College Visit

It wouldn’t be a college visit unless we got lost – but I had the new van with the Navi System so it didn’t matter!!!  And I’ve named the Navi System “Miss Flanagan” because every time she gave a directive I said “yes, ma’am”, but the sing-song in my head wanted to add something.  So, when I finally identified the sing-song as coming from Annie I had to name her Miss Flanagan.

We had a great time, liked the campus (the Rec Center almost lives up to the one at UC), and when we talked to the  department people Karra’s face lit up and she got excited.  Yes!  That’s what I want to do!!  So, we’ve decided to revisit UC to look at the their program in that field.

And the getting lost department?  Such tiny wrong turns we could have corrected them all by ourselves with out Miss Flanagan’s help. 🙂

Sadly, we couldn’t do our traditional stop at Sonic for burgers & shakes.  There are no Sonic drive-ins in NE Ohio!!! WAH!!  So, we ate at Cracker Barrel.  Karra had grilled rainbow trout and I had spicy grilled catfish.  We had steak fries and I had fried okra & Karra had healthy fruit.  And then we had apple dumpling ala mode with carmel pecan sauce. OH MY WORD!  We ate ourselves silly – and it was sooooo good!!!!  The nice gentleman at the next table tried to steal a bite (something my Dad would so do) and his wife had to chastise him.  I just laughed.  He was impressed that we demolished that dessert.  I HIGHLY recommend it – even after fish, fries & fried okra.  So, we walked around and looked at the gift shop for about 10 minutes then headed home.

5 minutes down the road – “Oh, this is bad.”

“What?  Are you sick?”

“I have to go the bathroom!!”

“Why didn’t you go before we left?  We walked around for 10 minutes and I used the restroom again.”

“I didn’t have to go.  I went before dessert.  Oh, this is bad!”

“I wonder where all of those potholes are we passed on the way up.”

“NO!  DON’T.  I’ll explode like the Indian Ocean!”

So, she tries to distract herself reading the information we gathered at the university visit and she’s reading the summer rec center information and you can rent kayaks and equipment for the weekend.  Hey, when the cousins come next week and we go kiyakaking  – and off we go into gales of laughter that didn’t help the girl with the Indian Ocean in her bladder.  Hehehehe.  And then we got stuck in 15 miles of construction that slowed us down and made it even worse and we’re coming up on our exit and she starts begging, “Mommy, please, please, stop!”  Feigning reluctance I turn off and pull into the BP station which she recognizes as a drop off point to meet the church van on it’s way to Elkhart.  I told her it was on the way so it was no big deal.  I Am So Awful!!!!

I have really enjoyed our visits to different colleges and the bonding time with my oldest child.  We don’t necessarily bond over food, but today was extremely enjoyable.  We’ve had such good laughs and been able to really talk about things we wouldn’t talk about at home.  She really is a level headed kid and she’s going to do very well at college.

And That was a Homeschool Adventure off the Hobby Farm.

Puppy Selfie Day – and a new rooster

We had quite a busy week – including my very first riding lesson at the barn (I’m still a tiny bit sore, but much better than Saturday when I had to hike across university campus again).  Kristen’s reining lesson got cancelled on Tuesday due to a misunderstanding, so she was a little bit bummed out.  We went to JoAnn’s and returned my patterns that didn’t sell and bought some of the paint for the new mural in the pantry and then went to Michael’s to find the rest of the paint.  We also stopped by Hobby Lobby just for the fun of it.  They had their Thanksgiving and Christmas stuff out!!!  I know they do the Christmas in July sale, but it isn’t even the 4TH of July yet!!!!  Quit rushing me I’m enjoying my summer.

My riding lesson on Thursday was fun.  Everyone was so encouraging and one of the just-out-of-college helpers (who boards her horse there) gave my lesson.  She was fantastic.  All I did was walk around on Kurt’s “Yee Hah!” horse, but by Friday night I was sore and Saturday when we picked up Karra I was really sore.  Sore and stiff when we dropped her off (from eating bad for me foods for a week) and sore and stiff when we picked her up from having a horsey ride 🙂  She had fun at the camp and made friends and designed a really neat outdoor eating pavillion for their project.  She said the people on her team were really hard to work with and couldn’t make up their minds.  Working with people can be a real drawback.  I encouraged her that not every team she works on is going to be full of difficult people.

On Friday Kristen was getting a little bored so she took puppy selfies.


Here she is with Lexi (and Dad’s shoes photobombing the background!).  Noticed the one folded over ear on our “German Shepherd”.  Silly puppy.


And here she is with Luke (I cropped out the messy blanket on the couch – aren’t I good?).  She had a hard time getting Luke to look up until I stood over them.

And also on Friday we got a rooster for our baby chick chicks.


He’s a black silkie (just what I wanted) and is 5  months older than the baby girls.  A big difference now, but it won’t matter much in a couple of months.  For now he’s living in the little dog crate inside the coop.  When the girls came to inspect him one of the barred rocks pecked him in the face!  Bad little girl.

We had planned to name him Little Joe because Kristen really likes to watch Bonanza, but on the way home he kept saying,  “Brik, Brik, Brik” and I (having an Ah Ha moment) said we should name him Emmett from the Lego Movie because he keeps saying “brick, brick”.  She didn’t like that at all and we had a real back and forth about it.  When we asked the rooster he just kept saying, “Brik, Brik, Brik”.  We finally settled on Little Joe Emmett and Kristen said we’ll end up giving him a nickname anyway.  I said  how about Jemit!?  NO NO NO NO!!!  And so we decided to just name the rooster – Brik.


Isn’t he purty?  He has the prettiest irridescent green on his tail and some pretty orange around his neck.  He is really calm and has the prettiets “Hello, world.” crow in the morning.  When all of the girls go out of the coop in the morning he always calls someone back to keep him company.  We’re really hoping that he will be a good protector for Lady Grace.

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

My Baby Grew Up

We left Karra at University for a week long Architecture Camp.  A dorm room, room mate, and a cafeteria swipe card.  And two hours from home – all on her own.  It’s not like this is her first time away from us.  She’s gone to summer camp with the church youth group – 8 hours and a state away – but somehow this feels much, much different.

Like every other mother before me, I wonder where my cherub cheeked little child went.  How did this happen so fast?  She’s only really mine for another year – so much to do and so much to say.

Of course, taking her to camp didn’t come without its adventures – it wouldn’t be us if we didn’t mess something up, right?  So, I decided that rather than head east, then south, then west to take the highway to our destination, we would take the smaller state road close to us and go due south until we hit the big highway.  Except an hour lateron the scenic route we still hadn’t hit that big highway.  We stopped at a gas station near a different university to ask how we get to that big highway.  Well, we had to backtrack to the east about 15 miles to get to the right place to hit the big highway and take off on our way.  Joel had been bragging about his 80 mph tires and then he got to prove how good they were.  We got to our destination about an hour later than planned, but we had allowed plenty of time, so it was no big deal – and Karra beat her roommate in so she got her pick of beds. 🙂

And there was the drama of “where in the world do we turn into the university?  are we on the right street?  tell me where I’m going!!!”  Um, Honey, your lane ends.  Um, honey, there’s a parked car in front of you!  Why didn’t we drive the new van with the Navi system?

We got checked in (to discover everything had her named spelled Karrat , well it sort of suits a vegetarian don’t you think?), settled in the dorm and then navigated the map to get across campus to the art building.  It was really hot and humid and I started to come unglued a bit – not in a bad way, in a melting way.  I also got really thirsty because sweet tea just doesn’t cut it like water does (and by the way when your husband wants Quarter Pounders buy one get one for 1 cent – let him and then order the bacon chicken wrap that you wanted in the first place.  Otherwise you order two quarter pounders – reg., two quarter pounders with no cheese, no pickles, no onions, just ketchup & mustard, and two quarter pounders with no pickles, cheese, onions, only ketchup.  Yep.  And then when you’re praying over your food while you open your burger box it goes like this, “Thank you, God, for this food and all of your blessings and the cheese on my Quarter Pounder.”  Uh, huh, just order the bacon chicken wrap! and a water).

After the welcome and orientation, we went on the tour of the art building – with a tour guide that didn’t wait for the whole group to catch up to the destination before beginning his speal.  So, Joel gives his own tour – he is so full of it!

We left her, finally, and promptly got lost trying to get back to the highway.

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