Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Done!

We really really like it!!! It is a solid structure. It's not going anywhere. I hope the next people who buy the house like it too, 'cause I don't even want to think about taking it down LOL! Really though,

I am very pleased with the investment and the boys seem to like it. It smells so good in the boys room right now with the freshly cut and painted wood. Don't worry... I am sure they will have it smelling like dirty socks and undies in no time.

I had to put signs on the doors because every one is all confused now about the boy's room versus mamma's room. I found the preschoolers pajamas on the floor in my room this morning after telling him to take them to his room. Ha Ha.

The bottom bed has a toddler mattress on it for now as I will need to buy a new twin.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Load In & The Build

Please excuse my carpet and floors. I have good excuses for both....but I'll spare you. The bed was delivered in more pieces than expected, but the instructions at least include words versus just pictures.

the very skinny hallway

Ok... I will explain. The previous owners glued the carpet down and that patch is the last bit of glue that needs to be scraped up. 

No! the children will not have a t.v. in their room. This room was the master bedroom and the t.v. is moving.

The Build

more progress....

Friday, July 27, 2012


Triple bunk bed.
This is being delivered to our home today. They boys are very excited. I am a bit overwhelmed with what it will take to get it into my house, down the hall and into the bedroom. An adventure to say the least.


Wow... It's here. How will we get that into that room? I will take pictures.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Splash Pad...Pffffttttt

The county park that houses the splash pad that we enjoy used to be free on Mondays. This year the free day is Wednesday, the same day as the free library shows so we have not been out there this year. So many free little time. LOL! Anyway, The kids were dressed in their swim suits today to play in the water in the back yard and I had to run an errand so just threw them in the car. On the way home, we drove by our local baseball team stadium which has this fountain out front.

Of course, I was laughing and grinning too much to remember to take pictures.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Record Keeping Question

For those of you who home school... how long do you keep completed work? We use a completed drawer and completed file system where completed work is placed in their drawer and I gather it for grading. When  I have graded and recorded the work, it is placed in a completed file. Some things are placed in the kids portfolio, especially if it is a basic skill that I want to track progress on (i.e. writing samples, reading comprehension, certain math skills).  At the end of the year, we end up with really thick files that I tape close and label with the year and grade level and placed in a large storage bin downstairs. After 8 years, I have lots of completed files. I live in a state that requires no testing or paperwork, but want to be sure to have a good records of the kids schooling. Thoughts?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

4 Cans of Black Olives

Someone donated a case of canned goods to us and there were several cans of black olives included. We tried a can and the children did not like them, so I separated the cans out with the intention of seeing if someone at church would be able to use them. Well, last week my 3 1/2 year old started playing with them and he has played with those cans more than I have ever seen him play with any toy. He stacks them and rolls them and spins them. He puts them in and out of a bag, a box and the back of his truck.

Ahhh.... cheap entertainment. ~Smile~

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Free Overload

Every year on 7/11 the 7 Eleven stores allow you to have a free Slurpee. We really like Slurpees! And so we indulged. Now I am Slurpeed out. Jordan said, "364 more days till free Slurpee day!" ~Smile~

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Life with a 14 yr old

On the house phone with friend while texting from cell phone with her uncle.  and she says she has no social life. ..

Friday, July 6, 2012

2 In A Pack

Jackson and Jeanna are 3 months apart so I call them, "My Twinkies" and tell them I get 2 sweet things in a pack. They giggle and will sometimes say, "Come on Twinkie!"

Well, today my girl twinkie turned 8 years old! She had requested a birthday party at McD's (sigh) and I gave her a surprise party there today. I don't usually do big birthday things as I really like small family gatherings, but she is one of those kids that rarely (almost never) ask for anything and I am trying to encourage her to let me know what she needs so... It was still low-key: just my kids and 1 lady from church and her 4 kids. Jack and Jeanna are glad to be the same age together again.

We are still waiting on adoption date information, but our worker did tell Jeanna that she would not have to go back to public school. Jeanna ask everyday when her "Lifep*cs" will be here. She is too excited to have her own materials and is excited to have her own desk and drawers at MHS.

To Jeanna,

Happy Birthday, Kid!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July