Saturday, October 18, 2014


Does anyone else feel like they need to do a better job being ready?
For years, we've worked on our emergency preparedness
a little at a time, and we have enough of some things,
a little of other,
and a long way to go in some areas.
Today I finished my last class for CERT training.
It's Community Emergency Response Team; basically after a
disaster (not terrorist), a CERT team gets together and helps rescue people
and do basic first aid until the professionals are able to step in.
It's been really interesting and a lot different from any
other emergency or first aid class I've had before.
It's because the scope is different.  With CERT, you are planning on being
in a situation where EMS and professional help is on the way, but it'll
be days before they can reach you.
So you have to change the way you help people and focus on
doing the most good for the greatest amount of people.
One thing that I really like about CERT is that
And this includes your family, so if you or your family are not okay with
the CERT team member leaving to help others, then you don't go.
I will be doing the physical simulation in two weeks so I can earn my diploma,
assuming that I passed the written test today.
Which I think I did.
If there's a class offered in your community, you should take it.
It's a bit of a time commitment to take the class,
but it's really valuable information, even if you never help out with an emergency.
And even if you are not okay with touching others, or blood, or are
physically limited in any way, you can still have a part to do.
Which I also love.
All you need is a desire and willingness to help.

You can learn more about it here.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

As soon as I decide to do better writing on here, I let myself
take a break because we had family in town.
I'm not apologizing; it was super fun to have her here & I'm sure I will
make the choice to neglect the blog the next time we have company.
Lucky for you, it doesn't happen often.
My little sister came to visit for a week and we loved it.
It was so convenient that she chose to come during
a three-day school week when Tomato's teacher forgot the week was short
(which meant we didn't have to worry about doing any homework!).
It was great, and we definitely took advantage of nice weather
and no homework.
Wednesday right after school, we headed off for our annual visit to the pumpkin
patch.  I thought about changing the farm we have been going to, but the price is right.
All the extra activities at this farm are free, and everyone else charges.
And I really like that the free corn maze is just the right size for little kids.  There's really no way
they can get lost in there; which tells you how small it is.
The annual growth chart.

  My dwarves 

Inside the maze 

 At the toy pile 

 Cheddar was thrilled to be there

 Tractor time

 The following poses were all spontaneous...each one has
great things, so I couldn't choose just one

Since I don't really LOVE carving pumpkins,
we let the kids choose their own from the
tiny pile (also super cheap).

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First Grade

This may shock some of you, but Tomato is in first grade
at the local elementary school.  She was asking and asking
to go to school last spring and we decided that early elementary school
is the time to do that, rather than having us tell her no
and then ending up putting her in when things are
crazy and a drastic change from our homeschooling life. 

This is the first day of first grade in September.
And here is a comparison picture from her first day of kindergarten,
which was in late March.

She kinda loves that's one of her favorite things about going to school,
I think.  She wanted a new one, but I said no way, since she only used
it for a few months last spring.
And in other news, our new computer has arrived & I'm hoping to be a more prolific
blog writer once again.  I don't know how much to do catching up,
or if I just want to start from here so it's not too overwhelming for me.
It'll probably be a combo.
I'm going to post at least once a week, though.
It's on the schedule and I'm excited.
It's nice to be back.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Our computer is toast.
Unexpectedly--is it ever expected?--it's gone.
and just when I was about to listen to my blogging itch that's 
been growing.
I'm hoping we will just buy a simple one that does the basic
functions of Microsoft office, internet, and the like.
Especially since Kidney Bean has recently quit
It'll probably be helpful to not have any bells and whistles to help keep the 
temptation at a minimum.
Time will tell.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Or Else...

Last Sunday morning, Tomato came to my door
and asked if she could watch a movie before church.
I said no.
To which she replied that if I don't let her watch a movie then
she won't be moving out when Kidney Bean and I want her to...

I guess if she's still living with us in 30 years we'll all know why.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Valentine's Day

We decided last year to make Valentine's a family holiday,
where we celebrate the love that we share together.

It was not the most loving day around our house this year, I'll admit that.
We had quite a few issues pop up throughout the day.
But the food was great.

For breakfast we had eggs in a basket with heart cut-outs.
Lunch was going to be grilled cheese hearts and some tomato soup, but
the kids were driving me crazy so they had pb&j since it was 
faster to get ready.
For dinner we had heart shaped pizza.  I picked up the 
dough from our grocery store, and for some reason the second one wouldn't 
stretch out any bigger.  So we had one thin crust and one that was 
ultra-thick.  But bother were delicious.
 I grabbed a fondant cutter and made the pepperoni festive.
We had the sister missionaries over for dinner, and since it was a holiday,
we went all out.  We used cutie paper plates and cups that were covered in hearts,
had some red sparkling cider along with our water/milk; and ended the evening
up with some ice cream & your choice of toppings.
The toppings were Valentine m&m's, cinnamon lips, conversation hearts,
and chocolate or caramel syrup.

It was a day of great food!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

New Favorite Spot

Sour Cream has a new favorite spot to color.
While the girls prefer sitting on the opposite side of the table from where
they eat, he has decided it's better to go to the corner of the kitchen.
 I tried to sneak a picture while he was coloring, but he was turning 
around at every noise I made, and then once he saw the camera,
he had to get close and smile.
 And the closer he got, the more his smiles turned into this.