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, December 29, 2016

snow and cold and staying home...

But yesterday, oh yesterday was fun! Evelyn stayed home with a stack of library books, but Jonathan, Suzanne, Kathryn, Sonja, Camille, and Charlotte Claire went along...the three youngest had gymnastics, and while I watched them, sipped coffee, and chatted with a few other homeschooling moms, the three older girls went to Moe's for some Mexican food. We all went to Walmart afterward for some 50% off Christmas chocolate...then home...ah, home.

I made Sloppy Joes for dinner, and hamburgers for the picky ones, and a huge salad.

After dinner was the best part of the day...time for me to go to my niece's house for a gathering...snacks, wine, and the hot tub!

And today, we said goodbye to the Christmas tree. It was the most excellent tree we have ever had, none of those big holes that had to be turned to the wall. It was losing needles and I was afraid it was a fire hazard, so we reluctantly pulled off all the ornaments. One of the teenagers dropped an ornament into the box, breaking a few other things...I thought she had just tossed it in there carelessly, but she insisted she dropped it accidentally. whatever. Joseph dragged the tree out, leaving a needles galore on the floor. My comfy chair is now back in it's proper place in the corner where the tree was. The floors are cleaned up, and most of the Christmas stuff is packed away. We left the lights in the windows and some of the wintery stuff out, it's still winter:)

Evelyn is reading an Upton Sinclair book, "The Jungle", and is sharing gross passages about the corrupt meat packing industry at the beginning of the century. ugh.

I have read two library books since Tuesday. "My Name Is Lucy Barrett", by Elizabeth Strout...I started it last night and finished it this morning, it was a page turner.

Sonja is playing FIFA 17. Joseph too Jonathan and some of their friends rock climbing. Cam is playing with her dolls and stroller and cash register, Char is lying on the couch with her tablet. Kathryn is working out, and Suzanne is probably reading her library book. I like vacation.:) We can't go anywhere because Joseph has the van, the other van needs new tires before it's driven in snow, and we have snow. It looks fresh and clean out there again. Waking up to the trees and branches coated and covered makes it almost worth living here in snow country.

I am not tired of winter yet. The coziness hasn't gotten old. I like when the temperature drops low enough to freeze the ground outside, and when it's covered in snow, because the dogs don't get all muddy. Sunny had to have a few baths when the weather warmed up, she romps across the yard and doesn't care one bit about getting muddy. Right now she's sleeping in front of the lovely little fake fireplace, with Cam curled up to her. She's a keeper.

Here's a question: how do you keep away from sugar when there are Andes Mints and Hershey's Kisses in the house? It's killing me. The cut out cookies are all gone, phew.

Today would be a good soup day, or perhaps a pot of chili day...


Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading your blog. The snow sounds so cozy!! Not so cozy in Orlando today it was 84. Iam having a hard time with the sugar and after the 1st...Iam giving it all awayπŸ€—πŸ‘πŸ»
Blessings Darla

Rose Sperlonga said...

Not sure how to stay away from all the goodies either! UGH! Not going to lie. I am not doing well at all. I lost 71 lbs and then just lost my way .
Now , I fell a week ago yesterday. Believe it or not , my slipper got caught in the rug and I went down with my ankle to follow me! So for one week and ONE day I have been here , in a chair except to the specialist office. He said grade 3 sprain and a minor fracture... so not going to far with out my boot on for 6 weeks maybe longer.. so I'm trying NOT to eat. IF the fam doesn't bring it to me then I can't have it because its more of a pain in the butt to go get it!

So, how do we stay away.... good question! LOL When you find the answer let me know!


Marilyn Reid said...

It is very hard around the holidays not to pig out 🐷 We are taking all the Christmas decorations down tomorrow and we are going to get back to normal eating...........I hope. I was sorry to see your lovely new cardigan chewed............puppies!! Mine chewed one of my lovely sandals I bought in Rome, when she was little AND she brought it out to show me.....all pleased with herself!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ No use having a was done and that was that!! Anyway Della enjoy the rest of the festive season. We are going to see LA LA LAND and go out for supper for New Year's Eve. We rarely make it to midnight......getting old!! Happy New Year to you all!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ·πŸΊπŸΉ

Marilyn from Canada

16 blessings'mom said...

Darla, giving it away is the right idea! I am the dummy who keeps buying it...half price after Christmas, blah. Rose, oh dear! I am sorry you did this thing to your ankle! No fun! And it isn't fair, it's so impossibly difficult to lose the weight, but it comes back on like nothing. Marilyn...wah about the sandal from Rome! Puppies are so bad, lucky they are so cute. Sunny has come a long way lately, still a handful but much better. She is starting to listen to "Drop it!", which makes life easier than when she would just laugh and run away with a permanent marker in her mouth...