Wednesday, June 19, 2013


The kids have continued to pull many strips of paper out of our jar the last few days and we are beginning to see some of the fruits of the ideas.  Patches of our garden are weed free.  The train set has seen some major restructuring.  Our bath tub has had some serious bubble action.  And our office has been visited by many budding artists and writers.

A couple of days ago, Anthony and I found notes that Adele had written us during one her oh-so-productive writing sessions...

Uh, so I think I should explain that the scaring has to do with me jumping out from behind things, not a freaking out mad thing. ;)

I think Anthony said it best when he saw his and said, "Well, can't say I can argue with any of it."

Saturday, June 15, 2013


So last night I decided that I was done with the I-don't-know-what-to-do's in the house.  We were sitting at the dinner table and inspiration struck.  I got up, got a sharpie and a piece of paper and asked everyone to start listing off things that they can do around the house.

There were some play ones...
  • play leggos
  • build new train track
  • take a bath (yes, that is a form of play in our house)
  • use sidewalk chalk
  • do a puzzle
Some exercise-ish ones...
  • run around the house 5x
  • play Just Dance
  • jump on the trampoline
  • shoot baskets
Some school-ish ones...
  • make someone a pic
  • write for at least 20 mins.
  • read a book
Some chores...
  • wash off chalk in treehouse (we have chalkboard paint on all the walls in there)
  • sort tupperware
  • clean all shoe cubbies
  • dust the stairs
  • clean your room
  • organize your drawers
  • clean table area (in kitchen)
  • clean the basement
  • clean your bathroom
  • fill a bucket with weeds
And some of mommy's favorites...
  • take a nap
  • rub mom's feet (hehehe)

I put them all in a jar...

Now whenever someone comes to me and says they are bored or don't know what to do, they can pick something out of the jar.  The rule is that whatever you draw out you have to go do until you either complete it or 20 minutes have gone by, only exceptions are when I have exceptions.  Yup.

Right now the kids love it and keep coming up to me with big smiles on their faces, telling me how bored they are.  And so now our shoe cubbies are clean, Adele and Elise's bathrooms are clean, Lucy made Anthony a picture for Father's Day, Nate is working on a puzzle....

And I'm peacefully hanging out with this guy...

Not sure how long this will last, but it is working for now and sometimes that is the definition of sane parenting!

Friday, June 7, 2013

A berry good start to the summer.

Well, we are adjusting to life with all seven of us at home full time for the summer.  The beginning "mandatory" arguments have been had and we are beginning to hit more of a stride.  And with the rain finally beginning to chill out a little, we are enjoying some beautiful weather too.

The garden, although the tomatoes and peppers took an early hit with the cold and need to be replanted, has been blooming beautifully and we are already enjoying the lettuce on hamburgers and BLTs.

And yesterday we decided to head to a local strawberry patch and with six of us picking, we came home with quite the load!

two of these bad boys!

We already have been enjoying fresh strawberries with every meal and I also made a strawberry rhubarb pie...

the K was in honor of our dear friend, Kristen, who is!

and some strawberry rhubarb jam that we put on some biscuits this morning.

Yep.  We are on our way to a great summer.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Our Dancing Flower.

So this spring we stepped into uncharted recitals.

We often ask at Christmas for grandparents to give something like dance or gymnastics classes.  (Read: stuff that doesn't clutter up my house.)  Usually the classes last about 3 months and are recital free, but this year we hit a snag with Lucy's class as the only one that fit our schedule was all spring and ended with a recital.

Oh my word, she was just too cute!  None of the pictures or video from the actual recital really turned out to be anything worth posting, but I did happen to take some video during the dress rehearsal.  Check out the little pink flower all the way on the right!!

Can someone please tell me why they don't put the smallest kids in the front?!  Oh well, she looked adorable and I am still a smiley, teary mess when I watch it.