Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pay off

Everett walked into the kitchen yesterday asking if or when he would attend the nearby school. I have soft talk my answer in the past, but this time I just said "No". Evie guessed at the reasoning "Because they don't get to praise God". I completely agreed and added that they don't get to go to grandma's in the middle of the day, go on frequent "field trips", cuddle and cook with mom this much, attend mid day soccer, enjoy parks when they are not crowded to have play days and such. "Oh" he said happy with our plan. So following that, we went to a garage sale and were able to take a trunk load of free clothes to our church for the homeless. We later joined some friends at a park to play prior to a tagging along on a boy scout hike (Evie asked when he would be getting his suit, otherwise known as a scout uniform. In about 300 sleeps sweetheart). Sounds like a good date at school to me. :)

So today started with hot waffles, a walk with Tegan, Ken, Max and Jake (Ken is our neighbor friend, Max and Jake are Tegan's), a by-chance pick up of materials for our craft fair (teasing you I know. . . you have to come) and a road trip to Target to solve the problem of the money burning in Everett's pocket. Everett has been receiving an allowance lately. He has shown GREAT maturity in managing his money recently. Store after store Evie either could not afford or chose not to get something. He saved enough to buy this Lego set this week. Everett spent his school time assembling it . . . ALL BY HIMSELF! He flowed the directions, fine motored it perfect, and even took this picture.
We finished our school time by making brownies for daddy. Hope you guys had a great day at school.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Evies Plans

Evie: "I want to be a mom when I grow up."
Me: "Really, why?"
Evie: "Then I could stay home too. Or be a dad; work hard and not sleep"

Sunday, September 28, 2008

How did we get here?

It does not look like much except that there was never plans for these two to share a room. Each of these cute blonds had to work their way through a high fever a while back. . . 103 for 24 hours. Somehow in order to keep the peace or meet some comfort needs of some sort, Isobel was allowed to bunk in Everett's room. Surprisingly, Isobel stayed in bed the whole night. Shocking to me since I had no plans to move her out of her crib, until the age of 3 or so :) Well, its been a little over a week. They each have their own beds, although they seem to only be an option. Isobel and Everett have been playing together even better. Their relationship is one major reason for our homeschooling. Even tonight we ignored the bedtime hour since they were playing so well on their own. We love these two, and I am so glad they are loving each other.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pumpkin Chunkin

Let them fly:

This is how they became airborne. Seven trebuchys with five pumpkins each. We had great weather. Thank you Lord for giving mankind creativeness and a bounty of goards for instant pumkin pie memories

Friday, September 26, 2008

Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

Our plans for this Saturday. Don't miss it!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

School Supplies

Would you pass this up? It's original cost at a garage sale was $10 . . . for two telescopes. Hhmm? Maybe. Still not sure? We don't have any immediate needs for one, let alone two. Where am I going to store them? I ask if he would take $5 for both? Great. Thanks. And he even carried them to the car. We are waiting for the first clear night. This is a picture of the small one.

A drill press you ask? Bran new! A cragslist special for $50. Well worth every penny for my boys, I mean MEN, to have time and skill together.

Saturday, November 15 8:30-4:00 @ Bloedel Donovan Community Building, homeschoolers will be holding a QUALITY craft fair. Everett and Ian will be working hard. You know you want to know. See you there!!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Soaking It Up

One of my mommy moments. I ALWAYS wanted to be a mom. I am so thankful I am able to stay home with our kids (to take the extra time it takes to cook with kids, to clean up the extra mess after dinner, to finish all that I ignored in order to have this time). My sweet Bel. You can be so rough and tumble and headstrong. Next you are putting on an apron and eager to please. I hope the world is ready for all that God has crammed into that little body.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

That's My Boy!

I have suffered from migraines since I was young. One hit again today. Everett crawls into our bed most mornings. This morning upon hearing his sister wake up, Everett proclaims for me to stay in bed. He delivers apple coffee cake to my bedside, feeds the dog and then gets his sister out of bed. They both come in smiling. Unable to eat, Isobel was more than happy to finish my breakfast (like most of my meals). Evie offered to take Isobel to the living room for a game or a story. Evie was so proud of "doing all the work". Thank you Evie for all the help. I am proud of you too!

Monday, September 15, 2008

How does your family take a walk?

This is us on our way home from a neighborhood festival.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Back From Vacation ( . . . still adding text)

We started with a little geo caching during our road trip. Here Isobel is sad that she is not holding the GPS. Great start. We are only a few hours into our 4 day trip . . . .

The drive is beautiful heading East on Hwy 20. Ian loves it over here.and I use to find it to brown and dry. When we were dating we drove to Twisp and back . . . just because. I had no idea where we were going. I am still learning which highway goes which way and what cities are there. Anyway, I am glad we went back. The weather was great. Sunny but enjoyable.

We rented a cabin on the Methow River. I learned a couple things during this trip. 1. Ask who is the house keeper and if there have been any problems recently. 2. Check fishing status on river. It is not nice to tempt the men in your life all weekend with fish they can not catch on a closed waters river. The lighting is not great but I love the true personalities this picture captured.

Here is my side kick in the kitchen. She cracks me up . "I help", "Me do it", "Stir, sure?"
I've learned some things in cooking with a toddler. Emphasize stir slow. Fill the measuring cup up half way twice and let her pour it in. And always use a bigger bowl than needed.

Isobel's personal goal was to replenish the river with all the rocks that were not already in it! Everett tried ans succeeded in skipping a few and seeing how far he could throw them. We all like it when Ian throws a rock straight up and listening for the cool sound once it enters the water.

Here we are mailing my parents a postcard. They always send the kids one from their travels, so we thought we would do the same.

Of course our family found a book store. The kids and I headed directly to the kids section. We fell in love with two books we had to take home. Isobel and Evie are always ready for story time!

I humored Ian by going to Eastern Wa. He humored me by attending a "Rubber Ducky Race". 1500 duckies were part of a fund raiser. Each duck was $2 and assigned a number. The ducks were dumped over bridge 1 and collected at bridge 2. The first duck there won.

What a sight to see that many duckies floating. I so wanted a ducky. But that would be a direct contradiction to our Christian beliefs . . . and the lessons we teach our children. No stealing is no stealing. Even if there are 1499 others, ALL of them are not ours. So I took pictures! On our way out, Everett commented to someone, oh so honestly, that moma wanted a duck but it would not be ok to take one. Thanks kid. Rating me out to a perfect stranger. I had not done it so

why mention it! Anyway, as I was making dinner in the

kitchen of our cabin, in flew a pink ducky. Mixed emotions, but taking it as a token of love, I laughed. Now what? I have a pink ducky. that I can not display . . . until they are older.

This was a rare sight. No daytime naps, including car time, but out like a light at night. Pretty good for a girl who ONLY sleeps in HER bed! Plus she does not travel well either. And why should she. 99% of our life and friends exists within 2o minutes of our home.

Any parent knows this is a rare sight too. We finally find where the boys want to fish. I am all ready to read in the sun . . . and I fall asleep. Or at least closed my eyes and thought about what I read.

We got a chance to befriend a few horses.

Game time by fireplace. Nice!

We had a great time. So much so, that we are already planing a winter getaway.