This was how our weekend began. With my husband getting Sarah Joy from her crib and discovering.....the worst case of bed-head we have ever seen.
Normally, her hair is baby-fine and so thin that a pony tail is about the circumference of a pencil. How did she get her hair like this? It was so teased out that it felt like wool.
It was frizzled! I had to wet her down to get it combed out.
@ the playground
Last week Rich was on a business trip from M-F. Here at home, the children and I had a great time together. We did fun stuff just about every day:
Monday: Free day/cleaning/laundry
Tuesday: Marcia came with her eight children for a visit
Wednesday: Lunch and movie with Aunt Amanda and cousins
Thursday: Breakfast at Crackerbarrel, playground w/ all 7, library and coffee shop with Jacob
Friday: Lunch and Mall, blood (Caleb fell and broke a plate, cut wrist and finger. Seth fell and got a bloody nose)
Rich got back on Friday night to find us all happy and healthy, with only minor injuries. However, for some reason, I didn't sleep well the entire time he was gone. I was so focused and busy with all the many events of the week that by the time I got to bed I couldn't get to sleep and I couldn't STAY asleep.
By Saturday morning I was beaten down, admitting defeat, tired with a roaring headache. Rich said, "You need a break. I'm going to take a shower and by the time I get out you need to have a plan or I'll make one for you." I honestly wanted nothing more than to be HOME with NO ONE AROUND.
I'm so thankful for my husband. He left about an hour later, with eight children...our seven and the neighbor boy, Nick. They went to the track so he could run and they could play baseball, then to Moe's for lunch, then the mall. I had hours (4, I think) to myself in a quiet house!
I made 4 quarts of refrigerator pickles with cucumbers from my own garden, and from the neighbor's vegetable stand.
I also read a book, took a nap and I don't remember what else, the main thing was: my brain got a rest. :)
Rich came back home at about 2 and put the littles to bed for naps. In fact, we also took a nap.
After waking up, we sat on the porch in rocking chairs with our little ones......
And even though I told him I didn't want to go anywhere, I was too tired, he made me go on a date with him. It ended up being a blast, I think I talked his ear off.
Getting on his back proved to be difficult. LOL
We went out to eat, walked around the mall (I had gymbucks to spend and Rich got annoyed b/c the outfit he wanted for Sare didn't come in her size.) And then, we got decaf coffees at Starbucks for the ride home (I had a cinnamon dolce latte).
On Sunday we didn't get to church...too tired and just wanted to be home together.
Seth wore his newest "baseball shirt"....he LOVES baseball. I got this on clearance at Gymborree w/my gymbucks. The lady dug around in the back room to find it for me.
He's a dreamboat!
I fixed the girl's hair. They looked so pretty.
We went to the track again and then to the grocery store.
After lunch we took naps again. It was truly a nice, lazy weekend.
After naps, Rich and Jacob mowed the yard and I puttered around on the porch, cleaning and rearranging and adding pretty things. Like this teacup bouquet of wildflowers.
We went out for ice cream and Sarah matched her sprinkles. I had the best strawberry sundae....so yummy. Rich yelled at Seth for getting ice cream all over himself. Jacob ate his while reading a book, and three of the others at theirs in a tree.
Back home, we had watermelon outside (what gorgeous weather we are having!)
C H I C K I E S
My new baby chicks are growing nicely. I am afraid it has been a bad season for my chickens. One night, we lost most of our laying hens to raccoons. On another night, we caught (at dusk) a raccoon in the coop eating my babies. Even though they were enclosed in a dog kennel and couldn't get out, a raccoon managed to pull three through and eat them all but a random foot or wing! The last remaining layer does not lay anymore (trauma?) so we are eagerly awaiting these youngsters to grow up and start laying for us.
Jacob couldn't put his book down. Later that evening he finished it and reported that it was the first book he ever read that didn't have a happy ending.
Sarah was concerned because Dave and E were burying their legs in the sand.
Oh it was such a wonderful weekend together as a family. Rich and I both feel refreshed and energized for another week (no travel!)
I slept like a log last night and woke up at 5:30....with enough time this morning for devos, blogging and breakfast on the porch before the children woke up!
"Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you......"
"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will life up my hands."
"My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you."
Psalm 63:1, 3-5
Happy Monday, my friends! xoxo
You are loved.