Friday, April 10, 2009

What We've Been Up To

We have been quite busy during our Spring Break. We have had kids in and out all week. We've had 3 nights of spend the night guests and I've just been hanging out. My house has stayed really clean. Gabe and Zane have stayed on board with my version of " The House That Cleans Itself". I have to admit, that I have not finished the book. (There is so many fiction books on my list and I really don't enjoy non-fiction but I am going to finish it.) I have been organizing and cleaning. I cleaned Zane's room the morning before we left for Tybee and it took me 2 1/2 hours. This is the before picture. I haven't taken the after picture yet but I am going to try to do it soon so I can show you how much better it looks.

We had a tree about to fall out beside our driveway. We really thought it might fall on the house. The only thing holding it up was another tree and unfortunately they were both pines. So a strong wind could've flattened our house. Anyway, Wednesday, when Jim came home from work, he got out the chain saw. The kids were at church and I was having a nice quiet night until I heard a big BOOM! The tree hit the house. When I walked outside, this is what I saw. The damage was minimal, thank goodness.
Thursday, Gabe and Zane went with a friend to my dad's house to play Wii. So this is what Jack and I did. I saw these at Bakerella. You should see the things she creates candy and cake. She had ideas for rabbits, sheep, and chickens. We thought the chickens would be easiest seeing as we had to use icing instead of the candy that she used on here. Her pops were a lot better than ours. Much more professional. We called them "chicken pops". They did taste good even if they didn't look too great. The picture is not good (too fuzzy) but you get the idea. I thought they were a cute project to do with Jack to keep him busy for the afternoon.

Jim was off work today and the plan was to work in the yard. We have so much to do to get the yard looking good. I also want to get my plot ready for my herbs and tomatoes. I'm thinking of planting a couple of other things too. Jim, Jack. and Maci Clare planted some seeds in the corner of the plot yesterday just to keep the kids busy. Anyway, we woke up to rain and thunderstorms. The power has blinked off and on all day. (That is the norm when there is a thunderstorm.) I have been looking at hairbow holders on the internet and decided instead of paying a fortune for one, I would make one. So this afternoon that is just what I did. I love it. Maci Clare thought she could wear and then Jack did too. But after I got the bows on, they understood what it was for. Anyway, I am thinking of making one for my next giveaway. (I know I promised a long time ago, but life has been so busy.) My last project for today was Amish Friendship Bread. I have a starter that I am keeping up and today was the day to make it. Now I have 4 starters. It is so yummy. I think I am going to do all 4 starters and put some bread in the freezer for gifts. Jim also likes to take treats to work sometimes. By the way, the plate that this bread is on was bought this weekend at a yard sale for .25. Can't beat the price and I think it is really pretty.
We are headed to Columbia to the Riverbanks Zoo tomorrow. Gabe's friend, Tanner, is here tonight and will go with us tomorrow. We are going with Zane's garden club. Hopefully, the weather will clear up tonight and it will be sunny. My kids are out of school on Monday too. Maci Clare has her pre-op appointment and will have surgery to put the tubes in on Thursday so keep us in your prayers. It shouldn't be a big deal but the anethesia always makes me a little nervous. I hope you all have a nice Easter. We will spend the day at church and then with family. Happy Easter!