Monday, June 22, 2009


I have this desire to write absolutely brilliant, funny, witty, thought-provoking posts like so many others I read here in the blogsphere.

Then I remember that I am me.

So, I will dazzle my imaginary world with the usual stuff that I have rolling around in my head. And feel better for having done so.

Today was a nice day. Got some menu planning done, which is always something I push waaaaay to the end of the to-do list. But we got some fresh veggies and I didn't want them to go bad like they seem to so often around here. So later in the week, they will be put to good use.

We also got some more work done on our floors. We are ripping up carpet and laying down laminate flooring. What has been finished so far looks wonderful. I am very glad to be done with carpet. When we pulled it up, I was appalled at the amount of dirt that was underneath. Dirt that we breathe in every day when we walk on the carpet. Dirt that will be ever-so-much easier to clean up from wood floors than carpet. I just wish we were already done. It's hard to live in a house where your living room furniture is in the kitchen and/or vice versa. But how wonderful it will be when it's done. Ahhhhhhh......

The best part of the day today was this:

We went outside after supper tonight and just had some fun. And there were these teeny, tiny frogs outside. I happened to look down when I was in the driveway and noticed something on the gravel. I picked it up and showed the boys. Then I went inside and got my camera. It took a couple of pictures, cause it's so darn cute, and then let it go in the clover grass.

That's when I noticed there were dozens of them in the yard. Every time I saw the grass move, I would look and spot another one. And another, and another, and another, well, you get it. Then the boys started to catch them.

They had a marvelous time. Everywhere you looked, there were frogs. So much fun!

Except of course, the fact that Monkey kept squishing them.

He really enjoyed it, though.
I love being able to be with the boys all the time. I love that I can go outside with them and enjoy God's wonderful creation. I love that we can pick up frogs and play and have fun and just be able to enjoy life, together.
I imagine that it would be so much different if I had to go to work every day, all day long. There would be so much I missed. I love that I get to stay home with my children, to teach them, to help guide them to find the men they will be someday.
That reminds me of a saying I have on a cross in my room. Children are not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lit.
And I like the fact that I am the one to light that lamp, er, those lamps. I am so very blessed to have three faithful, fanciful, fast, fearless, feisty, fantastic sons, ones who absolutely adore frogs!!!!
And I adore them!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Babies, baseball, boxes, boys, and bunnies, oh, and chickens!

So, things have been crazy here this week. I got a new niece. And got to have her brother and sisters visit for a couple of days. They came on Sunday and left on Tuesday. On Monday, one of the girls went with my mom to feed chickens at a neighbors house. (This is something we do every day. We get most of the eggs and our neighbors get to not have to worry about feeding the chickens. Works well!) Mom and S are at the coop and Hub and I are getting ready to go to Dino's last baseball game of the season. His team finished second in regular season and they were playing the final end-of-season tournament game.

Mom was gone in plenty of time to feed the chickens and come home before we had to leave for the game. But she didn't come back. Hub ended up leaving and I was still home with the remaining four children. Mom didn't show and didn't show and I got worried. And truthfully, a bit peeved. I was imagining missing the last game and feeling sorry for myself. But she finally got home and my niece was filthy! And a bit upset. She had locked mom in the coop and mom was stuck for over an hour! The neighbors finally came home and heard mom beating pans together. Funny story we'll share in our family forever, but it doesn't seem to come off so funny here. Oh well.

So that was the fun of Monday. Tuesday, the cousins left and then I got some boxes in the mail. Box Day!!!!! I have been looking forward to this for months! Ever since I decided to go back to Sonlight, I have been looking forward to getting some new stuff. It was so fun to open the boxes and look at all the books. Oh my, if you are a book lover like I am, it was delightful!! Even the boys loved it.

Before I could even get a good look, they were right in the boxes.

One book after another was picked up and oohed and aahed over.

Until finally, one was picked to look at more closely.

I truly hope that I am raising some life-long readers here. I love to read and I think it will be wonderful if my three little critters will be the same.

I was thrilled that they were so happy to get some new books, even "school" books. We even had to start reading Charlotte's Web right away.

One of my favorite times is our evening reading sessions. We started when Dino was about five. We have read some wonderful books. This is one of the best things about Sonlight for me. It gives me an excuse, and a reading list, so I can sit down every night and snuggle and read to the boys. It's something I will treasure always.

And to bring this all over the place post home, I will talk about the bunny. (In my head, I am singing a VeggieTales song right about now. And now, just cause it's so funny to me, I have to link to it. VeggieTales ) (and boy, I really wish I knew how to embed this video in my post...)

We found a baby rabbit outside today. Don't know if it will live, but we are giving it a try. So far, things are looking good. We got him (don't know if it's really male, but we call him him) to eat good for us this evening. It would be wonderful if he made it and we could set him free in a few weeks, but we'll see. It has made me ready to get the boys a pet of some kind, other than our outdoor cat. Something small, in a cage, a hamster, guinea pig, or something. We'll see.

But the bunny, well, he's adorable!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Well, ahem, it seems as if I once again have forgotten that I actually have a blog.
Silly me.

I have a lot of stuff floating around in my head, but it is stuff that must wait for another post.

I am excited about homeschool next year. I just ordered all our books. I spent a lot of moolah, but I added to what I had from last year and purchased everything for second grade. So, now I am set for K, 1st and 2nd for all three boys. And I cannot wait for everything to arrive! I am so excited!!
(I did order everything from Sonlight again this year. A surperb product line and wonderful company!)

And before I forget, I have gotten some comments to posts I've made. Not many, but every single one has made such a difference to me. I am too tired right now to link to everyone who has commented, but believe me when I say I am touched that anyone takes the time to comment. It means a lot.

And now, without saying nearly as much as I want, I must go to bed before my head drops here on the desk.

*Update* Oh my goodness!! I just ordered my Sonlight materials last night, late, and they sent an email this afternoon telling me that it has been shipped!! I can't believe it! Talk about great customer service! Now I can't wait until Wednesday......**