I picked up a playhouse free on Craigslist! It was a bit dirty and moldy. No problem! I’d seen this cleaning hack on Pinterest and tried it out. A drill and a round kitchen scrubbie brush. Works great! Benjamin loved scrubbing this house all up. It’s funny, but Jeremie and I have such different standards of cleanliness. He is a “if you’re going to do it, do it right” kind of guy. I’m a “get-er-done” type of girl. Goodness, this house is going to be played with outside. It’s going to be muddy and dirty again in no time. So we scrubbed for longer than I would’ve liked and less time than he would’ve liked and surprised Ruthie with it on her birthday. It’s been mild enough this January that the girls have played in it numerous times. It’s the perfect little addition to our fabulous mud kitchen set up.
We took Ruthie to town in the hopes of seeing her favorite princess ever, Sofia the first. The streets were crawling with super heroes, villians and princess of all sorts. We caught a glimpse of a magical pumpkin carriage. But, alas, no Sofia to be found. Ruthie doesn’t know who these other pretty ladies are, so she wasn’t really thrilled with them. She had a better time coloring than shooting selfies. Hot sun, big crowds, and long lines aren’t really our thing. It would’ve been worth it for a glimpse of Sofia, but as it was, merely a mildly amusing day in town.
Our kids have started their annual livestock project of raising a show animal for the summer. Katie and Charlotte raise lambs. Ruthie does too, if you ask her. Lambs require a bit more work than the swine that their siblings have chosen to raise. Daily exercise. Muscle training. Attention to diet, parasites and health. Grooming. But is is so fun for them! It’s quickly turning into their favorite thing to do. It’s just about all they talk about. Katie has really taken her big sister roll seriously and is teaching Charlotte all she knows about raising sheep. It’s quite a complicated business. And both of the girls have another apprentice in the form of Ruthie. Roo loves to go out every day and help “work” the lambs. “Come on, lamby” I can hear her say as she leads this animal that weighs 3 times as much as she does around the yard. Charlotte and Katie have participated in a couple showmanship classes, learning about what it takes to be a winner when showcasing your specific animal. Ruthie has been practicing in the show ring as well. We are counting down the days until the events begin. They will be showing these lambs in three different contests before finally selling them to the highest bidder at our local county fair.
Roo with ‘tude. She loves to reprimand others when we pray. She loves to raise her hands in praise when we sing the Doxology. She loves her baby, Sophia. She loves to stomp her feet and dance. She loves to carry her crazy kitty around. She loves to pray for everyone by name. She loves to boss everyone around. She loves to organize mama’s sewing pins. She doesn’t love to sleep in her own bed. She doesn’t love to sit in her high chair. She doesn’t love when mama speaks sternly to her. Her little lower lip trembles. We love our little darling Roo.
Some people have asked me, “What happened to all your kids?! All we see are garden pictures!” The kids are all great! Growing faster than the veggies in the garden, lol!