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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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The library and back again. A large family tale.

We went to the library today.  We haven’t been in years, not that we haven’t tried.  For some reason the library tends to call to us to make a visit on days when it’s closed for unscheduled librarian meetings or book inventory or we forget our proof of residency requirements. Again.

Today, however, we hit the jackpot.

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Not only was the library open, but we were able to get library cards and check out books.

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And the place was almost empty because public school was in session and homeschooling definitely has its perks in times like this.

Lucy was so confused by how the library worked.  I think she was trying to look at as many books as possible before we left because she didn’t realize that when I said we could borrow any books she wanted to read, she thought I meant just while we were there.  I figured it out after her 7th or 8th book and told her that she could pick some to take home.  Her intensity immediately calmed, she picked out 4 books to take home, then started showing Lanie some board books.

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Lanie was particularly fond of one particular book and spent about 5 minutes completely enthralled with it.

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She used up every bit of her energy on the little starfish page, which is funny because that’s one of her nicknames.

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Then melted into a pile of exhaustion, nursed for a few minutes, and fell asleep, which was appropriate because today is National Public Sleeping Day and we were in a public library and she was sleeping. I should have gotten a picture.

Matthew found a book quickly, then Maggie snapped him up to read something to her.

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Sam and Jesse were all but silent the entire time. Seriously. I showed Jesse where the dinosaur books were and he was content to quietly look at all of them one by one and Sam sat and read one book, the first in a new series he’s now excited about, the entire time we were there.

Other than Maggie being noisy and wanting to check out every single book in the juvenile section and stacking them in great piles while I was distracted by reading a ridiculous book to Lucy about a kid who ordered a penguin from Santa Claus (I’m sorry Librarian and I hope we got them put away properly), we had no anomalies while we were out and about. Unless you count our Whataburger experience. We don’t eat out often but when we do they never get our order right so a gold star goes to Whataburger for getting it correct the first time today.

And we’ve been home for about 2 hours now and I think we’ve managed not to destroy any borrowed materials yet so that’s new.

Before I go, I would like to make a public statement that I am firmly against not being able to check out reference books because when a teenage boy who has already graduated high school wants a math textbook for fun, you let him have a math textbook. And Ben wanted the Guinness Book of World Records but no, it was for in-library use only. I call foul on that one. What a dumb rule.

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31 for 21 Day 22. Life is normal.

Since having Lanie I’ve run across many online discussions where people imagine that families who have a child with Down syndrome can’t live normal lives or do normal things but that really isn’t true at all.

Matthew is number 4. His team lost tonight and that was hard but we were all able to go watch the game and cheer him on.

It was cold and we’ve discovered that Lanie is much happier in cooler 55-degree weather. I’m not, which is why I don’t have a picture of her from the game. My hands froze over early in the evening so here’s a picture from yesterday where Lanie was talking with Gabe.


I know this post was supposed to be about physical therapy tools but that’ll have to wait. It was a long day and I’m just too tired.

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Bubble ball. It’s a thing. For real.

Bubble ball.  It’s a sport where people run around with bubbles over their heads.  I can’t even make this stuff up, people.

I mentioned a few posts ago about Matthew’s football conditioning practice video.  Rabbit had it on his phone and finally got it to me yesterday so here it is.

This definitely looks like fun.  Matthew said it was awesome and he would very much like to do it again.

I have learned a lot about Bubble ball today.  There is an entire soccer-like sport out there where all the players wear these.  Adult men. In bubbles.  Running around kicking a ball and sumo-slamming each other.  I find the whole thing absolutely hilarious.

No conditioning camp this week and the kids are off of school so I’m going to go try to get some organizing done.

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Cleaning the bathrooms is one of those jobs that is never, ever finished in this house.  All 3 of them seem to be in constant use and I am regularly hanging up towels and wiping up pee from the toilet seat and behind the toilet seat and on the sides of the bowl and the floor.

This is what 6 boys gets me.  Pee.  Lots of pee.

It’s worth it.  But it’s not my favorite.

And then there is this:

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You guessed it.  Giant spitballs.

I asked Rabbit You wanna take a guess at who put those there?  We both said Matthew at the same time and then I went and asked my kids and Matthew(13) kind of giggled and admitted that he had tried to sneak in and hit Joe(18) with a big wad of wet toilet paper by tossing them over the curtain while he was taking a shower.  Then Ben(11) saw it and he tried it too.  They both missed and that is how I ended up with giant spit balls on the wall of the bathroom.

Matthew thought it was hilarious that his father and I both immediately guessed that he was the culprit.  Then he went and cleaned them up without being asked.

My kids think they are very funny.

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I still have my other kids

There has been so much going on with Lanie that I’ve neglected to post much about the 9 other children running around here so here’s a cute picture of some of them.

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Maggie’s duck face…  Kait taught her to do that.
Funny not funny.

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We have some friends visiting from out of town this week.  He is a pilot who went through flight school with Rabbit and he’s here for some training thing.  He and his wife have the most adorable 5 children and so we set our rec room up as a sort of studio apartment so they had a comfortable place to stay while they are here.

I asked Matthew to please set up some pieces of our modular sofa into a double bed for the adults.  I said to put the pieces the long way to make the bed longer.  I guess he didn’t understand what I was saying because went I went out into the rec room to finish picking up a bit and to put some sheets on the couch-bed to find this:

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Apparently Matthew was expecting one very tall person.
I couldn’t stop laughing.  I showed Rabbit and he said, Well, you did tell him to set the pieces up with the long ends together.

Obviously this isn’t what I meant.

While I think the company that makes these is awful to deal with, our Sactional modular couch really is awesome because whether you have 12 people in your family, or you are 12 feet tall you can make yourself an appropriately sized couch or bed.

I need to change my header don’t I.

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First things first

Before even changing out of their pajamas my boys have taken to practicing their violins.

I had been warned to expect a whole lot of ear piercing squeaking and whatnot in the first year of Matthew and Sam learning the violin but after just a few months of lessons that is down to a minimum and tunes are becoming recognizable.

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Don’t judge me on the bad picture quality. Or judge me. I really don’t care either way. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’ll never be a photographer. My legacy on this blog will be a series of crappy pictures that tell the story of a really awesome life.

And I’m quite okay with that.

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Matthew tried to bake muffins but made fire instead.

Yesterday Matthew(11) wanted to make some muffins from scratch.  He’s shown himself to be pretty competent in the kitchen so I printed him out a recipe and he got started mixing flour and sugar as I ran out the door on a last minute errand.  Kait was here to supervise and answer any questions so I felt fine leaving the house for a half hour.

Everything was fine.  I did not receive any emergency texts saying the house was on fire or anything even though I probably should have because they freaking set the house on fire while I was gone.

Okay, not the house, exactly, but the oven.  They set the oven on fire.

Matthew.  My precious, bright eyed baby boy.

He mistook 3/4 cup sugar for 3 cups sugar.  But this wasn’t the issue.  The issue was the 3 tablespoons of baking powder.  The recipe called for  3 teaspoons baking powder.

I walked in the door and could smell the distinct odor of burnt cookies.  Kait told me that there had been a fire in the oven and somebody, I think it was Ben, commented thankfully we were able to save the muffins.

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They started eating the custard-like mess from the bottom of the muffin cups.  I guess it wasn’t a total waste.

Lucy(4) was so disappointed about the lack of actual muffins though.  This morning while she was peeling an orange she requested out of the blue, Mom, please don’t let Matthew use too much baking powder today when he makes pupcakes again.

It struck me odd that she recalled it being too much baking powder in the muffins that ruined them.  That girl has got some kind of memory for sure.

Matthew saw me writing this post and said he was going to go attempt to make muffins again.  I will not be running any errands.  As a matter of fact, I should probably get off this computer so I can pay closer attention.

 

 

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Wallpaper is my nemesis.

We’ve lived in this house for about 10 months now and have finally gotten to a point where we are ready to tackle a few projects.  The house has been seriously taken care of so I figured our mini-remodels would go super smoothly.

Hahaha.

The first thing I wanted to do was paint the kitchen. Simple.  Easy.  Cheap.  Quick.  I really don’t like color yellow so my plan was to give it a quick coat of white paint just to get the kitchen remodel started.  Turns out, no.

As it would turn out, the bright yellow kitchen walls are actually painted wallpaper because, really, nothing can just be easy right?

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So, Matthew(11) and I ripped the wallpaper down in about 2 days, which took with it some paint and pieces of drywall so now my quick painting job has turned into a some sort of construction project where I get to scrape and clean and putty and texture and I don’t even know how to do some of those things.

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Wallpaper, people.
Wallpaper.

 

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