The Happyish Homestead

Monday, February 20, 2017

You Know Kids…

How you love them and they can drive you crazy?

This week we had a perfect example of that.

Dearest Adeline wanted desperately to make some Gak for the siblings for Valentine’s.

Endearing, because she tends to be our least charitable child.

And then she nagged relentlessly till:

I said yes

looked up the recipe

purchased the ingredients

and turned my hands, along with hers, blue while mixing it up.

And then we put it in a secure bag, and under her bed till Valentine’s Day.

At least that’s the assumption I was working under.

What actually happened is she had taken it out from under her bed,

opened up the bag

placed it on a blue sleeping mat

right in front of the space heater that they use in their room

{because we were kind enough to convert the storage room into an actual room

that is quiet, and warm, and has brand new carpet}

where the Gak commenced to warm and liquify slightly enough

to run all over the mat

and on to the brand new, expensive carpet.

Don’t worry, I’m still speaking to her.

After she cleaned up the entire mess and threw the offensive Gak in the trash before she had to leave for school…

Here she is in all her charitable innocence and the rest of our week in pictures.

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The kids made their class Valentine’s on Sunday afternoon.

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I guess play dough is kind of a full contact sport around here.

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Moments later Libby realized a corded hand mixer would make the perfect pull toy.

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Libby playing with the toy she never cared about till I pulled it out to take to the thrift store.

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Monday afternoon we took advantage of a sunny afternoon.

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And bathtime is always a great time to take pictures.

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Wearing his Superman shirt.

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He learned to do this puzzle all by himself this week.

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When the two of them realized it was cleaner to play in the toy bin then take the toys out of the toy bin.

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Bennett and his Little People

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Bennett wanted me to see this trick.

At first glance it didn’t seem super impressive.

But then I realized I probably could not do it.

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Heading up for a bath.

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Unloading the dirty dishes.

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Snowglobe

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I loved this fun moment with all the girls surrounding the piano on Sunday morning.

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Feel free to leave suggestions, questions or actual comments!

Regardless, I hope you’re surviving February {I swear it feels like the longest shortest month}.

Katie

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sick and Tired

That’s the theme for the week.

In the past six school days, I’ve had someone home sick for half of them.

The humidifier has been running non stop and I kinda wish I had stock in toilet paper, cough drops, Benadryl and Hulu.

And that number doesn’t include Bennett, who I spend every waking moment with, and even moments when we’re both supposed to be asleep.

And unfortunately makes the most defiant and weepy sick child I’ve ever dealt with.

It has not been pretty.

I have not been my best version.

But there are still blessings to appreciate.

For example, five of my six kids are at a church activity this morning.

Libby is watching Curious George, so it’s basically the most quiet this home has been for a while.

And I’m thankful for the times that it’s noisy so I can appreciate the times when it’s calm.

Here’s our week in pictures.

Connect Four with Spencer

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Door frame climbing

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She lost her two front teeth.

I think this arguably one of the most endearing rites of passage.

That lisp.

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Two sick boys getting ready to take naps.

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I was like “Libby! Let’s jump in the puddles!”.

She was like “no.”.

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Spencer was more fair game.

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Practicing her grocery list writing skills.

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Sometimes you don’t know what you really want although you’re pretty emphatic about what you want.

Like an orange for snack.

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Crazy haired Libby playing with dry beans.

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I got the top for a table runner put together.

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Spencer learned to tie his shoes this week!

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And we went on a nature walk on Wednesday.

Don’t judge…but one of the highlights for me as a mom is when I’m like: let’s do such and such.

And the kids reply with crying and arguing and victim like attitudes because I’m the worst mom for wanting to leave the house and spend time with them…

And then we all have a marvelous time.

I don’t care who you are…we all like to be right.

We basically found a lot of rocks and golf balls.

But also some pretty awesome sun flare.

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And helicopter seeds

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And a barn

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Spencer with the humidifier

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Some of the best looking brownie batter beater lickers.

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Minutes before she irreparabley tore up a library book.

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Some bubbles

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That’s me in the blue pants reflected in the mirror, standing on the chair, blowing bubbles and taking pictures.

I realize this talent is only appreciated by a certain audience.

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Bennett came to snuggle while I was going through the pictures on my camera so I snapped this picture.

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Libby vacuuming

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And practicing low light.

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Happiest of weekends,

and here’s to new weeks, second chances and short term memory loss,

Katie