Good morning. It's Friday! It's also Anastasia's 18th birthday!
Our day starts at 5:15am around here. It used to be 5:00am but we've gotten into a good routine that has allowed us to shave 15 minutes off of our time. You don't know how crucial those extra 15 minutes can be to this tired Mama.
Normally everyone rides the bus, but since I had to take the older girls into town for their job training early this morning, I drove the middle and high school kids to school-- in the glorious rain.
Wow-- lots of info in that last sentence, right?
Yes! (smiling ear to ear)
It has been raining the last two days which is awesome because it hardly ever rained in SoCal.
Annalyn, Sveta, and Anastasia just started new jobs all at the same place. (Annalyn also works at the local movie theater.)
Two nights ago we went to Wednesday night church. It's awesome because the church serves dinner and it's free for all of the kids. Not only do I get a mid week break from cooking, but it is also very affordable at only $5 per adult.
Plus the kids get some spiritual nourishment midweek alongside kids their age and I get a chance to socialize a bit.
Lexi loves our new home.
Here she is relaxing on our back deck.
In the woods you see behind Lexi is a breeding ground for poison ivy and probably sumac. John has sprayed our whole property a few times and the kids know to be extra cautious now, but only after getting an itchy rash we battled for two weeks.
Not fun that's for sure, but it comes with the territory I guess.
Stick bugs love it around here. We have seen quite a few hanging out on the deck and around our front door.
I still love to bake although I don't do it as much as I used to. Still getting used to the ovens and electric cook-top. I made a couple of buttermilk pies, and they weren't a huge hit like I thought they would be. Oh well, I think I'll stick to pumpkin and blueberry.
John and the boys pressure washed the deck this past weekend. Now if only it would stop raining long enough for John and the boys to stain it.