Sunday, April 26, 2015

Smart kids

We are all on the mend from our sickness, thank goodness.

It's trying really, really hard to warm up around here, so we did some more "spring firsts."

Campfire with S'MORES--- is there anything better than that gooey marshmallow and chocolate (can't go wrong with chocolate in anything and everything in my opinion:) and graham crackers. YUM.

The title above, Smart Kids.  Yes, the teens have all gotten on the honor roll again this past term. 

I forget to mention it sometimes because, well, they are ALWAYS on the honor roll but last term 1 didn't make it due to 1 grade and the poor dear was embarrassed as all get out. (By siblings MOM, not us) 

Yes, sibling/ peer pressure can be a strong motivation, as long as it's in the right direction, of course.

The big girls are part of the International Club they started at our school, it's new because there's not a ton of diversity here. So to encourage kids to learn about and respect other cultures the school started this up.

So the big girls went to the local college on Thursday to attend an International Event.  And I knew about it because I signed the permission slips.

What I didn't know was Paisley sang a song (she's got a great voice and loves to sing) and had to find out from someone else, someone not even a family member:(

This makes me sad. WHY? Because sometimes the teens don't get that they now have PARENTS aka "people who care" and this momma would have liked to have seen a video of this song since I did have to work and couldn't attend. But they don't think of that:(

Too many years with no parents, it takes a long time to teach them what having parents means when it comes to some of the smaller things in life.

And yes, this is NOT, by any means huge or devastating.

I'll just have to try to get Paisley to sing and post it, huh?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Yes, it's spring germ passing time. The kids are sharing colds. I'm surprised (but happy) that we have not had much illness over the winter especially since Paisley's medicine regimen decreases her immune system. 

It figures though as soon as it's warming up they have to all get sick. But it's only a nasty cold that I am sure they will get over before we know it.

We had a "visitor"  ---a certain special guy we love but don't get to see nearly often enough.

Donovan stopped in. He's been quite busy working and in his spare time he volunteers at a fire station.

That's what he was dressed for when he stopped in. See how happy he makes his sister when he visits? I couldn't get him to be quiet long enough to get a picture with his mouth completely closed:) And I even warned him these pics were getting posted.

He informed us he has now grown to 6ft 5 inches... the tallest of all our boys. Beating out Derrik at 6 ft, 4 inches.

Don't ask  short little 5 ft 5 inch momma because I don't know where all these giant kids are getting their height from. And speaking of height and short me, I finally have to give it up.....

Camden is finally taller than me. I fought a good fight, claiming to be slouching, shrinking with age, but he finally got there, taller than mom. 

My last son, taller than me. Made me kinda sad. They all are growing up so fast. Way too fast for me. 

Although this girlie here (giving me the stink eye?), she's still shorter than mom even counting the "bun" on her head- ha ha!  She's 5 ft 4 inches.  But still growing up (just not taller) too fast for me.

Something else that has gone by too fast? 3.5 years in to our new house and I started a project long over due. First we (hubby and I) disagreed with the color choices.

More like we didn't communicate well. (Imagine that!)I wanted all the new doors a very light tan shade, like the color they came.

But he would say  "white". I just said "No,  I don't want them white." And drop the subject.  Because most of the rooms are earthy tones, I wanted my tan color. 

Hubby thought I wanted some wild colors, all different for each door,  when I wanted a very tame tan for all:) 

 So once we figured out we were both on board with all 17 doors being light tan I bought the paint and hubby pulls off a door when the weather suits and I paint it on my days off. I've done 3 so far. 

The funny thing? I picked a paint that is exactly the same color the doors originally are. Without even trying to.

 Like so close I can't even tell what part I have painted and where I haven't.  Which might make you wonder, why bother?

Well.... the doors unpainted don't come clean from dirty finger prints and there's a lot of fingers in this house. So the doors are getting painted and look fresh and new, finally. And they will be able to be wiped down. 

Hubby is catching up on the trim that didn't get stained with every door that comes off too. Although that's only a few doorways because most were already done. 

Spring projects, spring colds, some spring flowers popping up. That's our start to spring time around here:)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Easter Sunday.  He is RISEN. 

Blessings from our family to yours:)