Happy Friday, Happy last day of May, and Happy last day of school for my kiddos!
- Where do I spend most of my time you ask? In the kitchen. That’s a serious answer. Where is the 2nd most popular place that I spend my time? The ballpark. This year Amelia is in tball, Lucy is in coach-pitch, and Gabriel is in minors. We have games 3 nights (or more) each week, often doubled up and in different places. Sometimes we even like to throw in a tball practice or other evening commitment into the mix. I keep a plethora of snacks in the van, try to plan a portable dinner of some sort, and we do the best that we can with keeping everyone happy and dry at the ball games. Sometimes we are successful, other times we fail miserably. Sometimes we just cut our losses and stop for 50 cent Frosty’s on the way home and call it a win.
- I bought a new swing for the kids. It’s from ALDI. Never underestimate the power of Aldi and their special finds aisle. The swing holds up to 330 lbs, which means there has been 5 kids on it at once, and they’d put more on it, but it’s full. The neighborhood has pretty much been using it constantly for 2 weeks straight now. It’s big. It’s super fun. Seriously worth the $50. Go buy it.
- Over Memorial Day weekend we had a 3 night camping trip planned at Bellevue State Park. The intense rains and severe nightly storms deterred us from camping (in tents with 5 kids…), but we did a day trip to the park instead. It was a futile attempt as the GNATS WERE INCREDIBLE. I have never experienced bugs like that. Talk about being miserable on a beautiful day. We cooked lunch and stood in the smoke to try to get away from the bugs, then hiked 1 trail and called it a day. It was so, so bad. We did watch a barge go through the lock and dam, got a few good bluff lookouts, and snapped a quick picture.
- Kateri is 10 months old on Saturday. That has seriously gone so fast! She’s basically weaned herself (that’s a lot of mixed emotions and could take another whole blog post) but fear not, I’ve got a freezer stash. 😉 I have not succeeded in getting her to take a cup, however, and she prefers to just smash it against the table/floor and make a gigantic wet mess. She eats everything. And a lot of it. Bark from the sticks in our yard is really her favorite thing to eat, or it seems. She crawls everywhere and pulls up on everything. We are working on her falling asleep on her own because sleeping in the same room with 3 other girls requires everyone to cooperate so we all can be somewhat sane! She’s a curious little gal and has the cutest dimples!! She says ‘da da da’ all day long and that pleases Jeremiah to no end. She has started protesting the nap so falling asleep in her highchair is sometimes happening. She’s always been so easy, so I guess I should have expected some of this!
- And just to keep things interesting, we seem to have quite the abundance of wildlife around the House lately. Nevermind the chickens (which have become large, no longer cute, ill-tempered teenage girls, and are leaving soon), and the bunnies (Rose and Thomas, always a crowd favorite) but we have also been graced with the presence of a baby bluejay that fell out of it’s nest, a neighborhood bat that apparently fell out of a tree (bats are so weird-looking up close, BTW), a toad that is the size of my palm, a frog that Lucy snagged from the water ditch near our house, and the usual neighborhood wild rabbits and crazy squirrels that scale our stucco house and window screens. It’s like they all congregate here and want to join the craziness!