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Really?

We were on a slow trek home from school this afternoon. Our area of Texas has not been affected by Hurrican Harvey at all, until now.

With it being a long weekend, in addition to many of the plants and oil refineries having to shut down due flooding etc, gas stations are literally running out of gas. They are projecting we should have fuel again by middle of next week, but we needed to stock up because we drive gas guzzlers and school and work is far away.

Anyway, we were sitting in our second line at our 5th gas station stop and we were talking about Harvey and why we needed gas hence the lines all over town(s). That chat led to my telling the kids that there was reported shark swimming down the flooded streets of Houston.

Then this happened:

*Kids chatting about how cool it would be to have a fish bowl with fish* 

Felicity: A tank would be better [than a bowl] because then we can have MORE fish! 

George: I am pretty sure you can only get fish tanks nowadays anyway because I never saw a real fish bowl except on a movie. 

Me: there is still such a thing as fish bowls. We had a fish bowl when I was a kid with little gold fish in it. 

Faith: well yeah, Mom, that’s because you were a kid in the 1900’s

Yes, I laughed too. My old self just couldn’t resist that whipper snappers humour ;)

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*In a Nut Shell

Final Week of Summer

What???

How in the world we went from finding our summer groove to the final week of summer in half a blink blows my mind.

We are all set for school. Backpacks, uniforms, school supplies, shoes and socks, and stuff for lunches is mostly in place. 

This week we are having one last sleep over with the cousins and we have orientation and teacher meet & greet. I also need to make sure the girls finish writing their reports for their summer reading and we need to wrap up our out loud reading of Pinocchio for George’s summer reading.

I am going on a silent retreat on Saturday. I am excited about it as I have never been on a retreat. I am praying that it’ll be super great and grounding as we embark on this chapter of changes in our life. Having only 2 littles at home is going to be really productive or really not. Haha!

Lowell’s business has really taken off! I am so proud of him. :) He works alot of hours, but has a smile on his face when he gets home. It is so refreshing! We still encounter alot of folks who just can’t understand why Lowell works so hard. It really is a two part answer: 1) he loves to work, and 2) we have bills to pay. Unfortunately, 99% of those bills are diabetes related. I continue to be so grateful to God for my health and the medicine to keep me alive, but I also feel so bad that, even with health insurance, it is such a financial strain. It is a a beautiful gash in our cross. In Lowell’s cross. God bless you, sweetheart, and thank you for your dedication to me. To us.

Anywho, back to the ends of summer! I will close with some pictures for your viewing pleasure:

                             Skate Night

Walking with a skate-walker
Karolina taking on the rink like a champ!
George with his buddy, Daniel

                   Hanging with Uncle Cy

Cy stayed with us a bit this summer and promised the kids pool time before he headed home
Checking out the monster truck near school
Brothers doing what brothers do best: wrestling all the times on all the days
Anastasia climbing the slide in our backyard. We breed rule breakers. Other park moms don’t like me – LOL
Visits from some Cali family. All of our kids with Miss Imelda before she flew out with her parents after a quick visit

Lowell’s Aunt Theresa made our kids book pillows so they can slip a book into the pocket and find a quiet corner to get comfy and read. These kids LOVE them! What a brilliant idea, yes? You can check out all her amazing stuff Here and Here.

Book Pillows
Baby wouldn’t fit into collage ;)
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Some more random

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about the strange goings on randomly at my house?

Well, I would like to add to that commentary!

My kids have been so slow today. Every task takes an hour. Or more. 

Felicity was in charge of loading the dishwasher after lunch but every time I went in for something, she was never there!

Dishwasher gaping open. Sink and counter full of dishes waiting to be rinsed and placed into said dishwasher, but no dish washer in sight.

She kept coming back from the bathroom ranting about wanting to pull a loose tooth in response to every time I had to repeat the same question: “Felicity, where are you??”.

I must’ve told her 8 times she could wiggle it with her tongue while she loaded and then try to yank it afterwards.

It has been about 4 hours since that took place. I just happened by our front bathroom and peered in to make sure Anastasia wasn’t in there unrolling the t.p. again only to discover

Felicity wasn’t kidding when she said she wanted that tooth out!!!! 

There was actually more bloody paper towel, but I chose to dispose of those before snapping.

I asked to the air, “Who was operating in the bathroom?!” And Felicity replied, “I was trying to pull my tooth like Dr. Baker did to Laura on Little House, but it’s still not wiggly enough.”

So, we will just leave blood and guts all over the community bathroom until surgery can resume???? 

We won’t begin to discuss the unsanitary tools that were being used…

Kids, man! 😂

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This and That

Here we are in August!

Per the usual I have no idea where the days disappear to so quickly. 

-We did our reading round up and wrapped up the summer reading program at our local library. 

– We are all done with summer school and are back to our usual summer vibes and adventures. Kids are thrilled!

-Last week, out of nowhere I got sick. I woke up Thursday morning unable to speak or swallow. I went to the doctor and they said there was nothing wrong with me and that I should just ride it out. I spent all of Thursday and Friday in the most excruciating pain, still unable to talk or swallow. On Saturday morning, my tonsils were white and oozing puss. Finally got a diagnosis of strep, got a shot, and got 2 prescriptions. Doctor said it was a bad case. I have been able to keep the kids well with Vitamin C, probiotics, oils, ACV, and some colloidal silver that my wonderful friend brought by for us. If we make it to Friday with no sickness, we will be in the clear – yay!

– A few weeks ago, we spent an afternoon at Lowell’s sister’s house mowing and chopping humongous trees and doing a bit of housework. Somehow, somewhere during that time, Lowell got into poison oak and broke out in a horrendous rash and is still slowly recovering. He got a brown recluse spider bite a few days before that, too! Poor guy. 

-Speaking of Lowell, he is in business for himself now! He is so busy and so happy since this transition started back in May. He has been blessed with amazing men to work with and partner up with, and is getting so many jobs! His company is called Blue Pelican Construction, blue for Our Lady and the Pelican is a symbol of the Eucharist as a pelican will tear at it’s own flesh to feed it’s young if food can’t be found. I have been spending alot of time developing the website, so please be patient as you click around.

-A random bit, but our local radio stations have been playing a commercial with this catchy tune that makes my kids giggle every time it comes on. Speakers up! You’re welcome!

-I have inhaled a few books in the last 3 weeks. I read The Living Wood by Louis de Wohl, The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalie Sanmartin Fenollera, and Room by Emma Donoghue. I have 4 more on my immediate next read. Anna Karenina, The Light Between Oceans, Arms of Love, and Respectable Sins. I have a handful of others that have been waiting for me on my shelf. Once I read those, I have a few titles I’ve screen shot from InstaFriends that I will probably borrow from the library.

-It is raining today. A nice, long, steady rain. I’ve been jonesing for a good rain! Thank You, Jesus! It’s a nice reprieve and great excuse to just relax. Especially after yesterday! Yesterday, I went through my kids’ rooms and got rid of a diaper box & 4 trash bags of trash/broken toys, and 2 giveaway bags of clothes & shoes. I knocked it out in 4 hours, and my whole house suffered for it, but it is quite refreshing. Everybody fended for themselves for dinner, I picked up the random chaos, then the kids went for a swim while I sipped wine.

-I recently started watching Poldark on Amazon Prime. I am so in love! And, i have tapped into my brother’s Vudu account and have been enjoying movies on there with my kids. When I finish Poldark, I am going to watch The Hobbit trilogy. Because, the Hobbit is my fav and I still haven’t seen them All!

-Have you heard of PopSockets? If you have, I congratulate your hipster status! I had never heard of them until yesterday when my friend posted on Instagram about my goddaughter getting her one. I had to go and Google it. Thanks for helping me not feel too old, Google!

I hope all of your This’es and That’s of late have been as random as mine! ;) It is all too wonderful to be reminded of not being alone in this adventure we call life with a large family.