So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Monday, April 27, 2015

New Family Member

On Friday, we added to our family. Meet Yogi -- although he went by another name when he joined us.  He is 3 and very sweet. He is probably the most mellow fellow I have ever met, in fact. His family had to move to another state and was only allowed to have one of their dogs. So they put him up for adoption.

He was so excited to meet Rocky but Rocky was not too sure about him. He has been steadfastly ignoring Yogi. Callista is just now beginning to decided he's not such a bad guy. He doesn't have a probably with either dogs or cats or pretty much anyone else.

For the first time, Rugrat even seems to be taken with him. She has told us multiple times that she likes his tail. It is quite different from Rocky's which was docked before we got him and just a little stub. She also loves that he will occasionally chase/run with her outside.

She was not a fan of Rocky when she joined us and we, in fact, had to teach her not to hit or kick him randomly. She always considered him a rival for her attention and only recently had begun to accept him and occasionally enjoy him.

It was still a shock when she told us recently that she wanted a puppy. That was good because we had been kind of looking already.

I think after Yogi gets past the change of scene and has his time of grieving done, he will be a great fit for our family. But he will need some time I think. He seems to have such a tender heart from what we have already seen that I'm sure he's missing the family he grew up with. Hopefully, we can soothe that some over the next weeks.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Zoo Day and Girl Scouts

 A few weeks ago, we got to enjoy Rugrat's first patch earning program at the zoo. We began in a small auditorium type room with a boatload of other Daisy's. A lot of the Daisy's from our troop came too. We all dressed in our new green Troop 358 t-shirts.

The lady in charge showed us a lot of animals and talked about important things like habitat, environment, shelter needs, and diets

In fact, when she asked if anyone knew what a "diet" meant, Rugrat blurted out to me loudly (in a voice that carried across the auditorium room) -- "I know what that is. It's soda!" That was followed by laughter across the room and even the lady had to chuckle.

After shaking my head in my hand, I looked up to find a thumbs up from our troop leader who thought it was great.

Later, we all went out back and made a treat for the birds -- a sweet gum ball covered in lard and rolled in seeds.

It was a fun time for all our Daisy's. But getting them to all stand still and look at a camera was a little more difficult.

 The program fee included entrance to the zoo so of course we had to go check out Rugrat's favorite animals.

By the time we got home, we were ready for a more substantial lunch than the snack of french fries and a slurpee that we shared at the zoo.

It was a pretty good first go around as patch earning programs go.

Friday, April 10, 2015


 School has had less bumps and bruises but still has a few. This year has had significantly less pressure but I still catch myself putting expectations for our progress in my way. I am slowly learning, both by hard knocks and prayer, that I need to stop that.

I have noticed that the more relaxed I am, the better a day she has. But we always have to have that time when we begin that she gets frustrated and I find myself gritting my teeth some. I can tell that God is working on me though because I grit my teeth less now.

I also think that, in the last month, it has finally hit her that the more cooperative she is, the faster she is done for the day. We have enjoyed multiple days recently when we are done shortly after her lunch (which is usually around 11:30) giving her several hours of freedom to do whatever she wishes as opposed to my getting up from doing school with her so I can begin dinner.

We both enjoy those days.

She began spelling this semester. She has discovered and enjoys Find-A-Word worksheets. That works for me because I can leave her working on it when I need to leave for work (don't worry, her brother and sister are here with her).

One of her favorite things lately has been Math. She has been using Base 10 blocks and can work out just about any problem that gets thrown at her.

She has gotten very good at 'story problems' (word problems) and can do almost any of them without any guidance or help from me. In fact, I had a revelation the other day and realized that she has been learning basic (very basic) algebra.

She reads the story, translates it into a 'math sentence' and solves it -- often by changing it so that the numbers are both on the same side of the equal sign. The curriculum teaches her to use a question mark rather than 'a' or 'x' and, of course, she is only doing addition and subtraction. Nonetheless, she is currently quite the whiz at it and I am pretty impressed.

One of her fun handwriting assignments recently was something I found from Disney. I am curious to know if it will work. They gave an address for your child to send a letter to his/her favorite Disney character. Supposedly, they will receive a 'signed' photograph back from the character.

It was no surprise that she chose to write Anna from Frozen. We get to view that movie almost every Saturday without fail. She has the songs on her leappad and can sing along in parts to many of them.

I have to admit that the curriculum is pretty cool in that it provides a lot of these kind of activities. In this one she had to cut out houses, then arrange them in a way that would impact the forest and lake less.

She often gets to do paper dolls or other cut and play kinds of things.

And there you have it. Some of our school days are better than others. But they are good in the end.

LTC 2015

Dude stretched himself this year and joined in on two events he had not considered before -- Drama and Chorus. He decided to give the Drama a try on his own.

But Chorus was more of a result of constant begging from an organizer and obvious need of his voice in the group.

As a result though, he only got one practice with them -- the last one. Fortunately, he knew all the songs and fit well into the group.

I was kind of surprised by how many parents commented on his deep voice. I knew it was deep but I guess I had not realized just how deep until other people commented on it. One dad even told him how much he would love to have a deep voice like Dude's.

It's funny how you get so caught up in your own world sometimes that you don't notice things like that.

Adding Chorus put him at 5 events this year. And gave us the latest departure time we've ever had. Which also meant we didn't make it home until around 10:00.

We gave ourselves permission to skip Sunday School on Easter morning since we were all exhausted and just enjoyed worship the next day.

Easter Fun

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Schooling at Home

When Rugrat cooperates during the day, Hubby comes home to find me feeling like this:

or this:

When she doesn't cooperate with school though, Hubby comes home to find me feeling like this:

Today was definitely a day like the latter. I'm feeling a little bit like:

I guess tomorrow is another day.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Rugrat's annual picture with the Easter bunny at our church's egg hunt