Monday, May 14, 2012

Our 2012-13 school year starts...

next week!  LOL  This is one of the many joys of homeschooling--flexibility!  We were scheduled to start today, but we have had such a busy 2 weeks that I made the executive decision to start next week.   

 Homeschool events, co-op planning meeting, VBS planning meeting, Charlotte's birthday, going away party for the Vincents, fellowship meal at church, dance rehearsals for recital, recital, Mother's day... on top off numerous chiropractor trips for my thrown out back!  Who says homeschool families are recluses and social outcasts?  They obviously have not met any real life homeschool families!  We are looking forward to a relatively quiet week at home and being able to give the house and yard the attention it desperately needs.  One of my biggest to-dos is to paint the playroom-turning-boys-room this week.  Musical rooms cannot begin until that is done.  

Here are a few pics from our week:

Troy took Connor, Jacob, and Grace to the store but Shaoey didn't want to go.  She wanted to stay with mama on Mother's Day.  So while the others were gone we took a little nature walk around the yard and turned it into a little Shaoey photo shoot.  I just love this princess so much! 

She is trying to catch a moth.  She's planning her move....

And goes in for the catch...and missed, but had fun!

Oh that joy and smile is just too much for this mama's heart!  

This is a special tree that we "won" at an auction a few years ago  to benefit A Pregnancy Center and Clinic..  We planted it in memory of our daughters' birth moms.  As a reminder of the life they gave our girls.

My sweet and sexy man!

Vincents--just for you!  Mama cat and kittens are doing great!

Our beautiful ballet princesses.  They did an AWESOME job at recital.  We are so proud of them.  Shaoey has since told us "I LOVE being on stage!"  


End of year field trips

One of the joys of homeschooling is the ability to take cool field trips as often as we like and we took 2 in two weeks!  Our first was to Blahut Strawberry Farm.  The kids had a fantastic time. I think they ate their weight in strawberries and then we got to bring home a couple of buckets.   We ate some that night with yummy homemade whipped topping and we sliced some and froze them.

Our next one was to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.  This was an amazing wrap up to our WWII co-op class (Thanks, Theresa and Carlie!).  We had a great tour guide and the kids were fantastic.  They displayed a wealth of knowledge and had great questions about what they didn't know. (Parents, you were well behaved, too.  Well most of you, boys you know who you are!  LOL)  Our group also had the privilege and honor of meeting a man who was actually in Big Red One.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Introducing the newest members of our family

We are so blessed to be caring for our friends' pets while they move to TX and get settled.  We are so excited to watch God working in their lives and to follow them on this new adventure.  

Leah and Smokey
Mama Leah and her babies

Reeses PB Cup aka Mr. Nibbles

I thought I'd throw in an updated pic of our newest chicks, too.  They're 2+ weeks old now and doing great!  We didn't lose any from our batch and they are growing rapidly.  I am VERY ready to put them outside.  If our weather keeps like it is, I think I can move the coop out in about a week or so.

So this brings us up to 7 cats, 38 hens, 1 rooster, 1 dog, and 1 guinea pig!