The White House

The White House

Friday, March 14, 2014

Another Week Gone By??

Last Thursday Emily and I were out running errands and found a sale on dog coats. They were $1.50 each! Sophie looks so cute. 

Rusty was just plain mad about the whole thing. It was quite comical.

Mandy even got one, but there wasn't one big enough for Millie. She'd be miserable anyhow as she has so much fur.

Friday was Olivia's Native Program and Potluck. It was supposed to be held back in November, but we got freezing rains and school was closed. She recited her Haiku and that is the drawing to go with it.

Saturday Emily had a soccer game. They were missing three players... one at work, one out-of-town and one is injured. It was their first loss of the season.

Sunday Olivia had to sell Girl Scout cookies at the store. She was very timid at first, but ending up selling 40 boxes by herself!

This time of year we have the most beautiful sunrises. They only last a few minutes, but are spectacular.

Tuesday is a Scout Day. I was missing two of my group.

We went outside and each boy designed an obstacle course for everyone to be timed on. Lucas was the fastest of all 7 times! Being in sports sure gives him an advantage.

After Scouts we were off to has last game of basketball. He's already asking what sport he can do now, but there really isn't anything until summer. I missed the sign-ups for swimming lessons.

Since I started with Sophie that's where I'll end. I'm busy in the plant room already so far behind. I just ordered my petunia seeds last night so they will be about 3 weeks late. Such is my busy life!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Days Fly By

Friday I was supposed to run some errands. It ended up being a day for Emily to get her nails done. She decided on French tips which turned out to not only be more expensive, but took twice as long. 

The sunsets are finally high enough in the sky and long enough that I can see them.

Dinner... I love cooking big meals for my husband and we've had a few good ones this week, but this is the only photo I remember to take. I've never done grilled cabbage, but it was so good!

After dinner a friend dropped her son off for the night. She was called in to fly the next day and had no one to take her son. Her husband is out-of-town with an ailing parent. I kicked them outside for most of the day. I had been watching YouTube videos to learn how to mud and tape. My nephew caught wind of that and showed up to teach me (he does remodeling for a living). He spent 9 hours here that day! I ended up dropping Emily off at her soccer game to get back and help him (Elijah brought her home for me). Of course, she scored two goals while I wasn't there.

Aidan ended up spending the night again and my nephew came back up Sunday for the day to help me. He brought his daughter and all the kids spent a lot of time outside. The weather was beautiful.

Elijah even took Emily for a ride.

Homer finished cutting the fire ring... it's 4 feet across... and we built a bonfire. He spent the day changing oil and working on snow-go's. 

Olivia and I sat by the fire long after everyone else went inside. Aidan stayed again because his mom had to fly really early. I drove all the kids to school Monday morning.

Monday was not such an exciting day as I spent it cleaning. Managed get rid of an entire pick-up load of junk we have, but just don't need.  No photos to show for it, though. Olivia and Lucas had Ski Club after school. I brought Aidan home again and then he was picked up late that evening to give me a little break. 

Tuesday morning I went with Olivia on a field trip to the UAF museum. They had some instruction in the classroom. 


Then a scavenger hunt of sorts.

Followed by story time and then more time in the classroom drawing animal tracks.

This was the view from the hill that day. Clouds rolling in and as it turns out we got about an inch of snow last night.

I even rode the bus!

After the field trip I had a couple hours to get my things together for Cub Scouts. I took my nine boys on a walk looking for birds.

After the last Scout was picked up it was a mad dash to Lucas' basketball game way on the other side of town. We got there with 5 minutes to spare. He plays so hard the entire time. I am really going to miss it when the season is over (only one more game). 

I dropped Aidan at his house and got home with a couple hours to spare before bedtime. I feel kind of badly as he has to get up so early to go to daycare before school, but it's hard on my kids' routine having a guest on school nights. Today is Ski Club again and Aidan will be back over until his mom is done flying around 7. I think she said his dad might be back in a few days, but really after so many years of raising so many kids having one more isn't too noticeable. 

Lots of homeschooling work to do today plus more cleaning projects that I could ever accomplish. I'm still in need of the 30-hour day, less to do and an attitude adjustment. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

What A Week!

What a busy week! I bet the kids sleep in this weekend. Monday Olivia and Lucas had ski club after school.  It's been cancelled for a few weeks now. First it was too icy (snow melt and refroze) and then too cold (a week of -20 or more) so it was great to go again. 

Tuesday was the Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet. Besides leading a Den of 9 Scouts I am on the Planning Committee and I am the Awards Coordinator. Lots of time went into organizing the Advancement for 38 Scouts. There was a little over 100 people in attendance. 

The Banquet is a potluck and so many good things were shared... main dishes....

.... sides and salads....

... Alaska Salmon, Moose and even a whole turkey!

I must have put about six hours into this awards table. Everything is recorded online and then I purchase at the Scout office. Two hours alone was spent writing out the cards and attaching the patch, pin or belt loop to it. The little portion cups have activity segments for the last four Pack meetings. Keeping track of who attends what is a chore! I am the only leader who knows all the kids. 

I won't share all the photos (we took over 200), but each of the 5 dens performed skits and sang songs. My Den sang a grace before dinner that we wrote ourselves. This is our skit "Old Akela Had a Zoo". The boys start out behind the curtain and then move out to the side. The song had actual animal noises... yes, I spent hours and hours creating/editing the music with sound bits found online. I need to purchase more fabric and sew the curtains so it looks nice, but will have to wait until they get some in. 

Emily is an enormous help to me. I couldn't do it without her. She looked so beautiful. I, on-the-other-hand, better get back to going to the gym. I've put on a lot of weight this winter and my knees are complaining. I know I would have more energy, too.

I have a special ceremony for each Den when they earn their Rank Badge. That's the Cubmaster reading the script. The ceremony involves face painting the boys. This is my Wolf Den. Eight of my nine boys met the requirements for their badge. 

Father and son.

At the end of the night we had the Ice cream Trough. This is something we used to do 15 years ago in the Pack. It was pushed aside by the germaphobes. Us old-timers brought it back and the kids loved it (or at least the ones who had parents who would let them join in).

Wednesday the little ones had Ski Club again and then were up late for the season opener of Survivor. Nick took a few hours off of work to be here for that so we could pick our favorites.

Thursday I got Nick and Elijah to carry out the broken washer that has been sitting in the middle of Elijah's to-be-room-if-we-ever-finish remodeling. Then Emily and I cleaned out the whole space so work can begin. Homer has the the corners to put around the sliding door in the craft room and then I can start taping and mudding (after he shows me how). He'll move on to the next room until I am done painting and then come back to build my counters and shelves.

Last night Lucas had basketball practice at a school 25 miles from our house. You take several long, icy back roads so travel time is 45-minutes each way taking up 2.5 hours of the evening for practice! I left dinner for Homer and saw him for a late movie. Between his long hours of work and my running the evening activities we hardly see each other.

Before work yesterday Nick made Olivia and Lucas new shirts for Tie Dye Day at school. They were thrilled when they woke up this morning and saw them. Aren't we a tough bunch? Yesterday it was +30 and Lucas went to practice in his shorts. It is +12 this morning and they sure aren't bundled up, are they? Spring is in the air and the sunshine is wonderful after the long, dark winter.

Speaking of Spring I should be planting my  geranium seeds March 1st and I haven't even ordered them. My plant room turned into storage again this winter and I can't even get in there. I have so much to do and it's been such an exhausting week. Guess I'd better hop to it. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wish My Husband Had Two Days A Week Off

*note for Kim.... I loaded/inserted the photos one at a time. Annoying, but far less time consuming than trying to rearrange the way I intended to tell my story. 

For the Humble Wife... here is my first and only tattoo. Is says "Homer" on my wedding ring finger. The band on my ring broke early in the summer and I hadn't gotten it fixed. (Still haven't). It felt really wrong to not wear it. I was down in Anchorage for a football game with Elijah. I ended up getting my husband's name done as a birthday gift to him. He was speechless and loved it. Goodness... my hands are so old. 

Olivia wants to do a science fair project. It's not required, but who am I to squash her enthusiasm? She's going to build a maze for her rat Andrea to see if she learns and gets faster with each try. Today she worked on the design.

It didn't take long to figure out the table wasn't big enough. She really wanted to take the maze in, but projects can only be 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. The height limit is 6 feet so she may redesign so that the maze can stand up on the table. Or she may just take photos. What I do know is that it has to be turned in next Monday so we'd better get cracking. 

I asked my husband to build me a puppet theater for our show at Scouts Tuesday. My husband never does anything half-assed. 

Olivia and I were off to town to find fabric for the curtains. Armed with 50% off coupons we found some velvet-looking material at a decent price. We sent photos home. 

Homer decided the dark red is this photo would be best. It gives the movie theater effect. Of course, they had a limited supply. I bought what they had and the curtains will be stretched tighter than I'd like. When they get more in I will get another 6.5 yards to make some really good waves. The fabric came to $22 dollars and I'm not sure what the wood cost, but I will store this for future use over the next 3 years of Scouts. I will also make it available to the other Dens if they want to put on a show at the Pack meetings. I'm sure Olivia and Lucas could have some fun with it at home, too. Tomorrow I need put it together because the Blue & Gold is Tuesday!

After building the theater my husband went to hanging sheet rock. He almost got the last wall done (see the strip at the top that isn't finished?) Elijah came home and he stopped to work on his car. He needed a device put on the battery so when he plugs it in in the cold weather (oil pan heater) it will also be charging the battery as it keeps going dead on him. Then they cut the muffler for a new glass one that he got for $1 off Craigslist, but didn't have everything they needed so he'll be a straight pipe for a day. 

I'm glad there was a little more progress on the house. All those little life things seem to slow us down. Oh, and I cut a bunch of mats off Sophie until she wouldn't let me anymore. Not sure how she got so tangled. Tomorrow I'll finish shaving her and give her a bath. She's a tad ugly shaved compared to being fluffy, but she is so much cleaner and happier.

Can you believe it... I haven't ordered my seeds yet! I haven't even planned my garden beds. I've had all winter and I am such a procrastinator that I'm a week away from starting Geraniums and am not prepared in the least. No seeds and I can't even get in the grow room as it became storage. Again. *sigh* Once I get past Tuesday I'll dive into it head on.