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Time out fun

The ultimate threat done in my very loud voice. “Do you need to go to Time Out!” A threat that has worked very effectively for twelve years….until now.

My little Dragon is not phased by getting sent to the steps for her allotted 2 minutes.

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If given a choice, she will happily place herself in the designated area instead of doing the task told.

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I think I may need to try something else.

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Here we go again.

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Did I mention that I started to take a ballet class at the age of 40. Yep that’s right! Here is my little partner in crime.

Her little class didn’t go as smoothly as planned. It’s now a “mommy and me class”.

Like I said…I am taking ballet…sans tutu.

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Goodbye summer.

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The night temps are falling to a comfortable cool sleeping weather. The kind were you leave the windows open and snuggle down under a layer of blankets. However, these open windows make it for a brisk morning wake up. This week we needed to dig out the pants and sweatshirts to head out to school. Which leads to the huge project of…..

Yes, that’s right. The biannual flipping of the closets. What a chore! Might go faster if I had children that would stop growing. But alas, I feed them, therefore they grow. What a cycle.

Ms.A is official on her own. I cringe when I even attempt to look at her room, much less her closet. She has access to all her clothes, all year long. I have given her all the tools of organization with many hours of training, she just needs to implement them. I do still make her pick out her outfits the night before. This saves a huge amount of time in the morning of just standing in front of her closet “thinking” and allows hubby to veto any outfits that I disapprove. So far this school year it’s been good. She hasn’t had any huge growth spurts, so I just left a bin at the bottom of her closet to put unwanted or to tight clothes in.

Mr.D is growing like a weed. Literally, nothing still fits from the spring, so we needed a shopping spree. I am better to go shopping on my own and bring back for him to try on at home. As luck would have it, I just needed the next size up and I found them with coupon in hand. A request of camouflage was made and regretfully fulfilled. Smaller clothes placed in a bin to pass on, new clothes in cubbies, voila done! Boys are soooo easy.

Then there is Dragon. My fashionista. The littlest one with the biggest opinion. Is it because she is my last child and we have time to go over clothes and discuss them before getting dresses? Or is it her strong personality shinning through? Whatever the answer is, she likes her clothes. Likes to pick them out. Loves to accessorize. And she actually has great taste!

We are blessed with great hand me downs and it’s like Christmas when the boxes arrive. Lucky for me the girls line up seasonally and her mommy is an avid shopper. So Dragon helps dig through and organize her new things. Trying on layers of clothes in the process. She is just at the beginning stage of dressing herself and it kept her busy and me entertained while we sorted.

So fall is coming. School is in full swing. Afternoon activities are at a max. We are official heading into this year at full speed and with the right fitting clothes on!

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Can I keep him?

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We went on a family outing to the county fair. A first for our family. Mr.D was in heaven with the barn after barn of beautiful animals (rabbits, poultry, sheep, goats, pigs, cattle, and horses). I had the hand sanitizer out after each barn.

Needless to say, he made a few friends that he wanted to bring home.

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Puppy love!

Oh, how we love puppies! At least everyone living with me does.

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She is such a cute little German Shepard! She is seven weeks old and looks like a little bear who makes cute little grunting noises

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Don’t the children look so happy together! Don’t you want to say “yes” to their requests, just to see and feel that joy!

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What does Nala think about this little puppy? I think her expressing tells you exactly what she thinks of this puppy.

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Thank goodness she just came for a visit.

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That’s all I need on my plate right now, a puppy….. She sure is cute though…hmmm

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Last day of Summer.

It was our last day of summer today.  The kids were pushing all of my buttons. They were into whatever the other was doing. Constantly arguing about the littlest things and it seemed like they couldn’t stop wrestling, annoying, and in general, bothering each other.

I had it! It was two o’clock and I was ready to blow my top. I was at the end of my rope and my throat hurt from yelling.  So…. I kicked them out of the house and into the yard until dinner. Ms. A was in tears. The drama was unbelievable. Mr. D yelled from the back porch that there was nothing to do. I gave them each a stern look and locked the screen door.

Nothing to do… These kids needed to be locked outside more often… Nothing to do my a–.

I went back to my endless piles of laundry watching and listen to what they were up to. After about half an hour of complaining and whinnying, they final found something to do.

I then hear some excited yells. I listen closer and what do I hear….
“Here is one for Oma!”
“This is a big one for Oma!”

Those little angels were blowing bubbles and sending them to Oma in Heaven.
I had to go out to watch. The were having so much fun together and just being so sweet.  Mr.D asked me if I thought Oma would like them. I just smiled and nodded my head.

Somedays I need a reminder of what and how a good mom should be.

Today, some bubbles did the job!

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World’s best Sandbox!

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Yes, I would like to claim the the trophy for World’s Best Sandbox!!!

Why do I get to claim this prestigious award? Well it all starts like this…..

Hubby had a high school reunion of sorts this weekend. He had about twelve high school buddies meet up for golf, softball, water basketball, lots of food, and a try at the new casino. Our house was the central hub and it was a fun and busy weekend. Those that came from out of town crashed at our house. Nala got sent to doggie camp and I took the kids to live with Opa. That meant the house was for the boys. I had made up all the beds and all the extra beds, yet I still found bodies in sleeping bags all over the floors.

So how does this rambling description of the house being crashed have anything to do with this award.

Well it was told to me by several of my guests, so I claimed it! I do so much love awards!

And how did we get such an awesome sandbox. Well, that would be all me. I had requested a sandbox for the kids to play in, but it needed to be bigger so that WE could all fit. Yes, it’s my fault. I like to play in sand. So yes, I asked Hubby to build me a sandbox that would fit an adult.

The result of my request…

Hubby made this sandbox out of the old tires of a front loader from work. I found that you can ask for these tires at truck tire centers and they will be happy to give you your pick and even deliver. It saves them the cost of recycling.

The huge effort was to split them open due to their steel belting. He ended up using a wheel grinder to cut through. After several hours, a few choice words, a couple of grinding disc, and a promise from me that I would ever request a project like this again. It was done!

He had to cut through one side completely and just the edges on the opposite side to get them to open up. He then lag bolted them together and built benches at each cut section. (I like to play in the sand, not sit in it.) He used left over composite material from our deck, so no worries about splinters. He drilled an umbrella stand in one bench to help hold the umbrella in place. The next step was to line the box with thick rubber pond liner. We placed a layer of river rock on the bottom for drainage and then a fabric barrier on top of that to keep the sand separate. The last thing was the sand. He purchase several yards of builder/construction sand. I had heard that playground sand could cause abrasion if it got into your eye. Plus construction sand sticks well and makes a great sandcastle. (be warned it doesn’t brush off as easy, we always have a bucket on hand for clean up) In the beginning I use to cover it with a tarp, but I found the sand would become moldy. Instead, we just let it be. We have had no issue with the sand quality or with cats.

We love our sandbox and it’s always a hit with all the kids, including me!

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