Thursday, December 31, 2015

Polaris Camp

It may have been rainy, and one kid may have been in a cast, but the boys made it to Polaris this year!  They had a great time, and I think getting out of the house right after Christmas was probably a good choice for them.  They needed a little less sister-time and a little more boy time!

Monday, December 28, 2015

From the Heart

During our tree decorating, one of my favorite ornaments fell and shattered. I was pretty sad about it. I held it together pretty well, but it really was one of my very favorites, and I was visibly upset.  On Christmas morning, I unwrapped a gift from Asa. He had gathered the pieces and glued them all back together again!  Sweetest and most thoughtful gift of all time.  I love this ornament more now than I did before!

Sunday, December 27, 2015


I tell ya, this was a Christmas to remember.  First off, the rain was relentless.  It came down and would not stop.  Everything was flooded!  The animal areas looked like a solid sheet of standing water.  It was awful!    Because of all this mess, my heat lamp in the chick brooder fell off the top of the box and landed onto a tupperware lid.... which caught fire.  I saw smoke billowing out of the chick brooder and had to open it up, deal with unplugging the light (which was sparking), and not get killed since I was standing in ankle deep water.  Fun times!  At the Christmas Eve Eve party, Asa decided to use Mim's elliptical machine to play "Catapult the Cousins". He hurt his arm pretty badly, but toughed it out until Christmas Eve night when he looked at me and said, "Mommy, I need to go to the Emergency Room."  So, our family had its first cast.  Just a few hours later, on Christmas morning, Addison woke up at 5:00am and puked off the top bunk of his bed... straight down into many different Lego bins.  Nice way to start the day, huh?  Even though I had to wash groups of individually separated Legos in different lingerie bags, it was still a wonderful Christmas!  God is good.  So very good.  I am excited for the changes that 2015 brought (even though our nerves are shot!), and I am ready to see what 2016 holds in store.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Virtuoso Christmas Concert

Addison did an amazing job in his recital!  They played for 2 or 3 but a BUNCH of pieces of music, and they were all challenging!  I am just so very proud of these kids and director who, unlike public or private school, meet only once per week for rehearsals.  I believe there were only 7 practices together before this Christmas concert, and that impresses me very much!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Star Wars Day!

It's a big day today.  There is a buzz in the air.  It's one of those rare occasions where you want throughout your day and feel in tune with a large number of the people passing you by.  It was a day when your 5 year old marched around everywhere she went in full Princess Leia buns.  It's Star Wars release night... and this momma surprised her family with tickets to the first show on opening night.  Yup.  I rock.

I was so very glad the girls could come and experience the electricity that is in the air at a movie showing like this.  The crowd participated.... they clapped... they laughed... and Ivey and Olive was looking around in wonder. 

It was a great night, and I am glad we made a big deal out of it....
Cause it's kinda a big deal.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Field Trip!

I took all four kids (one of them against his will) to see the shortened, school field trip production of the Nutcracker at the Fox Theater.  We maneuvered our big ol' bus right through the city streets and even managed to park without too much issue.  The kids really enjoyed this special pre-Christmas field trip!

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Olive: "I don't like word problems because I think too much about the words and not about the numbers!"

Me: "Well, you need the words to know what to do with the numbers. They are both important. See, I'll tell you a story and you tell me if you need to add or subtract.
'Simon killed 3 squirrels...'"

Olive: "SUBTRACT!"

Me; "Wait! You don't know the rest of the story yet. You can't know it's subtract because I'm not finished!"

Olive falls into stress mode. Shoulders raised. Eye brows furrowed.

Me: "I haven't finished, Olive. What are you subtracting?"

Olive: "The number of squirrels from the whole number of squirrels in the world."


Olive: "Ooh! Can we play the video games!?"
Me: "No. I don't have any quarters."
Olive: "Okay."

Olive looks back up at me...
"I sure handled that well."


In response to our getting a livestock guardian dog, which will happen soon....

Olive: "I've never had a dog before. This is a big time in my life."


Ivey, after trying on some new clothes: "Momma said this makes me look like I'm 8."

Olive, unimpressed: "Well, some people tell me I talk like I'm 8."


"Momma, where is a clipboard??  Asa says I can have a 'play day' with him!"
(The girl loves to sit beside him and take notes as he plays Minecraft.)


Olive: "I love giving Christmas presents cause even if they don't like what you gave them, they can't say anything about it."


Olive: "I did all my laundry before church, and now I have my whole day planned out."


Tuesday, December 1, 2015


So, although Asa really didn't want me to take any pictures, I just had to post some!  Konos Juniors put on the musical Mulan, and Asa and his classmates did an absolutely fabulous job!  Although he didn't want to get up there on stage at first, by the end, Asa actually admitted that he had a great time.  What a production!