Tuesday, April 18, 2017


Do all little boys sleep with their swords?

I really tried to be conservative with Easter baskets this year. The older kids got a little candy and some nice swimming goggles (they cost more than I would normally buy). Benjamin got some cheaper goggles and a Paw Patrol animal, he is really into Paw Patrol. Normally I hide the baskets but I got lazy this year and put them in their rooms. I had to stop hiding them because Emma would get up extra early and sneak and find the baskets and eat from them. I think that next year I will go back to hiding them because I really enjoy that tradition.

We had a really low key day. We went to church and then came home and let the kids swim. Tasha and Ethan had to be at the in-laws house for lunch so we planned a dinner.

After eating we called the burn number and put in our information to burn yard waster. The kids made some smores (yes, our backyard neighbor who has called to complain about us burning was watching over the fence)

I sat with my mom while she ate her Easter meal. I also got her some candy, she loves her sweets. Life has been very hard on her lately. She has done a little better since starting her new medications but she will still cry on occasion.  If you ask her why she is crying she says she doesn't know but says over and over she is sorry. It is heartbreaking.

When I sit in her room the activity of the house shifts to her room. She enjoys it for a bit but can only take the noise for a little while. It doesn't stop her crying and the kids get upset with it, they don't understand and want me to help her. I struggle with the crying. It tears me up.

She loves Benjamin and he loves her. He came in to give her some loving.

That was our Easter. I didn't go out and buy matching dresses, I didn't spend a huge amount of money on candy, we didn't color any eggs, we didn't even take a family picture. We just came together and spent time together. 

No Eggs Here

I have been helping with coloring Easter eggs for 27 years. I am tired of coloring Easter eggs. I have to boil a lot because you can't just color one, the kids spends a few minutes coloring them and then they sit in my fridge and rot because my kids don't really eat them.

This year I decided to have them each do a stepping stone for a part of my yard that refuses to grow anything. Actually Benjamin did two because we needed his handprint.

We have been doing a lot of plantings so we had these thin plastic pots sitting around. I put some dirt in the bottom because I didn't need them that thick.

I bought some colored stones and let them do whatever they wanted to do. They all enjoyed creating their own stepping stone.

I do wonder how those stones will hold up. Benjamin sunk his in the most, some all they way. I guess time will tell. If they fall out I will give them some paint and have them paint the depressions.

I need to do a handprint for Vaida and some of the older kids wanted to do one, when the project is complete and in the ground I will post a picture!

Who colors eggs? Any other Easter traditions that you do?

Monday, April 17, 2017


For the curious, licensing update....there is none. The person who has our paperwork went out for spring break leaving our paperwork on her desk. We wait for the proper timing.

Spring Break Trampoline Park

I didn't have much planned for spring break. I promised the kids the zoo and the trampoline park. I had two young-ins with me so I only stuck with them, you know, to keep them from being trampled.

Larissa did the best at the tight rope

Vaida wanted to follow in Larissa's foot steps

If I would have fallen into one of those pits it would have taken all of my kids to help pull me out! 

Jason was with us, he said that his legs were sore for days. I think that this is a great activity for the younger crowd!

We ate Moe's afterwards before heading back home.

Nothing better than making a mud puddle and having some fun.

We have been doing a lot and I actually have a lot to write about. The kids are back in school now so I will be writing posts every 12 hours until I am caught up! Next post at 10 am my time.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Zoo Time

We got to the zoo right when it opened and I was glad that we did. The weather was great and by noon the place was filling up with people and I was ready to go.

The kids had a good time. We purchased a membership where many of the activities are free.

Riding the train.

Feeding the giraffes.

Apparently Larissa got licked and thought it was gross

Milking the "cow"

Attempting to drink the cows milk

Riding the carousel

(Benjamin refusing to get off)

Rock climbing, this is Emma's highest point. She was asking me how to get down here.

Feeding the birds

Taking pictures on statues.

We paid $3 extra for the kids to climb this rope course. Anthony and Larissa made it to the top.

Benjamin sneaking up on some cotton candy.

It was a very good morning. The rest of the day was spent playing and swimming (after a short nap)

We will have to go again, we only saw a part of the zoo. There is a splash pad and gardens as well as many animals we didn't get to.