Our First Week of School 2014

We started our first day of school with a special breakfast.

The kids excited to see their lessons for the day and their new books!

Hard at work!

I made them take first day of school pictures.
Kindergarten, 3rd, and 5th grade.
It took a few tries!

We had our first Poetry Tea Time that Friday. The kids made cupcakes by themselves. I was in charge of the frosting and realized that I was out of powdered sugar so I tried to make powdered sugar out of white sugar. I was impatient so they had grainy sugary frosting. Not what I had planned but it was still yummy!
And to end our first school week we took a trip to the Zoo, the weather was lovely. A zoo employee saw me taking the kids pictures and offered to take one for us, yay for a picture with mom in it.
Our first week of school went very well. The schedule I made seems like it is going to be a good fit. My obsessive planning pays off again :)

Summer 2014

This summer was a good mix of relaxation, home organizing, decluttering, getting into a new routine, container gardening, and enjoying the sunshine. I worked on getting myself into a new routine by starting each morning with exercise and prayer. I had fallen away from this habit and really needed to get myself into this routine again. I spent time decluttering and organizing the house and planning our school year. The kids had the routine of a few school lessons everyday unless they had camp that week. It was a good balance of work and play. Jason took a few weeks off work so we did some fun family activities and he got some extra golf in. Here are some pictures from our summer.

Go Cart Fun!

Annika and Zane with their children.

Great Plains Nature Center
Zane playing with his new snake

Zane all ready to make Jason’s birthday cake.
The master egg cracker at work. He never gets shells in the bowl when he cracks egg.
The Cake.
Excited for Jason to open their present.

Jude and Annika off to Totus Tuus.
Zane made this creation on his sand and water table. He enjoys getting to play with me when they are at Totus Tuus.

4th of July. This is the first year we bought sparklers for them and they were impressed.

I took Zane to the bathroom and Annika was being stalked by this Peacock at the Zoo, it was really funny.
Silly Boys!

Journal: Camp Time

Outside my window:

It rained last night and it looks like we will have a mild start to our week.

Around the house:

Laundry on Mondays.  I also have been making my way through my for sale and donate piles.  Sold some old toys last week and plan to list some more things today.  Really need to steam clean my carpet.

The kiddos:

Annika had her first day camp experience last week.  Her camps focus was on horseback riding and she loved every minute of it.  She definitely wants to go back next year.  My house was a lot quieter without my chatty girl around.

Jude is doing a Lego camp this week that is Space/Star Wars themed.  It is an afternoon camp program and he has really been looking forward to it.

Jude and Annika finished their 2 week session of swim lessons.  They both did really well.  Jude was dissappointed that he did not pass the class and Annika did.  He is really close and just has a few things to work on.

Zane has been continuing with the once a week Mom’s Day Out program, which makes him feel like he gets to do something fun of his own each week.

Our summer schedule is going really well.  It seems to be a good balance for the kids and they are doing really well at keeping the house tidy.

In the kitchen:

On the Menu: Chili, Golden Honey Chicken, BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Meatsauce and Spaghetti, Pizza, and Breakfast for dinner.


I have done a little bit of knitting.  I did teach Annika’s friend, that is our neighbor, how to knit and she learned very quickly.  I have been seeing her knit quite a bit.  Annika goes in spurts with her knitting.  I would like to do a little sewing now that my sewing area is cleaned.


We are on our summer lesson schedule.  Annika and Jude and both doing Math and Math Fact Drills this summer.  Jude is trialing a new spelling program and so far we are really liking it!  We are also doing some fun science experiments and reading lots of books.  Zane has been picking out different activities to do each day.  Mostly we are reading, doing puzzles, and playing games.

I made my list of curriculum that I need to purchase for our upcoming school year and now have been browsing my favorite used book resources to get some good deals.  So far so good.

Bringing me joy:

Outdoor activities with the kids, Jude’s impressive Lego creations, and seeing the kids play with each other.

Thinking about:

I have been listening to the weekly Podcasts for The Little Oratory and really enjoying these.  I did get a copy of the book last week.  Lots of good food for thought on living our faith at home.

Pictures to share:

This is what Zane picked out when we shopping, the hat and tie.  He has wanted me to buy him a tie for a long time and well the hat was really cute.  He has been wearing them a lot.  Oh and the face!


Annika’s First Day of Camp


From Father’s day.  We went to our local botanical gardens and enjoyed their kite festival.


Journal: Summer Break Begins

Outside my window:

Feeling like summer!

Around the house:

Today was laundry day.  I do our laundry and most of my household chores on Monday so that I can focus on other funner things the rest of the week.  I still have a few organization projects that I am working on but it has improved a lot the past two weeks.

The kiddos:

They are enjoying summer break.  The older two start swim lessons tomorrow for the next two weeks.  I took them to the waterpark at the YMCA last week and that was lots of fun.

I took Annika to get her ears pierced over the weekend and enjoyed some mommy daughter time with her.  It is hard to believe she is growing up so much.

Our summer schedule seems to be going well.

In the kitchen:

On the Menu:  Turkey and Rice Casserole, Tacos, Garlic Chicken, Opee Sea Crunch, Pizza, and Breakfast for dinner.  Made Roasted Garlic Cauliflower for the first time a few weeks ago and oh my this is seriously yummy stuff.  This is now in our regular veggie side dish rotation.


I went through my yarn stash last weekend and Annika enjoyed picking out some yarns.  Now that I have everything organized hopefully I can start a few projects.


We have been on a two week break after finishing school and are just starting our summer lessons today.  Working on spelling and math over the summer.  With some fun science and Spanish added in.  Zane is going to keep on with Reading Eggs.  All the kids are signed up at the library for their summer reading program.

Bringing me joy:

Sunshine.  Swimming with kids.  Growing my own veggies.  Taking walks with the kids.  Spending “date nights” at home with the hubby after the kids are in bed.

Thinking about:

How much the kids are growing.  Would like to put the breaks on it sometimes.

Pictures to share:


End of School Year 2013-2014

We finished our school year on May 16th and have been enjoying our break from school the past few weeks.  A couple years ago I came across this idea on a few blogs to do interviews with the kids at the end of the school year, so I put these together.  I am putting these in a folder with a list of what they did that school year and a few of their school projects.

Here is our first end of school year interviews.



I also took the time to put together a list of books, activities, and curriculum for each of the children from the school year.  These will go in the folder with their interviews and some of their projects for the school year.  Here is what they completed this school year.

Annika’s 8th Birthday

On April 8th Annika celebrated her 8th Birthday.  My little girl is growing up so much.  Here is what Annika likes at age 8:  playing with friends and siblings, Webkinz, handsewing her Webkinz clothing, knitting, crafting all sorts of things, making her room messy, animals, nature and various creepy crawlies, being silly, dreaming big, gymnastics, swimming, and living life to the fullest.  We sure do love her bunches!

My Birthday Girl

Annika's 8th Birthday

She decorated the table

She really wanted this barbie

She is beyond excited about having her own tools and the set is purple her favorite color.  She also got the wood and c clamps she had asked for.  She recently read a book about woodworking and is excited to start some projects.

Snorkel gear, something else she has wanted for a long time.  She enjoyed walking around the house like this.
Love this!

Zane’s 5th Birthday

We celebrated Zane’s 5th Birthday on March 25th.  He was very excited leading up to his birthday about turning 5.  It is hard to believe that he has hit that milestone birthday.  We celebrated his birthday with family and he loved his presents.  He had been wanting a Lego set from the Lego movie and was excited to finally have one.

What size likes at age 5:  Legos, play battles with “weapons”, swimming, mom’s day out program, gymnastics, playing outside with neighbors, playing with siblings, learning to read with Reading Eggs, singing and choir, nature walks, going to the zoo and botanical gardens, making potions, and cooking with me.

Zane’s birthday cake.


Blowing out his candles.


Zane's 5th Birthday

A big birthday smile!


Very happy about his Lego movie set