Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
But my memories are etched in my heart for a life time.
grace and peace,
Saturday, August 21, 2010
We packed a picnic and grilled at the park. Grilled hamburgers, chips, store bought desserts, and a large watermelon were all on the menu. This was a spur of the moment trip so I wasn't able to make food ahead of time. You know what? It was nice not to have to make a whole bunch of homemade goodies to head out for the day. It was kind of like a vacation day for me. When we got back home, my kitchen was still clean!If you ever get into this area of Tennessee, you must head out to Fall Creek Falls. Trust me...it is worth it!!!
grace and peace,
Thursday, August 19, 2010
grace and peace,,
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
My day usually starts somewhere between 5:45- 6:00 a.m. It is during this time that my husband is getting ready for work and I am downstairs making breakfast, packing his lunch, and trying to get my eyes open! (Before we go to bed at night, I usually ask a child to put coffee on for the next morning. This chore consists of grinding the coffee beans and filling up the pot with water. The next morning all I have to do is pour the water in the maker. This not only saves me time in the morning, but it makes me happy. You know like somebody else made coffee for me)!
6:30 a.m. Michael is out the door, and I have a few minutes to take a quick shower and get dressed. By 6:45, I am waking up all the kids to get ready for school. We have about 30 or 35 minutes to get ready and eat breakfast. The high school junior drives himself to school. (I am so thankful that he has a car to do that)! I take the two middle school students to school. I arrive back home around 8:00 a.m. This is when the fun begins! Seth and I eat a quick breakfast so we can get ready to start his school. He is in 2nd grade this year. By 8:30, we have finished breakfast and checked the kids rooms to finish anything that they may have left undone before school. My kids are pretty good to make their beds and at least pile up their dirty clothes. We are still working on them getting their dirty clothes to the laundry hamper!
Now it is time to work with Seth for school. He gathers his backpack and heads to the kitchen table. He spends a couple of hours working through his assignments. ( I have always loved the idea of having a school room. The first house we lived in here in Tennessee had an area that we devoted to the school room. It lasted about 2 weeks, and we moved school back up to the kitchen table. This was when all of my kids were little and I was still home schooling the three older ones. The school room concept didn't work because I was stuck away from the kitchen. When I home school, I take the extra time in between kids' questions and I work on dinner or folding laundry. I couldn't do this if I wasn't in the kitchen area). Now my days are a bit different because I am only home schooling one of our children. I have more time in between questions to work on daily chores. I teach the concept and while he works on it, I am busy preparing things for dinner or cleaning up the kitchen. I am right there to answer any of his questions, but I want him to learn to work without me having to sit right beside him. (If you are working with a child that still can't read, this method is not as effective). After seat work is finished, I always give Seth a little bit of time to play. He will often choose to go outside for a few minutes or sometimes he will play with toys. This gives me a few minutes to check the computer or take care of any business things for our family. We then come back together for reading, science, and social studies. We always curl up together to read on the couch. It is a fun time that we both enjoy. After reading, we are finished with formal school time. Here in Tennessee, I have to fulfill 4 hours of school time. In order to do this, he will work on an art project or he may get on the computer. He loves Webkins and he has learned a lot using this teaching game. He then has about 2 hours to spend playing toys before the rest of the family starts coming back home.
After I finish school with Seth, I have about 2 1/2 hours before I have to leave to get the other kids. It is during this time that I do housework. Some days I may really concentrate on the floors other days I may hit all of the bathrooms in the house. It kind of depends on the need at the moment and the mood that I am in at the time. I also use part of this time to exercise on the treadmill. Around 2:00, I am usually ready for a few quiet moments before it is time to head out the door again.
2:30 p.m. finds Seth and I back in the truck heading out to get the middle school kids. We are back home around 3:15 p.m. The school kids are usually famished so they are raiding the refrigerator and getting ready to start home work at the kitchen table. I am busy helping them while preparing more of dinner. Michael gets home around 4:00 p.m. We take a few minutes to chat as a family. The kids are always ready to share their day with him. He helps with any math homework that they have. I stay in the kitchen for that!
Football season puts a kink in my usual dinner plans. We have to eat in shifts because of the kids' schedules for practice. I hate that, but I don't have any choice during the season. After football season, we will all be back around the table for dinner once again.
Michael's new job comes with 16 months worth of school. He did Nuclear Power School once already in our first year of marriage. Now he is redoing it, but in a much shorter amount of time. He is in an accelerated program that requires a lot of study time in the evening. This has been a huge change for our family. He spends a large chunk of his evening studying nuclear things. His job depends on him doing well during this training so we are all very supportive of him. We just don't like it very much. I spend my time with the kids in the evening. Sometimes we are watching t.v. together or sometimes we are sitting on the porch relaxing. We always find time to talk no matter what we may be doing.
Tuesday evenings find me and Hope at ballet. Thursday and Friday evenings find our family at football games. These nights I have to plan easy meals. I usually have something in the crock pot or something like homemade pizzas or tacos.
Around 9:00 p.m., we are all getting ready for the next day. Kids are taking showers and clothes are being set out for the next day. Any kitchen chores that need to be finished are getting completed. 9:30 p.m. brings bedtime for the kids. The high school junior is allowed to stay up a little later. By this age, I figure he is mature enough to go to bed when he needs to. If he doesn't, then it is he who has to pay the consequences the next day. I am almost always in bed between 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. If I had my way, it would be more like 9:30!
As I said earlier, each day comes with its own set of challenges. I try to multitask as much as I can. While Hope is in ballet, I will do my grocery shopping for the week. (Her instructor won't allow parents to watch or I would stay and watch her dance). There are always errands that need to be ran or other things that are unforeseen. I try to do all of these things when I am already out picking up or taking kids to school. Fridays are my cleaning days. I want the house cleaned and in order for the weekend. We cherish our weekend times together. Michael doesn't have to study on the weekends so we can enjoy being with him more.
What must get done everyday in my world? Meals and laundry are always a part of my day. The other chores can wait until the next day, but I have to feed everybody and they must have clean clothes. I also make it a priority to spend some one on one time with each child.
Our life can be hectic. We could slow the pace down by quiting sports and ballet. However, I believe those things are good for our kids and they enjoy them. We just have to make sure that the extra activities don't steal away all of our time as a family. We have to purpose to find the time to be together and laugh and make memories.
grace and peace,
Monday, August 16, 2010
After a fun filled Friday, we spent Saturday at the football field. As you can see by the picture, this football season will bring our boys playing for a new football team. Jacob looks odd wearing the #21. He has always had the #22 on all of his jerseys. That number was already taken. He is enjoying running the football for his new team, and he doesn't care what number is on his jersey as long as he can run the ball! After spending the day at Jacob's jamboree, we then loaded up the family and headed to Chattanooga to watch Josh play for his new football team. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of him. My camera got left on all day and the battery was dead. I felt so bad about missing taking pictures of his first outing with his new team. However, I did get to enjoy his performance. He looked like a total different football player than in times past. I was impressed. It was during this moment that I missed our oldest son the most. He would have just beamed if he could have watched his brothers play football.
grace and peace,
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Here is our loft area that is also located upstairs. It is a large balcony area that overlooks the great room. We have our computer, a couch, bookshelves, and a few of Seth's toys up here. This area is in need of some more of our attention. I look forward to getting some pictures on the wall in here for sure!
Stay tuned over the next few months as we start to turn this house into a home with paint, hanging of pictures, and landscape. We also have mountains of work to do in the shop area if I ever want Michael to build me some furniture. I am tired just thinking about it!
grace and peace,
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
It has been a full summer for Missy. She was glad that yesterday was the first day of school. She finally had time to catch up on her sleep!
grace and peace,
P.S. If you have young children, babies, older children, or teenagers, an English Mastiff could be a perfect fit for your family. I have never seen a dog be any more gentle than the English Mastiff. She tolerates the explorations of children and she has a heart full of love for kids of all ages. She is the perfect childhood companion for my kids. Seth would like her to be a little more energetic, but she is always available for a good old fashion hug.
Friday, August 06, 2010
grace and peace,