This is nothing special, well to you anyway. I'm not a scrapbook type, or a baby book writer, or even a picture printer. I'm terrible at recording memories. This blog is my attempt at holding on to some of my life as a Christian, a wife, and a homeschooling Mom of 5. I am a country girl that lived in a big city for 14 years, and moved to the Deep South for quiet, quaint, small town living.

Monday, February 28, 2011

100 day!

We have come to another important day on the school calendar.  I don't remember celebrating this momentous occasion in school, myself, but hey- what's another reason to party?
We have reached our 100th day of school!
For Liv and George is means a few things.

They get to count out their 100 pennies that they have earned for each day of school, group them, exchange them for nickels, then dimes to spend at the dollar store.  (I spotted them the 6% sales tax)
Livia was in charge of filling out the 100 day chart this year. 
George was in charge of filling in the calendar everyday.
For some reason, they were surprised that it was 100 day.
Not like we haven't bee counting down for 100 days!
It was interesting to see who just grabs the first toy they see, and who contemplates.  
I knew Liv was a thinker, but it was funny to see George weigh his options.  
Ginnie was perfectly happy with her play baby bottle from the beginning.
I could not get a good shot of them paying for their transactions, while wearing the baby, chasing after Ginnie, and not annoying the lady in line behind us.  
Liv purchased a bag of toy lizards, George, and gun contraption that shot off foam airplanes, and Ginnie a bottle for her baby doll. 

We had more counting/eating/partying planned, but it was the first nice day (70 degrees!) we forgot all about 100 day and played outside for the rest of the day.

George will be in charge of recording on the 100 chart next year for his Kindergarten work.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Canoli face

Don't tell her the cream is missing! 

Oh dear, she melts my heart!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Area Rug

We are seriously blessed.
My sweet Uncle found and delivered great carpet for us to install.
Our sweet friend gave us a wonderful recommendation for a carpet installer dude.  
(Who was awesome!)

We had some carpet left after putting it in 2 bedrooms, the hallway, and stairs, so Troy and I decided to use it for an area run in the living room.  It ended up being a big area rug!  I was going to roll it up during the warm weather months, but now I'm not so sure....

Anyways, Troy ordered some carpet binding online and we did it ourselves.  It doesn't look completely professional, but we are Ok with that.  
It is a good, cheap way to have a little insulation on the main floor.  
I can't believe how much quieter things sound!
We did it when the kids were in bed, but the kittens were just as curious as the kids would have been.
Oh yes, and my Uncle even got us padding!
See what I mean, not quite professional.  ha ha.
It was def a two person job.  
Troy unrolled and held it, while I lined up the adhesive and pressed it on the bottom of the carpet.
He had to do that job, because I know I would have gotten mad at the obnoxious coil.  
Troy is MUCH more patient than I.
The we glued it on.  
I got to glue and Troy got stuck holding it together until it was secure.  
He got more burnt fingers than me!
Some bonding time (no pun intended), a few red fingers, a blister or two later....
We had a bound area rug!

Now, who wants to paint????

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Buddy and Jovie

Or Buh-ee-Dovie as Ginnie says and my sister got stuck in my brain!

They are more than surviving, they are thriving!  

 I love them not just because my kids love them,
 or because they are quirky like us,
 (they even eat spilled cocoa krispies, and meow at the ceiling fans)
but because there have been no signs of mice after a few weeks of getting our kitties! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The only good thing about Grocery Shopping

I hate leaving the house for stuff I HAVE to do.  I'm not really a fan of leaving the house for anything, it is way too much work.  
So when I have to leave, deal with crowds of people, pay hard earned money (thank you Troy!) for food that seems to be getting more expensive by the week, AND have to lug it all home, hopefully without children tagging along because THAT is another tale of woe, I cry a little.  

Did you get all that whining that made up the run on sentence of the year?

I know I should be thankful we live in America where food is available, our family has money because of Troy's good job, and I'm healthy enough to carry the bags of food from the store to our home.  

And I am.  Of all of it.  Especially when I finish putting it all away and see this lovely sight.

God is good, and I am thankful. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

When the weather is not pretty

Tents are always a favorite pastime.

 Ginnie is always eating, even if it is for pretend.
 This is a two room bungalow.
This lovely estate has cathedral ceilings.  
One of these kids better become an architect after all this work!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pickleboo Me

My sister cracks up that George mispronounced Dispicable Me and said Pickle Boo Me.  She has this weird way of getting the mess ups into your brain so that is how you think of it from now on.  I still call chocolate milk Aninook.  Thanks Carlie- this is for you!

 If you have seen the movie, there is no reason to explain.
Except for the fact that we dressed up George as a girl.
The only reason I have for that is ..... well, it was funny!
 And George was Edith.

He didn't last very long in the photo shoot.  
He could barely stop laughing before he ripped off the pink hat.  
Troy thinks I scarred him.  
Just imagine Maggie in a minion costume and I think Halloween is DONE!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Love is flexible

Especially when you are puking your guts out.
That was me.
On Valentine's Day.
It is a good thing that we don't put too much into V day around here.
We do 365 days of love!

My traditional heart shaped meatloaf was postponed and Troy saved the day by graciously following through with my back up plan of heart shaped delivered pizza!  I don't even remember if I yelled to add any veggies from the bathroom.  My head was otherwise occupied.  Blah!

 As if the kids cared. 
 Oh, but their little eyes perked up when they saw gift bags of goodies after dinner.
 I love that my kids think socks are a fabulous gift!
 Liv could not wait to try growing mini pots of strawberry plants.
 Yes, they were STILL going on and on about the socks.  
Don't you know there is chocolate right in front of you???  
I don't get them sometimes.
 The meatloaf was made the following night when I felt like a new woman.  
NOW Valentine's Day is complete.  
(Well, I'm still enjoying the dessert(S!) from Vacarros that Troy surprised me with....
mmmm, my favorite, Macaroons!!!!)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

3 minutes in the Life of Ginnie

I sat in the same chair just watching my 3rd child for 3 minutes.  
She is very, very BUSY.

Sweet, busy Virginia.