Thursday, July 30, 2009

I'm still alive!

I know, I know... I keep saying that I will post more, that I will post more pictures, that I'll share our recipes and menu plans, and update on how everyone is doing and all of that, and.... ::::deep breath:::: Then life gets in the way.

We haven't really gone anywhere exciting or done anything out of the ordinary. We've been swimming almost every day in my god mother's pool. I've been making sure the littles do their workbook assignments every day (much to Cecilia's chagrin). Tomorrow they will all finish up Section 2 of their Summer Bridge work and their prize will be a trip to Yogurtland! (That's truly as much a reward for me as it is for them... getting them to complete their simple 2-page assignment is often like pulling teeth.)

We've been working more on the remodeling projects for the kids' bedrooms. The girls' room itself is almost done. Much of the work left to do for that room is primarily furniture related, since I want all of their furniture to be white... Which is a scary concept in itself with 3 very active girls sharing a small room. Hopefully I will get to post pictures of the finished rooms soon!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday

What am I thankful for this week?

I am thankful that my husband has a steady, reliable job. We have been through the uncertainty and worry of unemployment, and I am very thankful we are not facing that struggle in this economy.

I am thankful that we had a good weekend vacation. We didn't really plan it out, just kind of went with the flow and it was lovely.

I am thankful that my godparents are so generous about the use of their pool, as the kids and I have enjoyed it every day for the last three days.

Monday, July 13, 2009

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I am falling so behind on this blog! We have been pretty busy...

We took the kids here:

Ralph B. Clark Regional Park (not my kids!)

We found 4 more Geocaches.

We made spin art.

We celebrated the 4th of July and had a BBQ. We watched the fireworks from our front yard.

The 4 littles went to VBS and boarded the Boomerang Express.

We went to Big Bear for the weekend. We planned on camping, but all of the campsites were taken except for ones way out in the sticks... As in we literally drove over dirt roads for two hours amidst screaming kids and nearly getting stuck in loose dirt and rocks before saying "Forget it!" and heading back into town to find a cabin for the night. We visited hubby's grandma, took her out to lunch, and bought and replaced the lights in her garage for her. We browsed through the shops the next morning, visited the arcade, and then went down the Alpine Slide. Cecilia was terrified of the ski lift, but had a great time on the slide and would love to go a thousand more times.

I think that pretty much sums up the last couple of weeks. Maybe I will be better at updating my blog more regularly, but I doubt it. ;) Thanks for sticking in there if you are still reading!

Menu Plan:


Crockpot pot roast with fauxtatoes, mashed potatoes and peas for the kids.

Top sirloin fajitas with whole wheat tortillas.

Carne asada with chile rellenos and homemade salsa.

BBQ chuck steak with steamed asparagus.

Beef kabobs with bell peppers, onions, and cherry tomatoes.


Blueberry pancakes, Cereal, Whole wheat cinnamon-apple muffins

Other news:

It looks like we will be venturing into homeschooling with Nathan. We're in the enrollment process right now with one of the state's virtual academies, so if there are no problems and he is accepted into the program, then we will be homeschooling as of this fall. Hes been having issues with school for years now so we are hoping that by bringing him home he will be able to focus more on his work, less on being the class clown, less on appearances, and won't have problems with failing classes for not turning in work. I'd appreciate your thoughts and prayers as it is a bit nerve wracking taking on the challenge of bringing this guy home full-time, but I believe in my heart that it will be a good opportunity for him.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Busy-ness!

I have a lot of pictures and stuff to post from the last week, but just haven't had time to get around to it.

The kids have VBS this week at church, but I am using that time to catch up on housework... amazing how much time it takes to conquer Mt Washmore.