Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sethie is 8!

Mint chocolate chip cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

Having a friend over to help put together a new LEGO set. 


LEGO gears and motor!


Happy birthday, wonderful boy of mine!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

A Little Community Spirit

The Moscow Community Theatre is doing "Anne of Green Gables" this fall. I'm in the cast, and have been helping sew costumes. 

Today, a bunch of the cast dressed in costume and walked in the Homecoming Parade, handing out flyers with show times.

Although they aren't in the show, my girls were invited to be in the parade. 

While waiting for the parade to start, Abi got to get up on the Frozen float, chat with Elsa and Anna, and even sing part of "Let It Go" with them! Made her day. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mini Farm

Some snapshots of our visit to a friend's sustainable organic farm just outside of town. They raise meat rabbits, milk goats and a cow, chickens, ducks and a lovely little apple orchard. We got to help pick apples and play with the baby bunnies. Curly tried milking the goat, and we tried breeding Holly again to their buck.

Also, the Nerd in his native habitat. 

Fall Things

Happy fall colors and yummy fall treats. :)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Happy 5th birthday, Bean!

Bean invited his brother along to his traditional birthday lunch. I was surprised, since those two don't often get along. Then, I remembered that one of the reasons they don't get along is that Bean adores his big brother with a noisy, overwhelming passion, not always to Mister's taste. I think Bean scored points by inviting him to lunch. 

Curly made Bean's cake. That's Fluttershy the pony on it, which is Bean's current favorite cartoon character. He got to pick the flavors, and he picked strawberry cake with lemon frosting. We were all a bit concerned that it would be a strange combination, but it tasted like strawberry lemonade, and was actually quite good. 

For gifts, Bean got a Thomas train and some track, a balloon animal kit, lots of glow sticks, a few clothes and miscellaneous small things. 

I forgot party hats, so we made balloon party hats!

We got out all of the glow sticks and had a huge glow-party. There was a ring toss, glowing lanterns, and a game involving Mario coins that the boys made up at lunch. I love it when they take care of the party games for me!

Happy birthday, Bean! We love you so much!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Plumber For A Day

We have a toilet in the basement that was leaking nastiness all over. Hubby had fixed it twice, but it never stayed fixed. He was frustrated, and understandably so. 

The problem was that the back-flush toilet (used because of the cement slab underneath) combined with the rigidity of the sewer pipe and wax gasket meant that the gasket was constantly becoming unseated. And leaking. 

We discussed options. Drill out and plumb the cement slab. Ugh. Make a new, super-duper-solid platform for the toilet. Possible but still ugh. And no guarantee of working. 

I looked on Google for a gasket that has a little give in it. I found and ordered the "Sani-Seal" gasket. For good measure, we decided to add a flexible rubber coupling onto the pipe itself, to make it slightly less rigid. 

Today, we installed everything. We're crossing our fingers that there will be no more leaks!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Student of the Month

Proud of you, Abi!

Adapting Lessons

If you're curious, this is how we adapted today's history lessons on mummies and pyramids. 

When we read the book about mummies, Abi had trouble visualizing what the mummies were like, so I wrapped her in toilet paper and made her into a mummy!

Then, when I read about building the pyramids, we made a little model out of play dough of how it worked and what the pyramids looked like. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Abi Quotables

This may *look* like a stylish pink visor. It's actually a front bumper to try to reduce goose eggs on Abi's forehead! Style is a bonus.


Also, Abi has been on a roll lately with the cute things she says. Here are just a few:

Abi: "Daddy, is it dark outside?"
Matt: "Yep. It's almost night."
Abi: "That means the sun is getting ready to visit Ethiopia. It's packing up. Bye sun! Have a good trip and I'll see you tomorrow!"


Me, when studying Braille vocabulary: "What is dot-5-R?"
Abi: "Right! Like when Emily Elizabeth is hiding and Clifford can't find her and she says, 'I'm RIGHT here!' Like that!"
Me: "And 'here' happens to be dot-5-H."
Abi: "Like when Emily Elizabeth and Clifford get to the library or to the school, and then Emily Elizabeth says HERE we are, Clifford! We are HERE now. Like that?"
Me: "Yep."


Me, teaching about states of matter: "If we freeze water, what does it make?"
Abi: "Ice!"
Me: "And if you melt the ice, what does it make?"
Abi: "Water!"
Me: "And if you heat the water more, what does it make?"
Abi: "Food!"
(I love homeschooling.)


And lastly...

Abi: "Mommy, I'm glad Jesus got me such a good family."


Rite of Passage?

Curly got tipped off Hazelnut (horse) into the dirt and fractured her elbow. The good news is that she was wearing her helmet and will be fine in four weeks. 

The bad news is that she continues to have trouble bossing Hazelnut around. Hubby and I are talking about what to do.  

The good news is that Curly isn't scared and she got right back on again. Even with a broken arm. Then she realized how badly it hurt and she got off and we went to the ER.

Never a dull moment. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014