Thursday, June 12, 2014

Closing this door, but opening a window

I am in the process of taking this blog down.  My mommy-homeschooler blogger days have come to an end.  There is a reason there aren't many blogs about teenagers and middle schoolers.  When your kids get to that age, you'll totally get what I'm talking about.  :)  I will only be homeschooling Aniston next year and I feel like I've said all I could about that subject.

I have started a new blog...  Have GPS, Will Travel.  It's a travel blog.  Mostly pictures, few commentary.  I will be posting new trips and over time, old trips.  I hope you visit me there!

Thanks for sticking with me all these years.  I appreciate it.  :)

My new blog address: havegpswilltravel.wordpress.com/

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Wrestling

Colton is wrestling for the high school this year.  



Out of the blue, he told me he was trying out.  Some wrestling buddies of his told him they thought he'd make a good wrestler.  Apparently, after school boys enjoy throwing each other around.  Huh.



  Colton begin to learn everything he could about the sport and worked out with wrestling friends.


He made the team!


I am so proud of him!  He has a real talent for wrestling.  Eric and I kinda feel bad that he hasn't been doing this since he was three.  :)  Oh, well.  I have a feeling he'll go far, no matter the age he started.



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

November Reads

I FINISHED THE BIRTH OF BRITAIN!  I FINISHED THE BIRTH OF BRITAIN!  

Finally.  

Actually, it's not very hard to read and if you are in the mood for early British history, I highly recommend it.

Moving on....

All books being read at the moment are for fun.  After suffering through Little Women (yes, I said suffering.  Part 1 was great!  Part 2 was not) and giving up on The Great Gatsby (for the second time), I want to read something light and fun.  My choices are all for minors.  You can't get much lighter than that!

1)  The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood.  I checked out the first three books from the library.


2) Home for the Holidays by Heather Vogel Frederick.  Book 5 in the series.  I LOVE THIS SERIES.  That is all.


3) Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter.  Alyssa went to a birthday party last month and the theme was "spies".  All the girls were given characters and they were supposed to stay in character all night.  Cute, huh?  Well, it turns out that idea came from a series of books about an all girls school where the girls are spies in training.  I checked out book one from the library for Alyssa, but she wasn't interested.  I ended up reading it and I think it's great fun!  I am on book two.


Friday, November 8, 2013

See Alyssa Run.






Alyssa ran her first 5K a couple of weeks ago.  She did an amazing job!  28:17.   Not too shabby, eh?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Field Trip to the Black Forest

Schwarzwalder Freilictmuseum Vogtsbauernhof or, The Black Forest Open Air Museum :)





This farmhouse has been in this exact location for 400+ years.  The other farmhouses have been moved here.


This part of Germany is predominately Catholic, which is evident by the crucifixes on all the buildings.



One of my favorite things about Germany is all of the festivals they have.  These people celebrate any and all things.  :)  Right before Easter, they celebrate Fasching.  I think it's a Catholic thing because it happens right before Lent.  One last chance to be naughty before the seriousness of Lent begins. For some reason, scary masks are worn, like in the picture above.  I'm not completely sure why, though I've heard it's to scare off winter.  This is Germany and if there is a reason to party, they'll party! 




a closer look at the crucifix


a chapel on the grounds of the house


cow bells



short people lived in the 1600s!  See how low the roof is?


the pig bath.  it must be clean before slaughtering!


the couple on the left are in wedding garb, the lady in the orange hat is Catholic. Why Catholics and Protestants dressed differently, I have no clue.


Protestants.  If your hat was red, you were looking for a man.  If your hat was black, you were married.


churnin' butter


Alyssa's age group cooked potato soup the old fashioned way.  She said it was so smokey they had to go outside for a bit.


I hung out with Aniston's age group.  They made whistles. No picture.  Darn.




Autumn!  It's here!