Monday, October 15, 2018

My Tea and Coffee Nook

I've been working on this idea since before we moved in and I finally got it all pulled together.  I found the sign, "But first, Coffee" on sale at Hobby Lobby and bonus that it holds some of my mugs.  I hand-made the tea and coffee signs out of white and black beans.  I drew the pictures and inserted them into the frame.  I glued the beans directly onto the glass with Gorilla Glue.  It was harder than it looked to do the words, but I was able to fix my one mistake so it looks okay.

Now for my laundry wall!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

My Pirate

Judah's surgery day for the removal of his stye/chalazean finally arrived.  The doctor told us that he had to keep the patch on his eye for one hour after we went home, and Judah came up with an idea.  He wanted to wear his pirate shirt that day so he could be a pirate which I thought was clever and precious, but I'm biased.

He was very groggy all day.  He wasn't at all after the hernia surgery, so this was surprising.

The night before the surgery I realize I had no plan for Bobby that day.  I was going to leave Drew and Isaac at home, Brian was taking the girls to school, but what about Bob?  Brian convinced me to just take him and hope that it wasn't a problem.  In Germany it was always stated before that you couldn't bring children if you wanted to be able to go into the pre-op or the post-op rooms.  Since they said nothing about it, we figured we'd just try it.  They had no problem with it as it turns out, but it was a really early morning and a lot of time to keep him occupied.

I was up at 4:15am and we were out the door at 4:50am.  The surgery didn't start until 7:30am.  We played cards, read stories, and colored while waiting for the surgery to begin in between answering questions and signing consent forms.  When it was time to take him back, he got all clingy and scared for about a minute.  Then the nurse told him he could walk back or ride in the wheeled bed and help her find the rainbow, and he was done being scared.  Like a flip was switched and it was showtime.

The scab is pretty hard to resist pulling it off as it appears at this point to be mostly attached to his eye lashes, but I shall refrain.  Doctor's orders, and all that.  I figure in this house it's only a matter of time.

Bobby ate some breakfast and played quietly at my feet during the surgery waiting period while I read my novel.  In Post-op, they put me in a recliner and let me hold him.  I read them a longer picture book that I had saved while both boys got popcycles.  They took out the IV and we were on our way.  He's done great with recovery and never once accepted pain medication when I offered.  He can be a tough one.

Random cuteness here from the dentist the day before the surgery.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Learning Up a Storm

This video is Judah after one week of learning the beginning of our timeline.  The first time I tried to take the video, I didn't push record right and missed the whole thing.  That time, Judah had hesitated briefly and Bobby from his car play behind said the next one for him.  I love that benefit of homeschooling, the learning by just being in the room.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Field Trip: San Antonio River Authority (SARA)

This was a half day field trip to here from SARA employees about how to keep the river clean and the wildlife in and around it.  They split into two groups, 2nd grade and below being in the little kid group.  This meant that Drew, Judah, and Bob were in that group while Isaac went to the other group.  I, obviously, had to stay with the little guys.

Miss Minna was our "tour guide" and she is from India.  She grew to love animals and the environment when she was a child in India and her father was in charge of protecting the tiger population.  She also explained to the moms about the park we were in and how it was built to be self-sustaining, down to the gazebo roof funneling rain water into their underground tank to use to water the plants with in dryer times.  They chose all native plants for the park so they would be used to a dry, hot climate.  I thought all that was very interesting.

The part I wasn't a fan of was her delivery of the "protect the river quality" message.  The message is a good one, but the way she went about it, I was really wondering if some of the little ones were going to start crying.  She had a fake fish floating in a fish bowl and had all kinds of cups filled with various liquids and solids sitting nearby.  The fish was named Freddy the Catfish and "talked."  We were to imagine that Freddy was traveling down the river in our story.  First someone cuts down all the shady trees and bark and dirt get washed into the river (dumped into the fish bowl for demonstration.)  Freddy is hot and sad now.  Then a cow from a farm leaves Freddy some "presents" and they get bacteria into the river making Freddy even sadder.  The story continues with green chemicals from a golf course, oil from a bad daddy that poured it down the storm drain, and trash blowing in from a park.  Pour Freddy is getting sadder and now having a hard time breathing with all the oil caked on his gills.  In this dramatized story, Freddy's fish bowl looks like a cesspool now and he's crying and gasping for air.  It was a little much is all I'm saying.

The walk to and down the river was fun because Miss Minna had crazy eyesight and knowledge about the species of everything from butterflies to hummingbirds to plants.  Mid sentence, she'd stop and say, "Look at that long tailed butterfly!" and it would have flitted across her peripheral vision in the distance.  Pretty impressive.

We had to leave afterwards and miss the picnic lunch because Hannah got sick and the school called me to come get her.  We were clear across town, so we had to get going.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wrapping it up and getting back on track

I think I've caught up on all the big stuff.  Here's my compilation of extra pictures from the last two months.  The latest big news is that Genevieve is going to get braces and Isaac is going to have surgery on his ear drum.  

Poppy's dog and Genevieve made friends

This was from when we had no furniture yet.  The boys had picnics on the back porch.

Our Community Pool

Football season begins.

Recovering from the beach

 Now let's see if I can keep up with my blog this time.  I'm missing all the adorable small things on here because I don't remember them a month later. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Rest of the Beach Pictures

The previously mentioned shark

Bobby's checking out one of the hermit crabs.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Beach Time

We spent some time in Corpus Christy, TX with my family.  We had so much fun.  It did rain one of the days, but we played cards and made the best of it.  The boys mostly preferred the pool, with the exception of the youngest boy and the oldest boy who liked the beach better.  Hannah rarely even got in her suit after the first day.  It dried out her skin, and she doesn't like to get sandy and dirty.  

We saw someone catch a shark, and he brought it on shore to let people look at it and touch it.  There was some crab hunting, and we even came home with two pet hermit crabs from the store.

I went back to stay with just my mom for a weekend as a little get away.  It was so peaceful!  I could sit on the beach all day everyday.