Garden time

It’s that time of year again.  I get so excited about my garden that I can hardly stand it.  It really is therapeutic working in the dirt.  We started planting today.  I like to space our vegetables out so I’m not picking everything at once.  This year I did some lettuce, spinach, green beans, black beans, corn, peas, okra, tomatoes, several different pepper plants, cucumber, squash and zucchini. 

Great day!

I’ve been neglecting the blog again, sorry.  I keep taking pictures and telling myself that I’ll blog and upload them later and that just never happens.  I’ll try to just give a quick update of what is going on around here.
Carson will be turning 5 next month 😦  I cry every time I think about it.  Seriously, I want to keep him little forever.  He is such an awesome little guy.  He is so sensitive and caring, a great big brother and helper to momma.  He also is feisty and has a mouth on him that occasionally get’s him in trouble.  He is creative and a deep thinker and surprises me with just how much he understands.  We will start homeschooling this year and I think we are going to have a lot of fun.
Camron is my little bear.  He is very hard to keep up with.  He is the cutest most daring little boy.  He doesn’t seem to be afraid of anything.  I love his personality even though he wears me out on a daily basis.  He loves his momma and is such a cuddly little one but has a temper like his daddy.  He loves his big brother and asks for him constantly when Carson is gone.
Calen is 5 months and is the best little baby.  He has the best personality.  He just sits and looks around absorbing everything going on around him.  He loves to watch his big brothers and you can tell he is eager to join them.  He has the best smile and he loves to cuddle with momma.  He rarely cries and as long as he is fed and well rested he is the happiest baby.  I’m anxious to see his personality develop as he get’s older.
We broke up the ground for the garden last week.  I’m really excited about having an in ground garden again.  B and my Dad have been working on putting up a fence this week to keep the chickens and goats out.  I’m hoping to start putting plants in the ground some time next week.  I grew lettuce in a raised bed for the first time.  It is so good!  I’ve been eating salads for lunch almost every day.
The chickens and goats are doing great.  Lucy, the broody hen, decided she wanted to be a momma about 2 weeks ago so after doing some research I decided to get her 3 one day old babies from the feed store.  We waited until dark and put them under her and she has just loved on them ever since.  It really is amazing to watch her protect them and take care of them.  She is a natural momma.  All the animals are spoiled rotten.  All the chickens run after me like dogs.  The goats love to be out and around us while we are in the yard.  It’s fun to have them all running around with us during the day.
B and I are doing great.  B is so good about trying to balance work and spending time with us.  He has really gotten into going to car shows.  He joined the Mopar club and he takes the Dodge and shows it off on the weekends.
I think that is enough updating in one post.  I think my next post may just be pictures 🙂

Our Homeschool adventure

We started a very laid back preschool at home this year. I am really laid back about structured learning with young kids because I want my boys to be kids for as long as possible. I want them to explore things and figure things out on their own and just have fun. Carson would start Kindergarten this next school year and I honestly can’t imagine my child having to be in school 8 hours at 5 years old. Sometimes I feel like this world is so “hurry up and grow up” that it bothers me.
I had planned on really waiting until Carson was closer to 6 before we started any “schooling” but he asked me to teach him to read. My boys love books and Carson has many of his favorite books memorized and will read them to me. He seems to be pushing me much more than I want him too but he is an eager little one so I’m following his lead. I’m a little OCD when it comes to organizing so of course I had to sit down and get a game plan in place. I’m one of those people that makes lists of my list 🙂 It’s a horrible habit! I had several weeks of stuff planned out for us just to see how it goes. It was fun stuff and we were using the “workbox” system.
I’ve made plans and guess what? We are not following them, LOL. We have been doing some reading lessons and they take 5-10 minutes. If we do other stuff it’s strictly because he is asking. I have ordered a few things for him and will plan out some stuff for kindergarten but plan on following his lead with it. We will mainly focus on reading, writing and math.
A typical day around here looks like this

 and this

 and a lot of this 🙂

My oldest

Carson had Taekwondo testing tonight. He tested for his brown stripe belt. He has been taking Taekwondo for almost a year and he loves it. I can’t believe he is going to be 5 in a few months. Where has the time gone? He is such a gentle boy, unless he is wrestling his brother :). He has a big heart and a smile that melts me. He is a great helper and actually enjoys helping. I told him I didn’t want him to get too big so he said he would stop eating. LOL! He is also a FUNNY little boy.

A couple of memories from today that I would like to remember. One is a huge army helicopter that kept circling over the house. We’ve seen it before but today it fly by 3 times. It was so low and we were all running around in the yard yelling and waving our hands. They were so excited. Another thing is all the chickens were out in the front yard and the boys kept running around with them. They would bend down and dare the chickens to peck them 🙂 I love just sitting back sometimes and watching them.

Random thoughts

B has been out of town for a couple of days and I miss him sooooo much. I really can’t wait for him to get home. The boys ask several times a day if daddy is coming home today. They have done really well but they miss him. We’ve all been piled in bed together every night and I constantly have a foot or head in my back 🙂

I’ve been thinking a lot lately over our family. Everyone likes to ask if we are done having children and honestly I just don’t know. There is a part of me that is ready to be done with pregnancy and birth but the thought of not having another little one makes me sad. I love my kids and would love to have a large family but I wish we would have started sooner. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what God’s plan is. I keep thinking just one more but I’m sure I’ll always think that.

I’ve been doing an online study of the book of Ehesians and loving it. I’m doing it through Goodmorninggirls.com and there are about 6 of us emailing each other. It’s a great study and I love that I have other like minded women to discuss it with and get different perspectives.

Well, I need to go do some mommy duties

Merry CHRISTmas

This has been a wonderful day, minus one small thing that shall remain nameless 🙂 This is probably the first year in a long time that I can remember celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. I am so grateful for a loving Father that sent his son here to this earth to die for me so that one day I can spend eternity with him.

We woke up early this morning and the boys came out to see all the presents under the tree. They must have been really good this year or Santa got them mixed up with some other little boys. There was lot’s of presents but half were from BG since she was visiting with us. They were both very excited and wanted to look at everything.

B got up early with us and made some coffee and we ate breakfast and then started getting ready for church. I really liked Christmas falling on a Sunday this year. I can’t think of a better way to start Christmas day than worshiping Christ and spending time with my church family. Joel called the kids up on stage by age groups and had them open presents. He used the presents to tell the story of Jesus being born. The boys were a little restless but they did pretty good.

After Church we came home and called Grandmother and Granddaddy to come over since we were going to start opening presents. I think we started around 10 am and the boys were still opening at 12:30. They had way to many presents and really lost interest in unwrapping stuff. We did better about buying this year but with both Grandmothers here they got a lot of stuff. I definitely want to put a limit on presents next year. It’s hard to teach them what Christmas is really about when they are being flooded with presents.

Carson got lots of action figures (spider man, Thor, Bat man, etc). He got a Captain America shield and mask, clothes, Hummer truck and an Etch a sketch. Camron got some Cars (Lightning McQueen and Mater), lots of touch and feel books, clothes and a few little transformers. They both got a couple of wii games and pinball machines.

The rest of the day we just played with toys and relaxed. Grandmother Delores stopped by and so did Lisa, Jacob and Dusty. Later that evening, Curtis, Laura and Mycah came over to exchange gifts. I love living so close to my family.

Relief

I just deactivated my Facebook account and felt an instant relief. I’ve been wanting to do it for a while but I kept talking myself out of it. It is such a time sucker for me and I need to get my priorities right again. I’ve been trying to have some quiet devotional time in the morning and always find myself checking facebook instead. I do not want something so unimportant to have that much control over me. I also have to thank my friend Natalie for inspiring me to finally do it.

Chicken news: We discovered Chloe is the one laying eggs. She has been laying one a day and we ate some for breakfast this morning and they were delicious. I hope the other girls start soon.

Brandon’s mom is here visiting with us for 2 weeks. It’s going to be a busy 2 weeks. We have my mom’s family Christmas on Saturday. Wednesday was Camron’s 2nd birthday. We had cake for breakfast and we are having his birthday party on Sunday. On Monday we are taking the boys to the Bass Pro Shop to see Santa. On Tuesday we have Brandon’s work Christmas party. Then I think we have a few free days until Christmas weekend. I love this time of year.

New Years Resolution

I usually don’t do the whole “New Year’s Resolution” thing because I know I will fail. This year I have several things that I hope to accomplish so I’m just going to list them and maybe that will become my resolution at some point.
1. Daily devotional time – I am really trying to be better about this now. It doesn’t take much time and my day is so much better when I can have a few quiet moments with God. I plan to use my “Through the Bible in One year.” I’ve had that bible for several years and still haven’t made it more than a few months.
2. Way less computer time – This is probably my worst struggle. I spend way to much time on the computer. My goal is to check email in the morning and then not get online or check email again until the boys go to bed. I need to be more present during the day instead of stuck behind a computer screen.
3. Read more – I have several books that I want to read but usually can’t find the time because of #2. I would also like to go back through some of my SS studies and use those for some of my devotionals.
4. Exercise/Running- I really want to make sure I do this 3/4 times a week. My plan is to do the couch to 5k treadmill version since it’s freezing outside and either add in some weights or do the 30 day shred video. I’m 3 weeks pp right now and plan on waiting a few more weeks until I am feeling a little better and start.
5. Cooking- I really don’t like to cook. I’m working on a master list of things we like for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I’ve started making weekly menu plans but am thinking of doing monthly plans. I’m trying to incorporate a lot of crock pot meals into the planning to help me out.

I’m sure I’ll add to the list as I think of them but that’s it for now.