Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday

The schools across the area were closed once again. Our little home school trudged right along. My boys did not complain ~ I was pretty impressed I must say. Mrs. P kept them on task and they finished a bit early. Yay!

My day was busy with JuJu overhaul! I had a hair appointment first ~ it was very much needed to remove the white hair accents and replace it with beautiful color. After lunch I had a nail appointment. The last time my nails were done was the week before Christmas, so I was in need of nail love. I am thankful for my two "Angels of Beauty"!

Randy, Cody, Cameron and EJ have all gone to bed. Ryan and Katelyn are both working on studying. I will finish up this post and then have my quiet time. I enjoy devotions in the evening because: 
  1. I am NOT a morning person.
  2. I love going to bed thinking on what I have read
 Have a great sleep everyone . . .

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Seriously Again?

After a beautiful almost 50 degree day  the weather is crashing. The winds are whipping at up to 50 mph and the temperature is dropping. Right now, the temperature is 12 degrees. Factor in the windchill and it feels like -16 degrees. 

Here is our Weather Advisory:

WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TUESDAY...

A WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TUESDAY.

* TIMING...A PROLONGED PERIOD OF BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS ARE EXPECTED FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH MIDDAY TUESDAY.

* WIND CHILL...WIND CHILLS OF 25 BELOW TO 35 BELOW ZERO WILL BE COMMON.

* TEMPERATURE...ACTUAL AIR TEMPERATURES WILL DROP BELOW ZERO. THE COLDEST READINGS WILL OCCUR MONDAY NIGHT WHEN LOWS PLUNGE INTO THE 10 BELOW TO 20 BELOW ZERO RANGE.

* IMPACTS...THE EXTREME COLD IS DANGEROUS FOR ANY EXPOSED SKIN. FROSTBITE CAN OCCUR ON UNPROTECTED SKIN IN AS LITTLE AS 10 TO 15 MINUTES. THE RISK OF HYPOTHERMIA IS HIGH IF PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS WILL RESULT IN FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA OR DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

You all want to join us, right?

The winds are blowing harder than I have ever heard them - short of the tornado a few months back. Our heavy wooden furniture has been moved all over. There have been things that have hit the house - still don't know what all has hit it. I certainly hope we don't have any damage.

Katelyn and Ryan went with friends to Winter Jam tonight. They are just getting out of there. I will certainly be glad when they are safe at home. I am thankful Katelyn didn't drive . . . Thank you so much Tonya! I imagine it will be white knuckle driving all the way home.

Be safe and STAY home!

 

The Adventures of Finnigan in Pictures

A week ago we received Finnigan's stretchy duck leash and harness. Today, Finnigan went on his second lil' walk around the yard. We are keeping him close to home because our neighbors caught this guy in their back yard . . .


Yes, you are seeing correctly, Mr. Coyote. Our neighbor reports actually seeing two in her yard one day. We are being ULTRA cautious with our Boys, Furry babies and Feathery babe.

Back to Finnigan . . .

The weather is beautiful today, so Katelyn took Finnigan out for a little walk. He started his little walk in the front yard.

Whew, the snow is a little cold on the flipper feet! Did you know the ducks have little "heater" type feet? Finn's feet get very warm!

Now, this is more like it!


 I am "beautiful" and I know it! Doesn't he look like he is smiling?


Beautiful sky!

Back to the cold stuff on the way to the back yard.

Cayuga and Mallard ducks are swimming in a little clear water at the base of our yard.

All of the Cayuga ducks are there . . . Aidan, Higgans, Drakan, Moche, Jinx and we can only guess that Sullivan and Herridan are there as well.

Hang on guys . . . as soon as I figure out HOW to get out of this contraption I will join you!


 Or . . . not.


 Sorry Finnigan, your legs don't let you join in on the ice.


 Besides Finnigan . . . someone has said, "Finnigan is not a duck, he is a PEOPLE with feathers!"


 Katelyn and Finnigan . . .


 Doesn't Katelyn's shirt look like she is a Cayuga duck too?

Poor Finnigan . . . guess he will have to go back inside and endure the love, fluffy beds, fireplace, all the food he wants, television - yes, he watches, warm soaks in the tub and plenty of snuggles.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Normal?

This evening was pretty normal around our house . . . if you can call our house "normal".
  • Finnigan took over Emma's suitcase bed again. 
  • Emma snored the evening away.
  • The guinea pigs ran around their cage and made a bit of noise.
  • I fell asleep on the couch.
  • Randy had the boys upstairs.
  • Katelyn was busy reading.
  • The duck pooped on me - yes, it was nasty. Maybe I shouldn't have held him up so he could practice flying. Note to self - don't do that again. 
  • Ryan worked on another Stop Motion Video . . . he is getting pretty good at it.
  • Mia, Beckett and Sophie napped the night away.
  • Seeley Booth was with the boys and Daddy upstairs.
  • As I write, little Sophie keeps nudging my leg . . . I tried to pick her up and she runs to her little Monkey bag carrier. She is trying to tell me it is bed time.
I suppose I should take her nudging and head to bed. G'night all.



COLD!

Baby, It Is COLD Out There . . . as I write it is 9 Degrees! 

We are planning to stay home tonight where it is nice and cozy. Dinner is in the oven - the house smells scrumptious. Meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, green bean casserole and croissants. We love home cooked meals!

I took a few photos of the roads this afternoon in our area . . .



A little slick out there!

Excuse the lighting - the large windows in the office give off a bit of glare. Beckett, Sophie and I were snuggling while waiting for the boys to finish school today.



Selfies aren't usually my thing, but decided to give it a try. Fun, but seems weird to take a picture of myself.

 Have a great night.



Sunday, January 19, 2014

Forgiveness

The weekend is once again at an end. The boys are all in bed, Emma is snoring, the guinea pigs are being noisy . . . you get the picture.

Today as we sat at the dining table - after dinner, we had family devotions. It was a very good devotional for today . . .

Proverbs 1:7 
Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord. But foolish people hate wisdom and self-control.

Talking to the boys about respecting God, the all-powerful One who made the universe. Who also made us with all we are - He deserves our love, respect and devotion.

We also read to them, Grace for the Moment - Max Lucado. We discussed The Lord's House. 

Matthew 28:20
"I will be with you always."

We read about David and his words, "I will live in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6

We discussed the wonderful news that when you love Jesus, He is with you wherever you go. God sees and knows everything about you. God sees the good and the bad. 

Then we paused . . . I brought up one of the questions from the other day that no one had admitted to. I asked "Who" and "Why". Without prodding, one of our boys spoke up and said, "it was me." I was relieved to hear that child get the lie of "I didn't and Not Me" off of his heart. We then reminded our children that when you do something that hurts another by word or action that they should ask forgiveness of those involved. Right then and there two boys asked forgiveness of their siblings and Mom and Dad. They were reminded to make sure to talk to God about it too.

I am thankful for God's forgiveness!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mr. Not Me and Mr. I Didn't

We had a pretty good Saturday . . . except for a few "What in the Worlds" and "Alright, who did that?" questions. 

Of course, Mr. Not Me and Mr. I Didn't joined us . . . 

  • Who peed in the Bearded Dragon spritzer bottle?
  • Who hid the spritzer bottle of pee by EJ's bed?
  • Who broke Cody's new Bobcat tractor?
  • Who hid a bag of chocolate in the library?
  • Who ate the chocolate from the bag in the library?
 We did get the answer to the "Who hid a bag of chocolate in the library?" question. No one ever fessed up to the other four questions.

We know for sure it wasn't the girls in the house.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Strange

The week is almost at an end . . . it is a welcome thing! The boys are grumpy at one another and have been for days.

This morning I took the bitty girls - Sophie and Beckett to the Vet for shots and a normal check up. They are both doing great and weighed 4.8 - Sophie and 3.6 - Beckett AFTER breakfast.

My January 16  has been kind of strange . . .
  • Through the night Emma barked on and off.
  • Weird dreams.
  • Finnigan was being all lovey - I gave him a little kiss on the end of his bill and he snuggled into my nose. I tried to give him another kiss and he nipped my upper lip. Shamie duck.
  • It rained a little, snowed a little
  • I received a smaller kennel for the duck so Seeley Booth can have his back. I received it today and it had several extra parts and ZERO directions for assembly.
  • My Lysol spray came up missing from my tiny little bathroom at work. I was not happy.
  •  The boys consistently wanted to CHAT with me during their schooling. What is up with that?
 
I am thankful my day was not bad . . . strange is o.k.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Home School

It is only Tuesday, but it feels more like a Friday . . . it has been a long week with the kids and their schooling. I am frustrated a bit. The boys (three out of four) have deemed this "mess around week" and don't think it important to do their school work. Momma does not allow "mess around week" and insists their schoolwork gets done. 

People have asked me about how WE homeschool the kids, so I thought I would post about it for those interested.

The boys are enrolled the Abeka Academy Home school, and I cannot say enough good about it.

Here is how it works - for us:
  •  Each of the boys have their own desk and computer with ear buds. 
  • Each grade has its own Teaching Manual, Teacher Quiz Answer books, Teacher Test Answer books, Grading Scale and instructions for each grade for the school year.
  • Each grade also has the Student textbooks, work pages, quizzes, tests and reading books.
  • The Teacher manual lists the assignments for the day and homework.
  • The boys each log onto their computer and then the Abeka Academy web site for the student.
  • Once logged on, the subjects list the Lessons the Child is to complete. Bible, Math, Language, Reading, Spelling, Penmanship, History, Science, Health, Art
  • The child listens to the day's lessons with the Abeka Academy Classroom. A Certified Teacher teaches each lesson and then the student completes the seat work and home work. If there are tests, the student takes the test with the video students. It is all very interactive.
  • After each lesson for each subject is completed, I like to have each child "check out" for the day. Each of the boys will bring their work to the "teacher" (which is myself or Mrs. P) who will go through each subject in the Manual and match the daily work turned in.
  • If the child needs help with a subject paper or doesn't understand something in the assignment, Mrs. P or myself are there to help.
Home School allows for the customization of a subject or learning style to meet the needs of the child. I know where my kids lack and we work at addressing it so they understand fully. In our Home School, I choose to follow the Abeka Academy Manual so we are sure to not miss anything.

For the most part, I highly recommend Home Schooling your children. However, there are those days that are challenging . . . you simply have to work through them.

Here is a link to Abeka Academy, there is a lot of information and video to show you how the Home school works.

 

Monday, January 13, 2014

It was a Pretty Good Monday

This morning the boys decided to count the number of lessons left of the school year. They are yearning for summer and cannot wait for the carefree days. 

I suppose count down should begin sometime, but they still have 84 lessons left for the school year. They don't seem to think that is TOO many . . . 

Today was a bit of a rough schooling day. Three of the boys didn't think schooling was important today - which made for a rather long day. They did get their scheduled work done, but it took a while which meant they couldn't go outside to play while the weather was nice. Hopefully, they will remember and do what they need to the remainder of the week.

I was able to get a lot done at the office . . . It was a good day for that, of which I am Thankful!

This little gem was on Facebook tonight - Ann Voskcamp.

 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Man Food? Yuck

I hope your Sunday is God Glorifying and Happy. Our day has been pretty slow - which is very welcome in our home.

This morning I took the time to do a little ordering - Randy needed new underwear and long sleeve - order done. The guinea pigs were down to one bag of food - order done. Dog food, dog treats and floor cleaner - order done. I absolutely LOVE online ordering . . . it makes life much easier.

This past week, I have restocked our pantry . . .



I love our pantry . . . especially when it is full and a little overflowing.

Randy went to the grocery store the other day for a few odds and ends . . .
He came home with this . . . NASTY fake meat! He loves it, I gag when I smell it cooking. Man "food" I guess.



 


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Finnigan the Duck

Back to school work today . . . I must admit it felt good to get back into the "norm" of things.

I am thrilled the weather has warmed a bit. We made it through the horrible wind chills. The Cayuga ducks made it through outside in the winter storm. We provided them with shelter, hay and food.

Finnigan is doing very well. He has taken to House Duck life and tends to RULE the roost. Tonight he began by sitting in front of the fire on Mia's suitcase bed . . .


Then after he had his fill of the fire and Mia's bed, he began pacing in front of the couch - back and forth, back and forth. I was laying on the couch and apparently, he wanted up on the couch with me. Silly duck!

Finnigan is displaying quite a few personality traits and how smart he is. I really would never have imagined that a duck would:
  •  eat dog food
  • drink from the dog bowls when the dogs drink
  • share a fuzzy doggie bed with a dog
  • snuggle with a human
  • play
  • quack when the dogs bark
  • jump up and waddle quickly toward the door while quacking when the door bell rings
  • climb stairs from the main floor to the upstairs
  • climb stairs to get a closer look at the fish in the aquarium
  • have his own conversation
  • quack when he is ready to go to the kennel for the night
  • quack when he is ready to get out of the kennel
  • walk from one end of the house to the other and get into his kennel all by himself for the night
  • once in a while, he will antagonize one of the dogs by poking them in the behind with his bill
  • he will also follow the dogs around
  • he is very social

This could have actually been Finnigan in the egg.

 This is Finnigan a few days old. He had spraddle legs, so we applied a regular bandaid the held his legs so they didn't go to the sides too far.

 Three of the six ducklings.

 Finnigan guarding the dog/duck food.



 Finnigan decided to try out the new Cozy Sak. (crazy lighting)


 Checking on the fish in the aquarium.


 
 Hey you fishies . . . Are you in there?

 Watching other Cayuga ducks on you tube with Katelyn.

Sneaking up on the couch when no one is looking.


 If Beckett can love on Momma, then I can snuggle on Momma's head.


 
 Momma was resting on Saturday afternoon when Finnigan decided to jump/fly up onto the couch and lay down on Momma's legs.


A sleepy Finnigan. 



 We love him!

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What a Day!

Today was one of THOSE days . . . 

  • The boys fussed with one another continually.
  • I had a nasty headache.
  • The oldest boy told me his room was done and Daddy ok'd it 
  • Found out Daddy didn't o.k. it . . .
  • Chores were ignored
  • Momma became irritated
  • Daddy was really grumpy 
 Well, we all headed upstairs to go through Ryan's room, it was NOT clean and tidy. 




  This momma kind of growled a little . . .

Katelyn handed me Apollo, the Bearded Dragon. She crawled off of me and onto the bed . . . toward Beckett and Mia.


Mia immediately moved and Beckett really gave Apollo the look before moving away from her. Apollo is so spikey looking!


The closet and chest of drawers is all organized and tidy.












Christmas Vacation, PLUS our snow days ended with Four Boys with clean, tidy and organized bedrooms.
 
Now . . . The kids are taking baths and heading off to bed.

Katelyn and I are going to catch up with NCIS!

 
 

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