Today has been fun, exciting, full, and wonderful. We will all sleep well tonight (some people already are…I hope to join them soon). There was so much excitement, that I just wanted to put up a blog post while it is still fresh on my mind.
We had the neighbor children over again today, so my day started out with the alarm bursting into my sleep at 5:45 so I could be up and dressed and in my right mind when they arrived at 6:00. This time, Adrian, the oldest, went to the farmer’s market with his mom, since his school will soon be starting. I had peaches to can, and I was a little apprehensive about how it would all work out, canning while keeping up with 5 (I originally thought it would be 6) children. You know, it went really well. I just put on the kettles and got started, and it all went rolling along, punctuated with potty times, diaper changes, coloring book-finding, water-paint setting-up, denying getting out the playdough, fight-stopping, instruction-giving (lots of that!), tolerating crying from my own children (because they were awakened way too early), drink-giving (chocolate milk, that is!), and all that goes along with it. I had all the peaches blanched before breakfast, and we had scrambled eggs and tater tots (heh, heh, that’s one of my tricks, we have tater tots instead of toast so I don’t have to butter and jelly 65 pieces of bread while running the toaster, and dish up eggs, and refill milk cups, and dole out fruit all at the same time) for breakfast. Then, I started peeling peaches. The two oldest girls wanted to fill jars, so they filled the first 7 jars. Then, they all went outside to play.
Hannah & Audrea–who was enjoying this much more
than Hannah. They (Audrea & Arlene) usually like to
mother her more than Hannah can appreciate.
They were outside just long enough for me to get the next round of peaches peeled and in the jars–just before they came bursting back in and begging to help can peaches. I let them fill the next (and final, for today anyway) round of jars.
These are pictures of Paul and Hannah helping yesterday.
They helped until I nearly lost my mind and several
peaches had turned to water balloons from too much
throwing and dropping. Then, they had to go play with
their toys while I wiped up all the water and finished
peeling the peaches. A lot of crying came forth initially,
but then they played.
(Yes, I know she looks like her Aunt Julia here!)
We got all that done just before noon. Then, I quickly washed up the breakfast dishes (the sinks had been full of peaches before) and made a slew of sandwiches (o.k., so for Orpha’s family, that would be “just a couple”, but for us, it was a slew of ‘em!), mixed up another jug of chocolate milk, and pulled some chocolate chip cookies from the freezer. We ate our lunch, and then after I cleaned all the faces and hands after lunch, I instructed them to go outside. They had a ball outside, and Adrian soon came to take walk them home. They had come home from the market early because I had a dr. appointment in the afternoon, and so did one of the girls.
Andrew & Paul
Our Hannah Baby is driving!!
Audrea & Arlene
Audrea, Arlene & Adrian
I put Paul and Hannah down for their naps, slipped into some clean clothes and headed for the dr.’s office. I noticed dried peaches on my left arm on the way. Oh well! At least it was fresh dirt. When I got home, I lay on the couch for about 10 minutes before Hannah woke up. Then, we all got ready to go pick grapes with Andrew’s brother, Ben.
Paul and Hannah waiting for Uncle Ben and
While we were waiting for Ben to show up, here’s what we saw go across our drive and up our tree!
We’re always happy to see our friends the blacksnakes around, because it means we won’t be having trouble with mice any time soon! Paul wanted to get really close to him and inspect him well, but we had to restrain him to keep him at least 2-3 feet away.
Then it was on to the grapevines. Paul must have thought he was in heaven, because he loves grapes. He ate grapes the whole time. Fortunately, we could pick them faster than he could eat them!
Uncle Ben & Paul
After that, we took Ben to Cracker Barrel for supper. Afterwards, we sat on the rocking chairs for a little bit.
Hannah & Paul
Ben, Sally, Andrew, Hannah, & Paul
When we got home, we unloaded the van, and then I was returning a phone call from a message. I turned around to see our Miss Hannah doing this:
I thought she had eaten enough macaroni and cheese, biscuit, French fries, ham, and fried apples to fill her to the earlobes, but apparently not, because she finished off an entire banana. Maybe she’s in a growth spurt. Paul decided he wanted a banana too, so he ate just about a whole one. Where do they put all that food? Do they take after their mama? Uhhhh…maybe you’d better not answer that one!
Here’s a picture of Hannah with some neat, anti-gravity hair just after she woke up from a nap yesterday:
That’s all, folks! (Until next time.)