Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturdays are Sweet

Weekends are nice. Especially when you know that you don't have any big commitments and can just stay home and take it easy. I like them even more when the kids are in school all week and Saturday and Sunday are days where we get to spend quality time with the kids and it feels like a definite break from the long week versus when they are out of school and the days run into one another. I was thankful to catch up on some much needed sleep last night, but it would have been nicer had I not been bothered with a bad dream that seemed to play over and over into the wee hours of the morning when I finally woke up to go to the bathroom. Don't you ever wish that you can change your dream if you don't like it kind of like you change tv channels?

Moving on, I had to remind myself twice yesterday not to do things just because one of my kids didn't do it right the first time. Reminds of this post but instead of socks and toilet paper it was moving the brown can from the street back to the side of the house. I asked one of the kids to do it in the morning and it still wasn't done by the time I left to go pick them up from school. I was so tempted to do it myself but stopped myself. Same with the ham thrown into the fridge without being ziplocked shut....... the juice dripped all over by crisper drawer. Argh! I was so tempted to clean it out myself but saved it for my child who in a hurry to play computer and threw it in there still open.

Besides that, the girls told me that Jonny cried once he got to school. Reminds me of this post and I wondered if I should talk to his teacher. But since she didn't mention anything which leads me to believe his crying was short lived and I remembered this post I have decided to not make a big deal about it.

Now on to pictures from today.

Mid-morning I looked out the window while I was cooking up Chili Verde and saw this. Kinda made me smile so I grabbed my camera, of course.

Today a package came in the mail from a special someone in Connecticut. It was for Dennis. She sent him a Clifford dog, puzzle, book, and sweater. A big thank you! My kids were excited just opening it for their baby brother, as you can see in these pics!

Don't worry, now that Dennis has moved onto eating buttered waffles with sweet milk, I think this sweater will fit him by winter!

This morning Sveta, William, Andrew, and Jonny with Annalyn leading the pack went around the yard collecting dead bugs. I finally had someone come out and spray for insects this past week and so there were plenty of bug corpses laying around. Ewgh!

Here is Annalyn holding a potato bug. She looks so squeamish because it is actually still moving around and she didn't like having the lid off the container for the picture.

All I can say about this picture is, "I'm teaching him well."

And on to the pool fun! My cousin Matt and his wife Jen came out today to spend the day and the night with us. They are so much fun! Many of these pics are compliments of him because I was either taking care of Dennis or was inside cooking. Thanks Matt!

Daddy's cannonball!

Anna's funky dive!

Jonny and William playing around.

Adam's cannonball looks better than his Dad's.

This was my idea. Anna wasn't so sure about it but here I am coaxing her to do the impossible. I'm sure she was thinking, "If this is so much fun then why aren't you doing it Mom?"

After swimming, Dennis zonked out for his nap. It was sweet of Caleb to join him. He is so good and helpful with Dennis.

Awhh! I can't believe I am deliberately posting this picture of me... but remember I'm keeping it real. The conversation I'm having with Jen??? How old my bathing suit is (at least five years old) and why it is so old (I absolutely hate trying on bathing suits). Probably another reason is that they are getting skimpier every year and yet for less material you are expected to pay more money. Just doesn't make sense. I have a feeling that you might just see me in this bathing suit next summer.

What is it with kids and their belly buttons? Jonny (and Anna) still play with theirs.

Daddy with three of his daughters hugging Rachel. How sweet.

Right before bed these three brave girls went swimming. It was too chilly for the rest of us.


  1. I have a tendancy to just do things because others are lazy (such as throwing away trash that gets left on the table rather than put into the trash can 2 foot away) - I always let it hurt my feelings that someone would be inconsiderate but I never say anything and so it can never really be fixed. I envy you and your ability to be so open and honest with yourself on things you feel you could improve on. I think you are wonderful and I hope things continue to be great.

  2. Check out this post from Mama Speaks. It is a review of the ModBe brand of swimsuits which are on sale and there is an additional coupon code in the review. Plus, the suits offer plenty of coverage. They sell other clothes as well.

    Mama Speaks is having a giveaway so you can enter to win as well.


    Sorry, forgot to put in the link.

  4. Oooh, I adore chili verde and would love to have a good recipe! Are you willing to share yours??

  5. Great bunch of pics! All your children are beautiful, but I LOVE the pic of Caleb with Dennis. He looks so gently protective of him....awww. :o)

    Blessings on such a wonderful family. Hope you join me on my blog. I'm not a very faithful pic. taker, but I'll try and improve since I now am blogging, lol.

  6. I can commiserate with the swimsuit issues. I'm only 21, and so really the only things being marketed for my age group are these skimpy little bathing suits that I refuse to wear. I wouldn't wear my underwear out on the street, so why should I wear a string bikini that covers even less? For a while, I took to buying swimsuits a few sizes too large, then tailoring them down to fit properly. Good thing I can sew! Most recently, however, I discovered a tank top from Victoria's Secret. It covered everything that I wanted it too, was made out of swimsuit material, and was on sale for 12 dollars. I now wear it all the time!

  7. How fun to go swimming in the dark and have someone who wants to do it with you! We only have 2 children and they rarely both want to do the same thing at the same time. I think we need to adopt a couple kids!

  8. Looks like you guys have such a blast in that pool!

  9. I love being home also, unfortunatly football season starts this week so its just sundays for us home after church. But atleast we have that.

  10. i love the pix of caleb and dennis. what a sweet brother!

  11. I always enjoy your blog. Your children are adorably sweet and you always give such great perspective on life. You give those of us with only a few children at home hope and faith. I think we all as mothers question whether our decisions are right ones, but I love how openly you discuss yours! Thanks for shaing.

    By the way, the pool looks so fun! I love the thing that they get inside and turn.

  12. Looks like a blast. Have you ever checked into the MODBE clothing? They have modest swimsuits that aren't too badly priced. Their website is Check it out. I can't wait to get one next summer. They are so cute. Glad your having a good time. Love your face.

  13. Christine

    I read your comments on my blog. I guess Laurel told you that I need to talk to you. We're going on vacation tomorrow, I will call you next week when we get back. It's much easier to talk when I am at work with no little ears/eyes around. As you can imagine, I am not really able to think straight right now.
    Yes, Dennis is from Maggie's orphanage and Daniel was there for 4 years too.


  14. Great photos! Looks like a great weekend! I love ones like that- "lazy" weekend t home with the kids and family!

  15. Is that actually your YARD? I am amazed and impressed! How perfect for you! I suppose in California many people have pools. Not so, here. I am just so lucky my mom has a really nice pool at her apartment complex, and best yet, hardly anyone uses it.

    Rachel - YES! You need to adopt a couple of kids! I can't speak highly enough of it! :)

  16. I think swimming in the dark sounds like fun right now.

  17. Annie- I would love to, it's my husband I can't seem to talk into it.

  18. Weekends are always the best! It looks like you all had a great one!

  19. I'm jealous you have a pool. Re: Ava walking...I thought it would be years before she would be walking, but at the rate she is progressing, yes, I think it is possible she could be walking in a year! But her PT won't come right out and tell me, maybe she doesn't want me to get my hopes up.
    P.S. I love the way every picture of Dennis he seems to look happier and happier. it is so sweet to see that he is so loved.

  20. Thanks CairoMama and Maleri. Modbe bathing suits are just adorable, but a little pricey. Do you know if the skirts have a bottom or if I would have to buy both pieces?


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