Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Perks of Visitors

Last night around 6:30 the Friesen family arrived from Saskatoon. They brought 5 of the kids. It was a bit of extra work to prepare the food and suprisingly enough we had a lot of leftovers. It's always better to have that scenario than to run out of food though. After supper our kids wanted to show them the "African Jungle". 2 hours later they were sad to see their new playmates disappear. It was nice to have the adult conversation and have our kids occupied outside. There weren't any fights or "whining" as Kiersten likes to say. Caleb thought that he wasn't tired at 9:30, but less than two minutes later he was completely out of it. He had missed his nap, due to a trip to town with Scott, so I was surprised that he didn't fall asleep in his plate:). Garrison wanted to stay with Isaac and we jokingly talked about trading him for Theo. Theo is the one staying with us to learn how to do concrete. Garrison looked like he was considering it, but then laughed and said, "no".

This morning was a continental breakfast kind of day. Scrambled eggs, muffins, cereal, etc... It's quickly becoming the favorite style of the kids. The "men" headed off to work with a "larger than usual" lunch box and the day has actually been fairly quiet. We made beds, washed dishes, changed diapers, weeded for 2 hours. I have to say that I'm voting to give Elyssia two flower boxes to have hers in next year. They didn't put stakes or post signs to let us know what was planted where. For myself I'm thinking a rock garden sounds perfect:). A couple plants and shrubs, with maybe a small section of flowers. Elyssia and I got the majority of it done and the strawberries too. There will be another bowl's worth to pick tomorrow. Now my hands are swollen and red and I wish that I could say it was worth it. The fact is, flowers aren't edible, so yeah, I'm thinking of downsizing next year. We have flowers growing wild in several different places that keep the table decorated for a couple months out of the year. I've been told that if you water the one they'll actually get a disease. I'll have to look up info on when to prune the wild roses. They're definitely getting out of control, but I don't want to damage them. The boys enjoyed "cutting" out the tougher weeds and Caleb tried digging for awhile. So, now the heat is increasing and it's getting close to the much anticipated nap time. Still trying to catch up on lost sleep from last week. Scott's even taken a couple naps:).

Next it's prep for supper. Meatloaf, potatoes, apple pie(have to make the dough first and maybe some of Elyssia's lettuce. James arrives on the bus after supper, so there should be plenty. Til next time...

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