so nice to have her living locally!
Since our Harvest party isn't on the 31st this year, we are having some friends over that night for a pot-luck and camp-fire. We don't have trick-or-treaters in the boonies!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Here it is, nothing to tuck or pick up off the floor.
So, here's the "other side of the living room." The lady is coming for the green furniture on Friday, so it is stacked here until then. (Man, I hope she comes like she said she will!) The walk-way that was left between the furniture was filled with little doll-houses today. Tori and Julia won't play down-stairs without "big kids" so unless I rotate toys upstairs, they want to just sit in front of the TV during school time.
I'm off to dictate cleaning tasks to several children. The living room isn't the only room that looks like this!
Monday, October 26, 2009
He has made several trips around the house the last few days wearing this Bambi purse. Today, however, when I called everyone to go outside to do our aloud reading, Elijah got his purse right on.
I'm sure in due time his three big brothers will straighten him out.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Happy Sunday evening!
Have a blessed Sunday!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Here's the picture Moriah said, "don't use that picture," but I like it and she hopefully won't notice!
Here's Elijah playing Happy Birthday on the piano in his own rendition. He played and sang.
Last night, we took the kids to the play, Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat, put on by a local church. It was without-a-doubt the best musical I've ever seen. Most of the humor went over the kid's heads, like the Pharaoh looking and sounding like Elvis, but I thought it was hilarious. Elijah even did great, he watched from our laps for the first hour and slept the second hour.
JD and Gabriel were supposed to go to hunter safety class today, but skipped due to the hecticnesss of other things. JD is plowing our future cow pasture so we can plant grass, Gabriel and Alei are at drama practice for a presentation in church tomorrow, Moriah and Ben both have soccer games, James and Ben have a birthday party this afternoon and then Moriah and Alyssa have friends coming tonight. And me? I'm just relaxing; HA!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I loaded eight roosters up, but I kept just this one because he is about the prettiest rooster I have ever seen.
Little Buddy hung out in the truck drive-driving.
Monday, October 19, 2009
The problem we ran into was the simple fact that only Elmers glue worked and I had ONE bottle for seven children. The 336 glue sticks that I stocked up on at the Back-to-School sales didn't glue yarn. So, we worked until the glue ran out, then we set them on the counter and we'll make a big mess again, I mean finish our projects again another day.
I'm not sure it was wise to do the fun stuff first, as Phonics and Math took forever this afternoon. It's done now, though, and I'm off to soccer.....
It's a glamorous life and it's all mine!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It was cool to watch them as we ate breakfast. I don't know what the dogs were doing, but they never noticed the deer.
Tonight Julia emerged from my bedroom, rather alarmed, to tell me that she saw a mouse. What she didn't know was that I have a mouse that has been mocking me from my closet for a week now. I lay in bed in the mornings and hear him chewing, chewing. He has eaten through one of Moriah's birthday presents and two of JD's sweat-shirts, but he has been smart enough to not get in the live mouse-trap. Julia showed us that she saw him go under the bookcase. Well, now the show is concluding - there is a mouse trap with peanut butter under the bookcase! Good job, Julia, animal hunter of large and small, inside and outside.
I'll spare you a picture of the mouse in the trap tomorrow, (if he falls for it.)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I highly recommend it, although it's so, so foreign to our American way of life that I almost can't picture it. Even after being in Liberia and having people on the streets beg me to take their children, it's still difficult to grasp the desperation of parents who are unable to care for their children. In this case, the parents are dying of AIDS and have NO ONE that will take their children in, even the orphanages are too full.
There are so many thoughts going through my head that I'm sure I'll have to comment on it again, but for now, I'll just recommend it. In spite of the serious topic, it's an easy and enjoyable read! I'm sure you can get it at the library; I got it on Amazon for less than $10.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
We stuffed Elijah in the Ergo on JD's back, but he didn't appreciate the confinement, so JD ended up carrying him up the mountain. There is no way I could have done it!
All weekends must come to an end, but I am all for heading back next year. Maybe Elijah will be big enough to stay with his Aunt Deb and the other kids.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Here's the little cabin tucked up in the mountains. They even loaned us a Suburban to get up and down the mountain. The narrow road next to the cliffs made me slightly nervous!
Of course, we took our traveling buddy, Elijah. Here he is in his mountain-man flannel shirt, just like his Dad.
I showed Elijah how to throw rocks in the stream. He was pretty impressed with the splash they made.
Tomorrow I'll show some hiking the mountain photos. JD ended up carrying Elijah as he decided that he no longer likes the Ergo!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We have a tradition called sunday soda; the kids each get a canned soda on Sunday with their lunch. Other than that, they only have it for special occasions. Last Sunday I was whipping up lunch and Tori chose her soda. I told her that she could put it in the fridge and let it get cold while she waited for her lunch. She told me, "that's ok, I'm going to drink it the perfectly way God made it - warm."
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, I spent a few hours slowly laying grass-seed with the spreader on the 4-wheeler. Of course, it went a lot more quickly and smoothly with Julia AND Elijah's help. It's less exciting than mowing, but it sure kept two little people happy.
Elijah may need a steering wheel for entertainment, but the other kids only need a seat. This is the back-seat of the van sitting in the driveway doubling as a roller coaster. Our old TV died, so JD and the kids are off buying a new one off of Craig's list.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Needless to say, we had a rough, rough night and JD and I took Elijah to Urgent Care first thing the next morning. The doctor there put him on steroids, breathing treatments and an antibiotic! Now, our neighborhood pharmacy closes on Saturdays at 1:00. I raced straight there and got in at 12:50. I asked the girl behind the counter if they would please fill the prescriptions before they close. She said, "but that's only 10 minutes." I explained that I wasn't trying to wait until the last minute, but I had come straight from Urgent Care and I had a baby with breathing issues. She looked at me, a well-known customer of 5-7 years, and said, "No, sorry...."
So, after driving to the next "town," I am moving my pharmacy business to CVS in the city. Our neighborhood pharmacy has a reputation for bad customer service but that was the final straw. I'm going to write a letter to them explaining why I'm moving my business elsewhere. As for the doctor? I have been really happy with her, so I'm going to write her a letter explaining the situation with the physician assistant and hope that she would have been more accommodating if my appointment had been with her!
The good side is that CVS will give me bonus bucks on all our prescriptions! I can probably get the kids free flip-flops by next summer with all the money I'll be making! Our friendly neighborhood pharmacy has never even given me a medicine syringe. Several times, I've paid $1.99 for a syringe, but yesterday I watched in disbelief as the cashier pulled a free one out for her "friend" picking up a prescription. Oh, CVS is looking like the promised land!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
And here's the school floor.
As often the problem, I don't feel the pictures actually portray the actual mess; trust me it was bad!
Things were much better outside, nice weather and a new focus. Our biggest problem is that Elijah loves to climb the steps and we have to keep breaking to carry him back down.
Doesn't Moriah look thrilled with our lesson? Actually, her look is due to Slurpee's backside continually in close range of her face.
I have hope that in a few more weeks my boys will remember what continent, country and state we live in. It's no reflection of My Father's World, it has far more to do with their lack of focus! And the really good news is that it's Friday!