Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Wagner kind of week

 Thankfully the last week and a half has not been quite so crazy... quite.  
We got a bunch of yard work done on Saturday, swept out the garage, and row-hoed the garden.  The girls even helped Bob pick up sticks and burn the stick pile.
The little table got moved upstairs so they wanted to eat a snack at it. 
We tried again on Tuesday to get this little one's pictures taken.  It went much better and she smiled great.
Then I tried to take her to sewing club that evening.  She was good long enough for me to eat, then she screamed.  And wouldn't eat, and wouldn't calm down.  So I took her home.  I was there for about 45 minutes.  Mur.  I was a little bit disappointed, so I sulked sewed for a while.
So the grocery store now has an option to order online and they bring it out to you at the store... which sounds pretty awesome.  I tried it on Wednesday after story hour... we had a hard time getting out the door and then I left my phone at home and it was raining... you're supposed to call and tell them when you arrive.  *sigh*  I was so frustrated with myself.  I had to walk in to the store through the rain, but otherwise it was a pretty great way to get groceries!  
Since I wasn't in the best mood and it was Wednesday and I hadn't finished my chemistry lecture yet, and did I mention it was raining, I listened to all of Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg.  Because Wagner is awesome.  And Cecily asked, "is that done yet?"  Ha.  No, no it's not.
"Get on your own bike Cecy!!"
 So our bouncy seat was originally borrowed from Sharon.  After her two girls and ours the fabric cover was looking pretty sad.  And starting to shred in places.  So I sewed a new one.  I bought double faced quilted fabric and bound all the seams so it's reversible.  Woot woot.  Cadence likes it and she's figured out how to kick her legs to make herself bounce.
 Last Saturday was a lazy day and so nice out.  They are obsessed with finding acorns (we don't have oak trees), or as Emmy calls them- "eggnuts." Cecily wanted to carve her pumpkin so we did... she drew a face and I cut it out.  Emmy was more interested in rolling the other pumpkins around the porch.
 Finished product...
Then they played in the sandbox... They dress themselves... (someday when you're reading this girls, it wasn't me, it was you!)
Sunday after church we went to Tom and Andria's T-town reception.  Good times.  Sarah and Ryan were there and it was fun to see them.  We actually made it to hymn sing in the evening, so it was a full day.
Today was Cadence's 111st day!  Woot woot!  We've made it eleventy-one days, and it's all down hill from here.  Ha.  Bob suggested a three layer skillet cookie... so I baked cookie bars in round pans and made ganache for the filling and the top.  It wasn't quite thin enough so it looks more lumpy than drippy and elegant.  Oh well, it tastes great. 
 Little snuffles slept through her own eleventy-first day celebration.  (ooo, this is the reverse of the bouncy cover)
We took a picture together later.  She was not too impressed.  Also, I pretty much look as frazzled as I feel these days...

Friday, October 07, 2016

Life in the fast lane

It's been busy.  

Two weeks ago Bob's cousin got married in Kansas.  He went without us....  I went to Abby's wedding in Leo when Cecily was 2 months and Alyssa's wedding in Leo when Emmy was 3 months.  This time I decided that a two day 8-hour trip with a nursing baby sounded miserable. Even though I would have loved to have been there, (I haven't been to Kansas since Scott's wedding!) I know I wouldn't have enjoyed it.  It was only the third night since we've been married that we've been apart.  I know, I'm spoiled.

I took the girls to Washington on Sunday to avoid wedding crowds, and so that I'd have some help at church.  It was a good thing- Cadence was super fussy all day so Mom pretty much took care of the older girls and I was out with Cadence all day.  I spent afternoon service in the lunch room trying to get her to fall asleep and talking to Clayton.  

The girls were very happy to see Bob when he got home that night.  He took Monday afternoon off and we made a quick trip to Wildlife Prairie Park.  Checking out the wolves:
 Just chilling in the stroller... enjoying the beautiful day.

 Most of the animals were in view and active so that was really fun!
 We didn't see any bison buffalo.  Sad day.  (I refuse to call them bison... if the first English speakers here called them buffalo, why can't that be their name? Lots of things have scientific classifications that don't match their names.)
 Story hour started for the fall.  Cecily loves it.  Emmy likes to play at the library and pick out books off the shelf at random.
Last Thursday the girls and I went to Aunt Shelly's baby shower.  Woot.  I should have left them home... they ate supper before because the shower menu included soup and kids and soup and eating on their laps is just a bad, bad idea.  But we still managed to dump a plate of dessert on the floor.  And Cecily cracked her head on the stone fireplace hearth.  Ayiyiyi. 

So then she was acting weird the rest of the evening.  And was super emotional and crying and "I'm so sad."  Does your head hurt?  No.  Do you think you're going to throw up?  Yes.  (hauled her to the bathroom, she didn't.)  Does your head hurt? Yes.  O man.  All of these things are concussion symptoms.  *sigh*  She will grow out of this right?? She was feeling fine the next morning so we all went to 'teaching school.'

Playing the hippo game with Daddy
 Cecily turned 5 on Monday! Craziness.  I stayed up way too late Sunday night making her cake and it didn't even turn out very good.  Oh well, the girls thought it was pretty.  Their first look- Cecily was explaining something.
We went to the park for a little bit.  How is she five!?
 Little stinker wanted her red puppy shirt... she always has a preference.
They play so well when they're not fighting. 
It's bright out here!
They got out the party hats.  
She did not know what to think about the hat, haha.
Her blue (and pink) butterfly cake!  "It's sparkly!"
Emmy mostly refrained from opening her presents.
 She had a very specific list this year: roller skates, a singing bird, and a singing card.  Grandma Lydiann sent her a singing card, and we got her roller skates and the singing bird so she was a happy girl.  Although, I think she's afraid of the skates- she's only put them on once and said they were too high and took them off immediately.
 Grocery trip... usually we get one of the car carts and they ride in the car, but they were all taken.  So instead we got in the way of everyone and my ankles hurt.
 Just chilling at the library while big sis is in story hour.
After story hour we went to Cecily's 5 year check up.  She had to get two 'pokes' that she freaked out about.  Eesh osh.  But, she's all ready for kindergarten.  
Today was school again.  It started off with a bang, I dropped my hand mirror and it shattered all over the bathroom.  Then I left the van door open in the parking lot.  *sigh*  Class went well; we did the flame test lab, which I love.   After class the plan was to go to Chick-Fil-a and then get Cadence's 3 month pictures taken and Cecily's 5 year pictures taken...  the best laid plans... We've been taking Matthew S. with us on Fridays since he's taking Biology at PCA, so he tagged along with us.  Lunch went well and then we got to the 'picture taking.'  Cadence sobbed and would not be comforted.  So... forget taking her pictures, lets just do Cecily's.  Oh wait, Emmy, who pretty much only drank juice for breakfast, juice box at school, and chocolate milk for lunch filled her diaper and it leaked all over her pants.  Mom cleaned her up, but they had used her extra diaper at school and all that was in the diaper bag was a swim diaper, and I had no extra pants for her.  And then when we told Cecily it was her turn she started crying.  At that point I threw in the towel and rescheduled.  I think this may go down as the great picture fiasco of 2016.

Tonight we went to the farm for Cecily's birthday party.  She got a doctor kit so everybody got two or three checkups.  We're all going to be fine. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lions and Tigers and Giraffes

Oh My!
Last week ended up being a fairly busy week.  On Wednesday we went to the zoo.  September-October is, in my opinion, the best time to visit zoos- no field trips, kids are in school, it's not blazing hot so you are comfortable and the animals are comfortable.  We even lucked out and got an overcast day in the 70's.  woot woot. In general, I'm not much of an animal lover and Glen Oak zoo is plenty big for me, especially with small children in tow, but it was a lot of fun.
 We met Mom and Donna there for Lunch.  Checking out the tigers.
 Inside the Budgie cage... so cool.
Just a little bit smaller than a rhino.
 The new baby giraffe was hanging out outside.  So little, and yet, still so big!
 The lions weren't out yet for the day and Cecily really, really wanted to see them so we spent a little time waiting and playing on the playground.  We got home and Emmy was sad she didn't get to finish her kitchen.  Haha. 
We found the lions!  
 Cadence pretty much dozed on and off the whole afternoon.  Somehow the girls came home with more stuffed animals... even though I declared a moratorium on stuffed things a while ago.  Emmy though Cadence needed to have her giraffe.
 Cecily was begging for a pet... Bob heard about these butterflies from a coworker, so these were her "pets" for a week or so.  They came as caterpillars and we got to watch them form chrysalises and then they emerged!  We ended up with four painted lady butterflies from the original 5 caterpillars.  They have since been released, they could only come up with two names- 'Timothy' and 'Emmy'.
I took the girls to lapsit at the library... they've been singing, 'head, shoulders, knees and toes' ever since.
 We hadn't made homemade ice cream this year... and I hadn't made skillet cookies since college... and they both sounded really good... soooo....
They turned out really well.  Sort of spur of the moment/ last minute, I texted some people who I never see because I'm in the baby room all day on Sundays... so Marci, Jason & Anita, and Michael & Holly came over and helped us eat all the unhealthy deliciousness.  Our girls were wild and obnoxious.  *sigh*  Why is it that they always say/do the most awkward/disobedient things when you aren't close enough to stop them/put your hand over their mouths?  Our guests were probably more than ready to get back to their nice quiet houses... 
Harvest started and Dad texted me a picture of a tractor, stuck in the mud...  Emmy asked to see it constantly so I printed it for her.  "Jakey's tractor stuck in mud!  It dirty! Grandpa will help him get it out!" 
After school on Friday, we were ready for a quiet weekend.  I have a feeling that getting Christmas card pictures is going to be ... interesting... again this year.
This week has been pretty quiet.  Other than our normal grocery trip (plus a Big R stop for Copper Sulfate for lab- it's sold out everywhere else because it's a seasonal product, who knew?) we didn't do much until Thursday.  We headed to the farm for the afternoon because Shelly wanted me to help her with a baby quilt.  The girls swam and played with Gus.
While we slaved away in the sewing dining room.  We copied a quilt from Land of Nod that isn't available anymore... but simplified it into half square triangles.  Shells wasn't sure if she trusted me... hehe.
Cadence slept all afternoon, which was great. 
We ended up eating supper with Mom and Shelly and Jake... and the girls got to take Grandpa supper in the field.  And Shelly and I caught a frog and then we almost let it loose in the house.  Ha.  There was much shrieking. 
We got the top pieced... and then I took my tired girls home to bed.  

We managed to get out the door on time for school- minor miracle.  And we did our first lab!  So scary.  They used their alcohol burners to heat up and then recrystallize copper sulfate from solution. Open flames, church kitchen, teenagers doing their first chem lab... it's a wonder I slept that night.  At least the fire extinguisher is readily available.  It went well.  They all got it to work, which makes lab so much more fun.  And there were no unintentional fires.  Plus, I got to wear my lab coat, green safety glasses, and nitrile gloves which always makes for a happy day.  

I sort of kind of enjoy the safety lecture... talking about Willy the Chemist... Willy is no more, what Willy thought was H2O was H2SO4... and poor Carol... Carol didn't wear her safety glasses, now she doesn't need them.  And if you are on fire, stop drop and roll!  We don't have an eyewash station, but.... if you get something in your eyes find a sink and I WILL hold your eyelids open under the water for 15 minutes while we wait for paramedics.  Haha.  Most of it is overkill for this class, but it keeps them on their toes and it's good practice for any future lab classes.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Labor Day, Fishing, and Teaching School

Summer is fast disappearing.  We dug the potatoes in the gathering dusk this evening.  *sigh*  Trading daylight for darkness and all that.  I miss the light already. But it's not as hot!  Hooray!
Silly girls outside...
We spent most of labor day weekend at Sauder's timber.  We did not camp this year, although we did go join everyone during the day.  The weather was pretty much perfect.

Some of the men took the kids to the creek to wade.  My girls are off in the distance... they came back soaked and with lots of interesting rocks.  This picture made me miss our good old fashioned up north/mountain vacations.  Camping, hiking, stopping along the road to wade in creeks...mur.
The swings were in high demand.
Emmy spent a lot of time "moo-ing."
Sunday evening we all got to compete in the Olympics.  My team did not do very well, probably because I was on it...
... Emmy was on our team too, and she was definitely more interested in the shot-put ball than actually participating.   
O man.  Cecily was the sumo wrestler for her team.  That face.  haha.  I don't think she knew what to think. 
Gator rides...
So at breakfast Labor day morning Cecily randomly pipes up with "we never went fishing on vacation! We were supposed to go fishing with Grandpa!"  They weren't busy and it was a nice night so we headed to Uncle Roy's. 
Playing while the men put hooks and bobbers on their princess poles... 
Fishing with Grandpa.
So excited...
Thankfully the fish were biting and Emmy caught one pretty quickly!
"I catch fish!  I catch BIG fish!" 
Then she lost interest and ran off to play.  Cecily was very patient.
And she caught one too! 
We ended up bringing the fish home... in our van garbage can because I didn't think ahead... so we heard fish flopping while driving and it was so weird.  We probably should have taken them to the farm or Matt's because we don't own a fillet knife and I don't know how to fillet fish. (What did we do before youtube!?) Even with freshly sharpened knives at home I still pretty much butchered rather than filleted them.  We ate them for supper the next day and they were delicious. 

Cecily complained that they never get to cook with me so we made brownies.  Ha.   
Friday morning we were up bright and early and out the door to "teaching school!"  First day of teaching chemistry at Co-op again.  I wore my "I wear this shirt periodically" shirt. 
And spilled my water by the door to the classroom. 
Thankfully Cadence slept through it all!  And the older two were excited to see their nursery friends again and didn't want to leave after class was over.

"Can I hold Cadence?"  Cadence was wearing her star shirt, so Emmy wanted her star shirt, and Cecily insisted on pulling out her star shirt from the winter pile so they could match.  I do not have a star shirt.

Sunday evening we headed to Fairbury.  Blake and Kristin invited us for their invite-a-guest... I was not ready to try a full day of visiting another church, no naps, plus supper/singing so we just went for the evening. It was good to see them again!  Cecily had a great time playing (or attempting to play) with Garrett and Emmy had fun running around and sliding.  They both came home with new bruises, so a good time was had by all.  Cadence was not impressed and cried the whole way home.  Ha.  I am glad we didn't attempt all day.   

The girls were a little bit confused that Daddy used to live with Blake and Mommy lived with Kristin... Bob told the girls all kinds of stories about the things Shaker did to 709... and vice versa.  O man.  Back when we were young and dumb. (Cecily thought they were great stories...pianos and snowmen and effigies, oh my! yikes.)