Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Letter to (Five Year and Ten Month Old) Graves

Dear Graves,

Another month of sweet and funny and wonderful things and we got to share them with you!

First of all, I forgot to tell you in your last letter that you and Annie and Sallie and I finally joined Northside. It was such a special day and it's such a special place. This community has breathed love into my life and y'alls lives for a year and a half. So many people have helped me in the pew so I don't have to do this alone. This is home. And it was past time to make that official. And now it is. Thanks be to God.

What else?

One morning you woke up with what I thought was a weather headache. You finally put yourself to bed and I could hear you tossing and turning and sort of moaning until you feel asleep. Honestly, if I hadn't had those headaches for as long as I could remember it would really scare me. The first time you had one was on a crowded Brooklyn bound train. You were in the carrier and were screaming in pain. I seriously thought you might be having an anueryism. It was terrifying. Anyway, it was actually a virus this time and Annie and Sallie got sick, too. Ther hardest part might have been keeping you away from Sallie when she had fever.



You took a special trip to Primos one afternoon for lunch with Mickey and Minnie. You had the best time!

Papa used his Christmas money to get more lit tees. Now y'all have matching Harold shirts!

I made you and Annie a new daily checklist and put it on the fridge. The clothes pin moves each night to wherever they need to get on the list before they can have a treat, snack, or media time. On Sundays it's be way near the top; on days when Peyton is home and we have a big day it's be further down so y'all can get their tasks done before the business/fun starts. So, for example, if I move the pink one to the fifth row down, you would need to do everything above her independent schoolwork before you got to your privileges. 
The treat is an Oreo or whatever y'all pick and you guys can have one unhealthy snack. I was tired of y'all bugging me about it and I needed to transfer the ownership of it to you two. At Mickey and Minnie's it's a free for all and if we go out to eat or to a birthday party or something that's bonus.

I love seeing you with both your siblings. You and Annie often make Sarah Lamar the conductor of the train and recently you put pillows all around her exersaucer and made her the captain of the ship. Y'all are so good to her!

Annie told me that you told her "Teasing is how nature goes". She was so distraught and asked me if that was true. Well, it is in our family! 

The things you think about really surprise me sometime. Recently, apparently you asked Annie if she'd rather be killed or have her best friend killed.

I used to be such  a pj snob and I loved yours and Annie's little jams. In my defense, I'm also a homebody and it was/is what I see y'all in a LOT of the time. And I didn't necessarily spend much money- I just didn't buy things unless I wanted to see y'all in it. Well, I bought y'all some new cute ones. Annie only wants animal themed/animal print jammies and you love footies still. And Sallie wears- yay!!!!- whatever pleases her momma. (I am still trying to work toward Wardrobe Autonomy and y'all do have some things that are definitely not my favorites). 

You are such a fun little guy and every month with you is a new adventure and a new sketch comedy. We are so glad you're our little boy!

Love,
Momma (and Papa)

P.S. Your pirate boat tee and madras pants are both a 4T, I believe. 



















Letter to (Seven Year and Ten Month Old) Ann Peyton

Dear Ann Peyton,

Quite a bit to catch you up on, per usual!


First of all, I forgot to tell you in your last letter that you and Graves and Sallie and I finally joined Northside. It was such a special day and it's such a special place. This community has breathed love into my life and y'alls lives for a year and a half. So many people have helped me in the pew so I don't have to do this alone. This is home. And it was past time to make that official. And now it is. Thanks be to God.

What else?

I made you and Graves a new daily checklist and put it on the fridge. The clothes pin moves each night to wherever they need to get on the list before they can have a treat, snack, or media time. On Sundays it's be way near the top; on days when Peyton is home and we have a big day it's be further down so y'all can get their tasks done before the business/fun starts. So, for example, if I move the pink one to the fifth row down, you would need to do everything above her independent schoolwork before you got to your privileges. 
The treat is an Oreo or whatever y'all pick and you guys can have one unhealthy snack. I was tired of y'all bugging me about it and I needed to transfer the ownership of it to you two. At Mickey and Minnie's it's a free for all and if we go out to eat or to a birthday party or something that's bonus.Surprising to exactly no one, you were super excited about it. 

We have had a bit of sickness. Graves had 101 fever and threw up and then you came down with it. We had a big week planned and you were heartbroken to have to cancel everything. To your credit, you are an EXCELLENT patient. Every time you woke up in the night, Sallie woke up, and I was taking care of both of of you. I just told you what to do and get for yourself and you did it (telling me things like how you were taking special care not to throw up on library books). You said "I think I'm probably contagious" and I said "yeah, I think so, too. What's your point? Are you worried we gave it to Mickey and Minnie?" And you said, so softly "I'm just not sure church is a good idea this weekend". Bless you bones.


Around that time, Darth got a huge gash on her neck and you were in tears wanting to keep her in the laundry room forever. You've really bonded with her now that you've taken over most of the responsibility for her care and was so worried because you "only has one pet" now that General ran away. We did have a good discussion about how I don't like letting you and Graves take risks and become independent but if I didn't they y'all be able to enjoy life as much. 


Papa and I have been doing body weight exercises and you love doing them with us. You really like showing us up by more than doubling our time with Wall Sits (we do about a minute and you did two and a half the other day). 


You love being outside so much. You, Graves, and Sallie are all much less contented if circumstances don't , or their mother doesn't, make time for it to have a piece of your day.I knew we'd miss our backyard when we lived in Brooklyn but I didn't realize how much until I found myself taking you and Graves to the park every single day it was dry and above forty degrees. And I am SO not that kind of mom. Even then, I didn't realize it until we got home and they spent a couple of 8+ hour days outside with hardly any complaints while our floor was installed.

You and Graves crack me up. Recently, you told me "I was trying to pour this really full container of milk in my little cup of cereal and I was so afraid I'd spill it. And then Graves had a GREAT idea. He said 'how 'bout a bowl?'". He bests you in the common sense department every time.

I love watching you with both your siblings. You and Graves often make Sarah Lamar the conductor of the train and recently you put pillows all around her exersaucer and made her the captain of the ship. Y'all are so good to her!

And your relationship with Papa continues to be so sweet. Awhile back, Papa had worked several extra shifts and got home at 10:30 tonight. At 11:15, he had you and Sallie out walking around the neighborhood (their brother was asleep). Y'all were both SO excited to see him (as was your momma).



You and Papa watched this video about an ethical dilemma where you had to decided weather you would run over one person or many. At the end he asked you one more scenario- the one I had been afraid to bring up- what if the one person was your best friend. You said, very causally, "Yeah, I was thinking about that". And then you told us that Graves had randomly asked her last week if she'd rather be killed or have her best friend be killed. It all made me VERY uncomfortable but I know I spent a lot of my childhood thinking (obsessing) over this kind of thing and it's most healthy when we foster dialogue.

Y'all did another one about self-driving cars with Graves. You made a decision in favor of a group of pedestrians because a pregnant lady was involved ("that's kinda like 2 people because of the baby"); and Graves kept chanting"The HUmans, the HUmans!" when picking to mow over 3 cats or 3 people. YOur decision between cats and people did not have to do with which have a greater claim on life, but rather which made a bigger mess to clean up- " I love animals, but the people would be more of a mess."



Recently you explained to me why you love your fox shirt Minnie got you-"Actually, the two reasons I like it are because Minnie gave it to me and because it's a domesticated animal."  I joked that it's hard enough to find mostly animal clothes for a seven year old girl period so to harsh on the domesticated ones seemed a bit much. You then reminded me of your whale dress. I was like "huh?" and you go "my smocking whale dress". So, yeah, ironically marine motif seersucker bishops are a go as long as long as they include large wildlife that hasn't been domesticated.

I used to be such  a pj snob and I loved yours and Graves's little jams. In my defense, I'm also a homebody and it was/is what I see you guys in a LOT of the time. And I didn't necessarily spend much money- I just didn't buy things unless I wanted to see y'all in it. Well, I bought y'all some new cute ones. You only want animal themed/animal print jammies and Graves loves footies still. And Sallie wears- yay!!!!- whatever pleases her momma. (I am still trying to work toward Wardrobe Autonomy and they do have some things that are definitely not my favorites). 

It's so much fun to watch you grow up and develop more and more into your own person!


Love,

Momma (and Papa)

P.S. Your black leggings are a size 6 and your neon hoodie (another Minnie find which you love because it's so soft) is also a 7. 










Monday, April 24, 2017

Letter to (Ten Month Old) Sarah Lamar

Dear Sallie,

Another fun month with you in the books! What are you up to?

You love Tula naps and you love being outside. 

You're eating more and more table food. You LOVE taco night- beans, corn, and ground beef! You also love Cheerios and Ritz Crackers. And you tried sweet potatoes for the first time and adored them. 

You fight diaper changes SO HARD. Like I keep saying, you're a feisty one. You don't get mad; you're just so squirmy and want to crawl away naked. I remember when I was in college and babysat for a family and the baby was just like this. The momma walked in mid diaper change one time and he (and I) were COVERED in poop. I also left a knife on the counter where his preschool brother could reach it. Eeek.

You still aren't sleeping through the night and I have no grand illusions the pack n play will be leaving our bedroom any time in the near future. But let me tell you what's magical: we've established a pretty consistent routine where you bookend your day with about an hour of playtime in the mornings and evenings in your crib in our master bedroom turned Peter Pan style "nursery" all three kids are intended to share. You watches her brother and sister play, Annie hands you toys she knows are baby approved, and Graves often joins you in the crib for part of the time. On Saturdays and Sundays when Papa works twelve hour shifts, it's kinda integral to my sanity. I love it because it's a break for me but I also love it because it's a special time for you. And for Annie and Graves.

You often take one nap a day. There are still several days a week that you take two because of a car nap or something, but taking one long one is frequent. And when I say long, it's like two hours. Which all seems kind of odd at your age. You still wake up a couple of times at night and nurse and go right back to sleep except when you spot Papa and then you want to play. I wouldn't say that you're bad sleeper exactly, but you're sure not a good one. It's hard to be mad, though, because you're so good-natured and really seem very well-rested. Until you don't. And then WE KNOW.

Papa told me he "disciplined" you (used his stern voice) for the first time. I sort of felt the need to discipline him with a punch in the nose. I do say "no ma'am" to you a lot and your literalist sister is extremely confounded by why I would use that title with a baby.

I did end up taking you to the doctor after a couple of days when you were so unlike yourself. You didn't have fever or anything but I was worried you must have had an ear infection or something. Anyway, everything was clear. My hypothesis was that either you had a sinus headache, you were about to hit a milestone or maybe you were just overtired from not napping for TEN hours (ugh). I really think it was probably number three. It seems counter intuitive but when you miss sleep now I think it effects you more than it did when you were tiny; I guess because you're so busy and "working" so much harder on things.

We actually went back to the doctor the next week for your well baby check. You had a weepy eye and were drooling like a fool, but otherwise had a great nine month check up!

You also fell off the bed this month. Not a milestone I was ever wanting to see, but you were fine. Selfishly, I'm thankful you're the third. I did feel sick at my stomach about it for awhile, but it was nothing to compared to how undone I know I would have been round one or two. I've watched Graves run in front of a car and wrap an elastic string tightly around his neck. I have a different perspective than I did when the big kids were babies.

I've loved pulling out some of your Summer clothes. It's a different story now (the 12 mo. Summer stuff was one of my favorite seasons for both the big kids and I let myself get you a FEW sweet things of her own) but this Winter I honestly favored your jams over her play clothes.

Most of the stuff that fits and would be comfortable right now is sailboats and crabs and ice cream cones and I just can't go there yet. But your fancy hat bubble feels *perfect* for Spring and perfect for my Little Sallie Sunshine. You also wore a little bubble dress of Annie's that I adore. 

It seems shallow, but I've really put a lot of thought into what I put on you. It's been really fun because everything I put on you is a "favorite" and because the more I analyze the more selective I am with my purchases and this last year I've been so much happier with the things I've actually dropped money on.

Papa told Graves that he was going to move y'alls car seats to the back of the van and Annie's to the middle once you are a a bit bigger and he asked "But will her hair always be soft?". I'm hopeful, Bud. 
Honestly, it's a wonder you have any hair and it hasn't all been rubbed off given how much time Graves and I spend kissing, petting, and sniffing your little head. 

Graves also loves to pick you up and spin you around "like a helicopter". He's pretty competent and I trust him to do it. 

And Annie is warming up to you more and more. The other day she suggested I bring you outside in your PnP or exersaucer to watch her and Graves ride bikes because you'd "probably enjoy that more". I told her that I needed to be inside doing laundry and she said "we'll take care of her, Momma.") So sweet. 

We also got you some Beanie Boos for an early birthday present and Annie has enjoyed playing with you with them since they're her favorite thing. 

One day, Annie heard you wake up and she ran and got Trooper to "entertain you". It worked- you 
thought they were really your friends! 

I also recently heard Annie say "Oh Sallie, I love your tortoises." When I asked for clarification (because I certainly referred I to them as turtles when she wore them) she said"Well, they seem to be on land." And Annie may have to just be disappointed because you looked WAY too big in shorts and I don't think I can take it. 

Speaking of Annie, the other night at Mickey and Minnie's you were on your tiptoes stretching soooo hard for Mick's remote. Maybe another gal with a "great determination of purpose" as he so accurately described Annie?

Of course, one of the biggest life events lately has been our big trip to New York for a month. 

It took us three days of airport trips to get here! The first day we boarded the plane and were on it for FOUR hours before the flight was cancelled. You literally didn't cry the whole four hours on grounded plane and I know you just wanted to get down on the ground and crawl around. 

Papa had really wanted to try to get a flight to Atlanta and risk having to sleep there in the airport overnight. I put my foot down and told him that I could do it but he'd HAVE to carry the tension and not get stressed and more importantly he couldn't let you sleep in the stroller in case we both dozed off. Human trafficking has become a big anxiety trigger for me and I told him he'd have to spend the entire night with you in the Tula strapped to him. 

The second day you were so patient at the airport again. I had just found a quiet corner to nurse you and had gotten you to sleep in the Tula, and our flight was cancelled completely. Again. Whew. I was so tired and wishing for someone to feed me and put me to bed.

You did actually SLEEP in your crib for the first time.. Huge accomplishment that occurred somewhat spontaneously because we got to leave all our checked luggage, including the PnP, at the airport. Before you find this impressive, the big kids watched a movie and slept on a pallet in the den that night. 

We finally made it! You (and I) slept on both flights here which was glorious. 

When the car arrived at the airport, the straps on your carseat were way too loose and there was no time to adjust them (I was barely able to get Annie's buckle clicked before the guy pulled off). I realized that I just feel so much more in control of the situation when we're driving. And yes, it's important to let go of control and God calls me to do it often. But in this stage of the game, I feel like I'm letting go of it in so many daily ways and this was too much. 

One special thing was going to a church service just me and you. It was the first time for me to worship with just you and it was so very special.

You have been such a magnet up here (not surprising to me but I'm super biased) and even more so here. My hypothesis is that it's a because people don't have as many kids and therefore babies are less common. I love that you are number three and I know (or Graves has proven to me) that you're not super fragile and I don't worry about other kids rubbing on you. You've already licked the subway pole a la three year old Graves, so I'm letting go of germ worries, too. 

It feels good to let go of a lot and hold things loosely and you yourself extra tightly. 

We love you, Little Sallie Sunshine. 

Love,
Momma (and Papa)

P.S. You Peter Rabbit jammies (of your very own!) are 9 m0. I try not to make it too much of a habit, because Annie's closet was extensive (excessive?) but sometimes I just need to splurge on you. And anything Beatrix Potter is kinda my jam. This was the only month your outfit wouldn't match up with Annie's (I wanted to put you in the Christmas and Valentine's ones based on the month, not your age, and that left over the 3 mo. outfit Annie wore at six months, which you are clearly too big for). So I felt like it was perfect for you to wear one of the few things that I bought just for you. 





Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Happenings #416 (March 20-26)-- Science Museums and Swamp Visits


This was a fun week! We got a membership to the science museum so we went there and then visited a nearby swamp. We hung out with my parents a couple of times and otherwise had a pretty uneventful week!

Sallie was up a bunch and Peyton came in our room really early on Monday and woke her up, so he just took her. I got up a bit later and Peyton fixed breakfast. I made the bed and straightened and then took my bath and dried my hair. I went through my reader and email, did my devotion, and got Sallie down for a nap. Annie did her independent work and Peyton and Graves did some school. I worked on some blog posts. After she finished her independent work, Annie and I checked some of her critical thinking together and I discussed some other work with her. Then we did an English assessment and she did some copywork. We all had lunch and Sallie woke up and we got ready to go to the science museum.

We had a really good time at the museum and stopped at Newk's on the way home.
 Answer: 36. Such a fun day at the science museum!

 Babes had fun, too. We start early at the Schoolhouse in the Suburbs =)
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 And then Newks outside! SL had her favorite snack- about eight Ritz crackers.

When we got home, the big kids rode their bikes and I tried to get Sallie to rest. She wouldn't take a nap and after a while, we all headed to the library. We didn't stay long and when we got home, I started laundry and tried, again unsuccessfully, to get Sallie to sleep. Peyton fixed the big kids supper and then they had media time and he got Sallie to bed. I got on the computer a bit, ate something, changed over laundry, and got a check ready to go in the mail and then went to sleep.

Peyton was taking the big kids and leading nature journaling with the homeschool group at a swamp about forty minutes away on Tuesday. I got up and gave Sallie to Peyton around seven something and then got up at eight thirty and decided that Sallie and I should go, too. I ate the egg Peyton had cooked for me and got a quick bath and got the kids' clothes out. I dried my hair and got some stuff together and we got on our way. I'm glad I went! Sallie took a good nap in the Tula and I visited with several of the other moms.
perfect day for a swamp visit and Tula nap!

Sleepy Little Sallie sure loves nature and her momma sure loves her!

We tried to drop off the recycling on the way home but it was full and then stopped at the grocery store to pick up a few things. Peyton made lunch and I unloaded the van and cleaned it out a bit. I texted with some friends and started laundry and we all ate. I made up our bed, straightened and dusted in the den, and did a few other things and Peyton cut the yard while all three kids played outside.


 Her happy place...is not her bed.

I organized some of our camping stuff in the study closet and then brought Sallie back in and she did take a nap. P and I talked and the big kids kept playing and then his brother stopped by to pick up something. Peyton cooked supper and I fed Sallie some applesauce and Graves unloaded and loaded dishes and Annie folded laundry. All three kids and I ate supper and then I bathed Sallie and got her to bed.
taco night = bath night (this was just the beginning) 

Peyton ran to Lowe's and Best Buy and the big kids had media time. I cleaned up the kitchen and started some laundry. I put up the leftover, loaded more dishes and started a cycle, and scrubbed the counters.
Annie folded this pretty significant laundry pile. I can't take much credit, but Peyton's really pushing them with chores. Sweeping is one of her chores and she HATES it but we wanted her to know sometimes we all have to do chores we dislike so she's done it for awhile and I think we're about to rotate her indefinitely and let her take charge of a good bit of laundry (Bud collects it and loads/unloads the dishwasher- this chore scheme was largely what convinced P to get one again). Anyway, I'm sure the novelty will wear off but she said she loves seeing all the designs on everyone's clothes. It's one of my favorite chores, but I'm happy to pass a bit of it off.

I put up some dishes and straightened some and then got on the computer for awhile. I worked on a post and did my Bible study and then I vacuumed and mopped in the kitchen. Peyton and I talked and had a snack and went to bed around one. At which point, the baby woke up. She was up several times between one and seven and it wasn't her best night.

I actually did get up with her for a little bit and then passed her off to Peyton and went back to bed until eight thirty on Wednesday. I got up and ate breakfast and took a quick bath. I helped Peyton get all three kids ready and they left for P.E. and to run errands. I got on the computer and worked on backing up some pictures and checked my email and glanced at my reader. I made the bed, straightened some piles in the study, and picked up in the den. The kids had mostly cleaned their room, but I picked up a few things and made Graves's bed and then organized a little in my closet. I sorted laundry, started a load, and put up most of the load Annie had folded the night before. Then I dusted and vacuumed in the bedrooms and study.

I made a trip to the attic to get some hangers and a few other things and take a load up. Peyton and the kids got home as I finished and he and I ate lunch. I nursed Sallie and he fixed lunch for the big kids. Poor Graves was super tired from staying up too late and was SO grumpy. Sallie took a nap and I did a few things and rinsed some dishes and then our neighbors who were coming over got here. We had such a fun time and when they left Annie and Graves played outside some. I read a few blogs and Sallie woke up.
sweet Sister Baby!

The big kids ate supper and P headed to a meeting. Sallie played and I ate something and then Annie and Graves came in and did laundry and dishes, respectively. I talked to Minnie on the phone and they had media time. Peyton got home and helped me get everyone settled. We chatted and I worked on a post and went to sleep.

Sallie slept SO GREAT and we all slept really late on Thursday. I got up and took my bath, dried my hair, and went through my email. I made our bed, sent a couple of Facebook messages, started laundry, and went through my reader. I had lunch and Annie did her independent work and Peyton did school with Graves and I got Sallie down for a nap. P took the big kids to the grocery store and I did a few things I needed to do for the Junior League like paying my dues and selecting my placements for the next year. I got some school stuff ready for Annie and worked on a couple of blog posts and when they got back home, I did a lot of spelling and phonics with Annie. She and Graves both had baths and then had media time and I folded some laundry, straightened, and blogged some more. Peyton left for a meeting and we got ready to go to my parents'.

Annie heard Sis wake up and she ran and got these guys to "entertain her". It worked- she thinks they're really her friends!

We got there a little late but we had a nice super and a fun visit.

On her tiptoes stretching soooo hard for Mick's remote. Maybe another gal with a "great determination of purpose" as he so accurately described Annie?

We got home around ten and Sallie was asleep. Peyton was home and we got the big kids settled and then talked some. I read some blogs and finished a post and went to bed.

Sallie was up a few times but the kids and I all slept LATE on Friday. Graves woke up around seven something and came in the room and snuggled with me and we all got up for the day around nine thirty. I told Graves a story, made the bed and scrolled through IG, and then got my bath. I got Sallie down for her nap and went through my reader and made my lunch. I ate and the big kids finished cleaning up their room and then had their media time. I uploaded a bunch of pictures and drafted some blog posts. Sallie woke up and I fed and changed her and Annie folded laundry and Graves loaded the dishwasher. I helped them both some and they had lunch. Sallie ate some Cheerios with them and then they went outside to ride bikes.

 Another day, another note.

I folded another load of laundry and cleaned up lunch and started the dishwasher while Sallie played. Sallie took a nap and I finished up my chores and then just relaxed a bit. Peyton got home and he did school with Graves and I did school with Annie. We got a lot done before Sallie woke up! I did some spelling work with her and then she did her math and independent work. Sallie woke up and we all got ready to go swimming. I made myself a sandwich and ate it in the car.

Peyton swam laps first while I played with the kids in the little pool and then he took Annie to swim some laps. Then we traded and I swam laps. I swam five regular and three back stroke and it just about killed me. Ha! We came home and the big kids ate and I got Sallie to bed. I read some blogs, addressed some thank you notes, and boiled some pasta. I cleaned up the kitchen- rinsed dishes and swept and such and then ate my supper. Peyton had fallen asleep on the sofa and he got up and made some brownies. We talked and went to bed.

Sallie woke up quiet a few times and Peyton had to work on Saturday. The kids and I all slept until about nine and then I got my bath. The big kids played and had breakfast and I dried my hair.

She still isn't sleeping through the night and I have no grand illusions the pack n play will be leaving our bedroom any time in the near future. But let me tell you what's magical: we've established a pretty consistent routine where she bookends her day with about an hour of playtime in the mornings and evenings in her crib in our master bedroom turned Peter Pan style "nursery" all three kids are intended to share. She watches her brother and sister play, Annie hands her toys she knows are baby approved, and Graves often joins her in the crib for part of the time. On Saturdays and Sundays when Peyton works twelve hour shifts, it's kinda integral to my sanity. I love it because it's a break for me but I also love it because it's a special time for Sallie. And for Annie and Graves.

Sallie and I had some cereal and they went outside to play. I emptied the trash in the kitchen and bathroom, swept the kitchen floor, scrubbed a tub, and rinsed some dishes. I straightened in the sunroom where Peyton had left a bunch of school stuff the day before, made our bed and folded up some blankets on the couch, and started a load of laundry.

The big kids went outside to play and I cleaned Sallie up and put her down for a nap. Annie and Graves came in after a bit and took baths and I finished a blog post, texted with a friend, and made some lists. Sallie woke up and the big kids had a snack and we quickly picked up their room. I put all the bedding back on Graves's bed because he had stripped it off and then got the big kids started on school. Sallie played SO well and Annie did her independent work and I ate lunch. Most of what I needed to actually teach Annie was stuff I could easily explain and I did that and gave her work to reinforce and tried to work with Graves. He did two math sheets practiced writing his numbers and did an English page. Annnnd it took over an hour. We got it done, though, and Annie finished her work. She had media time (he had to miss his because he slammed a door in anger) and I got Sallie down for a nap. I hung up some clothes, finished another blog post, made another list, and rested some myself. I finished up Graves's school work- he played an English game with Annie and lined up some magnetic numbers and we went over some phonograms.

Sallie woke up and I fed her and the big kids rode bikes some and I ran to the attic for a few things. I got the big kids to come in and do chores- Graves unloaded and loaded dishes and Annie folded clothes and Sallie watched them. They had supper and Sallie played in her exersaucer in the kitchen and then I got the big kids settled and her to bed. Peyton had to stay late and it took awhile to get Sallie to sleep. I finally did and then I read a good bit to the big kids. I got on the computer for a minute and Peyton got home. He had picked up a few groceries and I helped him unload them and put them up and finished getting stuff ready for church. We ate supper and I folded some clothes and then we went to bed.

Sunday was a good day. Peyton got up late and hurried off to work and Sallie woke up. She was kind of fussy but did okay playing while I got ready and helped the big kids get ready and eat breakfast. Sunday school was nice and church was great, although Graves didn't have his best Sunday, behavior wise. We were supposed to meet a friend for lunch but she had to cancel. We came home and I got Sallie down for a nap. The big kids had media time and I ate my lunch and read some blogs. I finished a couple of blog posts and rested a bit and talked to P on the phone. Sallie woke up and I got the big kids inside.

We cleaned up their room, collected laundry, and emptied the dishwasher. I put up our church bags and clothes and we got ready and headed to my parents' house. We had a great visit and stayed later than I meant to. When we got home, I transferred Sallie and got the big kids to bed. Peyton was home and we talked some and I just played on my phone and then went to bed.

When we've been there ten thousand years, 
bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise 
than when we first begun. 
Nobody looking at the camera, but honestly I'd rather them be doting on their sister. Graves legit consumed (as in: ate) a paper towel during the worship service, but I'm pretty unphased.