Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rooftop Viewing

Here are Levi and Elisabeth on the roof for a better view of the lunar eclipse/blood moon. 

My only pic of the beginning of the eclipse. 
We had a blast outside last night while watching. 

Monday, April 14, 2014


Benjamin has had quite the winter. He has been riding the snow machine on his own now for a month. Saturday I get this picture sent to me while Dad had the crew out on the machines. Benjamin's face is no longer a baby face, he is growing up just as quickly as the other three did.

I am learning that Benjamin's love language is time spent with him doing something. I have been purposeful the past couple of weeks to make time for just he and I to do things and I have beefed up his "school" time. And boy, oh boy, that little guy has been so different with me since I began being purposeful. He sits with me, opens doors, helps me out of the van, holds my hand into church, hugs on me and just lovin'on Mom, which has not been his way for some time since he has been of preschool, independent age.

Weekend Goings on

The weekend here begins on Thursday night, we played Pictionary and Apples to Apples.
Elisabeth waiting on everyone to gather around.
                                                        Judith made her way to the game.

                                I played around with the panoramic setting on my phone. I captured everyone  
                                             but Benjamin, the blur didn't make it into the shot.

       My sweetheart and I taking what we call an usie, since there is more than one self in the picture.
                                             Judith waiting for something during the game.
                        Friday consisted of a morning of school and then swim practice                                           and  then off to a camp fundraiser dinner/auction.

                         Saturday, Daddy took the kids snowmachine riding and target shooting while I stayed home in complete silence and baked bread and did a little cleaning. 

Elisabeth made these pint sized chocolate meringue pies when she returned home from the day out and Judith made egg rolls, which we did not photograph for some reason. Oh, yeah, we were eating them too quickly.

Sunday: Church, baseball assessments for Elisabeth, lunch at home with friends, back to church, home for popcorn and bedtime.

Monday afternoon with my Sweetheart Buddy. I love five!

Benjamin and I had a tough time staying inside this afternoon, he found a ball that had spent the winter under the snow. We walked the dog and talked and walked some more. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014


The Queen passed on the Liebster Award  and I failed to acknowledge right away and then I forgot. Thank you and here are my answers.
1- If you were a food, what would you be?                
2- What breed of dog do you love most, if at all?  
                        Labrador Retrievers, Chocolate especially
3- When pressed, what is your go-to meal?    
4- What was the last book you read?     
                      The Biography of George Washington Carver
5- Have you ever "put a sock" on your dominant 
hand and tried to live a day using only your non dominant hand? 
                       No, I have not.
6- If you could take a dream vacation, here would it be? 
7- What is your favorite tv show? 
                       I honestly do not have one right now.                             
8- What do you think of eating Moose!?
                       I think it is the only red meat!
9- Have you ever been to Disneyworld?
                       Yes!! Four times
10- Who is your favorite cartoon character?
                       Hmm...Fog Horn Leg Horn
11- Coffee or Tea?
                       Tea, sweet tea

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Conference, why go?

Why attend a conference of any kind? There are multiple reasons to attend a conference:
*education on a specific subject matter
*sell a product or service
*getting drug along by a friend
*it's kind of like a revival service of sorts
*and many more

Someday, I will attend one of the big conventions in the lower 48, or America as one friends calls it. Someday, but until then...

Every spring one of the big public home school programs puts on a conference, they call it a curriculum fair. I go every year I can. My husband used to even take those two days off so I could go alone and concentrate on the speakers instead of serving snacks and keeping my little ones happy and quiet. This year I am going to take all the peeps with me as my high schoolers can glean much from the speakers even though there are no sessions especially for them. They can also see curriculums and products themselves, it does help when they have a say in their education.

Why go?
Two days of getting to listen to those who have gone before me on this journey or have a specialization in a specific field of study. You bet I am going to go get my home school Momma shot in the arm to keep this Mom going on this very important path we are on.
Think of it as continuing education for my job. Two days of sessions, talks with friends in the hallways and maybe even lunch with friends with the crew not too far away but at a different table.

The promise of spring and green in the buds on the trees. Newness is what I need in our school.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Potato Soup

Tonight I am making potato soup for dinner. Potato soup is my sick food. It hasn't always been.

Back in my college days, I had seasonal allergies something horrible, I think I am allergic to Kentucky from February through May or June. Anyway, I lived on Wendy's French fries and soda when the sickies got too bad. Every once and a while I would mix it up and order a baked potato. So, the starchy potato has always been my go to sick comfort meal. Now I just do the potato soup thing because, well, what's not to love?

Today's potato soup contains homemade chicken stock, onions and celery and a little milk, salt and pepper. And even though I had to sit down and stir after the chopping I am thrilled to have the energy to make soup today. Yesterday I was immobile on the couch all.day.long.

Now Daddy stayed home with tummy troubles today but he doesn't seem as bad as the rest of us were. He is sick for sure though. He has napped and otherwise sat around except for one trip outside with the dog.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Our Weekend

Benjamin Saturday morning

Benjamin Saturday late afternoon. 

Yep, the evil stomach virus has descended upon our home. Levi fell ill Friday morning but didn't seem as bad as the rest of us. Four out of the six of us fell ill with this.
Elisabeth and I seem to be the worse effected with Benjamin a close third. I never want to eat again was my mantra at 1 am Saturday night. Today I have had a piece of bread and a few sips of ginger ale. 
I watched Alfred Hitchcock's Charade with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. I forgot how much I liked that movie. 

Missing my little class at church and we were supposed to have a family over for lunch. Oh well, at least my family has dinner in the fridge for later for whoever wants to eat. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014


A while back a film crew filmed our family for a video for our home school program. I am testing this link to see if you can watch.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


This is testing week. I left the dishes from breakfast in the sink and was off on my carpool duty for testing, then to the grocery store
with a smoothie to go, we are not used to leaving home in the morning.

A quick selfie with too much light but here I am. 

Benjamin and I out and about alone.

When we arrived home I began cleaning the couch, I found all these pens and pencils, paint brushes and a plastic candy cane from the Christmas tree. 

Levi helped reattach the couch stuff under the cushions that came loose due to gymnastics done on the couch. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

No Monday Pictures?

I cannot believe I have no Monday pictures. I did do a little video to put up but that requires some work on putting the video together and on YouTube, so maybe tomorrow.

There is one picture from Sunday, Benjamin is playing with a bear skull. Yes, you read that correctly, a bear skull. He drove his car in between the jaw bones kind of like a garage. He really does not know that most five year olds have never seen a bear let alone a bear skull. Normal every day stuff for him.

State testing begins tomorrow for the older three so we have a break from our normal studies and then we will be in the home stretch of school work. One more unit and we will be finished with all subjects but math. Each Blessing has a different math program so their finishing times will stagger along until they complete their current program.

I see summer break on the horizon.