|Newly home from the hospital--that's one proud big brother!|
|The older 4 girls did all of the cooking for the week.|
|Monday morning J11 made french toast for us--it took 3 full loaves of bread and over a dozen eggs. She was tired but proud of her accomplishment.|
|Oddly warm weather on Tuesday lured the kids outside a lot. They flew paper airplanes off the back deck for hours at a time.|
|Dad took the 7 ambulatory kids to a new park for the afternoon on Wednesday. The kids came home raving about what a great park it is.|
That night included church activities for the older 4, so Dad took them in the little car. I managed okay on my own with the younger 4--but didn't give anyone a bath. :)
|When cold weather returned, the kids had lots of free time to choose indoor activities.|
|H5 managed to round up enough enthusiastic players for a couple of rounds of Sorry!|
On Thursday the girls had their first American Rhythm rehearsal of the new semester--Dad could only take the 4 older girls in the little car because the van was still in the shop.
Then there was the homeschool Winter Family Dance on Friday night. The van wasn't fixed, because the mechanic was waiting for a part to be delivered, but he managed to do enough of a temporary fix for Dad to pick it up and drive all of the girls to the dance. I3 and Baby L stayed home with me for pizza and a movie.
|J11--she didn't find a dress she liked, so she got creative with other clothing. I like her funky outfit. :)|
|The kids love this picture of Baby L--looks like he's sick and tired of having his picture taken!|
That night E14 got to attend a charity fashion show with a friend, and M12 had a babysitting job. I was exhausted from the never-ending feedings it takes to try to nourish our newest boy, so I went off to bed shortly after 6 pm to nurse him, and both of us managed to fall asleep for a precious 2.5 hours, so Dad handled bedtime and waiting up for our oldest girls.
The kids are handling the household work rather well, but they've begun to ask for school. S12 made me laugh by claiming total exhaustion after preparing one family meal. "Are you this tired after cooking?" she asked me as she slumped down in her chair. I just smiled, grateful for a bit of understanding. Until Baby L can nurse effectively, though, school is impossible, so let's hope I can find some help in the week ahead.