Wednesday, November 15, 2017


One of these things is not like the rest.
I have a child that "likes cold."  Those are his words.
Notice the picture below--the person next to him is wearing a winter coat and long pants--THIS child has on shorts and pushed up his sleeves on his shirt.  The child with the coat is the "normal" one--it was cold!!  :)  I have never met a child so picky about his clothing, going as far as changing several times a day because he "doesn't like this one anymore" or needs to "match his buddy."

I finally was able to go through the summer clothes swap over to winter the shorts were all packed away.  Well, it was a bit of a fight that morning--but there were NO shorts, or "small pants" as he calls them.  So he finally found an outfit he liked--and pushed up his sleeves and found clips off the fridge to hold his pants up so that they would be "small pants."  I had to chuckle as I snapped this picture.  Stubborn and strong-willed certainly but also most definitely clever.

Now that I can get him to wear appropriate clothes--the winter coat is the next battle to win!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


We now have two in double digits!  
Miss Bean turned 10 on Sunday!

Her breakfast of choice included strawberry banana smoothies, cocoa krispies, and yogurt with fruit on top.

After church, we had our small group gathering--everyone sang to her there.
At home her dinner of choice was make your own pizza with chicken and bacon toppings with dessert being cheesecake with cherry topping and chocolate fondue.

She opened up a few gifts..

Strange child asked for toe socks....

We have a couple more birthdays coming up this month and a joint party stay tuned.
Happy Birthday, Beanie!!  We love you.

Friday, October 27, 2017


When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall no wholly reap the corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.  And you shall not glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger:  I am the LORD your God. ~Leviticus 19:9-10

We had the opportunity to go apple gleaning with one of our co-ops not too long ago.  It was wet and buggy, but it was for a good cause.  This organization collects the fallen fruit that is still edible and hands it out to those who are hungry--mostly in inner cities and such in the area.  They have even started programs to teach people how to cook fresh foods.  Most food pantries ask for donations of non-perishable goods so this kind of offering is really needed.  I forget off the top of my head the name of the organization, but a local farm participates in the program.

There was NO picking off the trees at all.  
Only off the ground and there were guidelines on what kind of apples were good ones.

We did not have a huge group, but we collected a boat-load of apples!!
Later in the week, the person in charge sent us an email with the details of how many pounds we picked and how many people that would feed...and to think that these would otherwise go to waste!

Thursday, October 26, 2017


One co-op morning.

We leave on Thursdays around 8am and on Fridays around 8:20am.
These are two very full days, both for the kids and for myself. 
On Thursdays, they are taking come classes such as Science Sleuths, Kitchen Explorers, Literature Pockets, Colonial Lapbook, Gym, Little House, Earth Science and so much more. I am teaching 3 out of 4 hours and am a helper for the other hour.  I had signed up the two littles for their own classes, but it turns out that they aren't quite ready I have tagalongs.  I am an aide in one of their classes and I teach another for PreK4-1st grade--so they are fine there.  However, I also teach two upper elementary classes and they have taken to hanging out in my room.

Fridays, I am teaching two out of six hours and am the "home mom" for the other four.  Here the kids take classes such as piano, violin, general art, pottery, dance, choir, basic drawing, science explorers, tinkerlab and acting--again, among others.

So far, it is working.  I am praying we (I) don't experience any burnout before the year is through.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017


We had a decent sized crew for a co-op fire prevention field trip.
As always it was a nice time and the kids always look forward to using the fire hose and go through the trucks.  It is nice that they get to be a bit more hands-on than a typical elementary school assembly.

We had a beautiful day for it!

A highlight is always pretending to be a firefighter and having to follow the rope with no sight to the exit.  Firefighter Nick was also geared up and was calling out for anyone in trouble, so the kids would get used to hearing what it sounds like with a mask on.

(p.s. sorry for the blurriness--I had just gotten my phone switched over and it was probably dirty)

Special thanks to those firefighters who came out and helped us with the presentation.

Monday, September 11, 2017


We unofficially started our school year a few weeks ago, but we are calling it official today.

Happy Back to School!
Hoping everyone has a great year!

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Being 4-H members, when it comes to be Fair time--there is almost no time for anything else.
Especially when you are part of three different clubs!

The two big kids had two competitions on different days.
Competition number one was on bowmanship--in addition to shooting, they were judged on how much knowledge they had on their equipment, their form, and technique.  I'm sure there were a few other things as well, but you get the idea.

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They both scored "Good."

The second competition was an archery competition.  The contestants had to shoot 12 rounds of 3 arrows each--walk down and score them etc. etc. etc.  It was hot.  It was long.  During MJ's round, one girl actually overheated and they had to stop for a bit and get everyone water.  This was MJ's second time in competition at the fair.  

However, he did an awesome job!  1st place in his category at 15 meters.
He also got the 2nd highest score out of all the contestants shooting at 15 meters!

This was Bean's first time shooting at the fair!
She blew us away!

She did an AMAZING!!!
Of course we weren't expecting her to do poorly, but just give it her best--
She outscored everyone by a landslide!
It was super exciting!

1st place in her category at 10 meters and highest score out of all the contestants shooting at 10 meters!!!!

We are so proud of both the kids!!!

A group shot of a good number of the contestants with the Queen of the Fair.  Some people had left by that time.  It was literally an all day event.  They had to register at 9:30am and the final matches didn't end until 4:30pm-ish, followed by awards.  So, yes it was exciting, but Fair week is exhausting.  I'm always glad when it comes to a close.

I didn't even get pictures from the other clubs/booths..but I'm working on tracking some down.
Hopefully, someone will let me use their photos.