Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gloomy rainy days...

We've had gloomy rainy days for most of the last couple of weeks.  Our tiny house was feeling smaller by the day, and then......

The basement seeped and leaked (after a week of steady, heavy rains...the water just had no other place to go) making that part unusable as we pulled up carpet and got it all dried out....
The boy's room.  Yea, they're all packed up for the move!

Then the cat had kittens in the girls room.  We had to block that off to keep the little ones from going in there to mess with them....

....and we're packing up to move to a house that is truly a gift from God (more in another post).

The house was getting smaller by the day.  We were all getting on each other's nerves.  So, when I announced at breakfast that we'd be heading to the library to return books and just get out of the house (taking a break from packing/move prep)...the older kids conspired to plan something else.  Could THEY help pay for build-a-bears for the little kids if we went to the mall instead?

Smart Mr. S brought skipbo to play.  I had fun playing a couple of games with these guys.

Now my house is full of resting littles and contentedly occupied big kids.  Sometimes you just gotta get out of the house and play a bit. :)

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A rainy day project

It's been raining buckets today; making it a great day for some projects.  The weather HAD been beautiful and kids HAD been asking about getting their spring/summer clothes out.  We pulled some of those out and cleaned out some closets today.  Miss J had worn holes in most of her jeans.  Today was the day for the project I was eyeing!  I asked the girls to pick fabric that they wanted their's hemmed with and we got started.
It is so much fun seeing the differences in styles Miss J and Miss C choose.  Miss J just had to have the floral jeans hemmed in camo, while Miss C loved a pink rose fabric. 

I love getting to work on projects with Miss E.  She asked if she could help, and then ended up taking over and finishing while I was otherwise occupied.

Now we'll just wait for it to warm up again. :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Mr. K was having some issues with his regular attire.  We thought a pair of suspenders would be a blessing to him and to everyone around him. ;)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Is is cold?

Miss C sitting at the table for breakfast, next to the sliding glass door with drapes open, snow visible on the ground....

"Mom, is it cold today?"

"Its snowing Miss C"


I think she is not a morning person. :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Science Olympiad STATE!!!!

All of our kids were so excited after the Regional Science Olympiad competition, and looking forward to State.  The excitement level was high that evening after the venue tour.  Much of the team (including parents and siblings) were hanging out in the hotel lobby.

Miss E and Mr R headed out early with another mom that kindly offered to take them so that we could take a little more time to get our crew down to breakfast and out the door.

Everyone was so excited.  I loved Seeing Miss A getting in on the fun.

Mr. R and his partner launched their bottle rockets in the morning and we enjoyed getting to watch.

For most of us it was a day of watching, waiting, and playing.
After a very long day these two (one of our coaches and Miss A) were so tired.  It was such a sweet moment to see Miss A gladly melt into the arms of this dear friend. 

The awards ceremony is always exciting.  Miss E and her partner(s) did well in their events.  She had 4 events and placed 2nd for Anatomy.  We were pleased to see that in her other 3 events they had stayed consistent in their placement or had improved.  Our Sr. High team placed 3rd overall.  Mr R had 3 events; he and his partner(s) placed 3rd at bottle rockets, 2nd in Write It Do It, and 1st for Elastic Launch Gliders.  Our Jr. High team placed 2nd overall.  While awards and medals are nice, they learned so much that can not be measured; the character growth and friendships are the real rewards here.

This was such a wonderful experience not just for Miss E and Mr R; but for our whole family.  We are so thankful to our teammates and coaches for making us feel so welcome on the team and for teaching us so much.  We're looking forward to next year, but for now we're also VERY thankful for a break. :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Resurrection Day!

A quick hunt in the back yard before breakfast....

Then we were off to church where we finally joined our new local body as members!  

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spring break

Ah, Spring break.  We had some great camping plans.  Then we changed them thinking we would need to be studying for the State Science Olympiad; and we had things we needed to be doing around the house.  Maybe we'd just enjoy some local activities we had been wanting to get to while taking care of those other things?  Then we got sick.

Our first Spring break activity was going to get manure for the garden.  Fun!  Those that were feeling well (and were interested in going) had a good time checking out the alpacas and watching the tractor loading the manure.

There was plenty of free time for those feeling well enough to play.  It was fun to see what they came up with.

I managed to get out almost every day for a bit of quiet reading time.  Miss E enjoyed joining me too.

Between his savings and birthday money from Nana; Mr R was able to pay for 1/2 of a new mind storms set.  We had agreed to pay the other 1/2 for his birthday gift.  It was ordered a bit early so that he could use the spring break time to enjoy it.

We had been asked to help with the Christian Elder Care conference that was being put on in town.  We had planned to help as a family, but we still had some sick-oes.  Mr. M and Mr. S went along with daddy to help.

Well, it wasn't what we had planned for Spring break; looking back though it was good.  The time at home to rest and and work on some smaller projects was good.  The kids enjoyed the free time.  We were able to focus on some things that needed attention as well.  God knows best, I'm glad we were able to just trust and enjoy what "life" threw at us..