I don't swap curriculums much anymore, but just our consumable math, grammar and phonics workbooks are a sizeable pile. Julia wanted to get started on her new math, but unfortunately the excitement only lasted one day.
|Julia identifying her math workbook |
|This was long before 1:00 as evidenced by Ben vegetating there.|
Since I get on Craig*list everyday to hunt for a Ben bed, I decided that I would start looking for a trundle bed to put under Elijah and Selah's bunk bed. Elijah has furniture waiting when he has a room, but someone has to move out before he actually gets a room. In the meantime, Bella has been in a toddler bed next to Elijah and Selah's bunk bed and she is just too big for it. I thought a trundle would work for her for a while and then be a nice extra bed for friends once the girls have the bunk bed. So, of course, the one I found was in the Richmond area, and while I was going anyway, I was also picking up a good many things from my friend, Wendy, for a local friend's baby.
I bought the trundle bed which fit along the side of the van as I hoped. The nice mattress he was including, however, did not fit. While I had taken out the back seat, that area was for a large dresser, crib, two swings, a stroller and a few Rubbermaids I was getting from Wendy. The man that I bought the trundle bed had no idea that I had more furniture in my plan and told me that mattresses fold. He then shoved it in half and barely crammed it in the back and slammed the door shut.
I called Wendy and told her that worse case, she'd have to take the mattress. She responded with, "I don't want your mattress, we will make it fit". Now I break to say that I often pride myself in fitting more things in any vehicle than any sane man would encourage. Wendy may be the only person that thinks like me, so she was the perfect packing partner for the job.
We did feed the children at our usual Richmond Chick Fil A before we went to work.
|bad picture but cute Bella|
|12 of our combined 19 children|
Beyond business, Ms. Wendy is fun and brought the younger kids new Build-A-Bears. I had some happy youngsters on the drive home.
|It's almost Julia and Elijah's birthdays|
Here's Ruth parked on the furniture.
There is our successful packing job - the third seat also was packed full which forced the children to ride nice and snug together on the first two benches.
We are still working on James and Ben's room, but Bella's bed is the next in the paint cue. In the meantime, the new bears and old bears have had a chance to get acquainted.