So much to tell, So little time!

Two months later and so much more has happened! And I have some pictures to share, but of course they are all on my phone.  I need to upload everything on my phone to my dropbox so that I can access them easier.  But that’s for another day.  Tonight I’ll just type.

I changed jobs in mid-July and I am so much happier! I won’t tell all of the drama that was going on, and apparently continues, at the previous job.  I wouldn’t be able to disguise the guilty in an adequate manner.  My new job is wonderful! I’m working for a trucking company, small, family and fun to be around.

The fourth of July rolled around and after Camp Meeting, we tackled the living room reno.  Long overdue replacement of the pet destroyed carpet and new paint – okay, the husband was right; we really needed to paint. I showed him some paint colors, he picked the one I wanted and then chose a darker accent color than I was thinking – he was right.  We went to the store to buy carpet (because he refused to order something of high quality 🙂 ) and changed our minds and agreed with each other on 4 different carpet samples. FOUR!!!  Joel painted the ceiling, I painted the walls, Joel and Kurt did the carpet. It’s gorgeous!!  This week we finished up the hallway that didn’t get done over the 4th because the piano was in the hallway. I decided to go ahead and paint above the patio door because it was so grubby above the door. There is now a very obvious line of new paint, but I wasn’t ready to paint over the beehive on the wall – or paint all the way into the kitchen.

All of this preparation is in anticipation of the bridal shower we are hosting on the 23rd.  The shower in Michigan was a wonderful hit. We had a great time; Kristen’s cake for her sister turned out beautifully. The setting was perfect. The family fun to be with.  Packing the car to come home was an adventure!  Karra and Jason came up Friday after Kurt, Kristen and I had driven up on Wednesday.  Jason went home Saturday and we loaded up Monday morning after the shower on Sunday.  We were pretty full going up and had to come home with an extra person, extra luggage and a nice haul of gifts!  Kristen did a great job packing things up for me.

The next shower is still in bits and pieces and is only a week away.  Karra and I shopped last week for her flowers for the wedding bouquet and Kristen and I shopped tonight for the rest of the craft items needed for the shower.  Now, I have to get my butt in gear and get the decorations made, the games printed and remember to buy plates and silverware!  Oh, gosh.  I work 3 days a week, so time to work on things is at a premium.  Might be a quite sleepless week.

And Penny is making such amazing progress.  I’ve been able to see Kristen ride her a few times and everyone just loves her. She is such a sweet horse.  And she loves to play in the mud!!  She’s going to be a fabulous trail horse when her reining career is over.  Her mane and tail are growing in again and she’s so shiny!  She’s had a bout with hives that we think is probably because she’s always been outside and now she’s on bedding.  The hives have gotten much better as her immunity has built up.

And now I’m rapping up and going to bed.  I promise, promise after the second shower is over that I’ll post pictures to go with this post.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby farm!

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Graduation

I don’t think I’ll go so far as to say that I survived (I’m still completely exhausted and immobile), but we had a wonderful time with Karra’s graduation and party and everyone has declared it a smashing success.

It was a long haul this past two weeks to get the yard and farm looking like a nicely manicured homestead.  The front door and downstairs bath never got painted and only the door trim on the deck doors got painted, but the house was clean – even the carpet.  Let me tell ya ’bout the carpet.

Wednesday night the family took off for church and I moved furniture and vacuumed and prepared the carpet shampooer to do it’s job.  Starting at the point farthest from the worst of the stains, I set to work.  Wow there is a LOT of soap coming out of that carpet, I thinks to myself.  Hmmm, why is there soap going out when I’m not pulling the trigger?  But the small area by the door where Lexi had had diarrhea was sure looking clean.  Wow, that went through a hole reservoir of soap.  So I refilled the soap container and put it on the machine and then took the water container to refill.  All set to go back to work and I moved the machine to find a big white spot under it.  Well, that sure looks clean, I thinks to myself.  Holy Cow!!  The soap reservoir was empty!!!!!!!!  It leaked the whole thing onto one already pretty clean spot on the carpet.  Now what do I do?

Panic quickly ensued.  What do I do?  I have to get this carpet cleaned!!  Ah hah!  Eden Clean to the rescue!!  I called my friend that has a cleaning business (she just happened to have had a new baby a month ago, but oh well).  Can your husband come and clean my carpet tomorrow or Friday?  I’m so desparate – my shampooer died and Karra’s graduation is Satureday – the dogs have totally trashed my carpet and I don’t know what to do!!!  All of this to a voice mail.  I waited two minutes then texted her husband with the same message.  I waited two minutes then called my BFF for sympathy.  She is the best BFF in the whole world!!  Not only did she tell me on Tuesday that she didn’t see any cobwebs on my ceiling, she told me on Wednesday night in the middle of my panic that my carpet (covered with doggie stains) really didn’t look that bad.  What an awesome friend!  While I’m on the phone with her, my friend calls me back and says “Oh, yeah, my husband can come tomorrow morning!”  Oh, good friends are the best!!  He came on Thursday morning, made all of the stains go away, tried one of the graduation cupcakes that Kristen was baking and forgot one of the hoses to his machine because I was giving him a farm tour – 🙂  I took the hose to them when I went out to grocery shop and got to hold their tiny little new baby!  Aw.  I think I’m like my Aunt Connie – I just can’t get enough of holding babies.

Friday was Kurt’s last day of drama camp and his performance.  I was running errands for the 5th day in a row when my parents arrived.  By the time I got home I was an angry exhausted woman.  After going to fetch Kurt I came home and took a nap.  I was a new person for the performance Friday night.  As usual the kids pulled off a funny and entertaining performance after only a week of practice.  It was a lot of fun and we had 6 family members along for the laughs!

Saturday dawned cool, overcast and windy.  Not a good sign for an afternoon party.  The girls decorated the fence and gate and I put up the front door sign.  Karra dove into my BFF’s box of decorations and made the house look lovely.  I kept coming out of my sewing room with a new decoration or something I’d made and she was duly impressed by my creativity.  She even said she had no idea her mom was so creative! (Pat me on the back)  We were all decorated and ready to go by 10:30.  By the time my extra helpers came, there wasn’t much left to do.  By two o’clock the sun was coming out, the wind had died down and I had a house and deck full of people.  We started our ceremony at 2:15 and were done in ten minutes.  Karra’s speech was funny, I didn’t cry and everyone enjoyed the food and fun.  The kids (Kristen and her friends) played badminton and my BFF’s husband and twins and some other folks played corn hole.  Uncle Gray Shirt, bless his heart, made us our own corn hole boards just for the party.

I’ll hush now and share some pictures.

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Here they are – all of those first day of pictures.  When my Mom showed up with 1st day of dance and 1st day of 1st grade pictures,  I had to scrounge for 1st day of kindergarten picture.  It was easier to find than I thought it would be.  From 4 year-old dimples to pointe shoes in 10 years.  Oh my gosh, how the time flew by.

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The newly remodeled school room with a table moved back in.

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The view from the front door.

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A close up of the “presentation table”. The paper was her outline of the day’s activities.  Complete with the Belmont Stakes at 6pm.

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The words on the front door are her exact quote of the words she said we could put on a banner on the front gate.  I found a banner that said Congratulations! and then had decals to put her name on, so I went with that for the front gate.  I had planned to do a magnet-board type thing at the gate, so I just taped them to the front door and added the hats from the decorations box.  She loved it.  I still can’t believe I surprised her with my creativity.

And at last – the very end of the post – the Valedictorian of her graduation class of 2015!

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And That is What’s Been Happening in the Homeschool and on the Hobby Farm!!