Summ, Summ, Summertime!

Summ, Summ, Summertime!

   Our school year is wrapping up! And our summer school is getting ready to kick into high gear. Yep. It’s shaping up to be a busy summer. I have one kiddo who will be taking Latin over this summer, another who will be studying for the PSAT, and another who I will be working with on a daily basis. My 3rd grader will be doing some online school over the summer, just to make sure that she is all ready for 4th grade. Also, while the pace is a little slower, I am hoping to do some fun activities with my preschooler. During the school year he is often sitting at my feet playing cars or off building train tracks. I want to have some special time with him, painting, making play doh, making an alphabet book, reading and playing.  And of course, there will be music and gardening. My nine-year-old will be going to her first fiddle competition in June. There will be a visit from my mom, a work conference/beach vacation, our homeschool co-op family camp, cookouts, and occasional  afternoons sitting by the pool with friends, and hopefully some reading time for me. My oldest daughter will have her first real job this summer. She will be cleaning at a nearby inn twice a week.

   
We are going to take a two week break between the end of school and the beginning of summer school. The first week is set aside for some major cleaning. I am going to do a major house purge. I’ll be focusing on kids’ rooms and my school room, but every room needs it. It has already begun.

   One bedroom has been decluttered, Many legos have been donated. Containers have been thrown away! Remaining Legos are now being stored on a giant play mat that closes up into a bag and it placed in the closet after playing. That child has been informed that any legos found on the floor will go directly to the trash. (Yes, I’m mean like that!)

   My oldest daughter, who is in charge of all the kids’ laundry, has been instructed to aggressively donate clothes that are too small and unworn, and to throw away ripped and stained clothing. I went through the living room and cleaned out the coat closet and got rid of a lot of clutter. That room has been the one room that almost always looks de-cluttered. I did the same in the kitchen, but it is already  looking cluttered again. Clearly I am going to have to be a little more aggressive in there. It’s much easier to clean when I don’t have to move clutter from one place to another.

  I can’t remember the name of the show that I used to watch, but they would go into someone’s house and remove everything. They would have a pile of stuff to keep, a pile to sell and a pile of trash. The keep pile usually ended up being the smallest pile. I need to do that! Basically, we end up with so much “stuff’. I have to clean and organize that stuff. It’s very time consuming! I just want to live simply, have what we need and live in a clutter free environment. So, if anyone wants to come help me drag all my stuff outside into piles, come on over! I’m too busy for a yard sale, so you can take whatever you want from my sell pile.

    The second week off will hopefully involve a little fun. We talked about taking a trip, but we are leaning against that now. We may do a few day trips. We love going to Cincinnati. We enjoy the zoo and there is a mall there that I love. It has a Pottery Barn, a Crate and Barrel and a Container Store! Need I say more? (I will not re-clutter, I will not re-clutter..) We are also talking about taking the kids to Kings Island. We haven’t been there in years.

   After that, it’s back to work. My husband is working pretty much every day this summer, other than the week he will take off for his conference in July.  

  So, that’s our summer! It sounds doable, right? Will it play out like I have it planned out in my head? We shall see!

 

Morning Date and a Birthday Girl

Morning Date and a Birthday Girl

I woke up at 5:30 this morning and decided to go ahead and get up. To my surprise, my husband joined me. I made coffee and he used up the last of our firewood to build us a fire. We had a blissfully quiet hour and a half to sit, talk and pray together. What a lovely start to the day.

On the agenda for today is school, laundry and cleaning. Tonight the girls and I are going to a  concert for Meredith’s birthday.

I still can’t believe that my  first baby is turning fifteen tomorrow! I can’t believe that this girl that started out at 5 pounds 11 ounces is now taller than me! I am so proud of her. She has a beautiful heart. She loves God and she loves people. She is strong and smart and passionate. Part of me wants to put the breaks on so that she can be my little girl forever. But, I am also so excited to see God’s plans for her life unfold.

Well, I am off to a late start, so I better get everyone up and get this day started. Here we go!

More Monday Tidbits

More Monday Tidbits

 Well, the fighting didn’t stop. Those two went at it all day long! They are finally in bed and all is quiet.

  We went to Marshall’s and found Crocs on sale for $15. My littlest guy has practically brand new crocs and I had no intention of buying him another pair. This kid is a shoe fanatic (Pants? Not so much),and he pitched a screaming fit when he found out that he wasn’t getting new crocs. Thank you to the nice store employee who came over and said, “Oh don’t cry, Honey, and maybe Mommy will buy you a toy.” I smiled sweetly and said, “Nope.” My daughter chimed in, “We don’t get toys when we throw a fit. We get spankings.” The poor woman looked stunned and walked away. He stopped crying. He patted me and said, “I’m not going to cry anymore.”  And he didn’t. 

And, that’s the end for today. I am tired! 

 

Sibling Chemistry and Other Monday Tidbits

Sibling Chemistry and Other Monday Tidbits

Ugh! It’s been one of those mornings where my eight and ten-year-olds seem to be arch enemies. They have been learning about the periodic table, so I tried to explain the way they are behaving in chemistry terms. My daughter immediately recognized that she is the reactor. We declared that my son is a base with an antogonistic edge. Science people, what kind of base would that be?
I put them both to work cleaning up the kitchen, and they seem to have moved past fighting and are discussing legos. Let’s hope that the fighting is over! We are planning a trip to the library and croc shopping, for our upcoming vacation. I’m hoping for no eruptions!
Yesterday was busy with church, visiting, cooking and the concert. It was all good, but I sure am tired. My thirteen-year-old is completely exhausted. Poor fella. I sent him to Mars Hill today with notes for two of his teachers. He about had a tearful panic attack when he discovered an untaken Math test in his backpack this morning.  I calmly wrote a note explaining the situation. In the past, I would have freaked out right along with him,  I would have worried how about him failing to take the test would have reflected on “Me”. My poor kids have put up with a lot because of my insecurities over the years.
This week will be another busy one with friends coming for dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a fun little treat that is planned for Thursday after co-op. On Friday us girls are going to hear the Von Trapp family singers for my daughter’s fifteenth birthday. I am looking forward to that.
Now it’s off to get the little kids to help me with a little act of kindness for their frazzled and exhausted big brother. We are going to clean his room. 🙂
Have a beautiful day!

Sunday

Sunday

The brunch yesterday morning was so much fun! It was a time for the women from my church and few of our friends to be together and fellowship. The food was Uh-mazin (As my daughter would say.) The conversations were sweet. We absolutely need to do this on a more regular basis.

The most fun part came at the very end when we had to team together to push a minivan that was stuck in the mud. That was a memory maker for sure! I laugh every time I think about it. My husband didn’t laugh when he saw the yard, but it’ll grow back. Right?

Yesterday I also went and got my hair done. I’d take a picture, but I have bed head right now. I got there a little early, so I ran into Marshall’s. I was looking for a napkin holder for my table and I found a nice one. As I was leaving, I found some peacock stuff. I have a peacock bedspread and I have been wanting to work that motif into my room a little more. That is besides the point though, because this was kitchen stuff. However, my bedroom is right beside my kitchen, so I decided to expand the peacock kingdom. I needed something new for my buffet and it was perfect. I did not buy the dishes, but rather a few accent pieces. I came home and set it all up. Joshua was impressed. I told him that they had dishes that I didn’t buy, because we don’t need dishes. To this he replied, “I think we might need some.” We really don’t. I put away all of my breakable dishes a while back and invested in a ton of white corelle. Maybe he is bored with the white. Or, maybe he just likes to spoil me. He’s a sweet and generous man.

This morning we will be going to church. Afterwords my husband will take the two older kids to their “Young adult” meeting, and then he will take my son to orchestra. Meanwhile, my new friend Jeni is coming home with me for lunch and garden planning. We are going to have a big garden here on my farm. We have the space and she has the skill. It should be a lot of fun, and a very productive way to build a friendship.

After that, I am making Pioneer Woman’s baked ziti for our home fellowship tonight.We will stop in at home fellowship for a few minutes, and then we will be off to my son’s concert. Whew! Busy, busy, busy!

Well, that was a whole lot of rambling. Now it’s time to wake some kids up so that some Latin homework can be completed before church. As my friend Elizabeth always says, Onward and upward! Have a great day.

Don’t Lose Me

Don’t Lose Me

I just posted two old blogs that I wrote as we were in the process of adding our “baby” to our family. He’s four-years-old now and is a bundle of fun. He’s wild and silly, very affectionate, and naughty. Three years later and I still can’t believe he’s mine.

Those posts reminded me of something that he said the other day. He’s been going through a bit of an insecure phase. I have noticed with my children that have been adopted a little older that they hit a place like this at around three or four. He cries when I leave him, even with teachers that he is familiar with. He gets scared when he cannot see me or somebody in the immediate family. I know that he can’t really remember being abandoned at the hospital, or he can’t remember those months with nobody but NICU nurses to look after him. I know that he probably doesn’t even remember being moved from his loving foster family to ours. But, there is an insecurity there nonetheless.  In recent weeks he has said things like, “You are my mom.” I am not sure if he was reminding me, himself or just making a statement. I always respond with, “Yep! I’m your mom. Forever and ever!” I sense that he needs that reassurance.

What he said the other night melted my heart. He crawled in bed with me. He was holding my hand and as he was dozing off he said, “Mommy, don’t lose me.” I hugged him and kissed him and promised him that I never would, and that I would be his mommy forever. I love him so.