Saturday, October 25, 2008

TRC Women's retreat

This weekend Sarah and I went on our church's annual women's retreat. This year we were lucky enough to get to hear Margy Tripp speak. Margy and her husband, Tedd, have co-authored the books, "Shepherding a Child's Heart" and "Instructing a Child's Heart". She and her daughter are lovely people and Margy is a very engaging speaker. It was a great time, both Sarah and I enjoyed ourselves. Margy and her daughter, Heather. All the ladies that were there on Saturday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Co-op Thursdays

Here are some pictures of my kids in their co-op classes. We go to co-op every Thursday. Noah in his Olympics History ClasMicah in his art classSarah in her Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings class

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Today we took a trip out to a local pumpkin patch to buy our pumpkins. It was only a 15 minute drive, and after a brief tour of the farm and animal petting the farmer gave us a tractor ride down to the pumpkin field where we all got muddy wandering around searching for pumpkins.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Children of the Corn (ha ha ha)

We took a field trip to a local farm that sells pumpkins and other goods. They also have a field set up as a Corn Labyrinth. There's not a whole lot to do there except the corn maze, so we spent the time hanging out with our friends and playing with my camera. I want to take the kids school pictures on my own this year since I have a fancy new camera. Here are some of my first attempts. I am by no means professional, nor do I understand all the fancy bells and whistles on my camera... but I did learn from these and know what I will do differently next time. The owners wife saw us taking pictures by her grape vines and so she came out and cut us off some grapes as a gift. They were very sweet and delicious! It was a fun afternoon and the kids did have a good time running around the corn maze.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Identification Station

Since Noah's 10th birthday was Saturday Daddy took him in to get his ID card today. This is as the ID card picture was being taken, that is the goofy snaggle-tooth grin on his card
Micah was pretty bored and feeling left out.
Noah signing his ID card.
Proud ID card holder... Welcome to the club!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Double-Digit Midget

Happy Birthday Noah!
We had planned to let Noah open presents on Saturday night when he returned from his camp-out, and while he was READY Micah could not rally! So, Noah agreed to wait until Sunday morning to open his presents. He opened them before chuch as soon as Sarah got out of the shower! Then after church we came straight home and brought his good friend, Ian with us to play with all the cool Mars Mission Lego's he received. You can see he was pretty excited! Happy Birthday, Noah, our first son, our musician, our long-haired rock star. You are the coolest!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fish Brains and birthdays

Noah's cub scout pack had a camp-out this weekend on some grounds connected to a nearby Army base. The 3 boys left on Friday night and stayed until after supper on Saturday night. They learned to fish, earned water achievements at the Army base pool, played sports, went on a nature hike, learned how to build fires, and ate so many treats and things that can be cooked on a camp fire. Since Saturday was Noah's 10th birthday he brought some individually packaged brownies to share. They lit candles on the brownies and sang to Noah. When they came home on Saturday night, exhausted and smelling like they brought the campfire home with them, Micah was so tired he couldn't even open his eyes as I changed him into his jammies. I aksed Noah how it was and he replied, "Good, we dissected a fish and I got to see its brains!" Could a boy ask for a better birthday?The boys in front of the campfire on Friday night. In front of their tent Saturday morningSome fishing pictures. Although they didn't catch anything this was by far the boys' favorite part of the weekend. Rob said Noah took to it like a pro, and they had a few nibbles, but nothing stuck.Singing happy birthday to Noah
The weather was COLD! Rob said it was fun, but freezing as you can see by the boys playing sports here all bundled up.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wives and Daughters

All the boys in my life went camping, so Sarah and I decided to have a girl movie night and watch Elizabeth Gaskell's "Wives and Daughters". After realizing that a few more husbands were busy we decided to invite a few friends. The evening was wonderful. We watched all 5 hours and even the youngest girls were engaged in the plot. Everyone brought snacks and we would take potty/snack breaks periodically. The party broke up shortly before midnight, and plans are being made for the next movie night.... there are 2 more Glaskell novels that have been turned into mini-series!!(Above) The girls gather in the living room (Below) Tango, the mini-schnauzer we are puppy-sitting, was king of the castle with so many dog-loving young ladies in the house.The teens are very mad at Roger! What a fool he is! (Above) snacking during a break between discs (Below) calling to check-in since it was getting pretty late and we still had one episode left!

Stella and baby-doll fell asleep on mommy's coat.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Got Juice?

Today we took a field trip to a local juicing plant. You can bring apples or other fruit from your yard and have it turned into juice! A local home-school Mom with 6 apple trees in her yard loaded up the entire back of her car with apples. We toured the plant and sampled the juice. It was a neat field trip and we will definitely go back to that store for the yummy juice!!!