Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Sunday, July 27, 2008
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Saturday, July 26, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
Last night we had an unexpected visit from a worker in the area who had just finished blacktopping a neighbor's driveway. He had some of the batch left from the job and wanted to know if we wanted our driveway done. What is so funny about that is that I had just been thinking during the day that I cannot wait until we can afford to blacktop the driveway. (We have a large slab of cement where the vehicles park in front of the garage but the rest of the driveway is crushed rock.)
So for less money than this computer I am blogging from, we have a nice blacktopped space for the kids to play, roller blade, bike, and scoot. (We have no sidewalk and our road tends to have people driving WAY too fast.) There is still a small part that they will come back and finish, and maybe in the future we will blacktop the turnaround as well, but I am thrilled with this surprise.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I took the opportunity while Carlie, Caleb, Ellie, and Maggie were at VBS today to order my home school curriculum for the upcoming school year. Usually I am more on the ball, but I just have felt a little overwhelmed by the amount of things I need to teach this year. I spent a lot of time researching and praying about what to do.
I came to the decision that my kids are way ahead in some things compared to conventional schoolers or at least at grade level. So something must be going right around here. Carlie and Caleb love to read...this is a great accomplishment in and of itself. And a couple of my kids are already begging to start school back up!
So my focus this year is not only on getting the basics in, but having fun and letting them explore subjects that they are each personally interested in as well. I purchased Carlie extra geography stuff and she has already started health. Caleb loves to learn interesting facts about things I could care less about. Maggie and Ellie are each going to have an art book this year and I am going to try to stick with that, no matter how much I hate doing arts and crafty-type stuff!
I am gearing up. Now I just need to get myself excited. I have to admit that I do love teaching them and I find it a privilege to get to be the one responsible for their education. I have just really enjoyed having the summer off and hanging out with them. But it is already the end of July, unbelievable.
Now I just need to focus on what to do to keep Glory and Micah occupied during the school year! Thank the Lord for Dora DVDs during math time!!!
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Monday, July 21, 2008
Just wanted to say a big "thanks" to Mike and Penny for all of your generosity toward our family. We love you guys and we have a lot of fun with you. You are much more than family to us. (Sappy but true.)
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Carlie and Caleb are old enough now to be out in pedal boats and on the dock with cousin Cody (with life jackets!). They had fun tooling around, fishing, searching for crayfish, looking for bats in the dark, playing hide-and-seek, and swimming. The younger kids had cousins Kelsey, almost 6, and Logan, 3, to play with. They loved being in the water, at the park, playing in the cabins, and going for boat rides. Aaron and his brother had a good time fishing and hanging out. Penny and I NEVER run out of things to talk about and it is always fun to cook with someone else. Oh, Aaron and Mike caught a huge snapping turtle. Catch and release. :)
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The past few days have found us rushing around, packing to go on a short vacation to Park Rapids. Monday morning, as I was sliding a pan of bars into the oven, I heard a clunk. It sounded like something dropped onto the bottom of the oven, but I couldn't find anything. So I dismissed it and walked away to help Ellie out with a sliver. Carlie shouted that the stove was on fire! When I checked, I found the oven full of flames. Chaos ensued. I had to put the fire out with the extinguisher. I had told the kids to get out of the house, which resulted in a lot of yelling, crying, and screaming -mostly from the kids. :) The story is long but the end result is that we are all fine.
*The Clean-up...who knew that using an extinguisher for 10 seconds would make a mess over the entire main level? Literally, the stuff even got inside of the kitchen cabinets.
*Scared Children...a couple of years ago our neighbors had a house fire which took their entire home and garage.
*Ruined Pan...a new Pampered Chef stone pan (which is a replacement for one that broke) is destroyed.
*Fire Plan...didn't work as smoothly as we have practiced and talked about. Glory didn't exit the house with the kids, but instead took the opportunity to play in the bathroom sink.
*Emergency Workers...responded very well and were very nice. This included 2 police cars and a large, red fire engine. Doesn't hurt that one firefighter could have had his own calendar :)
*Emergency Practice...we have not really had many emergencies, and I think this was a real eye opener for all of us.
*Some Kids...did an awesome job in the situation. Ellie was so proud of herself for listening and not going down to her room to rescue her "snugglers" (blankies), and her "animals" (stuffed).
*Faith Booster...the kids gave all credit for our safety to God.
*Caleb...coming back in to rescue Glory, but saw all of the smoke and began to scream.
*Micah....jumping into his little swimming pool, fully clothed, while I was sorting things out with the emergency workers.
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Yesterday Micah had his first haircut. We opted to have Auntie Nora cut his hair. (She is currently in cosmetology school). To say he did not want his hair cut is an understatement! He squirmed, screamed, cried, snotted, and hollered all the way through. He was so exhausted at the end that he rested on Aaron's shoulder while Nora did the finishing touches.
The end result was a baby who is looking and acting more like a toddler every day. Micah's enormous cowlick is still there, but now is in the form of a super-cute faux hawk! His sweet little baby wisps are somewhere in a baggie, waiting to be put into his baby box along with many other infant firsts.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008
Almost every conversation with friends and family begins with some sort a laundry list of the things that are keeping them or us busy. I think busy-ness has become such a part of our culture that we rarely really find time to be quiet before God and let him speak into our lives. I know that this is true for me in my personal walk with Christ. I can find time for a lot of the things that I want to do or need to do, but I have been asking myself, "where is God on my list of priorities?"
The typical Christian answer is God first, spouse second, children third, and everything else somewhere after that. I know that I don't always put God first. I don't always put Aaron second. More often than not, the kids come first. (squeaky wheel gets the grease syndrome) My priorities are in a jumble.
Today, for some reason, I was reading My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. One thing stood out to me. I haven't been able to get it out of my mind today.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
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Sunday, July 6, 2008
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Saturday, July 5, 2008
Okay. So it was only in the backyard. I am almost certain that camping in the backyard is as much work as actually going somewhere. Thursday night found us having our annual campout in the yard. The weather was perfect and it was the beginning of a long weekend. The kids had a blast roasting hot dogs, making s'mores, and running around outside way past their normal bedtime. (I should be clear and honest...I do not camp out. I enjoy a night to myself in our king-sized bed. Micah was in his crib and Glory ended up in the house as well. It was a stretch for me to hang out by the fire.)
The kids enjoyed snuggling in the tent together and listening to Aaron read stories. No ghost stories here, but rather a children's Bible from Focus on the Family that we are loving. When they woke up in the morning, Aaron made toast with jam over the fire and popped popcorn. We all had a ball and spent the Fourth of July celebrating Aaron's 34th birthday, playing outside, swimming in the pool. We wrapped up a very busy day by watching the fireworks on TV in high-def. (I probably won't be brave enough to go to a fireworks display for a couple of more years. Six kids in the dark, crowds of people, bugs...doesn't sound appealing.) Glory is still recovering from big fun...she just got out of bed and it is 10:45 a.m.
Hope you are having a safe and fun holiday weekend! I am so thankful that we live in a free country. God is so good to us!
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Thursday, July 3, 2008
A new computer. Yay! We have officially joined the rest of the world and purchased a laptop computer. With summer quickly flying by and fall approaching, we realized that we would be in need of another computer. Ideally, with homeschooling, we would have 3 computers, but 2 for this year will be wonderful. I was not sold on the idea of having a laptop, but I have to admit that it is nice to sit out here at the kitchen island and keep an eye on things. What mom doesn't love technology that helps her to multi-task?
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