Sunday, May 31, 2015

May 31, 2015

Sunday!  Day of rest!  Ha.  Hahahaha.  



We left early for church this morning to rehearse an octet number for today's sacrament meeting.  It came together nicely- we had two prior practices and at each one we had a different half of the group.  

Our home teachers came after church, and then I started puttering for dinner.  We had beans (over salted and seasoned), pao de queijo (I ran out of tapioca starch and my oil is rancid- they separated into layers like pita bread, one gummy and one very much like wet Parmesan cheese.  And too salty.). We also had roasted shoestring sweet potatoes and if that had been the only thing I cooked, and served it with runny fried eggs we would have had a lovely dinner.  ALAS!  I just realized I forgot to serve the pineapple I planned on, and I already know I forgot to make rice.  Seriously.  I am a menace in the kitchen right now.  My mouth tastes like a cheesy salt lick. 

But my hair looks fabulous, so there's that.

May 31, 2015

Sunday!  Day of rest!  Ha.  Hahahaha.  



We left early for church this morning to rehearse an octet number for today's sacrament meeting.  It came together nicely- we had two prior practices and at each one we had a different half of the group.  

Our home teachers came after church, and then I started puttering for dinner.  We had beans (over salted and seasoned), pao de queijo (I ran out of tapioca starch and my oil is rancid- they separated into layers like pita bread, one gummy and one very much like wet Parmesan cheese.  And too salty.). We also had roasted shoestring sweet potatoes and if that had been the only thing I cooked, and served it with runny fried eggs we would have had a lovely dinner.  ALAS!  I just realized I forgot to serve the pineapple I planned on, and I already know I forgot to make rice.  Seriously.  I am a menace in the kitchen right now.  My mouth tastes like a cheesy salt lick. 

But my hair looks fabulous, so there's that.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 30, 2015

I woke up sick in the head today, and late.  Oh, and I drooled in my sleep and had a purple streak across my face and arm.  Soooo..... Good start to the day.

I'm kind of on strike today.  I did not walk the kids through their chores, I did not do house chores. Those can wait, and the kids can handle cleaning their rooms and bathrooms, or we will deal with it later.

The weather is AMAZING today- I've spent all day in the garden and green house just puttering.  I planted another few flats with wild flowers, coleus, sun flowers, squash varieties, flat parsley, and Siam basil.  I set up an old ladder as a trellis, planted out the rest of the tomatillos, planted corn and beans, spread vermicompost and Sluggo and fertilizer.  I tied back the double daffies and yanked out the singles.  I love that my garden is starting to get that layered feeling.  Love love love.



View from the front porch


Really, really happy that we have a gardener this year.  My wrists are still weak, and will possibly be that way for a long time and will always require a little pampering.  Weeding isn't easy for me.  He just does the big stuff: pressure wash,  mow and edge, and keep the weeds down.  I walk around and pull little weeds when I get a chance.  As my plants fill in over the years, weeding gets to be less and less of a chore.  Oh man the weeds were TERRIBLE when we moved in, and in the first few years.  I was in baby years, and we would have patches of dense, waist-high weeds that I would have to tackle in sudden bursts.  

I measured my soil fertility and PH today with a little gadget I picked up last year.  All is good except in one bed that I always blamed myself for: fertility is hovering around 1 and PH is too high.  (All the other beds are at a comfortable 7 on the fertility scale.  For reference, even though I have no idea what the scale is!). I top dressed with compost from my worms, the rest of my good potting soil, and a good sprinkle of slow-release fertilizer and Sluggo.  I've done all I can for the year!  No wonder those plants always failed in that spot.

I am super happy with how the yard is going.  I have a list of spots that need filling, but what is there is lovely.  

When the afternoon got hot, and I was done, I sat in the yard and soaked my feet in a big galvanized tub.  I'm a suburban hick ;). Did I mention I did all this in my pj's and an old straw hat?  Yoga pants and an old tee seemed like a perfectly fine way to spend a day :)

I made the weirdest dinner tonight, and the kids adored it.  Everything was sweet.  First there was an AMAZING canary melon.  Then I candied pecans with a sugar, salt, and a little chile powder.  There were bread and butter pickles, and finally shoestring oven fries with ketchup (which is nearly as sweet as jam.). Mimi was in HEAVEN.  

I cleaned the kitchen, swept, ran the dishwasher, and cleaned the pig's cage and then served up ice cream for everyone.




OH.  J was busy today- back at Christmas he bought me heavy-duty outdoor lights.  Today he installed a post and guide wires, and strung the lights.  One strand is faulty, so he'll return those, but it looks magical!




Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015

With the sun coming up earlier and my pillow next to a window, I suddenly find myself waking up at 6 or 7:30.  Pretty different from the 8 or 9 I usually see on my clock!

I've been looking for educational iPad apps for the summer months- so far I have C addicted to a learn-to-spell program, M is loving her new spelling app, and E is collecting states Ina geography app.  Not bad!  

I gave M her piano lesson this morning, loaded the dishwasher, got M through her last academic lesson and her test.  Our bubble tests for the annual state testing requirement arrived in yesterday's mail, the girls are pretty stoked to get started on those after lunch.  Funny kids.  Yay bubble tests!

12:51 Girls are almost done with language portions of their tests.  Mimi is looking a bit run down, but E thrives on these.

4:21 Draaaaaging.  Cut the testing off at 3:00, we will finish Monday.  Did an art project with the kids, and now they are downstairs trying to pick out a movie.    I finished off a dark chocolate bar and a pretty good-sized chunk of imported Brie.


9:45 I don't even know where this day went. It's possible I was abducted for part of it.  Oh wait- No, I was gone.  I practiced piano for a bit, texted with a very sick friend, ate chips and salsa for dinner, and left at 6:00 for my piano lesson.  I did the grocery shopping on my way home, got back at 8, and helped put the kids to bed.  I loaded the dishwasher, took care of all the animals, had a glass of juice, and here we are!




Thursday, May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

Alright Dad: this update's for you!

7:00 I'm awake!  I'm awake!  I roll over and check my messages: 44 people love my purple hair, 3 piano teachers take offense that I question the validity of marking on note as an eighth note AND a quarter note, and my 8:30 adult student has written to say she's not coming because she didn't practice.  Cool.

I eat my bowl of cereal, M goes out to play on the new fort, and E is organizing the school books they left all over the house and yard yesterday trying to find her math book so she can take her test.  

8:00 C rolls out of bed and asks me to strip his sheets: he's wet the bed.  I strip the bed, strip him, and draw a bath.


8:30 I mix hot tap water with instant oatmeal to make C's favorite breakfast.  I consider getting dressed... But a tee and yoga pants is awful comfy for teaching in. Hmm.

8:45 C asks for chocolate milk, and fist bumps the air  repeatedly while galloping into the kitchen ahead of me.  I get a hearty congratulations for successfully matching an orange cup to an orange lid.  I make up a batch of trail mix for the kids to snack on, wipe the black watercolor paint water off the floor that C just spilled while clearing yesterday's painting project, and wonder if it's too early to start eating cookies.  I could REALLY go for a cookie.  

9:00. I didn't get dressed.  No big surprise.  I ring the bell for school, M cries.  I guess when she asked to go play at 8:00 she never actually went outside, now is is extremely unhappy with the unfairness of life.  


We have our gathering song, prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, and value song-of-the-month (Love at Home.). I get M started on math, E heads to the front patio to do her math test, and C heads to the back yard.  I am on a stink hunt: something smells like bread dough.  I can't find it, and this is day three.  Has something died in the walls???! 

9:30 Both girls are doing math outside, C is on an early spelling game on the iPad, and I have located the horrible smell: it is my electric composter blowing hot hair through a stinky filter.  Got to clean that today!!  I move it to the deck for a quick fix.

10:00 A neighbor friend came by for plants- everything but tomatillos is long gone, but she took two of those home.  Her boy played with the kids outside for a few minutes.  E is done with her math test, and has taken all her workbooks out to the recycle bin, so she is free and clear!

11:00 M is working on a math sheet, and C and E are in the back yard with a sheet pan of baking soda, two glasses of colored vinegar, and two tiny droplets.  I am kind of really hoping one of those cups tips over and the whole pan foams away in a technicolor glory.


11:30 C and E are done with the baking soda.  C has soaked his hand in the Orange vinegar and looks like pruny Cheetos.  I rinse his hand with milk just in case I can neutralize something, rinse him off, and take him outside to declaw him.  Dude grows fingernails faster than anyone I know! 



I come inside to discover two excited girls: E has yanked M's tooth.  Wow.  They run off to bag and stash it for the fairy to find tonight.  I make C a sandwich.

I point out to M that the point of math repetition is to help her get faster and faster at these problems... And suddenly she is flying through without laboriously counting things like 2-2 on her number line.  Novel concept!  I must be the greatest teacher ever!


12:30:  E and C are outside watercolor painting.  Well, C has coated his paper in black paint and is currently burying his bare feet in the French drain rocks.  E is painting nicely on the patio.  M is taking her math test.  Oh we are so close to finishing it makes me jittery!

12:45. Well, I got about five minutes of piano practice and ran through two Grieg pieces.  M is out playing with baking soda and vinegar now, and C came in asking for a bath.  He seems to have watercolor painted his feet black.  Second bath of the day, and he will surely have one more tonight after we go to the beach!

3:00 We have lunched, packed and are at the beach.  E has made playmates out of the little boys she found here, M is sunning and day dreaming, and C is ricocheting around the park.  Life is pretty good.  We are so amazingly blessed to live with access to a private, gated, neighborhood beach.



4:00 I am home to teach piano.  My 4:00 is a great girl, and she is totally ready for next week's recital.  My 4:30 is a group primer lesson with a six and an eight year old.  We run through their recital pieces, and I make up a game with foam, alphabet, floor tiles.  We pick out the ones in the musical alphabet and take turns hopping the songs in their piano books.  They get five minutes of iPad time and a piece of candy on their way out the door.  



5:00 J gets home from work, we load up the truck with dinner supplies and the three kayaks and head back to the beach where Aunt LoLo has all six kids.  We have BBQ chicken wraps for dinner and the standard s'mores: we have those at EVERY beach night this year.  I bought a Costco box of Hershey's bars and ordered special sticks from Amazon.  In fact, we have a whole picnic tote I grab every time: S'mores fixings, plastic plates and cups, a big platter, BBQ tongs, paper towels, a knife in a sheath, and a lighter, all in a big tub.  It's grand.

The adults take turns kayaking up and down the shore after dinner, and the kids play.  



7:45 We are loading the car, with all the drama that comes with ending a park outing after the kids have been playing hard for nearly six hours.  

8:00 Showers for everyone, and family scriptures and prayers.  Tonight's story is Lehi's vision in First Nephi.  Mimi acts as Lehi, I'm all the wicked people, E is Sariah, and C is Nephi.  Scriptures are way more fun for the kids when they get to move!

9:00 Light out for the kids, I get my much-needed shower, and it's time to clean the dinner dishes.