Friday, September 12, 2014

And We Have an Eighteen Year Old

I really don't know how it is possible that we have a child that is eighteen years old, but we do. I'm pretty sure the Engineer and I are barely thirty. ;o)

From the day he was born, this boy loved his food and still does. One of the reasons he chose the residence he is in at university it that they have chocolate milk on tap. At last chat however, he has still to have had any because it's so popular that once the allotted gallons are gone for the day, they are gone.

Considering this was Bub's first time away from home for his birthday, it sounds as though he had a good day. I has brought him birthday cupcakes when we were up the Sunday before and he stored them in their little fridge for when he had a few friends back to his room on Friday evening. He said they got two thumbs up from everyone. :o)

It's amazing to think he is off beginning his years of independence now. I posted this on his wall on Facebook the other day. It sums up our feelings about this whole having a university student who is now eighteen.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. We've raised you with a Christian world view. We have not taught you to stick your head in the sand and avoid real world issues. We are proud of you! Go out and enjoy the real world, but be wise. Use that Christian wisdom that God has given you, and when in doubt, seek HIM!"

Then on his birthday, he posts this on his wall.

"I'm an adult now!"

Oh yeah, he's all growed up. We're very thankful for the friends he has and his version of being an adult.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Meet Charlotte

Meet Charlotte my cello.

Isn't she pretty? She sounds nice too. No, I don't really have time for taking up the cello, but I have really really wanted to learn for a loooong time now, and I figured having all the kids in school was as good a time as any to start taking lessons. Charlotte is a rental for six months. If I find lessons are going well and I am enjoying them, I can buy her outright and the rental fee goes to her as part of the payment.

I've only had one lesson so far, but I enjoyed it very much. I practiced this morning until I thought my arm was going to fall off. I'll practice again after lunch because I only managed about twenty minutes. So far I'm not doing any bowing. That will come after I learn the note positions by playing pizzicato.

I'll let you know six months from now how I'm doing. :o) Hopefully by then I'll be bowing. ;o)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

School Days Have Begun.

The days leading up to September 2 were busy ones filled with shopping, packing, and lots of checking of lists. On Sunday, August 31, we went to church in the morning and then moved Bub into his dorm at university.

University! I can't believe we have a child old enough to be in post secondary education. The cool thing is, he is ready and we are ready. Yes, we're going to miss him, but he's only two hours away, so we will get to see him on weekends whenever we want to.

Yesterday, my two highschoolers boarded the bus for their newly added on to and renovated school. (I saw it last week and it's beautiful!)

Beans - grade 9, Peach - grade 11

Peanut - grade 1, Bella - grade 5, Bright Eyes - grade 3, Squirt - grade 7

An hour and five minutes after that, my grade schoolers boarded the bus for their school and the house was silent. Silent except for sighing depressed dogs. Well, Leo anyway. I really should have taken a photo of him because he looked sooooo sad!

I went to the younger girls' school opening assembly and then had a friend over for coffee. After that I began the momentous task of getting this house clean and back in order after the summer's comings and goings. I've told myself to come up for air on occasion, but if you don't hear from me again until Christmas, just assume I was eaten by a dust dragon, or was hospitalized for crushed knees and water bucket hands from scrubbing dirty floors.

Just kidding. I have several things I want to write about yet, so I will hopefully be popping on here a few times over the next few weeks.


Friday, August 15, 2014

A Letter of Resignation

Bub has worked as a page at our local library for almost his entire high school career. Since he is working at the pool again this summer as well as for a nearby farmer, he felt it was time to hand in his resignation at the library at the end of the school year. I thought it would be fun to post his letter since it really isn't your typical letter of resignation.

To whom it may concern,

I ________ _________, will be officially resigning from my post as Student Page of __________ library as of June 27th, 2014. Alas, the days of shelving endless numbers of novels are Gone with the Wind. Those stacks have dwindled, And Then There Were None. I will no longer be spending the Twilight hours amongst the familiar shelves, wondering why for the Twelfth Night in a row we only have five patrons. The library is for everyone, Rich Man, Poor Man, anyone with Sense and Sensibility can see that. But I am making Much Ado About Nothing, and simply say that I have enjoyed my time working here at the library, and I appreciate my senior staff members for always giving me The Help that I've needed. I have heard it said that All's Well That Ends Well, and I do believe my here has ended well. 

________ ________

He had fun writing it, and his senior staff members quite enjoyed it also. They gave him a little going away party. Cupcakes, a gift card for music, and a really fun card that one of the super talented senior staff members made.

Now if only Peach could get a job there!


Monday, August 11, 2014

Peanut's Pixie

Peanut's hair is an enigma. In her referral picture, she was teeny tiny, and had short hair. It was cute, but kinda made her look older than she was. From the time we got her, her hair has truthfully driven me just a tad crazy. It's always fuzzy looking -- like it has loads of split ends and always looks like it is in serious need of a cut. The other day she drove me to the brink of desperation. She will walk around all day with it sticking up everywhere, and hanging in her eyes and not even ask me to fix it. She could care less whether it's long or short, so short it is! I looked up how to do a pixie cut on you tube and went from there.

Even this short it poofs!! Oh, and here's the tutorial I found. He was easy to follow and the instructions are simple and clear -- at least they were for me, and I have absolutely no hairdressing experience.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Veggie Garden

Last fall, we decided to move the vegetable garden to a new location. It hadn't been growing well -- particularly at the back end -- as it had been in previous years. My mom gave us the great idea of moving it to where our pool usually sits, and moving the pool to the sadly producing garden, so once the pool was down, we heaped what was to be our new garden full of fallen maple leaves.

Then this spring, the Engineer ran the rototiller through it, dumped the compost on it, and mixed it in as well. He also fenced it for us, to keep the dogs out. The stinkers just jump the fence and one large stinker will eat the beans.

Things were planted just a little too close together and some spots in the garden never grew. We still don't know whether there is too much leaf mold in the garden yet, it's too compacted, or whether the cool wet spring had an affect on it, but in the last few weeks we've been enjoying fresh vegetables. We've eaten lettuce, spinach, beans, some tomatoes, lots of zucchini, a cucumber or two, and are just now starting on potatoes.

Next year we will make a stronger fence and add a gate. I will turn the garden with the fork. I want it to be a no till garden to keep as many of the beneficial bugs as possible. We'll add compost again and plant with much anticipation.

 My handsome hubby digging taters.

 The overgrown jungle.

 Pumpkins. Pumpkins!?!? What was I thinking growing pumpkins!?

 Cucumbers. The vines look sad already. Pretty sure we won't be getting many.

 Nasturtiums because they're so pretty!

 A couple giant zukes and a baby one too.

 Pole beans.

The pool. Yup! We'd heard it was going to be a cooler than average summer, so we took them (whoever "they" are) at their word and didn't bother to set it up. Good call!! It has been a BEAUTIFUL summer, but it really hasn't been hot, so there sits the pool. Would anyone like to come for a swim? ;o)


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Camping with a Large Family

We finally got brave enough to try camping with seven children. This is our first time going camping since our three youngest joined us three years ago. It was a grand success -- of you don't count the fact that four of the seven came down with colds that had them napping daily. We weren't even staying up late or getting up early. It didn't seem to deter the hiking or swimming though.

We went north to camp because the north country is breathtaking. Sure there are bears and rattlesnakes (first time seeing a rattlesnake as it crossed the trail while we were hiking), but if you accommodate them and think wisely, it's really no big deal. We're rustic campers. We love our tent. It holds the nine of us plus luggage beautifully! This year all our meals were made over the fire pit. We only had one panic moment and it was actually on the way up when we realised that we hadn't checked what the conditions were for fire cautions. We were fine. It's been a cool decently wet summer, so food over the grill it was.

If you're trying to figure out if all seven belong to us, well, no, the uber blonde ones belong to friends of ours. The two oldest were at home working and we wanted to try the seven kid experiment, so we "borrowed" two children. Really, they fit in so beautifully, you would have thought they were ours. People were more inclined to ask about our three ebony headed children before they asked about the four multiple shades of blondes. :o)

Seeing as this was an experiment to see if we could handle camping with seven children -- three of them still have boundary issues, we only went for five days. It was a largely positive week! Next year, perhaps we'll go for longer and even further north! ;o)

How about you? Do you camp, or do you glamp? (Fancy camping.) Any tips I should know for rustic camping with a family of nine?



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