Another early start.....'cause I'm really not good at sleeping.
I spent some time working on pictures and blogging when I woke up, and also found this sweet message from Kenny's dad in Instagram....
When it was time to wake up the kids, I found this laundry basket in Ellie's closet. I asked her to put those clothes away the night before and it was supposed to be done before screen time. Looks like someone wasn't completely truthful....which is unfortunately something we have had to work on with Ellie from time to time.
Found Faith in the kitchen, which means she's heading in to work this morning. She was recently promoted to a manager position at Rack Room Shoes and seems to be enjoying her work (and her discount!) there. She does a great job of getting herself up and going for work, especially since she has to plan ahead to catch the bus to get there.
Graham is dragging again this morning....
....and apparently Ellie is too because this was the scene when I got to the kitchen to help fix breakfasts and lunches.
They eventually made it out, with some prompting. Oatmeal to eat today....
I cut into a new loaf of french bread - my favorite for toast! I know I eat too much of it, but I just can't help myself!
Ellie continues to take good care of her bunny, who has now moved outside. She has bunny chores in the morning and at night. There are definitely times she complains about it, but more often than not she just does what needs to be done.
Bunny Foo Foo seems quite happy to be outside and we look forward to letting her run on the lawn more this summer.
It was looking nice and bright out, and then the rain started as we were getting ready to leave. The sky really opened up though on the way to school and the roads were suddenly filled with water. We were splashing through standing water most of the way and the kids were feeling like they were on some sort of amusement park ride. There was even a little hail mixed in there. Gotta love spring in Oregon!
Graham went off with his friends, but Ellie came to my office and we got her hair put up in a pony and started working on this week's spelling words.
I grabbed a picture of what she needed to work on....
We saw Graham again with his friend Owen on the way to class....
And then I made my way to my other school for the day.
Tuesdays are also the day my practicum student spends the day with me. She's been working with me all year and is getting to be independent in doing some of the testing and other work. Today she tested a couple of kids while I worked on a lot of paperwork and scheduling. I'm not sure how I would get to everything without the help.
Recently discovered these Cup Noodles, which I'm told I should have been eating during my college years. I find them to be a yummy and quick lunch favorite, along with an apple. Working through my lunch today - there's so much to be done.
Also a message or two from Kara while I work, one sharing that she got a compliment on the bracelet I gave her as part of our wedding celebration goodie bag. I sent a picture back sharing my obsession with the bracelet and also sent her a link to the next one I want to get :)
After work I met with a friend/colleague quick to do some paperwork and had a beverage while we did it. Managed to squeak in some personal chit chat too of course :) Gotta catch my busy mama friends on the run sometimes....
Pa-Paw helped by picking up the kids from after-school care. He took Ellie to dance....
....and then took G to the ball field to practice pitching.
So thankful for grandparents that are available to help and love spending time with the kids. When we got home, I heated up some pre-made meals I got when I was shopping at Winco last weekend. Chicken bowl (with mashed taters, corn, and cheese) for Ellie and I, and ribs for Graham. I made some mac & cheese to go with it, knowing there would be some leftovers for their lunches too. We eat a lot less meat when Kenny is away working.
I declared it to be an evening away from screens, and amazingly enough they found other things to do <gasp!> Graham even started composing a song on his ukelele - you can hear it HERE!
AND they found a game to play together! I didn't even hear much arguing :) WIN WIN!
The kids also helped each other with chores - Ellie helped G with recycling, and G helped her with bunny chores. Ellie, my flower picker, brought in a couple flowers for me, and she put one in my hair when she was putting a pony in while I read stories.
After getting the kids in bed, I had a report to write. This has been the scene far too often lately. I hate bringing my work home, but this is the time of year that I just can't seem to avoid it.