Thursday, June 26, 2014

A summer to remember ~ Bowmania Style

The temps are rising, but that doesn't mean we are going to sit inside all summer and do nothing.  This year I wanted to do more with the kids. Since I have been getting into shape and feeling so much better in general I am ready to go out and do something.

I wanted to keep my expectations lower. I tend to make them high and then my bubble gets burst and I am left disappointing at what we didn't do. This summer I have ideas that I want to do but if we don't get to them that is fine too. I just want it to be a summer to remember.

So far this summer we have gone camping. To which we saw a bear because it came into our camping spot!



During the school year the kids participated in the Six Flags Succeed to Read Program.  Free tickets to Six Flags just for reading? Umm YES! I too received a ticket since I am their teacher. The poor Principal had to pay for his own ticket.



After a day at the amusement (a musical park as Selah calls it) we went into Washington DC.  The kids had never been there and it had been years since I was there. We did a lot of walking but the kids had a blast.

We have gone swimming, swimming, and more swimming.


I will post in detail about our awesome trips.

We are having a great summer so far. I was looking back at last years summer and we had already been to the hospital/doctor 2 times in 4 days for something. So far, so good this summer. :) (knock on wood)

Do you  remember this?




Do you have summer plans?


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

4H horse camp 2014 ~ Isaiah's Thoughts





4H horse camp

Isaiah's thoughts

It was good.

I was the Ishkatay for the first time. The Ishkatay is the person that starts the first during council circle.

I met new friends and saw old friends.

My favorite part of camp was being able to start the fire.
My least favorite part of camp was being really cold at night.





Monday, June 2, 2014

2014 4H Horse Camp ~ Zion's Thoughts

horse camp 2014

Zion's thoughts

We got there late after leaving papers at home and then there was a tree in the road on the way back. After finally arriving we unloaded the horses and then went to tractor supply to get shavings that were dry. I needed to get another helmet but the one that I wanted was gone, so we called mommy and she found one at another TSC.

When we had everything unloaded we went to our tribal meetings so that we could get to know everyone.
Then of course we had to eat, which was pizza. yum! and then council circle.

I met some friends that I had not seen since last year at camp that was so fun.

Even though it was bed time, a lot of talking was going on b/c it wasn't lights out so I couldn't get to sleep. Even after lights out they were still talking. Finally, they fell asleep and so did I.

The next day I was up bright and early.

At horse camp, the horses have to be tended too before we have breakfast.
To take care of the horses we water and feed them and we make sure there are not manure stains on them.
That way when we ride them, they look fancy.
We also clean their stalls so that they will have a nice place to rest during the day. I mean come on, who wants to sleep in their own poop?

Then we eat!

After our belly's are full it's time to groom and tack up.

During the grooming process, we make sure that tail doesn't have shavings in it and and use a soft, rubber, curry comb to groom them.

Then we ride!!!

My horse freaked out during the first class because she didn't know her buddy was in the same class. She reared when I got on her. I tried my best to stay on but that didn't happen. I did land on my feet though. Honey Bunny finally settled down when she realized that Royal was in the same class.  (Royal is the horse Isaiah rides)

The first day we had a ton of rain. About 3-4 inches actually. During the second day the sun started peeking out after our first class and the rest of the day was beautiful. But there were huge puddles in the riding ring.

We ate, yet again., and then we rode, again. This happened all weekend.

It was a great time to bond with my horse even more.

This year my favorite part about camp was being with my friends.
My least favorite part was freezing at night.

I can not wait until camp next year!


Monday, May 19, 2014

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's okay to let them ask!







While we were out to eat last weekend with Grandmama, the brothers were picking on their sister. The weekend is when she is on dishes duty.  Being that we were at the restaurant on a Saturday afternoon, they kept telling her that she had to wash all of the dishes. 

When our waitress came to check on us, they told her about what they said to their sister. The lady smiled and looked at Selah and explained that it doesn't take long to do the dishes at all. She then told them how they wash the dishes. Of course, the kids wanted to see how that worked. And that they did. Our waitress took them back to the kitchen.

I love when things like that happen.

The kids told her that they were homeschooled and that they were learning something new that day. Learning never stops!

The kids are not afraid to ask to see how something works. How else will they learn, is what they say.
Most people are very eager to show them too. They love that kids are interested in what they are doing.

 Let the kids ask. Don't get embarrassed. I used too. I would want to hide under the table when they asked. Now, not so much. I love that they are willing to learn more and more each day. I love that they know that asking isn't a bad thing.

My prayer is that this eagerness of more knowledge will flow in their walk with the Lord. That they won't be afraid to ask the hard questions.  I pray that they will acquire and seek knowledge. To grow closer to the Savior. 






Monday, March 10, 2014

Facing my fears. A 14 hour road trip, with Five kids, ALONE!

A 14 hour road trip, with 5 kids, alone.
Yes, I freaked out for a long time thinking about that.
I was nervous. So very nervous.  Not that I didn't think the kids would do well. But just the thought of a long drive without another adult.
What was I the most nervous about? Driving around Atlanta.  I am a country girl. I am from a place where a tractor is what causes a traffic back up.





The kids were amazing the whole trip.
We didn't drive 14 hours straight. We left on Sunday and made it to Florida Monday night.

One of my favorite things we did was stop at each Welcome Center.

I didn't think about getting a picture in Virginia because we are so used to just getting on the interstate there.

We stopped for lunch in NC.


While in SC we stopped for the night. The amazing Nunnery family put us up, or put up with us. The kids were crying when it was time for bed because they didn't think they would see their new friends again. I love that they can connect with other kids so well and so fast.


Next was Georgia. I really really really didn't want to go around Atlanta. I wanted to GO WAY AROUND Atlanta. I was even thinking about canceling a lunch date with a friend that I haven't seen in YEARS. After praying about it, I knew what I needed to do. I told the kids that we were going to lunch and that I was going to face my fears. We had a great time at lunch. And then it was time. We prayed, programmed the GPS and off we went.  I might have white knuckled it all the way though, but we made it. And the kids got to see a plane land right as we were going under the runway! So Cool!


Next was Alabama. I tried to look for a place to stop but the roads were changing and I didn't see any place to stop. So we sang Sweet Home Alabama at the top of our lungs.

My plan was to stop and continue our trip the next day, but seeing how close were were, my husband encouraged me to just make it to FL that night.


When I pulled into the parking lot of the hotel I started crying.
I did it. I drove from WV to FL with 5 kids, ALONE!
If you would have asked me to do that about 2 years ago I would have flat out said no. But God has been working in my heart and I knew that I could do this. I have HIM with me, ALWAYS.
This trip is something that I will never forget.
The kids are already planning trips that we can take together, now that they know that I can do it.
Wanna know something else?
I LOVED IT!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Never a Dull Moment







The kids keep me on my toes, that's for sure.


Last week, after we returned home from town we were back in town within the hour. 

I was working on supper when my nine year old came into the kitchen holding his wrist and says, " Mommy, I think this needed stitches." 

Of course I was in the middle of supper and this was less than 30 mins after we got home from town.
I glanced at it and told him to hold the cloth on the cut and that I would look at it in just a second.  I went back to trying to work on supper. 
When I took a look at the cut I knew that we would be making a trip to the doctor. The cut was to deep for the liquid bandage I had here.

Now what do I do? Supper was cooking,  my son was bleeding, kids were running around, hubby was out of cell service.

Deep breath.

First check the cut , bleeding is under control.

Check the food that is cooking,  food isn't burning.

Call and see if there is a chance at all I can get in touch with hubby.  Nope.

Call my mom and dad to see if they can come help watch the kids while I take a trip to the doctor. 
 They are on their way.

Check cut again. Still good.

Food. I think it will be edible.

Try hubby again. YES! He will meet us at the doctor.

Mom and dad arrive and we are off.

All of this happened in a 30 min time period.

I didn't freak out, there was no need to freak. But I was looking at where the cut was located and I was signing praises to the Lord. A little to the left, right or even just a little farther down things could have taking a really bad turn. All arteries were missed. And I was thanking the Lord that we were able to go to the local doctor and not the ER.  Praising the Lord that the cut needed to be glued and nothing more.

When the house was quiet that night, after all of the kids went to bed and my mom and dad left to go home, I continued to thank the Lord.
Being a mom is rewarding. But there are days, like this one, where things are just beyond crazy.  I thank the Lord for the doctors that he has blessed us with. For the modern medicine of glue. And for his protection.