Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Commandment #2

did commandment #2 today--so far the baby isn't worshiping "owls" and Lydia isn't worshiping "eye dolls" and Elijah isn't worshiping "I dlz"--I was trying to teach them "Do not worship idols."

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

A Day in the Life of the Dentons. . .

Its Friday! Bethany got me up at 3am and stayed up unfortunately. That is her typical wake up time now that we've moved. Occasionally I am treated to a morning of 5 or 6am but those are few and far between. Thankfully Justin and the older kids can sleep through her endless rounds of "Mommy mommy I wake up get out! wake up get out!" for three hours. I've tried rocking, putting her in bed with us, ignoring her, getting frustrated with her, sending Justin in . . . nothing seems to work to get her back to sleep once she's up. I guess she's her mother's daughter that way.

We get up, all of us about 6am or 6:15 and have breakfast. Lydia has the job of cleaning off and wiping down the table.

What would be the morning through without a visit from everyone's favorite princess--Rapunzel? Donning her new wig and Halloween costume Lydia walks in.

This morning we ran to the grocery to grab some things before the hurricane hits this weekend. We had a good time but Bethy was crabby. We got home and I put her down for a little nap while I unpacked and got ready for our playdate. We vacuumed and dusted and cleaned the downstairs bathroom and put the dishes away and made coffee and set up the snacks and the craft--all in 30 minutes! Typically we don't run errands, we do school, but this playdate was special and we were excited. We got Bethy up after 45 minutes of napping just in time to PLAY!!

I think there were close to 15 kids here and about 6 or 7 other mommies. It was organized chaos and it was wonderful. We crafted puppets and had popcorn and drank coffee and chit chatted as much as possible with that many kids running wild. Lydia had a meltdown towards the end, too little sleep and too many guests but a little Rapunzel calmed her down. We took afternoon naps then did school and bible.

(Forgive me--I didn't take pictures of all of the events of the day so I'm doing some pics from yesterday to illustrate . . . )

Many thanks to Kristen Eckenwiler for the sorting bag--Bethy loves it!

After school we took the left over popcorn and chips from our playdate out to feed "our" ducks and turtles and fish. The ducks are: Cinderella, Anastasia and Prince Charming. The tutles are: Pascal and Golliath. The fish are :Fishy-meow-meow and Rapunzel-fish. 2 guesses as to who names what. Ah-hem . . . Anyway . . .we fed them then cleaned up and started on dinner (homemade pizza!) The kids measured and scooped and then I turned on wiggles so that I could get a moment of silence and check on the weather and vacuum up the flour and stuff from the "help"

It was nice so we painted on the driveway with water. Here is Elijah do his "writing" homework--check out that nubmer 5!! (Down the trunk, around the tree, add a branch--that's five! You See?)
Then we did bible study while we waited for the pizza to cook. I have been working on 1st commandment this week. As different activity every day. They've got it memorized! Today Elijah typed it in paint and then colored it in paint and we printed it out. It cracks me up: "u shal hiv no uthr godz" is what he typed. Very phonetically correct I guess but funny just the same. He's been reading it all week long.

After pizza dinner with daddy we had a puppet show with the craft we made earlier. No idea why Lydia is sideways . . .sorry

Then it was off to bed at 8pm. Now me and hubby are cleaning up the kitchen, folding the laundry I washed today (4 loads) and visiting with one another.

A Day in the life of the Denton's. Doesn't that make you tired?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Grove Park Academy

We're doing homeschool this year for a number of reasons. Primarily the school we're districted to has disastrous ratings and I am not ready to throw my child into that environment. I had visions of happy children doing work and reading. This morning's reality wasn't as good. It started off OK but Elijah was done with school after about 3 minutes. He "hates" school and "hates" me for making him work. I know this is just a rocky start, things will get better as he gets used to our new routine. I mean the boy even said he hated our science experiment which was measuring rice--one of his most favorite messy activities.

That said, the boy is smart. He easily figured out the biggest to smallest measuring cups when I told him "It takes 1 blue scoop to get to one up, 2 red scoops to get to one cup and 4 yellow scoops to get to one cup. Which is the biggest and which is the smallest?" Without a beat he said "If it takes more scoops it means the cup is smaller so the yellow is the smallest and the blue is the biggest." His sissies were the scoopers, he refused to participate at first so he figured it all out in his head.

We're going to work on fractions after the break for our math--hopefully it will click for him the same way.

This week we're not doing the full day. We're going to ease into the routine and get working and our "official" start date of school is next Monday. We'll just call this week "orientation" :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hello bread . . .its me Bethany

Last night we had flatbread to go with dinner. Bethany picked hers up and pretended it was a phone. she had a little one sided conversation:
"hello . . . this is Bethany."
"Hi bread . . .garbled stuff we didn't understand"
"Peanut butter huh--you want peanut butter. yummy"

Her bread apparently wanted peanut butter on it :)

A Little Update

The toys are back and the dress up clothes are a hit. Turns out a couple month break from silly outfits is enough to renew interest.

Mommy and Bethany both got summer haircuts.

Lydia and the others are seriously enjoing the back yard. The girls terrorize the ducks daily in an effort to "pet them" and we've names our turtles and catfish that eat our crackers. We've got "fishy meow meow" "Rapunzel fish" as our two catfish and Golliath as the one turtle.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Halloween . . .

Can't believe I am buying costumes this year . . .EJ wanted to be Spiderman with the muscles, super cool but I am NOT going to try and make that. Lydia is getting a homemade Rapunzel dress simply because I can't afford to drop $40 or $50 on a costume--those buggars are expensive!! And of course, Bethany doesn't really care so we're going to make her Pascal--Rapunzel's Chameleon. I bought a little hooded jumper off ebay for $10 and am going to put on some bug eyes and a tail. She'll be cute I am sure and comfortable so she'll wear it!
Going to make sure Lydia's costume is big enough for her to have lots of wiggle room. She doesn't like things being too tight. I might even take one of her plain leotards and doctor it up to make sure the bodice isn't too small. I've got some great sparkly material I bought a while ago so some pink ribbon and puffy sleeves and it should be perfect!

I love Halloween and I love sewing. At least it isn't all store bought.


the baby just stood over Lydia (who was pitching a fit) and said "What on Earth?! Hush that fuss!" Can't believe my 19th month old can imitate so well :)

Monday, August 08, 2011

Bug Hunt

poor spider, my three little entomologists have been "invekstigatin'" him for the past 15 minutes. . . they are currently testing his hearing by screaming at him at the tops of their lungs . . .

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Moved In!

So. . .no posts for a while because we didn't have internet and I was busy unpacking and getting settled. I'll post pics later of the house but suffice it to say that the house inside is 100% now thanks to a marthon picture hanging session with hubby this weekend and a week with no internet or TV.

The garage is a mess--it was the dumping ground for all that we had out in the garage and outbuilding and we don't know what to do with it all! But it is out of sight and thus out of mind for the most part. I don't feel guilty for not working on that because between the chemicals, blades and tools the garage is a death trap for the kids and I can't make any headway without worrying that Elijah will trim his sissy's hairs with the weed eater or something like that.

Before we moved in I got Lydia's room painted purple (purple-licious like 'apunzel) and a giant rainbow on EJ's wall. He helped put the name stickers on the rooms and picked out who got which room. The movers moved everything on Wednesday and it was exhausting. It took longer than we thought to get it loaded, then it all didn't fit and we had to stuff our cars and dad's truck to get it all. Who knew we had that much STUFF? 2 guys did the loading and 6 guys did the unloading. It went fast and I was trying to assemble the beds so they could put the mattresses on and put the bedroom furniture in and Justin was trying to direct them all places. It was crazy!! They got it all done and i spent all of thursday doing the kids rooms, headed back late Thursday night and we moved the girls up on Friday and EJ came Saturday.

We spent Saturday with family--nana and papa and granny and grampy came. We unpacked a little bit but spent the majority of the time helping the kids get adjusted and installing a new sink fixture. It took three of us to get the old faucet off but the new one went on like a breeze excep tthat the silocone around the sink was old and the sink popped out and we ended up having to glue that back down too. Whew!

i unpacked like mad all week last week and got it DONE! Hubby helped with the pictures over the weekend and that is it. Apart from the foot layer of dust on the downstairs that I have yet to scrape off the tops of the windows and the massive spider webs that drape gloriously across the two story den the house is perfect. I need a super long swiffer or super-powers to clean the spider webs and i will probably finish cleaning on Wednesday night.

Amist the boxes we managed to squeeze in a trip to lake-beach at Falls Lake--completely AWESOME! Best $6 EVER spent on a day trip. There was absolutely no way I would have rahter spent than 113 degree day than neck deep in a semi-cool murky brown lake. Reminded me of Chris Greene lake and Pinebluff lake growing up--especially hitting the cold spots and warm spots and all of the "kissing" fish who were intrigued by all of my moles :)

We also made the trek to Trader Joes and the Goodwill with some stuff to donate. It was fun, the kids were great but all that traffic makes me a nervous wreck!

This week we've ventured out to Briar Creek and hit the Petsmart and scored an awesome deal on a Guinea Pig Condo for Dragon and Princess. We also went to the party store for Ej to pick out plates and stuff for his birthday on Saturday. I don't know how it is possible that my little man is going to be 5??!!

Anyway--we're hooked up with internet now. No land line, no cable. Trying out NetFlix and hulu and seeing if that will work. So far net Flix is the BEST THING EVER!! We stream it through the wii and it rocks.

Lydia loves "new house" and her purple bedroom. She doesn't seem to miss Wilson much though we did leave her lovey "marabelle" at granny's last week so she was really upset a couple of times this past week about that.

Elijah is missing his playmates and his sissies are "driving him bonkers" but is sleeping, likes his room and likes new house too.

Bethany was doing great but is having a growth spurt or something and for the past 4 days has gotten up at dark-thirty. I am ready for her to get over that!

4 Bedrooms is one of the most awesome things ever. I also love having the kitchen open to the playroom.

All that's left to do is clean the garage, find a couch, get a fence, move the playgrond from Wilson, put up some shade on the patio and we're set!