Friday, March 31, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Twig as a leopard:
Eating Twinkies at the park-- Twinkies kind of scare me, but my younger kids didn't even know what they were, so I bought an obligatory box. They loved them. (Here is a link to my post about Roo's first Twinkie. Good memories!)
I was taking a much-needed Sunday afternoon nap when I was awakened by a huge clap of thunder-- the kind that shakes the whole house. The room was dim and full of the sound of rain pattering on the roof.
The energy of these spring storms just thrills me.
And how we need the rain! Everything has been so dry. I have not been able to work the soil much at all this spring because it was hard and dry. My spring bulbs did not perform well.
Things are going to green up and revive quickly now that the rains have started. The forecast is looking great.
Spring break is nearly over. Of course, I did not get everything done. But we did a lot. Maybe, maybe I am ready to go back into the fray tomorrow. Maybe, maybe I am pretty sick of this school year and just want it to be over already. I will try to muster a positive attitude and continue moving forward with strength. The end is in sight. So many good things have happened this school year, both at Plumfield and here at home. So many good things will happen in the next ten or so weeks if I will just carry on.
The bathrooms have been deep cleaned this week, which they sorely needed. I am really bad at keeping the bathrooms clean. They probably won't have more than "essential surfaces quickly wiped down" before summer break. Just keeping it real. I don't know why I am so lousy at keeping up with the bathrooms at this stage of my life. I have never really minded cleaning bathrooms, so it's not that I avoid it out of detestation. I just... would rather do other things, I guess.
I only got half the kids' clothes switched out. With eight kids, that's a huge project twice a year. Remember, I have tubs and tubs of off-size/off-season clothes in my garage. I am trying to pare it down a bit. I have a huge pile of clothes to bring to the upcoming Relief Society clothing exchange.
I also went through my own closet and purged a bunch of stuff. I am to a point in my life where I can acquire and keep clothes I really love and get rid of the rest. So I am slowly doing that. It feels great.
Five cute little skirts have been cut out for five cute little girls and one has been mostly sewn together. Four more to sew. Because each one has 20 panels it takes a lot of time. I have three more weeks until my Easter deadline. I ought to be able to finish, right?
Thursday we went on a family outing. We had heard about a hiking trail in southeast Kansas that was descibed as "rugged." Knowing that Kansas is not typically rugged, we had to go check it out. So we drove to Elk City Lake and started up the 15 mile hiking trail that goes along the north shore of the lake. It did not disappoint. It was rugged. It did not look a bit like "Kansas." We loved it. We only made it a mile down the trail because of the twins, but we can't wait to go back.
The wild redbud trees are in full bloom right now. There were many of them along the trail. What a treat to see.
In the vicinity was the site of the book "Little House on the Prairie," so we were able to stop there too. I took the kids there in 2008, so Bean and Fish remembered it, but for most of the family it was a new experience. There's not a whole lot there, but if you're a fan of the books it's neat to see. Peanut is a huge fan of the books. I have been reading them aloud to her and she LOVES them. That makes me so happy. The older kids have loved them for years, but watching Peanut get so into them recently has been delightful.
I didn't get many pictures because Leaf was running around being challenging (Twig was asleep in the car with Bean) and it was suuuuper windy. The twins are a handful lately when we go places. It's hard to manage them and I can't do it by myself. They are good car travelers though, so I am grateful for that.
The rain has stopped now and the sun is shining. Later tonight there will be more storms. I am looking forward to them.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I have such a long list of things I would like to do during spring break! It's wonderful to have a chance to shift gears and do different things.
We flew kites! We haven't done that in years. I have always loved flying kites. Fish found a cheap R2D2 kite at Walmart last week and I had to buy it for him because I have had a crush on R2D2 since I was three. The kite flew just great.
We deep cleaned the toy closet! Yay for organized toys!
I have also been helping the boys to deep clean their room. They are very capable of doing a basic cleaning of their room and so I almost never need to bother with it, but every few months I need to supervise a very thorough cleaning and organizing.
We have played outside a LOT and jumped jumped jumped on that trampoline. Love love love the trampoline.
We drove across a good chunk of lovely Kansas farmland to visit my amazing friend for an afternoon. Six of her seven children plus my eight made for quite a lively house. The kids enjoyed sword fighting and playing games on the Wii and chasing the cat while my friend and I had a lovely visit.
This afternoon I had another biopsy done on the abnormal growth on my thyroid gland. I had one done in 2011 and the results were benign, so that is the expected outcome, but it needs to be kept an eye on. I have not been very stressed or worried about the procedure this time. However, the after effects have been uncomfortable. I don't remember this from the last biopsy. I remember not enjoying having a needle stuck repeatedly in my neck, but I don't remember being anywhere near this sore afterward. The rest of today was shot... I have pretty much been in bed trying not to move. I hope I feel better tomorrow because...that list, you know? So much I want and need to do.
I am so grateful for my older kids. Fish made a delicious dinner and they all have helped me today. "Oh, Mom, it's okay, stay in bed. We will take care of things." So even if I'm out of commission tomorrow as well I know they will take care of me.
And maybe I need rest more than anything else on that list of mine.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
My "family store" keeps getting fancier and fancier. I just so loved the glass jars I had to buy more (they're only a couple bucks each at Hobby Lobby when they're on sale.) And then I went to the local specialty candy store recently and stocked up on some seriously fun candy. (Do you remember how when I started the family store I was trying not to have it be full of sugar? Ha! It's pretty much all candy now!) Gummy sharks, chocolate coins, hand-selected flavors of salt water taffy, and POP ROCKS. My kids adore Pop Rocks. I adore Pop Rocks. Admit it, you do too.
But it doesn't matter how awesome it is and how delicious the candy is. It only works as a motivator when I am consistent about it. If the kids know that I actually am going to open the family store fairly regularly (we shoot for Saturday mornings and most of the time we make it) then when I say "who wants a Badger Buck?" they come running to do my bidding. But if I'm always too tired or too busy and the family store gets pushed back and back and back then they don't care anymore.
And that's happened many times. So we try again. When I start being consistent about it again, I am always amazed and pleased at how well it works. Even when the candy is running low and the choices aren't great, they are still eager participants. It's all about consistency.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Thursday, March 9, 2017
But lately, they have another passion: butter cubes. They know where to find them, how to unwrap them, and that they are delicious. If anyone leaves the fridge unlatched, I am certain to find one or more gnawed sticks of butter lying around. It happened five times this last week. I have to admit, those little teeth marks make me giggle.