Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PSAT Test Day


The photo quality is horrible because I took this picture through the dirty windshield. 
Levi walked into the local high school today to
take the PSAT. I am hoping he has a couple of familiar faces in his testing room from baseball aquaintances. 
I did not realize there were this many high school students in our little hamlet here. I do not know what time they begin school but the kids just keep pouring in. I have seen two kids in shorts but that is par for the course here. 

I just heard the bell ring so I shall drive away and go home and begin the school day with my three at home. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Views

My husband sends me updates and pictures from the duck blind. Today was a duck hunting day for him and Levi and these are the pictures he sent. Beautiful spot.


They got their limit of ducks today. Best duck hunt of the season. 

And my favorite picture of the day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday


Today's partial to do list. I began using Bullet Journaling back in March and so far this is the planning system for me. I love planning but I have tossed away too many half used planners over the years. This is simple and works for me. Before you go and look for YouTube videos about bullet journals go to bulletjournal dot com and watch the original video. Simple system and no empty planner pages. I use a regular notebook with a pocket instead of the notebook the guy on the website uses.

Biology with Elisabeth. That is one thick book.

I had my annual eye exam today. Does your eye doctor have a Hoosier cabinet and retro toys? Mine does. 

The eye doctor dialted my eyes and wow my eyes feel so awful. Good thing they are finally getting back to normal. 

Everyone is studying World History this year. The girls are using Mystery of History and the curriculum suggested a couple of movies while studying Ancient Egypt and the Exodus so those were available and we ended our school day by watching one of the movies. Made for a quiet end to the school day and I couple close me eyes in between dinner prep in the kitchen. 

The duck hunters returned home at dinner time. After dinner we went to vote in municipal elections before the polls closed. 

The current night time activity had been playing Crazy 8's before bedtime each evening. Benjamin loves games. 

Monday, Snow Day, Fun Day


Monday brought about six to eight inches of snow. Yes, snow already. Good thing snow is beautiful. 
Monday brought snafus of humans interacting with one another in daily life. Oh that we make learn to love like Christ. 

My little guy who thrives on quality time and affrirming words waited all morning to take Emmy for a walk. We finally got that walk in just before lunch. Breaking trail in six to eight inches of fresh snow in boots meant for a sixteen year old big foot boy is good exercise. 

The only other tracks we saw belonged to squirrels and snowshoe hares.

Late afternoon brought the time to take Elisabeth to her technology class. The first drive of the snow season is always interesting 
as there are people that do not know how to drive on snow and ice, bless their heart's they just do not know how. 
Do not fear, we were stopped at a traffic light when this was taken. When I looked in the rear view mirror when I stopped he was so quiet that I thought he was asleep. 

When we returned home Benjamin got to check the mail from the van window. He was thrilled that he got to do this and said it was his first time ever. 

When Daddy came home he and Benjamin built a snowman. Did you know that we rarely get snowman making snow? Our snow is usually dry and powdery. This was a more wet snow so we have a snowman.

Benjamin fetching with Emmy. He loves to play with her. 

When I walked out of the boys' room last nightafter putting Benjamin to bed I saw this. This is how Levi prepares to go duck hunting. He piles his gear outside of his room as no not wake his little brother. He is nice that way. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Grouse and Snow


We woke up to snow on the ground. Good thing today is a planned day at home for me. I refuse to go anywhere until Ieave for church in the morning.

Benjamin, Emmy and Daddy went bird hunting. No ducks but they got this Spruce Grouse.

Love this one with Emmy, Benjamin loves Emmy.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday

The guys were finally able to go to their further away duck hunting spot today. 
Levi in amongst the decoys. 

Some of the bounty.

Can you find Levi and Emmy? 

Dogs and Levi

Emmy had a doggy friend on the hunt today. Emmy is the lead dog. 

The snow is a comin', the cold is a comin', we are entering winter time. They guys were a couple of hours from home today and they got snowed on while they were hunting. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Once Again


Once again my children have to say goodbye to lifelong friends. If I had to say the thing that I dislike most about Alaska, this would be it. People move in and out frequently. My children have said goodbye more times than I want to count. 

But, the upside to this (did you think I would leave this a negative post??? No way!)is that our family has met so many people because we live in a very transient place. People pass through regularly and we get to meet a few of them. Some of them we get to spend thirteen years with and some just two or three years. 




These two are six months apart in age. They loved playing in the sand with the dinosaurs while we hung out today.





Five of these ten flew out of Alaska today to move out to the east coast, sigh. My crew will miss them. I will miss their Mama.





This one is my "George". No, that is not his name but that is what I have called him for too many years to count. I have know this boy since he was born. 




If you know my Benjamin in real life you know he does not give hugs to many people. He barely give people a high five or hand shake. He has an inner circle and few adults outside of our family are let in. If you are his age then he honestly has no personal space issues at all. Odd I know, but the facts. Anyway, my friend has been working on getting a hug for a very long time but has been refused. Benjamin and I talked and he said he would do a group hug with Mom and her two youngest. It happened today at the airport. (There is a litttle girl squished in the middle, see the pink hair bow?)




And then this happened. Talk about making the Mamas tear up. The adults were hugging and gathering the younger ones to head through security and we turned around to this. I love these kids, I love this. Levi is in there just on the other side and really has his head bowed low. This is the way to send your friends off. 




Goodbye friends, until we meet again...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ending the Week


Our week ended quite busily. I am beginning to believe busy is the new norm for us. Even though out busy is probably different from most people. 

Thursday and Friday were carrot canning days. I finally got all of the carrots processed.

Thursday afternoon Judith spent the afternoon with a dear lady from church learning to make soft caramels. 
Here she is with her set, cut and wrapped caramels. Yummy!

Friday the guys spent the day working for two of our widows at church and going to a high school football game to watch one of the guys from church play the game. We had some a couple of friends of the girls over along with a little brother. 

Saturday has already been blogged about in my previous Upland Game Bird post. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Upland Bird Hunting


Half of the fam went upland bird hunting today, the other half stayed home, slept in and watched movies, cooked dinner and baked.

Elisabeth and Emmy with some birds

Levi, Emmy and Elisabeth with the haul

Daddy added in the pic

Friday, September 26, 2014

North Pole Branch Library


Change is coming soon. Our little library has outgrown its building, well it actually did a long time ago. A new building has been built. The old library closes next week and the new one opens in a month. 
I have. been going to this library for twenty-one years.

Looking into the children's room

The logo of the library

We have enjoyed many story times, classes, summer reading programs and just hanging out here. 

And puzzle putting together. 

Once the new library opens we plan on spending an afternoon of school work at the new library to enjoy all the space. 

Good thing all the people are moving to the new library, they are the best.