Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baby Landon!

We found out what we were having last week!  Many asked if we cared what we were having.  The kids had strong opinions.  Neither Sean nor I really cared.  Both sexes have their pro's and con's...but we really were neutral.

My mom warned me, to not trust the ultrasound results, because we have had some friends who had the wrong results.  Well yes, there is always a change of mistakes...and if there was a mistake in our case, we would still welcome a girl, however when the ultrasound tech put the little camera on the baby, she asked us if we could tell what it was...yep it was pretty obvious.  Even if we were not planning on finding out...it was CLEAR in many shots that it was a boy.  So we will see if it was something else floating out there, if you know what I mean.

We figured out a girl name right away, but went back and forth on boy names.  We sat down earlier this week and Sean had me write down all of the possibilities.  He came up with the name "Landon" and it kind of grew on me.  I do not know any other Landon's personally---so that helps.  Teaching has ruled out some name choices.  We have had a few people that have expressed their dislike towards the name...we don't really care.  Is that rude?  I think it is rude asking us to reconsider our name choice.

Anywho....I wanted to tell the kids somehow in a fun  way.  The girls came up with a cupcake idea.  We have participated in it before, so that is what we did.  My friend, Christina, makes cupcakes, so she made 6 girl cupcakes and 6 boy cupcakes.  She marked the girl ones with pearls so I knew which were which.  They were really yummy!

When we got home from a nice afternoon out, we had the kids bite into the cupcakes.  I knew that at least one little girl was not going to be happy, but I really didn't expect this reaction:

I am 22 weeks along today.  I have gotten 3 due dates, but in my mind...the baby will be here, when the baby is ready to be here.  So I am not too stressed out about it.  I would rather take later over earlier.  So my due date has been September 29th, September 30th, and October 4th.  So we shall see.  I would like to make it to October 10th.

Here are some fun pics from our ultrasound.  We don't do the 3D ones.  Not sure if that was even an option.  I didn't ask.

I love this pic--it is the front of his nose and mouth!

I love this leg shot!
Arms in front of face
Yep it is a boy!

Here is a pic of me from before church.  Thanks Christina for selling a whole bunch of cute summer dresses!  Much more comfortable than pants!  Yay for Summer!
I am so not photogenic at all!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spring Co-op review!

We finished our spring co-op classes last week! I absolutely love co-op and so do our kids! They love seeing their friends in an extra activity and love learning new things. We can not wait until next Fall---I will be set to deliver a baby and probably deliver during the session. Good thing I have some moms that are always willing to pitch in to keep things going!

This semester my kids each took 2 classes.

The boys were in a preschool & kindergarten class. The took a Safety 101 class and learned about God's creation through legos.

Katelyn learned took a Music & PE class and an Art class.

Jocelyn took a Music & PE class and a Lewis & Clarke class.

My kids were not old enough for the Biology, Drama, and Greek classes...but one of these days!

After our final class we had a program where the kids presented what they learned in class. They sang, did skits, and put on a drama act. We then had a taco bar potluck!

So much fun! I will miss this group, but we will look forward to seeing everyone over the summer or in the fall!

Here are a few videos from the program!



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!
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...