Visiting Their Dad

Every other weekend the kids see their dad. I miss them terribly. Sunday evenings just the older four go with him and have bigger kid type fun and I take the little kids and do little kid type fun things. haha (You parents of kids in a large age run will get what a brilliant idea this is, right? ha)


I miss my kids like crazy when they’re with their dad. I always hope they’re having fun but I also just miss them so much.

I took the little kids to Panera Bread for breakfast.


Then we went grocery shopping. Everett and Lyla wanted theses shopping carts but we didn’t get them. They did play with them and race with them, though.


Lyla loves shopping. She loves picking things out and putting them in the cart or the shopping bag hanging from the stroller or even in my bag. I’m always watching her so I see her do it and take the things out. haha. It’s cute the types of things she picks out, though. Like today it was animal figures and romance novels. haha!


I let the kids play the claw machine and Everett won!


The kids’ dad brought the older four to the park to fly kites together and I took them home from there. Everett and Lyla were hungry so I got them some happy meals on the drive over.


I think we didn’t end up flying kites… just playing at the park. Brooklyn and Sierra like swinging together the whole time. And at the end I asked the kids for a group picture!


I’m a lucky mom, these six are the best.679efbblog682efbblog




Morning and Lunchtime During the School Year

When we get home from dropping Brooklyn and Sierra off at school I make breakfast while the kids play (and Lyla cries) and then we eat and then we start homeschooling!


Every time the middle kids do their work Lyla wants to get something that looks similar to what they’re doing and do it, too. If I tell her she’s doing Lyla’s school she is one happy toddler!


She’s actually a good little artist for being 2! She draws people all the time and has for quite a while. Giant circles with eyes, nose, mouth, arms and legs, fingers and hair, too!

Everett usually prefers to play with toys or beg me to play video games.


Lyla tires of drawing and joins Everett. And by joins I mean comes over and tries to steal everything and they fight and both scream and I find something else for Lyla. haha


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After a morning of school work we get ready to go get Sierra from school.


When the weather is good we stop at the store on the way home each day and pick out lunch. Sometimes we have supplies at home for sandwiches and we just get fruit or pretzels or juice or something to go along with it. Sometimes we get lunchables.


The kids all love picking out a piece of fruit every day. Payson and Everett especially love picking fruit and bagging it themselves. I guess all the kids do the same and those two just love talking about it a lot!


Then we went home and ate. Then did the rest of the day but I didn’t take any more pictures.




Photos That Don’t Go Together


Everett’s creation.399efbblog

Lyla liked this toy. I didn’t buy it. But she liked it. 409efbblog

A mess that was intense to clean. Spilled chocolate milk under an entire counter of stuff. No one told me and I woke up the next morning to solidified rotten milk on a bunch of papers and important stuff and it took forever to clean and blah blah blah, it was bad and I didn’t enjoy that morning.572efbblog574efbblog

I hate wearing glasses but I like seeing perfectly clear far away things when I drive.580efbblog

One of Our Insanely Busy, How-Did-I-Even-Surive Days!

The school year about killed me! I was so busy every single day. I did the best I could but am excited to make some changes for next year!

These photos are from one normal day. It looks crazy busy (it was) but it was my normal. Ack. How did I do it. I remember every single night while doing the bedtime routine, brushing my little two kids’ teeth, brushing my own, washing my face, my heart would race at the idea that I didn’t do enough and had so much to do the next day and was so tired I could’ve cried and how would I survive it all?!

But I DID! I survived it all! I can’t believe it! Makes me feel stronger than I’d ever imagined and ready to tackle new challenges. And still tired… I’m tired. haha

Magna tile fun.


The photo below is Ember using these fun worksheets to start learning skip counting and times tables. Ember started learning multiplication in 2nd grade, I swear I learned it in 4th grade! Maybe 3rd but I swear it was 4th! Am I wrong? Other moms in your 30s, when did you learn the times tables??

Also guys, check out my pinterest boards for homeschool and teacherspayteachers for things I’m doing/using in homeschooling. Some are free, some aren’t, none are sponsored for me, just things this busy mom found and uses. Seriously guys, I took the time to link them because I love the things I’ve used on there, it’s not for financial benefit for me, not even a penny! Not for more views… nothing except sharing, and if YOU have resources you love, share with me too! Or link your pinterest or blog or wherever you share things! I know a large handful of you are homeschool moms, too!


Payson was working on writing an essay. He was using the public school curriculum so it was a battle and not fun.


He did use my little mountain graphic I made since it was a personal narrative report and that helped! I’d share a link but it’s just a scrappy thing I made in photoshop and the mountain clip art isn’t mine. Untitled-1

Before I made that I used to just draw a sketch of something similar and he’d fill in the lines and then start writing his essay from there.

Everett and Lyla both know how to turn on Netflix on my phone so they steal it constantly. It’s 90% of the reason I miss all my calls and many of my texts. Not only were they watching my phone together but they had both changed clothes and had both put their shirts on backwards! I ran for my camera when I noticed.


Lyla had put one of Ember’s shirts on top of hers.017efbblog021efbblog

When they noticed me taking their picture they stopped and smiled.


We went to pick Sierra up from school and stopped at a grocery store on the way home to get lunch. The kids picked out lunchables and fruit.


They like this particular store because it always has this car cart available and the store is never too busy to use it!


Showing me their choices.


Lyla’s favorite toys are baby dolls and little animal toys (which she calls babies) so I buy her baby bottles and binkies every few months when she loses hers. Today we got these for $1.99 and she gave one to Everett and they both immediately sucked on them. haha


It’s summer but it’s been chilly and rainy for days.


What did Lyla do back at home? Change again, of course. She loves to change many, many times a day.


Everett changed, too, and then we were heading off to Costco. Everett laid on the ground by the door munching his crackers.


This was Lyla’s completed look she put together:


I’m sure my kids aren’t the only ones who love to climb behind large displays in stores. Costco is unlimited hiding and secret spaces… it’s so hard to get my kids to stay out of the products!! I tell them so many times and they lose getting frozen yogurt at the end of the trip. But nothing is enough… the pull of the fun is too great and they still do it.


Everett and Sierra were being so sweet together, hanging out like buddies during the shopping trip so I asked them to smile for a picture. Then I told Sierra to kiss Everett’s cheek and the next photo happened.


I’m lucky that Everett likes to ride in the cart a lot of the time because Lyla doesn’t and she’s wild and everywhere and it’s… awful. It takes all my energy and I rarely remember to get everything on my list because I’m so focused on keeping track of her and keeping her from messing with everything and running in front of people, cutting them off, and all that usual toddler in a store drama!


Every time we go to Costco Ember and Everett beg for this giant box of Eggo waffles. I hate buying it because I have a very tiny freezer in our apartment-sized fridge and one box fills half of it up! But sometimes I give in and buy it.


Today was one of the rarer shopping trips where we had to buy ALL THE BIG ITEMS so my cart was stuffed and I was dreading the unloading process back at the apartment! The kids were happy, though, and we got what we needed!


So many times when I unload groceries I wear Lyla in the Ergo carrier because she screams so much and sometimes I ask Sierra to watch her because I have a bad back and it starts to go out so I need to take it a little easier and carrying Lyla on my back up and down stairs is extra. Sierra has this fun trick she uses where she takes Lyla to my bedroom window to watch me at the van, I wave to her as I get to the van and grab a box or bag and then I stop and wave before coming up the stairs and while I walk up the stairs they all run to the front door to greet me. I set down the armload of stuff I have and wave to everyone and we all say hi and I head back down and the kids head back to my room to wave again. It’s adorable.


We went and picked up Brooklyn after I unloaded the groceries and came home and I finished unloading the stuff I’d left (I only put away the cold stuff since we were in a hurry to make it to Brooklyn’s school) while the kids ate.


Then it was bedtime! Everett and Lyla were in their fourth outfits of the day so I didn’t change them into pajamas. There is only so much laundry one woman can do!! Payson and Ember had school the next day and Payson likes to sleep in the clothes he will wear so he changed into his school outfit. Ember is in pajamas because she loves pajamas. I don’t care what my kids wear to bed all that much as long as they change right before going to sleep.


If we go to bed on time I read the kids stories. It’s a way to motivate them because bedtimes are insane. If Payson and Ember get into bed before the little kids they read. This day they were all in my bed reading together and ugh, that is just so cute.296efbblog299efbblog

That’s it for that day! haha

Payson and Ember’s Book Reports

In Payson’s 5th grade curriculum he had a lot of formal writing assignments. It was a struggle all year. He loves a lot of subjects and of all my kids has the most interest in learning/researching for the sake of it, for the fun of it. He loves to write poems and stories and notes. But the one thing he despises is formal writing assignments!

All this to say, when he finished his language arts program for the year (early, ironically!) I assigned him daily fun assignments for language arts. We switched from the public school curriculum to the language arts program from the FREE website All In One Easy Peasy Homeschool.

Besides that I also bought a few writing downloads from Teachers Pay Teachers for him and Ember. This was one of those and one of their very favorites! It’s this caterpillar file folder book report. Both Payson and Ember loved putting it together. Ember spent so much time being meticulous with it. She takes her assignments very seriously and loves doing them. Payson normally doesn’t like book reports but this fun version kept him motivated and excited about reading and creating it.


Here are a few other pictures from that day. Lyla is still obsessed with kitties and puppies and bunnies and loves pretending to be a puppy when she eats.


Everett played a little Mario.


Time to go pick up Sierra from school!


By this time of the day Lyla had changed clothes into Everett’s shirt and also insisted on bringing her bouncy ball.


It was raining and this is Lyla’s expression when she caught sight of it!


Mother’s Day 2019!

I am so thankful to be a mother ♥

My kids made me all kinds of cards and pictures and handmade gifts this year, I felt so spoiled!

The first thing we did on Mother’s Day was a favorite pastime of ours… the movies!


Next we got ice cream, another favorite family activity 🙂


Lyla was intent on cleaning up the ground.


And then this happened: