Sunday, November 30, 2014

::update for nov::


I have been on major neglect mode with this blog.  Also, with my eyebrow maintenance but that is another story.  I have 100 reasons that this blog gets no attention right now, but the real reason is that I am writing my heart out for grad school papers and anymore writing just doesn't seem like fun.  I am starting to feel about ready to get back to blogging a bit, but so much has happened since the last time I blogged.  Where to start?  How about a quick update on what the month of November entailed.  


Emma after braiding her Uncle Ryan's beard
Emma - this kid got her drivers license.  Oh lord help us all.  My anxiety levels are out of control about her driving.  She is a smart and capable person but I just can't take it.  We got her a Honda Civic with a solid 200K miles on it.  Nothing fancy, but it should get her around.  She had a choir concert for school in early November.  It's a yearly tradition at her school and the call it Cabaret.  It's part choir show and part talent show.  Students in choir audition for solos and little group acts and then do some full choir songs too.  It's really cute.  With our Emma being a senior next year she want her and Josh to sing a duet to Little Pink Houses next year.   The cuteness factor would be extreme.  PS - this kid is now OVER 5foot 10in!  Taller than me by several inches, and pretty as a picture.    


Lillian - She has just finished being in the play The Princess Bride.  She did a wonderful job as Vizzini, or the guy who says "Inconceivable!".  It was actually a pretty big role and she did it very well.  She auditions for Legally Blonde Junior in a few weeks and I am excited to see how that goes.  She has been doing really well in school recently as we have finally figured out some better ways to help her study her spelling words.  We fight every day that she has to brush her teeth and her hair.  She would never do either if I didn't force her to.  She wants to sign up for basketball in February, and I am going to let her try it out this year.  
   

Max - Oh, Max.  He continues to march till his own drummer.  He gets frequent notes home from school about attention issues.  I have told his teacher that if she can figure out how to make him focus I am totally open minded to trying anything she comes up with.  But - I have no doubt that Mr. Max will just keep right on marching away.  I really wouldn't have it any other way.  He is a weird, but loveable little duck.  He went to the Dr. recently and he has finally clawed his way out of the bottom of the growth chart.  That kid is now in the 50th percentile!!!!  That is huge for me.  I was so worried that something was medically wrong with him and that is why he never ate and he never grew.  In the last six months his eating has really picked up and so has his height.  He is still skinny as can be, but finally growing taller.  I can never really put in to words the different-ness that is Max.  He is charming, he is happy, he is peaceful natured, he gets all A's with almost zero effort.  He might actually be a genius.  Reading and math just come to him naturally in a way I have not had personal experience with in a child.  He is so in touch with his imagination that he creates different levels of universes, six levels deep.  His odd behavior is so humorous and pleasant that it may just carry him to charge the entire world.  It's going to be interested to see what this kid makes of himself.  He is one of the fastest runners I have ever seen in a kid.  He can throw an accurate spiral football like you would not believe.  But he begs me every semester to sign him up for drama class.  Right now I am keeping him out of sport and drama classes.  His attention span is too much of a problem for him to be in those activities, maybe next year.  


Quinn - TERRIBLE TWO'S!  This kid is every bit a two year old.  Except he is as big as a four year old.  He is over 95th percentile.  He is gigantic.  He and Max wear many of the same sized things and they are almost exactly four years apart.  He is no gentle giant.  This kid is a bull dog.  You try to lock a door and he may just break through it.  He is very verbal for his age, but he uses his brute strength first.  This kid can take a hit and just keep moving.  He is very snugly and I nap with him often.  He gets spoiled like only a youngest child can be.  He loves animals and is actually pretty gentle with them.  He adores the other kids and seems to be very social.  He eats twice as much as Max at every meal.   The amount of food he puts away is amazing.  


Josh - He has been getting in some good hunting time this year.  We have one doe processed and in the freezer, but I really need about three more to be happy with the amount of meat we will have aside.   Josh has been working way too hard recently.  He had a whole month stretch where he got no days off.  It's wonderful to have him around again more.  Poor guy.  



Me - School, work, kids, farm.  It's all never ending.  I am running at top speed 95% of the time.  The good news is, that I sleep like the dead every night because I run myself all day long.  School is fine, but has no information so far that I actually need.  I hope that stops soon.  Work is fine.  I get a little frustrated with the BS of only every being at work when the unit is desperate.  I almost never get a calm day.  I could use a few good calm days at work.  I love the crazy chicks I work with, so that helps.  The farm is on winter hold.  I have 50 million homestead projects I want to do, but they all have to wait in line behind school work and kid stuff.  That's ok.  They will happen if they are important.  I need to refocus on my weight and get this last 30 pounds gone!  Stupid healthy eating and working out, get in pushed to the back burner too often.     

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

::sunfay funday - Stuckey's farm::

I have been trying really hard to make Sunday our weekly fun day.  
With school added on to my list of things to do I find that it is really easy for me to get so focused on what I have to get done that I want to park the kids in front of the TV and write papers.  I regret it later and miss them like crazy.

 

Recently I took them to a local apple farm that was having a fall festival. 










Sunday, October 5, 2014

::ms pacman::

For the record - I am really trying harder to learn about grammar.  It is going to be a battle but I am striving to improve.  Trying to catch my typos is a big part of that.  Pacman is officially spelled with out a k.  Pacman not Packman.  (fragment sentence - damn you grammar)   

Lillian is in a great local theater company and they had their yearly Halloween costume contest this last Friday.  She and I wanted to come up with something homemade and unique.  Since I can not sew this lead to us trying to figure out what we could make out of cardboard.  I have found a local furniture rental business that has the most wonderful dumpster full of huge cardboard boxes.  I raid that place when ever I have a project in mind.  After a ton of research we came up with a Ms. PacMan costume.  

I used two pencils to make a protractor and drew a large circle.  Then I marked out a triangle for the mouth.  After I cut it out I used it as a template for another matching circle.  I took a second box and cut out the connection piece, making it as wide as my shoulders.  Lillian was at school so I had to use myself for the size of the costume.  


I used ducts tape to attach the pieces and cut leg, arms, and head holes. 

I used yellow duct tape on the exterior to attach all the connection points.  I then painted the entire thing.  I don't like to use spray paint because it doesn't cover as well and is more expensive than a can of cheap paint.  

It was a little big for Quinny. 

When Lillian got home she made lips, eyes, and a bow to finish off the costume.  This whole thing had a total cost of $10 and she won "Most Creative Costume".

Sunday, September 21, 2014

::lily - 11th birthday::

I had very strict instructions.
No theme.
No baby stuff.
All planning must be cleared by Lily.
It's nice to see her become independent.
She set so many rules I was a little surprised I got to do anything.  But she is growing up, and I am proud of the little person she is becoming.
This party was fun.  
She and her friends had a great time enjoying each others company.  
I tried hard not to over do anything. 
The girls arrived at 1pm.  At 1:30 my sister inlaw and I loaded them up and drove them to a local art studio.  While we were gone Emma was in charge of setting the treat table. 


Did I ever fall in love with this cake.
Click Here and Here for what Lily picked as inspiration cakes
My cake lady has a facebook page now - CHECK IT OUT!
She is so talented and reasonable.  

It was very windy this day so we had to make some changes to our back drop or the whole thing would have blown away.  
I think Emma was very clever with what she came up with.  
 Custom donut holes from our local donut shop - Titus.  
These were cheap and adorable.
I only ordered them a few days ahead and all I said was - make them bright.  

The treat table had all things that Miss Lily wanted.  
I didn't get a good picture of the grape kabobs we had, but they got devoured. 

The art studio we went to is called A Space to Create.  It was kind of pricey, but it was nice to have some of the pressure taken off.  The project they made was really cool.    

They colored on shrink film with sharpies.  

Cut the edges some.

 Then melted them with a heat gun.  

The result was a Chihuly glass like sculpture.
The teacher gave them a really great talk about the artist before they did the project, so they learned something too. 
Just being in that amazing studio got me excited about wanting to make some serious art.  

We had a little time left over so we took these girls to the park near by and let them burn off some energy.

Then we brought them back out to the farm for some cake, treats, and presents. 
It was so windy we had to come inside for candles.

 This little girl is getting so pretty. 

Q looks afraid.  

We had a tween lounge set up on the porch.

Miss Lily loved all her presents but she got some robot fish she really loved.  

Q and my nephew Caleb really loved the fish.  They couldn't leave them alone.  

The cleaning crew was very helpful with popcorn.  

Max stole two balloons and tied one of his army guys to them.  
He had a grand ceremony of sending his army guy into service.  

And my kitchen afterward.  

How was it letting go a little and not controlling every aspect?
A little sad.  
I realize I have a bunch more girl themes I never got to.  
So grand babies better be ready.
But really it was great to see Lily push back against me for control of her own life.  She is supposed to.  It makes me happy to see her be so independent. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

::sunday funday - spring mill park::

Josh works every Sunday and I am off every Sunday now days.  
Yet I work every Saturday.  
Sunday is really my only full day with the shorties.  
I am trying to take advantage of this by making it #sundayfunday
Last Sunday we headed down to Southern Indiana to go to Spring Mill Park.


This place is awesome.  
For five dollars you get all the fun of a state park - trails, nature center, play ground, etc.
But they also have a great pioneer village with many different activities.

Q was in a mood where he did not want to be in any pictures with Lily and Max.  Every time I tried I got this.

He was totally obsessed with the door handles in all the cabins.  
Such a mechanical minded kid. 

My kids can sniff out an art project for 100 paces.
They found one in the leather shop and all three actually worked on it.

But then I tried to take a picture of them together.  
Q denied his people.

Till suddenly he agreed to have his picture taken. 

Spring Mill has a huge working mill that we loved.  
The top two floors are a museum that the kids really enjoyed.

Of course my boys couldn't just look at things.  
They had to find a place to do some bad stuff. 

Another group picture attempt denied by Q. 

Yet he would not leave the steps till I took this one. 

Great minds at work. 

We had to buy the corn meal that was made at the mill.  
How could we resist?

Lily loved the corn husk dolls. 

They loved walking in the gutters, but Q had to lead. 

The wood shop had all kinds of different joint set up.
Lily loved it.

They had a garden set up that just about killed me with how pretty it was.  I need this stone arch. 

Another attempt at a picture together. 

And another...

They found this waterfall and spent 40 minutes putting leaves in the stream to watch them float down stream.  I was shocked that no one fell in. 
 
Of course Max had to climb.

And ice creams where enjoyed by one and all. 

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