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Its a Wrap April 12, 2015

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It was a VERY busy week here.  By Friday Steve & I were both ready to just take off on a long vacation. 

Yeah that didn't happen.  Some times I just sit down and look at my beach pictures.  Seems like a vacation that way.  Not a lot of pics from this week so I'll share some great ones. 

Beach Sunrise Hilton Head

We jumped back into school on Monday with both feet.  I've looked at the numbers.  We have to crank out the school in April, May & June to make up for our VERY slow December & January.  In one way it is depressing to not be close to finishing but we all know why so their is no guilt or thoughts of being behind.  It is what it is. 

After lunch Elizabeth & I went to the lab to get more of her blood drawn.  She has an appointment in a couple of weeks with a rheumatologist and this got a jump on the blood work that will be needed.  No fainting so that was AWESOME!

On Tuesday, I had a special opportunity to visit with a friend who I hadn't seen in 8 years.  We caught up, talked about grace, forgiveness.  We cried and prayed.  So special.  After our errands in town Megan and I got to take a meal to a friend who had surgery coming up.  Fun to see their house--so beautiful.  Her surgery was a success and there was NO cancer so that gave us the opportunity to celebrate later in the week. 


Another BIG school day on Wednesday.  Seems like it's been raining all week.  Thank goodness for the driveway work we had done so there is no more moat.  I also found the first green little  asparagus in our garden!

The big event on Thursday was that Riley & I started puppy obedience school.  She's really smart but has gotten the idea that she's in charge around here.  That is due to my not being 100% during her first year.   Not good for a BIG dog.

So we are taking lessons.  Unfortunately for me the class was FULL.  Riley not being mild mannered tried to yank my arm off and didn't have the slightest interest in learning. 

I survived.  Barely. 

It was the most energy I had expended in 9 months.  She's doing great at home so we will see about this weeks class.

See isn't that more peaceful than a 90 pound obnoxious dog?

See isn't that more peaceful than a 90 pound obnoxious dog?

Friday I tackled some work I'd been putting off.  Due to all the junk in the past two years I'm later than I like in getting Megan's transcript started.  So I straightened out some messes in that area.  After 5 we met Steve for dinner & went clothes shopping.  If you haven't seen Joshua lately well he's growing like a weed. 

Last Bible Quiz practice before Nationals was on Saturday!  I'm so ready to get our Saturday's back.  We've been on the road every other Saturday since December.  It's time to put some time in our 2015 Garden!

Big Plans this week?

Begin planning for Nationals!


Estimates on plumbing in the house


Go see hand specialist for Megan


(are you seeing a theme?)


It is a Wrap Sunday March 22, 2015

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Its a wrap

Every week I think “Can we have a normal week?”  Instead I'm coming to realize that this amount of crazy is our new normal.  Joy.

I have gotten to the point that I crave my days at home.  Monday’s are almost always spent at home.  That is probably why we get a TON done on Monday’s.  Major victory last week was that most days I was I was able to get up at a decent hour & get our day rolling.  So on Monday we really packed in the school work.   Monday is also my laundry day so by dinner time I feel like I have really accomplished somethings.


All this comes to a screeching halt on Tuesday’s.  We might get math done, a couple chapters quoted and a sack lunch packed.  Then it is errand day.  Steve and I did manage to grab lunch together this week.  Yeah—mini -date!  After I dropped all the kids off in various places, I got the privilege of sitting at  the tire shop for an hour and a half.  A couple of my tires had been steadily losing air from a couple of holes.  Not good.  It was some uninterrupted time to work on posts.  That was a blessing as was the fact that it was over 70 degrees outside!

Window seat & shelves

Wednesday started out MUCH cooler which meant Steve worked inside on projects.  He finally got the LAST coat of varnish on our new window seat and shelves.  They are so beautiful.  Before he got started on that we had someone look at our moat, I mean the driveway.  Every time it rains we have a big issue.   So soon we are going to have fixed!  YEAH!! 

school desk

Thursday was busy again.  Joshua and I had another FULL day of school.  After Megan’s English class ended, she went to a birthday party.  Lots of fun!  She dressed up as a ninja for the party.  Elizabeth moved home for 10 days for spring break.  Busy day!

In my free moments, I was getting ready for the Spring Scrapbook Getaway.  After not touching photos for a year it was interesting.  Thankfully when I loaded it up a year ago it was pretty organized.  The kids made a couple of desserts and breakfasts for some of the ladies who were going as part of their fundraiser.  On Thursday evening, we got all that finished up.

The crop started Friday morning.  We made a stop at the Amish to pick up some bulk food for a friend from Council Bluffs then we drove north of Moberly to a house on Thomas Hill Lake.  Only 7 of us went this time so it was VERY laid back and quiet.  My time was divided between digital scrap booking and the old fashioned cutting paper and arranging printed pictures.  Precious time with some of my best friends.

It is a Wrap Saturday March 14 2015

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It has been a long week!

We've been baking, making dipped pretzels, cookies & delivering food!  Thanks to all who helped out with our fundraiser.  Kids did a great job working to earn their fees to Bible Quizzing Nationals in April.

Monday was a huge VICTORY for Elizabeth.  She had a blood draw with out passing out.  Now we are waiting to find out what vitamins she's low in so we can supplement.  One big battle of having Celiac disease is that she is often VERY tired.  Even off gluten she is struggling to have enough energy.  We are hopeful that this will give us some answers.

Steve scored on Craig's list.  He found a little wagon to put on our mower, a lawn roller & spreader.  I love Craig's list!

Megan has been driving each time we leave the driveway.  She learned to back up down our long drive this week.  Fun when you can't see out the back because of your shortness.  She did great though.  Her unconscious waving at other drivers really made me smile.

Joshua and I have been moving really slow this week from a cold.  Not much getting done around here and I'm sick of being sick.  Kids helped me our trim apple trees on Thursday.   The weather has really turned beautiful so it was the perfect day for it.  I'm ready to be out in the garden & working on outside projects.  We did manage to do some school despite the sickness and temptation to be out in the sunshine. 

Spring is just a few days away!