Monday, April 29, 2013

So I'm becoming addicted..

I never meant to. It started out as something I was going to do for fun once in awhile. It wasn't going to take precedence. There were other things more important to me that were going to be put first. But one thing led to another.. and now I believe I am truly addicted!

Others who had tried it told me how addicting it was. They were all hooked on it. I wasn't going to be like them. I'd try it, have my fun, but not get hooked. They'd given up on the other things they used to enjoy, that wasn't going to be me!

But it is..

I'm talking about Bubblews of course (what did you think I was talking about??).

I belong to a few different sites where you can post articles and discussions, and you get paid to do so. Each site pays differently. So far, Bubblews seems to pay the best. But I'd been on Mylot and Gather much longer, so they were still going to come first. Bubblews was going to be something I'd do occasionally.

Well, Gather has been down this past weekend, so I couldn't post there. Mylot is still there, and I'm still posting.. but it seems the majority of my thoughts and feelings are first going to Bubblews.

This isn't exactly a bad thing. This morning I hit the redemption button again, for the 2nd time this month.. 3rd time total. I joined Bubblews at the end of February. It took me a full month to reach my first payout (of $25). The past 2 payouts have only taken a couple of weeks. Others, who've been there longer and are more addicted than me are getting payouts almost weekly!

So maybe I'm addicted? So what? I'm having fun, and earning a bit of money too!

Want to become addicted with me?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

More Turbo

Just wanted to post a couple new pics I got of Turbo..

Hubby got up early this morning to take Turbo for a walk, then he went back to sleep on the sofa. After playing with the kids for awhile, Turbo decided to join hubby in a nap!

Tonight we had another fire. We love having fires in our fire pit. Thus far Turbo isn't doing too well with being outside. He thinks it's playtime each time he goes out, and he plays too rough. We keep him on a leash for now, but he pulls and tries to chase after the kids. If we bring him over to the kids he'll jump on them and nip at them. He doesn't do this when we're walking, only when we are hanging out in the yard. But we're still trying to bring him out and get him used to things around here. So when we started our fire we brought him out. We knew he was sleepy, so we figured this would be a good time to get him outside and just relax with us. But the dog wouldn't lie down on the grass.. nope.. he opted for Mathieu's chair!

Eventually he moved to a chair that was a little more his size and fell asleep!

Silly puppy!

Life with Turbo..

 Everyone seems to be adjusting well to having Turbo around.
For the most part he seems to already be house broken. He's had very few accidents inside the house. He did have one this morning. Hubby got up early to take him for a walk, but when I got up at 9 the dog had an accident in the boys' room. Normally he does do his business outside though.
He also starts to pee when he gets super excited. Probably just because he's still so young and he has so much to be excited about!

He is hyper and loves to play. He hasn't had much of a chance to do that yet. Our yard is not fenced in and I won't let him off the leash yet as I don't know how he'll respond.
When he's on the leash he tries to get at the kids, but he loves to jump and he does nip at them playfully. This does hurt and scare the younger kids. Hubby and I are going to work on training him not to jump and especially not to bite before we can even think of letting him romp with the kids!

Today I plan to take him to a park to let him run a bit.

Aside from that hubby takes him for a daily walk and the kids like walking him around the yard. He's really good on walks, doesn't pull a whole lot.. unless he gets excited or wants to play with one of the kids that's just out of his reach.

In the house he's pretty calm. He lounges on the sofa a lot.

He has started barking a bit. He didn't do this the first day or 2.. yesterday afternoon the barking started, just a little bit. Usually when someone comes in or out, or he hears the kids playing outside without him.

We're putting him in a crate at night and he does great with that.

The cats still aren't quite sure what to think of the dog. They are no longer in hiding, but they still won't get too close, and if the dog comes nearby they do get cautious. They might hiss a little. The dog seems mostly to ignore their presence. I think he's actually a bit afraid of them as one of the cats at the shelter did take a swipe at him. In time I'm sure they'll be fine.. they need some time to adjust to each other.

So really our only problem right now is the jumping and the nipping. I think his previous owner probably rough housed with him and taught him that biting during play is okay! Well, he'll soon learn that's not okay with us! I've been doing some research and learned some great tips on how to get this behavior to stop. We're going to work with him a bit everyday getting him worked up to play with us and then as soon as he starts to nip we'll stop playing and give him a "time out". Won't take long for him to learn that if he wants to play he's gotta keep his jaws off us!

All in all though he's a pretty good dog! I think he's starting to realize this is home, and starting to open up to us a bit!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Turbo is home!

We brought Turbo home from the shelter this evening. He's very happy to have a family! He is already very attached to the kids. He likes sitting with them on the sofa, the way he is in the picture. He doesn't like not being near them. When we take him outside on the leash he whimpers if he can't get to the kids. If the kids go in without him he whines and whimpers and tries to get in the house. Obviously he's got some separation anxiety and thinks if the kids leave his sight he won't see them again! I think it's adorable.. but also sad because of what he must have been through to cause this.

The kids are about as attached to him as he is to them.. at least at the moment. Probably just the newness of having a dog, but they haven't left him alone since he got here! They're so excited to have a dog and they love him so much!

He's got a ton of energy. He does jump, we're going to have to try to get him to stop that. He has already hurt both the 5 and 6 year old boys by jumping at them.. they aren't much bigger than him. I expected this because he is so young and hyper, and I'm confident we can make it stop. For now I'm trying to remind the younger boys to stay calm around the dog so he has no reason to jump.

If you have any advice on how to get the dog to stop jumping, aside from telling him "no" each time he does it, I'd be more than happy to hear your suggestions!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

We have hopefully found a dog!

This is Turbo. He's 6 months old, and he is currently residing at an animal shelter.

Tonight hubby, the kids and I went out looking at shelters to see what kind of dogs they had. Then we saw Turbo. He wasn't what we were looking for. We wanted a husky. But Turbo was just so cute. They brought him out of his cage to visit with us and he was so happy to be out of his cage he spent the whole visit just running around crazy! He's got a ton of energy! But of course he's still a baby. Well we've got the room for him to run, and we've got kids who like to run, so they'll put the dog to work (or vice versa). The hyperness doesn't bother us at all.. actually I kind of feel like the dog needs us. He has a great personality, very sweet and gentle. He had a toy in his mouth the whole time but when we took the toy from him, aside from playing a little tug or war with it, he did not snap or growl.

So we began the adoption process. They're testing the dog tonight to see how well he does with cats. They have to check with our vet to make sure our cats are up to date on shots, etc. Then they will give him his rabies shot, and I will have to get a license. Then as long as all that goes smoothly, I can bring him home.

The kids are super excited! They're hoping we can bring him home tomorrow! I'm thinking probably Monday, perhaps Tuesday at the latest.

Harder than I thought..

We've decided we want to add a dog to our family. Hubby has been wanting one for a long time, the kids would like to have one. I know I'd be the one taking care of it most of the time, that's why I've been saying no all along, but last week while I was out for a walk I thought it would be nice to have a dog to walk with. It might actually get me walking more if I had to walk a dog regularly! Plus it might help me feel more secure while I"m out walking by myself or with the younger kids. I've got the time and the space, and we're good animal parents for the most part. The only thing we're truly lacking is funds.. but we still manage to get our cats to the vet in emergencies and they've all been fixed and had shots and all that.

The hard part right now is finding one. Hubby has honestly been looking for months. He hoped that if he found the right one he'd be able to talk me into it. But he never found the right one.

I've been trying for about a week. I'm looking everywhere! Shelters, Craigslist, classifieds, breeders.

Sure, I could bring home a puppy today if I wanted to spend $1,000 on it. But I don't want to spend that kind of money. I've got a couple hundred right now that I can spend total on the dog and all the supplies I'll need for it. I can adopt one from a shelter or pay a small re-homing fee if I find the right one.

We are a bit picky. Hubby really wants a husky, or at the very least a medium to large breed dog. I wouldn't mind a small dog, but he doesn't like them..

Mostly we're looking for a husky, but I might settle on a lab. We'd be fine with a mix breed too, depending on what breeds are mixed.

And of course we'd prefer a puppy that we can raise ourselves and train it how we want it trained.

It's just not very easy to find good dogs anymore without paying ridiculous prices! Makes me wonder how most people in our boat (lack of funds) end up with dogs in the first place.. unless they're just less picky about what kind of dog they get or where they get it from.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new addition..

Looks like we'll be getting a new addition to the family very soon!

Details to come later :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Happy Ending..

So last Thursday I posted that my son's phone had been stolen while he was in gym. We tried really hard to get the phone back. We went to the school, searched all the gym lockers, talked to the gym teacher and the principal. Hubby installed a GPS tracker, but it said the phone never left the school, and by Friday afternoon the battery was dead so the phone wasn't giving a signal anymore.

I really hoped the phone would have been found in the school over the weekend.. but Javy came home today without the phone.

That was it, we'd given up hope. Hubby called our provider and reported the phone stolen and it was de-activated.

I was mad. It was a brand new phone. We'd just gotten it! Javy's last phone had fallen and broke, so we put insurance on the phone and paid a $150 deductible to get the new phone, and bought a $50 protective case to make sure the phone didn't break again... just to have it stolen. I wasn't just upset about the phone.. but the case also! Sure the case isn't as expensive as the phone.. but I just kept thinking, what a waste of money that was!!

Then about 8:30pm there was a knock on the door. My daughter answered it, and there's a couple of kids on the porch. They asked "Does Javy live here?". Javy was standing right there so went to the door. They said "I found your phone" and handed him his phone, case and all!!
Javy was so happy he hugged the boys!

I'm happy too!

Who stole it or where it was all weekend no longer matters.. we have the phone back and that's all that matters.. and we learned another important lesson! Javy now has a new combination lock to keep his gym locker locked. Hopefully that's the end of the phone saga!

Earth Day!

I totally forgot today was Earth Day until I just came across something about it online. We'd been planning on doing some yard work over the weekend so we could plant some new bushes in the yard to take the place of the old dead ones we took out. But it was cold over the weekend, so we didn't get to the yard work and didn't buy the new bushes. But this is something we will do on the next nice weekend we have. I guess our Earth Day celebration will have to be put off until then.

I am racking my brain trying to think of something else we can do for Earth Day... maybe clean up the yard or the nearby park area thing... I'll have to figure it out when the kids get home.

One thing we will do today, though it has nothing to do with Earth Day, is I'm going to have the kids write penpal letters. A friend of mine online mentioned doing this, writing letters to sick kids. I thought it was a neat idea. Kids these days don't really do the penpal thing anymore thanks to internet and e-mail. I thought it would be a great idea to get my kids to write to someone, and if the sick kids write back my kids might learn something and maybe learn not to take life for granted!! Hopefully!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Need a smile?

I came across this slide show while browsing around the web today, and it brought a big smile to my face! It lifted my mood immediately! I think we need more reminders of the good in the world and the random acts of kindness people do every day!

For an immediate mood boost, check this out:

Which one is your favorite? I love picture #4.
What do you think of #18??

Friday, April 19, 2013

Crazy Day..

Yesterday was another crazy day!

Hubby dragged me out shopping with him, to Lowe's. He wanted to pick up some stuff so he could do a bit of fixing up around the house. The day got entirely too crazy so he wasn't able to get much done, though he did replace a broken window in the boys' room upstairs, so that's an accomplishment!

But shortly after we got home from Lowe's, the kids got home, and my oldest came in all ticked off. Apparently he says his cell phone was stolen at school!

OMG the saga with this cellphone.. not even funny! First, he broke his phone while playing basketball! He says he doesn't know how.. but someone probably stepped on it.
So, we got him a new one. Then, just a few weeks after getting a new one he was at a friend's house and the friend's little brother knocked the phone out of his hands making it fall onto rocks, and again the screen broke!
So, we put insurance on the phone and bought a very expensive protective case for it to make sure it didn't get broken again!
Then, barely a week after he gets yet another new phone.. it's stolen?

So, hubby took him up to the school to talk to the principal and try to find the phone. Javy asked all of his friends if they'd taken it on him as a joke, they all said no.
Hubby installed GPS on the phone so he can track Javy's phone, but so far the GPS is saying it hasn't left the school.
I'm hoping someone found it somewhere and turned it in. Javy thinks someone is playing a mean joke on him. Another possibility is someone did actually steal it and they're waiting a few days before bringing it home.
Either way, if we don't get it back, as soon as it leaves the school we'll know, and we'll be able to track it to the address it ends up at.

If we don't get it back.. I just don't know. We might be done buying the boy cellphones at this point!!

So after all that fun, my daughter had a chorus concert last night. I really wasn't in the mood for anything like that after the crazy day we'd had, but she had a small "solo" so she had to be there. Her solo wasn't entirely a solo. Some of the kids did have actual solos. More or less there were a bunch of featured singers, about 20 total out of the group of 100 kids. These featured singers came up front and sand seperate from the group. Some did solos or duets. My daughter was a group of 6. Still an honor in my opinion.

We couldn't get any pictures of it though because we chose really bad seats off to one side, and she was on the other side. I tend to not sit in the middle because it's usually way too crowded!

So, needless to say, I'm so happy it's the weekend and hoping I get a chance to relax and unwind from my crazy week!

Thursday, April 18, 2013


My graduation ceremony is coming up next weekend. I'm actually kind of dreading it.. but that's probably my anxiety.
Today I have to go down and pick up my cap and gown as well as my allotted 4 tickets to invite guests.. 4! I have 5 kids plus hubby and now his aunt wants to go too, but I get 4 tickets! I will ask if they have extras.. if not, we'll have to deal.
The twins want to go to a birthday party that day anyway. So that actually works out well. Instead of having to find a sitter for Aydan and Mathieu, I'll just let the twins go to this party..
So now I just need 1 extra ticket. But if I can't get it, then Javy will probably stay home. Chances are he doesn't really want to be there anyway, but I'll ask him. If he insists on going (and what teenager would?) I'll have to try to figure out a plan for one of the younger boys.. because at this point it's impossible to tell Aunt Doris she can't come.

Then next Friday I have a rehearsal for the ceremony at 11am. Could they make this any less convenient? Mathieu gets home at noon.. so what am I supposed to do with him? I have no sitters because everyone I know works. Hubby can't take a Friday afternoon off. Any other day would be fine, but not a Friday.. when he's already taking that Saturday off!

So, my plan is to keep Mathieu home from school and bring him to the rehearsal with me. If they have a problem with that.. well then they should have planned it for evening hours when it's easier to find a babysitter!

Who knew so much work was involved just to graduate? I mean, I thought just getting through school would be tough? But since I've actually finished school I've had mountains of paperwork to fill out, now I've got all these hoops to jump through just to attend a darn ceremony that I'm not even looking forward to!! Argh!

Well, that's my gripe for the day..

Off to go pick up my stuff, and later my daughter has a chorus concert..

Monday, April 15, 2013

Double Swagbucks Day!

A couple years ago I joined this site called Swagbucks. Through it, you do various activities to earn points, which they call Swagbucks. When you accumulate enough of these bucks, you can redeem them for a prize. You can enter a sweepstakes to win a big prize, or just trade them in for a gift card to your favorite store. You can even get a gift card to Paypal.
Personally, I choose gift cards, and I save them up through the year and use them towards my Christmas shopping. It makes the Christmas season a little easier on us.

I find it's so easy to earn on Swagbucks. There are tons of options for earning. You can earn by doing web searches, surveys, signing up for offers, online shopping, watching videos, using coupons or doing many other tasks through the site.

Today is double Swagbucks day. For some of the typical tasks you'll get double the Swagbucks than usual. For instance, normally you get 3 SBs for watching 10 videos. Today you'll get 6!
There's also going to be 30 SBs worth of codes given today.. free SBs just for finding and entering the codes!!

If you haven't joined yet, here's the link: Swagbucks

The Tyler Saga Continues..

Well, to start off my day, I went to wake Aydan and Mathieu up for school and Mathieu says he's sick. I didn't question him, I just said he can stay in bed then. He doesn't normally miss much school, so not a big deal. But he really is very sick. While daddy was in the shower Mathieu needed to get in there to get sick.. poor guy! Then he's spent the rest of the morning sleeping so far.

So, when I got a call from the school a little while ago I really expected it to be the nurse saying someone else was sick too. But no.. it was Tyler's teacher.. oh boy!!

Well the school has state testing for the rest of this week. Tyler, although he's a very smart kid and usually gets straight A's, did very poorly on the tests last year and was put into AIS classes for kids who need extra help in core subjects like Math and English. I told them I didn't think Tyler needed the AIS classes, but since he did so poorly on the test last year, I couldn't get him out of it. So mainly the teacher wanted to touch base with me to help make sure Tyler didn't do as bad on the tests this year, because AIS really is a waste of his time. He is smart and can do the work, he just likes to speed through tests and be done with them. He's got to have a little more self control this time.

But then the teacher tells me that Tyler didn't do his homework assignment over the weekend. Apparently, when he left to go to band at the end of the day, he didn't bother to bring his homework with him, knowing he wouldn't have a chance to come back for it after band as he leaves immediately after. So, the teacher sent the homework down to him, but somehow the homework ended up in his locker for the weekend, and he went into school today with the homework not touched!

I really thought after last week and all the trouble he got in for his behavior that he would have straightened out, but it seems he hasn't.

So the teacher is making him miss one of his after school activities today to stay and make up his homework and some other writing assignments.

And when he gets home he's going to get a serious lecture about homework and making sure he does well on the upcoming state tests!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Band Concert/ Dance Recital

On Thursday Tyler had a band concert. Here are some pictures of him playing his trumpet.

I'm very proud of how well he did!

 Then Friday night was the dress rehearsal for Tristan's dance recital. The recital was this afternoon.

Tristan is a great dancer! She got to do some pretty tough moves, including the "coffee grinder" which only 4 kids out of her whole group got to do, she was one of them. The whole audience went nuts when she did it! She's so good, I am thinking about getting her into something a little more difficult next year. The dance company she's been with for the past 7 years is through the school and it's more fun than educational. I think Tristan needs something a bit more formal to really develop her skills.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Yesterday was nuts!

Yesterday was the kids' first day back to school after Spring Break. The week was very long, so we were all looking forward to it. But the day turned out to be pretty chaotic.

The morning was nice and peaceful and I feel like I got a lot done. When Mathieu got home, because it was nice out, I decided we'd go for a walk to the library. It's been awhile since I've gone for a walk. I was dying long before we ever reached the library, and for the rest of the day my feet were killing me! I really need to get in the habit of walking again.. it's rather pathetic I can't walk less than a mile to the library.

Before we'd left I'd gotten a call from the school. I always hate those calls.. I was hoping they'd just tell me someone was sick and needed to come home. That's like best case scenario in my mind.

Nope, it was Tyler's teacher letting me know he'd been having some behavior problems in class. Talking out of turn, getting out of his seat frequently without permission, not calling the teacher by his name (Tyler thinks he's the class clown.. he was calling the teacher Jack to be funny). Tyler's usually a good kid, so I was a bit surprised at this phone call. I don't think I'd ever gotten a phone call about him before. It's usually Javy.. he's my trouble maker and classroom disruptor.

So.. okay, I need to keep in mind to have a talk with Tyler when he gets home and tell him to straighten up. I went about my day and walked down to the library..

Shortly after getting home I got another call from the school... about Tyler, again!
This time, he'd decided to punch some kid on the bus and give the kid a bloody nose!! Yeah.. being disruptive doesn't look so bad anymore.. my oh my!

Well after the incident the bus turned around and brought the 2 boys back to the school. The one with the bloody nose was cleaned up while Tyler got yelled at by the principal.. for probably the first time ever I think. The principal called me.. I had spoken to him before but it was due to Javy.. last time I think it was because Javy drew with permanent marker on another kid's Under Armour shirt.
So the principal told me what happened, told me Tyler has to serve in school detention all day today.. he's lucky he didn't get suspended, but it's his first offense so they went easy on him, and had a different bus bring Tyler home.. where he got the riot act from me.

Seems what happened was the other kid was picking on Tyler and his friends, and Tyler's friends encouraged him to punch the boy.. of course Tyler's friends aren't in trouble.. just Tyler. I had to point that out to him.. following friend's advice isn't always helpful, is it?

Things went downhill from there. Of course I'd kept my husband informed of what was going on. He was supposed to work till 9pm last night but said he'd try to get out early to come home and help out with the problems.
Meanwhile I spent most of the night just talking to the kids.
I mentioned out loud that Tyler seems to be turning into Javy.. as the problems I dealt with yesterday were more typical of Javy than Tyler (Javy had a few fighting problems when he was about that age too). The 2 of them share a bedroom, and I was seriously considering separating them and putting Tyler with the younger 2 boys.. which he is fully against!

Meanwhile Javy's getting upset at my references to him and the problems he has had (yeah, typical parenting mistake, comparing siblings.. it's really hard to avoid sometimes.. I never said I was perfect!). So now instead of punishing Tyler's behavior I'm working on damage control with Javy.. Geez!

So hubby calls around 7pm saying he's not getting out early. His boss, who's a total jerk by the way, set up all sorts of work for the drivers and then left.. hubby's the only other manager so he's stuck there until the drivers are done. He tried to tell the boss he's got some family things to deal with, the boss says he doesn't care. Hubby ended up leaving at 9.. and he was angry when he got home because of the boss's treatment. Hubby's been dealing with a mess of problems ever since this guy took over, making work very stressful. The boss will probably be getting fired soon.. but not soon enough.
So the fact that hubby couldn't come home to help just seemed to make things worse. Aside from grounding Tyler from his video games for a week.. and vowing never to let him play video games with violence ever again, I didn't really want to make any other decisions without hubby.. such as whether to move Tyler in with Aydan and Mathieu or not, or whether to not let Tyler ride the bus anymore..
Because of hubby's anger, Javy wouldn't talk freely about his feelings so we got nowhere with that..

All in all just a stressful chaotic day. Here's hoping today is calmer and better!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wicked was Wicked Awesome!

Hubby and I drove an hour away yesterday for our date with Wicked the musical!
We left early hoping to have dinner at my favorite restaurant which is no longer around here, but is in the city we were going to. Unfortunately that restaurant closed too. So we had to figure something else out for food. It wasn't easy. We wanted something we can't normally have around here.. but we didn't know the area or where to go. We drove around for ages looking for something, and couldn't find anything we could agree on. Finally we were so hungry we decided to just stop at the next place we saw, which ended up being Arby's.. how exciting!

Finally we headed to the theater to see the show. We were early and got a good parking spot right behind the theater. Here's a picture of the Wicked truck we saw in the parking lot.

We also got ourselves t-shirts as souvenirs. Hubby's is grey with Wicked on the front, and the cities the show is touring in on the back. Here's a picture of me with the shirt I got.
Here's a picture of the stage.. kind of blurry, sorry. There's a mechanical dragon above the stage that actually moved, flapped it's wings, and breathed smoke. The curtain is a map of Oz with the Emerald City in the middle of lit up green.. though of course you can't see that in this picture.

 We weren't allowed any other pictures because of copyright infringement.. so that's the best I could do. We loved the show though.. even hubby! I loved the effects. In one scene the witch is flying high above the stage, and it looked so cool! Glinda comes and goes in a bubble a few times. The wizard was this giant mechanical head that lit up. The costumes were also really cool. The plot was interesting too. I read the book, actually just a few weeks ago. The play didn't exactly follow the book.. as expected. There were a bunch of differences, but it wasn't completely different. They just made it more theatrical, added more romance that isn't in the book, focused more on the relationship between the two witches where as the book is more about the life of Elphaba. It's close enough to the book that I wasn't disappointed.

I am so glad we got to see it. Hubby says he wants to see it again if we ever get the chance! I'm excited to try to see some other shows too at some point.. Broadway is just an amazing experience, and I'll never forget it!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

It's been a lazy week..

The kids are all on spring break this week, and we had nothing planned.

I was looking forward to it actually. School days seem to put more stress on me than needed, what with having to get up early, get the kids ready for school which is never any fun since Aydan is the pokiest child I know!! Then Mathieu gets home around noon and I have to be outside when he gets here or they don't let him off the bus. That means around noontime I can't be doing anything else. The rest of the day is pretty well shot too because kids are getting home at 2:30, 3:30, and 4.

A week off of school meant freedom for us all. I get to sleep in and have all the time I want to do whatever I want. If we felt like going somewhere, there'd be no time constraints on when we have to return.

So we've spent most of the week being lazy. We've slept in and played our video and computer games. Haven't gotten much accomplished at all.

Tristan and I did go out for hair cuts on Monday, then on Tuesday I colored my hair in preparation for my Wicked Weekend.. want to look my best!

I implemented a new 15 minute rule with the kids.. we set a timer for 15 minutes and we all spend that time doing nothing but cleaning. That worked well.. it actually ended up turning into a beat the clock game to see how much we could finish in the 15 minutes. I plan on doing that more often!

So I'm feeling a little guilty about the laziness.. but the weather has turned cold and snowy again (so much for it being spring!), and we're broke, so I don't have many options anyway. I did manage to bring them to the library today, that's a plus. Javy's been spending a lot of time with friends, and the twins have sleep overs planned for this weekend. So I guess I shouldn't feel too bad about our laziness... they probably need the relaxation as much as I do!