Candle Dipping & Baby Animals

JULY 29, 2019

Today the kids and I, along with our homeschool group/friends, went candle dipping at Door County Candle Co. What a wonderful smelling shop! The last time I dipped candles I think I was Heaters age and at camp. This smelled way better than a bunch of tweens on a summer day at camp, for sure. 🙂 After candle dipping we ventured a few miles to The Farm. My kids LOVE the farm. There’s a lot of interesting things to see as you walk through the grounds of The Farm, but I think we spent most of our time just beyond the entrance where we fed baby animals milk bottles and corn, held kittens and goats, fed hungry, hairy beasts and milked a goat. Tooties favorite the kittens. Heaters favorite I think is a toss up between the kittens (even though he’s allergic) and the baby chicks. My favorite the piglets! I kinda feel bad I enjoy bacon so much.

 

She’s So Sweet

JULY 26, 2019

Every now and then my kids turn into humans that I don’t even know. Lately, and I’ll blame the heat, both of them are just…… UGH. But then, when the weather cooled off, which happened to be this morning, they were back to normal… well, as normal as they’ll ever be I suppose. And I say this as Tootie is making kissy noises at me and showing me her body art she drew. Oy. 😀

Anyway, this morning Tootie wakes up, runs to the kitchen and makes her big brother breakfast in bed. Toast and green milk. It was a hit!

 

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BUBBLES

JULY 24, 2019

Remember how I told you in the last blog post that I took on a group? Maybe I didn’t. Tonight, I’m so tired from sun and fun that I couldn’t tell you up from down. Anyway, I started to lead a group within our homeschool group called Quest Club. It’s a mix of boys and girls from 3-13 years of age that want to earn badges on various topics, just like other known scout groups.

Bubbles was the theme for today. Let me tell you, it was messy. It was slippery. It was hot! But most of all it was fun! The kids had to make homemade bubble solution and homemade bubble wands. I really enjoyed seeing all their creativity, they did a great job. They also got to be inside a life-sized bubble! And IIIIIIII got to be inside the life-sized bubble as well!!!!

It was a good day!

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Tootie and Heater testing out their bubble wands. Heater made his out of Legos.
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Tootie in the life-sized bubble!

Take 2… or 3!

JULY 22, 2019

It has been some time since I’ve been on here. To be honest, I almost didn’t come back. We’ve been so busy over the past year that I was ready to let our little creation fizzle into nothing. Then a friend of mine reminded me just how much this will mean to my children later. So, here I am!

I’ll start by saying it’s good to be back writing. Journaling. If anyone’s out there, HELLO! I’ve missed you!

A lot has taken place in the last year. We’ve bought a home, got a dog, began a new homeschooling adventure, played, had tons of fun, met new friends, began container gardening, went on lots of field trips, but most of all, just simply enjoyed our days together. And those days have gone by so fast! I cannot even believe it’s been a year. My kids would tell you, “Mom, you can tell it’s been a year, you have more grey hair!” They aren’t wrong.

There’s not much to really write about today, but I do want to show you our year in pictures. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed making the memories.

 

Before I leave, I want to send a big “Thank You” to my friend for giving me that gentle nudge, you are the best!

And, we’re back!

MARCH 21, 2018

I can’t even believe it’s been THIS long since I’ve been on here. We are coming into a beautiful, but still chilly Spring. I. Need. Summer!!!!

Trying to think back to all we’ve done this past winter and really, we hibernated. A lot! We did some field trips, hung with friends, schooled at our normal pace and now here we are… back to the grind of keeping up on here.

Life really has been fun!

One thing that is super neat in our world is I created a Lego Challenge Facebook group. I needed to find a way to engage my kids into something, especially over our Winter months  and this was perfect. Each week I scour the internet for fun building activities and the kids in the group try the challenge. There are some pretty amazing things being created!

Other than that, some fun news….we are planning another trip! Out of state! This time, Florida!

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It was a Christmas surprise for the kids. I tucked letters in envelopes throughout the gift opening and they had to unscramble the letters. It was actually pretty funny to watch them try and figure it out. I’m not going to lie though, I’m nervous as all getup. The driving. That’s what I’m nervous about. and this time, there’s no family there to save me! Soooooo, let’s all just pray I don’t lose my sanity.

I am really excited the weather is changing. Winter is hard. It’s cold and gloomy. And I’m excited to be out and about. The kids and I created a bucket list for this year. There’s a lot of traveling on there. We need more ideas for our bucket list. There’s so many things I’d like to do, but I also really want to do nice simple things with the kids. Minus electronics. Minus hustle and bustle. So any ideas, I’m up for hearing them.

It’s good to be back here, writing, to whoever you all are reading this. Annnnnnd with that, I gotta go. School won’t school itself. 😀

 

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures book review

AUGUST 16, 2017

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this . I did receive a copy for my review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine.

I wanted to do something different. Expand on something we love! Which is reading. We love to read. Every night before bed we read. We’ve done it since Heater was a baby. There’s nothing better than snuggling and reading and laughing.  Or in some cases discussing. I love to discuss books with my kids. This mommas heart grows two times biggger when I hear my kids asking questions. Contemplating. Wondering. Seeking answers.

When I stumbled on a website that was offering books to review I jumped right at that! I’ve never done a review before so this is new territory for me. But, I’m going to give it my all.

The Innovation Press sent me The Girl Who Thought In Pictures the story of Dr. Temple Grandin (the world’s quirkiest science hero, according to the book)!

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Temple is autistic and this book is a perfect story of her life.

It’s a beautifully illustrated book!! Nice bright colors, cute graphics, clear type that’s easy for kids to read. And it has a lot of cows in it! Cute cows!

When I started to read the story, the very first sentence hit me, “if you’ve ever felt different, if you’ve ever felt low”, it’s a great intro because I’m pretty sure a lot of us have felt that way. Whatever our journey. Whatever our case may be.

This book of Temple goes on to share her story. Her life. The misunderstandings people had of her and her quirks. How her brain saw pictures. How she thought…  differently and the way people didn’t understand her.

I had heard of  Temple but I was unaware of all the amazing things she’s done! I’m not going to tell you them because I truly think you should check the book out and learn them yourself.

I’d like to think that after reading this book you’ll walk away feeling confident in your world. That if you think in pictures or numbers or however it may be, that you will know “being DIFFERENT might just be what makes you so NEAT!”

I cannot wait to read this to my kids. Even though we don’t have an autism diagnosis, my Heater has sensory issues and sometimes is misunderstood and I want him to know he’s still very, very special and capable of absolutely anything! Thank you Dr. Temple Grandin!

 

 

 

Roughing It

JULY 13, 2017

Just when I think my cup cannot be filled any more than it is, I am blessed with an amazing weekend. The kids and I along with some friends went camping!! Camping! You know, a tent, an air mattress, and a tiny, tiny grill.

A family member told me about this amazing place in Stevens Point and let me tell you, it’ll be really hard to top this campground

Rivers Edge Campground is an awesome, child friendly campground. The kids had so many fun things to do there wasn’t a single time I heard, “I’m bored!” Now that should tell you. They swam, they rode scooters, they rode 3 wheel bikes, they bounced on an air trampoline, played on giant water inflatables ina man made pond and sat around a campfire and roasted marshmallows. It was perfect.

I feel like this life before us is such a blessing.  And each experience I get is simply amazing. I’m so blessed to share these days with my babies.

I hope you enjoy the photos and if you’re local, I highly recommend visiting Rivers Edge.

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You Say Crayfish, I Say Crawfish….(or something like that)

AUGUST 8, 2017

Today was the best day EVER! Ok, not EVER but pretty darn close! There’s an awesome place in Kaukauna, WI called 1000 Islands Environmental Center. It is beautiful!

Our boys group which is part of our homeschool group gathered here for some Crayfish hunting! We found frogs, crayfish, worms, and minnows! The center lets you check out nets and buckets and right across the lawn is a beautiful area with little tiny waterfalls and lots of hiding spaces for these critters!!!!

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I’ve realized there just something about boys (ok, kids in general), water, nets, buckets and critters! They could spend all day with these things! If our bodies wouldn’t need nourishment I don’t think mine would have come out of the water!

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Tootie sometimes is a little bit afraid of the multi-legged things. But today, she was in there, down and dirty and her fear…. what fear??

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See her score of crayfish? She caught 5 I believe, and the biggest one!!!

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A great day, great group of kids and a ton of fun! Look at this face!!!!!!!

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