march: currently

drinking Naked juice-pineapple mango with coconut water

feeling a little worn out from the drive yesterday from Kansas. Driving 9 hours alone with 5 kids in one day is almost a little too much for me.

waiting until we move to start on the birthday project.

loving these shorts

beginning to finally have less sugar cravings after 20 days of doing without

reading Rare Bird: A Memoir of Loss and Love

trying to get all the things done to the house as soon as possible

watching Flea Market Flip

attempting to start painting trim this week

hoping that I can get as much accomplished as I want to in the next 4 days

finishing an end table painting project this week

listening to the 3 big kids giggling and talking when they should be going to sleep. They're going to be tired in the morning.

still knitting a cuddly, soft blanket for little sister

realizing that I have 6 dressers that I want to paint

wanting  to work on the kids' photo albums this week sometime

needing to clean off my desk

praying for Rylan's speech therapist's baby. She arrived 4 weeks early, and is a little peanut at 5 lbs. 19 oz.

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

where i've been.....

We had a "spring break" last week.

My sister-in-law and niece drove up to see us and help out on house projects.

I packed up boxes. She carried them out to the garage. I'm not sure who had the worst job.

We pulled up old flooring*, and hauled it out to the truck.
We pulled up nails, and sheets of felt paper.

We tried to visit the park one afternoon for the kids to burn off some energy, and
ended up stranded with vehicle problems waiting for Joe's co-worker to help us out.
After the fact, it ended up being a little blessing in disguise.
Unbeknown to us, there was a fire behind the park that day.
We would have been asked to evacuate anyways.

She did my laundry, while I cooked 1500 meals.

I packed up more boxes. She hauled them out to the garage.

I pulled up more flooring. She hauled it out to the truck.
We pulled up more nails, and she pulled up more dusty, dirty paper.

We took a break out at the beach one warm afternoon after our vehicle was repaired.
Little sister loved the sand!

We stopped at the "new-ish" frozen yogurt place for a treat.
The kids weren't impressed. They didn't even eat all their yogurt if that tells you anything.

Joe made it home for the weekend.
He started laying the new flooring.
We packed up our clothes and suitcases.
We drove to KS so she could go back to teaching, and
I could drop off kiddos at grandparents while we have Sophie's surgery later this week.

*We originally planned to refinish the floors, but because the floor was not level we decided it was best to put in new so Joe could level the floors.

around here....

Around here....

-crazy hat day was on Wednesday for preschool.

-apparently I need to take more pictures during the week.

-I went to grab a hard boiled egg and got a little surprise. Not once, but twice. Apparently, someone has been putting eggs in the wrong bowl.

-I dumped another load of stuff off at the thrift store.

-we've been in the high 60's and low 70's this week.

-I pulled out the kids summer clothes for the upcoming season.

-a few of them want to wear shorts today.

-we're reading McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm

-we've been going to bed about 15 minutes later than normal because as O says "it's not dark out".

Happy weekend friends!

four months home

It has been 4 months and 3 days since little sister was placed in our arms.

She is 16 months old now.

She continues to love, love music.
She'll shake her little body, mainly her top portion, and wave her arms to the songs she likes.

We've had some regression with her food anxiety in the past couple of weeks.
We're not sure why she's regressed,
but we have recognized a couple of things that tend to trigger her anxiety.
Her screaming ( I should say hollering.) over food still continues, but it was getting better before her regression.

She's also having some problems in taking baths, which has not presented itself before now.
She absolutely does not want her head covered in water,
which is a problem when she has food all in her hair.
We know she has fluid in her ears, and
are wondering if the fluid has increased to an uncomfortable level
for her when her ears/head is getting wet.
She has surgery at the end of this month to repair her palate, and to place a set of tubes in her ears.
Hopefully, this will help with her baths.

She has a vocabulary of about three words.
Mama, baba, and every so often, she'll say hi.

She has learned the sign for "more" and "drink",
although many times she will confuse the two.
Her signs aren't perfect, but she's at least doing them.

We were finally able to take her outside to play a little this week since its been warmer out.
She loved walking back and forth on the sidewalk.
She was a little hesitant walking in the grass, but she did it.

She's bonded extremely well with the family, and that is a blessing in itself.

hello monday

It's Monday.
hello to our crazy cat on the windowsill

hello warm weather
I think we'll go to the park this week.
hello spray painting
It's warmer, and I have some things I need to spray paint.
hello still simplifying and "getting rid" of the excess

hello Joe's starting his new position this week
hello packing up the craft room
hello time change
hello little sister sleeping later than usual
hello to a slower morning
I think we're all a little tired still.
hello to-do list and project list
Happy Monday friends!

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