A {Proverbial} Day in My Life: Installment 1

I thought this might be fun.
I put “proverbial” because the photos were not all taken on 1 day, though all have been taken this week.

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Here we go.

One night the Prez was trying to figure out which prescription ointment went with which skin ailment, he decided a Sharpie was what we needed.

In the last couple of months, we’ve had staph infections of varying natures. Mo struggles with on-going staff infections. Long story short, he got an MRSA infection on his finger from an infected splinter wound, and has had bouts with it ever since.

They tend to crop up mostly on his face and other unmentionable places … ahem.

So, now the Prez has his own staph infection cream. And we have some eczema cream. And some itch cream. And even cream for folliculitis.ย  Oh and how could I forget the cream that we are supposed to put around Li’l Bro’s BAHA site 3 times a day. What? Did I mention the BAHA has already gone back for a repair–because it keeps falling off. Yeah. Not good. Back to the ointments.


While taking said photo, I thought it would be fun to snap a photo of my “retreat.”



When we bought this house more than 11 years ago now, we loved the jacuzzi tub in the {then} spare downstairs master suite. A few years ago, we moved to the downstairs master and renovated the bath, but we kept the tub. Isn’t it neat?

Except now the edge that I envisioned surrounded by candles and whatnots is instead cluttered with Aquafor Baby Wash, Kids’ 2-n-1 Body & Hair Wash, a basket of bath toys, and ONE LONE candle. ๐Ÿ™‚

And our small drawer for toothpaste and brushes … is FULL to overflowing. ๐Ÿ™‚


Instead of running upstairs with the three littles for tooth brushing, it is just easier to take care of this in our downstairs bath. So I have quite the array of toothbrushes too … some of which {might} need to be replaced.


We do have another half-bath downstairs but most of us don’t go in there … the boys tend to use it … and well, enough said. If we know company is coming, it gets cleaned and the fear is put into said boys to GO UPSTAIRS. Thank you.

But you know, even with my “quiet retreat” no longer so quiet or retreatish, I wouldn’t change a thing. One of these days, I’ll look for one of those little toothbrushes and wonder where all of the little people who claimed them are … and they will be too big to use Momma’s bathroom anymore (as our 3 big boys have become). So it is all good.

I just want to remember.

Sniff, sniff.

OK, moving on to today. I snapped some photos here and there. I really should have taken one of the laundry room, but honestly it is always the same. Lots of clothes needing washed, others needing sorted for giving away, yet more awaiting stain management, and still more that need to be taken to the living room for sorting and folding and finally, putting away.

And have I mentioned before that our two oldest boys do ALL OFF their laundry. Mo mostly does, though he has been known to slip more than a few articles of his clothing into our community laundry bins in the laundry room where mine, the Prez and the littles clothes are sorted. While I’m talking laundry, I do have a three-compartment laundry sorter, so that when I do wash it is already sorted by whites, lights and darks. Even the littles know how to sort, of which I am quite proud.

I will add a photo of my laundry room because it seems everyone is doing it LOL and I think I want to remember what it was like … when someday I’m not doing laundry for 8. ๐Ÿ™‚

But today I snapped the following photos just as I walked by various stuff.

Someone always has shoes laying somewhere. No matter how easy we make it to PUT THEM AWAY please. Did you know that at any given time we could have a pile of 16 shoes … if everyone left theirs laying out?

How about that? Stuff that STILL NEEDS to be put away from our China Trip … that we arrived home from almost 2 months ago.


And this. Our living room always looks like this in one way or another. Stuff. Out. Actually the small pile of laundry you see there is NOTHING. It is usually a MOUNTAIN. Only reason it is not is because it is all awaiting my attention. Can y’all tell I have a preoccupation obsession fear of the laundry?

Amidst the taking care of stuff like laundry, we do manage to get a fair bit of schooling done each day. I choose to look at the big picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But here are some views from today in our school … with a little explanation.

Li’l Miss found a caterpillar and we decided to cage the creature to see if he/she would show us metamorphosis. To our delight {and my surprise}, he/she has made a cocoon (we think it is a moth in a cocoon rather than a butterfly in a chrysalis). We shall see.


The creature is in the white cocoon/chrysalis on the back of the habitat. And we have another one in there of the same variety who appears to be favorable for metamorphosis as he/she is eating like crazy (they do this right before going in their cocoon/chrysalis) and also has developed an affinity for the ceiling of the habitat.

And here are some photos {from yesterday} when we found the second little caterpillar, who as I mentioned above is now in the habitat as well.



And someone did cry again because she wanted to HOG the creature and not share. Sorry Grammy but she has to learn to share, and she didn’t cry for long because one of her big brothers scooped her up … have I mentioned how spoiled she is by her 3 biggest brothers?!?


“Mommy, he is getting too close to my face!”


Note that Li’l Bit didn’t mind this little guy crawling ALL OVER HER. She loved it in fact. He is crawling on her shirt and then crawls all the way around her back to the front again!



I don’t know who is cuter … the caterpillar or the baby girl!


OK, it is the baby girl but isn’t he a cute little caterpillar? And he was so kind to them!
At this point, she is getting mad because I’m telling her she has to let Sissy have another turn with the caterpillar.

Moving on to other scenes from today (or one day this week). Curly is working on the Fly Fishing Merit Badge and used his own money he had been saving to buy himself a fly fishing rig. He practices every single day. And is researching like crazy for it. I’m very proud of him.




Speaking of Curly, I have been after him to keep practicing speed typing skills. He has not been honoring his mother in this request. So the other night, he came and found me on the couch on my laptop and asked “what in the world are you doing?” I was typing away and my palms were sweating and I was saying “DON’T SAY A WORD! I am taking a typing test!”

He may have laughed out loud at me.

After I finished my speed test (and got 71 WPM–oh yeah!), his curiosity was peaked. SUCCESS. You see, that was my plan all along. He attempted to take the test and did very poorly.

He said forget it, but I said “Let me ask you a question.” He says “OK.” I say, “Son, what if you have the job as a designer at LEGO in Denmark all but wrapped up, but the interviewer says ‘Oh, by the way, you do know how to speed type right?'”

He looks at me, rolls his eyes, and says, “Where are the lessons on that site you were telling me about a minute ago?”

SUCCESS. I found him at the computer at one point today taking a typing lesson.


And in other events today, I took some photos from math lessons with the littles … Yes all three as one certain little was on my back! {Yes I’m wearing her more and she is loving it, and if she is whining, wearing her for half an hour or so always does the trick.}
And no, she doesn’t always have her bottle … but she does have it sometimes. Like after breakfast, before nap, maybe one more in the late afternoon, and of course one before bed. Thing is though, she eats GREAT and a lot and is gaining weight .. and to be honest, I give her almond milk and water it down a bit … so it is all good. And she likes her bottle and that makes Momma happy.

And I suppose Momma is partly to blame for the spoiling too huh?!

OK, back to the actual math lesson.

Making addition equations while reading Hershey’s Addition book.



And a little follow-up copywork in their math notebooks.

Next up was a fractions lesson with Larry. Have I mentioned … yeah, I have. Fractions with Larry is kind of like getting one’s teeth pulled without any pain management. ๐Ÿ™‚


I told him we’d use 10 of the “Game” cards and see who wins–me or him. If he gets the correct answer, he keeps the card. If not, Momma gets the card. Fair enough.

Do you see the question?

“Son, remember, if the numerator is the same, and the denominator is different, the one with the smaller denominator is ALWAYS LARGER IN SIZE. Remember, like cutting a pizza in slices?”

“OH, yeah, definitely. I remember.”

“OK, then, let’s play.”

Please note that I also allowed him the use of manipulatives (thanks M!).


About that card above?
Yeah, Momma got that card.

And promptly did this, to which Joel laughed hysterically and wanted a photo to document the moment.

Back to the fraction game.


“Ah, I get it now, Mom, 1/3 really is larger than 1/6. I see it now that I’m holding it in my hand.”

And the final score: Larry, 6 // Momma, 4.
He won. Sort of. I think.

As for me, I decided I might need some more coffee, which by the way I never got.


13 thoughts on “A {Proverbial} Day in My Life: Installment 1

  1. Oh thank goodness! I don’t think I could survive another blog post with a recently-home-with-a-new-kiddo-and-homeschooling mom with a perfect house. Of course my house wasn’t perfect before my baby girl came home (okay– so my house wasn’t perfect before we had any kids). Anyway, you’ve made my day!

    As for fractions– we used fraction block manipulatives. The blocks snap together and each denominator is a different color. There is a 1 whole, two 1/2 blocks, three 1/3 blocks… on up to 1/12. The great thing about these is that you can put 3/5 next to 3/6 and see that the number of blocks are the same but the size of the blocks are different and the 3/5 stack is taller than the 3/6 stack (you can also see that 3/6 really is the same size as 1/2). I’m thinking you could make the same thing– use felt or construction paper and cut 6 1/6, 4 1/4, etc. Of course the downside is you have to do the math to figure out the size– cut rectangles all the same size and then divide them into the parts to form the fractions. But maybe the stacks would be a better visual for him? I have one who does well with pies for fractions and one who does better with the stacks. And lots of pulling my hair out moments.

  2. This post had me laughing several times! I especially liked the pic of you pulling your hair out. That could have been taken of me multiple times in a day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And go Sallie! Annie is petrified of bugs. It could be because the inch worms are literally falling from the trees right now. She doesn’t like all of a sudden having a worm crawling on her! I don’t blame her though!! Yuckey Yuck!


    PS–We got PA yesterday!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. LOVE your day in the life. So awesome! It looks busy, and lots of fun to be had.
    The pictures of baby Sallie with that caterpillar are complete award winners. I love them.

  4. I agree with “3 annika” don’t think I could survive another blog of “perfect” houses or the magazine show room bathrooms. Lets have some reality here people!!
    AND I am so glad there is at least one other boy child in the world that is causing the “massive hair pulling syndrome in Mothers” all because of fractions. I always tell my guy it’s a good thing he’s cute and lovable. te he
    Thanks for making me feel at home.
    Have a great week-end!!
    Barbara ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I am officially going to retry the baby carrier during whinny times during school at our house. Hadn’t thought of trying to revisit the thing Micah screamed over in China but now that he actually wants me to carry him he might go for it ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. thanks for the invite to the blog – good to read through the last few entries ๐Ÿ™‚ i so appreciate your thoughts about life with all your kiddos and enjoy seeing all of you playing and learning and interacting together – looking forward to the days when i have several more littles running around my (not perfect) house ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. L,
    First I do not want you to think you have to publish all of my comments. Now that your blog is private I think I can share some more of my thoughts that are more personal. ๐Ÿ™‚ One is, I love it! I love seeing your laundry etc. with all of the children. Another, that picture with Susannah and Sallie and the light shining between them really took my breath away! It is beautiful and I hope it gets printed, framed, and is hanging on a wall in your home. I have had other thoughts to share when you were blogging about money and your preoccupations about what people think about how it gets spent. What I think is, do not worry!!! Our church had a big pancake supper to benefit a girl who we all knew and loved who was a young mother battling cancer. She had to go to NYC for treatments. She apologized, sort of, one night as she told me about a trip she and her mother took to NYC–and I said to her, “N. do not EVER think you are accountable or that you need to fill me in in your personal goings on!” I mean families who need help in whatever their circumstances, and are afforded that help via the church, do not have to feel so burdened by explaining their every choice! You are making great choices and loving your children!
    Take care,
    Susan –do not publish if you do not want to. ;).

  8. Love the caterpillar pictures! And those fraction/math manipulatives look awesome! I may have to get something like that for my daughter. We are just starting to learn about fractions and she loves the hands-on learning.

  9. I am so relieved to see stuff from your China trip still NOT put away! My bedroom is the “unpacking” station and still looks that way!!! The suitcases just came out of the room a few days ago and there are assorted bags thrown around! Did I mention that a 2 and 4 year-old like to unpack and repack things?…of course, not in the same bags they were originally in! Thanks for keeping things real….Love the sweet pics of all of the children Maybe we should leave everything as is in case we return to China…Oh, Tom would not like that I even thought that thought : )

    • HA, HA on that last bit about returning. I am fairly certain that if we return to China, it will be for sightseeing LOL! Things are feeling very complete around here. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was just thinking though when I sent your invitation how amazing it is to me that we are both home with our heart baby miracles!!! God is GOOD all the time!

  10. I loved this ๐Ÿ™‚ and it’s funny b/c I used to know your children’s real names but then got so accustomed to Larry, Curly and Mo…those are gonna be hard to forget. Susannah I remembered from your adoption trip but Lil Miss and Lil Bit are still in my mind as well. Oh my goodness did my Elaina Mei Mei used to cry just like your Sallile whenever any ole thing didn’t go HER way. oh my!!!!!! She has come sooooooooooo far. People think that she should be traumatized what with the 3 major surgeries she’s had, hospital stays and 12 DAYS of NPO…not even an ice chip! but God! She is doing so well! When our LOA arrives we are going to tell our younger kiddos that they have a 6 year old sister waiting in China! They will be ready. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I loved the day in your life as a family. I am super impressed by everything that you do! Really super impressed that you remember to change the day of the week and the date each day on your board!!! And of course, the baby is WAY cuter than the caterpillar:) Ohhh and l totally love it that you let her have her bottle…YOU my friend are an awesome Mom!

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