Weekend, By the Numbers

by Stefani on 4-May-2010

red admiral butterflies


The number of Cubbies in my family. My boys have all attended AWANA since they were 3 years old. This weekend we celebrated the end of another year of fun and the last in which a child of mine is ranked as a “Cubbie.” I’ve had at least one Cubbie for six straight years.

It’s the end of an era. It’s yet another sign that I’m officially past the “mom of little kids” stage and well and truly in the “mom of big kids” stage. It’s pretty great being a mom of big kids, but still it makes me all weepy.

I have to try to keep my mind on the distinct advantages of mothering big kids. Like the fact that I can now read books and garden without worrying that someone’s playing in the toilet or eating borax. I’ve got that going for me.


The number of bags of mulch spread in our yard this weekend (and still a good 15-20 are needed!). We are trying so awfully dang hard to keep our butterfly garden alive this year. Please lift up a little garden prayer for us, okay? Desire has to count for something (right?), and we really really REALLY want to be gardeners!

I’m not even going to tell you how ridiculously sore I was after all that planting and mulching. It’s pathetic really. I’m old and soft.


The highest number of red admiral butterflies seen at once on our hummingbird feeder. The photo above cracks me up. It reminds me of those illustrations of two teenagers in a malt shop making eyes at each other over a shared shake.


The number of actual hummingbirds that we’ve seen at our hummingbird feeder. He/she stopped by yesterday while we were watching the butterflies. I wish I had been recording because the collective gasp from all three boys was so sweet. I love their unending sense of wonder. They will be just as excited about the 37th hummingbird as they were about that first.


Number of times a day I think about how nice it would be to have a tricked out, totally girly, vintage airstream in which to take a little breather when the manliness around here gets to be a bit much.

Jade is planning a “Mama Flew The Coop” road tour and I’m thinking that my (imaginary) airstream would be perfect for it. We’re going to tour the nation eating chocolate cake, collecting spoons and visiting all those bloggy friends of ours, so that just this once we can give each other real live hugs and gush over real live children and eat all their real live food and walk in their real live gardens. Doesn’t that sound fun? Who’s with us?

The boys however think that what our family REALLY needs is one of those fancy RVs with the slides and the bunk beds. They want to go to the Grand Canyon because they’ve just finished watching the three part Brady Bunch series in which the whole family tours the southwest in a station wagon. They’re down with the tour, but not the station wagon.

Smart boys.


The number of words in the magazine article that I’m supposed to be finishing. Why do I have such a hard time starting and then FINISHING things that I’m *supposed* to do. I can get 50 things done that are NOT on the list, but give me one thing that HAS to get done, and I have the worst time doing it. Luckily, this article kind of blurs the line between have to and want to… it’s a fun subject that I’ll tell you about soon.


The number of boys running amuck while I’m staring at the computer… in other words, my number’s up.

Have a wonderful day, friends!

OMSH May 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

Remember me? Oh yes, I’m back. Kind of. And I want an airstream too; those newfangled RVs have NOTHING UP on the charm of an airsteam.

Later gator!

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

Well hey hey lady! What a treat it is to see you in these parts!
Tell you what, when I get my airstream we’ll hit the road for a girl weekend okay. Unless, of course, you get yours first 🙂

Happy Friday!

Grandfather May 4, 2010 at 10:45 am


The number of bags of mulch you can get for $10 at Home Depot on sale, this week only!

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 6:57 am

Thanks Grandfather!

Miko's Girl May 4, 2010 at 11:21 am

LOVE the airstream idea! What fun!

Is your butterfly garden getting enough sun? What do you have planted? How about water?

I have never seen butterflies drinking at my hummingbird feeder. The hummingbirds seem to prefer the vines and perennials I have planted to the feeder.

Happy Tuesday!

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 7:00 am

Yep, I think it’s getting plenty of sun and it SHOULD be getting enough water. We really researched out plants and tried to pick ones that are native, hardy and tolerant of newbie gardeners. Still, they look all wimpy and wilty in the afternoons. A lot of them are new plantings, so I think they just need time to become established. At least I hope…

Kelsey May 4, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I want an Airstream so badly!!! But we have quads and need it to be functional for that
: ( Airsteam Envy : ) The road trip sounds incredible!!!

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 7:01 am

I hear ya! I’m having a hard time imagining 3 boys crammed into my girly airstream. But you know, that gives me something to look forward to when my little chicks have flown 😉

Jill May 4, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I love number posts!!!

Sarah @ Amongst Lovely Things May 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm


I’m SO in.

I’ll even bring the chocolate cake. 😉

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 7:02 am

I’ll bring the forks!

Colleen P. May 4, 2010 at 7:52 pm

AW! I so understand feeling a little sad that there are no longer any little kids in your immediate vicinity. My little ones are 20 and 12! It’s hard sometimes to realize that there won’t be any more toddlers playing peekaboo in your skirt while you try to do dishes. Don’t worry-there’s lots more “firsts” to come, you’re not done with the wonder of new things, not by a long shot! Big hugs-I get weepy about it too sometimes!

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 7:03 am

Thank you, Colleen. Everyone tells you how quickly it will go, but you really have to live it to understand. How my baby got to be nine so fast, I’ll never know! I see know why parents of young adults get so anxious for grandkids!

Virginia May 4, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Love the airstream idea. That would be great fun. I’m feeling the same way about my kids. They are growing up, and there’s no stopping it! And I wouldn’t change a thing.

Wendy P May 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

I have to reply about the trip to the Grand Canyon in an RV. Do it! But take the easy way.You can rent an RV (say in Phoenix, for instance) and tour the state without owning one. There is an awesome RV park in Sedona, and whlie you are there you can do a jeep tour of the red rocks. North of Sedona is a natural waterslide and no boys should miss out on that! The Sedona RV park was so cheap, had REALLY great amenities, and you can fish in the big stream that goes through it. And the RV camp at the Grand Canyon? Great! Totally something I would do again. Next time I will not chicken out on the mule ride and I will make it to the North Rim too.

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 7:07 am

Oh Wendy! I think that we are DEFINITELY going to have to do that one day (hopefully sooner rather than later!). Our dream has long been to leave Texas, travel through Colorado, visit the Grand Canyon, take a stroll through California, and then make our way through oregon and washington and all the way to Alaska.

And by the way, the one and only time I’ve seen Sedona, my oldest boy was six months old and I was newly pregnant with my second son. Good times! The sight of a Sedona landscape always reminds me of those sweet, whirlwind baby days 🙂

Stefani May 7, 2010 at 6:58 am

I think both of those sound like EXCELLENT uses for the airstream!
I’ll swing by and pick ya up, okay?

Lia May 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I love the idea of that trip! It would be so fun to meet some of these awesome blogging mamas. And I pretty much have to wipe the drool off my chin every time I see an Airstream. It doesn’t help that they[re everywhere around here!

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