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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When life hands you crazy…… make butter!

Well the last two weeks have been eventful, to say the very least. Two Sundays ago our washing machine decided (in our absence) to continue to run, post cycle, which resulted in the flooding and damage of our kitchen, dining room and bedroom. So this left the girls and I (and our homeschooling routine) somewhat displaced, as our house was quickly invaded, torn apart and then blown dry with fans that resemble air plane engines. The fans were our “guests” for almost a week and in the midst of this life was, of course, still going on, as fast paced as ever……

…….so with my world seeming overly chaotic my first thought could have been (and was) “well we will just have to cancel school this week at our house.” But alas, the routine of homeschooling has become a source of peace for me. WE as a family are really enjoying it! Of course there are the moments of resistance and power struggles, but overall the students and teacher seem to be a good fit. ;) I look back over the last 2 weeks and am stunned at what we have accomplished in such a short time. No, my five year old doesn’t have a 5th grade reading level,  we have not mastered long division, or memorized the constitution. But we have made button jewelry, learned the pledge of allegiance, painted (with and without fruit), broken a lot of crayons, finished the first “Little House” book, read scripture, read countless books, practiced our letters, practiced our numbers, gone to the library, gone on walks, and spent time refining our manners, attitudes and words towards each other and the Lord. I am seeing both of my children learning, in all areas of life.

It’s been a crazy ,but overall, very good 2 weeks….

here is a glimpse into our kind of crazy:

Thankfully my parents are just a “hop, skip and a jump” away and so we just made our school mobile and took everything over to Grandma’s while our house was a “disaster zone”. Our letter of the week was “B” and so we made bread and butter. And if you know our girls they work best when ”in the groove”……. so we pumped up the music and danced our way to a “creamy, thick, yet spreadable consistency.”



after our dance session, we made quick use of the butter on warm biscuits…… the BREAD was still not ready but we just couldn’t wait. 

DSC_0194 Finally the bread…… while, I wish that I could honestly claim to making this bread from scratch (which was the plan according to my lesson plans), I must be truthful and say that we have to thank the Bridgeford company for this loaf. It was still yummy! Hey, a flood in the house does require some minor changes to the original plan.


And on Friday, we had our first “Friday School.” We are part of a program that has school every Friday. Bekah was excited to use her backpack and lunch pail.

I do have to say that I felt like a cruel human being/mother when the temps that day reached the 90’s and my daughter was wearing long sleeves and pants. She looked darn cute though, even through the sweat!


Rebekah with her fellow Kindergartners….


So our house is a major disaster, missing walls floors and full of dust. So the next couple of weeks don’t promise to be any less “eventful”. I will hopefully, in the end, have some great before and after photos to show you and of course stay tuned for more adventures from this “homeschool family.”

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New adventures ahead….

Today was a very exciting day! I am currently 18 1/2 weeks along in my pregnancy and so that means it is time for an ultrasound. We went into our appointment with the prayer that all was healthy and well with our growing little one. We also went in with the hope that we would get to find out the sex of our baby. Well we were SHOCKED ( to say the least) when the nurse told us (very matter of factly) that we are having a


exp0003 To be completely honest I was convinced we were having another little girl. I had even bet money on it. For some reason after 2 girls I just couldn’t see it any other way. But our little man was quite obvious in showing us the “evidence” that indeed HE IS ALL BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the way home from our appointment we stopped and picked up some balloons and blue candy as a way to tell our girls the exciting news….


…… and this is pretty much the expression Josh had on his face all day. One proud daddy of 3!

DSC_0221 Mommy and Daddy on the way to tell our girls they will be having a little brother.

DSC_0222Telling our girls was fun. Bekah was SOOOOOOOO excited to hear about her little brother and Anna was also excited…….


……… mostly about the suckers. ;)



Our family……

Anna had just woken up from a nap.We’ll just say she was excited on the inside. ;)

DSC_0228 And here is a belly photo…….(I am usually not one to do this)……. 18 1/2 weeks.


To say that we CAN’T wait to meet our little boy this coming February would be an extreme understatement. We are truly elated that we saw a healthy, thriving baby on the screen today. And now….

we wait, prepare and pray for our son……..

Micah Jay Nelson!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

“B” is for Beans

it’s a B-eautiful day in the Nelson house :)


B is for BIG cheesy smiles!


B is for BEKAH (who loves craft time!) 


Thursday, September 10, 2009

A is for Apple

Today’s blog post has been brought to you by the letter “A”!

And we did have “A” great day! Yeah for Apples, yeah for Fall, yeah for learning!

DSC_0122 We made German Apple pancakes, a treat usually only made on new years day in our house. And you know what? It was as yummy in September as it is in January!

DSC_0123 Of course we HAD TO paint with Apples….

DSC_0128 Miss Anna (who is in desperate need of a hair cut) loves Kindergarten too! ;)

DSC_0130 I am pretty sure this was the favorite activity for the day! :)


Kindergarten Kick Off!- Riley’s Log Cabin

Some of you may know that Josh and I have chosen to homeschool our children. As we start, we are both truly excited about this adventure!

As of yesterday our school is officially in session. We kicked off our first day of homeschooling and Rebekah’s first day of Kindergarten by going on a little frontier adventure. Riley's Apple Farm in Oak Glen, CA is a wonderful place that puts on FANTASTIC education programs and events as well as the fact that it is, indeed, a working apple farm.

So here are pictures of OUR first day of Kindergarten!

Rebekah playing the jug in the band.



Making corn husk dolls….. (just like Laura Ingalls)

DSC_0034I am so thankful that both my parents and Josh’s parents are in full support of our decision. My mom willingly joined us on our trip to Riley’s. It is always such a joy to have her company and her helping hands. Thanks mom for being a great “Teachers Aide” on our first day of school.

DSC_0036 The girls with their friends and dolls.

(always a good day with the Jacobs and Melvins)


Washing apples for apple cider…



My little frontier girls ready to “work”…..

DSC_0055 writing with quill pens….


Grandma helping hang the apple rings out to dry….

DSC_0063Rebekah picking green beans…

DSC_0082 doing laundry…

DSC_0089 and grinding corn stalks into feed for the chickens and pigs…..

DSC_0102 We had a great day experiencing “frontier” life. We made kazoos, went on a tractor ride, made apple cider, and had a lovely picnic lunch with friends. What a fantastic way to start our year!


And this is what you get at the end of a busy, hot day, right at nap time and Mommy wants one last “cute” picture. Can’t you tell they had a great time!?

Like I said…… it was a wonderful way to start off the year! Looking forward to all that is ahead.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Mani-Pedi’s gone wrong…..

So today as I was trying to finish some food preparations for Josh’s birthday dinner the girls thought they would play “spa”. However, their version of the “royal treatment” made a “royal mess.” This was one of those things that, even in my frustration, I couldn’t help but laugh (of course under my breath) at.  I only was able to take pictures because I told the girls “ I have to show Daddy what you did…..” (very seriously of course). It wouldn’t have been as bad had they not used NON WASHABLE markers and had they not gotten it all over pillow cases and bed sheets! What can you do in cases like this? I may or may not have done the same thing as a little girl so I guess I understand their goal.  And they thought it looked fabulous!

Ahhhhh…… the world of little girls. 





Happy Birthday Mr. Nelson! :)

We had a nice day celebrating our favorite guy!

Breakfast together, a delightful morning at church, lunch together, a trip to best buy, dinner at the parents, a cake made by Anna and Mommy and a quick trip to Disney all made for a happy birthday!

Happy Birthday my love.DSC_0605 getting crazy with the candles, and Josh finally found some people willing to play a game of Settlers with him. :)


Date Day…..

Yesterday Josh took Bekah to the  USC game. To say that SHE was thrilled to be his date, would be an extreme understatement. She couldn’t wait to go on what she called a “hot dog date”. I think Josh must have told her that they were “going on a daddy daughter date and they would get hot dogs.” And obviously the hot dog part is what stood out to her. :)


Josh said they had a good time and overall Bekah enjoyed it. I guess she got into the cheerleading and the band and was cheering “GO SC!!” ( Do I see red and gold in her future? :) )  But of course a 4 hour game in 95 degree heat presents it’s negatives especially for a five year old with NO ( or very limited) interest in the game. But as any good daddy would do, Josh made sure she was constantly supplied with cold treats and yummy food. :) So she made it through the game and still said she “had a great time” when she got home.

While Daddy and Bekah were immersed in football fun, Anna and Mommy had a “date” of their own. WE were busy getting ready for a certain Daddy’s birthday. :) After a little birthday shopping we came home and made a cake ( from SCRATCH, I might add.) At first Anna was quite distraught to see Daddy and Bekah leave without her, but I am pretty sure she enjoyed her day alone with Mommy. ;)


Thursday, September 3, 2009

HOT outside…… but Autumn is on my mind! :(

In the midst of the local temperatures hitting triple digits, I bought  these…..


Normally when it is hot, I can’t even look at long sleeves or sweaters. I get an unusual sort of grumpy in persistent heat. (True confession. :(  ) I don’t know…..perhaps it is in hopes that if I think it is cold, then indeed it WILL be cold.

But alas… my air conditioner is PUMPING at maximum speed. I have ice in every beverage, I am wearing sundresses and I am going swimming tomorrow. So, I guess my attempt at “thinking” fall-like weather into reality is not working. And since putting these on my girls right now might qualify as child abuse they will stay, with tags on, hung in their closet until…… well…… October at which time they will be worn regardless of temp.  ;) I guess we will roll up the sleeves if need be…..Hey, what would pumpkin patch pictures be without orange shirts?  ( And of course they are matching.)

So hopefully the sake of my girls…… cooler days are ahead.  ;)