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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter recap


We had a wonderful Easter this year!  Every year is a good year, but this year seemed especially nice.  Both of our kids are old enough now to really understand the Easter egg hunt, as well as just being thoroughly joyful about the holiday itself.  It was a great time for everyone.

It started very early in the morning.  Emma somehow was able to wake herself up at 5:45am and be ready for the day…which in turn woke up Jack.  I may not have been able to open my eyes, but I was very excited for them to see what the Easter Bunny had left them.  At church I commented on how early the kiddos were up, and they were very nice in pointing out that the men who cooked for the sunrise service were at church at 4:30am…hmmm…


The Easter Bunny realized a couple years ago that the best idea was to give each child certain colored eggs to look for.  He realized that being even was not something little kids would understand, so this year was no different.  He left a letter telling the kids which egg colors they should be looking for.  And they went about hunting around the house for eggs.  It was actually really cute to hear them yelling to each other because they found the other’s egg color; although, the Easter Bunny may have gone a bit overboard in the candy department this year.

After the kids snuck a few handfuls of jelly beans we had a pretty hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and toast with fruit.  Then it was time for cleanup and getting to church, which in a normal week is a feat in and of itself.  But, with pictures to be taken it was a little more hectic!

We topped off our afternoon with an Easter dinner of Chinese food.  OK, so that may not be the most traditional meal, but it is something that my family did while my brother and I were growing up, and it seemed like a good year to do it!  So we all stuffed ourselves with Chinese food that was not very healthy, and had candy for dessert.  Clearly we will need to do a lot of walking this week!


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  What special traditions do you have in your family?

Monday, April 21, 2014

seed starting


I probably should not have that as the title of this post, seed starting.  Why?  Well, because this year I haven't started any seeds.  Not one.  Typically around this time I have lots of little seedlings sitting in my front entry way just dying (sometimes literally) to get outside.  This year, everything seemed to completely fall off.  I had really good intentions – as a gardener I think that is a necessary trait – but they did not pan out.

Just because I haven’t started seeds does not mean that I will not be planting seeds.  In fact, I am ready to start putting kale and spinach seeds in the ground, and hopefully they will do well.  It does mean that I will rely on the farmers’ market for seedlings and most likely will make several trips to our local greenhouse as well.

What have we been doing since we haven’t been planting?  Well, a whole lot of cleanup.  It is amazing to see the damage that happens to our yard over the winter.  And there are a lot of projects that we have to work on; the main one being the chicken coop.


When we first got chicks a couple years ago, we didn't have anything ready for them.  They stayed in our front entry way for about 8 weeks.  The kids loved it…but once they had shavings in their brooder, well it was a tad dusty.  Now we have a beautiful coop that my husband built, but it still needs siding.  We also need to redo the fencing for the chicken run.  

We are up in the air about when and what kind of chickens we may get this year – if we end up getting more.  Could be new layers, we may just do meat chickens.  We may decide to wait until next spring and really concentrate on getting all the other outside projects completed first.  I know that I am going to try and plant more grass where the chickens totally cleaned us out last summer.  I wish we didn't need to have them in a run at all, but unfortunately we have quite a few animals in our area that enjoy the taste of chicken.  And I would much prefer them to be safe than dinner for another animal.


In the meantime I am enjoying all the flowers coming up.  Granted, the flowers themselves won’t be visible for quite a while, but to see the new growth gives me hope that spring and summer are really coming this year!


What is going on in your garden?  What do you do if you *forget* to start seeds in the winter?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Quotes

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He isn't here!  He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen. ~Matthew 28:6 NLT

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Apparoo App of the Week!


Trying to find great apps for moms or kids can be hard with so many available. That's why I've partnered with Apparoo - the app discovery service for busy moms. Each week I'll be sharing the 'Apparoo App of the Week' with you. Very often they've negotiated to bring you great paid apps at heavily discounted rates and sometimes even free.



This week's app is the very cool Tic Toc Time.  It is an award winning app that teaches kids to tell time, is normally $3.99. Download it here now for just $.99!


From a kid’s perspective, time is a bizarre concept: there are 60 seconds and 60 minutes, but 12 hours... unless there are 24! And phrases like ‘a quarter til’ and ‘half past’ that we take for granted just seem to make their brains melt. Tic Toc Time takes a holistic approach to teaching time; a family of beavers leads a progression of fun games that first explain using a compass and the movement of the sun and shadows before logically arriving at both digital and analog time-telling. A good time is guaranteed for all! You can get it here now!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

spring in my neck of the woods


This is what we woke up to this morning.  Now I am trying to explain to the kiddos why there is snow on the ground when it was close to 80 on Monday and we were in t-shirts and shorts.  It isn't an easy thing to explain...especially when they are 5 & 3.  

I'm thinking a movie/reading day is in order.  Maybe with some cookie making in there as well.

Is winter over where you are?  It has to be close, right?!

Monday, April 14, 2014

state of the garden


It is amazing what a few days of sun and warmth will do!  This past weekend we had a beautiful day on Saturday and it allowed us the chance to get outside and start the spring clean up.  It seems like it is so late this year.  I think in the past few years I have raked out my gardens in March, but here we are, mid-April, and we are just getting started.

I noticed that the tops of my garlic were coming out, so Jack and I removed the straw from the garlic bed.  I'm not sure how it will do.  Some of it looks healthy, some of it looks like it is dying.  It has been an odd winter, with a lot of rain recently, so I am hoping that a few warm days help to dry out the soil a bit, and then maybe the garlic will turn green...or maybe this will not be a good garlic year!

All of irises and day lilies are starting to sprout up from the ground as well.  It is amazing to see how much growth happens in such a short time.  And since I really don't need to do anything with these flowers sans rake out the garden beds, they are the best types of flowers for me to have!

I still have plans to plant peas.  I thought maybe this weekend I would get to it, unfortunately our outside list is a lot longer than our days are still.  So today, with highs in the 70's (eek!), I hope to get outside with the kids to do some planting.  But, with such warm weather it might end up being a lot of playing and going to the park.

What is going on in your garden?  Are you behind on outside projects like we are?  Is there ever a time you catch up?!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blinkbuggy feature

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Blinkbuggy. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.


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I have to say that I love taking pictures of my kids.  What mama doesn't?  Homeschooling requires a lot of documenting of the kids and what they are doing, not to mention entering the interesting world of team sports, so we end up with a lot of pictures.  The problem that I have is organizing them.

It seems like it may have been easier with film than all of these new digital cameras.  Yes, I can take better pictures now, but instead of the one or two to choose from, I easily take 70-80 for each event.  When Emma started soccer in the fall, I was taking pictures non-stop.  In fact I think I have her entire first game on my camera card.  I have tried to organize the pictures, and have used a few of the various digital photo organizers that are available online.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been satisfied with them.  It seems to take forever to upload the pictures and then try to organize them...let’s just say I run out of time quickly.

I was so excited to hear about BlinkbuggyBlinkbuggy makes it easy and fun to collect and connect all of life’s most important moments.  You are able to easily upload photos on the go, right from your phone, using their very cool app.  You can add memories, and quotes to each of the pictures, organize them into different photo albums, and then share them right online, or print out amazing photo books as keepsakes.  I also like that you can make the photos private or public.  You don’t have to put everything out there, but you are able to make some of it available to others. 

I really like that it shows up like a scrapbook.  Adding memories; and then having the ability to add the pictures with additional comments on the individual pictures makes making a scrapbook so much easier.  I am still trying to make a baby book for my oldest…who will be 6…in a month.   You are also able to import pictures from Instagram, Facebook, or Google. 


Blinkbuggy is celebrating spring with a Spring Fling Giveaway!  Anyone who registers for Blinkbuggy during the month of April will be entered to win one of three FREE 20 page Blinkbuggy Memory Books. I have to say that I love taking pictures of my kids.  What mama doesn't?  Homeschooling requires a lot of documenting of the kids and what they are doing, not to mention entering the interesting world of team sports, so we end up with a lot of pictures.  The problem that I have is organizing them.

It seems like it may have been easier with film than all of these new digital cameras.  Yes, I can take better pictures now, but instead of the one or two to choose from, I easily take 70-80 for each event.  When Emma started soccer in the fall, I was taking pictures non-stop.  In fact I think I have her entire first game on my camera card.  I have tried to organize the pictures, and have used a few of the various digital photo organizers that are available online.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been satisfied with them.  It seems to take forever to upload the pictures and then try to organize them...let’s just 

Blinkbuggy was also the Apparoo App of the Week this week, so I hope you head over to download it!

Have you tried Blinkbuggy before?  How do you organize all of your pictures?