Monday, March 23, 2015

Easton is 6!

I can not believe Easton is 6 today!

He loves hunting, shooting his guns, fishing, riding his bike, camping, playing with friends, fixing things, catching bugs, swimming, and doing anything with grandpa and dad.

If you know Easton he is a firecracker! He has so much energy he sometimes can hardly contain himself. He is a sweetheart most of the time and always wants to be helpful!

Happy Birthday Easton! I hope you gave a great day and fun time celebrating with friends!

 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Learning about a few new things:)

Kids are like little sponges (sometimes)! I love that there are so many things in our community, as well as in surrounding communities, where they can learn about new things. This week (with the exception of "normal" school stuff), the kids learned a few new things.

With one of our home school groups we took a field trip to The Grain Place. It is a local manufacturer of organic grains and seeds. This may seem like a boring place to go, but we all thought it was pretty fascinating.

We first got a tour of the farm. They actually do not farm a lot of land, but rely on farmers from all over the world.

We then got to see how at the manufacturing takes place at the plant. In addition to the product that The Grain Place makes and packages, they also send things off to well known companies like Kellogg's and some pet supply companies.

The kids got hungry near the end of the tour, but afterwards we enjoyed a beautiful picnic at the park. The Grain Place even sent our group home with two yummy bags of their popcorn! Such a fun, fun day!

The second thing that my kids learn how to do was rollerskate. I have been extremely nervous about taking them because of the fear of the unknown. Katelyn attempted to rollerskate when she was five years old and that was a five-minute nightmare. I was not sure I wanted to relive that. Sean ended up coming along and help the kids learn how to skate. He did not want me to skate, because I am pregnant but I ended up putting on some skates and slowly made my way around the rink a few times. All in all we had a great time with friends and the kids (and Sean) can't wait to go back!

Easton did skate..but I got a pic right before he left.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spreading the news!

Last week we shared the exciting news that we are expecting a new little one in late September/early October....or whenever he/she wants to make an appearance. Yes, we will try to find out what we are having, sometime in May. No we don't really care what we will have. I think that has already been determined.

What a sigh of relief to start spreading the news. It is tough keeping a secret for well over a month!

We are excited to get back into baby mode! We have had break of what will be almost 5 years since Wes has been born. I think we surprised quiet a few people. Some didn't seem too thrilled, but I think most were genuinely excited.

We are starting over essentially after taking a breather. We have kept an old pac-n-play for when I babysit kids. I am planning on keeping it simple with "stuff". I have learned that you really just don't need much to get started! This little one will sleep in our cloest or bedroom downstairs...decorated beautifully with well nothing.:).

We had our first dr. appointment and ultrasound. So far, so good. Baby was measuring big...so they think it is further along than we thought. We have 9-11 lb babies, so this was not surprising to us.

Please pray that everything keeps going well for this new little one!

Here are a few pics and videos from these past few months.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The funny things...ignorant people say!

Does anyone else ever dread going to Walmart?  Maybe it is just me. I cringe when I actually have to go there.  Especially in the evenings or weekends.  There is usually only one lane open except for the self checkout lanes, the aisles are jammed packed, and I can never find what I am looking for.  What makes the matter worse, is when I do go through a check-out lane with a live human employee...sometimes I just want to shake my head after leaving.

I had to run in really quick with the kiddos last week.  To my surprise a lane was actually open with a check-out gal!!  First time in while...I felt I won the jackpot!  Of course I get the usual question...oh are you guys off of school...or all sick!  Seriously lady...we are probably getting sick by just being here...can't wait to bathe in hand sanitizer in the car...anyways...I responded the typical way saying..."no we home school, so our schedule is pretty flexible".

Usually when I answer this question, I get a polite response of "oh how nice" or "I could never do that" or something to that effect.  To my surprise, that was not the response.  Well actually I was at Walmart...I shouldn't have been shocked.  She continues to say..."Oh poor kids!  Don't you think they are missing out!"  Ha, ha...really?!  If only there wasn't a line of a million people waiting in this one check out lane and I had 4 wiggly kids that wanted to go home just as much as I wanted to...I wanted to respond like this...instead of the polite..."no, I do not think they are." 

Like a friend told me a while back...you have to be a rebel to homeschool your kids and not really care what others think.  I am with her on that one...I could care less at this point what others think, but this Walmart employee got under my skin.  I may just print out my response and hand it to her next time I see her....hmmm....

So here it goes:

Dear Ignorant Walmart Employee,
I am so sorry I did not have time to adequately respond to your ignorant reply to why my kids were not in school.  I would have loved to spend time to chit-chat with you, but because you were the ONLY live person checking out on that fine lovely day, I couldn't ask you to sit down with some hot cocoa and talk about homeschooling.
Yes there are pros and cons to every decision that families make.  Homeschooling, public schooling, private schooling etc.  Pros and Cons! 
But when you said "Don't you think you kids are missing out by homeschooling!"  What the heck did you mean by that?  I could have responded in the same way if I found out that your kids (if you have any) go to a public school.  Don't YOU think your kids are missing out?  Missing out on what?
It is a matter of perspective.  Sure they are missing out on some things.  Any kid that goes anywhere private, public, homeschooling are "missing out" on something. 
Some schools don't offer certain sports because their enrollment levels can't justify having a team.  Some schools offer different clubs and activities than the next school down the road.  Some schools have more dances and special events than others.  Some schools have more cliches, bullies, jocks, deadbeats, smart kids etc that the one in the next town over.  Some schools have better teachers.  Better students.  Worse students.
Sure my kids are missing out on somethings, but your child is too...and so is everyone else that is going to whatever type of schooling they are involved with. It is a matter of perspective.
To many peoples' surprise home schoolers do have sports teams that travel around and compete.  They can get college scholarships.  They can join clubs or even be part of bands and orchestras.  We do have proms and formals (at least in Nebraska we do).  We can travel any time during the school year to see places around the world and the United States when they aren't crowded during the summer/Christmas months.  We can go on field trips any time we want to where ever we want!  We can explore special interests of a child instead of what a school feels is best for everyone!  We can slow down or speed up the progress of each individual child!  We don't have to test or teach a certain way.  We can get extra sleep & naps when needed!  Oh how they are needed here sometimes!  My girls don't have to put up with a few snotty neighborhood girls everyday at school.  We honestly can have the same opportunities if not more that going to a traditional school.  It is just a matter of perspective and how much time and effort a family and child team want to make. 
So in conclusion...lovely Walmart Employee...I am curious what you meant by "missing out".  In my opinion everyone is missing out in some way if you really think about it...but I feel that we are doing just fine with where we are at with our homeschooling journey!
Sincerely,
A very happy homeschooling mama!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sometimes I need a little push!

A few weeks ago we had unexpected snowstorm that pretty much caught everyone off guard. We had a jammed packed day planned...but it was kind of nice having an unexpected day home instead. I do not like driving in snow at all. So if I really do not have to be anywhere...then we are home!

At lunch Sean, my lovely husband, said that I should take the kids to the hill to go sledding. Um...hello...I do not drive in snow. He said I would be fine and they would have fun. Plus everyone else was in school, so we would have first dibs at all of the fresh snow. So the risk taker that I am...(not) we slowly ventured out to the one hill in town...not joking. It is where the rubble of a tornado back in the 70's was piled. I had never been, so I had no clue where to park. We ended up parking in the wrong lot...quiet far from the hill. The kids and I were beat and windblown by the time we actually made it to the hill. Hats were flying off, gloves were being lost, I ended up carrying all of the sleds. It was so windy! But in the end 3 out of 4 kids had fun! Easton checked out earlier than the others. I tried to take lots of pictures but with the wind and cold...it was tricky!

Our trek to the hill!
Easton chose the small hill
I had to bribe them to leave...

 

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A few fun happenings:)

Yesterday I mentioned that I hadn't blogged in a while...I am vowing to do better:). I know my mom counts on it...

We have been pretty busy with activities. Soccer starts up soon for the Spring. Two littles will be playing. Then the other two will be playing t-ball and softball. Summer is already in full swing....only joking. But doesn't it seem like once summer events are being announcement schedules fill up fast! Looking forward to the summer...I am so done witht his cruddy winter weather!

We are part of two different homeschool groups so that keeps us pretty busy. Even if we are not taking part in a structured activity it is always nice to have friends around during the day to do things with.

This past week we went bowling with friends. So much fun! The kids hadn't been in a while!

We went the circus on Tuesday afternoon with some of the same friends. My kids just love the circus. It is nice that they change the acts up from year to year.

And we have just been plain busy with school and various classes that the kids take on the side like Art and Cooking.

Some sketches from Art class

Love our little life with these little munckins!

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015!

I am a bit behind with blogging. I used to blog a few times every week...it is my easy way of scrapbooking! I would love to get back to doing that...believe you me, I have a lot to write about and lots of pics waiting to share, but it is getting harder and harder to carve out a time to blog. Mornings are filled with school and afternoons are filled with errand running, working out, napping, my American girl doll business, and just getting caught up.

A few weeks ago our FOCUS homeschooling group held a Valentine's party! In all over 50 kids attended and it was a fun time had by all!

We played games!

All of the kids made Valentine boxes for the Valentine exchange!

The kids made Valentines for their dad's and we ate yummy treats!

A friend and I put together a whole bunch of photo booth props and had a little booth set up.

It was a such a fun time! Can't wait to see what next year holds!