Monday, September 13, 2010
Tomorrow I'll be back in the office for the first time in a week. Of course, I still don't have my computer fixed so not quite sure what I'll be working on there. Guess I'll find out when I get there.
Tonight was a busy night...Ty had karate, Bekah and Tay had dance.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
After 3 trips to school and 2 to Subway, Alex finally has his parking permit for this year. He almost didn't get it today because I almost missed that he needed a copy of his license (I was going to pick up the permit for him because he had to work) but it did require an extra trip to Subway to get said license so it could be copied.
Connor had soccer practice tonight where he scored his first goal. Yay!
Kenzie had soccer referee training tonight, which Connor was supposed to go as well. I'm actually not sure how it went because I forgot to ask her when she got home. Oops. I got distracted by her request to sleep over at a friends house. We then got into a discussion on why she couldn't...nothing bad on her part, will just need her help with the kiddos tomorrow.
Andy and Alex are driving to Pennsylvannia tomorrow to pick up a couple of church pews. We've talked forever about getting a church pew to use at our kitchen table but have never been able to. I happened to be searching online recently and found a couple for a great price...except they won't work at the table due to them being slightly curved instead of straight. But we are planning on using one in our living room to replace the sofa, that is currently being used as a wall...no railing at the stairs due to a remodeling project many moons ago where we took down the iron railing with the intention of putting up a wooden one. Somehow that has never happened. But the plans are tomorrow to move the sofa to the kids playroom to get rid of the junky chairs in there and put the pew where the sofa is and that will act as a wall at the stairs. Hopefully it will look okay. The pews we are getting are lovely and it's quite ironic that they are numbered 1 & 2 as when we go to church we almost always sit in the 1st or 2nd pew. This is a pic of what they look like. The gentleman we are purchasing them was so kind as to clean them off some and polish them with Murphy's Oil.
With some more cleaning and polishing, they are going to look awesome. I can't wait to see what they look like in person. I'm not quite sure what we are going to do with the second pew but for the price we just couldn't pass it up.
Alex actually had to work today. He almost never has to work during the day, always the evening shift but they asked him if he could help during the day today. Normally that would not be a problem except for it being Connor's first day of school and Alex needing his parking pass. Everything worked out but there was a lot of juggling going on today. He did have some excitement towards the end of his shift. Apparently the bank across the street from their store got robbed today. The cops went around to each of the businesses asking if they had seen anything. As Alex was leaving, he saw a guy getting arrested at one of the stores down the street. I have to assume that it was related to the robbery.
Work was crazy today...I wonder if it's a full moon, I know it's getting close. I feel like I was jumping between 10 different things today and didn't get a single one done. Bad thing is I'm not sure what they all were now so I'm not even sure I'll be able to finish them tomorrow.
The weather here has been lovely the last two days. Windy, cool..has actually been chilly enough to wear jeans in the morning and a light jacket outside while playing. It's great weather for staying in bed and snuggling under a blanket. Unfortunately, with these munchkins, there no chance of snuggling under covers for very long. LOL
Thursday, August 19, 2010
This weeks tour focus is on Living Areas.
Our first living area is the Living Room that houses our piano...and pretty much nothing else. ;) The recliner you see is much loved and after 8 kids is almost completely worn out. The duck pics that you see here were our anniversary presents to ourselves many moons ago.
This is a crucifix that Andy's grandfather made and had hanging in their house for many years. It's made out of brass and has one of those old time soda can tabs as the hanger.
This corner house religious items that are made out of olive wood from Bethlehem.
This is our family photo wall. Every time we have a child, the photos need to get rearranged so they are still symmetrical.
I love this throw! We got it after seeing Noah at Sights and Sounds theater in Pennsylvannia. My mom made the lighthouse stained glass piece that is on the right hand side of the pic.
Next up would be what I guess you could call a rec room. The room houses a pool table that we got as a family Christmas present a few years ago...
a foosball table that we've had forever (back left of this pic). Up until a couple of weeks ago, it also contained a small air hockey game but the kids played that so much that it literally fell apart. In the back right hand corner you can just barely make out a desk. I love this desk! It was my grandfathers and it's huge. Right now, my daughter has taken it over but once it gets refinished, one of these days, I'm taking it back. ;)
This is our photo wall...it contains all the kids birth pictures on the bottom, their most recent pic on top and a group shot of all the kids on the far left.
Next is our family room, the room we spend most of our time in...this room always comes with at least a few munchkins. ;)
Hiding under the blanket along the left hand wall of this picture is a beautiful table chess table. We got this as one of our family Christmas presents too.
And here is a peak into our classroom...this room also comes with at least one munchkin. :) The bookcases, tables and red chairs in this room came from when my company remodeled our work areas. I wish now that I'd gotten more. There's actually another bookcase that you can't see in these pics so there is plenty of storage in here.
I have no idea why this last pic turned out so small... the shelf on the wall is homemade an holds trophies that the kids have earned thru various activities...mostly softball and piano awards.
That completes the tour of our living areas. Thanks for visiting. Be sure to check out everyone else's pics by clicking on one of the links at the beginning of the post.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Connor was supposed to have tryouts tonight for the hish school soccer team but that also got rained out.
Tyler is the only one that was able to do his activity...lucky for him karate is held inside. ;)
The temperature was wonderful today...actually on the cool side...but tomorrow I'm hearing we'll be right back into the heat. Lovely. I'm ready for fall. It's been an incredibly hot summer so far.
I was glad to be working from home today as traffic was a mess. I'd love to do more days at home but I've only been able to talk them into 2. I guess that's better than nothing so I won't complain too much.
I think I'll actually try to read some tonight...currently reading Stork Club...after i vaccum downstairs and fold a couple loads of laundry.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
And speaking of tomorrow...Connor has soccer tryouts for school. He's really excited about trying out for the team. Let's hope that the rain they are calling for holds off so they can get the tryouts in.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Andy and the kids had a good day today...spent most of it at the marina catching fish. Everyone loves fishing and the younger girls appear to be naturals at it. A good number of fish were brought home to eat for tonights dinner.
Tyler had karate class tonight and earned another stripe. I believe this is the last one he needed before he could petition to the next belt level so hopefully by next month he'll be an orange stripe belt. He really likes karate and I hope it continues for a long time to come.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
While it was quiet I decided to make some cookies. Amazing how fast that seems get kids to come out of the woodwork. Next thing I know, Connor and Bekah are done playing in the rain and both Keari and Adam have awakened from their naps. Guess I should have waited a little longer before starting the cookies.
The cookies seemed to have turned out okay and were delicious even if they were a little chipless.
Adam was in a fiesty mood after he got up from his nap and decided he didn't like the newspaper in their recycling bin.
The girls had such a good time at Ferry Point Park that we headed back there again after dinner today. This time we decided to take the shorter path.
Andy and Adam watching the older kids as they explore
Another beautiful view as the sun sets over the water
Saturday, August 14, 2010
After dinner, since it was still so nice out, we decided to talk a walk around Ferry Point Park. The kids have been before but this was my first time. It's really pretty there, a nice oyster shell trail along the water with benches and picnic tables scattered along the way. I told Andy we'd have to come back and bring a lunch next time. Below are some pics of our walk...
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tyler had another Karate class tonight. It was a good thing he went (this was an extra class for him to see which nights of the week he liked better) as only one other kid showed up. They were able to get lots of individual attention although I think both kids were getting a little punchy...this was their 4th day of 3 hr Karate camp in the morning.
This is a view of the far end of our kitchen. We remodeled a number of years ago and this room used to be our dining room. Before we remodeled, the pass through you see used to be a doorway into a sunroom.
Here you are standing right inside the doorway. There used to be a wall that divided the two rooms right where the counter juts out. We discovered just how shoddy some of the work that had been done on this house was when we went to remove that wall...it was only held up by two nails. The doorway you see to the right is another entrance into what used to be the sunroom and is now our dining area....we don't have a formal dining room in the house, as you will see.
A view from the other corner of the room...the main entry way is just out of sight to your left. The lovely duct tape that you can see on the microwave is courtesy of our youngest who decided to hit the microwave one day with a big spoon. How he could reach that high is beyond me...he was only 1 1/2yr old at the time.
This is a view when standing in the doorway mentioned above. Prior to remodeling there used to be sliding glass doors in both this doorway and in the pass through area.
This is our dining room table...had a hard time getting it all in the pic. ;) We still have 3 more leaves that can go into it. It's called a reunion table and seats 16 comfortably although we have had up to 20 around it at one time. The nice thing about this table is that it is extra wide so there is plenty of room for food in the middle and you still have room for your plates and stuff around the edges.
The milk jugs that you can see on the freezer in this pic are a homeschool project...at some point these will turn into piggy banks.
Even though we did the remodeling of the kitchen years ago, we never seem to get around to painting it. Something always seems to come up that takes any spare money we might have. But one of these days I would love to paint it a lovely shade of green and have yellow accents.
That concludes the tour of our kitchen/dining room. Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by! You can check out the links at the top of this post for others in the tour. :)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The bagel bites were nowhere to be seen by the time I made it in the house and I'd had pork chops/mashed potatoes for lunch so cereal sounded like a good thing. Then of course we had to have a brownie for dessert. By this point, Ty and Andy made it home and instead of going for our normal evening walk, the girls wanted to go swimming. I took Adam in for a bit...he absolutely loves the water and kept trying to get me to let go of him. He didn't seem to understand that if I didn't have my hands on him that he would sink under the water. The mosquitos finally chased Adam and I out but by that point the older kids were back and invading our space. ;) They are still out there having a ball although they are all going nuts at the moment because a horsefly is attacking them. I do believe that we made a good investment in getting the pool all those years ago.
Monday, August 09, 2010
And Andy's day was just as bad in a different sense...he spent the entire day running kiddos all over the place. Ty had to be at Karate camp at 9, then it was back to the house to pick Tay up for a drs appt...and hour later, it's back to the house only to turn around and pick Ty up from camp. Then it was time to take Connor, Kenzie and Taylor to piano...which took an extremely long time today...which I think is good because they must have been going over a lot of things today but I thing at that point hubby would have liked a short lesson so he could get back home for awhile. Somewhere in there my sister arrived to help Alex do so pt on his shoulder...my mom also showed up. Soon after getting back from piano, Ty needed to head back for his regular Karate class...I took him so hubby could have some home time. After class, we headed home for dinner, then Andy, Keari, Adam and I took a walk along the river. It was a gorgeous evening..not hot and muggy like it has been but I'm thinking this is only temporary as they are talking about temps in the upper 90's for the next 2 days.
The kids are constantly complaining about being bored but something sure tired them out today, at least the girls, because within 5 minutes of them laying down all 3 were asleep. I should really head that way myself....
Sunday, August 08, 2010
I did get interrupted in the middle of my project by Adam wanting to take a nap so while he was doing that, I decided to try and fix the missing tiles in our kitchen floor. One was easy to replace but the other one was caused by the floor being uneven from when the previous owners did an addition. We attempted to level it when we laid the new floor but it's not starting to crack to certain areas need to be releveled. I figured that needed to wait until the kiddos were in bed tonight, which they are now, so they weren't constantly poking or stepping in it as it's trying to dry. I think it's shrinking as it's drying so I might need to do another coat tomorrow after work.
When Adam got up from his nap, Andy and him slipped in quietly in the pool...the others were all entertaining themselves in other ways...so Andy and Adam has a lovely quiet swim in the pool. Adam really like the water, as long as it doesn't make noise...he hated the ocean when were there.
Guess it's time for me to start thinking about getting stuff ready to take to work tomorrow...I don't really want to though as there seems to be nothing but problems lately. Maybe one of these days things will get better.
Tomorrow will be a busy day, Ty has karate camp in the morning and class in the afternoon, Tay has a drs appt in the morning, Connor, Kenzie & Tay have piano practice in the afternoon. Maybe it will keep them all out of trouble tomorrow. Nah! LOL
Saturday, August 07, 2010
We are a family of 10 that live in a 7 bedroom house (that sounds grander than it actually is, believe me) that was built in 1978. When we purchased the house in 1994, it only contained 3 bedroom. Since then we've made a number of renovations, the biggest of which was the addition over the garage that gave us another 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. Only 5 of the rooms are currently being used as a bedroom...one is a playroom and another is a den/office. We have 5 boys and 3 girls...the girls are all in one room, two boys (twins) in a second, our 2 oldest boys in the 3rd, the baby (he'll be 2 soon so not much of a baby anymore) in the 4th and us in the 5th.
The tour begins with a view of our house from the road...
and a side view. This is usually where our garden is at this time of year but the last couple of years have been so miserable and that combined with all the rain we had at the beginning of planting season, prompted us not to put one in this year.
Continuing around this side of the house brings you to our back yard. It includes a lovely pool for cooling off on the hot days that we have...
a trampoline to try and wear the kids out although at the moment it needs some repair work done to it before the kids can jump on it, a soccer goal and a small playground for the younger kids...
and a lovely chicken coop that houses some really sweet chicken and a crazy looking rooster. I should have taken a pic of him as he looks like he stuck his claw in an electric socket...he has feathers on his head that stick out in every direction...
This is a view of the back yard from our deck...
This is our deck, which is not nearly big enough for all the people we have running around on it. One of these days I would love to extend it to the other end of the house...
and last but not least, our entryway. This is the front entrance to our house. If you go up the stairs, you end up in our living room. That's our cat, Oscar, coming down the stairs. The doorway you can just make out in the upper right of the pic leads into our kitchen. If you go down the stairs, you end up in a rec room...but this is how we usually get into our house, thru the garage and into our laundry room...
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