Monday, March 31, 2014

Rest of Spring Break

 We didn't do anything big over spring break. Just hung around the neighborhood. We were disappointed it didn't get warm enough to go to the beach even just to play in the sand.

We walked in the park four days. I walked six miles three of the days! It took me 94 minutes, but oh well. At least I did it. This day we went through the Taco Bell drive through afterwards. The dogs are sharing a soft beef taco. Once in a while I'll take them through the drive through, and it's pretty funny to pull up to the window with three furry faces hanging out the window, tongues out.

As you can see, we have a dirt path. It's 6/10 of a mile so five times around is three miles. It's wooded on one side, sunny on one side and runs along the water for a short distance. There's a big wooden play area in the middle.

The bowling alley was advertising an open bowling special from 11-5 every day. We went one day, and when we got there it was empty, but the lady at the counter said someone had reserved every lane, so we couldn't bowl. That was disappointing, and I said so in a less than polite way. I don't usually throw around attitude, but the bowling alley is a ways away and the kids were so excited. When I told Rick, he let the bowling alley people know he wasn't thrilled about it either, and he ended up getting 12 free games for us. Now to find a time to go. Anyway, Jessica took Jasmine and Kaleb to Nut Job instead. Kayla had lied about something earlier to get a privilege she hadn't earned, so she had to sit the movie out.

We went to Taco Bell for breakfast the first day they served breakfast.

We went to run/walk afterwards. We have to with all the fast food!! Really, no one orders that much so we are okay. Everyone gets one thing, and we share a drink.

The girls shared some boneless wings from the Walmart deli one evening.

The kids learned the books of the Bible with the category divisions, so we went to DQ. Yep. More fast food. 

Jasmine and Kaleb made banana boats that evening. Cut open a banana like a canoe. Add peanut butter, mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. Wrap in foil. Bake on 350F for about 10-15 minutes, or until the "stuffing" is melted. You could skip the marshmallows and chocolate chips to cut the sugar.

Jasmine was taking out her corn rows too.

Or you could just eat the marshmallows out of the bag.
We did have some attitude and behavior issues during the week, but we just pushed on. If we all went out and someone was causing problems, that person got to eat a sandwich instead of getting whatever the treat was. At home they were sent to their rooms to write a few verses or think on things. If they chose not to write verses (which is what happened) they stayed in the the room and missed out. If they refused to do their daily job, they missed out. It was disappointing that sometimes one or the other of them would just get stubborn and refuse to do something knowing there was a treat coming. I just say soemting like, "I'm sorry you chose to play in the dirt rather than poop scoop the yard. I accept your choice and will allow you to sit in your room while we are ...."
Since we didn't go to the beach, we grilled the hot dogs at home.

Kayla is licking her marshmallows, so I guess Kaleb needed his tongue out too!

Sometimes something will be posted by a lot of people on fb. I don't always try whatever it is, but when I saw this idea for the hundredth time, I tried it. You just take a can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and cook them in the waffle iron instead of the oven. Spray the iron well, and pull the waffles out before the ready light comes on or they'll be a bit too brown.

Jasmine liked them. So did the others, but they ate them so fast I didn't get pictures.

Sunday night the girls watched Frozen together and ate their way through the freezer using up some of the old stuff that had gotten overlooked plus some apple sliced and grapes. We do have a lot of healthy choices, but who wants to see pictures of my kids eating broccoli dipped in ranch dressing?

Going back to getting up at 5:05 today was brutal. After I dropped the four kids at three different bus stops and then went to Walmart this morning, I thought I might sneak back to the couch in our bedroom and be lazy. But it was already occupied.

We grilled out again tonight. Adam was supposed to come over last night and bring chicken but didn't show. He said he'd come today and didn't show. So we had hot dogs. He left this evening for rifle training for a week. He is sharing an apartment with a couple of friends just a couple of miles from us. He works full time and does Marine reserves.

Rick drove to KY and and got Ty, and they went to the Louisville Comic Con Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday. Rick got back today and brought me the hat.

Comic Con

Comic Con

Ty seems to be doing really well at Job Corps, and I'm happy about that. I was not sure he'd fit in, but he does. The values are not the same as ours, but he has to make his own choices about activities and other things. He supervises the rec room sometimes in addition to his computer tech training.

Job Corps goes on outings sometimes and the guys can sign up to go first come, first serve. Since he's a rec supervisor, he gets to sign up first. This was taken in Louisville when they went to the Muhammad Ali Museum. Ty's in front of the Ohio River with Indiana on the other side.

So that's what our week was like.  Jessica and I head to Pensacola this coming weekend for the ECW convention with Karen Kingsbury, Lisa Welchel (Blair), Chondra Pierce (if she's inappropriate again this time I'm leaving!!), Kay Roberson (Duck Dynasty), Jeremy Camp and some others.

The first group of books from the last post will be mailed tomorrow media mail.


Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the pictures. The one with Jasmine and the marshmallows is funny.:) I wonder if all them military reserves have drill the same weekend, no matter the branch of service. How was your trip to NY or you haven't gone yet?

God bless


kayder1996 said...

Glad Tyler is doing so well.

Kathy C. said...

Erika--We leave for NYC on Mother's Day. We're just getting things in place ahead of time since we've never been there.

I'm not sure all the guys in the same branch of service go for reserves the same weekend.

Kathy C. said...

Thanks Kayla.

Annalyn Reed said...

The waffles look delicious :) The kittens look so adorable I love cats! Roasting hot dogs....can't get better than that!
I've never actually been to a Comic Con but it sounds fun! :)

Kathy C. said...

Hi Annalyn. Have you had spring break yet?

Annalyn Reed said...

Yes I have and I really enjoyed it. We didn't do much, but it was still fun. :) We are back in school this week, but thank goodness it's Friday!!