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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Shift in Winds Patterns

Hello All!!! I tried to get everything together in time for school this fall, but was unsuccessful. I guess there are some official transcripts they need to be in their hands and they are taking too long to get here so...

There is really no problem. Now I will just do winter and summer semester rather than a fall and winter. Then I will be all set for Fall of 2009 to start the practical nursing certificate.

So no school for me until January!

Monday, August 25, 2008

First Day of School

It is that time of year again! Aaron dreads it, Sophie loves it... It is first day of school picture time!

Aaron may look a little goofy here, but the camera batteries were dying and he was being difficult, so this is the picture you get. I of course think he looks dashingly handsome!

Sophie was up VERY early this morning with excitement! She was very ready for school to start.

Sophie's backpack spot.

Mrs. Williams and the class. They all got their own loaded pencil boxes that they are responsible for caring for. If they do, they get to bring it home at the end of the year!

Sophie and Mrs. Williams. Mrs. Williams is great so far. Her classroom is bright, very organized and I think she will really help these kids mature and become more responsible. It is going to be a great year!


Ben just walked up to me and asked, very seriously, "Mommy, am I turning into a fish?" I assured him that he was not, but he was still concerned and asked me to look at his head. It was there I discovered the issue, a bug bite on his scalp that had "scaled" over!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Winds of Change

Over the last year I have been pondering whether or not nursing was a good career. I had decided that I definitely wanted to work somewhere in the medical profession.

The idea of actually pursuing that kept coming back to me so last Thursday when I saw an ad in the newspaper to sign up for fall classes, I took the plunge. Beginning September 2nd I will be going back to school to get my Licensed Practical Nurse certificate.

Of the ten classes needed to prepare for the program, I have completed five. So this fall I will be taking ten credits and in the spring I will be taking seven or eight. Also in the spring I apply for Vermont Technical College's practical nursing program, which lasts ten and a half months.

The timing of all the is contingent on my 2nd degree plan being accepted (I know this afternoon.) If my plan is not accepted, I will go to school full time the next two semesters to fulfill all the requirements .

So as of the beginning of September all of us will be going back to school, except Jacob (though I am sure he will learn a lot!)


Just some shots of Sophie that I liked.

Follow Up

The other day Aaron found Jacob out at the campfire with a green tomato he had picked from the garden. He had found a piece of a broken campfire stick, speared the tomato and had it "roasting" over the ashes. I gave it back to him the next day (yesterday) and sure enough he went right back out the the "campfire" to have another go at it.


Now that it has finally stopped raining and our fire pit has drained, we have been having fires in the evening. One night we had tin foil dinners (YUM!!!) and then roasted apples for dessert. Though smokey (as evidenced in the photo,) it has been a lot of fun!


Wednesday night at Young Women's (the 12-18 year old girls at church) we had a Personal Progress kick-off party (normally done at the beginning of the year, but I am new and needed to see where every one was.)

Personal Progress, is the program that our church has for the young women and consists of goals and projects that the girls complete before they turn 18.

Anyway... our party was a P party (P ersonal P rogress...) and the we had to wear as many thing that started with a P. Whoever did would win a prize. I participated purely as moral support. The weird this is that one of the girls won by one item, but she looked completly normal. I on the other hand looked like a complete buffoon, with multiple layers of clothing, funny hair, toys in my pockets ect...

We had popcorn, pretzles, popscicles, peanuts, and many other snacks that started with a P.

Finally we had pedicures. I wasn't going to do it as my feet are gross (in my personal opinion.) I even listed to my friend Liz the reasons that my feet were gross, but she really didn't care! She very sweetly and kindly cleaned and sanded my toenails, clipped them and then gave me a french manicure!

Sophie wanted me to mention that she snuck in and painted her fingernails and served food to all the girls that were busy with feet!

Saturday, August 16, 2008


They say copying is the sincerest form of flattery, so Ella consider yourself flattered!

Sophie was inspired by her cousin Ella's fairy campfire and wanted to make one of her own. There is a house with a grass carpet, fern roof, campfire complete with logs and a tree with fern leaves.

She couldn't wait for the fairies to come and no matter how many times I told her that it was a fun thing to imagine, she was certain that the fairies would come and sprinkle glitter over the campsite.

She woke up first thing this morning to check, but he wind had blown things around, she guesses maybe a gnome upset things.

Nap Time

The other day the kids made a cute little bed for Jacob. When I came upon them, it was around Jacob's nap time and he looked sleepy. However as I watched, he got a little smile, then squiggled out and ran on to play something else.

A Bouquet for Mommy

Yesterday Sophie announced that she wanted to do a craft project. She then freely and independently made me a bouquet of flowers. I am lucky to have such a sweet and giving child.

Jacob's New Trick

Jacob has figured out how to open the refrigerator and is very proud of his new skill. For some reason he really likes to climb right into the fridge!

Bunny Infestation

Many of you may recall the issue with bunnies we had this spring (for those of you who don't, let's just say that it is true about the way they reproduce.)

Anyway, we have five remaining rabbits. We were committed to keep two of them, but were unsuccessful finding homes for the remaining three. Finally we decided to "reintegrate" them with their wild companions.

We convinced the kids that it was a good idea and that the rabbits were not happy in a cage, and wouldn't it be fun to see the hopping happily through a field?! Eventually they agreed (quite reluctantly.)

Here is the photo we took of Patch's release into the wild. He hopped a bit, but the kids went up to him and pet him several times, and at one point he came right up to us, at which point we decided he was tame enough that it would be cruel to let him into the wild.

We tried with one of the females (the females are not very friendly.) But the same thing happened.

Sooooo, we have five rabbits, if you know anyone interested in some tame rabbits, let us know.

Girl's Camp

The first week of August I attended Girls Camp (a church camp for girl's aged 12-18) for the first time in 10 years. This time I went as a grown-up, though not much was different from when I was a kid, except this time around I wanted to get to bed at a decent hour and get up early. I didn't take any photos since the weather was so incredibly horrible, but someone else forwarded these on to me. Let me just say that the water slide was way fun, but the sore muscles for days afterwords, were not. Also it was a lot of fun to have my mom there, just like good old times.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Yoga Demonstration

Yesterday Sophie was demonstrating some yoga poses for Ben. She described each one, told him the name and then watched as he mimicked her every move. Jacob even joined in for awhile. I will say that the demonstration went much better before the camera came out.


This morning I carried an inch worm in on my pants (I was walking in tall grass.) I loved the concentration on the kids face as they observed the inch worm for so long. I hope that nature always holds this kind of fascination for them and that their minds are never tainted by the over stimulation of video games and movies. (They have a place, but I mean OVER stimulation.)

Dunk Tank

Saturday was Old Home Day here in Craftsbury. It is a great day to be together as a community. The kids had a lot of fun playing games and winning prizes, but the most fun of the day was Aaron volunteering for the dunk tank. You know, people pay a dollar to throw a ball at a target and if they hit it, in goes Aaron (in this case!) Aaron came prepared with his goggles and he needed them!! I took a few shots, and got really close, but not close enough.

Annual Blueberry Quest

Friday morning we went on our annual blueberry quest. I had already gone once and one of us will go again, but this was the family quest. Apparently we went earlier this year than last year because a lot of the berries were still not ripe. However, we picked 15 1/2 pounds so it isn't like the plants were lacking berries.

Because of all the rain we have had, the path to the blueberries was flooded a bit, and several frogs took advantage of the new "pond."

I am not sure exactly what this is. It looks kind of like milk weed, but the leaves are different, but they are pretty either way.

The family preparing to pick

Sophie sampling the quality

Jacob really got into picking this year. Our pies may be a little extra tart with all the green berries he picked. By the end of the morning he was picking only dark blue berries.

Ben is now an expert picker, though his bowl never really had berries in it...I wonder where they all went?

Ben snapped a shot of some of the berries we picked. In the end we filled this entire bowl to the top.

Sophie snapped a shot of me so that I would be included in the photo memory, but it was of my upper arm and THAT is nothing I am anywhere near proud enough to share!!

Ode to Uncle Garrett

Aaron's brother, Garrett, left for the wild west Tuesday. Jacob especially loves Garrett and we will all miss him greatly. On their way out of town, they stopped by and Uncle Garrett flew Jacob around in an "airplane." It was loads of fun and a great memory to leave with us!!!

Friday, August 01, 2008

Memory Tag

1. As a comment on this post, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn't matter if you know me a little or a lot, anything you remember!

2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.