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Fall Fun

November 4, 2013

Today, Alaina and Thom was able to enjoy some old fashion fall fun.

They enjoyed for a few hours raking and shoveling leaves.

Running and jumping into the pile or leaf fights.

It was a blast to watch them. It also called for pictures. Enjoy.

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Leaf Study

October 21, 2013

Today we collected some beautiful early fall leaves and laminated them.  The kids had a blast with this today. We have left over leaves we will study tomorrow. IMG_5185

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Outdoor Learning

October 14, 2013

We have been enjoying school outside lately. The beautiful fall weather has allowed us to get out side.

Nature Journalism

Nature Journalism

Love this little man.

Love this little man.

Loving this little lady.

Loving this little lady.

Look at that concentration on Math.

Look at that concentration on Math.

Love this simple picture. Thom has his daddy's hands.

Love this simple picture. Thom has his daddy’s hands.

School Pictures

October 3, 2013

In the last two months Alaina and Thom have had this amazing freedom to play outside. We all love it. They have this amazing adventure and imagination. They build deer traps, climb trees, make salads out of leaves. They are building this amazing friendship with each other. Our school year has been a bit rocky. I do not believe they want to be tied down to do school work. Alaina is in second grade and Thom is now a kindergartner.  Even with all they rockiness and the craziness we call life right now, I did manage to get some beautiful school pictures of our children. All I can say is I am loving my new camera. Praising God I have this amazing ability to capture the true beauty of our children.  Enjoy…IMG_4884 IMG_4891 IMG_4894 IMG_4896 IMG_4903 IMG_4944 IMG_5015 IMG_5023

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28 Days

July 5, 2013

It is amazing to think what can happen in 28 days. For our family the next 28 days will be complete chaos and life changing. Mike and I have always wanted a simplified life. A life of being debt free, more personal freedom, less material items, more God, more family time, less stress, more self-sufficiency . You know the simple life, the life from the old days. GUESS WHAT! It is about to become a reality. In 28 days we begin this life. HOW EXCITING!!!!! Here is the temporary problem. We have so much to do in the next 28 days it will be anything but simple.

Our next 28 days will look something like Mike becoming self-employed. Mike installing a bathroom, a kitchen, a new deck and steps, removing lath boards, insulating, dry walling, building two walls, spackling, painting running electric/plumbing etc… I will be spackling, painting, repairing plaster, packing an entire house, deciding what to down size, what should be sold, donated or thrown away, gardening, spending plenty of time with my kids to help this transition move, get the administration side of self-employment up and going, not to mention my normal household duties. Lastly, moving.

Though all this, Mike and I plan to make sure that we have quality family time. First of all this move is all about our family and what is best for us. More details of our move, the new place and our remodeling to come.

Strawberry Picking

June 21, 2013

Today we went strawberry picking. Normally we pick several times per season. Sadly, this year today was the first official picking. We picked 11.5 lbs of strawberries.

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On the way to pick strawberries we get to pass beautiful windmills on top of mountains. The kids love them.

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Some of my favorites

June 20, 2013

I have been busy taking pictures lately. Here are some of my favorites. 

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Who I am

May 6, 2013

Most people who know me, I am a simple person. Simply put, I am a child of God, wife and mom. Am I perfect at any of them?  NO way!  I work on it daily. It is part of being a woman. We are to grow and change daily when we learn from our mistakes. I wanted to make a small post showing you a little more about me and who I am.  Below is some of my favorite and least favorite things, in no specific order.

Coffee – I LOVE coffee. I must say I am addicted. I must have a minimum of two cups daily. If I don’t, I am grumpy and later in the day, I will have a headache.

Homesteading – I have been enjoying learning more about homesteading. My goal is to be self sufficient in the next couple of years in most areas.

Gardening – LOVE growing a garden, though I hate the weeding. I enjoy being able to provide healthy foods for my family with a little hard work.  Our kids have really enjoyed it too.

Sewing and Quilting – I wish I had more time to do it. I enjoy every moment of sewing and quilting.  I hope that I will be able to get back to it more in the next year or two.

Homeschooling – This is not an easy task being a homeschool mom. I would never trade being a homeschooling family. Though homeschooling, I have been able to witness my children growing and learning in ways you cannot when you send them to school.

Black – It is my favorite color. Most of my local friends, know this. I pretty much am always wearing black. I really love black and white damasks patterns.

My Family – They are very important to me. They come first in my life. Our son just officially turned 5 years old last week and our daughter is 6.5 years old.  Mike and I have been married 13.5 years and together 14.25 years. Our family is not perfect, but we love it.

Pioneer Club Teacher – This past fall/winter I became a Pioneer Club teacher and I have enjoyed teaching and watching my class grow, become friends and learn more about God.

Change in Diet – I have been learning to change my daily diet and though it is a struggle at times, I am enjoying it. I have many more changes to make, but I am on the right track.  My goal is for more healthy food snacks and food and no processed foods loaded full of preservatives.

Jewelry – I have developed a love for it and I want more.

Thirty-One Gifts – I have fallen in love with their products. I wish I had more funds to buy a ton more.

Spelling and Grammar – I dislike both. I have never been good at either, I know it shows on my blog. I have learned to realize that as of right now, there isn’t much I can do about it. I will do my best to learn as life goes on. I have decided that when it is time to teach my kiddos spelling and grammar in school, I will learn right there with them. One more beauty of homeschooling.

My camera – I have recently purchased a new camera and I love it!  I have been shooting with a Cannon Rebel T3i. I have a ton to learn about it and about photography. As of right now, I am working on it daily, weekly and monthly.

Cleaning – I really dislike it. I love the results, just hate the task of cleaning.

Laundry  – Truly hate doing laundry. Wouldn’t it be more fun to just go buy new clothes weekly for the new week? Sadly, that is not realistic for normal people, but a girl can dream right?

I am sure there are many other things I can add to this list. For now I will end here.

New Life…

May 2, 2013

One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.  ~W.E. Johns, The Passing Show

Winter is over and spring is here. I can’t believe that it is time for preparing for our yearly garden. Each and every year we plant a nice size garden. This year my sister-in-law (SIL) and I will be working as a team. We will be planting two gardens this year. One at my father in law’s (FIL) and one at her house for a grand total of 1,590 sq ft of garden space. We have begun the process of planning. Sadly, our current garden sizes are not big enough for our needs, today we have a meeting to see what we can do about it.  SIL has begun the process of planting seeds and growing our own plants. In March, they began to sprout and we did the happy dance. Our family LOVES to see the new life that comes from something as simple as seed becoming a plant.

Now that the plants have begun to sprout, we have been waiting for the weather to be right to till the ground. At that time the real work will begin. I can’t wait to get out into the fresh brown till ground. There is something about being barefoot in the freshly tilled ground and planting beautiful green plants. I am completely energized from this time, It is sort of like a new life is given to me. We will spend hours planning, planting, working and harvesting. Then the cycle will start all over in the spring again.

This year we have a decent list of items we plan to plant, for now I will share some pictures from March and April when the seeds began to sprout. Thank you to my SIL for taking the pics.  As we plant our garden, I will share the complete list with you.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Parsley

Parsley

Basil

Basil

Oregano

Oregano

Peppers

Peppers

Peppers

Peppers

Broccoli

Broccoli

Pumpkin

Pumpkin

Tomato

Tomato

Tomato

Tomato

It has been too long…

April 19, 2013

It has been five months since my last official blog post. I can’t believe it has been that long. If I would say life hasn’t been crazy, I would be lying. We have been super busy around here and I have barely had time for things I want to do. I am changing my priorities and scheduling time for me. I would like to start my “I am back” blog post with an update of what has been going on the last five months.

  • Homeschooling  – We have had an amazing year with homeschooling all around. Alaina (1st grade) has learned to read and comprehend what she is reading. She is excelling in Singapore Math and loves it. I have found, she dislikes journalism. LOVES art and sadly we do not do it enough. She has come to enjoy her handwriting sheets, which she disliked at the start of the year. Thomas (preschool) has learned all his letters and can write most of them with little thought, capital and lower case. He knows all his numbers. He loves phonics. He is about half way through a kindergarten level phonics program and just asks for more sheets. It has come to our attention he truly dislikes coloring. I believe it is boring to him and that hinders his desire to color.
  • Operation Remodel – This has been our biggest adventure since my last blog post. We have been remodeling the inside of our house. It is amazing to see the transformation. We have completely redone the Dinning Room, Living Room (which I am proud to say I did completely on my own), Full Bath and School Room. The dinning room actually was completed over the summer. We have also redone the half bath, which I believe was the winter of 2011.  (pictures to coming soon)
  • Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years – We enjoyed another beautiful holiday season.
  • Baseball – Thomas has joined baseball this year for the first time. He is super excited. He will be playing for a Christian league called Warriors of Faith Sports Ministry. We discovered that at each practice, they begin with a small devotion and a little prayer. They also end every practice with a prayer.
  • Pioneer Clubs – Though Pioneer Clubs began in October, we have been busy with them. This past fall, I became the teacher to the kindergarten through third graders. We have our weekly meetings, we have went bowling, had a few parties and developed amazing relationships with the kids and their parents. It has been a blast.
  • Friendships – We have built an amazing friendship with another family. The best part is this friendship started with our two daughters becoming friends at church. We have truly been blessed by God with this relationship.
  • Family Pictures – We have once again been blessed to have our families pictures to be taken by Beauty By Grace Photography. If you are looking amazing family pictures, please check them out. I will be posting some of these pictures in a future post. Here are two of my many favorites. You will see the others appear all over my blog.

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  • Vacation – It is official our family went on our very first family vacation.  I know you are thinking really your first, yes it was our first.  It was a blast. Went spent a weekend off-season at Ocean City, Maryland. All four of us really enjoyed this time. We actually have a another trip planned for May, we are excited to be able to share this vacation for half the time with my parents. What amazing memories we will be building.

For now that is my update.

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