Monday, August 9, 2010

Weekly Remnants

8-9-10 Monday

Getting used to being home with the kids...all four of them. I'm haven't braved going out on my own yet with all of them. But in an attempt to keep the house clean without having to do to much actual cleaning an outing might be in order this week.

Clara took a bath in the kitchen sink and put soap in my coffee cup just before I refilled it. It tasted nice and clean when I got to the bottom after I drank most of it.

I got in my very first order from Briar.Claire today. Matching pink flowers to decorate my children with. I'm in love. I wonder who will support my new Etsy shopping addiction...?

I took note of today's date and made sure to notice what I was doing on 8-9-10 at 11:12 pm. I was watching the 4400 with Shiloh and holding sweet baby Camille in our big black recliner.

8-10-10 Tuesday

Since I don't always log in and blog every night I don't remember much of this day...

8-11-10 Wednesday

Today I couldn't take another day at home alone with the kids so we ventured out. This was my first time to go out with everyone by myself. We went to Chick-fil-a and used our free breakfast coupons. The kids played and I drank coffee and held Camille and tried to pretend it felt completely normal to be in charge of four kids in public. Like I did it everyday. I didn't make any mistakes except for leaving my keys in the ignition, luckily I didn't lock the van.

After they tired of playing we went to the dollar tree to find some work bookish activities to call "school" so when we stay home they will be entertained. We found lots. I found out Cecily could work double digit addition problems...who knew?

We went to the shop to kill the last bit of time before nap time and hung out there just a bit while Camille ate.

In the evening after Shiloh came home he dropped me and Camille off at the grocery store and took the other kids to move a truck at the shop so no one would steal our new trailer full of wood for the new fence.

8-12-10 Thursday

I made funny photos of Camille. (They will appear on this blog...eventually)

Silas fell asleep wondering something...

Today was my Granny's birthday. We went to her house for cake and chocolate covered strawberries. I had only strawberries. All my girls were in pink and so was Granny so we took this photo.

8-13-10 Friday

Today the kids and I went to the birth center here in Sherman where my midwife works for a photo shoot. Mostly I sat and talked with another new mommy of a 5 week old baby boy who they thought was a girl before he came out while Silas impressed us with his forward rolls and Cecily showed off her whining skills. Then after everything was all staged we sat where they told us and they snapped a few photos for their website and some brochures. Cecily was excited of the possibility that she may be on the Internet and so journaled about it at school time. I guess she doesn't realize that she already is on the Internet. See?

Things took a little longer at the birth center than expected so they fixed us a snack and we threw around ideas for bumper stickers for midwives while we snacked. "Midwives help people out" is one they already have on their cars. I think it's pretty funny. And recently I saw a maternity shirt that said "Good things come to those who mate" I got a giggle out of that one and thought it might make a good bumper sticker.

Shiloh and I scored a sitter tonight and had big plans to go furniture shopping. We didn't realize the furniture store closed at 6 so we went to Cheddars and had salads instead. I noticed that when Shiloh carried Camille in her car seat her head bobbed around a bit so we went to Target to get a head support to,you know, de-bob her head. They didn't have a great one so we came home and watched the 4400.

8-14-10 Saturday

Because of our not so successful furniture shopping trip on Friday Shiloh's mom agreed to come and keep the big kids while we tried again. Furniture shopping is a huge job. We looked and looked and got really hungry so we went to take a break at Chipotle but we reassured our salesman that we would come back. I'm not sure he believed us. We talked about the furniture possibilities and went back to make our purchase. In all our ten years together we've never had a real comfy couch so we bought two to make up for it. Also because that's what we wanted. :) We also have our eye on three matching beds for the girls.

8-15-10 Sunday

Today we took Camille to her first church service. She stayed awake the whole service just looking around. I think that is a record awake time for her so far. I decorated her up fancy in one of her new flower headbands and still one sister asked "Is that a girl?" :) Another sweet lady held her while I ate. I thanked her and she said "That's OK it got me out of dish duty" I told her we would be back next week if she didn't want to wash dishes again.

8-16-10 Monday clue.

8-17-10 Tuesday

My sister came with her kids to play this morning. After they left it rained so the kids put on their bathing suites and got to play outside for the first time in a very long time. They made mud and "washed" my van. Then they rinsed it off and it did look cleaner. They had Karate so I had them come in and shower. They made it to class but they all had dripping wet hair. As soon as we came home Cecily and Silas went back out to play in the water and I took Clara and Camille to the grocery store.

8-18-10 Wednesday

We had another play date today with a family from church. Then we went to Braums for ice cream. Cecily got orange sherbet Clara chose peppermint and Silas had tractor kind (green). Shiloh and I had fruit cups. Not "fruit cups" (banana splits) but actual cups, you know with fruit in them.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cecily Reading

While doing a reading lesson with Cecily tonight things became quite silly. She was kind of spacey and not really paying attention. When she sounds out a word she likes to use it in a sentence and after reading 'for' the sentence went something like this.

"She brought lots and lots of pretty fuzzy purple beautiful paper..." here she trailed off not really finishing her sentence. Just as I was raising my eyebrow and looking over wondering if she realized she didn't even use the word 'for' she trailed back on finishing up quickly "...for to use as wallpaper!"

We giggled and then moved on. She is so silly.

Cecily and I were talking about growing a garden. More specifically growing hay. To make hay bales to build a straw house, you know like pig number one. She was coloring away when she got really excited about the possibility of growing things and she said "We could grow stuffing!" Smiling at Shiloh I asked "Do you mean cotton?" "Oh yeah cotton I mean." Then she added "Nooooo we better leave that up to the farmers"

Monday, April 19, 2010

Weekly Remnants

Sunday April 18 2010

Today we finished up a weekend long slumber party with my sister and her four kids. Shiloh was out of town trying to catch a shark on Padre Island and so Kandice and I hung out here trying to rid the house of all beverages you could consume hot. We also hung up 48 little plastic birds on my bedroom wall. Yes, folks it is as fun as it sounds.

When they were gone I took the kids to McDonalds for dinner and some playtime before bed. I took in an Adelle Davis (ironic I know) book to read while they played. There were some rough boys and the kids were too scared to play so we had a tiny ice cream cone and opted to rent a movie to watch instead. We rented Kit Kitridge but when we got it home it was cracked so we read a chapter of The Silver Chair instead (again).

Monday April 19 2010

Today when lunch rolled around I discovered we were out of food so we went again to McDonalds. I know. Yuck. When we got home we saw the mailman just leaving so I checked the mail while the kids ate on the porch.

I received a letter from an attorney stating I had a debt of $2300.00 that I needed to pay now (or else). I didn't recognize the debt as my own and so began the process of getting my identity back. They should invent something like a nine digit number that only you know to use to prove you are who you say you are. What's that? They already have that? Well, it doesn't work very well. I will receive a copy of the original application for this credit card I supposedly opened in four to six weeks and then maybe I can determine where this identity thief lives. Somehow.

The girls had theatre workshop today and Silas and I met Shiloh to get an inspection sticker on my van. I figured since I have two out of town trips to make this week I'd better not chance the ticket for a two month out of date sticker. Silas bought Peanut Butter M&Ms from the vending machine while we waited. The cashier made a copy of Shiloh's insurance for me since for some reason I didn't have one. Good thing I didn't chance that ticket. I would've gotten a tow as well as a ticket and been left stranded on the highway with three children and their car seats.

Shiloh made the kids spaghetti when he got home from work since I am having one of those can't-walk-by-the-end-of-the-day days. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I had to run across the yard to rid Silas of a fire ant. A fire ant that he actually rid himself of just after I ran across the yard. But still I had to run because in the event of a fire ant attack you don't know until you get across the yard if it is one ant or a hundred. All you hear is the there-is-a-fire-ant-on-me cry. Which is similar but different somehow from the I'm-about-to-vomit cry. Luckily today it was only one ant. Still I can barely walk much less run. Anyhow can't wait till chiropractor day.

Tuesday April 20, 2010

Shiloh left town again early this morning to go to a business seminar in Dallas. Since he got up early I couldn't go back to sleep and so I thought it would be a good time to put the seashells and "diamonds" that I bought into the sandbox for the kids to discover later. Cecily woke up and I was caught. I told her I was working on a surprise for later.

We went to the grocery store and when we came home I let them dig in to the sand. Their shouts of joy and exclamation at discovering the hidden treasures soon turned into shrieks of protest and yells of "that's mine give it back!" They were grounded from the sand and treasures the rest of the day.

I had them nap in their rooms and then we went to karate class in the evening.

They earned their white stripes on their belts.

I spent my first night ever at home alone with the kids. Don't worry I set a booby trap by the front door in case someone came in that way.

Wednesday April 21, 2010

Today Clara came running into my bedroom asking for the video camera. I gave her my phone to record what was so funny and all three came running in with a video a few minutes later. Clara had filmed the end of Cecily changing Silas' dirty diaper. They were all giggling so hard. I don't know what possessed Cecily to do that but when she carried it to the trash somehow the giggle boxes opened and wouldn't close.

Listening to Clara play eeny meeny miny moe between her ranch dressing and her honey to see which one she wants to dip her chicken in.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


How to set up and run a successful lemonade stand.

Step one:Go to the store and get supplies. We got lemonade,napkins,supplies to make the sign,water bottles and glow sticks. At home we already had popsicles and ice.

We also got these pinwheels to draw attention to ourselves from the street.

Step two:Make the lemonade so it can start getting cold in the fridge. We each poured in some lemonade mixture and then we stirred and stirred. Silas might have dipped in his finger for a quick taste. Mommy said it was OK that it was bound to happen and it wouldn't hurt anything because we all washed our hands.

Step three:Wait until Silas is napping and then get our all the sign making supplies. We also made hats so we would look like real "sellers".

Step four:Take everything outside and set it up just in time for school to let out so we could catch the "customers" walking home from school. Our little table fit perfectly in the shade of our family Bradford pear tree. It was nice because it was our only shade in the whole front yard. Daddy planted this tree when I was born and we became a family of three. It's grown a lot and so has our family.

Mommy put up messages on facebook and blogger and she texted our friends to tell them to stop by. Lots of our friends came!

We poured and poured. Lots of people bought popsicles too but everyone loved the glowsticks. We sold everything for one quarter each.

When buisness was slow we hung out with these girls from the neighborhood and played duck duck goose.

At the end of the day when we were so tired we convinced these customers to give us a wagon ride. Don't worry they are friends of Mommy and Daddy.

We had a lot of fun and earned over $25.00 to donate here. Everyday we ask Mommy if we can set up another stand and when she says no I put on my pouty voice and say "But Mommy, I want to earn money to donate to the children!" She dosen't change her mind though.

By Cecily (wink)

Silas is Funny!

This morning first things I sent the kids out to play. It was a cool morning and I had laundry to do. While I was in the laundry room I heard the clomp clomp clomp of Silas' flat footed footsteps and him proudly calling out "Cecy, I find a roller pilly! Cecy, I find a roller pilly!" Over and over he kept saying this as he walked through the house trying to find Cecily. I went to see if he had a roley poley and sure enough he did! Here he is proudly showing it of to the camera.

In his other hand was his half eaten apple that was his morning snack. He is so silly!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bedtime Conversation With Silas

April,10 2010

So last night Silas was in the mood to talk. I rocked him and above the squeak squeak of the rocking chair he jabbered on and on about everything he had done or wished to do that day.

First he told me he was a transformer. Then he said "Mama, baby transformer. Bumblebee BIG" He meant of course that he was just a baby transformer because he wasn't nearly as large as Bumblebee.

Then he listed some of his favorite toys "Airpwane(airplane)...hecopper (helicopter)..." And a random body part "weg(leg)..." Then all the food he had eaten that day "cewe-al ba(cereal bar)...rice...beans...popsicle...wemonade(lemonade)..."

At this point his randomness made me laugh and I said "You're cracking me up!" Now of course he doesn't know that expression so he asks while patting my belly "Huh,Mama? Hole?" He was asking if cracking up meant that I was getting a hole in my tummy. This made me laugh a little more and I said "No,cracking me up is an expression. It means your making me laugh." Suddenly it was as if it all made sense to him. As if he understood the expression and he understood how thinking there were a hole was funny. He started to giggle. I giggled. We both did that can't stop-giggling-like-you-are-in-church-and-it-is-completely-inappropriate-giggle. Suddenly he stops and in a perfectly serious manner he asks "Eggs,Mama?" Clearly he still did not understand the meaning of cracking someone up and he thought it must mean something or other about eggs. I lost it. I could not stop laughing and finally told him he better get to sleep cause now I had to use the bathroom. He laid down on my shoulder and asked me to hold his water because it was making his hands cold. So again we rocked and squeaked rocked and squeaked and he was saying softly over and over "cold, cold, mama, cold" I thought he meant his hands. You know from when he was holding his cup. Then in a much louder voice he says "Hiney cold,Mommy!" Drawing my attention I realized I was holding his cup on the back of his thigh and it was too cold through the thin material of his pajamas. Not wanting to get him riled up again I stifled a giggle,moved his cup and apologized.

The boy is a nut.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Lemonade For Compassion

Update: The lemonade stand is now closed! We sold pink lemonade,popsicles,water bottles and glow sticks. We earned 25.82 to donate to Compassion. I'll upload photos as soon as I can find the cable that goes to the camera. Now I have to go donate!

Hello friends! I just wanted to let you know that after reading what this Mama was doing to help these Mamas I thought we would do our part. So click HERE to read about what this Mama is doing and if you are so inspired make a donation of your own! Or you can stop by our house from 3 to 5:30 (or until we get tired and run out of supplies) and have some lemonade and a popsicle and we will donate all proceeds to Compassion Child Survival Program! I'll post photos of our endeavor tonight when we are all done! Thanks for taking the time to help!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Day Five Magic Kingdom!

February 22, 2010

This morning we took the morning off. The kids were exhausted and we needed to do laundry. Shiloh took the kids back to the beach while I put the laundry on. I got ready and dried the laundry. Then on my way back to the cabin I realized that I had locked myself out. So I left the laundry on the porch and hopped on a bus and rode to the beach to get a key. I got it rode back to the cabin put the laundry away then rode back to the beach. The bus driver was really confused and asked if I knew what I was doing. I assured him that I did it was just a crazy morning. When I got back the kids were playing on the playground. We decided to let the kids ride the ponies.

As we walked over I asked Silas if he wanted to ride a horsey and he said " thank you horsey stinky!" They were stinky! But the girls were not put off. They had fun and thought they should get to go around more than once.

Clara rode Cricket.

Cecily rode Chip.

Next we split up and the girls and I ate lunch by the pool while Shiloh took Silas to the cabin to get the stroller. They ate lunch at the cabin. I took the girls to the store and they each chose a charm bracelet and one charm. Then we waited on the but to take us to the boat that would take us to Magic Kingdom. The girls played with nature while we waited.

Shiloh and Silas met up with us there.

Here Shiloh is finishing the rest of my salad and the kids are feeding bits of chicken to the seagulls.

On the boat to Magic Kingdom we spotted Cinderella's castle!

When we got past the bag check we were stopped by two cast members who gave us "This is my first visit" buttons (which got us lots of attention all day) and then as we strolled past them into the park they sprinkled us with pixie dust! I found a piece of this pixie dust which was a mickey mouse shaped piece of confetti the last time I swept my bedroom. :)

You can't go to MK without pausing for a photo here. Again we swapped taking photos with a family who had one little girl.

We arrived just in time to see this show on the castle.

After the show we kept our spots and had a snack while we waited for the parade to begin. I entertained Silas by letting him take pictures of us.

Then I wanted a lovely photo of the kids in front of the castle (taking the idea from a blog I'd read) but the kids were grumpy and only wanted silly poses.



Finally after hearing the music for quite some time we spotted the first float!

Clara waved and waved...

And grinned and grinned when she spotted Mary Poppins in her blue dress!

Silas learned if he reached up characters would shake your hand. So he stretched up his hand...

And was rewarded with a shake from Abu! I had to move the camera quickly so all you see really is Abu's hand/arm and Silas' fingertips.

After the parade we headed straight toward the rides. You know teacups and dumbo.

We stayed here for the rest of the day and were able to ride everything. It showered a little bit and people cleared out some. We waited it out and lines were very short.
We rode It's a Small World twice and the first time Shiloh said "This song sounds familier" :) I thought everyone knew about that ride but I guess not.

We met Peter Pan and Ariel.

Then kids also experienced a 3D show of the Mickey Mouse that they thought was great. This was the first time we were able to get Silas to leave the glasses on and he was reaching out for everything. When we came out of the Mickey show it was pouring rain. Luckily you exit into a small gift shop which of course is a marketing stratagy to make money but is also nice because you stay so busy moving from one attraction to the next you don't really take the time to shop. So by exiting into some of the smaller shops that are usually themed according to the ride,you get to see some of what Disney has to offer. Here among plush Mickeys and Tiggers they offered a giant candy machine filled with the same candy that is inside pixie sticks. You choose your favorite size tube and fill it with a rainbow of colored sugar. We decided to make the best of the rain and let the kids choose a twelve inch tube to fill. Why? I don't know. Six inches would've been more than enough. The tubes are quite fat. Everyone wanted a little of every color and there were about 15 differant flavors. At first it was fun moving from color to color putting just a dab of this and a smidge of that but either because of the rain or because it looked like we were having so much fun soon there was quite a crowd circling the rainbow sugar machine! We quickly topped of everyones tube with about three inches of one final color and paid our $12.00 while the kids sucked away in the store and it rained outside. Soon we felt brave enough to dart across to the next attraction. And eventually the rain stopped.

We stayed until closing and watched the fireworks. By the time we strolled to the front of the park when they were over everyone was asleep in the stroller. Cecily was holding Silas on her lap when they crashed.

It made a very interesting time loading up onto the boat. You have to take the kids out and fold the stroller. Then unload to the stoller again and go to the bus. Then unload on the bus then load back up for a stroll to the cabin. I don't remember if everyone stayed asleep but they went straight to bed.