I’m productive even when I don’t mean to be.

And sassy too.

Here are some of the great and mighty things I got accomplished today.

Duct taped the toilet seat after it cracked under me. Nothing like that happening to make you feel like you’ve gained 300 pounds. I used zebra duct tape because really, how can you not?

Ate some blonde brownies the seven year old made.

Cut both the boys’ hair. They love getting their hair cut with the clippers. I mean love it. If they had their way, they’d both be bald. Denton’s still hasn’t recovered from when his brother cut it (and Cadrian’s is growing out funny from the same incident) so it’s a loh-hot shorter than before. Denton looks so different. And old.

Started a new book.

Started to do dishes until we realized the freshly installed (and apparently not quite correctly or completely) water heater was gushing water out into the room, so I got out of that.

Planted the rest of the square foot garden.

Hung out a load of laundry. It’s still there.

Hired a birth photographer!

Called one of my besties and pinned down a date to take her to get pedis.

Took a few pictures of the house addition.

Now I’m just sitting here, sans pants, being awesome.

Look how productive I am. *grin*

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This week…

It’s been interesting. Crazy and calm and hot and cool, windy and still.

I signed the three oldest up for VBS at a church about 6 minutes away. And let me tell you, there is NOT much in my life I can say is about 6 minutes away. They are gone from 9-11:30. The girls also have had Five Day Club for a couple of hours in the afternoon; they are gone from 12:30 – around 3.

It has been a break for me to only have Denton in the morning and only Cadrian (because Denton is sleeping) for part of the afternoon. I have been able to rest more, put my feet up more, read more, do a bit of scrapbooking, plan ahead more, THINK more. I have been thankful for the one on one time with my boys.

It’s been crazy because we have to be out the door every day by a certain time, and I have to go get the kids at a certain time and we have to eat lunch right away when we get home because the girls get picked up about 40 minutes after our arrival.

It’s odd to have them not be around me. To not really have them have time to unwind, to go around their home at their pace. It’s odd they haven’t had time for a many of their self initiated craft projects (although they still made time to make sandals from cardboard, construction paper and chenille stems).

It’s been different, and I’m not sure in a good way, for Denton to only have me around to play with. He was much more demanding (much like my oldest was at this age…hmmmm) than normal. He didn’t quite know what to do with himself without his siblings to follow and emulate. He misses having his favorite people with him all morning.

The house has been tidier, and yet I’m not sure it’s worth it.

As wild as is our normal, as busy and frazzled as I often feel with all four of my chiddlers ganging up on me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I like having my children here at home, the whole family in our house where it belongs. And, I daresay, they love it too.

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Super Summer Challenge and Super Summer Fun

The girls and their Super Summer Challenge chart. The Super Summer Challenge is a simple program to get the kiddles excited about new goals for the summer. I’ve posted about it before, you can click on the ‘tag’ at the bottom of this post for more information.

 A close up so you can read our ‘challenges’. Cadrian, who’s 3, has a chart now too. He’s not quite understanding the whole program, so his is more for fun. Kevin and I haven’t decided exactly what we’re going to do for their big reward at the end of the summer.

 Our Super Summer Fun list… This is just a list of the things we want to do before the end of the summer. We brainstormed earlier and everyone, including my mom and aunt ;-), contributed ideas for the list. Brielle and I made this super snazzy poster. I deferred to her opinions so it didn’t turn out exactly like I thought it was going to, but we’re pleased nevertheless.

It’s great to have a visual for ideas of things to do, whether it’s more of a “contribution to my home” type of activity or pure fun. The chiddlers (and I ) have a lot to look forward to! It’s going to be a Super Summer!

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This girl

This girl consistently challenges me. She makes me a bigger person. She helps me learn more patience. She fills my brain with jibber-jabber and my heart to overflowing. She creates more empathy and compassion in those around her. She teaches me more about passion and joy and excitement.

I love her heart. Her zeal and zest. I love her creativity. I love her certain je ne sais quoi that charms everyone around her.  This girl, this almost six year old girl. I am so very thankful God chose me to be her mama.

(I also love how the “spring bird” is laying colored eggs and the “summer bird” is getting a worm)

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I came across a stellar documentary last night. It’s called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s about this Australian guy (and that makes it all the better in my humble opinion; I love listening to accents) who was overweight and suffering from a chronic autoimmune disease. He cured his ailments and is LOVING life now because of his change in lifestyle!

He juiced fresh fruits and vegetables and that is ALL he consumed for 60 days. His sites have all kind of information about the how and why so I won’t go into that here. Whether or not you agree with juicing as a method isn’t the point. The fact remains he cured himself with FOOD. What you put into your body matters.

The point I’d like to make is the Standard American Diet is NOT good. The food man makes is NOT good. The food GOD made IS very good.

My recommendation is that you watch the movie, learn more about traditional nutrition and to the best of your ability, at the very least, quit processed food, food that comes in box. I don’t exclusively make everything we eat, just so you know. I’m in a learning process. Change is challenging.

I was so motivated, I made smoothies for breakfast. I don’t have a juicer and I think getting the whole fruit or vegetable is better for you than just the juice anyway. So I threw what I could find in the (very vintage) Vita-mix.

 It amounted to some carrots, a couple apples, leftover broccoli and cauliflower and peas, a couple bananas, some water and ice. The color was somewhere between tan and orange. Thankfully, it tasted good.

To me.

To the children, it was a whole ‘nother story. I held my ground though, and wouldn’t let them have anything else until they drank their serving. Aviana and Cadrian eventually did. Brielle and Denton wouldn’t. Brielle said she would if I would put stevia or honey in it, but I was being stubborn.

I went to the grocery today to  buy a whole bunch more fresh fruits and veggies. I wonder how the battle will go tomorrow.

I know in the end it will be the best for them–and that is part of what parenting is all about. Doing what you know is right especially when it’s hard.

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At the moments…

Aviana is freaking out because I don’t have her costume ready for her dance recital on Sunday. Apparently she’s never met me. I have a hard time doing stuff before the deadline. She tells me she’ll never make her daughter wait until the last minute.

Well, good for her.
I’ve hired a mother’s helper for the summer. She’s a 16 year old we met through our homeschool dance cllass. She is fabulous with the children. I have her here two afternoons a week, after Quiet Time through bedtime and one morning a week so I can attend a Bible study. She’s only just begun, but I have a very very good feeling about this.


In my Bible study, I am the only one under age 60ish. It’s a Beth Moore study on Revelation, so if I count her…


I’m getting the Super Summer Challenge organized this week. Also not fast enough to suit my sweet type A Baby A.


Midwife appointment this afternoon incorporated with a visit to my favorite (only one I know about) Amish grocery store and some time spent with one of my favorite people.


Looking forward to a friend filled weekend!

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In Arkansas…

Vacation. 13 + hours in the car to get there, 5 of it on Lombard Street rivaling mountain passes. An excruciating car ride which exacerbated some pregnancy related, previously only minor problems for this starting the third trimester mama to the point of tear inducing pain. Not exactly the ideal way to start vacation.

My midwife called in a scrip for me and I tried some other remedies to boot and was feeling a bit better by the end of the week. Until I got some serious chigger bites in unmentionable places. Which are still problematic. Not exactly the ideal way to end vacation.

 My mom said to wait a couple weeks and then decide if it was worth it.

 The kiddlets had a grand time though. Aviana’s favorite part was the four mile hike.

  Brielle really liked playing at the beach.

 As did Cadrian and his cousins.

 And they didn’t all sleep in one bed, although they did all sleep in one room.

Denton pretty much enjoyed it all. 

 I favored having some long visits with my sister.

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