I thought summertime meant sitting around by the side of the pool, with no thought of what time it is and when you have to go anywhere. But as hard as I tried to get us a schedule free summer, I guess I failed. Part of the problem is that I am afraid I’m going to miss something fun, so I do EVERYTHING that is free or really cheap. They have free school lunch at several of the local elementary schools all summer long and we’ve been going to that. Every Tuesday evening we will go to the children’s entertainment series. We went to that last night. This morning was the free movie. So we’re hitting all of the free stuff, which in the end will cost us because I’ll have to fill up my tank with gas. So maybe I should just chill out at home for a couple of days, huh?
Also yesterday u-pick opened up at Spooner Farms so we went and picked some strawberries. We had so much fun. I made about 12 quarts of jam last night. Too bad I was out of bread. Porter and Hayden stayed up late helping me. They weren’t much help, but they were good company.
Here the kids are when we were just getting started. Pretty clean still.
Porter found a heart shaped one. Awwwww.
As long as Cooper had a continual stream of strawberries, he was happy. He just chilled out in the stroller for most of the time that we were picking.
After a while he got tired of the stroller and believe it or not, tired of eating strawberries. So I took him out and held him, but he wanted down, so I let him sit and crawl in the dirt (sixth child, remember?) He had a great time, but got a little dirty.
Turner had a lot of fun. At one point he picked up a strawberry, inspected it closely, and proclaimed that it looked like a rear end. Then he popped it in his mouth, chewed it up and said, “Hey, it tooted in my mouth!” What a funny boy.
When we got our two flats semi full, we headed for home. I stopped at the grocery store and picked up some canning lids and turned on the jam factory. It still smells so good in here!
So this morning, I couldn’t resist the urge to partake in FREE STUFF!!!! We started off at about 9 am heading off to the movie theater for the free movie. We had Marilyn with us, too, so we were quite a crew. We got there plenty early (like 45 minutes early so that we would beat the crowds!). Well, turns out that there were no crowds, but at least we were really early! We watched Shrek the Third, which none of my kids had seen yet, so we all really enjoyed it. On our way out of the theater, there were some representatives from Top Foods handing out a free apple and water bottle for each of the kids. Score! I LOVE free stuff. We stopped at the video arcade to let Turner think that he was playing video games (don’t tell him that they get even more fun when you put quarters in!) for a few minutes. Then I was rounding kids up to leave and I couldn’t find Marilyn and Regan ANYWHERE! Okay, it’s one thing to lose your own kid, but even scarier when you lose someone else’s, too! I checked the parking lot first, then up and down the corridors of the theater. Just as I was getting ready to ask the theater management for some help, Sandy found them in the little photo booth, which was in the arcade. Which was exactly where they were supposed to be. Whew, what a relief.
So then we headed off to go to the free school lunch and got our most delicious pizza. Cooper got his own lunch today and did a pretty good job on it. At that point I was totally exhausted, so I came home for a quiet (ha!) afternoon of….cleaning and laundry. We had a little episode with a neighbor boy who the kids think stole Hayden’s scooter. Another episode when Regan and Marilyn changed the water in the fish bowl. While all this was going on, I baked a batch of delicious bread to go with our delicious jam. I managed to get the upstairs looking respectable by the time Dix breezed through. The YM were going on a 25 mile bike ride tonight, so he and Hayden left just after he got home. They came home a few hours later barely able to walk. Well, Dix anyway.
While they were on their bike ride, I loaded up the remaining five kids and we went to the church for Porter’s Board of Review for Tenderfoot. He was really nervous, but he passed it. So now Porter will start working on Second Class. Go Porter. I was supposed to go play basketball tonight but was too tired, especially considering I have to have Landon at the church for Cub Scout Day Camp at 7:30 am. So I guess I’d better sign out. Congrats to all of you who made it to the bottom of this epistle. And if you want to see any of the pictures bigger (I’d recommend it for the picture of Cooper in the stroller with his feet up!), go to 8olivers.blogspot.com and check it out there.