Friday, July 22, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Things never go as planned...
and that's okay. Actually, that is life.
When I looked ahead to summer I thought of all of the cleaning, organizing, books I planned on reading, swing setting while Benjamin played in the yard, chair sitting while Benjamin played at the lake, gardening, etc. You get picture. My summer book list has only one book marked off, and that is okay. I can read in the winter.
I also haven't done much swing setting or lake sitting until this week because the weather and/or schedule haven't agreed with each other. This week has been a scorcher. The airport recorded 100 degrees yesterday. Now that is crazy hot!
We went to Benjamin's friend's soccer game tonight, yes we chose a hot night for soccer watching. At 7:15 the temperature was 91 degrees.
Benjamin loved his time at the lake.
Even though I have not accomplished everything on my summer expectation list much as been done and we have had some relaxing days at home as well.
We have a few salmon in the freezer, the man will have to go again to get us set for the winter.
Tuesday when we went to the lake I got a little too much sun. Since I am avoiding all sunscreen today I had to use a hat, clothing and an umbrella to protect the parts that were over exposed on Tuesday.
Even though things have not happened to my expectations the summer has been a good one and most days are productive days.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
My high school English teacher wrote a book. How exciting is that??? Here is the link of you are inclined to read the book and leave a review.
My review: I was interested in the book because it is historical fiction based on a relative of the author. The book doesn't present everything in pretty little packages with a happily ever after ending. The book just tells the story of a life and the struggles that life brought during the time the main character lived.
No affiliate link here just the link to the book.
I liked the list method of posting so here we go again:
1) I did not take any pictures of my week in and out of the ER, doctor's offices and the hospital outpatient waiting room and maybe I should have.
2) We saw a urologist on Monday and on Tuesday morning my husband went in for laparoscopic surgery.
3) Wednesday I took Benjamin and a friend to $1 summer movie at the theater to see Peanuts. I am cheap like that. Yes, the day after surgery. This was Benjamin's first every movie theater experience. He loved it.
3) $3 admission cost and way too much for icees and popcorn. I did not partake of the movie theater snack bar offerings.
4) Benjamin contracted pink eye two days later. When the kids get pink eye my eyes itch for days. Then they never itch again until I am in the presence of someone with pink eye. Same with lice.
5) Rain, we had lots over the weekend.
6) Chickweed, my enemy. We fight daily.
7) A window in my van shattered and is no more. Tomorrow I go see about getting it replaced. For now it is duck tape and cardboard to the rescue.
8) This girl turned sixteen. Sigh.
Goodbye from the Last Frontier, the home of the midnight sun.
9) Chocolate zucchini THM cupcakes. Then for the 4th of July we made Strawberry Trifle. This whole THM lifestyle is soooo depriving 😂😂😂🎂🎂🎂.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
One thing that really concerns me is the setting up for disappointment of the younger generations.
Things I know:
1) When one works for something one appreciates it more
2) Life isn't all rainbows and unicorns
3) Expectations are just that, expectations
4) Everyone should live through the Ramen noodles and other such college survival foods, it just seems like a right of passage and makes home cooked meals just divine
5) Every marriage can benefit from a cheap apartment/ugly couch beginning, seriously it is all an upgrade from those humble beginnings
6) Life is about everyday, down and dirty living NOT the big events or planned family outings
7) Sometimes you spend your anniversary at the ER because that is real life (my husband has kidney stones and boy is that painful)
8) I can be thankful and even happy in the not so fun days because we were together on our anniversary and kidney stones may be extremely painful but they are a much better ER diagnosis than we could have received.
9) How can we be married for twenty-three years?? I cannot be much older than that myself.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
And we have our first graduate.
He played baseball the day of his graduation party and it happened to be senior day as well.
Instead I was able to laugh at something Benjamin said during the diploma presentation.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Tonight I had a few minutes to do something so I decided to work on school shelves. I am very glad I did. You see, the negative self talk keeps telling me that I shoulda, coulda woulda been a better home education Mom. I shoulda, coulda, woulda pushed more and required more and bought better curriculum or even allowed my kids to have less curriculum and more time to explore interests and abilities. Oh, those shoulda, coulda, wouldas. My son met and in some cases exceeded the requirements for the state of Alaska to graduate high school. He is prepared for whatever path the Lord has for him. I am prepared to watch him travel that path.
See this folder? It contains his 8th grade writing assignments. I feel as though I have been a writing failure and that we didn't do enough writing. Guess what?? He did do more writing than I thought because I forgot what we had used and when. What a blessing that long left on the shelf folder has been to me tonight. I am thankful and I blessed.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Curfews seem to create a sense of being out just to be out until curfew. Make sense?
Our approach is to assess each outing as it comes. If our teens are out at a friend's house for a game night then they are probably going to get a later time to be home than a set curfew would allow.
Our teens attended a movie with friends, on a school night even, they ended up going to a 10:00ish movie due to schedules and such. We agreed to the later time and they went to the movie. We survived and so did they.
Just this past weekend the teens stayed in town after the Sunday evening service to wait for one of their friends to arrive home from college. That late night trip to the airport will be a long held memory for all involved. But, they didn't just stay in town, they were at the home of a friend playing games and apparently eating cereal.
I dare say parenting isn't about a to do checklist. Every day is different, every child is different.
I personally am not a fan of teens just going out with no plan or place to be because it is Friday night. I lean more toward going about life with a purpose or plan. We are also blessed with great families to host the group our teens spend time with. Even if that plan is just game night with friends, it is a plan.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
A friend organized a trip to the state homeschool conference in Anchorage. All I had to do was pack and bring money, ya can't beat that.
We realized it must be summer because road construction has begun on our Alaska highways.
We happened upon a tiny house on display so we toured and took a selfie.
Trips to Anchorage mean eating in restaurants we do not have in Fairbanks. How about Texas Roadhouse with anAlaskan twist? Great service by the way.
I left with two to go cups, one water and one tea.
Anchorage has a great homeschool store with exceptional service. Love Chickabiddy Books!
After closing down the store we went back to the hotel to research what we needed because we were going back the next day to complete our shopping.
We hung around for the Sunday not going service at a church in Anchorage because Ravi Zacharias was speaking there. I am so glad we did.
Then we loaded all of our stuff into the car and headed home. Looks like we did some shopping while there. ☺️
We saw Denali on the way home(right under the cloud). I also bought a selfie stick which came in handy for Denali pictures.
I had no idea how much I needed this trip until I was on this trip. I was in great need of Mom refreshment.