Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mulch For Sale...Cheap

I hope you are all having a really lovely week.  Ours has been pretty great and relaxed.  Last week was  full, so a less hectic few days was very much welcomed.  Mark got home late Thursday night and we were ever so glad to have him home.  Saturday, I left early in the morning with the group I sing with and we traveled to Tennessee for a concert.  We didn't get home until 11:30 that night!  It was a LONG day.  I hated being away from Mark and the girls for so long.  Our weekends are precious, but we had a nice family day on Sunday to make up for it.

On Monday, we had a fun visit from my friend Heather and her three girls.  She was sharing some of the bounty from her garden.  Last week, another friend gave us cucumbers, zucchini and squash.  I'm loving all of this fresh produce.  I don't really have a green thumb, so when I can have garden fresh veggies, it's a real treat.   That afternoon, my friend Jessica and her three girls came over to play, so it was a fun day.  That night though, I had some major problems getting to sleep.  It was so terrible, that I didn't end up going to bed until five the next morning!  I've never had insomnia like that before.  No fun!  

On Tuesday, my other friend Jessica, texted to see if we could come over for a few hours.  I knew it would be a rough morning if I stayed home and let myself be exhausted, so getting out was a welcome relief.  Rosie and Kiki adore Aeva and Emma.  They had a blast, and Jess and I had fun catching up.  That afternoon, I was exhausted, so naps were in the cards for all of us!  Mark had a HUGE amount of mulch and pine needles delivered for the yard and we spent the evening working on that, while the girls played.  When I say huge, I'm not exaggerating.  The guy who delivered it seemed to think we were nuts.  When I asked Mark about it, he said he just guesstimated and I think we now have enough mulch for the whole neighborhood!  It's been rewarding work, though.  We are getting closer to feeling more finished on the yard.

Yesterday, was full of laundry and cleaning.  We also did some grocery shopping.  Then, my friend Heather (the one I sing with) came over for us to go over some songs and she dropped off a piece of furniture she didn't want anymore.  I think you know by now, that I'm never one to turn down a free piece of furniture.  

Today, I took the girls to Mother's Morning Out.  Nikki took Lathan as well, and joined me for coffee and errands around town with our few hours away from kids.  It was nice.  I got a little nuts and ended up coming home with a jumpsuit--not like the prison kind.  I'll have to take a picture to show you accurately.  I've always thought I'd never get into the jumpsuit look, but it was so comfortable and Nikki gave it the thumbs up, so I felt like it needed to come home with me.  We'll see what Mark thinks.  It might just become my new uniform.  After lunch and naps, we went over to Jessica's house.  Her girls are leaving tomorrow to spend two weeks with their grandparents.  They all wanted to get one last hurrah in before they left.

Well, that was probably very boring for you to read.  If you hung in there, you're probably related to me, and thank you!   Here are a few pictures from the last few days...

While Mark was gone, I started working on new wreaths for the front doors.  Not finished yet, but getting closer.  

When I was taking my old burlap wreaths off of the front doors, I was greeted with the most terrifying creatures.  I've never seen bugs like them. This guy was like two inches long!!! I ended up throwing my wreaths into the yard, where they stayed for many days, until the bugs vacated them.

The alien cricket that lived on my wreath.  

This is where the wreaths lived for a few days.

On the subject of creatures, I ran into this guy coming out of our neighborhood.  Mark wasn't impressed.  I have to admit, that I wasn't super excited either.  

So, Rosie will not stop wearing the outfit she put together last week.  She came in every morning last week with it on.  I had to pry it off her most days.  Sometimes I gave up, and just let it happen.  She's found her uniform.  

Another example...

And another.  

On Thursday evening of last week, we did something that a couple different people had recommended to me many times.  We went to EarthFare for family night.  It was really great.  Kids eat free, if the adult eats at least $5.00 worth of food.  It was great and the girls seemed to really like it.  

The girls wanted to send daddy a picture of themselves when he was gone.  They seem delightful, huh?  

Another picture for daddy:) 

My sweet girls

On Monday morning, the girls went out to ride bikes while I cleaned up after breakfast.  After a bit, the doorbell rang and they sang and danced for me.  It was like Christmas caroling in July.  

Rosie girl! 

Kiki during worship last night while Daddy prayed.  


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