Showing posts from October, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday- Halloween edition! (10/31/2016)

First off, I hope everyone has a Happy Halloween today full of lots of treats and not so many tricks. Around here, the older 2 kids are off to school and the youngest is currently watching "Thomas the Train: The Great Race" for the one millionth time since I dvr'ed it last week. It is keeping him happy, which is good because he doesn't feel great. He has developed a really deep cough and runny nose. So we are just going to lay low today and rest up. Tonight is our community trick-or-treat night and I am thinking that I might take him to a couple houses close to ours, while Bill takes the older 2 to our normal route. I don't know. We shall see. 

We have an extremely busy week this week and I have a ton I need/want to get done at home. So we shall see what this week brings.

For now, let's get on with our Happy Homemaker Monday (hosted by our friend Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom).


Warm! Today is supposed to be pretty seasonal, …

The Queen of Katwe (book review)


One day in 2005 while searching for food, nine-year-old Ugandan Phiona Mutesi followed her brother to a dusty veranda where she met Robert Katende.

Katende, a war refugee turned missionary, had an improbable dream: to empower kids in the Katwe slum through chess—a game so foreign there is no word for it in their native language. Laying a chess­board in the dirt, Robert began to teach. At first children came for a free bowl of porridge, but many grew to love the game that—like their daily lives—requires persevering against great obstacles. Of these kids, one girl stood out as an immense talent: Phiona.

By the age of eleven Phiona was her country’s junior champion, and at fifteen, the national champion. Now a Woman Candidate Master—the first female titled player in her country’s history—Phiona dreams of becoming a Grandmaster, the most elite level in chess. But to reach that goal, she must grapple with everyday life in one of the world’s most unstable count…

78 degrees at the end of October!

The calendar says that it is the end of October. The leaves are changing and a lot have fallen. It is fall. However, you wouldn't know it by the temperatures we have been having the last couple days. 

Yesterday, it was sunny and almost 80 degrees! That is crazy. It is usually in the high 50s/low 60s around here this time of the year. Last Saturday, we were in sweaters and boots. 

Not yesterday. I had on a tank top and yoga capris. The weather was gorgeous.

We decided to take the kids out to walk and to enjoy the weather.

We headed out to walk along the Kokosing Gap Trail in Gambier.

After a little bit on the path, which was SUPER busy with bicyclists and other walkers, we decided to head down a path that is maintained by the Brown Family Environmental Center. The BFEC  has a series of paths through the woods and that run along the Kokosing River.  The kids loved walking through the leaves and trying to figure out if we were still on the path or not.

The BFEC also has areas that are ma…

This and That

Life is moving right along. It has been crazy busy around here.

It is tournament time for high school sports so Bill is running here, there and everywhere. This has also thrown my schedule out of whack, but it is what it is. We've also been dealing with sickness off and on. Last week it was Jacob with the stomach flu. This past week it was me with the stomach flu. And today, Ben's nose is running like a faucet. Sigh.

The middle child (Jacob) has been getting in trouble at school, including a phone call home that he threw a block at another child. Sigh. His ADHD/aspergers is flaring up and we are not sure which direction to go. His doctors want to put him on meds, but I don't want to just yet. I want to try some natural alternatives. We are trying out some essential oils on him. And we also signed him up for wrestling at the recommendation of his doctors. We shall see if that helps.

The kids brought their report cards home and for the most part they were good grades so good t…

What are we teaching our children during this year's election?

I rarely get political on social media or anywhere else for that matter. I have always been like that. Now, I will on occasion put a sign in our front yard if my husband and I both agree on it. I am not one of those people who plaster their political beliefs all over facebook and other social media sites for the world to see. I have my beliefs, however I am not going to force my beliefs on anyone else. I believe what I do, and I respect that others may or may not agree with me. I do my duty and I vote in every election. I research and I pick the candidate that I feel will do the best job and whom I feel is the best choice for my family's future and for the future of our country. I have gone back and forth in the past between voting Republican and Democrat. I do not tend to only vote for one party over another. Like I said, I think that who you vote for is personal. So you will not see any posts on here asking that you vote for so and so over so and so. 

HOWEVER, there is a dangerou…

2016 Jack-o-Lanterns

Halloween is right around the corner and there are a few traditions that we have in our family. One of those traditions is letting the kids design and make a jack-o-lantern to enjoy seeing all lit up at night time.

Well, on Sunday night we got around to letting the kids carve their pumpkins and turn them into jack-o-lanterns. (It was a good thing too, because apparently Ben's had a crack in the bottom of it and it was starting to mold inside....) 

This was the first year that Benjamin really understood what we were doing and I think that is because he has fallen in love with the story "Spookley, the Square Pumpkin." We have the book and the dvd and he wants to watch it over and over. 

Anyhow, the kids had a blast carving their pumpkins. The older two even cleaned their own pumpkins out!

We had the boys draw their faces on their pumpkins themselves and then Bill carved Benjamin's pumpkin and I carved Jacob's for him. Rebeccacarved her own pumpkin all on her own this …

Craft show shopping and walking among the leaves

Saturday morning, Rebecca and I had to get up bright and early to go help set up for a craft show that her American Heritage Girls troop was sponsoring. I helped them to sign in vendors and Rebecca helped some of the vendors set up their tables. 

At 10:30 we headed back home to get the boys as Bill had to leave for work. The boys were going crazy and weren't listening, etc. It was crazy and I knew it was going to be a day that they needed to be kept busy. So, we left once again, this time with the boys in tow, to meet up with my mom and sister to actually go to shop at the craft fair.  There was 28 vendors there and there was a good split between crafters and direct sales people.

I ended up getting a few things.  I spent $10 on a grab bag from a Perfectly Posh vendor that I actually knew. Inside was a lip cream, a sample of their soap, and the blue shower loofah thingy. I also spent $7 at the snack shack to get the kids some snacks and bottles of water to have while we were there. I…


I was going to post a happy homemaker monday post today but Jacob decided to share his stomach flu bug with me. I feel awful. So will be back tomorrow hopefully!

Off to the pumpkin patch we went...

Monday afternoon, we found that we had a free afternoon. The kids were home from school. My tutoring session got cancelled. Ben's OT appointment got cancelled. So, we decided to head out to the orchard where we picked apples, to let the kids pick pumpkins for Halloween. Rebecca and Benjamin had NEVER been to a pumpkin patch and Jacob had only been once with his preschool. In fact, Bill and I had never been to a pumpkin patch in the 12+ years that we have been together. 

The weather was perfect (mid 80s and sunny!). We met up with my mom and my sister, who was home from college so they could have some fun as well. We were a little late in the season to pick them, so there weren't many left, but the kids found 3 perfect ones for them.  

At the orchard, I also picked up some tomatoes and some hot salsa for Bill. Overall, it was a wonderful afternoon of family fun and making memories! We will definitely be adding this to our to-do list for fall in the years to come (and hopefully we…