Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Witching Hour again

It doesn't happen often. The moment when most of your children are yelling, being loud, screaming or extra whiney all at the same time. I am thankful for these moments though.

I am looking forward to going back to a community. My village has moved and transitioned their life to all of their kids being in school. So I don't get that break. I don't get that moment of sitting back and chatting with a friend. There are days I just wish I could call a friend for a playdate or ask someone to just help once and a while.

I look at my house after the witching hour and I see toy boxes dumped. I am thankful though for those dumped toys. It means they were playing and using their imagination. Then I realize though I have zero time. I have no hobby time. I have little sorting and tossing unused/unneeded/ items.

While I am thankful. There are days like today when I'd just like a few minutes of peace......maybe a little quiet. But not too quiet. They grow up so fast!

I don't get it

I am planning a camp out. A group camp out. I set the price at $50 for two nights.

This includes:
1) the campsite for 2 nights for you and your family (2 person or 8 person doesn't matter)
2) Friday night Smores
3) Saturday breakfast
4) Saturday dinner
5) Saturday cobbler/dutch oven desserts
6) possible activity supplies

Get this ...... we have invested in a new tent. I plan on taking my husband and 4 kids camping when we go. Yep, a 2 1/2 year old and a 1 1/2 year old. It is a family camp.

A few months ago I was told that $50 is a lot for a camp out for everyone to pay. So I was humored today when I read that someone needs to sell a weekend at a campsite (that has activities). It was for a family of 4 and they wanted 3x as much.

I hope to have my camp out that I am planning to be fun and memorable. Just not as cool in some ways as what the other site offers that is 3x as much!

Monday, September 28, 2015


I am starting my Christmas shopping early. All the kid birthday's have passed. Only parent birthday's remain.

Today, I found something on a sale site. I decided to buy it and save it for Christmas for my 3rd child.

So around here I have officially started.

Friday, September 25, 2015

All things rocks

My son looks forward to going to the rock show. Me, rocks, okay some are very pretty but reality is I have a hard time buying a rock. I is a rock! He doesn't see it that way. He sees beauty. He sees discovery. He sees a simple lesson.

For the last 3 years we have went to a local show. This year was no different. I found myself allowing the littles to skip a nap so I could take my older two on a field trip.

My oldest was so excited to take a look at the Geode's .... this kid seriously LOVES geode rocks. He talked all year about how they "crack it" and he asked for another one and his sister wanted one too. We stood in line and we looked at probably 50 rocks before 2 were decided on.

Fossil boxes. There is a man who sells fossil boxes. The fossils are identified. They come in a recycled cigar box. Go for recycling and Go for different boxes. My daughter wanted one too. She has talked all year about wanting a box of fossils too.

We looked at the pretty rocks -- you know the ones that cost a pretty penny! Anyway, the coolest rock I found was a pink one. I don't remember the exact type but it was $70 and too pretty for my taste.

Before we left we went to the "dig" and learned that my son is now too old in their books for such dig. He got to go in and be a "helper" only but he couldn't hammer. Seriously they cut them off at 3rd grade. I see maybe cutting them off at 5th grade and under but nope 3rd grade.

We ran into a cub scout mom and her two cubs from our pack. Anyway we are good on the fossil show for another 13+ months as the next one will be in their normal scheduled month. Thank goodness because my husband likes to go too and we have a weekend planned.