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In search of a Spring garden.

I took the little kids to pick out some flowers at our local nursery and let me say that it was so much more expensive than Lowe’s.  I am all for shopping locally but, seriously, it was prohibitively expensive and we’re on a budget around here so I can’t drop $300 for the same thing I can get at Lowe’s for $75. I just can’t.

So we did what we could and I let each kid pick out two small flower pots at the local place and decided we’ll have to head over to Lowe’s to get the rest later.

Jesse only wanted blue flowers and when he found them he was finished.  Lucy could have wandered around the nursery all day long talking to herself about how much she loves all the colors and smells.  Maggie just wanted to reorganize all the pansies and bring home one of everything.

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Just looking at this picture reminds me of how much I spent on some simple flowers and makes me cringe just a little but these three had a lot of fun and you can’t put a pricetag on that, right?
Actually, I can. And I did. And it was ridiculous.

 

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How they do St. Patricks Day in Whoville.

Last year on this day I was in the hospital with Lanie, who was just 2 days old. She had bad jaundice, was not pooping well, had a wonky thyroid, unsettling sugar levels, and a rough echocardiogram.

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I’ve been thinking back on that day and I realize how far she has come. How far I have come.

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#theluckyfew is darn right.

A few days ago I told the kids that I was going to make them green pancakes for breakfast on St. Patricks Day. Then I woke up this morning and remembered that Gabe has cello lessons on Friday mornings so I promised the kids that I would make the green pancakes for lunch instead and that is what I did.

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Traditionally, I try to remember to buy the kids a box of Lucky Charms for March 17th, which I did, so I topped the pancakes with some syrup and added Lucky Charms marshmallows on top to keep the old tradition going strong and the whole thing turned out to look like something you’d see in a Dr. Suess story.

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The kids thought they were terrific, especially Jesse, who couldn’t stop talking about how amazing it looked and how great the color green was going to taste.

Pancakes with Lucky Charms on top for lunch was delicious, indeed.

I should also note that I went on a run today.

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Josh Sitton football camp take 2.

This past Saturday 4 of our boys were able to attend a free football camp at Catholic High in Pensacola for the second year in a row.  This is a camp where Josh Sitton (Green Bay Packer turned Chicago Bear and how does something like that even happen) comes and helps coach all the kids, giving them pointers, tips, and life encouragement. I don’t know the man personally but he seems like a really good guy who genuinely cares for these boys.

It was sponsored by the Blue Wahoos, our local baseball team because that makes so much sense.
(I couldn’t help the snark but really, we’re so thankful to the Wahoos for caring about their community and our kids!)

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The UWF football team gets involved too and each group of boys has a coach from the Argonauts working with them.

The quarterback was Matthew’s coach.

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Some of these kids were much older than the maximum age for the camp and that was disappointing but Matthew (far left standing up) held his own and did very well.

I don’t know much about Ben’s coach. Not sure what his position on the UWF team is.

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I’m sure when the season starts I’ll become more familiar with these specific players since my kids know them. Ben (Also far left standing up) had a great time and said he did much better than he did at last year’s camp.  He isn’t sure he wants to play football again though. He’s looking hard a tennis which would be so much better for me too because Ben had a bad hip sprain and a concussion (two different instances) last season and my heart can’t take it.

Sam had a great time too but he loves everything and could probably have fun having his teeth pulled. I’m not even kidding.

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He’s far left on the bottom row. I’m so proud of his spirit and love for life.

This was Jesse’s first football camp or football anything really.

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Jesse (left side with coach’s arm around him) was very confused about what was going on but had a smile plastered on his face the whole time.  He made quick friends with another kid and the spent their time rolling around on the ground and pretending to be dinosaurs.  I was 2 parts the mom trying to get his attention so I could tell him stop because there are no dinosaurs in football!, and 2 parts the mom trying to get a video or pictures of the what he was doing.  There were probably people talking about me and that’s too bad because I was completely unsuccessful at both getting his attention and collecting photographic evidence.

In the end, we went home with pictures of their time with Josh Sitton and the UWF football team, a belly full of pizza and Powerade, and pink cheeks because it was 65 degrees and I forgot for a minute that we were in Florida.

ProCamps puts these sports camps together all over the US. Professional athletes like Josh Sitton come out and work with our kids (often for free) and the children have so much fun. Make sure to look into it if you have kids who love sports.

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Still loving Florida

It’s been beautiful outside lately.  We did have a couple of tornado’s roll through last week, one going straight through the parking lot of my oldest daughter’s job, but nobody was hurt and the damage was minimal.
Since that storm the temperature has been hovering right around 70, with it likely pushing 75 this afternoon.  I know a lot of people like winter and cold weather and I get that (not really, that was a lie) but I appreciate warmer winter days so much.  The heat stays off, the windows are open, the kids get outside, and I can get some much needed cleaning done in the house.

Mopping a giant tile floor can be challenging when there are 11 people hovering around.

Here is Jesse planting some flowers in a little glass planter.

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He did a really good job and even cleaned up after himself.

Right now the older kids are off at work or otherwise engaged away from the house, and the younger ones are outside playing some sort of made up baseball-ish game with a plastic ball covered in pennies and blue tape.
I’ve learned not to ask questions.

I’m going to go now to see if I can get something done inside while they play outside.

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It’s high time for a little blog rambling.

A third of us are sick today.  Actually, by tomorrow this cold will have been a week old in our house and we’re still only half way through it.  I can’t really complain though.  Other than the fever that the younger half of kids have gotten it’s been relatively mild.  Last winter somebody in our house was sick every single day but this year we’ve only suffered through two colds.  One more robust cold just before Christmas, and now this one, which is not nearly as severe.

I have learned that turmeric is an amazing cough suppressant, just FYI.  We mix about 1/4 tsp or less turmeric with Celestial Seasonings’ sleepytime sinus tea, honey, and the slightest dash of pepper, and it quells the kids’ coughs for a few hours.  I guess the pepper helps to activate the turmeric or something.
Maggie doesn’t like tea and she’s just now getting the cough so I’m going to try a little warm honey milk with turmeric in it.

I would like to stop and lament about our weather here for a second.  50’s is cold for us Floridians, people.  I may have only lived here for 7 1/2 years but I was raised in Charleston, S.C. where the weather is only a tad cooler.   I was not made to be an Eskimo.
My poor fingers.  My aching toes.
All this global warming and whatnot is failing me.

I have more to say.  So much more than colds and cold weather is going on around here but I feel the need to post pictures with those posts and my older two kids are busy, busy, busy and I never seem to be ready with the camera when they are around.

I’ll make a note in my journal to take pictures.
I started a bullet journal on January 1st and have been consistent with it for 8 days now.  That’s like a record or something, right?

And this boy turns seven tomorrow.

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My sweet, quiet, dinosaur loving Jesse Wayne.

I guess that’s it for today’s rambling.
Until tomorrow…

 

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First thing in the morning…

Jesse kicks behind at Monopoly.

Today is day two of what is looking to become a never ending game of Monopoly.

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He’s only 6 years old but once the boy understands the rules of a game he really gives the older kids a run for their money.  He appears to be exceptionally good at strategy and I’m wondering if he could hold his own at Catan.

I’m not sure who he gets it from but it certainly isn’t me.

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The Lucy and Jesse show #4.

It’s hard to capture Lucy and Jesse just being Lucy and Jesse together but this video is a fairly close representation of their relationship.

Enjoy.

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I had a long day today and Maggie has been off and on fussy and feverish since 12:30am and I am exhausted but we had leftover coconut chocolate goosefoot cake after our friend’s shrimp fry today and that really made the whole day a win.

That and teaching Jesse and Lucy how to fry up some green tomatoes.

If you think a 3 and 5 year old can’t really cook much in the kitchen just come over and watch my kids and learn that you’re pretty much right.  I’m not going to pretend like they are professional chefs or anything because that would be a lie.  However, they did learn to fry green tomatoes and actually did a few slices all by themselves.

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And nobody burnt themselves or anything, not even me.

Jesse was so surprised and proud of himself.  Lucy was just as bossy as ever.

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Like I said, they did great helping to coat and fry the tomatoes, but also decided to hit the counter and the floor with egg and almond flour too.  It is a pretty big mess, cooking with littles.  And they’re so much more adept at making the mess than cleaning it up.

 

 

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It’s so worth it though.  They were so happy to get to help and the fried green tomatoes were a perfectly delicious way to end a tired day.

 

 

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On a side note, my children do not have spray tans, nor are they jaundice, nor do I let them roll in doritos.  The colors in the pictures are just all wonky.

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Jesse has hit the half a decade mark.

Sweet, sweet, calm Jesse.  My number 7.  My 6th boy.

This little guy has such a quietness about him.  He’s friendly and good and is always wanting to make sure he’s doing the right thing.
He loves dinosaurs and cars and Minecraft and ninjas and things that fly.  And his puppy. Which he’s affectionately named, Puppy.

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And guess what?  Jesse is five!

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Yesterday was Jesse’s fifth birthday. Kait took some time with him and got some amazing pictures of his adorable little face.

We asked him what he wanted for dinner and Jesse answered, without hesitation, cereal.  Kait and I looked at each other and said at the same time, well, that’ll be easy, and we picked up a bunch of sugary goodness from the breakfast isle at the commissary.  We were all happy to have breakfast for dinner last night.  It was fun.

Kait made him a strawberry ice cream cake while I wrapped his present and created clues for our traditional birthday treasure hunt.

He got the exact green dinosaur he wanted.

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It was a pretty big deal.

Poppa and Nona sent him some money as well, and he’s already planning on adding it to his Christmas gift card from Nana to get the orange T-rex.

It’s a weird combination, the tinge of pain I get when I think about how much I love watching him grow.

I love you, Jesse!
Happy birthday little dude. Don’t grow up too fast. Keep playing and smiling and brightening up our days.
You are so precious to all of us and I know God has such great plans for your future.
Love,
Mama

P.S.  I honestly don’t know how things would go around here if I didn’t have an awesome almost 19 year old daughter.  She really is a blessing.

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