Sunday, April 29, 2012

I Am His Daughter

Saturday, April 28, 2012

While pondering what to post about today, I glanced down at my desk.  In our family, if you leave a paper on the desk, it will most likely get written on.

No matter that it was your travel itinerary or grocery list in the making, your power bill or special drawing- it became fair game when you left it for two or more consecutive days next to the computer keyboard.

It will now be covered in anything from html code to grocery lists, website information to silent insults for the sibling on the computer.

On my desk now is a paper that began as an advertisement written by my youngest.  It originally said, "Come Visit Your Local Pound! We have lots of cats and dogs!" Then a heart drawn around faces of a cat and dog and, at the bottom, the location written like this:(Greage)   
Which is supposed to be (Garage).  

This was from last week.  She made a ton of these and posted them everywhere- much like circus fliers.  I did in fact visit this local 'pound' in our garage.  She had our cats and dogs in various kennels and we all took turns carefully choosing and purchasing one.  

Later, as any good homeschooling mother would do, while cooking dinner I nonchalantly quizzed her on the spelling of several words-one being garage.    

One of these advertisements ended up next to the keyboard.  
One the backside, it now has a list written by another daughter.  A list for me while I was on the phone.  It says this- in her cute, round, junior high penmanship:

Couple of things:
#1- The water's boiling!
#2- Who are you talking to?
#3- Am I making the Tuna Noodles?
then a pretty, squiggly line separating the top from the bottom of the page before it continues:
Answer #1-

Answer #2-

Answer #3-

That is the backside.

On the front again- now written over the top of the local pound flier- is this message, written very, very small:
Dear G, even though you hurt me I still love you!  I think it's time to open up our time capsule.  My note will explain a lot.

Then- from G: I think not.

J.- Too bad Chica, I'm going to open it up right now~  You can either come or you can stay.  I need your answer then I am going 2 get my shoes on.
Then some kind of half message written in a crazed frenzy over everything else: 
 ...or I'll kill you!!!


Our desk can tell you a lot about our family.  It's kinda messy but functional.  There are items like cameras and pencil sharpeners, a box of Skittles for spelling bee rewards, bracelets the girls left behind, a broken crayon, a book listing 101 Fun Things To Do With Your Dog , crumbs from some eaten snack, scissors and glitter and glue bottles.    Amazingly, there is rarely a pen or pencil to be found here.  (Where do they end up?  I'd really like to know.)
It's comfy and cozy, I guess.   
And it's fun sometimes to really Look at what's around you.  You can kind of read between the lines and those spaces  tell a lot.

Content copyright © 2012 by Jessa at Graceful Landing

Homeschool Funnies

I just discovered Todd Wilson's homeschooling cartoons.
I may just be the last mom to do so.
I'm so out of the loop.  Sigh.

I did have a great laugh this morning, however!


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Morning

I am listening to wind chimes.
Chimes that draw my attention outdoors- to this beautiful spring morning.

The windows are open, the breeze fresh and comfortable, the sun shining perfectly.

I want to inhale this new day;  fresh and full of potential, with no mistakes, no worries yet finding their way to me.

I am letting the children sleep in a bit, then we will continue to read Old Yeller out on the porch. 
We will have a late breakfast, then check on our science project, proceed with math lessons and reading.  I will quiz them on their knowledge of human bones and dictate poetry for their copy work.  
Our day will fill quickly with lessons and very-needful-cleaning-of-the-house.   

Hopefully, by day's end, we will no longer have a refrigerator leaking noxious fumes, our week's supply of homemade bread will be established, clean clothing will find their way into my girls' drawers and the toilets will once again sparkle.

But for now, I am soaking up this morning, listening to the Meadowlarks and other birds feeling the same way I do. 

 I'm watching the hens cackling in delight as they rush out to find new insects and other goodies to dine on. 

 Watching little Tag enjoy the first spring of his young life- everything new and full of wonder, frolicking as only baby goats can. 
(Now to just keep him from doing his frolicking on top of our car!)

I'm exchanging my Old Friend moccasins- truly my winter friends- for the soft grass under my bare feet.  I'm Breathing in every fresh green smell and thinking of a song I learned as a little girl.  I found the most beautiful video portraying it.

(Be sure to pause my playlist music in order to hear this.) 

If you can't see the entire video, click here.

Content copyright © 2012 by Jessa at Graceful Landing

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Weekend

We had a peaceful, lovely Easter weekend.  

Most of the extended family gathered together for a meal, an egg hunt and games.

Great memories!

Here are photos from the weekend:

Monday, April 2, 2012

Early Spring

This is a hard time of year for me- it brings those pangs of wanting to be outdoors, in the garden, soaking up sunshine and fresh air.  
The weather teases with sun, then blasts with wind and even snow.
I always think of this quote:

It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  
~Mark Twain

That sums it up perfectly for me.

Still, we try to be patient with Mother Nature and make the best of our awakening spring.

The kids keep busy entertaining themselves and us, as do the animals!

Impromptu morning tea party

 We take fishing trips way too early to catch much of anything, but have plenty of fun.

New and exciting hairstyles courtesy of my girls

My golden girl, Annabelle

 Hanging out with pals
  Quilting and Sewing

 Watching General Conference (Sunday morning session) with the family- something I look forward to!

 Celebrating the dog's April Fool's Day tradition never, ever forgotten thanks to one little girl.

Cozy time with Dad

We're also awaiting the birth of our first grandson later this spring, I'm planning a road trip with my mom to see my grandparents and Easter is just around the corner. 
 Truly, such a season of hope and excitement this is!

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.  ~Doug Larson

 Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke

 Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.  ~W. Earl Hall

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