Friday, July 25, 2008

God's grace

I got up early this morning to a dark rainy sky. I settled down with my coffee at the computer, to catch up with what's going on. I had no idea what God had in store for me. A friend had shared this blog with me a few days ago. The author is a mom who homeschools her children and they live in Canada. I began to read through a recent post and the author's words stung my ears and my heart. I do hope you have time to read her post and her thoughts on grace. I was very moved by what she had to say! Click on the title "God's grace" to read her post.

Our week so far!

We have had a busy week so far and it is not even over! Jesse and Isabelle have been attending a basketball camp in Harrisonville. They are sore each morning but are eager to go back each evening! At the same time Courtney, Sarah and Seth have been attending a VBS. They are having a lot of fun! I have had alone time each evening from 6-9pm and go figure I haven't had much to do! I did pick blackberries at a friend's house one night. The next evening I went to dinner with my two best friends! After that I have been coming home and cleaning, laundry and such! I guess I lead a pretty dull life. Tim has been working in the evenings helping all of our friends remodel their homes. I guess they are all spending their tax rebate checks? They are keeping him very busy!

On Tuesday I took the kids out for breakfast. We actually had a free dozen donuts coupon that Jesse had won on his birthday (April). It was going to expire soon, so it was actually his treat! We got our donuts and took them to the park. I won some serious "Mom you are so cool" points! We even had chocolate milk! I stepped way out of the box!

On Thursday I took Courtney and her friend Alex out to lunch at Courtney's favorite restaurant "Mi Mi's Cafe". Courtney's birthday was last week and I like to take the kids out by themselves if I can. This time we took a friend along and it was a lot of fun! There are new pictures in our photo album so take a look!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Our Day

I thought I would share about our busy day, today. We started out around 7:15am and headed for our favorite u-pick blueberry patch. For those of you who know us well, you know we do this every year. We love blueberries and they are so good for you. Usually we take along our book Blueberries for Sal and read it, ( one of the kids, not me, I am driving) on the way. Somehow I forgot this year so, I will probably read it before bed tonight. Anyway, we headed out and had such a good time with some good friends picking bluberries. We picked 40 lbs.! Our freezer should be happy! So will our tummies. We love blueberry pancakes, muffins, banana blueberry bread, and blueberry scones! I can't wait to get started.

Our next adventure today was to the water park Adventure Oasis. We once again were joined by some good friends. We all enjoyed the water slides, water falls, lazy river, and just being together! I have put pictures of our day in our photo albums. You can click on the link photo album to see them!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Back to blogging

It has been so long since I have posted on my blog I can't even begin to try to catch up. We now have high speed Internet. So I probably will be keeping this up a little better. We are all doing great. We just returned from a trip to Texas. We saw a lot of family. We had a really good time.
Summer is definitely in full swing. The kids swim just about every day. Tim traveled to Washington D.C. for work and that was a new but good experience for him. I am just busy mothering, and managing our house. It keeps me fairly busy. I still like to scrapbook when I can. I have also tried to read a little more just for fun. I am finding that my taste for the mystery/ thriller has grown! Anyway I guess that's all for now! More coming soon.

Monday, October 8, 2007

What we have been up to.......

Where do I begin, we have been very busy this fall. School is going well and I miss the kids everyday. Seth, Sarah, and I have fun while Jesse, Isabelle and Courtney are at school. We clean the house, run errands, go to story time at the library, and sometimes make it to the park ( see photo albums).

Our neighbors are an elderly couple who are 91 and 88 years old. He has been ill so we have also been giving Gladys rides back and forth from the hospital, nursing home and the hairdresser! This has been a good experience for all of us. We dearly love Dick and Gladys. They are so sweet and patient with the kids.

Our family went apple picking several weeks ago and just had a blast! We had to drive about an hour and a half to find apples. We had a very late spring frost and most of the fruit was lost. Pomme on the Range survived the frost so off we went! See our pictures in Our Photo albums.

We also went camping a couple a weekends ago. It was just perfect! The weather was great, hardly anyone else was there, and the campgrounds were pristine! You can see our pictures in our photo albums!

Isabelle has a new blog about something exciting in her life. If you click on her blog spot then you can find out what it is!

Now, last but certainly not least we went with Tim to an antique tractor pull. Most of you know Tim has an Antique tractor. It is a Massey Harris 30 ( I think). It is actually in pieces in our garage but it ran when he bought it. Anyway, some of his friends wanted him to pull their tractor at this tractor pull. We have never all gone to watch because they are so long. Well, now we can say, we have gone. It really wasn't that bad, but it was long. Tim did not pull until 1 a.m. The tractor he was pulling is very heavy so it was one of the last to go. Needless to say the kids were asleep, except Jesse and Courtney, and I was ready to go! We did have a little fun and I hope we get to go again when Tim's tractor is up and running. There are some pictures in our photo albums but brace yourselves we look like a bunch of rednecks!

Monday, August 20, 2007

First Day of School

Last Wednesday was our first day of school. I think we all were excited about school starting. Jesse is in the fifth grade. He has a seasoned teacher who loves to educate children. Isabelle is in the third grade. Her teacher is teaching for the first time this year. She is Korean. She came to the USA as a foreign exchange student about five years ago. She loved it so much she decided to stay. I am sure Isabelle will learn a lot from Ms. Han this year. Courtney started kindergarten. It is only a half-day program, 8:15-11:15. Her teacher actually has a combined class. She is teaching kindergarten and first grade together. I think this will help Courtney, having the older kids in her class. I have posted pictures of their first and second days of school in our photo albums. I had to take pictures the second day because it was chapel day and the girls always wear their cute plaid jumpers.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Toy and Miniature Museum

In Kansas City there is a Toy and Miniature Museum. I had never been there before, but I have always heard it was worth a visit. This summer the museum has been advertising an American Girl Doll display. Several of my friends and I took our daughters out to lunch and then to the museum one Sunday afternoon after church. We ate at a local favorite, Winsteads. It is a soda fountain type diner. We treated the girls to Skyscraper shakes for dessert! They were just amazed when the shakes were set in front of them! (see photo) After lunch we headed to the museum. The American Girl display really wasn't much but the girls loved the museum anyway. They had tons of huge dollhouses. All of the girls ran from house to house exclaiming " This is my dream house". It was really cute. We had so much fun I can't wait for our next Mom and Daughter outing.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Adventure Oasis

The kids have been begging all summer for me to take them to a big water park. Oceans of Fun is one option, but it is so big that I really did not want to tackle it all by myself. I found a smaller, but just as fun, water park called Adventure Oasis in Independence. We went there on a day where the temperature was 100 degrees! We only stayed two hours because of the heat but we had a lot of fun. There were big water slides that Jesse and Isabelle enjoyed. There was also a lazy river that they floated around in. The three little ones and I stayed in the kiddy area. It had slides, water fountains, a pool, and a big bucket that would dump about 200 gallons of water every 7-10 minutes. We all loved that! There are more pictures in our photo albums!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Overland Park Arboretum

Not very far from our house is a beautiful place to visit. It is called the Overland Park Arboretum. It is a 100 acre park that is set aside just to show the natural beauty of our area. It is actually in Kansas so a lot of the plants and displays have Kansas themes. I have taken the kids to the arboretum before but it has probably been at least three years since we have visited. The day we decided to go was very hot, 98 degrees. We did not stay but a couple of hours but we had a lot of fun, looking at the insects, flowers, water features, and such. We even took a picnic that was much appreciated by the local bees! There are more photos in our photo albums.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

What's going on!

This summer we have stayed busy doing the usual stuff ( playing in the pool, going to the park, having sleepovers with our friends, and VBS). I haven't kept up with our blog very well because I am so tired at the end of the day. This week I added some pictures in everyone's blog and some in our photo albums. We went to the T-Rex cafe when Aunt Ann was here and had a lot of fun. Courtney's birthday was on the 18th. She is five now! School starts in two weeks , so we are trying to get everything ready to send three kids this year! I don't know what I am going to do with only two at home during the day.