Well August has been about as busy as we could possibly make it. Wow! I feel like my tongue is hanging out trying to keep up.
We started school on August 4, after a busy weekend going to DC for Brick Fair. Cooper finished up his extra work over the summer so got to skip 4th grade and go into 5th grade. He is starting a new curriculum this year. We switched him to Alpha Omega’s Switched-On-Schoolhouse. Pretty much all his work is done on the computer. Bryant is doing The Well Trained Mind (Saxon Math, Spelling Workout, First Language Lessons, Story of the World History, and Living Learning Science-Plants, Animals, & Human Body.) Kaylin started school this year and is doing The Well Trained Mind as well. I realized on the first day of school that Kaylin didn’t know all her alphabet. I had never taught a kid the ABC’s. Cooper knew them when he started school and he taught Bryant the letters. Kaylin would go play with Kolby so she missed out on learning as Bryant learned. Always something new! Kaylin is very excited about starting school though. She is a whizz at math!
August 5-National Night Out
We went down to the front of our subdivision this evening for National Night Out. Chester helped run the Kid Card machine so I got my CERT card printed. The kids enjoyed checking out the firetruck, swat vehicle, police motorcycle, etc. Gateway Church grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone. It was very yummy! I had a good time visiting with ones stopping in to see what was happening. Mrs. Simpson was there and I had a good long chat with her, catching up on the happenings in her life. Excited for her as she courts a man she has met. Sad to hear she will be moving out of our subdivision when her house sells. She will definitely be in my prayers as she starts a new chapter in her life. Change isn’t always easy!
I had noticed a lady while Mrs. Simpson and I were talking who was very modestly dressed and looked so sweet and wholesome. I decided I wanted to go talk to her and let her know I appreciated her modesty. I couldn’t figure out what to say exactly so I stalled around but once as I was passing her, I overheard her talking with another lady, Cindy, about the Lord. I quickly turned and joined their conversation. It was very neat to talk to two ladies, one I had never met before and one I have been to CERT meetings with and know her name but that’s about it, about the Lord. We visited for a bit before Cindy had to go. I continued talking to the other lady and we had such a good time talking. I found out their are wanting to homeschool their kids. They have a 3 year old boy and a 14 month old girl. We swapped names and numbers as I was interested in visiting more with her about her relationship with the Lord and she was wanting to pick my brain about homeschooling. Her name is Erin Godwin. Her husband is helping start up Gateway Church so that is a big deal to them right now. We parted ways when we both realized we were supposed to be potty-training kids and hadn’t taken a potty break in a while.
August 7-Parenting 101
Our 2nd son has a hard time thinking about what he is going to say before saying things. We have been working on that but some days it just seems like we are making NO HEADWAY! This afternoon son #2 decided to call his sister a name because she did something he didn’t like. So he hollers “Underwear Head” at her. Chester overheard this going on and was trying to decide how to teach him that this was not a proper response. Spankings just weren’t doing much good. Suddenly Chester had a lightbulb moment and decided to have him be an “underwear head” for the rest of the day. Ches told him to go get a pair of underwear and put them on his head and wear them for the rest of the day. (We let him take them off for dinner.) Chester had to run to town so he left. As he was coming back 2 doors down a teenage girl (about 15-16 years we are guessing) ran out to his car wearing a pair of white undies on her head. Chester’s mind starts whirring and he is just imagining that while he was in town our son had gone out and told the neighbors how he was being mistreated and punished at home. Anyway this girl stops Ches and asks him if he believes in Whity-Tidies? Ches a little unsure of how to answer, figuring he was being baited, replied, ‘Yes, I do and it looks like you must as well.” I guess there were a several people in the yard/driveway watching all this take place and they were laughing and obviously enjoying this whole deal. The girl ran back to the crowd and her Dad came over to Chester to tell him how relieved his daughter was that Ches drove by then because she wanted her phone back. I guess she had done something and her Dad had punished her by taking her phone away and to get it back she had to put a pair of underwear on her head and go ask someone driving by if they believed in Whity-Tidies. Chester just started chuckling and said he had expected them to make fun of him or something like that because at home one of his sons was wearing a pair of underwear on his head because of calling his sister Underwear Head. The neighbor dad got quite a chuckle out of that story. Chester came home shaking his head wondering what this neighborhood is coming to with parents punishing their children by making them wear underwear on their heads.
Today we had Michelle Dion, a Holistic Wellness Educator, come to our house and give our family a nutrition analysis. It was super fascinating to hear her evaluations of all of us and our eating habits. By the time she left that afternoon I felt as if I had been drinking from a fire hose all day. Wow! Brain overload! We are hoping to change how we eat to come up with a more balanced and complete diet. One of our main reasons we wanted to give her a try was to help Kolby with his eczema problem. We didn’t want to just treat the symptoms but address the root problem. We found out that Kolby is allergic to dairy of any kind, milk (including cow, goat, sheep, and a number of other milks) as well as eggs (including chicken, quail, duck and goose eggs) and is borderline to having a peanut allergy. Oh boy! This is going to be a huge change for him until he gets back to where he can eat them again. Kolby is used to getting up each morning and getting a bowl and ordering up “Ezzs, two yons” (Eggs, two ones) He is also a big cheese eater. Each one of us has a few issues that we wanted to see if we could get some help with. We are going to try to incorporate more Omega 3’s in our diet so fish and greens are heading our way. Not sure how this will all turn out but we started the journey…
We went over to David and Janelle’s for a Field Day/Ice Cream making gathering this evening. Not sure what happened to the Field Day part of it but we did make ice cream. It was quite yummy! I had to stop by Walmart to by some Italian Ice for Kolby as he couldn’t have any ice cream. Poor guy. He didn’t do too bad but was disappointed to not get ice cream. We all brought a picnic dinner and ate that before cranking ice cream I guess. I enjoyed the relaxing evening just visiting around. Patrick and Jana made it out for the first time (to a gathering at least) with their three little girls. Kaylin was so excited to get to see them in real life. Fun to watch Patrick and Jana as parents. They are definitely in my prayers that they will have the strength and stamina to keep up with the huge job they have of tending to the girls round the clock. What a BIG JOB!
Out of the mouths of babes…
One day this month Kaylin came in to ask if she could have a spoonful of peanut butter because she just kept having Hip-PUPS. She told me, “I just Hip-PUP and Hip-PUP and Hip-PUP! So cute!
Today we did school and then I made an Eggless, Milkless, Butterless cake for dessert. We had Kaylin’s birthday dinner of Pigs in A Blanket. (or Pigs Under A Blanket as she calls them a lot). After dinner Bobby and Laura came over for a little birthday party/present opening time.
Today we were able to have Kelly & Erica Neil over for dinner. Shauna was riding around with them as she was able to come by as well. It was short buy sweet. So glad they were able to stop by. Enjoyed catching up a bit. The kids had a blast together. Kaylin loved having 2 little girls to play with. (Brynn Newkirk was staying the week with Macie while her parents finished packing up to move to Texas.)
August 13-We got up and hurried and finished up most of our school today before packing a lunch and heading out to Greene County Park. We met Erin Godwin and her two kids, Isaiah & Abigail, there. The kids played and ate lunch while Erin and I had a few hours to visit. I got to hear about her accepting the Lord and share my story with her. Interesting how we came from totally different backgrounds but have come to the same conclusion that we wanted to Lord to be the head of our lives and we want to serve him with the rest of our days. We headed home about 2:00 so the kids could have naps before we headed out to sing at The Independence. (the place where Mrs. Peg & Brian Baumgardner live. There wasn’t a very big crowd to sing to because that night they had a trip to a seafood restaurant scheduled. I’m guessing a crowd must have gone out to eat! Bummer! We should have come earlier and joined them.
August 14-This evening was our boys last lacrosse practice. It was so nice of the guys to spend 1 evening a week teaching any boys who wanted to learn lacrosse how to play. I know our boys learned some. Hopefully they do it again next summer. While the boys played I ran errands trying to get things for Kaylin and Cooper’s birthday parties. When we got home I baked a cake & cupcakes for Kaylin’s tea party tomorrow.
August 15-Kaylin’s tea party was this day. See separate post for that day!
August 16-Today was Cooper’s birthday party. See separate post for that as well.
August 21-Today we did school and then I canned the rest of the day it seemed. I canned 14 quarts of peaches and 14 quarts of tomatoes.
August 23-Today we were finally able to do something for Bobby’s 70th birthday. We used David and Janelle’s 15 passenger van and our family, Bobby & Laura, and Eric & Jeannine’s family all went up to DC to the NRA (National Rifle Association) Museum. Wow! I never dreamed there were so many guns in this world. Bobby had wanted to do something together as a family for his birthday and had mentioned that the NRA Museum was very interesting. We had been hoping to do something for both his birthday and Laura’s birthday but nothing was working out. Laura wanted to do something that involved water. We had thought about a canoe/kayak trip but the weather kind of changed that plan so we opted for doing the NRA museum. It was a good thing because it poured rain. We took a picnic lunch with us and were planning on just stopping at a park and eating. When we got to the park it was raining. Thankfully the pavilion was empty! We were very thankful to have it to use.
After out yummy lunch we headed on to the museum. There were so many guns there it was overwhelming. I got the story on one gun and it was very interesting to me. It was the oldest gun in the New World. It came over on the Mayflower. Casey, I thought your boys might find this interesting. The Mayflower Wheellock Carbine is the one I’m talking about. There is a little video clip on the bottom right hand corner about it.
It didn’t take long for our littles to be DONE with the museum. I was able to play with them in a side room for a bit but then people came in so I decided we better head outside. Once again it was pouring rain so we played in the parking area that was under cover. We played Simon Says, Explorers, Airplanes, Trains, Monster Trucks, and anything else we could think up. I think they had fun and definitely used up some energy.
After we finished up at the museum we headed for Tyson’s Corner to the mall. The guys all headed to the Lego store and then on to the Tesla store. Kaylin, Kolby and I decided to go check out the American Doll Store. Kaylin was quite wowed by all the dolls and doll stuff. It was fun to show her all the stuff. We walked out of there without spending a dime I’ll have you know but man our eBay/Craigslist list is HUGE!
After we finished up our mall tour we headed homeward with a stop at Olive Garden for dinner. YUMMY! I love their salad. I bet I ate a whole bowl of it.
August 24-Sunday after meeting we had a sack lunch and then a work day in preparation for camp. These girls wanted to help so they found aprons and we gave them squirt bottles. They were quite excited and went to work scrubbing.
August 27-Bryant LOVES to draw. For school he has to do 2 sketches a week. He has been using a drawing app I have on my iPad that teaches him techniques and styles. He is doing SO WELL! This was his drawing for school today. I couldn’t do that if I wanted to probably.
Well my flowerbed tomato plants have been producing VERY WELL. Today was the first time that I felt like I got a really good load of produce when I picked the gardens. I had enough tomatoes to can some more. Kaylin was dying to help so I decided to let her be in charge of boiling the tomatoes for me so I could peel them. It was SO NICE having a helper. She kept them ready for me. As soon as I finished a batch she had more ready. I like this helper thing in the kitchen.
Today I cleaned house, changed sheets and packed for camp. Then I went to work trying to finish entering in all my consignment stuff. I have quite a bit of stuff to sell this time. I have been deep cleaning and trying to thin down our stuff we own. We have WAY TOO MUCH STUFF! On top of doing that we have all the clothes and things Kaylin and Kolby have outgrown and then I went yard saleing a couple times and got a bunch to resell. Our deadline to get things entered is Sept. 1. so I had to get it done before we headed to camp. Chester ended up taking the kids over to camp after dinner and I stayed at home for a bit and finished up the laundry and got my labels printed out. We stayed at camp in our motorhome again. Weldon and Lorianne stayed at our house.
This afternoon Melissa, Sherry, Kathryn, & Angela did a craft project with all the little girls. They made doll purses from Capri Sun bags and duct tape. Cute! While they were doing that Chester did an airplane competition with all the little boys. Each boy got a foam airplane to build and then fly.
Today was the first time it has reached 90* this month. Crazy! It has been so nice and then just in time for camp it gets hot. Weldon Stogsdill and Nate Seaborn made a trip to Lowes and bought stuff to make a Slip ‘N Slide. What fun! I was wishing I had brought clothes that were appropriate for Slip ‘N Sliding. Oh well! It was fun watching the kids and Dad’s do it. I guess a few of the ladies/girls did it as well. The plastic was wide enough that they could keep 2 lines going. Clare Patton stayed down towards the bottom to help deflect ones that were going to crash into each other or to others that were playing/standing on the plastic still. That evening the kids were all so tired. We had dinner and then meeting. Brett had an object lesson for the kids (well for us all but geared to get the kids attentions) so he ended up starting out the meeting so the kids could all fall asleep after he was done. After he finished up we had a time of just singing and praising the Lord. And yes there were a lot of sleeping children by the time we finished.
We had a little bit of a different end of camp. It was a smaller crowd to start the day off and then there was some conflict during meeting, that resulted in a number of people leaving camp or at least leaving meeting and meeting being shut down early. It gave us a lot of time to sit around and visit. I had a lot of good conversations with people. It seemed that there was a lot of pulling together and focus on just going forward and not letting the conflict set us in a tailspin. Although I hate that the conflict happened I feel that it was used to bring a number of us closer together in a really special way. The crowd was pretty small after lunch so I went in to help clean up the kitchen and take care of the left over food. Camden and Brodie were in charge of the food this camp and they did a FANTASTIC job! We had very yummy food and they used up a lot of food we had in the kitchen already. After the food was all taken care of we headed home. We emptied & cleaned the motorhome and fixed a quick dinner. It was so nice to get everyone cleaned up and in bed at a decent hour. I did work on consignment stuff a little bit. I got all my stuff entered in and tags printed before cut-off tonight.