Saturday, July 23, 2016

Catching Them All

Pokemon Go is the latest greatest craze sweeping the nation and our house.  

We are having a great time as a family, finding, catching, and photographing these imaginary animals.  It is a great excuse to take a drive or a walk together. Sometimes they even show up during a meal. 

The best thing though is that many pokestops - imaginary places to pick up pokeballs and other game related things- are in cemeteries.  We get to see where the husband works and we get to see interesting things we would not have seen otherwise.  




Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fourth of July

Last week we celebrated the 240th anniversary of America's independence with the usual fireworks and barbecue.

It has been so dry lately that many towns around here have placed a temporary ban on fireworks.  We watched the fireworks from the top of a parking structure.

We had a yummy dinner with one of my favorite foods, grilled corn on the cob, yummy!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A week without the girl

Ivy left for a week long mission trip in Chicago with some pretty stupendous people.

  She spent the week helping to fix houses, she specifically spent most of her time helping to build a fence.

Meanwhile little Liam had to spend all week without big sister.  I cannot express how much he missed her.  We daily went over how many days were in a week, how many days she had been gone and how many days until she got back.  Not that he spent the time twiddling his thumbs. 

We worked on school, we went lots of places including Grandma's house, the grocery, even Jungle Java, a fun indoor play area. He started summer speech, which he loves.  I got a box of curriculum books, thus a super fun box and paper to play with.  He even looked through the microscope, a totally self-directed activity.  He wanted to look at a dollar bill, then a flower petal, then a leaf, then he wanted to see what crayon on paper looked like under the scope.  Seriously, he spend more than an hour looking at all kinds of things.

Well Ivy finally came home.
We had a lovely reunion over spaghetti where she told us all about her time in Chicago.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Vacation Bible School

This week was all about Vacation Bible School.  The theme was cave quest.  Liam had a blast as he sang songs, listened to Bible stories and played games -- some with water -- outside.  I helped out too but I was so busy I did not have a good chance to take many pictures.  
Ivy was a group helper for the preschool. She was so tired after a busy morning, but she made many little friends. 



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Happy Father's Day

We were in the kitchen a lot this week.

  Which got me thinking about the great food my dad taught me about. Here is a short list:

1. BBQ chicken, and how to make it properly
2. Lebkuchen, I still eat it every Christmas
3. Garden fresh veggies, especially strawberries and tomatoes.
4. Deviled eggs
5. Oyster Dressing and rhubarb.
6 Bratwurst and brotchen.

The last couple of times I talked to my dad he asked about this blog and when I was going to update.  Well, dad here is your father's day gift:  I am going to try my very hardest to post weekly right here, so you and mom can keep up with everything we are doing and learning. 

Happy Father's Day 



Court of Honor

This was the first time we had both kiddos in scouting.  It was an unqualified success.  Both received patches.  Zippy leveled up to the highest group. And both are excited about returning next year.

When Zippy put her 90 hours (each bead represents an hour) she overflowed the jar

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer is almost here

Summer is almost here.  It certainly feels like it outside with almost 90 degree days.  We are continuing to homeschool through the summer months, but it is fun to take a break and head down to the splash pad just down the street.