Wednesday, January 22, 2014

And then there was Silence...

I don't know what happened to Yippie.  Today at 7:35, Yippie started again and continued on and off barking but then at 11:45 it just stopped.  Stopped.  Silence.  It was AWESOME!!!  We had a peaceful afternoon of homeschool and life.  YES!!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Our Dogs are Citizens Too!

Becoming new citizens of Madison means our pups do too.  Yesterday we registered for dog licenses for Lola and Sofie ,and we are going to pick them up on Monday!  I can't wait to see them.  How they are going to react to the still yapping dog, I don't know, but I'm ready for some doggy cuddles!

Yippie Dog Update

I have to update because it is unbelieveable.  The aforementioned yippie dog has been barking and yipping ALL. DAY. LONG.  Not kidding.  All day.  I'm about to lose my mind by the yipping.  We did a break at lunch when the owner came home, took the dog out and then brought the dog back and left.  UGH!

Apartment Building Joys

Ah....the last four work days around 7:30 am, a little dog in our apartment building barks for about an hour non-stop.  Bark.  Bark. Bark.  After an hour, it barks itself out, but man!!!  I don't know how our little doggies are going to handle that dog barking once they get here next week.  It may be an extra long hour for the entire building.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

We've landed in Madison.

We've landed in Madison.  I can't say I've explored much, but we've been working hard to get organized.  

Here is our family update:

Janelle:  I've been back to our old hometown to teach two lesson-filled days, started homeschooling, and packed and unpacked countless boxes.  I've ordered curriculums, discovered my love for homeschooling, nursed Boone back from sickness, nursed Gwen from tonsillitis, and now Barrett from a terrible cold.  I'm afraid I may be the last to fall, but I have a Suzuki workshop this weekend....that means no time for illness!

Boone:  After the move, he had a terrible fever and cold, but is back in the office.

Barrett:  He handled the last days of school like a champ.  Didn't like the packing AT ALL, but now that we're in the apartment and have started homeschool, he's back into school and life.  He's come down with a nasty, nasty cold, but his spirits are high.  

Gwen:  Missed the last days of school because of terrible fever and tonsillitis, but has landed in Madison and homeschool better than expected.  

Homeschool has been awesome.  We've started a unit on the universe, space, and the kids are super excited.  We even took a fieldtrip to planetarium last night!  Fun!  The kids like the math curriculum that we have chosen and have been working hard (even Barrett worked for a while today when he was sick).  

Sunday, January 5, 2014

One Roll of Toilet Paper LEFT!

I just put the last roll of toilet paper on the holder and I'm really hoping that I don't have to buy more before we pack it up and move.  We may have gotten our poop in a group and even got our toilet paper consumption down before the move...fingers crossed!  Otherwise we may be using a box of tissues to wipe our butts.  :)

Today's Miracle: Chocolate in the Dryer

Oh yes.  It went there.  I went to grab the clothes from the dryer and I was greeted a sweet, melted Hershey's Chocolate Kiss at the rim filter and door.  I almost started to cry, but started to laugh instead.  Yes.  Chocolate in the dryer.  By some miracle, I pulled the clothes out and not a single item had any chocolate anywhere.  Thank you, Jesus.  I got my miracle and I still love Hershey Kisses.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Most Loved Christmas Presents and Product Reviews

This year's most loved Christmas presents?  Easy!  The Rainbow Loom has been so popular around our house, we've been calling Gwen "the Loom-a-tic".  Barrett, the day after Christmas, used his allowance to buy one so he could get in on the fun too.
We have about a ZILLION bands for the Loom all over our house. The guy who invented the Loom is a zillionaire and he's earned it.  The quiet is worth it.  Thank you, Rainbow Loom guy.    
Oh...We've also been all over YouTube watching videos on how to make different kinds of bracelets too.  Gwen's getting into some really complicated bracelets.  Barrett's still new at it, as he's Loom just arrived not too long ago. 

Another Christmas favorite has been all of the LEGO toys.  Both Barrett and Gwen got LEGO toys.  Is there anything more to be said about LEGO?  They're awesome! 

American Girl is always a hit for Gwen.  In 2013, she drooled over Saige, the American Girl of the Year doll and her Painting Set.  Santa brought her the doll and painting set.  She's so happy.  I know that American Girl isn't for every kid, but when you know they want it, it's a hit.  Gwen spends lots of time dressing, undressing and playing with the doll.  Plus, the stories that accompany the dolls are great. Saige's story is about using your creativity for the better good...gotta love that!

One last favorite for now...Disney Infinity and all it's awesome characters and power discs!  Is this a surprise coming from our house?  Barrett got lots of characters (Gwen got a couple too) and the complete Series 2 Power Disc Set from Grandpa and he was in HEAVEN!  He gets limited screen time, but when he does play, he's all in!  He had so much fun playing and building his toy boxes this Christmas Break.  

Insomnia and National Violin Day!

Last night I was wide away most of the night.  MOST. OF. THE. NIGHT.  With my unexpected time, I found out that National Violin Day is December 13th.    Which also makes me super excited because it also it my son's birthday.  Coincidence?  I think not!  I bet I had my son, during a natural teaching break, on National Violin Day by design!

That is all.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Resolutions 2014

Whoo Hoo!  2014! You all know how I love resolutions.

Here are some of my resolutions:

1)  Accept and flow with change.
2)  Continue to rid myself of excess and use the profits (both space-through donation and fiscal-from Ebay) to get something or somewhere that matters to my family.
3)  Take time to enjoy the little people and things in my life.
4)  Accept the loss of my current studio without too much sadness and allow myself time to process the loss.
5)  Focus on teaching my children to be kind to one tired of the picking at each other.
6)  Be in bed before midnight every night.