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Family Filled Weekend

It was a busy weekend around here.  Kayla came with Jasper on Saturday afternoon.  She intended to stay through Monday so I told Kelli and Kalissa that being Kayla was home, I would take care of their kids as both of them needed childcare because they were working overnight shifts all weekend.

I like having lots of the grandkids home at the same time so they all can have cousin time.  They have so much fun.  I appreciate that they are all close in age so there’s fun for all of them.

This is going to be a photobomb of photos so you can see some of the things we were up to.

Saturday we kind of chilled…

Sunday was busy with a capital “B”.  Kayla was on hair braiding duty.  Kayla is an awesome braider.  She ends up braiding most everyone’s hair when she comes.  Here Georgie is getting her’s done.


Here is Eli.

The house was quickly a disaster of toys which is totally okay.  We all pitch in and clean it up when it’s time to.  This is my pop-up firetruck that the kids love.  It was a thrift store find.

It started raining so we had to keep the kids busy…so we painted.

Gannon is painting at the table with Georgie.  Gannon was so into painting, he painted his head.

Kayla has Jasper in the front with Eli and Emmet in the back.


It was a struggle but I managed to get five of the six to sleep….Jasper

Georgia…


and Gannon.  The little boys were sleeping in cribs upstairs.  The trick to getting the older kids to sleep is to let them watch one show on television and then tell them it’s my turn to watch.  I put Flosstube on and in a matter of 10 minutes, they all will be sleeping.

Carver is old enough that he doesn’t need a regular nap anymore.  He did a job sorting letters for Kayla.


That evening the kids were out playing again.


Jasper and Carver were playing peek-a-boo.


Gannon thought he was pretty silly because he went down the slide feet first on his tummy.


The babies love outside!!


They cried when it was time to go in.


Apparently, my cement isn’t completely flat.  The water congregates here and Georgie was jumping in it splashing.


You can see that it was very windy.


Kelli and Kalissa woke up and made supper for the family.  Then Kelli was off to meet her husband Jason so he could take the kids and Kelli go to work.


Kalissa’s boys were still here so we sat at the table and chatted.


Carver and I jumped the gun and started the new stitch along a couple of days early.

Carver really likes to stitch with me.


Everyone went home.  I went to bed at 11 pm.  Kayla and Karl were still up.

Monday morning Kalissa brought breakfast pizza.

Karl and Kalissa are here visiting at the table.  Kalissa looks awesome after working the night shift.


Kayla headed home shortly before noon.  Craig picked up Carver and Gannon…I still had Kelli’s kiddos.  This picture of Eli sums how we all felt…Tired!  He fell asleep in his high chair.


I got Kelli’s kids all to sleep and sat down to write this blog post so I could keep you all updated with what is going on at the Kramer house.

The “Northern Contingent” (Kelli, Kalissa and Craig, and Karl plus kids) will all be here for supper.

You can bet I’ll be wanting to put my feet up once they all go home.  What a busy weekend…so fun but busy.

I’m super excited that it’s summer and hopefully I’ll be seeing a little more of Jasper and Buck’s kiddos.  As much as I love getting to see Kalissa and Kelli’s kids, I sure wish I saw Buck’s kiddos and Jasper a little more.  They all grow up so fast.

I’m sure glad I got to see as many as I did this weekend!

Kayla did something really awesome for me but I’m saving that for an upcoming post.  Stay tuned.

Busy Weekend

I had a very busy weekend…well, really I had a busy Friday too.  Here are a few highlights.

I was up early on Friday scrambling to get some things done.  I knew the weekend was going to be busy and I wouldn’t have time to write blog posts.  I also knew I’d have lots to cook for so was scrambling on that end too all while Gannon was with me.

At around noon, Kalissa came and we went to school.  Carver got to run in his first Little Trojan Relays.  It’s a school track and field day.  It’s really simple and not intense.  Carver ran two races and did just fine in both.  You can see him in the far right lane running.  His good buddy, one of my former childcare kiddos ran too.


From there Kalissa dropped me off at my house and I loaded up boxes to take to the locker.  Buck had ordered a half of beef from the farm where Kramer worked.  I had to go to the locker and get the meat and put it in my freezer so Buck could pick it up from me on Sunday.

All of the meat wouldn’t fit in the freezer so I left part of it in my van and headed to his house.  I was going to have his kids for the weekend.  My job was to pick them up…take them back to my house and take care of them until Sunday when he came and picked them up.

Getting to his house was slow…  Between farm equipment and road construction, I think my trip was delayed by about 15 minutes.
I didn’t get home until 10:40 pm.  I was pooped by the time I got everyone tucked into bed.

Saturday morning, Kalissa and the boys came over for a big cousin’s day.  One of Kalissa’s favorite things to do is to fix the girls’ hair.  I just love the look on Lilly’s face.

Then it was Lucy’s turn to get her hair done.


The kids were so fun.  Lilly is still slow to talk but talks more and more all of the time.


She is shy at first but before long she’s bopping your nose and you’re best friends.

We had Kelli’s boys, Eli and Emmett too.

They both are doing well…and are super busy.

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Spencer to the Rescue

For those of you who are new here, back in 2013 my husband and I bought a foreclosure house.  In 2014 we started remodeling it, tearing off the kitchen and two bathrooms.  We added on a new kitchen, entryway, laundry, two bathrooms, and my sewing room along with a double car garage.  In the process of all of that, the entire house was rewired and replumbed.  Being all girl, I knew nothing about smoke detectors except that they needed to be wired in nowadays.  So we had wired in smoke detectors.  BUT…My husband, Kramer was a fireman and the wired in detectors weren’t enough for him.  He wanted more in the house…so, I have a house loaded with smoke detectors.

A while ago, I had a beeping smoke detector.  I could not figure out which one it was.  If I was in the living room, it sounded like it was one in the kitchen.  If I was in the kitchen, it sounded like it was the one in the living room.  The problem, it wouldn’t beep continually.  UGH.

This went on for about five days.  I’d hear it then not hear it.  So, to be careful, all of the batteries on the main floor smoke detectors were changed.  It didn’t make a difference.  AHH!!  I was sure I was going crazy.  I didn’t know what to do.

Then a few days later I was down in the basement and “BEEP”.  The bad battery was in the basement detector.  To be honest, I completely forgot there was a detector in the basement.  But what confused me was that this was a wired smoke detector…then I remembered that even those have batteries for backups.  So…Up the stairs, I went.  Got a battery and changed the battery.  It was good for about 24 hours and “BEEP”.  AHHH!

At least this time I knew where it was coming from.  Last time I changed the battery I took one that was in the drawer loose and not in the package.  So…I thought maybe someone accidentally put a dead battery in the drawer.  I got a battery out of the package went back to the basement and changed the battery.

It was good for about 24 hours and “BEEP”.  AHHH!  What the heck.  I was going crazy…just crazy.

As I said, I know nothing about wired-in smoke detectors.  So, I called Kayla’s husband Spencer.  He’s an electrician and I was sure he could help.

Spencer talked to me on the phone.  He told me I needed a model and make and he’d get a replacement detector and install it the next time he came.   Luckily they had plans to come in only a few days.

…and this is my new detector!  YAHOO!!  No more beeping.  I’m so happy and thankful.  I really went about a week sure I was crazy, first not being able to figure out which detector was bad and then trying to figure out how to replace first a battery and then the whole detector.


In the chaos and hubbub here… Continue reading

Labor Exchange

The farmers aren’t in the field around here.  Even the farmers who are first to plant aren’t in the field.  It’s the talk of everyone.  Ground temperatures need to be around 50 degrees for corn to germinate.  The ground can’t warm when overnight temperatures are still dipping to below freezing and on top of that, we’ve been getting regular rain and the fields are simply too wet.

That left Craig, our daughter Kalissa’s husband, with some free time this past Sunday.  He offered to come over and help me do a few things.  So, he helped me hang this mirror.  Hanging a mirror is something I am able to do but this was an old mirror and those are often heavy so I decided as long as he was here, I’d get him to help me.


You might remember that I bought this mirror at the thrift store for $15.  Right above this dresser is where I thought I wanted it and I think it’s perfect.  It looks great with the headboard on this bed.

The dresser below the mirror was also a thrift store find from the same thrift store.  I bought that many years ago and Kramer, my husband, refinished it.  It was the first project he did.  I was so impressed.  I think I paid $40 for the dresser at the time.

The headboard and the wardrobe in this room were all auction finds.

I just LOVE old furniture.  We have a mix of walnut and oak wood but I don’t mind.  I love all of the pieces.


I have a small collection of… Continue reading