Do I ever write a blog post that doesn’t have the word busy in it anymore??
I don’t think so…
I told you Friday that I had a busy week up to that point and I told you it was scheduled to continue to be busy. That was in fact true.
Friday I took the day off and went to Kelli’s. I’ve been helping Kelli do some deep cleaning at her house. I got there at 9:30 am and got home at 9:00 pm. It was a LONG day. We went through the entire kitchen. We washed and reorganized all of the kitchen cabinets, then cleaned the refrigerator and microwave. It looked so nice when we were done. Kelli hasn’t been in love with her cabinets and I was convinced that she just needed to do some better organizing. I think I was partially right…and she was partially right. We are definitely on the right track now.
Saturday I was up early. I had an appointment to test drive a new vehicle.
I had an old 2008 Chevy Silverado that was getting pretty rusted out. If you aren’t familiar with these trucks, pretty much every 2008 out there has rusted fender wheels due to poor design. If you see a pickup with rusted fender walls you can make a pretty close bet it’s a 08 Chevy. UGH.
I’ve been putting off buying a vehicle. Kramer, my husband who passed away, did all the vehicle buying. I’ve always HATED dealing with car salespeople. I always feel like they are lying and I’m getting screwed…or I’m being pressured. I hate all of those things.
I would have probably gotten one last year but Covid happened and I didn’t drive anywhere. In the end, that was good as I was putting money away for instead of just buying one.
I had decided I wanted a Chrysler Pacifica. I wanted it to be used and wanted red. I’ve been looking for some time and not finding something in my price range. I’ve had no luck. The whole computer chip not being produced is really making finding cars hard.
I ended up getting this… It’s a 2017 with 19,000 miles. I am okay with it. I actually really like it.
It does smell a little smokey…like someone smoked in it…that I don’t love.
I tried a new car smell de-odorizer and it’s better but not as good as I’d like it. Any suggestions?
Buck suggested that I have the cabin air filter replaced and I plan on doing that. He said Lora did that in a car and that really helped.
If it only gets as good as it is, I’m okay with that but if I can improve it, I want to.
After I bought the car, Buck met me and he took my truck and I took his kids for an overnight.
The kids and I stopped at Kayla’s to see Jasper. We ended up taking the kids all to the park. Here’s Jasper…
Here is Lilly. This little girl does not have enough fear in her. She’s a bit of a dare devil. She’s a few months younger than Jasper but she gives him a run for his money.
After Kayla’s house, we made the trek to my house. It was a long day for me again.
When we got to my house the first thing Scotty asked me was, “Does my Dad have your big swing set done yet?” HA! Nope…you have to put up with my old falling apart swing.
Lilly has such bright eyes…she’s so pretty.
Lucy is at the silly stage when kids think they are cuter when they tilt their heads.
Scotty is in the mischievous stage…he can be a handful. When added to Carver, it’s busy and hard.
I braided Lucy’s hair. She loves getting it braided. I take that back. She loved having braided hair. She does not love getting it braided. She doesn’t sit still the best but being she’s only three, I give her a pass.
Carver and Gannon came to play on Sunday morning. As I said, Carver and Scotty together are a handful. They rotate from everything being unfair and someone has this or that that the other wants, running, squealing, getting in trouble and being best friends ever and playing perfectly. It’s a swinging pendulum. At one point they were being naughty and had stood on my coffee table which they both know is naughty. I didn’t know what they had done but heard Carver say, “It’s okay. Grandma Joey isn’t watching.” I had been on the computer in the adjoining room and heard that. Carver got a lesson in how his grandma’s ears work even when her eyes can’t.
I love them both and they are just at the most terrible age. It will get better I know and I love them regardless but I really have to be on my toes with them…especially because impressable Gannon is right on their heels.
Lucy on the other hand is pure joy…super sweet…loves to sit at the table and play every game or toy that I have hidden away in my cabinets. One of her favorites is the Melissa and Doug toy you see below. I recommend it. You can find it HERE. She asks to play it every time she comes.
She loves teasing and playing. I don’t think I yelled or corrected her the entire time she was here. She is truly a happy, happy girl.
I really have to be on my toes when all five of them are here. We were at the table and I realized we had a 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 year old all there. No wonder I was a little frazzled. I can easily have childcare kids of the same ages and it’s not a problem. Grandkids are way different than childcare kids. Childcare kids know the rules…grandkids, not so much. I have friends who also do childcare and they all say the same thing.
Craig was working Sunday morning and came to pick up the kids at 10:30ish. I told him I’d keep the boys and he could go home and get a couple of things done without the boys. Kalissa was sleeping from working the overnight.
When he came back he helped me drill some holes in the bottom of my planters. It was great to check that off my list.
I met Buck with the kids in Independence…it’s about an hour south of me…and about an hour north for him. It’s a nice spot to meet.
From there I went home. By the time I got here, it was supper time. I did some work at the cemetery that I’m telling you about in an upcoming post.
Then I picked up Karl to show off the new vehicle. We went and got ice cream. We swapped stories about our weekends. He was in Milwaukee to meet up with a friend. It’s nice to see him.
From there the day was slipping away and I had blog posts to write…including this one. I typically write a bit ahead as I never what is going to happen around here and I want one or two written just in case.
So…in a matter of 48 hours, I saw all of my adult kids…and all nine of the grandkids. I’ll call that a great weekend!!