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7/20/15 school, volunteering, raking leaves, tornadoes and birthdays…

written 11.17.13 I had been trying to write a long post each day. It hasn’t been working. My new plan is to write something each day.

This week has been quieter. Maggie has been staying later at school. She is a senior and the work is getting harder and there is more of it. We bring home Beth and later I go back for Maggie. We usually have dinner together at the table, but it isn’t always possible. We also haven’t been doing our devotional at dinner since we are eating at different times. I should do the devotional with the kids that are home and again later when Maggie is here. With teenagers schedules we are always making adjustments.

We need to sign Beth up for the ACT test.

At church today the minister talked about volunteering, inside and outside of the church. We need to volunteer outside of the church. They had a couple of groups that people could volunteer at. It is sometimes hard to find a good fit. I want the kids to see the value of giving back, and it would be nice to meet some other families. On Sundays we are always running late and don’t have time to get to know anyone before church.

We need to rake the leaves in the yard and save them for the compost pile. We don’t have many trees so there is not much raking to do. When the kids were little we had a lot of kids in the neighborhood. They would all come over and help us rake all of the neighbors leaves into our backyard so that we could have a compost pile. The neighbors liked it because they didn’t need to rake. The kids had fun raking. If the kids didn’t have a rakes, they brought over shovels. We were happy because we got enough leaves for the summers compost.

Each year I would save a small bag of leaves. On Christmas morning I would scatter the leaves on the living room floor. I would also get some big boots and make muddy boot prints. The kids thought that it was cool that Santa’s left muddy prints and leaves when it was snowy out and all of the leaves were gone. Now that they are older, when the leaves fall, the kids always say,,hey mom, you need to collect some leaves… I think that they are on to me.

We are having a tornado warning. It has taken three trips for us to get what we need to the basement. We probably have missed most of the most important items that we should have with us. Only one of the cats has come to the basement with us. We need a list for these times and a pre-packed bag. We are advised on commercials to have a bag, but we don’t pack one.

The radio says that there are some people without power. We have power. We need a wood burning stove. The storm has almost passed us. I hope that it passes us, then the kids can sleep in their rooms tonight. The storm came through at 70 miles per hour.

When the kids were little and we had tornado drills we took a lot of things to the basement. By the time that we got the kids and their favorite toy and everyone’s shoes to the basement and comforted them because one was always crying because the siren had scared them, the drill was over. A lot has changed since then. We still don’t have a bag packed, but we get to the basement before the drill is over…and no one is crying.

For Beth’s birthday she got her ears pierced. She is seventeen today. She is a good kid. Beth makes us laugh. She loves to sing and talk to her friends. I love my kids.


2/6/15 Halloween, ACT, art…

written 10 ! 6 ! 13 – Here are some random thoughts. I think that Beth has decided to be candy corn for Halloween, but there are still two weeks until the Halloween dance. We need to register Maggie and Beth next week for their ACT tests.  We need to put the garden hose away for the winter and get our Halloween witch out and put her on the porch. She is one of the ones that looks like she has run into a telephone pole. The kids and I used to put the witch up each year when they were little. To them the witch was huge, so it took all four of us to carry her. Then we got her set on the porch. It probably only took fifteen minutes, but it was a lot of good memories. Now the kids don’t always have time to help put the witch up. I am not sure if it is because they have homework , or if is because they know that as soon as it is up , I will start saying ” Oh no, there is a witch on the porch” every time that we come home.
Our neighbor likes to decorate for Halloween. They always have a skeleton that looks like he is climbing out of the ground.scarecrow

Here is some art. I didn’t think about taking a picture of the description of the art until we had left the museum. The picture could have told who the artist was.picture of a field



1/22/14 senior year wrap-up, Day 22/365…

Maggie is a senior. The crunch is on. She has a lot of homework to do, but she also has a lot “senior” work to do to. She needs letters of recommendation from her teachers. The teachers want a list of her clubs / accomplishments and volunteer work so that they can write correct letters. Maggie can use these letters when she signs up for scholarships. She also needs to apply for two scholarships by this Friday. The students are required to do this so that they have had practice while an adviser is there to help. She is signed up to take the ACT already and she has finished her volunteer hours and cultural events and turned them into her adviser. The senior group picture is scheduled for this Friday. She talked to the counselor today to make sure that she hasn’t missed anything.

Maggie is very calm about all of the work that needs to be done. I am so worried that we will miss something. What are your projects that you are doing with your kids this year?

Thanks for stopping by! Come back tomorrow and see what new adventures we have found!!!

Here are some pictures: sail boat picture 1211 16118



1/15/14 ACT, temperature changes, Day 15/365…

Maggie and Beth are now scheduled to take the ACT. They need to take it their senior year so that the colleges have their test scores, but we are having Beth take it this year as a practice run. ACT dates

We didn’t realize that we needed the girl’s current grade point average (GPA), their rank in their class and the number of students in their class. We got this information from the secretary at the girls schools. I was going to sign the girls up for the test while Maggie was at school, she stays late to study, but there is a section where they want the kids preferences, so I needed her to be at home. So the first night, when we had everybody home, we started to sign them up and found out that we needed the grade point average. We got the GPA and all of the other information the next day and I started to sign them up while Maggie was at school. Then we found out that the kids needed to answer some of the questions. We needed Maggie for this. The next day I said to Maggie, let me pick you up earlier, you can come home and help me schedule the test and then if you want I can take you back to school. So that day I waited in the parking lot…and Maggie didn’t show up…at the end of this story everything is OK…I waited for a half hour. Maggie is never more that five minutes late to the car. I called home, she hadn’t called there. What do I do, go to the computer rooms where she usually goes, or wait for her??? or go home because she has forgotten and come back at our normal time???  I decide to go to the computer rooms. She is not there so I go back to the car and decide to go home and come back later. While waiting at the stop sign for my turn to pull out into the street I see Maggie. She gets in and says that she had a class that she had forgotten about. She has only just scheduled her classes and is still not sure of her schedule. She came to the parking lot before class to see if I was there early and then went to class. A good choice. We went home and scheduled her. Also I forgot to mention that they need a photo uploaded to verify that the correct student is there. We took the photo and sent it, then we took Maggie back to school. Later I went back to get her. If you are new to my blog, none of my kids want to drive. It is nice because I get to spend more time with them and meet all of their friends, but it is a lot of driving. I like getting to spend a lot of time with them.

This week it has been about forty degrees. Last week with the wind chill it was forty degrees below zero. It is eighty degrees warmer this week than last week.

Here are some pictures: 11521 11520 11519 11518 11516 11515 11514



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