Wednesday, September 30, 2009


One of the nice things about having a teenager & tween in the house is that they can do many things on their own. One of my favorites is that they like to cook & bake. I'm one that sees it more as a chore so anytime someone else is willing to do it I am more than happy to turn over my kitchen to them.

Cookie cutters galore!

They had fun decorating with the sprinkles I found on sale at Target.

They tasted very yummy!


We're sick. We've caught the virus that has been going around & have been sick since last week. Coughing, runny noses, congestion, sore throats, extreme fatigue & fever are the norm right now. I find myself barely able to keep my eyes open. The worst hit is little Princess. I took her to the doctor & even had her swabbed to test for H1N1. Cases have been reported & confirmed in our homeschool group here & I wanted to know what we were dealing with in our own home. It came back that it was neither confirmed or denied as a full fledged case of H1N1 though it definitely is a flu virus. Dave asked the doctor but she was hesitant to name it. The best we got out of her is that it most likely a mild case mixed with another strain. So for now we are hunkering down at home trying to rest as much as possible. I'm praying that we will be better by Friday so we don't have to miss co-op or celebrating Boo's birthday.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009



Sunday, September 27, 2009

School Day

Recently I took pics of one of our school days. It was one of those nice days at home when we didn't have to run anywhere & things went rather smoothly.

Princess is such an easy baby. She loves to play on the floor & in her saucer.

Bugs working on his colors & shapes book. He knows all his colors and has for quite some time. As for his shapes he is still working on mastering all of them.

Working together

Sweet Pea reading The Yearling for her Literature study.
Now you can't do this in a classroom! =0)

Boo helps Bugs with his ETC work.

Elvis has his Daddy's talent for math.

It looks like Princess has a love for math as well!

She loves that math book! Lol!

She loves that Wordly Wise too!

Snack Time for Elvis & coloring time for Bugs.

Boo working on her Wordly Wise.

Sweet Pea likes that she can escape to her own room when she wants a quiet place to work.

Sky likes to hang out there too.

Bugs working on a file folder counting game.

Proud of his work!

Boo keeps Princess company while working on her schoolwork.

Puzzle time!

Elvis enjoys learning about space in his workbook.

Almost done!

I love these kinds of school days!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Nothing Like Hugs

There's nothing in the world like it, is there?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Day Out With Thomas

When I found out Thomas the Tank Engine was coming to Nashville I immediately thought of our youngest son. Not long ago he was a huge fan as was our oldest son when he was the same age. I decided to ask him if he'd like to go see Thomas as a part of his birthday present. I was surprised & pleased at his enthusiastic "Yes!"

We set out on a sunny Sunday afternoon just Mommy & Bugs. He was looking forward to it & asked questions the whole drive there. At the entrance we were first greeted by a friendly lady who gave us our tickets. As we entered there were two very friendly gentlemen who greeted us & gave us a map. Off we went!

Our first tent was the play tent. They had several train tables set up for the kids to play. There were also coloring pages. We took those home for later.

His next choice was to ride on the little train. It went in circles around the lot. We enjoyed it & waved to people as we drove by.

Here is the front of the train. For our first ride Bugs chose for us to ride in the caboose.

They had a few blow up bouncies & a slide. I really liked the fact that everything but food & drinks were included in our ticket price. No having to dole out more here & there. It was all paid for!

He chose to go head first every time.
He loved it and came up smiling! LOL!

Here he goes again! See the big smile on his face?

It was a riot to watch him.

Model train

These were neat. He posed by his favorite train, James.

More friends to pose with.

We stopped to watch the magic show.
We even got to be a part of the show!

The highlight of the day.......meeting Thomas!

Mommy, Bugsy & Thomas

We even got to meet Sir Topham Hat!

Our tickets to the ride of the year.

Inside the train car. And guess who is pulling the train? Yes! Thomas!

The train car. We only had to share this car with one family. Nice!
The other cars were all packed. Hee, hee!

Comfy in our air conditioned train car.

The ride begins.


Hiding behind the curtain.
On the ride back we switched sides so we could see the scenery on the other side of the train. It was neat that we could actually do that. If we hadn't been last in line we wouldn't have been able to. Sometimes it pays to be last!
To say he loved the train ride is an understatement. =0)

There was a little hallway that led from the car everyone else was in to the one we sat in.
An event to remember.

Another ride in the mini train.
This time we sat in the front car and had the train all to ourselves.
What a treat!
This is the train car we rode in.

We stopped in this tent to watch a video & listen to a story.

This was an elephant blow up thing.
The kids went inside & got to toss around giant balloons.
When they came out they crawled out of his trunk.

Peek a boo!

Jumping in the Bouncy House.

Lastly he got a temporary tatoo at the fun tent.
He picked James his favorite.

We chose to stop at McDonald's on the way home instead of eating there.
We thought the tall seats & table were pretty cool.
I really had fun with my little boy. It was great to have one-on-one time with him. I could tell he loved being able to choose what we did & when while were were there. He is already asking about going back next year. And he has been playing with his Thomas trains & tracks ever since!