Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Water Fight!

                                       Each kid had their own color weapons

   We had water balloons and a little pool to play in as well. It was mostly for the little kids who couldn't participate in the water fight very effectively, but the bigger kids ended up playing in it too. When everyone ran out of water balloons, they found some buckets and used the hose and pool for filling them up.

  We weren't supposed to throw water balloons by the water coolers, but sometimes we forgot- if you're being attacked, you have to act quick!

                                               The sprinkler made sure everyone got wet!

"Who should I target next?"

Monday, July 22, 2019

Iced Tea

-1/2 gallon water
-1/4 cup lemon juice
-1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tea bags

Boil  water and add tea bags. Add tea bags and steep until desired strength. Add sugar and lemon juice and stir well.
Refrigerate until cold. Serve with ice for a refreshing summer drink.

This is a recipe that I made up as I went. We were at meeting and I wanted to drink some tea, but it was way too hot. I decided I would just wait for it to cool down and then add lemon juice and sugar, and it actually worked! It's a pretty simple recipe, and I'm sure I'm not the first one to come up with these ratios, but it was good and I thought I'd share it here.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Sleeping Under the Stars

Last week we went to a family bible camp. One of the activities was an overnight hike for the older kids that two of my brothers, PC and Butler signed up for. They enjoyed it very much and had a great time. Yesterday, PC got the idea that we could do the same thing at home, with the little ones too. So, at bedtime, everyone was geared up and ready to go with excessive amounts of bug spray, blankets, and enthusiasm. We trooped out in two groups, me in charge of the little ones plus Ricka, and PC leading the older kids plus Hal. The original plan was for my group to sleep on the trampoline and PC's group out in one of our backyards (the willow field, as we call it). But, when I finally got my group in their sleeping bags on the trampoline and ready to sleep, I looked over to see half of my group upside down. I fixed them, and lay down to find three kids almost colliding together where my sleeping bag was supposed to be. Eventually, we gave up and went to go sleep with the other kids in the willow field. After that, everything went pretty smoothly, except for a few hiccups. It got pretty cold in the middle of the night, and QB decided to go back in the house because he was too cold. We all woke up around five at different times, and got to see the beautiful dawn. When the sun started to rise at about 5:30, we all went back to sleep because we were still pretty tired. At 7:00, we packed up all our stuff and went in the house, and because its really hard to get seven excited kids to be quiet, we accidentally woke up Mama who was still pretty tired and since she was already up preceded to tell her every little detail of our adventure at the same time, with no order at all. :)

All in all, it was a fun family experience and we would like to do it again!

Friday, July 19, 2019

First post...

Hi everyone! Some of you may have seen my mom's blog, Moments and Musings. By the way, here's the address to that: moments.csanyi.ca  Anyways,  my name is Dolly on her blog. I heard I was going to get a new nickname, but that hasn't happened yet:). This blog is going to be about daily life in a family of eight (almost nine) kids. I'm the oldest, so even though I have a few more responsibilities than my younger siblings, I also get to do stuff that I wouldn't have been able to do, had I not been the oldest (like this blog). I'm going to use the same nicknames that my siblings have on my mom's blog, so here's who's who:
                                                                     Dolly(me) age 14

                                                                              PC age 13

                                                                         Emma age 11

                                                                            Butler age 9
                                                                             Ricka age 8

                                                                               Hal age 6

                                                                   QB (Quarterback)  age 4


                                                                             LouLou   age 2                 

Some of the names have changed or evolved, so here's an update: Loulou has changed from Cricket to Loulou, because that's what we call her now. PC doesn't want to be known as prince charming for the rest of his days, so because of his love for all things electronic, it's changed from Prince Charming to the computer PC, which stands for Personal Computer.

Hopefully, I'll post again soon!