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What happened while I had a weekend

I wrote this post this morning but I needed to add pictures but Lanie woke up cranky and with an incredibly stuffy nose and I wasn’t able to get the pictures uploaded.  Now it is almost 8 pm and I fixed Lanie’s nose and ran and went to a Labor Day pool party and came home and put Lanie down for a very late nap and made dinner and got the pictures uploaded and the moment you have all been waiting for has arrived. You’re welcome.


Today is Labor Day. and while Labor Day is just a day off for many people, for my kids it’s the highlight of the year or something because all the little ones came running up to me shouting Mom! Happy Labor Day! when I got up this morning. I have never heard anybody say happy labor day before so this was unusual.

We are going to a friend’s house to swim and maybe that has something to do with it.

Over the weekend we had many plans to work on the kitchen and finish the table and clean out the closet but none of that happened.  The kitchen has been put aside in favor of getting our table done so we can use it again because all these kids eating on the floor in the living room is no longer working for me.

The table is almost finished. I’ve been saying almost for about 2 weeks now but I think almost is finally actually here. Just a couple more coats of urethane and it should ready to use.

The kitchen will get there. It’s just not happening as fast as I had thought it would because every time we get back to it something else needs to be done.

And I completely ignored the closet in favor of…  I don’t know. I don’t remember what I did instead.  Maybe I was cooking or something.  I feel like I am always cooking.

After church Rabbit washed the cars yesterday and that was super awesome and then he took the kids to the ball field.

We’re more of a football family and have never really played much baseball so Rabbit spent some time giving pointers on how to pitch and bat.

The boys were all like, Woah, Dad, you’re really good! Did you play on a team when you were younger or something?

Rabbit puffed his chest out a bit and answered them.  Yeah, I played a bit of Little League back in the day.

We only have three gloves so while some played ball, the others went to climb around and swing at the playground.

If you ask Maggie what she’s doing she’ll always, always, always reply, not swinging high enough!

I wish I had been able to go but Lanie was sleeping. Also, cooking food without children asking me 100 questions about what I am doing and why I am doing it and will there be mushrooms in it againThe opportunity to cook alone was just was too enticing.

Today’s tip: My kids like cauliflower rice better than actual rice so I make fried rice with cauliflower instead of rice. Last night we had bacon friend cauliflower rice and today everybody has gas.  I don’t know what my tip here is but I’m just saying, if you feed your kids cauliflower rice watch out.

 

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I woke up at 6 am yesterday morning. This may not seem super early to most of you but for me this is like a 6am-er waking up at 3. Lanie doesn’t usually fall asleep until after midnight and as hard as I’ve tried to change her bedtime she just keeps reminding me that Lanie does what Lanie wants and the rest of us here are just along for the ride.

Also, since being sick she has gotten into the new habit of waking up to eat at night. Sometimes twice. Normally, my typical children would have never gotten away with this at 17 months old but Lanie is a different story. Anytime she will eat, I will feed her because failure to thrive is one of the scariest things and she still has trouble gaining weight and when she does gain weight it is difficult to keep that weight on her.

Back to my story…

So, I woke up at 6am after having gone to bed at around 12:45 and after being up with Lanie for more than 2 hours in the night and tucking Maggie back in after she had to get up to go potty and I would like to interject here that I love not having to buy pullups anymore.

I think I probably got about 3 1/2 hours of sleep. Normally that is fine and I function alright but it’s been many weeks of bad sleep and yesterday I was mostly sleep walking which was perfect because this was delivered at about 7am.

We needed to put all those squares of grass here:

So I made a bacon and spinach quiche for breakfast and then went on a run and then went out to see this:

And I realized that this was going to take forever.

Good thing the weather was a nice 70 degrees. Perfect for a long day working in the yard.

Until about here.

All of the sudden it was 95 degrees and super humid. All the kids were out working in full force, along with one of the older boy’s friends (Thanks, Danny!).

But these guys just pushed through while I made food and took care of the littles and took pictures of marginal quality.

Maggie really wanted to help so she put on her “work clothes”, which consisted of an oversized pink t-shirt and a long pink skirt.

Laying sod required a lot of wheelbarrowing. Or barreling according to my younger kids.

Some people may have died.

But the transformation was amazing.

We miscalculated and still need two more pallets of but sod even with that section not being completed I am so happy with the yard and I can’t believe we actually have grass!

Next project? Paint the bathrooms. Or maybe edge and put red mulch down in the front garden. Or maybe print some pictures out for the plain white walls throughout my house.

No, finish the table!

Wait, cabinets…

I’m going to have an anxiety attack.

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Lately it’s been all about the dinosaurs.

One of my younger kids’ favorite activities is cutting construction paper with scissors and pasting the pieces together to create dinosaurs.  I don’t know why it’s specifically dinosaurs but it is always dinosaurs.

Yesterday, just after showing me yet another construction paper dinosaur Sam asked where I keep the pins and I said I love your dinosaurs but you are not pinning them all over my walls.

The kids seemed to respect my desire to not have 500 tiny holes in all of my walls. However, unbeknownst to me they had started brainstorming about other ways to hang their dinos.  Since I had earlier vetoed the tape everything to everything idea, they opted to just use paste.

Gabe (16): Mom, are you aware that there are a bunch of dinosaurs glued to the walls and doors all over the house?

Me: What do you mean?

Gabe: I mean that the little kids are making many dinosaurs and gluing them to the walls.

I was rocking a fussy baby at the time and I didn’t get any pictures before I had them remove the quickly drying creations and for that, I am sorely disappointed in myself. I guess you’ll just have to trust me when I say that it was for real a historically accurate portrayal of The Land Before Time up in here.

Today I’ve decided that we’ll be taking a break from cutting paper and gluing all the things so now the kids have turned off all the lights in the house and they are playing some sort of ninja/manhunt game with flashlights and Nerf guns because it’s storming outside. They’ve even roped Gabe into the game and that is helpful because he tends to be good at keeping things from getting too out of control.

I think I’ll just hide out in my room with Lanie while she naps.

It is too quiet though. Not sure if I should be worried or just keep hiding and hope for the best.

Edit: As soon as I hit publish there was a loud eruption of laughing and confused conversation so I think we’re all good here.

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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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Are you ready for some football?

wp-1469201941619.jpgYesterday I took Sam to pick up his football gear because Rabbit was at the football fields with Matthew who was in some giant bubble running into other kids in giant bubbles because that is what football practice is all about now, I guess.

There is a video and I’ll share it when Rabbit sends it to me.  It’s pretty funny.

Anyway, we only have three in football this year, all on different teams, as opposed to 4 last year, also all on different teams, because Gabe(15) decided to get a job and graduate high school early instead of moving onto high school ball.

Football season is very busy around here for sure, but we love it.

I already can’t wait for November though.  That’s weird, right?

GO PACE PATRIOTS!

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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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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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Sam asked to take a picture with me today and I said okay and grabbed my camera while he quickly donned his swim mask and snorkel because that’s the kind of thing Sam does.

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And this is why we never say no to pictures with Sam.

Also, hashtag photobomb.

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Sam: Mom, if I have enough for sodas and cheeseburgers I’m going to buy everybody a toy.

Me: You’re buying toys if you have enough money for sodas and cheeseburgers?

Sam: Um… Yes.

Rabbit: Everybody gets toys?

Sam: And sodas and cheeseburgers.

Rabbit: You should run for president.

Kait: No.  You should run for Oprah.  You get a toy, and you get a toy, and you get a toy…  YOU ALL GET TOYS!  

Sam: Wha…???…

Kait:  SAM FOR OPRAH!

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We turned our heat on for the first time this season on Saturday.  Then we turned the air back on on Sunday. Then Monday evening I switched it from cool to heat because I knew we were supposed to freeze up overnight.

Florida is freaking confused, people.

Yesterday morning I woke up to the sound of cold weather killing the power, which is actually no sound at all. We sleep with a fan on in our room because Rabbit and I both sleep best with a little white noise and the sound of the fan turning off is what brought me out of my slumber. No electricity is fine with me as mornings around here are not usually filled with things that require power.

Except that it was 24 degrees outside and I needed heat and coffee and both of those things require electricity.

I texted Rabbit at work to lament and he suggested I start a fire in the fire pit and make coffee the old fashioned way.  I asked him if he actually meant for me to go outside and told him that wouldn’t be happening because I’ve seen The Day After Tomorrow and I know what can happen.

It all turned out okay in the end because the electricity came back on after an hour or so and the heat kicked on and I was able to enjoy not one, but two cups of hot coffee and they were delicious.  Three hours later we got a recorded call from housing explaining that our power was down and they were working on getting it restored but didn’t know how long it would take.

Good job on the timeliness of that one, Balfour Beatty.

After the boys finished their school work Kait walked them all down to the beach where they found, and I quote, A portal to Antarctica.  They never made it the last twenty yards to the beach because this little area filled with ice was everything they could have ever asked for from a freakishly cold winter-like day in supposed-to-be-warm-all-the-time Florida.

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We don’t keep a lot of winter gear around for obvious reasons.  We have some hoodies and knit gloves and hats but we really aren’t well equipped for that once in a blue moon icy day we get here in Florida. The kids complained about the cold all while choosing to be outside in it at the same time.

Kait got some excellent pictures telling a pretty cool story about how the ice formed on some palms and some grassy plants. Doesn’t the middle one look like an ice berry?  She said that should couldn’t fit her hand around many of those icy growths.

Today it’s warmed up to the low 50’s – still too cold by this southern girl’s standards.  By the weekend we should be back up into the 70’s again and you know I’m happy about that.

Maybe we’ll be able to hit the beach sometime next week.

Yeah.

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