Monday, September 27, 2010

Apples, Apples, and More Apples!

You might remember that I mentioned a couple of posts back that we would be taking a field trip with our home schooling support group to an apple orchard to pick apples.  Well, unfortunately we were unable to take the trip with the group because our landlord informed us that he had scheduled someone to come out and replace our boiler that very day.  We were all very disappointed but the kiddos found comfort in knowing that we would still be going as a family.  Turns out the man who was going to replace the boiler canceled last minute (the morning of) so we missed the outing for nothing.  =(   On a brighter note, we were able to go yesterday as a family and had a wonderful time.

Demarest Farm is found in Hillsdale, NJ which is about 20 miles to the north of us.  It is a neat place.  I have to say though, if you're looking for a peaceful day out in the country, away from the hustle and bustle of the big not come here. Lol!  It was soooo crowded! Long lines for find a parking spot, to get the tickets,  for the hayride to and from the orchard. But... even though it wasn't exactly a quiet day out in the country, it was definitely interesting and entertaining. There is lots of ethnic diversity here and there were so many different kinds of people. Made for some great people watching. :) The kids loved it.  The orchard was amazing.  I'd never been to one.  Row after row of apple trees.  Thousands of apples everywhere... on the trees, all over the ground, in bags, baskets, and buckets.  There were yellow ones, green ones, red ones, with darker and lighter shades of each.  Some were huge, others tiny.  Some were past their time and others not yet ready to be picked. The air smelled of fermented fruit and there were bumble bees everywhere.   We had lots of fun.  We came home with two bags full of apples so we'll be having lots of apple around here.  Let's see.....there's apple pie, apple sauce, apple juice.  I'm even using apples on display for decorative purposes. =)

Overall, it was a great day.  As she was dosing off to sleep last night, L.M. said in a groggy voice,  "Mommy, I love apple piting."  Gotta say that her comment made all the looking for parking, standing in line, and chaos of the day worth it.

One last thing before I leave you.  As many of you know, my grandmas are moving over here.  They will be living with me (yipee!) so Isaac and I have been hard at work fixing up their room to make it cozy and inviting. They arrive this Wednesday.  Stay tuned, because when we have completed the project, I will be sharing pictures of the finished product with you.

Love you all!  Leave a little comment won'tcha?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Inspiration Pictures

As the majority of you know, I love home decorating.  For fun, I can spend hours at a time browsing pictures of beautifully decorated rooms online.  I occasionally save a picture when it especially stands out to me. I've decided that every so often I will post a few of those pictures here for your enjoyment.  Maybe you can glean fresh, new ideas for your home.

Today I'd like to share pictures of a game room I found a while back. Also great for a home school classroom.  Just love this one.  Here is the link to Kate's cute blog where you can read more on how she transformed this space.  Love and miss you all!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Buckaroos

Howdy Ya'll!

I’m exhausted! Plumb tuckered out, I tell ya. My calves and back ache from the hundreds of trips I’ve taken up and down the stairs today.  Down to the kitchen for breakfast, down another flight to the basement to put a load to wash, up two flights to the second floor bedrooms to make the beds, down to the kitchen to put the beans to cook, up to start home schooling in the classroom, down two flights to the basement to put the clothes to dry, up to the kitchen to turn off the stove…but wait…I’ve got to run up stairs to the bathroom where Lylah just went to the potty by herself and is screaming “MOMMY!” at the top of her lungs, …aahh….rush back downstairs after helping L.M. because I forgot to turn off the stove.  *Pant, pant, pant*  Sheesh, I know thuh exer-saz is good fer me n all but cum evenin’ time I’m ‘bout ready tuh pass out!

Tee hee! Yep, I love me sum good’ ole Texas Twang.  =)  Miss hearing it, actually.

I’d like to share with all of you who love and miss our 3 buckaroos, how they are settling in and what they’re up to.   

Of the three children, I.D. has struggled the most.  He’s older and better understands that this is permanent and that we will be seeing very little of the people we love.  He is not sad or down throughout the day, but will cry when he speaks with his grandparents, cousins, friends, etc.  I think it’s really been the hardest thing for me.  It kills me to see him hurting.  Yes, I confess, I cry when I see him cry.

J.H. is handling it much better.  When he sees I.D. crying, he asks me, “Mommy, why am I not crying?” Then after a pause he says, “I know why mommy.  It’s because I know I’m going to see everybody again.”   He’s even taken to beginning all his prayers with, “Thank you God, for bringing us to New Jersey.”  It's a relief to see him adjusting so well.  

L.M. is still her happy, energetic, inquisitive self.  When asked if she likes her new home she says, “Dis not home!  Dis New Yersey!” Every time she catches a glimpse of the New York City skyline as we are driving around town she screams, “Look! New York Yity!”  Lol!

We officially started our home school year two weeks ago.  We spent the first few days adjusting to the new schedule and now everything is running pretty smoothly.  For those of you who wish to know what we are doing this year, here is a brief list:

I.D.:  Writing:  Zaner-Blosser (Upon completion will be starting Writing With Ease);  Grammer:  First Language Lessons;  Reading:  Ordinary Parents Guide, Oral Reading, Explode the Code WB;  Math:  Saxon;  Histroy:  Story of the World;  Science:   InquisiKids: Discover and Do (experiments);    Bible:  Singing Through the Bible A-Z, Egermeier’s Story Bible

J.H. (CAN READ!! WooHoo!)- Writing:  Zaner-Blosser; Reading:  Ordinary Parents Guide, Bob books Oral Reading, Explode the Code WB;  Math:  Saxon;  Histroy:  Story of the World;  Science:   InquisiKids: Discover and Do (experiments);    Bible:  Singing Through the Bible A-Z, Egermeier’s Story Bible

L.M.-  Potty Training 101 =) 

We've already joined the local chapter of the New Jersey Home Schooling Association.  We are looking forward to our first field trip with the group.  We are going apple picking!  That's this Friday, Lord willing.
I thank God because we are able to bring the kids along with us as we do the work of the Lord. There are three bible studies or "casa cultos" we give a week and the kids accompany us.  One is in a nursing home and the other two are in the homes of elderly ladies of our congregation.  At first, sitting through it was a bit hard for them but now...they are doing great.  Not only has their behavior improved but they love participating.   There have been a couple of Friday nights that we've been alone for the service (just DH, the kids, and I) and it's been great to see how they are so eager to sing, read the bible, and pray.  A few Friday's ago the service consisted of:  I.D.  singing "A Shelter in the Time of Storm" and reading Psalms 23 aloud, J.H. praying a special prayer for God to bring lost souls to hear His Word, and L.M. singing "I've Got The Joy Down In My Heart".  It's really great.  Praise God.
Alrighty have now officially been updated on how the kids are doing.

We love and miss you all so much!

Oh, last minute announcement.  I'm going to Fort Worth on Oct. 14 for the True Woman Conference!!  Woo hoo!  Yipee!  Hip Hip Hooray! I'd like to thank everyone who is going to help make my trip over there possible.  Thanks Lisa for all the organizing and planning.  Love you!  I can't wait to see you guys!


Monday, September 6, 2010

More pictures!

So, here I am, finally posting the second batch of house pictures. =)  I'm including pictures of the dining room, kitchen, and the finished part of the basement (the unfinished area has exposed pipes and houses the furnace/ boiler).  There are before and after pictures of a few of the areas.

We will begin with the dining room:
Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After

Close up of Table Centerpiece

Back Wall of the Kitchen ("Mudroom" =) Before

Back Wall of the Kitchen ("Mudroom" =)After
 Kitchen Window Above the Sink (Love this feature!) sink is green. =)
It is a great size though, which is very convenient.
Here is the view out my window of our back door, stoop and "backyard".
That brick wall you see in the back is actually a side of the Fire and Rescue Dept. Building.
Below is the view as you walk through the front door.
To the right are the stairs to the upstairs and the kitchen at the end of the hall.

Other Kitchen Pictures

The landlord has given me permission to paint the dark wood paneling but...
I'm not sure now I want to go through the trouble seeing as this is a rental and all.
Ok..Below are step by step pictures entering and touring basement.
Above is the door to the basement which is found under the stairway.
Below you see the stairs leading down to the basement.
Above is little restroom that is to the left as you come down.
Above is little landing area to the right of the stairs. The door leads to the laundry room.
Below is the laundry room.  Love the window in here as well.  Can see the little backyard from it.

Washer and Dryer that came with the house are great.
Below a picture of little landing area from the laundry room looking out.

Wow! Lots of pictures this time.  Now you've taken a complete tour of our home. Well, except for the attic and back room which we are currently using for storage.  I'll post pictures of those areas next, as well as some better pics of the outside of the house.  Love you guys!  We gotta run.  We are going to my cousin Liberty's house for a Labor Day cook out.  Please leave a little comment for me. They brighten up my day. =)

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