Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Long Weekends

It was nice to get an extra day off from work yesterday to celebrate Memorial Day.  Quinn and I bought a flag on Sunday while running errands and she was so proud to display it in the yard yesterday.

Although the weather wasn't great, I did get the chance to at least get outside a little bit and smell the flowers.  The lilac bushes I planted in the backyard are blooming.  The smell of lilacs is my favorite part of spring.  I just wish they bloomed a little longer.

Quinn and Maren slept over at grandma's house Saturday night and returned with some beautiful Lilies of the Valley for me.

Yesterday, Chris took the four older kids out to his parents' house while I stayed home with Sean Patrick and continued to work on my sorting clothes project.  I managed to get through all of Shannon's clothes and packed away everything that he's outgrown.  Every time I do this it makes me a little sad because the time is just passing too quickly.  I've now gotten through Shannon's, Quinn's, Sully's and Maren's clothes but I still need to get Maren's summer clothes out of storage.  There's just so much of it!

While working on sorting through Shannon's clothes I also did some laundry.  After one load, I opened the dryer to this:

One of the kids had left a purple crayon in their pocket and it melted all over their school uniforms.  I tried washing it all again after stain treating everything, adding spot remover boosting pods to the washer and picking the hottest water and longest soak and stain cycle possible and it barely made a dent in the stains.  So, now I'm trying a long, long soak in the sink with oxi-clean.

I guess the bright side is that it's very near the end of the school year so even if I never get the stains out these aren't clothes they will be wearing over the summer.  The downside is that I bought everything big so that they could hopefully get two years of of everything.

As the laundry soaked, Sean Patrick and I hung out and watched some movies before the rest of the family got home.  It made for a relaxing afternoon.

This morning it's back to work.  Chris is fishing this morning so I was on my own with the kids.  I think I did a pretty good job of getting everyone up, dressed, fed and out the door on time for Quinn and Shannon to make it to school.

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