Friday, September 28, 2007
Except... twice a year. We get a bit of rain in the spring and in the fall. A bit. A few days of rain. I mean a day in the spring and one in the fall of glorious all-day rain.
I love the rain. It cheers my soul.
I should say, it used to. Before we moved up here on the hill. There are two reasons the rain is no longer welcome.
1. dirt road + rain = mud
2. nasty, nasty bugs that love the moisture, come out in droves, and move into my houseThese are the biggest offenders. Millipedes. Ugh! They are about 2" long and they look like worms. Last year, the laundry room was their home away from home. Now, they seem to like my upstairs better. Why? Nicer lighting? More space to spread out? Better reaction from the mama? I don't know, but they creep me out. Big time!!!!
Exterminator comes on Thursday. Couldn't be bribed to come sooner. Pray for me!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Brennen's favorite place in the entire world! On the four-wheeler with grandpa!
At his 4 month check, he impressed the doctor with his smiles, his squealing, and his massive size! He's down to the 100th percentile on weight. Too funny! He showed off his strength and charm and as an extra blessing to the mama, he didn't cry at all with his immunizations. How lucky am I?
(As a side note: I slipped Brennen's Hep.A immunization into that visit as well. Wasn't planned. Didn't tell George. Treated him to a piece of gum while the nurse poked him. He didn't cry either. He merely proclaimed, "Hey! That hurt!" Whew! Lucky mama!)
Here's Ole in the "big boy bath." Seems he's outgrown the sink bathtub. (boo hoo) Wendy assures me that laying him flat in the bath with a bit of water in the bottom is easy, fast, and fun. Turns out- she's correct! (Who knew that a mama of 6- almost 7- kiddos would know how to bathe them! LOL!) He loves the bath. He particularly loves to turn his head and drink the soapy water.
Here's a photo of our 1st day (last Monday). Next May, our last day of co-op photo will look so very different. Buddha baby there will be all grown up.
Yesterday was co-op day #2. I am teaching Middle Grammar (3rd & 4th grade) Tapestry of Grace (mainly history). This year we are covering 1890- present. I love this period in history and I think it's going to be a very fun year of teaching. We have a small class, but 6 of the 8 kiddos are boys. Busy boys.
Cael is spending most of the day with me, although there are plenty of arms to hold him in the nursery. Brennen is in "preschool" and, believe it or not, there is another Brennen in his class. So, we really do call him George. Kjersten is in Lower Grammar and is enamoured with her music teacher. She comes home and plays "music class." It is too precious! Rhys is in my class. Lucky boy. He is thrilled that his karate instructor is teaching PE at co-op this year. Seems those boys cannot expend enough energy without help throughout the day.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Each time he washes his hands, he gets a (little) sticker. Once his hands are covered- he (and the rest of us) get a treat from Dairy Queen. The hands are actually more covered now but it still requires reminders. At least the hands are getting washed!
Having kids has helped me become much more structured. This results in less spontaneity. Not so good for the fun-loving hubby!
Anyhow, Saturday was one of those days... Full of errands, karate, and kiddos. Jason and Lou went to grandma and grandpa's land (about three hours North of here) to drop off the skid steer. The boys and I began our list of things to do... About noon, Jason calls to say that he thinks we should come on up and stay the night up at the land.
(Okay... this is where I immediately go into the "it wasn't on the schedule and I have too much to do" mode.) Thanks to my "Proper Care and Feeding..." refresher course, I know that sometimes, I really could accommodate hubby with a cheerful heart even if it inconveniences me. LOL!
Well, we finished our necessary errands, drove all the way home, threw some clothes in a bag, grabbed some pork chops and milk, and headed out... Two and a half hours later- we were there.
It was great. Very relaxing. I'll do a whole post on why Jason went up to begin with when I get some pictures from Grandma.
(Guess I should listen to Jason more often, eh?)
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Me: Rhys, how much do you think a house costs to buy?
Rhys: Oh... about $10,000
Me: What about a car?
Rhys: Hmmm... $4000 or $2000 if it's used.
Me: How much is a gallon of gas?
Rhys: Between $2-3. (Gasp! He got that right!)
Me: How much does it cost to fill the van with gas?
Rhys: Well... $3
(brief explanation at this point of how much gasoline my van can hold. Rhys was horrified!)
Dad: How much does it cost to take you to karate?
Rhys; (I kid you not.... says...) Priceless?
I laughed so hard, I cried!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Right now, he's dragging his feet on finishing his math assignment. Kjersten is done for the day and is busy playing, of all things..., school with Brennen. Too cute.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Pudgy little feet. Aren't they yummy?!
Once upon a time, Audra gave us a Jumparoo. (For those of you without young children- click here to see what that looks like.) Anyhow, once Brennen outgrew it, the Jumparoo took up residence in the garage until we found a family in need of baby entertainment products- Amber's. Once Analise outgrew it, the Jumparoo lived in her basement- waiting... Well, it's been lovingly returned for yet another round of jumping pleasure.
I couldn't remember what the suggested age range was for this thing, so I looked it up on Amazon. After being reassured that Cael is, indeed, big enough, I went on to read customer reviews just for fun. The one that made Jason and I laugh said that they call it the "Pooperoo" as their boys poop every time! Ha ha!
Not funny. Cael managed to poop on the floor today while playing in the Jumparoo. Fortunately, he managed to have it shoot down his pant leg and onto the hardwood floor. I had just moved it off the living room rug this morning. Whew! What a mess! Oh, and don't worry Wendy, it completely missed the seat. Didn't even have to wash that- just him and his clothes and Rhys' socks and the floor... (Wendy is expecting #7 and I think the Jumparoo needs to visit her house next!)
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Thank you. It makes it that much more fun to blog when I really think someone might read it! If you ask me a question, I usually e-mail the response directly to you. If I don't know your e-mail, I'll try to answer it in the same comment section.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
I use a schedule based on Managers of Their Homes by Steve & Teri Maxwell. Ideally, we'd have one schedule for the whole week. Instead, we have a different one for each day. That's due to things like TOG co-op, grammar co-op, karate, MOPS... Here's our theoretical schedule. (Keep in mind, we don't actually start schooling until Tuesday. By Wednesday, I may have totally abandoned this and returned to our gloriously unscheduled days of summer.)
Our Schedule. (Got it fixed. Thanks Jamie!)
This is what we'll be studying:
- Math U See (Kjersten and Rhys)
- Handwriting Without Tears
- English from the Roots Up
- Tapestry of Grace Year 3 Unit 4 and Year 4
- Exploring Creation with Zoology 1
- Spell to Write and Read
- Shurley Grammar 4
Brennen will listen with the read-alouds. He has his own workbook. That is just so he can "do school" with the big kids. He also has a toy rotation. These are special toys/ activities that he can do during school time- rotating before he gets bored!
So, the farmer's market is proving to be the best place to get onions, peppers, and such... I just love this guy! He tolerates so much- like wife wielding camera...
Gotta love shave ice at 9am in the morning!
Brennen LOVES Gordon! He's perfectly content (although that seems impossible in his hyperactive 3 year old body) to hold Gordon's hand or sit on his shoulders indefinitely! Sure makes shopping nice for the rest of us!
Our martial arts studio had a picnic for students and their families. It gave the demo team a chance to practice some new things and us a chance to visit with Rhys' friends and their families.
Baby Cael played with my friends, Ranae and Doug. He's such a happy little lump.
Brennen and Jackson- future karate kids! (Who, in their right mind, give a 3 & 4 year old bo staffs?)