summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Thursday, May 26, 2016

della does nothing.....

I first I was offended when I heard someone say that about me. Now I am merely amused, as it comes to mind every once in a while as I find myself amazed at just how busy life still is at times.

One of our minivans is in the shop, so I have been driving Paul to work in the morning. It's a half hour each way, so that's two's not two hours of backbreaking labor in the hot sun...but still.

With homeschooling three kids and watching sweet Davian...

Isn't he cute? He was frosting the cinnamon rolls with Camille. He's actually no trouble at all. He's darling and sweet and never gives me a hard time about anything.

Anyway...I find myself surprisingly busy. You know, there's always a list of stuff to do, niggling at me, while I sit in the sun and talk to my sister on the phone, ha.

Yesterday afternoon, when Evelyn got home from school, we had a date to plant our little flower garden. But first, we headed to town to buy more potting soil. We bought some flowers too, and put those in alone with wildflower seeds, and filled lots of little pots with soil and seeds...we bought a small splash pool because the big pool is not open yet (but almost!) so very warm here, and the kids like to play with the hose and get wet.

We also stopped in the store to stock up on popsicles.

Then it was time to go pick Paul up from work.

And come home and make burgers to grill outside...oh I love this summer weather.

When I dropped Paul off this morning, I felt sorry for him. He's being dropped off by his wife in a minivan, ha. When the other van is fixed, he can drive that to work, until he gets a truck. Our truck budget is you know, older model...and that made me feel sorry for him...after working all these years, I wish he could just have a nice shiny new one, like all the nice ones in his work parking lot. He has had a couple of good ones over the years, but this makes two of them that have been wrecked in accidents that weren't his fault, and you never get enough to replace them after paying them off.

But I didn't dwell on pity for too long, it's just the influence of our society and the commercials on t.v. It's too easy to forget how fortunate we really are.

Yesterday I made a pot of mocha fudge flavored sugar, just the flavored coffee grounds. There was some leftover after Evelyn and I enjoyed a mug (Paul and Joseph do not like flavored coffee at all), so I put some in the refrigerator to drink this afternoon over ice...and is it pathetic that I am really looking forward to it?

I am picking Evelyn and Suzanne up from school in a little while. Sonja didn't go, it's spring olympics day, and she would just rather be home.

Tomorrow we are thinking of going to the beach! The water in Lake Ontario will be too cold to swim much, but the sun and the sand and the putting the toes in the water...who can complain?

Davian will be here soon, and I will make some breakfast for the kids, have a second cup of coffee, and begin the day.


terre said...

della, that comment would piss me off! i stay home now and have already worked while raising my kids. i had a full time job then, and school at one point, while single-handedly raising my 4. it was hard work. now,i keep up the house and help with the grands and i am still busy. somedays, i guess 'doing nothing' is true for me, but MOST days are spent doing all the behind-the-scenes work. you are doing more than most -- you are molding kids top be good american adults. that says a lot!

terre @zoomama speaks...

Cheryl Stryker said...

I, on the other hand, really DO do nothing!!!!! And I'm still busy...