What a busy week it has been, indeed. Yesterday night when the kids were sleeping and the chores were done for the day, I finally had time to turn my computer on, but I was so tired, I was practically falling asleep while typing, and then the internet was acting up.
I was able to rearrange our bedroom on Monday. Because I was doing it by myself while my husband had taken the three boys to their kickboxing class, I was trying to move furniture without taking any of it apart, or even unloading it. Basically, I was sliding everything across the floor. Do you know the game "Rush Hour"? Well, it was just like that, except worse. The girls and I were literally barricaded into the bedroom (which is 250 sq ft) for over an hour because the door was blocked by furniture, which was blocked by more furniture, which ... you get the picture!
The boys' bunk bed will hopefully be finished by next weekend. It comes unassembled and unfinshed, so there will be more work with that, plus the decorating. It has been fun trying to think of what to do, and how. Any tips on where I can rent an overhead projector for doing a mural?
Do you remember my post about the Seeds of Change Growing Millions project? Well, I got my seeds this week! How fast was that?!? I was so thrilled to see all these seed packets for wonderful vegetables, medicinal grade herbs, and flowers. We are going to share the extras with other gardening friends and relatives. A lot of the seeds were heirloom quality, meaning that we can preserve our own seeds to use in next year's garden (rather than the typical hybrid seeds that only grow for one generation).
Last week, I had already put out pepper and tomato plants of various kinds, as well as a few culinary herbs. They all seem to have transferred well, and are thriving. Yesterday, I put out seeds for three types of corn, 4 types of beans, and planted starters for pumpkin, watermelon, and 2 types each of zucchini and cucumber. Today, I wanted to throw out some flower seeds, and get a medicinal herb garden started (something I have been wanting to do for years). I am very determined to have this garden actually yield some produce this year!! I am either going to learn how to grow stuff in the desert, or I will die trying. My gardening skills really are pathetic!
That reminds me of April Fools' Day: Solomon had printed a fake seed packet for a "doughnut tree", and surprised Miriam with it after her nap. She totally fell for it and planted the cheerios/"doughnut seeds". Poor baby! She watered it carefully every day, and it took her days to figure out she had been the victim of a prank. When she did, she just laughed it off, so that was nice.
The kids were pretty goofy that whole day. Isaac had taped a piece of string to a (very real-looking) fake cockroach. They taped the other end of string to the inside of the fridge door. Every time I opened the fridge, I had a cockroach "jumping" at me, and it made me scream in disgust a couple of times.
I think it was John who used a strong rubber band to hold down the button on the water sprayer on the kitchen sink. That way, whenever I would turn the faucet on, I would instead get blasted with the sprayer pointed straight at me.
My rather corny "pranks" were to serve a lunch of meatloaf and mashed potatoes with gravy (made from vanillla ice-cream and chocolate marshmallow treats), and giving them glasses of juice for breakfast that were really made from jello. I also unraveled some TP in both bathrooms, and wound it back up with a couple of dollar bills hidden in them. It worked as a nice reward for those boys who remembered to wipe the rim when they were done using the bathroom, so I think I might employ this trick on and off all year.
Anna, our little love bug, is four months old today. Oh, what a joy she has been every moment of her life!!! I can honestly say that I love each and every one of our children equally, but there is something especially sweet and innocent about a little baby. As I get older, it seems that I cherish this phase more and more with each new baby.
Things like sleepless nights, dirty diapers, spit-up, and other typical "baby complaints" rarely ever cross my mind when I look at her. Instead, I could sit for hours just holding my sweet little one, brushing her downy hair and furry ears and back, play with her little fingers, kiss her tiny toes, and tickle her sweet tummy. And as if the way she feels and smells is not enough, she has the most adorable smile to boot. Perfect strangers at the store often get teary-eyed when she breaks into a huge smile at them. Oh, what a little angel!!! Of course, it helps a lot that she has been one of our easiest babies!
This is how I found her in bed yesterday morning - she had pulled the covers all the way up to her face, and was peeking out grinning at me from behind them. It was so sweet and funny! :)
Makes me want to have another child. And another, and another, ...
Well, I better go. Another busy day ahead of us!