Moving Back to Homeschoolblogger

I left Homeschoolblogger quite a while ago because of difficulties with accessing the site and probably because I wanted more flexibility with my template.  Recently, they have completed a major upgrade and now are using wordpress to power homeschoolblogger.  So, I have now moved back and you can find me here at


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The Boys’ Adventure Outing

Here’s that post I promised about the boy’s wilderness camping trip.

Zachary, Wesley, Mitch (a friend from Tucson) and Andrew (another friend from Michigan) loaded up their gear and readied themselves to leave one morning after a breakfast of oatmeal and toast(??).  Zachary made the breakfast so I’m not sure if he added toast to their fare.

Notice the bananas in Wesley’s hands (far right).  I gave that to them at the last minute so they’d have some back-up provisions because these boys only took a few homemade bread baguettes to sustain them; the rest of the time they were going to live off the land.

Also notice, Andrew (on the far left) is carrying his sleeping bag in front.

The boys just barely dropped down the hill from our house before Andrew decided the sleeping bag just wasn’t going to work riding in front of him.  The boys were joking with him that if they did meet trouble he didn’t have to worry, he was protected in front with the sleeping bag and the backpack would protect him in back. 🙂

The jokes continued as Andrew lay down to have the sleeping bag tied on his back.  “Hey boys, let’s jump on him.”  “Okay, it’s time for a lunch break.”  “Let’s just set up camp here.”  I was having a good laugh as I listened to their repartee.

Wesley!  Why are you already eating a banana?  (It must have been the 50 foot hike  that got his appetite raging. 🙂 )

Okay, all good.  We’re ready to go again.

Supper that night consisted of a rattlesnake found on the trail -their first time to try such a delicacy. (written with a shudder)  They said the only problem was there just wasn’t enough meat on that snake.

Here’s the soup they made using rattlesnake meat and squirrel that they shot.  They also added young green pine tree needles which added a very strong pine taste that wasn’t much to their liking.  For added flavoring, Zachary had brought some garlic from home, along with an onion and he added that to the soup.

Excuse me, I’m afraid I’m losing my appetite.  How about you?

A modern day mountain man.

Beautiful spot

They even found a mountain lion track.  Thankfully that’s all they found.  Ei, yi, yi!

Russell met up with Zachary the next day, bringing along Justus and the boy visiting from Canada, so they could have some fun in the woods.

Later that afternoon, we rode quads to meet all the boys in a clearing.  We then picked up the 2 younger ones so they wouldn’t have to hike back the 3 miles.  Everyone was happy to see us.

Even Mitch had a big smile for me. 🙂

As soon as they hiked home they devoured all my leftovers and anything else I had on hand.  Living off the land didn’t feed well, I guess, but the memories they made are priceless.

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The Week in Review – 5/9/10

The week started off with Mother’s Day.  The kids in Sunday School sang a nice song about mothers and gave us each a red rose as well as these cute little teapots with a tea bag in them.  Such a cute idea.

This picture was not taken on Sunday.  Justus really didn’t wear this spotty t-shirt to church.  Really! 🙂

Then we had boys arrive from Tucson and Michigan.  My boys and them wanted to test their mountain man skills and live off the land; so they packed up their gear and headed for the woods (about 4 miles from our house) with some bread and bananas.  🙂  The boys took a camera and got some good shots.  I’ll try to get a post up later in the week on the excursion.

Then friends from Canada arrived with 2 of their children…

Saturday afternoon the boys were back at the house and after supper I put the boys, Serenity and  Jennifer from Canada, to work making Sunday’s lunch – enchiladas.  Oh yes, by this time another boy had joined the party.  The boy on the far left is from our 4-H group and Zachary has really enjoyed getting to know him.  God is really working in his heart.  We found out that his father is an atheist and that this boy is the only one in his family that goes to church.   

On Sunday we had 25 people for lunch for a meal of enchiladas, rice, beans, sopapillas & ice cream.  Oooo la la, we were full!

The adults visited and the kids had a good time playing Dutch Blitz, a fast-paced Amish game that is a lot of fun.

And that, dear friends, was my week.  How did your week go?

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A Completed Peg Board for My Sewing Area

It’s done.  I actually completed my own peg board after being inspired by Cami at Creating by Cami.

Here’s one of them…

and here’s the second one… (The black string was some I found in our barn that held a hay bale together. 🙂 )

My brother-in-law gave us quite a bit of peg board that he had used in his furniture store.  It was pink but my laundry room is beige & black…

so Serenity spray painted them.

then we hot glued white ric-rac along the edges.

Then I used the peg board holders that I purchased from Home Depot and placed them where I wanted.  So easy, so fun!  Oh yes! and somewhere between the time we glued the ric rac on and I placed the items on my board, my husband screwed the board into the wall.

Does this really qualify as a craft?  I don’t know but I sure felt crafty when we finished. 🙂

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Peg Boards for Craft Rooms

When we redid the boy’s bedroom (which reminds me – I haven’t posted pictures of that) my laundry room ended up having an extra little cubbyhole.  I am thinking of turning this tiny little spot into a permanent sewing area.  By small I mean it’s only about 2 1/2″ – 3′ wide but it has quite a bit of depth so I’ll use some of that space for storage.

Serenity really desires to learn to sew and I’m actually in the middle of writing up a unit study that we can do together that will cover learning to sew as well as some of the history & science of it all.  I think it would be just great for us to have a permanent place to set up the machine so that our mess is out of the way and when we have a few extra minutes to sew we’ll be able to.

I saw this awesome craft room makeover and it inspired me to make my own pegboard to hold scissors and such.  Mine would have to be quite small but I still think it could be useful.  Be sure to check out Creating by Cami’s blog.  She has a lot of great projects that will make you itch to get into sewing if you’re not already.  And I promise you will be inspired by her craft room makeover.

I’m still browsing the internet to see other pegboard ideas.  Click on any of the links to see some I’ve found.

Here’s one on Craftzine

One from Erin Compton Design

A great pegboard for stampers

another one here at My Craft Room

still another one from Going’s on at the Glenn’s

and from Our Fixer Upper

and for the last pegboard picture… The Inspired Room (a really great blog)

You may want to show your husband this board so he’ll be able to understand why you want one for your crafting area. 🙂

Of course you’ll need to know how to hang your pegboard.  Be sure to read this article to find out how.

If you’ve done one of these pegboards, please link so we can all see yours and be inspired.


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The Week in Review

So many things happened this week that I didn’t post about, so I’m going to just do a week in review with pictures.  (that’s me, lots of pictures 🙂 )

Seth left for Manitoba, Canada, Monday morning at 12 a.m.  I’m  missing him!  I grab 8 forks out of the drawer to set the table and then realize, oops! I only need 7.

Russell took me on an anniversary get-away.  Our anniversary was in April while the 4-H EXPO was going so we had to hold the celebration. 🙂  21 years.  Unbelievable that it has went by that quickly!

When we arrived home from our time at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, which is very reasonable this time of year because of P*riceline (our little secret 🙂 ), we found this awaiting us, along with the cutest pop-up cards..

put together by our Serenity, our always thoughtful and sweet dear daughter.

Excitement was great over our arrival home.

I was very excited, too, to hear that they had cleaned the house as well as the outside yard.  They worked SO HARD!  Thank you, Zachary for thinking of every little detail.  What a blessing for mom because it was just in time for my father-in-law’s 80th birthday celebration we held at our house on Saturday.  

Before Saturday arrived, baby chicks were delivered.

I now have a permanent chick enclosure, thanks to Russell.  Awesome.

The week ended with the 80th birthday celebration for my husband’s dad.  Here you have the most lively, spunky and energetic person you will ever meet.  He has more energy than people 20 years younger.  He’s also one of the friendliest and hospitable.  There’s one other person I have met who rivals him in all these areas and that is the same age and his name is Al.  They give hope to those of us in our 40’s who are feeling old already. LOL

Here’s the clan and if you know your tartans, you’ll be able to figure out what Scottish clan we belong to.  My father-in-laws only brother is sitting next to him.  They had went to some highland games earlier in the day and wore their plaids.  This is the whole family except for about 21!  As my mother-in-law said, “This is a pretty big crowd for just starting off with 2 people.”

And that, dear friends, is my week in review.

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That Oldest Boy of Mine!

Well Seth has taken off on a jet plane for the country of Canada, specifically Manitoba, Canada at midnight last night.

He’ll be staying with his aunt (Russell’s sister) and her husband for 6 weeks doing construction and also commercial fishing which starts in June.

We’ll miss you, Seth!


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