Saturday, October 28, 2006

A Saturday at home

I was actually glad that it rained today; I just wanted to stay home. So because of the rain soccer for the little ones was cancelled. I ran Sarah and Patrick to church to help with the pancake breakfast, then came home and made a breakfast for the rest of the kids. I even did Mickey Mouse pancakes for Kathryn.

 I then spent more time cleaning the upstairs and dejunking; I also did loads and loads of laundry. I am trying real hard to get the house working well before my dh gets home on the ninth of November.

It is hard to believe that he has been gone for 15 months. We will be getting a break as he did tell me that they can’t call him to active duty again until March of 2008, and he can retire in July 2008 (I think). If he actually retires of not is another story.

I even got in a nap this afternoon with Aidan on my tummy sitting in "my chair ". And I had a really nice surprise when I woke up; Conner says to me “ Mom check out the kitchen.” My thought oh no what did they do, as Pat and Sarah had also taken naps, so it was Conner, Nolan, and Kathryn awake. Well he cleaned the kitchen, loading the dishwasher, wiping the countertop, sweeping the floor, and writing me a note. The note said Mom could you please pretty please make Taco’s for dinner.


I couldn’t say no to that, so off to the farmers market for lettuce and tomato’s and because they close for the season on the 31st I was able to get lettuce for 50 cents a head ,nice ones, and tomatoes for 1.00 a pound. The kids are also finally getting the hang of the new dinner chore system and it went better today. By the time Dad gets home at least dinner chores should be going well.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

For Sale

Please stop over at and take a look. I just listed some grade 5 Abeka Science, grade 3 BJU science, A simply grammer book and some other math items. And will have more to list tomorrow. Well I am off to clean out the garage.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


We have a new family activity, and it is letterboxing. This is a great activity for our family as the kids range from 6months to 14 years. We have so far gone on one hike it was a chilly day but sunny. We set off from home to a park not to far away. From there we followed the directions I had gotten off the web on how to get the letterbox. The kids had fun following the clues as we hiked along. But while my 14yo had found the right area, it was dad and his eagle eye that found the rock pile covering the letterbox. After looking at the stamp and journal, we used there stamp to stamp our journals. And then we used our stamps to stamp there book. When we have another nice day we will set off on another hike.


Dad stamping our books.



Some of the kids and me.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

A Baby in the house


Yes we added a new baby to our family he was born on Easter Sunday, here is a picture of him at 2 months, today he is 6 months old. His half birthday is on his older sisters 13th birthday. I will post some pictures tomorrow of the two of them. He is such a happy baby, he is almost always smiling and laughing.


He already loves books and thinks that they are best when gummed. He is sitting up now and starting to crawl. Of course everything goes right into the mouth.

What a summer- part 1

As I get some time to write as Pat sits next to me doing a book report and baby Aidan take a morning nap. I probely should be doing the wash but, I haven't blogged in a while. Well I guess I will start with the major events outside of our family this summer. The first was the hunt for Bucky an escasped convit, we had to lock our cars and homes, something we do not normally do here. And to get from my home to church we had to pass through 3 check ponits. Were the troopers would stop you and search your car. The kids got to the point were there kept asking did you catch him yet.


And we thought this was going to be the biggest thing this summer, well not 3 weeks after Bucky moved on to another area of the state. We had rain ,lots of rain. I am talking lots. We ended up with a 200 year old flood this was after a 100 year old flood the year before. While our home was OK, many had lots of flood damange. Our Church had water up to the celings of the basement. We lost all of our Sunday school ,craft stuff, files,everything but our puppets. Some one had saved them and washed them for us over and over agian.


Our town Garage

This is a road the metal at the bottom right corner is a guard rail.


It wasn't just the water it was also the fact that it was river water, sewage, mud, fuel oil. It is now October and people are still living in FEMA trailers, which may be ok in the south but are not made to live in through a New York winter. People our still trying to get there heat on. Our church is doing ok, we are doing Sunday school in every nook and corner of the Church. And we do have the basement srubbed down and are deciding on what to do, weather to rebuild or do somthing different.


I do have to say that the churches have come through on this one, the local Presbytary has set up a village for workers to live in as they go from house to house repairing and cleaning out.


For my family it was the damage to our church and the fact that there was no way out of town for three days as all the roads out were washed out, that affected us the most.