Thursday, October 22, 2009

Caffeine is Great!

I just love a good peppermint latte with extra whip cream from Starbucks. I have them from other places and they are good, but still not Starbucks worthy. Just had to share that.

Yesterday started out early...really early. Dwayne got up at 4:30am to work, I got up not too long after him to get the day started. After everyone left, I had my pile of stuff to do. I spent the better part of the morning working on bills and budget fun! Then I had to go grocery shopping. This should be fun, to go shopping without anyone with me. There use to be a time where I could not wait to do this by myself, but now that I do so much by myself, it is just not fun. Plus, no matter how fast you are, it always takes hours to get things done in Muncie...yuck! My treat to myself when I was done was a Grande Peppermint Latte with extra whip cream and cream cheese danish to go from Starbucks. This was my 3rd cup of coffee for the day. When I got home and put away the groceries, I did not feel like doing any of the stuff on my list, I just wanted to play on the computer. But then all of a sudden the caffeine kicked in and I was off. I got my chilli made, bagged and froze, got the sausage all cooked and froze. I packed up all the clothes into the trailer, even packed up the table. I drove the kids crazy and made Dwayne laugh at me, I think they all hid from me for awhile, until dinner was ready and then they had to be back around me. But I felt good with what was done.

Now, today is my baking day. I have already got bread mixing in the bread machine on the dough cycle. Bread machines are wonderful. I never cook the bread in them, just use them for their dough cycle, then I shape the dough how I want, let it rise one last time and bake it in my oven. I even used one bread machine until it died. I have to do up dishes, make cupcakes, pancakes, more bread and pack up food. We leave tonight for Goshen. I know it is suppose to be chilly and rainy, but I can't help it, I am still excited. Don't you feel sorry for my hubby, he has to put up with my giddiness when I am like this...poor guy!

I will try to get pictures posted from the weekend early next week.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Busy day ahead.

My day was really busy yesterday. I got 2 more things marked off my list, plus the normal day to day chores. I watched my 2 little buddies, one who refused to take an afternoon nap, poor guy. Plus, I went to watch Dora at her Spell Bowl meet. I took some hand sewing with me to make the time go faster. As soon as her meet was done, I rushed her home, dropped her off and headed off to a band booster meeting that I was at until after 8pm, then finally got to come home to a little bit of dinner that my kiddos left me. Whew....busy day, but today is not much different.

We will be leaving tomorrow for our 3rd re-enactment of the season. This is the first time we have ever tried doing 4 re-enactments in less than 2 months. It is tiring. Today I will be cooking and freezing some of our food for the weekend, grocery shopping, taking apart our table to be packed, and packing up clothing for the weekend. Tomorrow I will spend the day baking fresh bread and cupcakes for the weekend. I am looking forward to the weekend, but since this is the first time we have done this event, I am a little nervous how it will go. Plus, the weather looks bleak for us this weekend, rain on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, but it is suppose to be dry on Sunday. Well as dry as it can be after 3 days of rain. It should be interesting setting up in rain, and packing up after 3 days of rain...yuck.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

3 things done...

I was able to get 3 things marked off my list yesterday. My bedroom looks so much better now. Even my hubby was deeply impressed. So impressed that he thinks I should be able to get lots of cleaning done each day...silly, silly man. I have little buddies hanging out with me today, but I am sure I will be able to do something else to mark off my list...

Monday, October 19, 2009

Getting to that point...

It always amazes me how long I can go before things really start to bug me, but I think I have finally hit that point. My poor hubby has to put up with a lot, because he would seriously be a clean freak if it were not for me. I can let things go way too long before I decide it is time for a good cleaning. It has been kind of hard to get use to being home while the kiddos are at school and to try to figure out exactly what I should be doing during the day. I am noticing messes piling up and today I will begin to unravel the messes and get rid of some things. It is going to take a lot of will power to stay on task, but if I make a list of projects that need to be cleaned and just take it one mess at a time, it will feel good to have it done.

On another note, we have another re-enactment coming up this weekend. We will be driving up to Goshen, IN for our first time at the
Gathering at Five Medals. I am sure the weather will be colder, but I have heard it might warm up some, so we will just have to see. I have looked at my past pictures and I really plan to get some pictures of all of us in our clothes. I would really like to get another family picture. I really want a new picture of me so that I can use it on my facebook profile. Dwayne has been working on some new projects that I am very excited about. He made a new bench to use inside the tent, but being the practical man that he is, he made it so that it is a box as well, and it will hold a lot of my dry foods. We needed a bench to sit on to get dressed in the morning. It is really hard to sit on rope bed. I would like to get a linen chemise made this week, but I really should have done that last week. This goes back to the not getting done what I should be doing during the day while everyone is gone. Dwayne also made me a tiny, but sturdy little stool that I will be able to use when I am working on the fire. He has been busy.

Well, I better get started on my day and really hope to have some good clothing pictures to upload next week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another weekend of fun...

We had a great weekend at Mississinewa 1812. We tend to stay very busy at this weekend event. Dwayne and Sari participated in the River Pirate battles, with our friends Dave and Matt. Sari does a great job carrying the black powder for the cannon.

Our weekend had a rainy start with a thunderstorm on Thursday night. We stayed warm and dry in our tent with our wool blankets. It was muddy on Friday morning and the wood was damp, which made some difficulties get our morning fire started and breakfast very late. Thank goodness Dwayne was able to get us some straw to cover up the mud in our camp area. I don't mind dirt, but I am not fond of mud.

The days were cool, which was so nice, because we finally got to use some of our wool clothing. We had a bit rain each night. We had planned to use our new stove, I even sewed an insert into our tent for the stove pipe this summer, but really we did fine without it. I am sure it will be needed at the next event which is coming up on Oct. 23rd.

We enjoyed a great deal of shopping over the weekend. We got some new items that will make a nice addition to our camp, a new iron grill to cook on, some new shoes, new wool gloves and a pair of iron tongs that I really wanted.

We were sorry that Brighton missed the weekend, but he was off at Washington DC with his class. He had a good time, but was disappointed when he heard we had the cool weather. Now we just look forward the the next event. Here are a few pictures from our weekend.

Dora and Cody play on the river.

Sari and Sari go off to the dance with our friend Dennis, I was way too tired to go, so it was nice to have a friend take the girls.

How beautiful Sari and Sara look for the dance Saturday night.

Our Captain Bob, the big attraction to our camp.

Miss Longnecker with Dora and Tobi. She is Tobi's first grade teacher and Dora's Spell Bowl coach.

A little time in the boat, but it was a little hard to get out of it.

Dinner time! Please excuse non-period dinner, tacos can be a very easy camping dinner.

We really enjoy pulling our tables out to do our meal together.

Sari was the powder wench again this weekend for the cannon crew.

A good picture of our cooking area. Dwayne warms himself, while our water heats up.