Mad and Jaxson dove right in!
Monday, April 29, 2013
Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?~Neltje Blanchan
Although today's sky is full of clouds and bursting with times of rain, previous days have been beautiful. Blue skies, sunshine and comfortable temperatures! The children have enjoyed playing outside when our day's schoolwork is finished (they even seem to do their chores more joyfully when the sun is shining...and so do I!). I have been lining the clotheslines with loads of clean clothes...I love the wonderful smell of them as I take them *off* the lines (and fold them) when they are dry!
The boys have gotten their cars out and set up in the "dirt pile". They also have fun running and playing in the sunshine!
Mad and Jaxson dove right in!
Xavier was ready to go within minutes of getting there. He would rather be *doing* something than *reading*...which in one way makes me sad (that he doesn't enjoy reading) but in another way, doesn't...he is gifted in many areas and God will use those things to His glory. God made him and I am so thankful! We all have strengths in different things...and that is okay!
Schooling is finished for today and now I need to continue on with housework. I need to fold some clothes and finish some dishes...then get the floors swept (on this rainy day)! We are hoping for some sunny days ahead! :) Thanks for stopping by!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
These guys and dolls make me smile...a lot! Getting to visit with my sister and her girls is so much fun for all of us! Eloise just got a trike and helmet. She has been practicing her pedaling skills and now, when coming to visits at Pop-Pop's garage, she gets to ride her trike around with the boys! It's so cute watching her go! She's a pro!
I got to snuggle a sleepy Dinah (and Jax always likes to photo-bomb every picture he can..which is okay with me...it makes me laugh!)...
Xavier got to help work some on Aunt Nen's bug! He was showing me different things!
El's trike...isn't it incredibly cute?
Aunt TiTi (aka: me) and Dinah-mite... (and, yes, Jaxson-photo-bomber-extraordinaire!)...
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The pace of life of our culture can be frantic. Homeschooling gives us the precious gift of time with our children.
~Zan Tyler, "Anyone Can Homeschool"
Even *Bilbo Baggins* likes doing schoolwork!
I have wonderfully hardy lillies growing along the front of our garage. I decided to put a rock border around them and I really like how it turned out!
Mowing and raking, raking and mowing...I take the leaves into the chicken run. They love scratching around in them to see what they can find. *And* I must say that both mowing *and* raking our wonderful workouts. It feels quite wonderful to be exercising and getting things accomplished all at the same time!
The children and I are not the only ones soaking in the sunshine! Clothes are out drying daily (hooray for clothesline weather!)...
And Jack-the-Cat is so happy that the warmer temperatures have set in!
Inside, we have been going through winter clothes and putting them in space bags to store away until colder weather sets in again. (Although I must admit, if you don't get them sealed perfectly, they don't stay vacuumed out. That is a bit frustrating!)
Our hens have been laying nicely for us...although I can't wait until our new girls come too. When they are up-and-laying after the mature a bit, we will have eggs galore! :) You really can't beat fresh eggs. They are infinitely better than store-bought! If you don't get farm fresh right now, I encourage you to search around and see if anyone is selling any. We sell ours for less than store prices and ours are *much* healthier (and fresher)!
at 3:09 PM
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
We celebrated my dad's birthday earlier this week with a small party at his garage. My sister and her girls came too! (Yay!) It was Dinah's first trip to our small town (as they live an hour away from us). We had a wonderful time visiting with family and friends...and enjoying delicious food (my mom made her homemade BBQ chicken, baked potatoes and corn she had canned last year from her garden)!
Madelyn and Eloise had fun coloring...
I was quite blessed to get a *lot* of snuggle time with my littlest niece, Dinah! Isn't she just too sweet? She is always so full of smiles and joy!
Time for lunch! Eloise thinks her cousin X is quite silly!
My Madelyn and me...
Look! It's Bilbo Baggins! ("What's a Bagginses, Precious?") Oh ~ wait...it's Jaxson! He sure fooled me! :P
Jaxson is a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. He has wanted a Frodo or Bilbo costume for a long time. Grammie (aka: my mama) surprised him with one! He was over-the-moon excited about it! He will oft-times go only in his bare feet (and thinks he is a hobbit!). He has always hated socks and even through the freezing cold winters, I have to battle with him to remember to put on socks under his shoes!
The roses that Madelyn got for me are blooming beautifully!
Monday, April 15, 2013
When tragedy strikes, as we pray for those affected, I find comfort in the little things...thankful for the commonplace in my life. To some, it may not be an adventurous, exciting sort-of life I live...but it *is* wonderful. I am thankful for it! As my heart fills with compassion for those hurting right now I know (and find complete comfort in) God is in control and He is good.
I pray you find comfort in a bit of the commonplace in your life as well...as we keep the victims and loved ones of those affected by the terrible bomb blasts in Boston earlier this afternoon in our thoughts and prayers.
Beautiful, fragrant pink roses...a gift from my Maddy-girl to me...
Simple things...such as a new over-the-sink light bring me joy! No longer blinded by bright, florescent lighting...I now tend to my dishes and things in the kitchen under a softer, warmer-sort of light!
Thankful for my sweet husband who took the time to wire and hang it for me!
A lovely gift from a friend came in the mail the other day (it's so fun to get a package!)! Isn't this apron beautiful (the photo is not an altogether flattering one of me...but I wanted to share Roxy's thoughtfulness! She *made* this for me!)??
Thank you Roxy! :)