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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!!

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I’ve Been AWOL Haven’t I?

OK.  Here goes:  My parents came, we took them to the Lego Movie & Grandpa fell asleep (but he liked the parts he was awake for), we went to the Half Price Bookstore, Grandpa put up new clothes lines for me, we went to the mall so Grandpa could go to the Lego Store with Kurt (Kurt talked the whole time) and we had lunch at 5 Guys – oh me oh my!  Then my Dad went home & my Mom stayed & I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off and finally got the garage sale together and advertised and we sat through Thursday and Friday and made $50.  I took Grandma home the next day in my new van and discovered at my parents that I had XM Radio!!!!  And then the kids had Drama Camp and I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off all week taking them hither & yon and doing this and that.  Then they performed Friday night and J & D joined us and we all went to Steak N Shake.  Then I had the garage sale on Saturday and made $30.  And then on Sunday Honey wasn’t right & on Monday we took her to the vet in the old van and she made a fecal sample and I nearly died in the driver’s seat, and then on Tuesday Lexi went to the vet to get fixed and on Wednesday she left a fecal sample on my carpet TWICE!  And then Wednesday I went to here and went to there and got Kurt signed up for swim lessons (and had to run from the pool to Hubby for a signature and back to the pool) and . . . .  the week isn’ t over yet.

My parents visit was really fun and I think my Dad had a good time.  He really liked the tomato fence I put up and made one for himself when he got home.  I don’t know how to include the pinterest picture where I got the idea, but basically you put a piece of cattle panel between two t-posts and tie the tomatoes up.  Someone commented that they were going to use rebar mesh because it’s cheaper and that’s what I did!  Hubby was impressed.

Grandpa really did fall asleep in the Lego Movie – it was funny.  My Dad always falls asleep if he sits down too long – especially in a dark room!

The garage sale was obviously less than a stellar success.  3 days and a whopping $80.  Definitely not worth the work although it looked really nice all set up.  I’ll be posting things on craigslist tomorrow night (if I’m not exhausted from our first college visit)

It was nice to do a road trip with my Mom and to spend a quiet night away from the kids.  I brought home a big hunk of my Mom’s lavender plant and a couple of roses.  I put them into the neglected front flower bed where they are anchoring the lilly I moved.  I know, I know, pictures!  Let’s wait until next year when things are blooming 🙂  I sadly lost the XM Radio on Monday, someone figured out that they’d sold the van.

Drama Camp was fun.  I helped out with cleaning up a couple of days and it was the easiest sheemsiest thing.  The kids had a LOT of fun and Kurt had a talking part!!  My first child to have a speaking part at Drama Camp.  He played Tarzan – complete with a wig that I can’t even describe!!  Like a mullet on steroids.

KidShine Tarzan's beautiful hair!

And of course he had to strike a pose!!

He told silly jokes and made a hysterical laugh (which is what won him the part).  He brought down the house.  Who knew my little guy had perfect comedic timing??

Never play poker in jungle . . . . too many cheetahs . . . .  HAH HAH HAH HAH!  Tarzan crack Tarzan up.

I have a great picture of Kristen with her friends but once again I won’t post pics of other peoples’ children. 😦

We had a great time going out to dinner with J & D, but I was really, really tired by that time.  It was a long week.

And then we started this week with Honey off her feed on Sunday.  She still wasn’t eating on Monday and Kristen took her temp and it was way high.  The vet couldn’t see her until 4pm, so we followed our directions and got her to drink plenty of water with electrolytes.  In the old van, two minutes from the vet’s drive and Honey lets out a nice, wet fecal sample.  I had just told Kristen to move her rear end away from me because I didn’t want what happened to happen!  I started screaming BLEEEEECK!!  GAAAAAAG!  ACKKKKKKKK! I’M GONNA DIE!!!!   BLEEEEEEEECK!  Kristen sits on the back seat and laughs her not so little flip flops right off.  I was ready to die in the driver’s seat – and it got on my purse handle and the seats and the center console.  It was nasty!  After eliminating the obvious causes, we concluded it was probably salmonella – which means someone wasn’t washing their hands after handling the new chicks and then going to tend the animals.  Hmmmm.

Tuesday we took Lexi in to get fixed and she was so sad and didn’t want us to leave her.  That was hard.  We picked her up and she was still so groggy and unsure about walking with the cone on her head.  She face planted on the sidewalk when we left the vet.  At home she started up the sidewalk with Kristen and when the cone got stuck on the ground she just stopped.  We spent the rest of the night laughing about her getting stuck every time she tried to walk.  By morning she was fine.  Until later in the day when I was gone running errands (I wanted to find capris to wear to Karra’s college visit tomorrow because I didn’t want to look all old and frumpy.  She insists I could have worn shorts and a t-shirt, but I want to look nice.  I don’t want to embarrass her).  So, Lexi had diarrhea on the carpet while I was gone.  5 minutes before we need to leave for church Kurt came and asked how to clean up diarrhea – Lexi again in the same spot.  I ran to the vet for meds to make it stop and she has been on food rations today.  Poor little puppy.

And now you’re caught up on where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  I’m hoping to be posting the barn project pictures very soon.  The new coop is done except for the sliding door between coop and run.  Once Joel gets that done this weekend we can move the babies out of the garage (they stink!).  He’s getting lumber tonight to put the metal around the back of Sugar’s stall and then it’s a big sliding door for Libby’s stall – and her stall of course – and we’ll be done!  Kristen and I are in charge of chicken roosts, feeders and nest boxes.  My nest box ideas keep changing because the space for the boxes has shrunk courtesy of the beautiful picture window in the new coop.  I’ll have to locate all of the pictures I’ve taken and get them organized into a coherent post.  I’m very excited to share that project.

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

 

 

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