Thursday, May 10, 2018

WITL 2018 - Wednesday

Tuesday was the first day with the big camera and thus there were TONS of photos.  Wednesday was a mix of phone and camera. Add I liked a lot of them....

 7:21 am - Tuesday evening Brent and I assembled this ridiculously large new cage for Moose... followed by a lot of discussions about how to not have his bed/home be out in the middle of our house.  Having two kids in it gives you a sense of just how huge it is.  He is a big dog...

 7:32am - Breakfast! The kids and Brent all have cereal, at minimum, for breakfast.  B is wearing his new 5th grade shirt for the first time and is confused by his first experience with 3/4 sleeves.  He is going to the Oklahoma Dodgers (minor league) baseball game today so they are all wearing matching shirts.
 7:56am - Morning chores - Brendan has been picking dishes as his morning chores of late, which is great as there are always more to do. As our beloved vacuum robot is broken, I'm sweeping at least two rooms + a part of the hall every morning.  All the other kids have other chores and this morning it was mopping the upstairs bathrooms.

7:57 - E is not nearly as far along in getting ready.  He was still in the "get dressed" phase as B is finishing his chores.  He does leave for school about 5 minutes later than B, but....
 8:10am - The kids can have electronics when everything else is done.  Here B has taken his medicine (anti-biotics and inhalers for ear infection and asthma flare up), brushed his teeth, done his chores, and packed his stuff for school.
 8:12am - M looking wistfully into the distance as she's ready to go to the bus. Really we're just pondering if she has everything she needs for school.  And just about here we remember that she need to grab the clay for her "Mini Society" project.

 8:13am - B in the distance and M (plus clay) up close and on the way to the bus stop.

And then a lot of time passes and I took no photos. I mopped the guest bathroom, worked, took Moose for a walk, made lunch, worked some more.  Brent had tons of meetings and an interview for the job he has been filling on an interim basis, the kids went to school, etc...
3:15pm - Sitting in the pick up line waiting for E - This is the first pick up line of the week as he has been home sick from school.  I realized that I'll only be doing routine afternoon pick up for a couple more weeks after YEARS of daily afternoon pick up. I won't miss it, but I will miss the bonus time with E. 
3:18 - E is in the car with a front pack as he is carefully bringing home his Mother's Day gift - A hand print tile. I love hand print crafts!
3:25 pm - E putting away his bag and upnpacking his folders. (Those shorts are just really short, but he was feeling Hawaii today?)

After we work through his bag and folders he got a few minutes of electronics while I read and walked in circles before we took Moose on a walk to the bus stop.
3:51 - E and Moose exploring while we wait for the bus. 
3:52 - E staring off into the creek as we wait.  I love this area. So beautiful. 

4:09pm - I got an MM LaFleur box - this is part of the prep for my trip to DC.  The clothes are more expensive than I normally buy, but a really good quality and perfect for my work so I'm slowly adding some pieces here and there for my work wardrobe. M always helps with taking photos so I can see what it looks like. 
4:12 - E wanted to see the clothes too, but had way more fun on this scooter than we were having picking standard business attire.... Love him. 

 4:35 - The kids might like the crate more than Moose - Here they are all involved along with a reminder that we don't shut people in the crate....B is trying to help Moose escape while M & E want Moose to stay in with them.

5:03pm - M & E are helping make more cookies for the support staff (Janitors, Cafeteria workers, Office Staff, etc...). B is working on his Science report again.  It is taking up a lot of time every day. 

5:18pm - We were planning on family gym night so M has put on her brand new work out attire to prepare. 
6:41pm - Brent got home around 6:10 and it was really too late for him to change, get to the gym, and have time to do a worthwhile amount of exercise.  So, I left when he arrived to get 20 or so minutes of weights in while I waited to pick up B.  It was leg day + my normal 8 min arms circuit.  At home, Brent grilled chicken we'd put in to marinade earlier and the rice cooked in the instant pot. Brent and Moose got some play time in outside too.  We also had beets for dinner that the kids think taste like potatoes and to me smell like summer as we had them a lot in the summer growing up.   
8:03pm - M & E are heading for bed and B is trying to finish rewriting the draft of his science paper. All that mess is M's from a big paper doll crafting adventure this weekend. B has a sunburn from the baseball game which you can sort of see here. 

8:06pm - Reading with E - Don't let the Pigeon Stay up late. (Photo by M)
 8:12pm (or maybe 8:10 per her clock?) M is in bed with the blinds up so it is still pretty light. She likes a LOT of pillows.
 8:13pm - Capturing all these riding ribbons as a year ago she had never done a riding competition and has won lots of ribbons since then!

After this, I read a chapter of the Apollo book with B and did 45 minutes of "Deep Stretch" Yoga--- which probably should have been called All the Hip Openers.
11:16pm - Brent is playing video games at the couch - I was reading there next to him. I took this as I headed to bed and took all the inhalers. 

WITL 2018 - Tuesday

So I broke out the big camera and took 128 photos because wow, DSLR photos are so much better and why don't I take them more! So here is a very photo heavy Tuesday. 
7:40 am - It is pretty common to find M and Moose having snuggles in the morning.  In the first photo, she is heading up for day time clothes and then she stops by again on the way down.  Their hair is almost the same color right now :)  Moose wasn't even part of our family during WITL last year, but you'll see a lot of him this time + it is his birthday week!

8:06am - E is way behind today as he got to sleep in.  He is staying home from school again today to give the anti-biotics time to work before returning to his class.
8:09am - M with presents for three helper teachers.  She is heading to the bus stop early to see Clara.  It is plenty warm today, but she is wearing her riding jacket so a younger girl from riding can recognize her. 
 8:12am - Brent would usually have been gone for an hour by now, but he had a dentist appointment nearby and got some extra time with us.  Both he and B are heading out the door.

8:14 - I love all the green and this image. I never would take a photo of this otherwise, but we are in the last weeks of M &  B riding the same bus.  Next fall, B will ride the middle school bus which departs and arrives and hour earlier. I think we'll all miss the kids being on the same schedule and at the same school.  Also, I'm going to just miss him being an elementary school kid. 

8:49am - I started work when B left.  However, I realized after awhile I hadn't seen E lately and thought I'd see how his chores were coming.... He had not gotten far, but was very cute, so I helped him get moving again. 
8:56 - E is cleaning toilets... slowly, I stopped by with some advice.

10:31am - usually B takes Moose for a walk in the morning, but he's been behind this week.  I often also take Moose for a walk around mid-day if my meetings alow.  It was great to have E along with us for the walk today--- albeit a bit slower with his help. 
 10:49 - Moose is adapting to the camera and smiling :)
11:53 - Lunch with E! Another grilled cheese for him and left overs + double phones for me!
 12:09pm - The rule of sick days is that you MUST take a nap no matter who you are.... I have doubts about if he slept, but we'll say he rested.
 3:49pm - This little pond/shady spot is near the bus stop and a cooler/prettier place to wait for the big kids.

 3:54pm - The kids are here! M walks Moose back and he enthusiastically jumps on hugs everyone.
 4:08pm - A photo of the garden before I harvested the chard and some brocolini.  The kids are doing poop pick up work too.
 5:15pm - B is working on his draft science report and bibiliography. A parent has to read, edit, and sign it... which too, awhile as I'm picky. He finished just in time for swim practice.
 6:06pm - E came with M to riding.  He sometimes goes to the Korenaks during riding, but given his strep diagnosis and Zane's impending surgery, we're going to wait a couple more days to visit.

6:34pm - M cantering on Jane.  She has made so much progress.
6:57pm - E likes to visit the petting zoo while M is riding.  The goats now have chickens in their pen.  He was sad that the mini ponies have moved to another area and also annoyed that the chickens don't want to be picked up.  Who would have guessed?
7:03pm - Riding is over and M is walking Jane out to the pasture. 
 7:31 - While we were at riding Brent picked up B from swim practice.  The lighting is weird, but dinner was SO good.  Brent grilled marinated salmon and we had watermelon and green beans too.

Brendan has a lot of skin issues this year.  Here he is putting ointment on his feet-- which are allergic to rubber and thus irritated by his fins.  He also has some weird issue under his knee.  It is a new part of our bedtime ritual. 
8:44pm -- yes, we are way behind on bedtime, but reading with B went long as did E eating dinner and everything else.  Kids reading in bed is very much our routine.  M& B get to read until 9.  He has since finished this book. 


8:44 - M is trying to finish all her school library books before the library closes on Friday so she is back to paper books for a bit.  These are from the "Dear America" series. 

9:34pm - Tuesday nights Brent plays video games online with his friends-- Usually, Gavin and Eric, but sometimes others. 
 9:51pm - Brent took some photos of me during my yoga - I practice pretty much daily and do whatever is scheduled on the Yoga with Adriene calender.  Tuesday was a rerun of TRUE day 14 "Listen." I had already finished my 8min arms (weights) circuit which I do whenever the yoga assigned is less than 30 minutes (last month I did it daily too, but it got to be a lot of time sometimes and muscles need to rest sometimes).
10:35pm - After yoga I attempted to assemble Moose's new crate.  His old one was really too small, but I may have gotten one a size too big? In any case, it required Brent and I as part of it got stuck and had to be pried loose.  Then we had to convince Moose to try it out--- Cheese is very persuasive.  He went in at bedtime again with no problems.

Not quite a standard day with E home sick, but fairly close and I'm glad to have photos of some of the basics of our days. 


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