November 25, 2013


There's a teenager in the house!  Nathan celebrated his 13th birthday a week-and-a-half ago.  And it was good!  Three parties in three days and it couldn't have been better!  (Well, the pictures could have been better.  The camera is finally back from the shop but it wasn't here in time for the birthday!)

First, just us on his actual birthday.
The only mix in the house was a gluten-free brownie mix.
It was good!
Pizza, brownies, and a new bike, you can't beat that!

Next up, first-ever friend party.
And one blurry cake photo.
It was a campfire cake, not that you can tell here.

We had 14 boys (in addition to my crew) over for the party.
All homeschoolers, and what great kids!
They all had so much fun together and they made the day really special for Nathan.
I really enjoyed having them here, too!
Archery tournament. 
Airsoft war.
I had to laugh at this picture, geared up for battle.
My biggest worry was that someone would get hurt.
Other than injuries from thorns, they all played fair and just had a great time.
Especially when they all could gang up on the dads who joined in the fun.

We also roasted hot dogs, made survival kits, and finished the night off with sneak-into-base in the dark and run-around ping-pong.

Then, day three of fun.... the extended family party, with grandparents and godparents.
Quick and easy cookie-cake.
But, still, thirteen candles.

It ended up being a rainy day so lots of games indoors.
And, frankly, it would have been peaceful until we had some nasty weather blow through.
Tornado warnings, high winds, weird clouds.

And, the first time I've ever made people eat dinner in my basement, lol!
Yay, for a ping-pong table turned buffet-table!

And, look at that... two basement pictures in one post.
Must be a first!

Thankfully, the weather passed and the birthday boy had one fabulous weekend!

November 12, 2013

Just swingin'.

These are the moments I love most in this life.  Simple.  Joyful.  But also the ones most likely to slip away from my memory.

November 6, 2013

Nine months.

I just stink at blogging lately!  But that is okay because it is all the baby's fault!

Caroline is finally crawling and she is all over the place and on the brink of danger every minute.  I have to remind the kids to shut the front door ( bad fall habit) and the basement door and to pick up their papers and the Legos and don't leave cords plugged in.  I have no time to sit on the computer.  I'm only posting this because I'm doing it from my phone and she is right here next to me.

At any rate... Want to see her nine month photo?  This little chub is up to 18/24 month clothes---she is at least as long as she is wide!   Hovering at around 24 lbs, she weighs almost as much as Peter.

November 4, 2013

Tour a Country: India

We fell off the wagon with India.  We studied it, just not as thoroughly as Canada!  But, we did enjoy what we studied.  I only wish I had come up with some sort of Indian dish for dinner.  Next time, maybe.  The Tour a Country program spends four weeks on each country so there is plenty of time to spend--we just happened to have a couple of unusually crazy weeks.

However, we did do this:

All about India the country....
This book: India

{Amazon Instant Video} Discover India:
All about Bengal Tigers (and we learned a lot about tigers in general not just Bengal ones.  Like that some live in snow!)....
These books: Bengal Tigers and National Geographic Readers: Tigers.

{Amazon Instant Video} Jeff Corwin on bengal tigers:

Lots of videos and images on India's travel page:  Full of wonderful gems like "let it lead you on the path of wisdom", lol.  But, they say a lot of the names of the cities in these videos so it is pretty interesting to hear how names are pronounced.
And of course, let's not forget about Mother Theresa!

Here is a Youtube video --an interview with Mother Theresa herself.  And to rent on Amazon, this movie on her life.  Mother Theresa holds a special place in my heart.  One of the people who really influenced my conversion (to Christianity, not Catholicism), went on a mission trip and brought me back a stamp with Mother Theresa on it.  That image of her on my fridge really touched me and who knows, maybe it was the prayers of Mother Theresa across the world for some soul she'd never met that led to my conversion! It would be a happy thought!  ;)

Next up, Peru!