Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I'm still not on my regular computer.
I was for awhile, but it is out of commission for the moment..hence less posting and no pictures.
You'll just have to bear with me.
(plus, I STILL have not re-installed my camera stuff!)
tomorrow my firstborn turns 7.
That is, like, not little kid anymore.
He is moving into middle-aged-kid-dom.
Seven just seems so "old."
(I know, I know..wait until he is turning 20 and 30, Lord willing)
Michael has always been pretty easy-going, fairly responsible and an all-around "good" kid.
Nothing has changed in that department.
I can trust him with helping his siblings or doing some chores to help out.
He has a mouth full of half grown/adult teeth..
He is big for his age..not a string bean anymore.  He has some heft to him.
He grew 2 clothing sizes over the past year.
I am sure that I will post an official birthday post in the near future.
I just can't hardly believe it...7!!
Has anyone seen my baby?
(I asked him what he wanted for his birthday dinner, and......
he asked for CEREAL!! lol.  CEREAL!!)
This week brings us VBS.
The kids are having a lot of fun at "Kingdom Rock"
learning about standing strong and things that help us stand strong.
It is a bit exhausting, I admit.  We have to get up an hour and a half earlier than normal and be out of the house and there by 9am. After a full morning of crafts, music, Bible, games and snack--we get home around 1pm.  Plus it has been hot and sticky and I have the two little ones that stay with me.  (They have been very good thus far.) 
More pictures to come from that as well.
Baby boy is going to be 8 months old this month!
I missed the 7 month post.
Currently he sits on his own..with an occasional flop over, has 6 + teeth.  Plus for the ones we can see coming.  He is eating a variety of foods but still mainly nursing.  He is not crawling in the traditional sense.  But he goes from room to room with is "army crawl."  This boy can pull his weight like it is nothing!  Definitely Mommy's boy..hands down at this point. 
In other big news, our pool is ALMOST ready for use!!
A big thanks to those who helped out...and of course hubby who has been working round the clock, literally, to get it ready for the kiddies.
Again, it will be another post, with pictures one of these days.
We are soooooooo ready for it!
We are enjoying the summer reading program at the library.
We have not gone to as many programs this year due to scheduling conflicts--Seriously!  How does summer fill up so fast!! 
The kids definitely enjoy going and picking out prizes after reaching the goals.
Our garden is starting to produce.
I picked a shirt-ful (FULL) of beans today...there are tomatoes all over, some lettuce ready to be picked, peas are growing nicely..exciting.  The garden has been rather neglected this week due to VBS, today was the first time I was in it and I was pleased to see the growth.  One day, when the kids are older,  I hope to invest more time and effort into growing things. 
I made homemade laundry detergent for the first time.
Our stash of store-bought is just about done, so I will be using it very soon. 
4 of the kids have been going for swim lessons for a couple of weeks now.
This week we have off.  Carina is actually going into the water with no fight/complaint! 
That in itself is success to me.
Michael and Rian are doing wonderfully.
We have a new niece!  Miss Madison lives in Maryland.  So we have seen her via pictures...another new niece due to arrive VEEEEEEERY soon.
Anyone do anything exciting for the 4th of July?
This was the first time for as long as I can remember that we did not do the picnic/get-together thing.
And, dare I say was kinda nice!
We didn't have to worry about getting somewhere or feeding people etc. etc.
Yes, it is nice to get together too..but this was another kind of nice.
We did do fireworks later on that evening.
Okay, enough.
Gotta run.
I have a crier.

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