Wow, the last few days have been a WHIRLWIND. Taking care of the chicks, as well as keeping my sprouting vegetables alive, has been a challenge. Living things take so much nurturing! Until my seeds started sprouting, I had seriously been dreaming about them growing almost every night. The chicks seem happy and content - the only challenge has been keeping their water dish reasonably clean.
We got a package this weekend all the way from the UK! Lo and behold, there were trump cards in there!!! Growing up in Germany, my brothers and I used to play trump cards all the time, but apparently, they are not very common here because my husband had never even heard of them before. Solomon and Isaac are loving playing with the cards. The package was filled with lots more cool goodies, and information about Liverpool. Thank you, Megan!!! We also got cards from several others last week, but I have not yet updated the map in the sidebar.
Saturday morning, Solomon had his first piano recital ever. He did really well. He has been taking piano lessons for about a year and a half now, but my husband was teaching him on and off before that, too. His teacher is such a sweet, talented, and patient lady. She has a daughter Solomon's age, and they enjoy playing together. The recital was very lovely.
Also on Saturday, my husband picked up the boys' new triple bunk bed. It does not come fully assembled. The wood is sanded, but not finished. I spent several hours today staining the wood a walnut color. Tomorrow, I am hoping to finish staining, and then applying a coat of clear sealant. Lots of work, but it is fun and relaxing - at least until the baby starts fussing. Before we can move the bunk bed in, I will have to paint the walls in the room because the bed will be too large to work around. The boys decided on a "camping/log cabin/woods" theme, and we found a book at the library with tons and tons of great ideas that I think I will be able to pull off. I am really not that handy, but the directions are very detailed.
Later on Saturday, a family of 7 who was vising from out of state came over for dinner. The kids had lots of fun playing together. Sunday was busy as usual. In the afternoon, I took a meal to a family in our church that just had their first baby. Then, there were two baptisms after the evening service, which made for a late evening.
Today has been another busy day, but the boys were so helpful. They now do all the laundry that gets folded (about half of our total laundry), while I do all the things that get hung. Isaac is in charge of taking care of the dog and helping with the chicks, while Solomon is responsible for keeping our little vegetable seedlings well watered. It's work to stay on top of them and make sure the work gets done right, but they are helping a lot.
For dinner, we had the best steaks EVER. Seriously, I have never had a steak as good as these were. I think it was tenderloin steak? Some cut from the quarter of beef we bought from a local ranch. The kids were grubbing it like crazy, and I had to finally tell them "no more" and instead offer them more of the side dishes just so I could save some steak for my husband. On the side, I made oven-baked potato wedges, arugula salad, and fresh lemonade. I am almost done juicing the last of our lemon crop, and then freezing the juice. We will have fresh lemonade all year this year! Ever since my husband and the boys started kickboxing a few weeks ago, they have been eating so much it's not even funny. I'll just barely have the kitchen cleaned after one meal, and they will all come asking for food and telling me how starved they are. Just for an afternoon snack today, they polished off a whole box of cereal and a half gallon of milk.
Well, I better go. There is still some stuff left to do tonight, and I am hoping to finish staining the bunk bed outside in the fresh morning air early tomorrow before the kids wake up, and before it starts heating up. Have a great week, everyone!