The Busyness in Our Lives

This past week was indeed a busy one. Morgan had Spring Formal (homeschoolers version of prom) Friday night, her last youth turkey hunt early Saturday morning and finally, 4-H shooting sports practice Sunday afternoon.  In the midst of all of this, school work was done. Not much might I add!  Yikes!  

In preparation for these activities, camo and artillery were gathered and Morgan was girlied up!  We spent most of Friday afternoon at a friend’s salon getting Morgan ready. She had the works:  manicure, pedicure, makeup and hair done. She looked fabulous!  This momma was so proud and gushed over it all. Morgan on the other hand was more like, “hmm.”  

Don’t get me wrong, she appreciated the hard work that went into all of this, but it’s just not her cup of tea.  She’s more of a camo-clad, gun toting, hunting, archery and skeet shooting kind of girl. Several parents came up to us after formal telling us Morgan was ready to go early because of the turkey youth hunt Saturday morning. They got a kick out of her. 

Sadly, she didn’t kill a turkey, but had a good time with her dad. These are precious times the two of them spend together and we thank God for these. 

Sunday afternoon was just as busy. Morgan’s 4-H Shooting Sports Club met and had practice. She dominated the boys in archery and did great in the skeet shooting practice, considering this was the second time she had ever shot skeet!  

Needless to say, we were one worn out family come Sunday night. Our Monday co-op was cancelled due to state testing, and since Morgan is no longer required to test, we slept in Monday and caught up on errands. Today, however, we are back to the grind. She’s busy with schoolwork now, and I’ve got a few days of laundry piled up that needs attention. Eek!

Blessing to you all, 

JoAnn

James 4:14-15

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

She’s not in heels in this picture. However I am, and I’m still the short one!   

Yeah, but…and Other Commonly Used Phrases

“Yeah, but” is a common phrase our daughter uses when asked to complete a chore, or anything else! It’s her “go to” phrase in her now teens.
Me, “Could you take your laundry upstairs?”
Morgan, “Yeah, but I was on my way outside to shoot my bow. I’ll do it when I come back in.”
Her dad, “I need you to help me stack wood.”
Morgan responding to dad, “Yeah, but…I was going back in to help mom with laundry.”
Oh, how the “yeah, but” phrase never ends! There’s endless possibilities! Her daddy has even turned the tables on her with it. He has “yeah butted” her on several occasions.
Then it gets real. Gasp! Teenaged girl real. The running to momma to tattle on daddy teenaged girl real. Thankfully, it always ends in laughs. My husband is a big kid himself and tries to turn a dramatic episode into a stand up comedy routine. We. Are. Weird. Yes. We really are! 😜
Out of all Morgan’s phrases, I miss the “actually” phrase stage the most. She was about five and discovered the word. Oh my goodness, she would use it for anything. All of her conversations would begin with “actually.” Yes. ALL of them started with this word! She would even begin questions with it! Morgan once asked me the following question, “Actually, momma, what’s for dinner?”
Good times and phrases over the years still make me chuckle and grin.
Actually, what is your child or teen’s go to phrase? Do you have a “yeah, but….” kid in your home? 😉

Have an actually, awesome, yeah, but kind of day!

JoAnn

Homeschool Co-op Returns

Last night I went to our homeschool group’s co-op orientation meeting. Co-op starts back next Monday. We’ve got our schedules and are raring to go!

I teach crochet and I have a few new students and several return ones. I enjoy teaching crochet to the kids. Actually, girls. 😊 I’ve always have had girls sign up for my classes, and that’s ok. The girls love learning crochet and “girl talk.”

The first day of class, we will decide what charity we’d like to crochet for and donate to. In the past we’ve made chemo hats for Hope Circle and baby blankets for the Pregnancy Resource Center in our area. The girls get to learn something fun and useful. While donating, they get to see how their new craft can help so many.

I truly enjoy my classes. In addition to their donations, some of the girls have made gifts for their family and friends. Here are a few pictures of some of our past projects. Crocheting rocks! Pick up some yarn and a crochet hook and then you’ll be hooked! 😉

Have a blessed day!

JoAnn

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No Rest for the Mom

Well, the hubs made it home safely this past Sunday from his trip and now the daughter has gone on a vacation with my parents. I guess I’m on a mini staycation while she’s gone. No school work means no papers to grade. Yay or nay? Nay…the hubs and I will be home. I’ll be doing laundry, cooking and cleaning. Sigh.
It’s only Thursday, but it’s been a hectic week. Hubs came home from his trip with a toothache. Toothache turned into a much needed root canal. Yikes! I took the daughter to my parents to get ready for their trip yesterday. Earlier in the week, she needed several last minute things from Walmart for her trip. Sigh. Again. Going to Walmart is not my cup of tea. It seems I’m always overdressed for that place. Apparently going there in your pajamas is deemed vogue and by wearing a blouse and jeans I was definitely out of place. Long sigh, while shaking my head.
I’m really going to miss that daughter of ours for the next week I really love my family and my life. I feel blessed to be able to stay at home with my daughter and homeschool her. And yes, I do get overwhelmed at times, that’s just a part of it. With lots of prayer and tons of laughs, I move on.
Well, I’ve got to get my day started. French toast croissants and sausage for breakfast, followed by laundry, house cleaning, and hopefully, I can get some crocheting in today! No rest for this mom today (or any other day).

Have a blessed day!

JoAnn😉

Ps. Please keep my parents and daughter in your prayers while they travel! Thanks!

Warm Bundles on a Cold Winter Night

Well, another homeschooling week has came to a close. Let the weekend begin! Our Friday night has consisted of tacos, warm bundles, and three riveting rounds of Clue.  Yep, another game night at Grover’s Manse.  And yes, another night of Clue!
What are warm bundles, you ask?  Just a quick little snack my husband and daughter love.  Great for your budding chefs in your homeschool, too! Our daughter is the self titled “lunch lady” in our homeschool, and we discovered this little gem of a recipe in one of our cookbooks one day during home economics. It’s been a huge hit around here. What quick and easy snacks do you and your crew enjoy? Share away!

Here is the recipe:

Warm Bundles

Ingredients:

1 package of crescent rolls

1 Hershey bar

Preheat oven to 350.  Unroll crescents onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place 2 pieces of Hershey’s bar in each and roll up.  
Pop into oven for 10-15 minutes.  
Remove from oven, let them cool a bit, and pop into mouth!  Enjoy!  Also, if you do not have a candy bar to use, you could use a tablespoon of your favorite jelly or jam in each roll.

Blessings to you and yours!

JoAnn

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