Six of the kids are doing baseball or softball this year. I'm not sure what I was thinking when I encouraged such organized chaos, but it is what it is and we are managing. I am so thankful that we have two drivers to help out with the running back and forth to practice. Literally, that has become their chore since they have been paying their sisters to do their house chores. :)
Pictures day was last weekend.
Julia, Anastasia, and Galina are on the same team. As my Mom and I sat huddled under a blanket this past Tuesday night taking turns coughing as we sat in the bleachers, we watched each of the girls hit the ball.
Girls softball is pretty fun to watch!
Paul and Andrew are on the same team. My Mom and I watched only one inning of their game but learned that they won when their coach took them for ice-cream afterwards. Since Jonny is younger he is on a team all his own. I haven't seen him play yet.
As if I don't have better things to do with my time, I became obsessed with this braid when I saw it online. I had to try it out on three of the girls with long enough hair. It came out best on Julia because her hair is not cut in layers.
We are all well now... mostly. I have a lingering cough and Sveta has a sore throat, but Oliver and William are definitely back to their same ol' self.
The days are incredibly busy right now since our home school charter is doing lots of state testing right now. Lots of preparing adn juggling time to fit in these extras. Last week Anna and William took the writing test. Next week Rachel takes the CAHSEE. And later this month the kids do their fitness testing.
Next Friday Nolan is scheduled to have general anesthesia to have all his dental work done. After jumping through needless hoops, the dental staff has cleared him for the procedure. Then the following week he will have tubes put in along with Oliver.
John and I watched Fat, Tired, and Nearly Dead this past weekend. What an eye opener. I have decided to feed our family better. I mean it this time-- no turning back. I hope. I really want to do this. For them... for us. I am not going extreme-- but I am doing things little by little. What we have left in our pantry I am using up. I am just not replenishing the supply of processed foods that have ingredients I can't pronounce-- except for the 8 big boxes of Lucky Charms I bought for only three dollars that have codes inside for free movie tickets. I am using 1/2 whole wheat flour now and more and more olive and coconut oil. Whole wheat bran muffins have become a favorite snack. I learned how to make this awesome stir fry with kale, red peppers, broccoli, carrots, onions, and squash. Our sandwiches now are packed full of fresh veggies.
Like I said... little changes. And I see a difference. Two of my kids are no longer constipated. I am down five pounds. Oh and the kids are more grumpy. That is the one part I don't like.
Oh well-- change is never easy.