Todd and I went to the MN Catholic Home Education Conference...without any children! Madeline and Haley both took the babysitting certification class last summer and have been practicing up their skills over the winter. They watched the children for two whole days and nothing burned down!!! Seriously, they all did a great job and it is a huge milestone as parents to be able to have children old enough to babysit. Whoo-hoo!
If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you'll know that we've been trying to sell our home for the past 3+ years. Our realtor advised us from the beginning that most clients require granite and hardwood in the kitchen of which our kitchen had neither. We didn't want to put any money into the house that we were trying to sell, so we just left it. Fast forward three years and we decided to take her advice. We put in the granite and hardwood, painted accent walls throughout the house, and removed any personal and religious items from the home. She staged the heck out of it and I must admit that it looks amazing! So far...no serious lookers. But, it's only been re-listed for 15 days. I'm hoping and praying to sell soon so that we can be moved by the fall and the start of the new school year.
|Our kitchen before with linoleum flooring and laminate countertops. Looks nice, right?|
|We let the kids take Sharpies to the flooring the night before the wood floor installers got started. They loved it and let their creativity flow!|
|The kitchen after with wood flooring and granite countertops - looking even better, yes?|
|Do you see all those pretty plates precariously placed throughout the kitchen?|
Because we re-listed the house and it is beautifully staged, I decided to take the children to North Dakota for a week. It's tough to keep a house (full of breakable items that belong to your realtor!) looking clean and uncluttered with 7 children. My mom and dad graciously agreed to let us take over their house for 8 days. The entire trip went remarkably well. Other than the fact that Peter whines and/or cries every minute that he's strapped into his car seat (did I mention that it is 8 hours of driving time?), the entire trip went off without a hitch!
|I celebrated my birthday in Minot!|
|The kids got out golfing with Grandma Eileen a few times.|
|I took the kiddos to the indoor water park. It was a ton of fun!|
|Todd rode the train and joined us on Saturday. Here is surrounded by his adoring children on Father's Day.|
We came home for two days and celebrated Madeline's 13th birthday in the morning and headed out to Camp Lebanon in the afternoon. We were there from Thursday evening until Sunday afternoon. There were some crazy storms that passed through. Two cabins had a massive tree uproot and fall on top of them! Luckily, nobody was hurt. We had a fabulous time and the children played and played. Lillian and Peter had some weird virus over the weekend with high fevers and body and head aches. Lillian slept the better part of two days and Peter cried a good portion of that time. However, they are both back to normal and I am thankful that it was a short-lived illness!
|Happy 13th Birthday Madeline!|
|Esther and Eleanor on the pontoon.|
|The big girls spent hours and hours in the lake.|
|Todd helping Eleanor with a sand art project at craft time.|
Our next big undertaking is opening our home to 5 extra children for a week. Our dear friends are heading down to Texas to visit her mother and asked if we'd take 5 of their 7 kiddos for the week. The children are over the moon excited to have them! It should be interesting with 12 kids for a week. I'll let you know how it all goes!
And just like that, June is over. It has finally heated up and feels like summer. I know that July will fly by just as quickly. With so much going on, I know that I won't be posting much. I decided to do periodic posts and spend more time just enjoying summer.