Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day

My husband asks me every year what I want for Mother's Day.  I always say the same thing...for everyone to behave, no yelling necessary, no outbursts.  He always says besides that dream.  LOL.  Mother's Day was yesterday.  Many mothers are allowed to sleep in.  Well, a mistake we made the night before was allowing Nik to go to bed early instead of watching the movie.  actually, it wasn't early, it was just his bedtime.  Anyhow, Nik comes in the room screaming to wake us up.  (one of his deaf sounds that sounds like screaming).  Lovely.  So, couldn't get back to sleep and it was only 6:15am.  Got to love it.  A little while later, I was dealing with this one:

This is Alyona in the front yard.  Being stubborn.  Very stubborn.  Back talking and not listening.  So, she was told to go pick up sticks.  She said we have no sticks in the yard.  Umm, we live on a wooded lot.  Not that hard to spot a stick.  Out of the bunch, for being so tiny, she is by far our most stubborn one.  Eventually, she realizes she has to do what she is told and does it and then is proud of herself.  Got to love it.  Still, I'll take this over a RAD rage any day.  Then again, Warren had to put her in a therapeutic hold for the first time yesterday.  Very first time.  She's been home almost 4 years now and this was the first time ever in a hold situation.  So, as you can see, you can never let your guard down w/ older children.  Things will pop up from time to time.  Don't worry, she was fine the rest of the day.

So, after dealing with her, Warren thought we should not cook and got us a surprise.  

Something a little sweet.  We rarely buy donuts so this was nice.  Took the picture way late as we had a box and two bags full of donuts, mostly chocolate covered w/ creme inside.  Yum!  I have no idea what documents are laying next to this box.  What I do know is something other documents I filled out today for Camp Cheerio were covered in chocolate.  Nice.  Peanut butter on FBI fingerprint cards and now chocolate on these for deaf camp.  Can't we ever hand in paper w/out stains on them?  

After breakfast, it was time to just work at home and get things organized.  So, we started w/ some garden stuff:

What other way is there to move dirt than to have big brother tote you around on the lawnmower?  Yep, this is how they moved the dirt.  

Alright, we admit it.  That big garden we were going to build this year never transpired.  Some other events/ issues got in the way.  Sooo, we went out and bought the pre-made garden beds at Sam's.  Max built them.  Nik "helped."  Warren and I filled the dirt.  First, we'd put the bags down as a barrier over the rocks.  Will have the plants in in a few days.  We also have a whole row along the fence of containers that have already started to grow.  We had chives on our baked potatoes tonight actually.  Next year, there will definitely be a huge garden... at least that is what we are hoping.  LOL.  Can't wait to see it grow.  

Oh, while in the backyard, I discovered something on our new picnic table we had made.  I peeled it off.  Any guesses what the kids left me?  No.  Here you go:

One of my flameless candles.  The kids had eaten outside the night before and grabbed some of the flameless candles.  Of course, left in the sun, they will melt.  Maybe it was another Mother's Day gift.  Who knows.  Again, expect the unexpected here.  Hey, nothing was on fire, I should be happy.

Well, the girls did indeed surprise me though.  Much needed too....

This may not look like a big deal to you, but it took over two hours to clean!  (well, the whole bathroom they said).  No, we don't live in filth.  However, we have not seen the bottom of our masterbath tub for years.  Why?  Because it happens to be the laundry room over flow.  We don't have a laundry room(biggest pet peeve of ours) but a laundry closet in the hallway.  Yep, you heard it right.  A family of 9, soon to be 12 w/ no laundry room but just a closet.  So, overflow goes into our tub.  I've dreamed of taking a bath many times.  Kids know this so Yana decided to do something about it.  It was so wonderful to see.  Honestly was surprised.  I had been working in the yard all day.  So, I didn't even know it. 

Everyone worked hard yesterday.  It was indeed nice to see.  So, some of the boys went over to my neighbor's house.  For what you ask?  Remember, it is called Southills for a reason.  We have the BEST hills for sledding and just about anything else.  Dont' have a slip & slide.  No problem.  Do this:

A homemade slip & slide w/ soap and water!  Down a hill, it'sthe best.  Kids had a blast.  We have the best neighbors, we really do.  Thanks Tony for making the kids' afternoon!  It was fun to watch.  A bit cold, but fun.

Nik was done w/ the fun.  Nik, Bojan and Max played w/ the neighbors.  Alex was sound asleep on the couch and we just couldn't wake him up.  When Alex goes to sleep, he is out.  He was just zonked.  Great way to top off the Mother's Day.  A great weekend spent w/ my family.  Who could ask for more for Mother's Day?  Not me.  I've got what I need & want right here.  (well, here and waiting for me somewhere in Bulgaria).  My kids made it a great Mother's DAy despite the little bit of a rough start.   Turned out fantastic!  Now, I have to get really creative for Father's Day for sure.  

More posts to come.  Have much going on this week so been busy.  We are all counting down the days till we live for the mountains.  We'll be in Roaring Gap for 3 glorious days.  no tv, no computer, no cell phones, only nature and friends.  Can't wait to share through pictures. 

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