Weekends

weekends are for estate sales, adventures and mud.

Thursday afternoon isn’t technically the weekend, but our 11 year old finished up his first session of Ninjutsu and enjoyed it very much.

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Friday night Dear Husband and I went to the Bonstelle Theatre in Detroit to see our oldest dance in the annual spring concert.  We had to leave early because out youngest was ill at home.

We found a couple of estate sales on Saturday after determining that youngest was feeling well enough and we set out on a very muddy adventure.

We can home with some fun finds.

Some useful kitchen knives as well as other silverware because we tend to run out before they all get cleaned.

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a spice rack that needed some serious cleaning.  Here are the bright shiny bottles ready to be filled up.

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A meat slicer that really brings back some not so pleasant memories of slicing lots and lots of meat in the cafeteria of my dorm at MSU.
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A meat grinder.  Doesn’t everyone need one of those?  :)

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Our herbs finally germinated.  Basil and Cilantro.

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Before we left on Saturday freshly belted Ninjutsu boy managed to wrestle with some barbed wire and got a nice cut on his scalp which resulted in a tetanus shot on Monday. It’s about 3.5 inches long, but not deep at all.

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On Sunday we decided to make a trip to the new Cabella’s Outpost store and to check it out.  On the way home, driving 70 miles per hour on the freeway our youngest cut himself on a multi-tool.  Good and deep.  That one required a side-trip to the ER.

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So, we waited…and waited.  Realizing that it was going to be awhile, Dad went home with the rest of the boys and I stayed with the little one.

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The floor is the best place to be when you don’t feel well.

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Even after getting all bandaged up…the floor is still the best option.

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This injury did require stitches, unlike the head wound.

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Our weekend kind of spilled into Monday.  With yummy stuffed shells for dinner.  This was an experiment that turned out well.

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This was before baking, I didn’t get any after baking photos because we were all too hungry to stop for a photo.  They turned out very yummy.  No cheese, just ground beef and brussels sprouts.  Topped with pasta sauce.

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And finally to round out the weekend the boys just couldn’t resist the call of the wild just once more.  That hole they dug in the backyard becomes the most awesome mud pit when it rains.

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Today, they will be spending a bit of time rinsing out their clothing so that it can safely be put into the washing machine.

Quite an adventure this weekend. I’m ready for some quieter days myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekends are for vet visits, sledding, pizza and gardening

Our weekend began with my dear husband leaving for a men’s conference with some friends for the day on Saturday. After my prayer time with my cup, ok, entire pot of coffee, the rest of us headed off to the vet with our lame little bunny.

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If you have a squeamish tummy you may want to skip the first few photos of his abscess.

This is what it looked like before the vet saw him this time.

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This is what it looked like after he removed the “necrotic flesh” and some of the infection.

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Yeah, it’s kinda gross, but the prognosis is good.  More antibiotics and another visit scheduled in the middle of this week.

When we got back we got all ready and headed out to meet some friends for an afternoon of sledding.

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I didn’t get a ton of photos or very many “quality” ones because I was having too much fun sledding myself. :)

We then shared pizza and hot cocoa with the gang of us.

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Once the husbands/fathers returned we all had dinner and shared stories and fellowship until well after dark.  Wonderful day!

We spent Sunday morning beginning our planning of a veggie garden.  I took some measurements with a super cool tool that I borrowed from my neighbor.  This was SO much easier than using a short tape measure all by myself.

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I found a great idea on the web to start seeds in the window using a binder page designed to hold collector cards.  I placed an order for a bunch of heirloom seeds, but the haven’t arrived yet and I had these seeds in the garage, so I thought I would at least begin with them rather than just tossing them out.

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Here is the first round of broccoli and Cabbage all hung up and ready for the magic to happen.

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Perfect beautiful day for planting seeds…lol  Can’t wait to see some green sprouts in there!  Also can’t wait for my load of heirloom seeds to arrive and for my husband to get my wonderful raised beds built.  Guess I should start looking around for where to get a whole lot of good dirt and compost.

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One of my sweet little boys slept with some silly putty on Saturday night.  Needless to say we have a mess on our hands.  After some research, I discovered some suggestions for getting it out of his shirt and his blankie.  I instructed him, so he put on his headphones and listened to his PlayAway audio book and went to work.  I must admit that there were tears and attitude before I suggested the book.  Brilliant suggestion!  Worked like a charm.  Must remember that one for the future!

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That wraps up our weekend.  I will keep you posted on the growth of our garden/compost/rain barrel experiments as the season approaches.  I am sure we will make plenty of mistakes but I’m still hoping for some delicious home grown veggies and fruits this year.

What are you up to?

 

 

 

Weekends are for animals and rosaries

Our weekend was filled with animals…live, stuffed, and used to be alive.  Starting with the live one….he somehow injured himself and has been quite crippled and just not himself.  We still aren’t sure if he is going to pull through this, but he is more active now, so we are hopeful.  He has spent a lot of time sleeping.  Even on my keyboard.  He did something to my firefox browser and made it unusable.  Oh well, at least there are other options until I decide to really figure out what he did.

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Sleepy boy.

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Lots and lots of napping

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The stuffed animals feasted on popcorn.

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Then came the “used to be alive” animals.  Good thing too, because I wouldn’t want to get in the middle of this staring game.

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There were a few live animals in the water…large yummy looking fish

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Lot’s of love in this photo.

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Where there are boys….there is boy food.  Baked beans and cheddar bratwurst.

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We have instituted a new system for pay jobs around the house.  Each job is on a small card in a sheet protector. As the kids want to do the extra job they grab a card, do the chore, bring the card to a parent who checks the job and then immediately pays them for satisfactory completion.  These are the jobs that just make my life easier.  Some things are non-negotiable and non-pay chores.  Everyone must clean up after themselves and take care of their own belongings and messes….no pay for that. :)

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Our Lady of Fatima came for a two week visit and was greeted by our family and a couple of other families as well.  We all prayed together and she will remain in our home for a couple of weeks as a reminder to pray together as a family until we all congregate at another home for her to visit.  Beautiful statue.

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Prayer with friends and then mass followed by a rousing game of  The Great Dalmuti with the kids (Need to get some hats to play this properly) was a perfect way to end the weekend.

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Weekends are for snow, dogs, and more birthday celebrations

What a whirlwind weekend…but filled so much goodness.

Friday started with an honest to goodness snow day.  Yes, we homeschool, but it was the first time in a few years that we actually got a great snowfall.  Of course is almost gone now after a rise in temps and rain yesterday but they kids enjoyed it while it was here.

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Friday night and all day Saturday my youngest and I spent at my parents dog sitting the cutest dogs ever!!!  So, no bunny pictures from this weekend…darling dogs instead!

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While I was there, I couldn’t help but admire my parents beautiful new bathrooms.  They did an outstanding job on them and I just love my mom’s decorating style.

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Sunday was busy with the kids singing in the choir and then helping with St. Vincent DePaul collections after mass.  From there a quick trip to Bass Pro Shops and a wonderful wonderful friend filled birthday celebration for a sweet two-year old girl!!

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Finally, the boys did some work on making Valentine cards for our celebration coming up this week.  Ok, they actually did that today after school, but it was worth adding in.

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I hope your weekend was filled with family, friends, and laughter.  :)

 

Weekends are for birthday bowling, boy scouts, coupons, and nursing.

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Nothing like celebrating a couple of birthdays with girlfriends at the bowling alley!

I must say that my phone failed me a bit in the building and the pictures are rather blurry, but the smiles and the love just had to be shared.

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And a very yummy extra extra chocolate cake.  Can’t ever have enough chocolate in one cake.066

 

Most of the gang was all here.  A couple beautiful ladies had already left and a few more weren’t able to come and were missed.

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It was Scout Sunday at church and we got a photo of those who were able to make it. Don’t they all look so handsome?

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After getting home from church and picking up a couple of newspapers, I decided it was time to tackle my growing stack of coupon inserts and get them filed.

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This is my mess after throwing the scraps on the floor.  Just brought in the recycling bin and tossed them all in.

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After spending what seemed like FOREVER in my kitchen clipping and tossing and filing.  I still had four sets of inserts left, but I had no more time or energy and my back hurt.  So, they will wait for another day.

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And what is a weekend post around here if there are no bunny shots?

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They are beginning to tolerate each other.  We are still hoping for a friendship to develop.

The nursing part is for my poor dear husband.  He pulled a muscle in his neck on Tuesday night and woke up very very sore.  It has been getting worse since then. Lots of awful awful spasms and horrendous pain.  Trip to the urgent care resulted in some muscle relaxer and heavy duty pain killers, which almost touch the pain.  Three sleep deprived nights later and my brain is a bit of a blur.

Hoping and praying for some relief and healing.  (and sleep).

How was your weekend?

 

Weekends are for forts, friends, food, and fur (among other things that don’t start with F)

The weekend began with some dragon slaying!  The boys have been learning what it means to slay dragons (distractions, poor behavior choices, and difficult events) in our everyday life.  This particular night dad helped them to create a game around the dragons that they have learned about so far.

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Saturday began with a variety of tasks, chores, and church and schoolwork.  Science experiments are always more fun that reading, writing, and working math problems….at least for this crew.

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Then it was time for friends and fort building!!  Even better than science experiments!

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We are so blessed and thankful for such a wonderful view in our backyard!  Every day I am grateful for how God brought us here to such a beautiful riverfront right in the city limits (rather a small city).

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The weekend was also filled with yummy food.

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It’s just not the weekend around here without donuts!

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I have re-established a relationship with a tool that I often disparaged and swore I would never use again.  Thanks to my wonderful girlfriends who gifted me a crockpot on my birthday.  I had so many failures years and years ago with crockpot meals that when mine broke (8 years ago) I never wanted to replace it.  I have tried new recipes and have been pleasantly surprised.  This past week I used it four days in a row with wonderful and pleasing results!  That is chicken taco filling  in there…Yum!!

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We are still working hard in introducing our two bunnies who share your home.  We are determined to get them through this and become friends.  From my reading it will take work and time.  Dedication and perseverance…..now that’s a lesson we could all use.

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I also made a quick trip and scored a couple of finds for 75% off!  Yay!

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We had a fun and productive weekend.

I hope yours was too!

 

 

Weekends are for Sweets, sons, and simple blessings

It was a fast weekend.  It seemed to go by so very quickly.  Just not enough time to savor all that I want to soak up in a weekend.

I had minor outpatient surgery on Monday that went fine, but is taking more time than I had expected to recover and get back on my feet.  I thank God for my sisters in Christ who provided us with meals every single night and were there for anything I might possibly need.  What great friends!  These wonderful ladies are simple blessings for me!

So, Saturday I mostly sat around, did a very quick grocery stop (remember those sisters who cooked for me?, well, the residual blessing was that I didn’t have much to shop for while still recovering either).

I haven’t baked in awhile and one of those awesome sisters of mine offered to watch my boys while my sweet husband and I got out for a bit, so I baked some cookies to send along.  My current favorites.  I add chocolate chips, because everything is better with chocolate! A cookie, is a beautiful yummy simple blessing!

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My second oldest came to visit for the weekend!  It is always so good to see those who don’t live with me.  The other boys like watching each other play computer games. (Tasty Planet this time) I will never understand the joy in that.  Brothers are a simple blessing.

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Sunday morning. I snuggled into the corner of my couch with my prayers, books, and tablet…oh, and my cup of coffee! Coffee and books…simple, but a bountiful blessing!

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I had a friend on the couch with me.

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Then he got a ilttle closer as I was composing a post for Facebook.

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Finally he decided that he was more important than anything I was currently trying to do. Fellowship of bunny friends is a simple blessing.

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More sweets were in order once the kids were all ready to head to church.  Donuts are a joy to little boys.

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I went down to the Detroit Institute of Arts to see my oldest son perform a dance program.  Unfortunately, I was off in my timing and found a parking spot just at the same time that he was scheduled to be FINISHED.  Yes, I missed it.  All of it.  BUT, I did retrieve him from his room and bring him home with me for the night.

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So, I had ALL of my boys under one roof for about an hour before the other hand to leave.  An hour is better than nothing!  An hour of togetherness is a simple blessing.

I hope your weekend was filled with simple blessings as well.

Weekends are for the letter B

We had a Birthday this week.

Our smack dab in the middle boy turned 11.

While he and his friends were celebrating at a giant indoor play place, I baked cupcakes and another brother along with a neighbor had a blast decorating the basement for the continued celebration. I was surprised and overwhelmed with the joy they showed in decorating for a celebration that was to be enjoyed by others and not themselves.  What a beautiful example of joyful service they were for me and the rest of the family!

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Our new Bunny was neutered and needed some extra cuddle time.

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Boardgamesseem to be a regular event here lately.

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Preparing for Bible study.

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We had a very warm Saturday for this time of year which allowed for Bike riding and open doors with Breezes blowing through the house.

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This was definitely a weekend brought to you by the letter B.

What letter filled your weekend?

 

 

Weekends are for…bunnies, baths, books, and brothers

 

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Our relaxed “old man”, Purzel getting a bunny bath in the sunshine.

RiesenOur new “baby”, Riesen, hanging out in his new home.

Bunny penHis new larger home in our basement. His previous home was about a 1/4 this size in a very large dark barn with about 2oo other rabbits.

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Hint: his boots are red!

I pray your weekend was a blessing!