Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Corona-Tine Weeks Ocho y Nueve

Linking up with Kelly ... wrapping day 63


Passing on my LOVE for hammocks to my children...  

Speaking of hanging out.. 

Lee and I have been sitting out on the front porch most evenings and contemplating life and Corona and the weather and work and kids and everything and this showed up

It was truly majestic and the pics don't do the colors justice.  A reminder of God's covenant for sure. 


I still drag everyone on our normal morning and sometimes afternoon walks... 

I thought C was wearing one of the girls hoodies but it turned out to be mine.

No personality at all...nope 

R knows I love flowers


In my spare time (hahahahaha) I've been inspired to fill up the walls with puzzle and other assorted frames... 

I'll have to post my weekend progress on the girls room. E's begging for a wall color... maybe in the fall? 


The boy needs a haircut and I told him he could not buzz his hair like Papa just yet.

Great excitement around the house one day last week was... 

So entertained. 

My guy

He's getting so big, if I sat and thought about it long enough I could cry. 


Double Digits: 

She's got a book problem. 

I started reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (aloud) to the group this week (so we can watch the movie) and it is AWESOME. We are loving it!

Enjoying her new bday skates : ) 

E BEGGED to turn on the sprinkler Friday night and I made her call Lee to confirm which was oh so wise on my part because once she fiddled with the front sprinkler for 15 minutes she drug the back sprinkler all the way to the front - much to Lee's chagrin the next afternoon (but I told him he couldn't be mad at them because 1. he approved it and 2. she was being resourceful). C may have been better suited in a bathing suit because she didn't realize clothes are REQUIRED 


The Puzzle Report:

We are onto another puzzle... Six maybe? E has claimed this for the nursery and I tend to agree with her. The brighter evenings has afforded the big girls a little extra neighborhood freedom so puzzling into not what it used to be but its okay. 


Wildlife Report...  

The girls were collecting ladybugs for the "Ladybug Hotel" - they were having a hard time keeping them in so we opted for the hotel theory. M has to do a bug project for school and she chose a ladybug. I was hoping she'd find a round rock and paint it red (they have gotten into the painted rock selling business in the afternoons) but that didn't happen. The project is due Monday and all we have so far is a styrofoam sphere. 

Thanksgiving Dinner and St. Francis

E nearly stepped on this during one of our morning walks. We hoped that by not touching it, its mom would come back and teach it how to fly. 

Last night I pulled a tick off of Lee. It hadn't fully burrowed??? but it did bite him because a small part remains stuck under the surface of the skin. Praying that it is not a lyme carrying tick.  Oh and M saw a black snake slithering across the back yard today which was a topic of much conversation. 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

7QTs - Completely Clear Calendars (in May)

Linking up with Kelly ... it has been 7 weeks... 


Week seven. 49 days of Corona-tine. 

I think the dashboard in the van pretty much summed up my feelings generally for the week. All the warning lights flashing and not much to be done except buckle up and power through. The kids whininess and their need (and understandably) for help with school work was a rough one. I really just need all the school stuff to be done. 

Fortunately Lee comes home to a house that looks like a bomb went off and starts in the kitchen and works his way back in the clean up department. By the time 4-4:30 rolls around I have just about no ounces of anything left for cleaning up. Yes the kids do help but usually there's always dishes to be washed or crumbs to be wiped or dirt particles to be vacuumed. 



C continues to live out her days to the fullest: 

They involving exchanging video messages with her dog-cousin Wayne who she shares striking commonalities with. This week's video exchange provided some much needed humor. Wayne said told he got in trouble for chewing things. Well this week C 

1. While on our morning walk picked up rocks from our neighbors' driveway and put them in her mouth?!!?!? and only took them out when scolded 

2. Stuffed the last 3-5 strawberries in her mouth - so A couldn't eat them. Leafy tops and all

I promise I don't make this stuff up.


I know what you are thinking... 

No they didn't jump in the puddle in the ditch but I bet they would have. The weather this week has been oddly cool. I don't think we have turned on the air or heat in weeks. Our power bill was nearly identical the past 2 months so hopefully we will go for another month of low-ish bills. 

Lee always takes/picks/chooses the worst weather day as his stay-at-home day with the kids which means very little outside time - I don't envy his position for sure. 


I don't think I need to say more!

Love him. Love him. Love him. 

J and I went on a blind date this week. A blind date with his/our family's (new) pediatrician. It was weird. It was highly anticipated because I/we adored our (old) pediatrician. It caused a huge quandary because 9 days out of 10 you probably don't think about your kid's doctor - until you do or until you need something or you go to the pediatrician 55 million times in a month. Then you care... a whole lot. Anyways we survived and we are going back. 


Injury Report: 

Nothing major in the injury reportage this week. Just your basic run of the mill falls and cuts and scrapes. A got a fresh one on his elbow. The girls and I trekked up to play soccer tonight and I freaking pulled my quad on the first kick of the game. Playing thru it now vs in high school is basically impossible or will cause further insult to injury. Getting old is the pits. 


The Puzzle Report:

Another puzzle in the books. Another bare wall filled. I love this puzzle. E said that I could hang it up in our room which I where I was planning on putting it whether she liked it or not. I do need to find a puzzle that she wants in her and R's room. 

I need to print some wedding pics and a few others and just play the waiting game so I can get Lee to get his hammer and level out and decorate! It is his FAVORITE! 


Thoughts on the week...  

M and A had social Zoom meetings this week. It was sweet. M was super happy to socialize. A, well, he clammed up - but we have high hopes for next week's meeting. 

As we begin the month of May it is definitely cause for a pause. May is always suuuuuper busy. I used to dread it but I came to embrace the crazy. Everything is ending and everything happens all at once. Lee is super crazy busy. 

But then Corona happened sooo.... 

Nothing is happening. No end of year activities, programs, soccer games, swim practices, AHG. We should be heading up to Virginia this weekend for a choir competition for E. That was bound to be wild because R, M, A&C should have had soccer games and I would have been coaching two of them and I would have needed to get a sitter for them. Plus I was going to try and figure out a way to ride roller coasters with E at Busch Gardens so that mean J would have needed tending to as well. But all that's not happening. 

Next weekend we should have been having a massive 10th bday party for E. I told her could have a party with all the friends (which we don't do). She was going to have a Rip and Dip inflatable water slide and Chik Fil A. It was going to be a big deal. Then on Mothers Day we would have gone to Duck Donuts to get her bday breakfast after church. 

Then there should have been a smattering of everything happening at school. Teacher Appreciation Week, Field Day, end of year parties and programs. I remember our last few Mays (2019, 2017) and I while I have come to appreciate a slower pace I think I'd like to be hustling around rather than having an absolutely empty May.