"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." Angela Schwindt

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Top 20 Things I love about Summer

Not a whole lot going on this week. Jake and Shelby both have their first games this week. I have been working the dirt in my garden getting ready to plant some new plants. It does not seem like school should be out yet. The weather is really throwing me off. I can't believe the kids are done with school as of Monday. I thought I would share my Top 20 things I love about summer.
Hope you are having a great week!

Kiana's Top 20 Favorite Things about Summer:

1. Sun, Beautiful Sun
2. Having my kids to myself for three months.
3. Baseball/Softball (Go, Cubs, Go)
4. Vacation (South Dakota here we come!)
5. Floating in a tube down the river.
6. Flip Flops
7. Swimming
8. Boating
9. Fishing
11. Biking
12. Camping
13. The beautiful birds return.
14. Gardening and growing new things.
15. Turtles
16. Frogs.
17. Lightning Bugs.
18. Campfire's and Smore's
19. Fireworks and Festivals
20. Parades

Friday, May 23, 2008

A Winner After All!

Jake came home limping after school but I immediately noticed one other thing. The huge smile he had and the look that said he was just busting with news to share. He found out that day during P.E. that he only had to meet or exceed five of the six challenges to get his Presidential Physical Fitness Award. Yes! We are all so happy. Jake is thrilled. There was no way he was going to be running the mile again anytime soon. By the time he came home from school yesterday the whole top part of his toe was dark purple and nasty looking. Just wanted to let you know he achieved success after all!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Toe Trouble

There was a a crisis at our house (at least in a 4th graders eyes) last night. Jake was, well, being Jake and somehow managed to break his right big toe. I don't even know how he did it. He was being crazy after supper. Came into the living room doing something one might call a dance and then he was on the floor. He picked himself up and sat in the chair and said that his toe hurt. At first I figured he stubbed it really bad, but them we noticed that is was quickly turning purple and swelling. Now a broken toe in the grand scheme of things in the life of this child is nothing. We can totally deal with that. After all we have already survived major infection in the fatty tissue of the eye, a second degree burn to the hand that had to be wrapped three times a day for a week so he did not have to have skin grafts, a concussion where his eyes rolled back in his head, and a broken leg that required him to wear a cast and use a wheel chair for 8 weeks. Sigh! Lets also not forget the habeneros he decided to eat straight out of our garden and then sucked on a wash cloth for hours afterward at only 2 years of age. Yes, Nana our neighbor named him lucky for a reason. Well, this is a crisis because for the last two weeks he has been working toward winning the Presidential Physical Fitness Award. He has passed all the skill requirements except for the mile. He ran the mile once and came in 6 seconds too late. The P.E. teacher decided to give him a second chance and guess when that was supposed to be? You got it! Today!! Guess that award is going to slip through his fingers this year. He is totally bummed. Poor guy. He is an accident waiting to happen. People ask me how I can be so calm when my kids get hurt. Well, all you need to do is look at the list above. If I panicked everytime this child hurt himself I would be in the loony bin!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Where has the time gone?

Here is Shelby's school picture. I got it yesterday. I look at it and I can't believe how grown up she is becoming. There are so many times now that I look at her and I see a young lady and I wonder where in the world my little girl went. It is such a tug of war. You want them to stay little forever yet you want to see them grow and become their own person at the same time. Her and I often butt heads and her attitude often leaves something to be desired, but she is also an incredibly funny and loving person. We now share shoes and she steals my makeup. She loves to read. I love to sit side by side with her on the couch and just read. I pray that as she continues to grow that even though there will be times when she can't stand me that we also continue to do things together and find common ground. Ahh, I can't believe she is finishing up 7th grade! It happened in the blink of an eye. Where has the time gone?? It really needs to slow down! Okay, I am done being sappy. LOL!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

2007 Year in Review

My Little Cubbie!

Okay, He is not so little anymore! Here is Jake's school picture. I did something a little different this time. There was an option to order a cd with the photos on it to print or order prints on your own. I thought this would: A. be a little cheaper and B. be a easier to order what everyone wants.
Everytime I order a package I always end up with extra pictures. Yes, I can always scrap them but what a waste. I am hoping this is the solution. Let me know if you want a copy and what size!


Hi Everybody! I have finally created a blog. I want a way to keep everyone up to date on what is going on in our family in our little house in the woods and My Space was only good for the people who had a My Space account. I am going to try to post at least once a week. I hope you all enjoy this page. Matt and I pondered over a name. We wanted something that fit us. Something that would describe our lives and I think that this pretty much sums it up! Kids-yes. Dogs-yes. Ticks-um, unfortunately yes. Happy Blogging!!