Saturday, June 6, 2015

Life Lessons

1)when you say shake off the baby (Little Guy), it doesn't actually mean to 'shake' him.  Summer thought that's what I meant.  I meant brush him off from the noodles he has all over him.  He loved the whole 'shaking' bit.  (you all know Summer really can't shake him, right?)

2) Letting kids experiment on your hair and going to bed is probably not the best idea.  Those tiny little braids and rubber bands hurt at night!

3) If Mom tells you to throw the diaper away that she changed in the van, you best do it.  Otherwise, a few days later you will discover that smell has mutated due to heat of summer.


4) Best leave your wallet at home if you are going to lose it three times in one day. One of those times being at Walmart where your brothers and sisters had to play hunt the wallet all over the entire store!

5)  If buying sheets, don't try to save a buck.  I made that mistake.  Big time.  I bought King sized sheets online for $18 b/c well frankly, I can't afford the nice king sized sheets.  I feel like I am sleeping on cardboard and that is AFTER they'd been washed.  Please, spring for the more expensive sheets. 

6) If you think you are protecting your kids enough by not letting them watch certain shows, think again.  Somewhere, somehow, Summer picked up the word 'damn' this past week.  And now, it appears to be her favorite word.  Hey, she is actually using it in context though. 

7) It is not smart to let your child eat 3 or 4 cupcakes w/ homemade butter cream icing.  Causes diaper blow outs.  That is all I'll say about that one.  BTW, we washed the couch three times! 

8) If angry, do not throw a temper tantrum dear child.  You may get more than you bargained for.  You know like jumping on your bunk and ripping the curtain rod out of the wall.  You may find yourself picking up those pine cones you hate for hours.  Entering that child in weight lifting or something.  Gee whiz kiddo.   Wall is a wreck!

I know there are more of these but frankly, all I can come up with this week in review as I am truly sleep deprived.  Little Guy is not sleeping much and therefore, neither am I.  Here is hoping we don't have many life lessons this coming week.  



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Camp Cheerio-- part IV

The hardest day of Camp Cheerio is always Sunday as everyone knows they are going home and no one wants to.  We pack up more than ourselves.  We pack up a weekend full of memories and knowledge.


Waiting in line for breakfast.  Notice Little Guy in the background.  This is what he loves to do w/ his big brothers that drives me nuts...dare devil stuff.  The higher the better.  He laughs like mad when they carry him like a sack of potatoes or toss him in the air.


Our view every morning.  Stunning.


Nik soaking it all in one last time.


Just think the tree is cool. 

This is the cafeteria. 


The building where Warren and I attended workshops everyday.


The gymnasium.  Kids LOVE it here.


Each year it is great for one reason or another.  Truly is.  We love going.  We can't thank the people enough this year who helped us get to one of our favorite places.  And, looks like Little Guy loves it just as much as the rest of us.  He'll grow up here too with a whole new group of young ones.  Friends made, lessons learned, memories cherished.  That is what it is all about.  Till next year!

Manic Monday

Boy, these days just get away from us all.  It is Tuesday.  I'm a day late.  I try.  Here goes:

  • Painting our red school room a bluish gray
  • Testing kids this week for homeschool
  • Buying curriculums for next year
  • Getting next year's school year way better organized than this last semester 
  • Going to do a little homeschool over summer (not a lot but some)
  • Ready to go swimming again
  • Looking into local sports for kids
  • Picking up a kid that's been gone for a week
  • Digby's eye is better
  • Family may come for a visit
  • Girls need new bathing suits
  • Little Guy still not sleep much again
  • Transferring docs to one locally
  • Need to do our monthly shopping
  • Looking for mattress deals for some of our kids
  • Cancelled Alex's neuro appt.
  • May have guests coming over
  • Warren is looking at cars -- at some point, we are unfortunately going to need a new one (sucks b/c this one is PAID for)
  • Bojan and Little Guy will be going to prosthetist to get new legs/ SMO's.  
  • Looking forward to a reunion trip in June
More going on but need to get back to painting this room.  We need all primer done this evening so painting can happen tomorrow.  Three more kids need to do end of year testing tomorrow.  3 did it today.  Hate it for the ones who can't do it.  I mean what is the point of testing them?  Summer can't read.  At all.  Has to read test questions.  I'll read them to her but it literally will be just a guess.  I hate that.  Same with Nik.  Though he is starting to read, it is just starting so not capable of answering questions quite yet.   Hate being required to give tests that the kids simply can't do.  Did they learn this year?  YES!  On they on grade level?  NO.  I feel it was fantastic for Nik to know how to start reading (really, really reading) and doing basic multiplication.  Just feeling bummed I believe.  Over soon enough and onto other things.