A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, June 18, 2021

More Goodbyes

The house feels quiet and empty with only 4 kids left.  I realize that sounds weird to small families.  

I forgot to get a picture of last week's pile of books, but we picked up two piles this week.  

We went to the drive through swag bag pick up at Shriners.  Tomorrow is the last day of our week long Walk For Love event.  The goal was 20 miles in 8 days.  The last couple days have been triple digit temps, though, so I'm not sure they're going to make it.  We shall see.  

My mom came up for a visit while Annaliese was here.  I didn't manage to get any pics of or with my mom, which I'm kicking myself for.  But we went out to eat, and I took pictures of the kids, totally engrossed in screens.  

Not sure I like this trend.  Oh, and that's Annaliese's elbow, on the left, by Hannah.  

Sam was supposed to be packing, so I went to check and see how it was going.  Zzzzzzzzz!

Forgive the million piles of books in the school room.  Sam was intentional about soaking up the last couple days of brother time, by watching Disney + with the girls.

Katie could have stowed away in one of his bags.  

On his last day here, he got the girls milkshakes.  And yes, all the rules about eating upstairs went out the window when he said, "C'mon Mom, it's my last day."  

Annaliese travels light, which is good, because pretty much all Sam's worldly goods are in that little car.  

Ese and Sam's Excellent Adventure is about to commence.  

They're off!  It was a race to the end of the block.

Proof of life photo from Arizona.

They spent time in Flagstaff before heading to the Grand Canyon.  

Picture of Matilda in the Kaiser parking lot.  I meant to take a picture of something in the building, but nerves.  I did some heavy duty adulting today and went in for my first "well woman" exam in 9 years.  
I'm not great about taking care of myself.  

As promised, more books.  Oh, and we got a cool package from the library in the mail, too.  I signed Katie up for a zoom science thing, and there's a book and some supplies that go along with it.  I'll have to remember to take pictures when she does the project/experiment.   

Speaking of books, we spent time at the school 3 days this week, and we're at 1,786 books scanned/entered, and 510 totally processed and ready to shelve.  Not much progress in terms of numbers, but I emptied a shelf by selling duplicate books, so there was a lot of listing, pulling orders, shipping, invoicing, going to the post office, etc.  I used part of the funds raised to place a sale order at Library and Educational Services.  We did a review for them 7 years ago.  It's always nice to support a vendor we reviewed for; and I got a great deal on some new books for the school library.  Win win!  I'm hoping to get more spine labels typed up over the weekend so that when we go in on Monday I can label the rest of what's scanned.  

I'm also hoping there's some good deals on items on my wish list during Prime Days this week!  I've been adding things as I think of them, which has been fun.  It's quite the rabbit hole to go down, because Amazon is good at suggesting other books in a series, so I tend to add in batches.  


  1. So many books. I love it. What a wonderful week.
    Blessings, Dawn

  2. Oh! When the numbers go down, it does feel so empty--even when those numbers are higher than some whole families. :) Some nights when I only have 6 kids for dinner, I just serve sandwiches or snacks because it hardly seems worth the effort to make dinner for so few people . . . but for some that's a full family+.

    Adulting can be rather challenging, can't it?!?! I haven't been in for a wellwoman exam in almost that long myself, and I really don't want to.

    I wish your darling adult children success in their endeavors!

    1. Katie's 10 now, so we're finally at the point where I can say, "Make yourself a cup of noodles or a (frozen) burrito for dinner," instead of begging one of the boys to feed the girls dinner if I'm in bed with a headache. It's nice to be at the point where I don't *have to* make dinner every night.