currently: april


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drinking caffeine (coffee, tea, whatever will give me that extra energy boost right now)

feeling a little tired. I stayed up way too late last night, and the night before, and the night before that.

waiting on the love of my life to return home today!!

loving this fabric. I need to find some!

beginning to organize all our receipts for next year's taxes! Not waiting until the last minute as I have previous years.

reading all the debt free stories on this blog

planting absolutely nothing, but I'm thinking since we won't be able to have a garden this year with our move then maybe I'll attempt a wreath like the one above.

trying to figure out if I paid all the medical bills this month. We have so many coming from different doctors, specialists, therapists, and it hasn't even really begun yet.

watching nothing on television lately

attempting to get Byron's school album caught up to his current year

hoping for no unexpected surprises next week as we demo the bathrooms

finishing the book Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

listening to the light rain out the window

still knitting a cuddly, soft blanket for little sister

wanting to sew a little something...bag, pouch, burp cloth. It doesn't really matter; just something.

needing a hair cut

praying our house sells quickly once we put it on the market

P.S.-Did you miss January, February, and March?  Catch those months here, here, and here.

goats....


Rylan's preschool class had a field trip to a local goat farm this week.
We were invited to go along.

It was a cooler day in April, with the wind blowing.
The wagon ride was pretty chilly.
Little sister was in the ergo on my back. Hence, why there's no pictures of her.


Joci was in heaven!!
How could she not be when there were newborn babies not even a day old,
rabbits, chickens, and cats galore.
11 cats and 3 kittens to be exact---she asked.

It was a good trip.
An encouraging trip for myself.
I came home with a desire to save, save, save for that farm we want.

I wish we would have been introduced to those farmers earlier.
They would have been a good resource for Joe and I, and a place where we could have spent some time learning their practices.

weekend shenanigans....


This weekend was Byron's first communion.
We also celebrated Joci's birthday.
Grandma, grandpa, an aunt, and cousin came for the weekend.
 
Joe moved some cabinets from the living room to the kitchen.
He also tiled the kitchen backsplash.
It was a short weekend for house projects.
 
We still have a ton to do on the house before we move, and
are able to list it on the market.
 
It rained all weekend.
We had chickens "flying the coop", eating eggs, and
bullying each other.
I added oyster shells to their feed today.
Hopefully, that will stop the egg-eating.
The rest of my week will be spent figuring out
why they're bullying and pecking on each other.
 

what they've been saying

Joe's been gone during the week for work.
He leaves around one on Sunday, and returns late Friday evening.  
This is his 6th week of working at his new position, and away from home.
Thankfully, we only have more week to continue this way.
 
It's tiring, and wearing on me.
My patience has been a little thin with a certain 3 year old.
Of course, he would be really testing his limits this week.
I'm sure he's tired of the situation also, and unsure of what is really going on.
He keeps asking questions about when we move, why we move, what we take with us, etc.
 
Here's a little bit of what they've been saying lately.
 
Owen
"Boys not doing schoolwork."
"Boys not helping me."
"Boys not letting me swing."
Do you see a recurring them here?
"Those cute pinktails."
"Mom. Mom. Mom."
"When's we move, me get a fishing pole?"
"Why?"
"Mom, Joci's not a boy."
 
Joci
"I'm not a boy Owen!"
"You're just a chip off the old box."
"They're pigtails, not pinktails."
"I only have 1 more chapter to read in this book."
"Sophie, no."
"Owen."
"Owen, I'm not helping you anymore."
 
Byron
"What do I need to do to play my kindle?"
"How much schoolwork do I have to do?"
"How much kindle time do I get?"
"What's for dinner?"
"Owen get out of my candy."
 
Rylan
"What can I have to eat?"
"Can I play my kindle?"
"Owen stop being mean."
"Sophie, no, no, no."
 
Sophie
Crying because she couldn't get out of the Pepsi crate she climbed into.
"Mama, mama, mama."
She's doing a lot more jabbering/baby talk lately, but no new words.
 

weekend shenanigans....


This weekend we were busy.
 
Our babysitter's wedding was this weekend. 
Half of us went, the other half stayed home. 
Joe worked on the house.
Little sister took her nap, and the two older boys played.
 
Isn't she a beautiful, radiant bride?
We are definitely going to miss her when we move.
Without a doubt, I'm certain we won't be able to find another babysitter like her.
 
B had to serve the gifts at mass on Saturday.
On Sunday, he had his final class, a 2 1/2 hour retreat, for his first communion.
This coming Sunday, he will be receiving his first communion.
 
When we didn't have commitments or appointments,
Joe was working on the house, and I was doing laundry or cooking meals.
 
This weekend was busy.
Next weekend will be even busier. Sigh...
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