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Sunday afternoon I took the kids to my college alma mater to watch my little brother play football. Josh is in his freshman year at Marietta College and is loving it. He plays football for them as well. On Sunday, the JV team traveled up to Denison University to play so I packed the kids up after church and made the 30 minute drive to see him play. I graduated from Denison back in 2001.

It was weird being back on campus. Funny story though... as I was pulling into the campus, my dad called to see if I was on the road. I told him I actually was pulling into campus (this was about 20 minutes before game time). He asked me if I knew where I was going. LOL It's not like I didn't many countless hours on the campus and the football stadium is in the same place it always is. I had to laugh. They have added some buildings and parking garages but most things were the same. 

Back to the football game. Jacob had a blast. Ben got bored quickly, but then that is to be expected. Rebecca enjoy…

Update on Benjamin

We have smiles today! That is a great improvement from the last 3 days. We ended up taking Benjamin to Urgent Care last night after he wouldn't eat his dinner (not even his blueberries which are his favorite) and he said that his throat hurt....

Diagnosis is ear infections in both ears and lots of congestion. The doctor gave him a prescription for amoxicillin and a congestion medicine. When Bill went to pick them up, the pharmacist said that they only had the amoxicillin ready as they were out of the congestion medicine. They are supposed to get more in this morning, so I will have to run out and pick it up. The amoxicillin was the most important though in my opinion. 

He had a dose last night and again this morning and he is smiling. Still not eating, but he is up and playing and smiling. I will take it. The doctor said that he can go back to school tomorrow. Here's hoping he keeps feeling on the up and up.

Sickness, play, 9/11 and Hurricane Florence

So this virus or whatever it is can leave my house anytime now. Ben has been sick since Sunday. He told me Saturday night that he had a headache, but I thought he was just tired. Well Sunday morning he woke up crying that he didn't feel good and he didn't want to go to church or the first day of PSR class. He seemed to be a little better Sunday afternoon. Then Sunday night he developed a fever. Yesterday he stayed home from school due to his fever and he laid around all day long. We watched movies... "Ferdinand" and "Charlotte's Web."  He is home again today as he still has a headache and a fever. :( Today we have watched "Ferdinand" again and now we are currently watching "Lion King." I just want him to feel better. 

In other news, I took Rebecca to her first play practice last night for the musical she is in. She was super excited to get her official script and to do a read through with the rest of the cast. She has several lines AN…

Happenings lately...

I have been a bad, bad blogger. It has been over a week since I posted. I have been on here, reading other's blogs usually while I am eating lunch, but I haven't had a chance to sit down to write anything. 

Life has been crazy busy. I thought once school started back things should have slowed down, but if anything our lives are busier than ever. 

I have been spending a lot of time in the car.... taking Rebecca to school....

and then later sitting in the van waiting for her to get out of school. Thankfully I have rediscovered reading so I have a book with me to pass the time. 

I have been trying to walk at least 3-4 times a week. This past week was difficult as I was sick last weekend and really had no energy. Also it was hard to walk when the temperatures were in the 90s, with heat indexes over 100 with very high humidity each day. It was awful, but I managed to get some walks in. 

I am now a leader for Rebecca's American Heritage Girls Troop. I am in charge of the Kindergarten…

Wordless Wednesday....Kitty Shenanigans


Overnight campout with AHG

Friday night, Rebecca and I packed up and headed out to a local farm where the owner was hosting our American Heritage Girls (AHG) troop for a campout. The farm had the perfect place for a campout. There was a large open area for tents, horse trails for a night hike, animals to have fun with (sheep, cows, and chickens).

Upon arrival, the girls had to pitch their tents and get their sleeping areas ready. Then the host had a priest from our parish say a blessing over the campsite and the girls. That was pretty nice. Then the girls had some free time to explore before time to make dinner. 

For dinner, the girls made their own hobo packets to cook over the fire. There were hot dogs and veggies to add. They turned out pretty good. 

After dinner, it was time to go on a night hike through the trails followed by s'mores making! 

Surprisingly all the girls were in their tents and quiet by 10:30 that night. The leaders were able to sit around the fire and talk until close to 12:30AM. 

The girls …

Happenings lately....

Let's see... other than yesterdays nature photo post, I haven't blogged since early last week. So let's see what has been going on around here....

The kids are enjoying school so far. Rebecca is being challenged and is getting used to changing classes, etc. The boys are doing well so far and seem to be getting back into the routine of school/homework. 

I have been trying to walk the boys to school as often as possible. Last week we ended up walking to school 4 out of the 5 days. Several days we also walked the boys home. Part of that was because we didn't get my van back from the shop until Tuesday. (If you remember we had to have it towed when it wouldn't start last Thursday when Bill went to take Rebecca to school.) I got to invest in a brand new fuel pump for the van ($620 later!). 

Bill worked a lot of evenings last week so we ended up walking together and doing errands together most of the week. We checked out a new store to us (Rural King) which just opened here…

Nature scenes this week...

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope that this post finds you all well. I am tired. It has been a long weekend. I had a camping overnight to do with Rebecca's AHG troop on Friday night/ Saturday morning and I am very tired today. I have been trying to get some things done, but I feel like I am dragging. So I am going to keep this to just nature photos from yesterday at the campout...

Hope everyone has a great week! If you would like to see some more nature photos, please feel free to check out my other nature posts: 

January 7, 2018 January 14, 2018

Alien invasion

Have you heard? Apparently there is an alien running loose in my town. It was first reported in our local newspaper, right above the headline of a meth ring being shut down in our town. It has since been featured on news stations out of Columbus. 

It is a fun diversion. Someone has created a Facebook page for the alien. They are using the page to also highlight local businesses that the alien is giving support to. (For example today, it was getting it's ship cleaned at a local car wash). A local fire department has made a video featuring it. It is all in good fun. A little lightheartedness in times that we need it. 

Right now, I am just taking a moment of rest. I have had a long day so far. Got Rebecca up for school. I walked the boys to school. Did a 3 mile walk. Home to mow grass and cut down some weeds. Deep cleaned both bathrooms. Scrubbed litter boxes. Washed, dried, folded 3 loads of clothes including our bed sheets. Deep cleaned the dining room including my desk area. 

I am ti…

Nature photos this week....

Happy Sunday! Hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. Mine has been long and difficult. I won't go into things right now, but let's just say that life is hard. I am trying really hard to stay positive but it is hard. 

For now, I want to share some of the photos I took out in nature this week. I hope you enjoy! 

August 13, 2018-- Kokosing Gap Trail. Took a 3 mile walk with Bill and the kiddos. 

August 14, 2018-- Kokosing Gap Trail in Howard