Still, John had a happy birthday. He is the best father, the best husband, and we love him so!
To be honest, this afternoon was a bit overwhelming for me. The ribs that I got out to make for dinner turned out to be spoiled-- but I did not find out until I cut open the package to cook them. Ewwe! Plan B was to either take out something else to thaw and cook or serve cold cereal. I figured that cooking up tacos was more appropriate for a birthday dinner. On top of that, one of my daughters (while on a 1 hour phone call) didn't click over to one of Caleb's 10 calls to be picked up from basketball practice so Adam left to pick him up and then stop by the store. A few minutes later Caleb is dropped off by his coach and I am left to wonder how long until Adam figures this out. While cooking dinner, I run down to the school where I find Adam parked out in front of the gym waiting for Caleb. After straightening things out, I run back home to get dinner on the table so the kids can get to our church's youth group kick off night. Of course I am not sharing all the other little things that contributed to my feeling overwhelmed-- but I ended up having a good cry with John during couch time-- on his birthday. Happy birthday honey-- from your crazy, over emotional wife! Bless his heart-- he told me that if something like this happens on his birthday next year he would love cold cereal.
I went around with the camera taking random pictures of the kids-- here are some of them.
Isn't Sveta growing more beautiful each day? I can't believe she is fourteen years old already. It seems like just yesterday that she was eight years old.
Miss Anna is growing up too! Literally-- she has grown so much this year!
And look at Mr.William. Doesn't he have the dreamiest eyes?
Paul and Jonny can be such goofy boys! They asked if they could eat the left over tortillas-- and I said sure! And in their eyes that makes me the best Mom ever! Pretty Cool! What makes you the best Mom ever?
This is Dennis. He just doesn't get a break. Looks like he is allergic to the adhesive tape. So I tried bandaging up his eye using less tape in a different area so that the raw areas of skin could heal. On a brighter note-- his eczema is doing great and he is still the happiest, busiest little boy on this planet!
After I took this first picture of Dennis, he insisted that I take more pictures of him and Alex. So here they are!
I don't know about you, but I think this picture is the cutest ever!
For summer vacation, each of the older kids has one full day of kitchen duty and the four middle boys share one day. After all the kids have had a turn, the rotation starts over. Kitchen duty includes loading, unloading, wiping down counters, putting away leftovers, cleaning off the table, shaking out rugs, and sweeping. Today was William, Paul, Andrew, and Jonny's day. That means it was my day too since teaching the boys keeps me in the kitchen with them. William had a hard time being a team player so he actually has kitchen duty by himself tomorrow which suits us both just fine. Paul, Andrew, and Jonny did a pretty good job working together. Paul unloaded the dishes and shook out rugs. He tried to sweep too, but it was painful for me to watch him try and maneuver our big industrial size broom-- so I caved in and did it myself. Andrew loaded the dishwasher and washed the big pans by hand. Jonny helped wipe off the counter and put away condiments at lunch.