Commander and I enjoy Homeschooling boys (Herogian, Hawk and Gluten), raising chickens, ducks, and dogs ( Penny and Casey), eating gluten free, surviving breast cancer, coach track and field, and loving God for every minute that He gives us to cherish our family.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Snow snow snow and more

We are getting our second dump of snow in as many weeks. The boys are loving it. The older two get official snow days out of school and Gluten, well, yeah, he gets off too. I'm loving it. They don't wake up until noon, the dogs sleep, too, after breakfast. I get to do a few chores before sitting down to edit 'the book' - the one I've been writing on for the last umpteen years. It is coming together really well right now.
I've been reading a lot of Angela Hunt books - great author - she writes many of her books in present tense. The more you read present tense, the easier it is to write it. Last week I picked up a book from a different author and immediately wanted to edit the past tense to present. That is an interesting concept for me.  'Sit and set' have also been clicking into the right spots ( I think), just have a few reduntant words like 'turns' and 'stands' that the thesarus and I'll have to work out.
I'm enjoying the snow and the writing sessions.

Herogian and Gluten joined me this evening for a snow ball throwing contest. If you landed the snowball onto the clean top part of the roof, the snowball rolls down into the snow and builds before it drops off. The only problem that developed was the foot slipping out from under you when putting that much force into a light weight object. Mine split like a meteor shower and splattered the side of house, along with Hawk's bedroom window (he just happened to be napping) as I landed on my rearend. Gluten gave one a toss right over the house, then his next one sent his feet out from under him and he hit the raised garden bed edging with the back of his skull. That ended our game as we walked him into the house with a snowball held to the back of his head.

During the first snow, Herogian built a snow cave. Of course, he wanted to sleep in it. Commander and I both said,"No." We have heard to many tales of things like snow or sand collapsing on unsuspecting victims. I'm glad he listened to us, for it collasped at some point. The snow balls he placed beside it, just for that opportune time to hit his brothers, backfired. They found them and used them against him the next day - after the snowballs had frozen solid during the night. And they say paintball and air soft can be painful. Snowball fights just joined that catagory.

Have a great weekend.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Still here and still kicking

THis year is really moving. When a blogging friend has to ask if I'm still here, that tells me I haven't been around EF&B lately.

This is what's been going on.
THis is the old colors in the living room. And below is the new coloring for the living room and hallway.

THis chocolate color is replacing the burnt pumkin color accent wall. Which now extends to the ceiling with thequilt "Arizona" hanging from the ceiling's edge. That was scary, climbing up to the ledge with a five step ladder - the one that says don't step on the top step. Well, I had to, to get my bum high enough to sit on the ledge before pulling my feet up there to stand.

The kitchen
was also painted flower pot red with a back splash wall added. THe picture doesn't do it justice.

This project was done by our friends at INTEXT.
THen we moved into Valentine's Day. THis is how my honey said, "I love you." A new Monstroncity of a treadmill that is quiet, speedy and will make me feel like I'm climbing Mt. Everest. A Nordic Track that almost does it all for you. It arrived this morning while I was working on his gift.

For the Commander, I'm building him a raised garden. It is in the shape of a 'C'.  It will be framed with a three foot high fence on the front and sides, a gate at the center opening and the back row will be fenced five to six feet high with chicken wire for the beans, peas and other viney plants.The back is 18 feet in length, sides 10 feet. My sweetie asked today if I could build another one to match. Music to my ears.

Today we hauled compost from the store, dirt from the lower pile in our back yard per wheelbarrow up the hill. My arms and shoulders are talking tonight.  Finishing the fence and gate will probably have to wait until this week's storm passes before I can posthole dig.
Along with the home projects, the two older boys are in public school  and doing well, now. At least the urge to strangle someone (teacher, coach) has subsided.
The USM track team is done with indoors except for two going to nationals. Not my jumpers - poo.  So we are working hard to get ready for outdoor track which starts Mid-March.
Gluten is done with futsal and practicing for spring soccer, Hubby is about to transition out of the army for good, come March.
I'm still homeschooling Gluten and babysitting a four year old bundle of happiness. AND I'm back to editing the book - which has become my favorite part of the day along with looking forward to treadmill time - I say that as I sit here eating Brach's conversation hearts.
So Michelle, I hope that catches you up. I've got to get over to yours, Julies, OkGranny and the others tonight.

Have a great week.