Monday, September 22, 2014

Manic Monday

Busy week ahead for us here at the house.  So, here goes nothing.

  • weekend was gorgeous
  • youth group this week
  • Spanish class/ Civil War class
  • Houseguest has dance/ boys tae kwon do
  • Little guy has neurology appointment
  • 6 of the kids have dental appointments
  • cleaning up the yard some this week
  • house is relisted
  • found some nice houses we like but still wanting to build our own
  • Max and Irina are working all week
  • Little Guy is refusing to nap today
  • kids have been working all day on school work
  • thinking of some field trips for them
  • kids are excited about upcoming camping trip
  • all are thinking of Halloween
  • Digby's cyst on his side is huge.  Vet checked awhile ago but may call her and ask.
  • knock on wood, we're all healthy here
  • Warren's car had a flat this past weekend
  • Warren desperately needs a new car but not in the budget
  • second post for today.  I'm on a roll
  • I've come to realize I'll never be as organized as I wan to be
  • making brownies today
  • not sure what we're having for dinner
  • still waiting to hear on the adoption front 
  • ran out of laser jet ink.  Kids are happy :)
  • Max and I ordered new glasses this weekend
  • Bojan is doing excellent in high school
Much, much more going on.  As usual.  Checking things off our list bit by bit.   List never gets shorter for some reason.  Always growing.  Hopefully, I'll continue to keep up with posts.  I know I have tons of pictures to get to. 

Logan's Birthday -- w/ more on Max

Well, Logan's birthday was back in August.  Yes, I'm a little late on this stuff.  Hey, I think I'll be caught up in time for Nik's and Sofie's.  LOL. 

So, each child gets to choose the kind of cake they want me to make for their birthday.  Logan wanted a dirt cake w/ pudding.  Vanilla dirt cookies.  Umm, not the best.  And, he wanted store bought icing.  More on that one in a minute.  LOL.

Yes, why it is best to eat this confection w/ no clothes on.

Best the candles.

He doesn't look happy here.  The very next picture, huge smile but the candle got in the way so a bunch of it blurred.  Bummed.

Logan, blowing out fourteen candles if you can believe it!

Irina is NOT happy w/ the icing nor was anyone else, including Logan.  They like the homemade icing I make better.  Have a recipe for a butter cream icing and we use it every time.  Logan wanted to try it this time from the jar.  He said he's not doing that again.  LOL.  

We all do a birthday bash.  This year we went to TN.  Was wonderful.  It was part of a gift from a generous man.  Water park, staying in condos and visiting around TN.  Awesome.  This coming year, kids have said they want an amusement park.  Got some in mind.  So, next April, May, June and July will most likely be some travelling months.  April tends to be birthday bash trips, May- cue/ deaf camp, June- summer vacation, and July- a high school reunion.  Would love to go camping in March a little more local so we'll see.  We spoke w/ Max tonight about moving.  If we can not sell, we will be going to most likely set up the RV here for Max to stay temporarily till he can get a place of his own that we'll help him with.  Step by step here.  No jumping the gun.  This way, transitions are easier.  Max is extremely handy and can cook.  But, still a few things that need work.  Think back to when you were in college or on your own and what you wished you had learned first. That's the opportunity we want Max to have.  Hence, if he stays on site in the RV, a good first step to independence.  Live there a couple months, learn, save and then off to an apartment if he'd like.  So, if this scenario happens, then we'll look at a travel trailer.  less on gas and gives us more options for touring new places.  We'll see.  First goal though, is to get our adult children into independence if they desire.  Max is on that path.  He is 19.  I think he'll do awesome.  And, he's smart.  Wants to save up before rushing off.  Max will be getting his license very soon and then we'll be looking into the car situation.  Gasp. 

Logan wants to work.  Being only 14yo, limited at what he can do.  He is already looking forward to turning 15yo b/c he wants a work permit.  He is determined to save up.  And, he has a great work ethic like Max.  Wants to work and when he does, works hard.  Little by little, we'll get there.  Learning as we go as parents.  Hope we don't screw them up too badly.  Hope we can instill that nothing in life is free.  There is no reason to be lazy.  Work for what you want and do a good job.  Leave things better than you found them.  Always.  Be kind.  Love with reckless abandon and follow your heart.  Course, try not to fight with your siblings would be nice but still trying to figure out how to teach that one. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

More Summer Time Fun

Still trying to play catch up on some posts.  We had Civil War History class today and then realtor came over to take some more pictures.  More focus will be on selling this home so we can then settle in a new location. Not sure what we're doing this evening.  We'll see. 

A local church puts on a community festival every year.  It is wonderful.  Not very big and for some of our kids, that is just right. Summer strutting her stuff.

Nik getting his chance at riding the horse.  He too could ride all day.

I was shocked that Sofie wanted nothing to do with the horse.  Donkey, yes, horse, no.

This is Sofie not wanting to do the cake walk.  In addition, we are having her have trouble w/ this sort of thing lately.  Not wanting to participate in public.  Not sure why.  Same thing happens when we go to story time.

Summer and Nik enjoying a snow cone.  Really was a super hot, sweaty day.

Alex trying to cool off.  Not many pics of Alex and Bojan and the older ones as they went around separately.  

Future firefighter?  They thought the bell ringing was cool.

Summer clearly loved it!

Bojan kept feeding Little Guy the mini donuts they had to offer.  I said how many did he eat?  He said the whole bag.  Hmm, next time, tell older son to put a limit on what his brother may eat.  LOL.  Nik showing off some of his prizes.  It was a nice little carnival and we had a good time.  Didn't stay that long but was pleasant for sure. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blessings Abound!

There have been so many blessings lately.  Truly, there have and too many to list.  From friends simply lending an ear to friends taking the kids to enjoy a day out.  We have the most amazing friends here that understand our family dynamics and our children.

A friend recently brought a variety of bread over  which was really sweet of her to do.  As you can imagine, bread typically gets eaten rather quickly in this house. 

Last week, Ms. Cathy brought over some of her delicious creations.  Just tons of food.

Pasta with meatballs, homemade soup, homemade cookies and garlic bread.  All eaten and all truly enjoyed.  Nik is ready to dig in in this picture.  

Now, just this week, even more blessings.  A friend of a friend had given us everything needed to start cloth diapering.  Since Little Guy will be in diapers for quite some time, this will help keep costs down.  The other day I had posted on FB about Alex and Logan needing shoes.  Okay, so let me explain that one first.  They did NOT tell us their shoes were getting too small or worn out.  Assumed w/ the piles up there, they were fine.  Other day, they came saying they had no shoes that fit them.  They said I threw out their sneakers. I did, they were totally worn out.  However, I did not know the rest of the shoes didn't fit them!  Literally left w/ one pair.  It was crazy.  They still have that orphanage mentality ingrained in them not to say when things are too small or what have you.  Hence, why every season I do a check of what fits.  I hadn't gotten around to doing all the shoes yet.  Anyhow, a friend of mine told me to meet  her at Shoe Carnival.  Bought both the boys new shoes!  In addition, came home to a bag full of more sneakers.  Huge blessing.  Told them next time they best tell me.  Shoot, those feet should be about done growing at this point.  I remember one year one of my girls never told me their shoes were getting too tight.  And mind you, this was in a matter of a 2 month time period.  They grew from size 3 to size 5!  

Just nice to have understanding friends and even friends from afar step in and help from time to time.  Can't wait to pay it forward one of these days. 

Sundaes, sorting and Shaun the Sheep

Okay, so that title is a bit better than Wednesday.  LOL.  Told you, lots to catch up on so be prepared.  I'm on a roll again. 

 The other night, we decided to surprise the kids with ice cream at Dairy Queen.  Had some free coupons so that was even more of a motivator.  Got there and the line was wrapped around outside.  

We decided to go to Wally World and get stuff to make our own sundes with.  Kids were just as happy as if they went to Dairy Queen.  Had some awesome sundaes, watched a movie and just chilled on the couch together for the evening.  Was relaxing and just nice.

So, we hate this.  The corner cabinet always gets a mess w/ the tupperware type stuff.  Like a never ending abyss in that cabinet.  Irina and Reni volunteered to clean it out together.  They did a wonderful job too.  And yes, it's starting to already get a mess again.  

The other day the kids wanted to make Shaun the Sheep.  So got some cotton balls out.  Well, Nik did.  

Sofie got in on the action as well.  Made her own drawing.

My kids watch this and Timmy Time all the time.  They LOVE Shaun the Sheep.  I have been trying to see if anywhere there is Shaun the Sheep toys or such.  I know it is a British Show and maybe that's why I'm having trouble finding some things.  If you come across any, do let me know.  I think Nik did a great likeness of him. A sign he is clearly watching it too much.  LOL.  Even Little Guy likes it now.  How crazy is that?! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I know, not a fancy title or even catchy.  Oh well.  Not in the mood.  I told the kids this morning I'm done.  They were not listening to the lessons, doing work, etc.  I  said I quite, fend for yourselves on school work.  They'll be a test on Friday.  Whoever doesn't pass, doesn't do activities on Saturday.  They looked mortified I would suggest such a thing.  You should have seen them try to figure out which history section we were on.  Hey, sometimes you just do what you have to do.  Got through our morning. 

Speech therapist came for Summer, Sofie and Nik.  All are really improving.  You can actually understand Sofie now!  IT's awesome.  Boys had Tae Kwon Do for hte first time this evening.  Loved it!  Just had an awesome time and glad they are taking it.  Tomorrow, houseguest has dance.  Rest of the day, we'll try to catch up on some school.  Friday they have Civil War class and that evening, we are going to go see Max's art exhibit.  Saturday may go to the bug fest downtown.  Undecided yet on that one.  However, we are going to the farm to visit a dear friend.  Can't wait.  Been keeping busy.  Still trying to catch up on some posts.  Getting there bit by bit.  More to come and pictures too. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Massive rain and masks

The other week we had torrential down pours here.  It was insane!  Our creek by our house had rushing water like I'd never seen before.  Was unreal.  Even the dog refused to go outside!  Almost hurricane rain but not quite.  Not enough wind.  Hey, live here long enough and been through a few Cat 3 & 4 hurricanes and you can tell a difference.  Still, it was raining hard.

 Now, I know you can't see it, but when it rains really hard there is a beautiful waterfall that happens in the woods.  Gorgeous in person.  I can never quite capture it when it rains though.  You have to go into the woods and look.  Nice little secret place b/c when you go, you don't get wet.  Nature at its best.  The creek was really full and rushing on by as you can tell from the picture.

Even the pool was overflowing.  And this wasn't at the end of the storm even.

Summer decided to make a Dora mask.  So glad Dora doesn't look like this!

Nik make his own kind of freaky mask.  Sofie made one too.  However, since she didn't have glasses to hold it on and couldn't figure it out, I caught her trying to glue it to her face.  Yes, real glue.  Stopped her and then Nik helped her make a paper strap for it.  Hey, better than glue.