Well, it’s been a long week. But we’ve about made it. Kind of. I’ll have to admit, we did let the kids watch movies on Thursday night since they were home alone and Turner had had a nap so he would be up the whole time, and also on Friday night since Hayden was babysitting again and he also had Marilyn. We thought it would be better for the kids to have screen time on those nights than to totally destroy the house!
So sorry I’ve stayed off the computer way more than usual and haven’t posted. And now I don’t even remember what we’ve done. I can’t believe I haven’t posted in a week! Bad me! So get a snack, sit back and relax. And welcome to a week in the life of the Olivers.
Carolyn came over on Monday. I think maybe that was the day that Lacy had a dentist appointment and I was watching Rose. After they got done with the appointment we played for awhile. I was a bad hostess and folded laundry and cleaned while they were here, but it needed to be done! Carolyn and I worked together to make a yummy carrot cake. I don’t remember what I made for dinner, but I remember a huge pile of dirty dishes when I went to bed that night. Whoops. Monday night we had Family Home Evening. It was really late, and I was in charge of the activity, so we sat at the table and had the snack (carrot cake) and I was still racking my brain about what we should do that wouldn’t make the kids hyper. And then I started chanting, “Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?” And none of my kids had ever heard that before! And even though it was pretty lame as far as activities go, it was new, so it was acceptable!
Tuesday was kind of a crazy day for me. I tried to get some housework done on Tuesday morning and was working on getting Turner potty trained (still not working!). I dropped Sam and Regan off at preschool and then I went shopping and errand running for two hours. I was in Fred Meyer’s and looked at the clock and realized that I should already be in the car driving to pick Regan and Sam up. I thought it would be faster to go through the self check since there were lines everywhere else. I didn’t consider that almost everything I had gotten was bulk, so I would have to look up all the numbers. Finally I desperately asked for some help and a lady came over and quickly finished it for me. Whew. I loaded the boys up and zoomed over to pick the kids up. Ten minutes late. Whoops. I had about an hour at home then I went to pick up the kids from school. Dix had to work late that night and I had just found out that Hayden had to be at the Olympia Stake Center at 7 for dance rehearsal. Landon had a violin rehearsal out on Marvin Rd at 6 and then Cub Scouts at 7 at the Lacey Stake Center. Aaaahhh! So after several phone calls I found a ride for Hayden, talked Porter into babysitting Turner and Regan, and took Landon to his two places. I also had a temple recommend interview while I was at the church, so I just waited there afterwards until Landon’s scouts were over. I was exhausted by the time I got home.
Wednesday was actually a little crazier than Tuesday if you can believe that! I got the kids off to school and just had time to shower and get ready. I sent Regan and Turner off to Sam’s house and then I picked up my companion Desiree and we went visiting teaching to three people. One of them wasn’t there, and we have four on our route, so we still have two more visits to make. I got home around 1, so I had about two hours to try to conquer some of the disorder that had taken over from my previous two crazy days. With little luck. I got some laundry put away and a load of dishes done. I picked up Porter (Landon went to Keagan’s after school), came home, got the kids, dropped Hayden off at violin, took the other kids and about 70 books to the library, picked Hayden up, hurried home, had about 45 minutes to make and eat dinner, sent Hayden and Dix off on their bikes for scouts, picked Landon and Keagan up, went to the school to see the Reptile Man, dropped Porter off at the church for scouts, dropped Keagan off, picked Porter up from scouts and went home. Talk about pooped out. It was a fun day, but I think I’d prefer boring days, thank you very much. That much running around in one day is just not fun. Dix and Hayden rode from our house to the Chehalis Western Trail, then north to the Petsmart area, then back. It was Dixon’s first ride in sooooo long, and although it was hard for him, he did it and hasn’t even been too sore this week!
The Reptile Man was so fun. It was at the kids’ school. He brought in about 15 reptiles. They were really cool and interesting. Nothing boring like a bearded dragon or a ball python. Cool stuff like a gaboon viper and a king cobra. He did a really cool show. Turner was AWFUL, though. He kept running around. He actually ran up front where the man was doing his show. I was so embarrassed and mad. And Hayden wasn’t there to help me! I was holding Cooper and Turner most of the time so I was physically exhausted by the end of it. Landon won the raffle, so he got a Hulk book. That was kind of cool. The kids all got to pet the rock iguana and the albino Burmese Python at the end. Regan wasn’t a bit scared.
Thursday wasn’t nearly as crazy as earlier days, but it was still busy. I was home all morning. Regan had her friend Aurora over, then I took Sam, Regan and Aurora all to preschool. Regan went home with Aurora afterwards. I picked her up when I picked up the big boys from school. Then Landon had violin lessons, we had an hour or so and then I took him to the west side for his last group lesson of the school year. Barbara was so cute. She gave them each one of those little monster finger puppets and called it a bow monster and stuck it onto the tips of their bows. So fun! So then they played “monster twinkle” and did a twinkle parade around the room. She is so great. We’ll miss having group lessons all summer, although it will be nice having Thursday evenings free for awhile. We’ll have our recital on Thursday the 8th for anyone who is interested. We got home from group lessons around 8:30. Dix finally got home from work about half an hour after we got home.
On Friday we went to the Woodland Creek Park with Chanda and her kids. We had a picnic lunch and got our daily dose of vitamin D. I love sunny days. The kids played for quite a while and then we took the kids down to the edge of the lake to throw rocks in for a few minutes before we left. I put Turner and Cooper both down for naps when we got home around 2. I had a nice quiet hour with Regan playing quietly with play doh. I got more laundry folded and more dishes done. We made smoothies for after school snacks.
Then Kurt and Marilyn came over to play. It was such a nice day, the kids mostly just played outside. Dale stopped by around 4, bearing gifts. The kids were happy to see him and I saw his California pictures and got a little info about his trip. He and Kurt rode bikes with the kids outside for awhile. The boys really enjoyed that. We decided to do Arts Walk, so around 7, Kurt and Jackie, Dix and Dale and I all went to Thai food for dinner (yummy!) and then to downtown. Me and Dix stood out like sore thumbs. We are so not hippy. It was fun for awhile, but when some really loud bass beat about tore out my soul, I knew it was time to go home. And not a moment too soon. Hayden called while we were on our way home and Cooper had just begun wailing. The kids had done pretty well and the house wasn’t too trashed.
Saturday morning was glorious so we decided to seize the day and go for a bike ride. While I cleaned up the yummy breakfast mess (the breakfast was yummy, not the mess)(whole grain pancakes with buttermilk syrup. Yum!), Dix got the bikes loaded up into the truck. I drove most of the kids in the Suburban and he drove the bikes in the truck. It worked out nicely. We started at 45th and went south. We stopped for a little rest just past the railroad bridge. We heard some horses running and looked up and saw that they were running our way! To the kids’ delight, the horses stopped right at the fence and the kids were able to pet their noses. They were very nice (and huge!) horses. Regan and Turner were thrilled.
At that point, I headed back towards the car with Turner, Cooper and Regan. Dix and the big boys headed farther south for a few miles before turning back. (By the way, during all this, Landon was at Riley’s birthday party at Build a Bear. He had a great time.) I don’t know how far we went (I need to check the bike trail map!), but I suspect it was about five miles for me and Regan, maybe 8 for the other crew. Regan was so tired for the last mile that she was as slow as a slug, not as fast as a gazelle. Every time that I told her that she was doing so great and was a real trouper, she would speed up. If I told her that she was going too slow and to speed up, it would slow her even more. Hmmm…a little lesson in positive reinforcement! The boys caught up with us for the last mile or so. It was a great ride. I hope we can go on at least one ride a week until fall!
After our bike ride, I came home and started making salads. I made a broccoli salad and a pasta salad. Mark and his friend John came down an hour or so after we got back. We got ourselves all organized and headed downtown. Kurt and Jackie didn’t go, but everyone else met downtown to watch the parade.
Here we are trying to keep people from stealing our spot. And no, I’m not pregnant. Just fat. And had no idea how bad I looked today until just now. Darn that carrot cake!
Wow, were there some interesting people there! The kids had fun writing on the street with chalk while we were waiting for the parade to begin. Porter had a terrible attitude about it and didn’t want to be there, but ended up having fun after all! I handed the camera to Landon and let him take pictures of whatever he wanted…it was interesting to see what he chose! Lots of pictures of the rhino and of the monkeys. When the parade was over we hurried home to eat. Mark and John dragged the BBQ over to our house, we opened up our french doors from the dining room and we had a really nice dinner. Mark contributed some potato salad, and I got out the other salads. I whipped up a carrot cake for dessert, Dale cut veggies for the burgers, Carolyn mostly had to keep Rose from falling off the deck, Dix fried the burgers…the kids weren’t bugging us because we were outside and they could jump on the tramp or ride their bikes or do whatever! It was great! Sometime in the evening Hayden and Porter rode their bikes with Nathan (Mary’s son) to the corner store to get candy. Wow, was that an exciting thing for them. I don’t think my kids have ever been in a store without a parent before. Yikes. They came home fully loaded with candy. Did I mention that our evening was pleasant mostly because Turner fell asleep in the car on the way home from the parade and we just put him to bed? Yes it is now midnight and he has been asleep for over six hours. He was so tired today! I suspect that all the kids will sleep hard tonight after our busy day today!
I know I’ve probably forgotten some important things and probably some funnies that the kids have said, but that’s what happens when you try to do an entire week in one blog. I’ll do better about blogging more often next week. Hopefully our week will be much less eventful, though! One last picture. Cooper is going to be mobile soon! Yikes!