Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

It's hard to believe another year has come and gone.  We have spent most of the last 4 weeks with one or more of us sick.  This last week has been the worst with the Eldest sick, then our youngest daughter has been sick for the entire week with a terribly high fever.  Now the last two days I have had it.  I am certain that the old saying "coughing up a lung" applies to me.  I just can't stop.  So, Hubby took the 4 kiddos + 1 friend to Grandma and Grandpa's for New Year's Eve celebration.  Bek and I decided to do an Anne of Green Gables marathon tonight, keeping each other company with our non-stop coughing. 

I am looking forward to starting another year, with many plans here at the farm, although some of them may already have been dashed.  Hubby and I found out that our county rules on having animals on our property is quite strict.  We have to have at least 3 acres to have just one goat, and 1 acre for each additional goat.  We don't have that.  We are slightly hopeful that we might be able to work something out with our local ag department, since this is used for my fiber business.  I can't believe with all the "back to the land" movements going on, that I can't have two or three little goats ( they are about the size of our lab) in our backyard.  If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!!!!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Hoping you all have a blessed Merry Christmas!  We are heading to my folks house for Christmas Eve and tomorrow we will spend it here!  Next week we have Christmas with my in-loves.  Hubby is off until after the first of the year!  I love it when we can spend time together during the holidays.  For the first time in probably...forever I have all of my presents wrapped!  Yay!  I will not being staying up until the wee hours of the morning doing that tonight.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Ultimate Bad Day

Yep, I finally had it.  I am usually known for being fairly organized and put together.  With 5 kids, homeschooling, trying to manage a (very) small farm and home business, and a wonderful Hubby who provides for us, I have to have it all together.  Well, all of that went down the tubes yesterday.  I had the worst day of the year (or at least it felt like it) and as bad days go for some people, this was pretty mild.  I am a women who juggles many balls in the air (like most) and usually does a pretty good job with it.  Hubby is not well known around these parts as having a good memory...at all.  I have heard horror stories from his mom when he was growing up, like the time as a boy that he left his wallet, in a hotel room...in Boston.  There are many stories like that and the day I married him I took the reins as Keeper of the Home, literally.  I know his mom was relived to let that one go.  I have an oldest son, who is now following in his fathers footsteps in so many ways and this is one of them.  So I have had to add Eldest to my "brain list" of keeping track of the important stuff.

Our youngest has been sick most of the week and I was finally able to get him into the doc's yesterday afternoon.  First I had to go to Lansing for 2 orthodontist appointments for the girls in the morning.  I decided I would stop at Target and get a couple of things before heading home to do lunch and then off to the next appointment.  I got all the way home (about a 30 min. drive) and the minute I walked through the door I knew I was missing something.  That something would be my purse!!!  In all the years I have never, ever, left anything like that anywhere.  Hence the start of my horrible, terrible, no good, really bad day (don't you love that book?).  I had 1 hour before youngest son's appointment, I threw him in the car and headed back to Lansing.  I had to, all my cash, phone, license and health insurance cards were needed.  The roads here are still not completely cleared from the snow storm so I had to deal with that too. 

Thankfully someone (thank you! whoever you are) was honest and turned in my purse, from the cart....out in the parking lot!!!  I called the doc's and told them I was running a little late from the last appointment (okay I fibbed a little, my emotions weren't ready to explain I had forgot the purse) and we headed back to town.  We made it to the appointment just a bit late and wait patiently, thankful for some time to breath.

Now, our son has some asthma issues and I was certain they would say that is what it was, refill his nebulizer meds and send us on our merry way.  Boy was I off, come to find out he has pneumonia (insert bad mom intuition here) so after the shock, getting the prescriptions, directions, and getting him something to eat, I ran him home to stay with the Eldest to quickly run to Wal-mart (silly me I should know never to put the words "quickly" and "Wal-mart" together) get the meds, some popsicles and get home.  I was happy when the lady said about 1/2 hour to get the meds filled, they never are that quick.  I went and got food for sickie and something for dinner (I hadn't even thought about it yet) and I hear my son's name announced over the speaker, (by this time the 1/2 hour was up).  Come to find out the dosage was off and they couldn't get through to the office to get it change, with a cart full of food I did the only thing I could, wait.

In the midst of waiting I ran into a dear lady from our previous church, who wanted to talk about why we hadn't been there recently.  It took all I had in me not to break down right there in the middle of the jewerly department of Wal-mart (that would have been the icing on the cake).  I did my best to explain it to her and she gave me a big huge and I went on my merry way back to the pharmacy and check out.  I made it home, got Youngest situated, made calls to cancel all the girls that were planning on coming to our annual gingerbread house making party that was scheduled for today, and crashed.

I am thankful for God's grace to give me a new day today, and to write this post and laugh as I do.  I also realize that compared to others in the world today, my day yesterday wasn't so bad.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby it's Cold Outside!!!!


We had temperatures in the 40's on Saturday, this morning the temp. is -11!  We had a winter storm watch on Saturday night with predictions of 1-3 inches during the night and another 2-4 inches on Sunday.  Well, in our neck of the woods in Michigan that could mean anything.  The lakes have quite an effect on what kind of weather we seen in the middle of the mitt.  Yesterday morning we woke up to a dusting and I was disappointed! (I love the snow~)  By 9a.m. the winter storm watch turned into a warning a we were hit big time.  We had to do some major animal shuffling to make sure everything was safe and somewhat warm.  The turkeys were the most difficult, as they love to roost in high places and to get them under cover and out of the elements is almost impossible.  We will be switching water bottles every few hours for the rabbits today so they don't go without fresh water.  We are doing a slow down week for school this week, which means working on music for everyone, baking, Christmas stories and some unit study things for the younger ones.  The girls have their first choir concert tonight (hopefully) and Nolan has his student piano recital on Friday and then we are off for the year!!  We have 5 music teachers this year!  The kids and I made these adorable ornaments this weekend.  They were so fun, quick and easy.  I am thinking you could make all kinds of special ones depending on what kind of scrapbooking paper you can find.  We bought empty bulbs, sheets of scrapbook music paper and cut it into strips and filled the bulbs with it.  They turned out so cool.


Music teacher ornament
 Backyard view
ice on the trees
 Decorating Christmas Tree
 Christmas card photo, check out the youngest's smile....ugh!
My wheel is getting some serious spinning time in right now creating!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Well winter finally hit here in Mid-Michigan this past week. Usually by now we have had several serious snowfalls, so it is late this year!  We have started our usual holiday traditions.  This year and every year for the last 10 or so, I have read Storybooks for Advent to my kids (young and old now)  This is a three part book series that includes; Jotham's Journey, Tabitha's Travels, and Bartholomew's Passage.  These stories in each of the books "intertwines" with the other (each of the characters are in the other books, but it is told from the different points of view of each child)  all the stories are about the coming birth of Jesus, and they are wonderful!  They are set up to read starting on the first Sunday of Advent and each night following until Christmas.  They are sold on Amazon and in making sure they were still on Amazon, I found that there is also an Easter book just like it for Passover called Amon's Adventure...um, I am going to have to check that one out!  I also got a free Advent devotional book (yes I said FREE) from Sarah Mae at Like a warm cup of coffee blog here http://www.likeawarmcupofcoffee.com/home/ The devotional was written by Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience here:  http://www.aholyexperience.com/2010/11/free-jesse-tree-advent-devotional-book/ I haven't had time to roam through her site yet, but the Advent book is wonderful!  Check it out!  I am decorating the house this week and trying some "naturally free" decorations this year A.K.A. "what can we find in the back yard?"  So far we have had great luck.  I will get some pics posted.

 Advent Storybook
Chocolate chip/cream cheese filled bread...Yummy!


Josh ready for the cold...he "Can't put his arms down!!"
 Snowball gunner..looking for trouble.
 Bek and Josh
Bek and Josh again, this is the beauty of homeschool:))

Natural Decorations



These are all from our bushes in the yard!!  The stair way is hard to see, but it turned out beautiful, and the kids added some bulbs to it also.