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Picture dump

I’ve been sick for weeks on end 5 days and I have lots of pictures to share, but I lack the ability to come up with anything witty to say about them. So, there you have it.

My parents came up last weekend so that my dad could help Kevin hang a new door in his office. While the men were busy working, my mom and the kids had a tea party.

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Then my mom discovered that we have an apple tree in our yard. How did we not know that we had an apple tree?!

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The apples were so NOT ripe, but Presley chowed down on one anyway

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While the kids were outside watching construction on the door, they discovered an Orb Weaver that had spun a web in the flower garden.

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Always the home schooler, I took that opportunity to have the kids do a nature study using our Handbook of Nature Study

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And after spending Sunday cooped up in the house being sick, we decided to go have a labor day picnic in Cloudcroft.

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And last, but not least, we had a really rainy day on Wednesday and I was still so sick, so I decided to let the kids paint. Caedmon, much like every other day, did not want me taking pictures of him while he was working and his project isn’t finished so he won’t let me take pictures of that either. *sigh*

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Alright, that’s all. Move along.

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Surprise vistor for Caedmon!

The other day (read:in bed at 1am) I was browsing around on facebook when I saw that Caedmon’s best friend’s mom’s status was “Going camping in the Sacramento mountains of New Mexico!”

And I stopped breathing.

Because, that’s where we live and such and no one ever just happens to be going where we live. Because we live in the middle of nowhere.

So I frantically typed something in all caps and I don’t even know what it said but evidently I managed to convey the message that I desperately wanted her to call me so we could get together.

She called, lunch plans were made, and I decided not to tell Caedmon.

Longest two days of my LIFE. Ugh. I wanted to tell him so bad!

Friday rolled around and when they knocked on the door I asked Caedmon if he would answer it. He opened the door and Beverly was standing there (Evan was getting stuff out of the car. He stood there for about 30 seconds…in complete stunned silence. Then he screamed “EVAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!” and shot out the door like a man on fire!

Please take note that his feet are hardly touching the ground

I didn’t get many pictures of them because they didn’t sit still much at all while he was here, but I did manage to snap a shot of them playing Chaotic

And this one…which looks like Caedmon just punched Evan in the face? To the best of my knowledge there were no violent outbursts during lunch

Beverly, Kevin…thank you so much for stopping by the house. It meant so much to Caedmon. See you in two weeks!

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A day in the life

I’m not gonna lie, I don’t get up early, but I still don’t like waking up

Breakfast of champions! Hey, check out that poptart package…there’s vitamins and minerals in there! Oh, and the caffeine pills are for my ADD not for staying awake.

While I’m eating breakfast I’m usually checking the weather, my email, and texting. Oh how I love my iTouch. I think I shall compose a poem about it tonight…but I’ll keep that to myself, it’s a very private relationship.

And then I guide my kids through their morning chores. Getting dressed, brushing teeth, etc. Then they usually go play outside. Please note that they dress themselves.

Oh hey, look! A new flower bloomed on our porch stairs

On the way back inside I noticed that I still hadn’t unpacked from last weekends trip to Artesia. My bad.

Who wants to unpack when there’s knitting to be done though?

These are going to be knee high slippers for Presley. The tops are going to be black and white stripped and the bottoms are going to be made of these sparkly red yarns. Anyone catch the reference?

After my 30 minutes of free time is up I finally get around to taking my PJ’s off. But since this was a stay at home day, getting clothes on is as good as it gets…no hair do’s and makeup for me! Hot, I know.

Oh, did I mention I put a load in the wash before I ate breakfast? Well, I did. And now it’s time to hang it on the line…because the dryer is broken.

Kfed made the line too high, so I have to get up on this rickity little ladder and it’s on a hill and I fall…a lot.

All finished!

Oh wait, just kidding. 1 full load doesn’t fit on the line, so I have to hang clothes down the front steps too

Normally I’d repeat this process at least 5 times a day. However, on this particular day, it was really cool outside so the clothes wouldn’t dry so I only got 2 loads done. Bleh.

And while I was doing laundry, my kids were unpacking suitcases. What’s that? You think I’m a slave driver? Why, yes I am!

So, that was 30 minutes of chore time (yes it does take 30 minutes to switch the laundry). So now it’s 30 minutes of free time!

After my free time I got recruited to read Presley-doodle a book

And then Caedmon requested that I attempt to get a lego Storm Trooper through his lego maze. I didn’t make it through, btw, that sucker was loaded with traps!

And while we’re in the front of the house having all this fun, Kfed is in the back of the house working in his office

Presley insisted that I take this picture and…ya know…I do spend a vast majority of my day taking her to the potty…so I thought, why not?!

Time to go check the mail!! This is one of the most exciting parts of the day

A little Johnny Cash for the road?

Oh hey, look, it’s cows! Shocking!

And bulls

Kfed goes and check the mail while we sit in the car and my kids cross their fingers and hope and dream for a package. A package would just make those kids day!

Sadly, a package was not in the stars for them, just a Reader’s Digest

And a little Chicago for the trip home

This little barn is just down the road from our house and everyday when we pass it Presley yells “DIEGO’S HOUSE!!” Actually, she can’t pronounce Diego, so she yells “DE-GAY-O’S HOUSE!!” It’s hilarious…but we never could figure out why she said that

Until we saw Diego’s Rescue Center badge, and then it all made sense

And we’re back!

Lunch time! Ham and cheese sandwiches, all natural Cheeto’s, and organic apple sauce

And while I make lunch, Kfed spends some quality time with the kidlets

After lunch it’s play time!

At some point Caedmon realized his stuffed monkey didn’t have a tail. He was quite sure that all monkeys had tails and he wanted to be sure that his stuffed animal wasn’t a fake, so he whipped out his Animal Encyclopedia and determined that his monkey is actually an orangatang. This was a proud home schooling moment.

Then Presley decided she wanted to play school

I got up from ‘playing school’ to switch the laundry and when I came back my children were dressed as pirates. There’s lots of costume changes with these two.

This particular game of dress up required a treasure map

While they hunted for treasure (candy that Caedmon had buried in the yard), I got to work making chili for dinner

And then it was snack time

And Noggin time. Poor Caedmon, it was Presley’s turn to pick the cartoon

This was my snack. Why am I not skinnier?! Well, maybe it was the poptarts for breakfast…and the frito pie for dinner…and possibly the cherry RC cola I’m having right now.

Moving on.

Apparently I crapped out between snack time and dinner time? I’m fairly certain that I knit and the kids ran around outside and I didn’t feel the need to take pictures of that since I already had pictures along those lines.

So…dinner time! Frito Pie with homemade chili!

Bath time for Presley and shower time for Caedmon! I elected not to humilate Caedmon with a picture of him in the shower.

While Presley bathes, I clean the bathroom

And then I quickly tucked the rugrats into bed so Kfed and I could watch So You Think You Can Dance? Oh sweet heaven how I love this show. And there’s going to be a fall season?! Yes please!

The rest of my evening was spent putting these two blog entries together. I’m wiped and I’m going to bed.

Thanks for spending the day with me!

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A day in our life: going to town edition

The kids were coloring and whatnot while Kfed and I loaded up the van. Please note that Presley elected to dress like Minnie Mouse for this particular trip.

Some the wildlife we encounter as we leave the mountain

A quick stop at the dumpster. We have to drive here (about 10 miles from the house) everyday to take out the trash

Driving down the mountain

We’re literally in the clouds up here

…and then our windshield wiper broke…but Kfed fixed it

20 miles down the road and we’re in the desert!

See that white stripe in between the hills? That’s White Sands. It’s about 25 miles from where this picture was taken.

Here’s a better view

This is the view from town (Alamogordo) looking back home. It was about 68 degrees at home and about 92 in Alamo!

Town. Woo! Exciting!

So, we decided to eat at this restaurant, Memories, because it was cute and we like cute things.

I mean, of course we like cute things. Why else would we keep these kids around all the time?

Wait…what is that hideous faux finish behind Presley? Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Well that’s not cute at all. You know what else isn’t cute? $13 for chicken strips. We won’t be eating there again.

Then we had to go to Wal-Mart to get our tire fixed (which a whole ‘nother story) and get groceries. This is Presley begging Caedmon for change

2 hours, 2 shopping carts, and an unspeakable amount of money later…we’re ready to go home.

When we finally got home (at 9:30pm) Presley went nuts trying to find the toy she bought with her dollar

Jackpot!

And then we all put away the groceries and passed out. The end. Amen.

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