Sunday, August 31, 2008

Give me some movie titles! please...

last night DH and I sat down (for the first time in a verrry long time) to watch a movie. We turned it off after 7 minutes. After the 3rd kid swore it was too much. "Click" looked cute but wow the language.

Friday, August 29, 2008

No one will fess up

We had a dinner party.
We were going to have chicken.
Someone played with the knobs on the gas grill.
We had burgers.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

He just wanted to sleep in a bucket

He's five

if you only knew, my boy, the double meaning.

Another Treasure Hunt

Here are the clues that #4 had to find his birthday present. I hid an index card in each spot and after he found it he came to me to get his next photo clue. The clues were in the peach jam, under the calendar page on the frig, in the gutter (used for a bookshelf in the school room), taped under the kitchen table and in the old dishwasher. (DH just installed a new one last night because the start button broke on the one that came with the house.)

I heard them waking up this morning and the very first thing was #1 saying Happy Birthday to #4. Then #4 said, "I get to do a tweasuwe hunt!" Then he came to wake me up. :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

sorta lonely

I just realized I am getting all this work done around here cause I don't have any friends to go out with.




I would even settle for a really boring movie with no dialouge...or sitting on the wrong side of the table listening to Springer-esque conversation....

End of August

ooooo! It is coming so fast! Labor Day! Soon the snow will be flying and we will be all cooped up inside. This week the boys (Jon included) mulched the trees. We had 12 cubic yards of mulch delivered from a recycle center. I know it sounds like a fantastically huge amount of mulch but we are going to not have enough. really It looks like we will not get the berry patches mulched.

We are preparing for spring by getting the garden patches ready. I have carpet on the grass to kill it. We will rototill the plot and compost it this fall. Killing the grass and weeds is top priority right now. It took me a while to figure out how to lay out the yard and gardens. The former owners really loved flowers. There are beds all around the house all of them perennials. Unfortunately in the year the house was vacant thistle and all sorts of other picky plants have had a great time invading the flower beds. I am getting rid of 3 of the flower beds and consolidating the perennials into the front of the house flower beds (one on each side of the porch). My evening tonight was spent going from the various flower beds, picking which flower I wanted, digging it up and moving it to the front of the house flower bed. Tomorrow we are moving peony bushes and removing spirea. Hopefully we can get under the crabapple tree done-the junipers that were underplanted died. The beds that I am taking the flowers out of-well that are going to be seeded with grass seed. I just don't want to spend all my time on flower beds. The plans are vegetables, chickens and bees. Spring 2010 we will consider some 4 legged critters for milk.

Also this week we have to move the chicken coops and paint them. This is gonna be a big project. So maybe we paint this week and move them next week. I am still researching the best place to put them.

School starts day after Labor Day. We will go get our library cards on Tuesday. The inside of the house is almost done-well done in there are not boxes everywhere anymore and it is semi-organized. We have furniture now! The only rooms really in shambles are the school and the mudroom. School room will be done tomorrow or Friday. Mudroom? Don't know when that one will be done. It is the last remaining room to be painted. Maybe in a couple weeks we will tackle it.

Still so much to be done before snow...sigh

Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Funny From #2

I know! From #2?? We were playing RummiKub tonight and for some reason he started talking about brains. Then we hear, "Yah, in the brain vortex..."

Vortex? Cortex? We still had a good laugh and he laughed too.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tired but good day

Today we canned peaches. We did 67 pints of jam, 19 pints of peach sections, 10 quarts of tomatoes and 19 half pints of currant jelly.

My mom, Aunt Steph and Aunt Carol were there all helping. My mom pronounced it really fun. And she is right. It was fun and tiring. And all that homeade toast will be fantastic with peach jam.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pillow Talk

Tonight the big boys are gone with DH to retrieve the canning supplies from the old house. It left one very exhausted #5 (who went to be at 6:30), #6 who was still eating (what a chowhound!) and #4 with Aubrey and myself. (Jon and Aubrey are here for a visit.) We made cookies. He got to hold the blender. Add all the ingredients. Sit on the counter. Mix. Eat cookie dough. We finish and I asked him to go to bed. He just got up and went. (Holy Smokes! no crying, screaming, arguing!) About 45 minutes later he comes down and asks for a drink. After his drink he asks if he can sleep on the couch because the big boys will come home and talk. "And dey keep me awake mom." So, I offered up my bed. The offer is readily accepted. I nurse the baby, put her to bed and then start this conversation:

Me: Who loves you?
#4: Da cats!
Me: Oh, you are sure right on that one! Who else loves you?
#4: People who make candy.
Me: You are right again. Who else loves you?
#4: Heavenwy Fadda and Jesus. Dey wuv me. And dey have piwwowfights up in heaven. (he is saying this very seriously)
Me: (giggling) Really?
#4: Yep. I fink dey want us to hab a piwwowfight.
Me: I don't think so. Do they watch us?
#4: No. I don't fink so. I don't see no eyeballs. See? (and he points to the ceiling) No eyebawws dere.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Wook Mom!

I nuwsing my baby!

Note to Kitten

When snacking underneath the baby's chair-watch out for falling barf. Saphira was the latest victim of Urp Fountain (as the older brothers lovingly refer to their youngest sister).

Monday, August 4, 2008

Good Bye Pod!

The second Pod is emptied and now gone. And all those boxes are in the house for me to sort. sigh

Sunday, August 3, 2008

From Hilary's Blog

1. Leave a comment on my blog, one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you knew me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.

Friday, August 1, 2008


Since we have moved to "the sticks" shopping has been consolidated. We found ourselves in Adrian at the kitchen place and since we were already there we did WalMart and Aldi. DH dropped me off at WalMart. I sent him off with all 6 to Lowe's across the street. He can get out of Lowe's cheaper with all 6 than I can get out of WalMart with all 6. (Can you hear it? Mom? Can we get...can we get....? Don't forget goggles Mom? Can I have legos? every.single.aisle.) I run through WalMart. DH goes through Lowe's (he had the privilege of experiencing shopping with all 6 of them with on tantruming). He picks me up and we go to Aldi. #4 and #3 ask to go in with me. I said, "Let's go!"

We start shopping. Anticipating the 30-45 minute drive home I grab a box of vanilla wafers. #4 says, "Mom! We need to get two. Just to be safe. Safety is vewy impowtant." And he flashes his great big grin and plops a box of vanilla wafers in the cart. Tell me, how do you argue with that?? Safety is vewy impowtant.



The days are so different. Instead of mess and homeschool teaching I have a DH working from home and quiet until 2:54 when #6 (who is 10)...