Friday, June 1, 2012

Ordinary Days

Someone is learning to ride a bike without training wheels.  Thank goodness for his brother because it's not an easy thing to teach when you have a midriff like the one I possess at the moment.

We are in summer mode around here but two of the kids still have school till next week.  Which means sometimes there is a mad scramble in the morning to get forgotten homework finished before the bus comes.  (And sometimes I forget to pack lunches till the last minute-my mind is on summer mode also!)

Pregnancy brain is real, did you know that? I had to laugh at this one....and run to the store for another pack.

Finally a good book.  It took me awhile to get through this one (The Flight of Gemma Hardy) because of the busy month of May, but I enjoyed it.  I have been striking out like crazy book-wise.  Even went to the book store and found NOTHING.  I realized it's ME, not the book selection.  I am pickier than heck right now-I can't concentrate on anything super deep or detailed, but I abhor fluff.

Matt and Jeff ran in their annual 5K Memorial Day race.  Matt tapped Jeff on the back of his shoulder about halfway through the race when he passed him.  That kid is fast.  Jeff complains of his hip and knee but doesn't he realize he's just getting old? :)

We set up our "bubble" pool.  That's what I call it at least.  We haven't had it up since Patrick was born.  But I asked the kids this year what pool they wanted to join and every single one of them begged us to get this old thing out of the attic and not join anywhere.  That wasn't a hard sell.  I love staying home.  We have a sandbox filled with fluffy new sand, a swing set, the old trampoline, our bubble pool, and a tree house.  
Sounds perfectly perfect to me.

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  1. I love that last description. It'll be the perfect easygoing summer.

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  2. absolutely sounds perfect - I can't imagine you hauling everyone to a pool with a newborn and trying to nurse!

    You won't notice the tent with the 3 extra kids I'm going to set up in your backyard right? I'll send snacks...

    and loved the blackened hot dogs. I do that and I can't even blame it on pregnancy brain - I call it the multitask fail at dinnertime!

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  3. This post makes me want summer weather here so badly. Its been so rainy. I'm also feeling an urge to go get a bubble pool! Good to know they can last after a few years in the attic.

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  4. I love my hotdogs like that. No one else here does though, so I'd be off to the store too.

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  5. Your blog inspires me to keep things simple. And to not feel guilty about the staying home part of being a stay at home mom. Everyone wants to pull me to do more, go here, give my children experiences there, but I feel so much better when we're just home. So thanks for reminding me that that's good!

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  6. A book I enjoyed last summer was titled, "The Story of Beautiful Girl" and it was soooo good. Not sure if it is what you would like. But I was sad when it was over. Just fell in love with the characters so much. Might be one to try.

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  7. Sounds good to me too! Happy Summer!

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  8. Oh, that sounds perfect to me, too! On the running.... when Hubs and I were running a half marathon with our 14 year old daughter we could track her and saw she had finished when we were on mile 10.... tell Jeff if could be so much worse! Darn fast kids!

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  9. I have been trying to convince my husband to get a bubble pool--he doesn't like the idea of killing the grass under it!

    We usually join a swim club, but as my girls get older...well, I am very old fashioned but some of the behavior of young girls there I would just rather avoid...so it's our neighbor's pool for us...unless I can convince my husband to get a bubble pool!

    Also, I wanted to recommend Elizabeth Berg--she is a wonderful author, simple, not fluffy and her books are AWESOME! If you have not read her, I think you may like her! I am reading Once Upon A Time, There Was You and love it. Talk Before Sleep is also very good. As is The Last Time I Saw You.

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  10. A pool at home sounds wonderful to me.
    I love how involved your children are with eachother. That's what it's all about.
    Enjoy your day.

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  11. Staying at home instead of carting the kids to and from the pool? Sounds like a win to me!

    I called it Mommy-nesia. I forgot EVERYTHING!! :)

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  12. I love all your book selections and usually write them down for when I go to the library. Since you mentioned striking out with good book finds, I thought I'd pass a few on to you. The first one, I just finished and loved: "Half Broke Horses" by Jeanette Walls. The other one is an old classic called "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" Not sure if you have already read either of these but thought it wouldn't hurt to pass them on.

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  13. Really like "The Flight of Gemma Hardy." Also loved "The Midwife" you recommended. Keep recommending! We seem to enjoy the same type of books.

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  14. I'm an avid (and picky) reader as well, and I can't resist sharing what I re-read every summer: the Anne of Green Gables series, by Lucy Maud Montgomery. There's something so special about going back to the books you loved as a child; they just seem to belong to you.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog!

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  15. Your summer set up sounds just perfect to me, too! Everything you would need in the backyard:)

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  16. I'd love know what your pro's & cons are of the bubble pools. I'm really interested in putting one up this summer. Have you found it hard to keep clean/balanced? Any tips or tricks?
    Thanks so much!

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  17. Just wondering if you'd like to adopt me? ;)

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  18. I also love how your kids help each other out...so sweet! As for the bubble pool, we have one and it is super easy to keep clean. Leaves fall in ours daily, but the kids sweep them out with the net that comes with it. You might have to lift the bubble "up" some to get leaves that hide under the rim. We keep a floating chlorine tablet holder in it and the hubs shocks it as needed. Very simple!

    Love your blog, been reading a couple of years now. My hubby thinks I know you by the way I talk about ya'll. ;-}

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  19. Your blog is so refreshing, the joy you find in your children and your sweet posts are wonderful!
    Your summer sounds fantastic!

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  21. Hi Sarah, I love reading your blog… you are inspiring. I was wondering about two things and wondered if you’d answer my little questions.

    1. Have you ever taken your family to Disney World? If not, why? If so, do you recommend it? (next question is so different)
    2. About your kitchen counters. It’s always looked like from your pictures that you don’t keep out anything on your kitchen counters and only take out as you need. Do you try to keep them completely empty? No decorations? No appliances that you use daily?

    I know these seem silly but I was just wondering…

    Thanks, tara

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  22. Your posts are the best...sounds silly that your ordinary days bring a smile to my face but they do. Wish I could make our family life a little less hectic and materialistic...then maybe I would smile more!! LOL

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  23. Have you read Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss? It's a fantastic book...

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  24. You know what's a good book--a true story and captivating one--Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness as told to Robert Specht. I just love that story. Good vs. evil, romance, adventure, and it's true! And definitely clean and wholesome. I was sad when I finished it!

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  25. What's wrong with black hot dogs? That's the only way I will eat them!

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  26. You're always spot on with your book recommendations. I'm reading The Flight of Gemma Hardy now and loving it! Thank you :)

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  27. Thanks for the book recommendation, I am reading it now and I love it!!!

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