Ordinary Days

Showing me how much he's grown.  I don't need a reminder!  He's gotten so tall.

I made these the other day.  So good.  I can't wait to get back into my cooking/baking groove after this baby is born.  Everyone has been nice about it, but there is no way they haven't noticed a serious lack of home-cooked meals and snacks around here.  

The boys were scared out of their wits the other day...they found an opossum, playing opossum, behind the shed. They ran, yelling up a storm, to the back door and burst in.  But of course, the temptation was too great and they had to check it out again, only to repeat the whole girly running and screaming thing.

 We memorize Napoleon Dynamite quotes around here.  

Another part of pregnancy I won't miss.  Gross, but they've been necessary.

Isn't school and sports paperwork completely overwhelming?  I finished it all...I think.  I hope!  They all ask for WAY too much information, and that bugs me to no end.

Matt's clean desk, ready for school.

Summer is winding down. 
It's gone fast.
Except when it's gone slow...really really slow.

I'm ready for routine-stricter bed times, the end of non-stop kitchen cleaning, and constant house straightening.  I think the kids are ready to all be away from each other a little and with peers their own age.
I'm not ready for homework enforcement, school lunches and busy sports schedule during dinner hour.

I realized I have four "starts" this year....all almost exactly a week apart-first with Abbey going back to high school and then it all ends with Patrick starting afternoon preschool in September.  It will be nice that way I think, and give me time to keep up with it all.


  1. Oh those TUMS bring back so many pregnancy memories Sarah! Can you believe you are almost done with them. FOREVER! Well - at least for pregnancy related heart burn. So fun to see your every day. I adore that first picture of Patrick. He really is getting so big! And thanks for the not so fun reminder about all of the back to school forms that will be coming my way soon. They drive me crazy too!

    Wishing you smooth transitions!

  2. I bet you are looking forward to a quieter house for a few hours a day!

  3. I had to chuckle at the playing possum bit. Have your kids seen this commercial about getting a pet possum to save money? We're not TV people, but it makes me giggle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuNihdGBu8k

  4. Love your Ordinary Days posts! And I agree... as much as I will miss summer, I am ready for routine! And those school forms... I have 3 separate stacks waiting for me on my desk! Have a great day! :)

  5. Believe it or not, I will miss those sports forms this year! We move our two sons to college TOMORROW and one is our youngest child. I am not sure about this empty nest thing...

  6. I love Napolean Dynamite, and I love that you memorize quotes... too funny!

  7. I love the whole "summer went by too fast except when it's gone slow" ... so, so true. I'm ready for school to start, but also not ready for the afternoon/evening busy times. At least you will have a sweet little baby to force you to take in the moment at a slower pace. I forget, and then time has passed.

    Best of luck to your kids as they start school ...

  8. I agree about summer going so fast... and so slow! Just like you, I am also ready for a stricter routine. I'm also looking forward to less sibling arguing 24/7. I'm not looking forward to lunches or the homework either.

    Seeing those Tums sure reminded me of my pregnancies.

  9. Oh, I love the Napoleon Dynamite quote! How fun! Thinking of you as your special day approaches and you welcome your precious baby into the world.

    Many blessings,

  10. I'm ready for school - but I'm not, too.
    Good luck with ALL you have....
    You are quite amazing to me. :)

  11. My wife reads your blog, and we like to laugh together over your Nap-D quotes. This one is my particular favorite, since I am from Idaho, and I do have a little thing called pride in the Gem State.

  12. If I don't get to comment again before you have the baby...I just wanted to tell you how happy and excited I am for you. I think of you everyday and am anxiously anticipating the birth of your new little one! I am so happy for you that you followed your heart and had another baby. I remember years ago when I first had emailed you about starting my own blog and baby questions you were so kind enough to share with me your secret wish for one more. Now after my fifth (I am no better at blogging than I was then.I still just aspire to you and Shawni) baby turning eight months old, I have such mixed emotions with having another. One woman commented to me the other day that I was a baby addict. Whatever. It has been such a joy to experience this little "family project" of ours.I also could have never in a million years imagined Connor (#4) being a big brother. I cried and was so torn about moving him out of my room and bed because a new baby was coming. He was so good and ready with moving on to his big boy bed. He still comes to visit...Often! But he has been so good with the baby as I know Patrick will be. (I am also ever mindful of the Issac sitch...and I am not even going to go there...:( Good Luck with that.

    You were certainly born to do this Mother thing and you serve as such an inspriration to us all, thank you for that. I just couldn't be happier for all of you!

    (Just think when you had Patrick you didn't have a fan base yet!)

  13. Oh yes Tums...I would get sick each time I put them in my mouth, but I could not live without them as well.
    You are almost there!

  14. I know! I am counting down the days until normal routine starts again! Week and a half! We're doing afternoon preschool for the first time this year, I think I will like it a lot considering my preschooler doesn't nap anymore but the baby does. I can only imagine what I can get done with one sleeping baby and the others at school!

  15. I only have 2 young kids (and a teacher husband who is home much more in the summer) and I am going nuts with the nonstop kitchen cleaning and constant house straightening! Nuts! The kids started out the summer as friends and are now the bickersons. My parents had 6 kids and my mom was a SAHM. Every day, every *minute* sometimes I am thinking: how? How?? How did she do it???? ha, and I also have those oceans of respect and awe for you! Best wishes to you and your fam and the new little one! :)

  16. As you prepare yourself for off to college, back to school and new baby I would like to wish you a happy anniversary. I am 98% sure it's today--same as mine. Enjoy your family, enjoy your day!

  17. I am with you on the TUMS. I am at 35 weeks and going through them by the truck load. It does not matter what I eat or do not eat, I have reflux. These next few weeks cannot come soon enough. Good luck to you.

  18. I don't know if I have ever commented before, but I found your blog earlier in the summer and have been enjoying reading. I had to login because I thought we were the only silly ones that memorize Napoleon quotes. ;o) I'm even thinking of putting "Tina you fat lard, come eat your dinner!" up on the wall in the dining room.

    Good luck with the last few weeks of your pregnancy and all the transitions coming up!

  19. instead of tums, try a few dashes of bitters in soda water, its not the best tasting, but can be acquired. i drank a pint a day through my first pregnancy. it works well...unless you are taking them for heartburn, in which case, im no help

  20. the tums part made me laugh because upon initial glimpse of the photo, the immediate thought in my head was "ooh, yum!" (seriously? yum? pregnancy really does make you crazy!) i'm 6 months pregnant and have been sitting here with a yucky stomach all evening and somehow forgot tums existed! ha! i'm heading to the cupboard now to grab some ...

  21. I love your blog. I love seeing a glimpse into parenting.

    On the tums, for anyone interested I've found that the "orange Cream" flavored tums don't have that chalky taste. I like them.