Sunday, September 27, 2015

Me and my hubby

Twenty plus years of marriage and we still try to sneak in a date night. It is especially important (and marked our calendars) in this season of our life right now.  Long story short, back in April Jay took a corporate job with Saladmaster as a Corporate Trainer.  He travels to different Saladmaster offices around the United States and helps them out for the week in lots of various ways.  His schedule right now is basically gone a week, home a week.  He usually flies home on a Sunday morning and we head straight to church.  Then in the evening the kids have Awana and we get a date night. : )

One week he was even willing to go to Paradise Bakery with me to sit and talk the whole time.  And that is the last on his list of restaurants to choose.  Ha!  This past week we went to a movie, The Intern, it was really good.  I am looking forward to the weather cooling off when we can be and do more things outdoors.  Trying to get creative with the dates and just have fun reconnecting. I don't know how long this season will last or what direction God is leading us in but it is all good. My hubby might be gone a lot but I feel like he is back.  He loves what he is doing (second to ministry) and that makes life good for both of us.  : )

So I took a selfie and I always tell Jay to open his eyes wider and this is what I got this time.  Love those crazy eyes.  

Joshua's Birthday

Happy, Happy Birthday to my 12 year old!!  I know this is a birthday Joshua will never forget!  His Aunt and her family have year round passes to Disneyland.  So they asked if Joshua could come with  to Disneyland for two days so the boys could celebrate together.  It was the first time any of my kids have been gone for their birthday but I knew he would have a great time.  So this was his party and gift all rolled into one.  : ) 
We woke up bright and early on his birthday and headed to the airport to get Jay (He had been working in Atlanta for the week).  We took Joshua out for breakfast and then met up with My sister and her family for Joshua to start his adventure.

 I asked my sis to be sure and take lots of pictures to share and she did.  Here are just a few.

Happy birthday my sweet, amazing, funny, smart, God-fearing young man!  Love you!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Week in Review

I will not be detailing our week every week but want to every once in awhile just to see what we do in a week.  I usually just post special things that happen or what we are doing in school.

A week in our life.....  : )

Sunday started our week with church, Awana and packing.  We go to church as a family, come home have lunch and then the kids have a couple of hours before Awana.  During this time Jay got all packed for his trip. Sunday night has become Jay and I's date night because on Sunday's he has either just gotten home from being gone all week or is getting ready to leave Monday morning for the week. (He travels every other week usually).  So we drop the kids off at Awana and then Anastasia brings them all home.  We haven't done anything major yet for our date nights.  It is just nice to sit and talk and catch up.  :)

Monday morning we were off and running, driving actually!  Jay had to be at the airport by 7am.  Traffic was crazy and I think I prefer when he leaves even earlier and we avoid all the traffic.  I then had to get home and pick up Joshua to get him to his Lego League Class.  They were having a make up for one they had missed.  I was so blessed when I got there that one of the other moms asked if she could bring Joshua home for me afterwards because she was coming out our direction.  This was fabulous news because it meant I was able to get home and start school with the girls instead of waiting till noon.  I got home around 9.  Started school with the others and then finished up with Joshua when he got home.  Anastasia had volleyball practice and then a meeting at the Saladmaster office.  I was home for the whole evening which doesn't happen often so I tackled the girls room.    I got it done though....2 bags of give away and a bag of trash later. That is all I will say about that!!

Tuesday morning we were up and at it again.  I took the girls to gymnastics and Anastasia took Joshua to Lego League (she goes to a nearby Starbucks to do her school work and wait for Joshua).  We were all back home by 12.  We ate lunch got school done and then it was off to volleyball.  It was a rough game but the Eagles did good.  They played the state champions.  So they didn't win but they weren't creamed either.

Wednesday we were able to start school in the morning.  :)  We worked on our science and the kids were learning to name the bones in the body.  We learned how to sing: cranium and clavicle, patella and metatarsals, patella and metatarsals. Ha! 
We have some really good friends who are getting ready to move away for about 2 years.  My boys went and stayed the night at their house and their daughter came and stayed here.  The girls went swimming, jumped on the trampoline, played, ate ice cream and watched movies.  They had a great time. I was able to get out our fall decorations.  I turned down the air and pretended it was cool outside.  HA!  I love fall and now I just need the weather to cooperate.

Thursday morning Savannah woke me up at 5am complaining her throat hurt.  By 8 I took her to the doctor.  Strep was negative but they did give me a prescription if she didn't get better.  So she was going to be down and out for the day.  We got home and I helped Anastasia with whatever school work she needed help on and I was able to get all of her grading up to date.  Whew! 
   In the afternoon we met up with my friend at the splash pad.  (It might be fall but here it is still 100 degrees outside). We were supposed to swap kids back but some of mine ended up going home with her for awhile.  I was not going to be able to go to Anastasia's volleyball game because Savannah was just not feeling well.  It was the first game I have missed.  :(   When Anastasia got home I went over to a friend's house and had a wonderful time hanging out with 4 of my favorite ladies. It is always a great time when we get together.  I got home LATE and then Anastasia came into my room and we talked till almost 2AM.  SUPER LATE but I wouldn't have traded it for the world!

Friday 8 am came really early!  Two of my friend's kids stayed the night again because Anastasia was going to watch them while we had a field trip.  I worked on school with Anastasia and Joshua in the morning.  Then Joshua and I had a field trip to the Pinal County Court house with his book club. (I posted about book club earlier).  It was a great trip and very informative. It was amazing to see all the different parts of the court house and all the jobs needed.  Talk about a small world, the judge we got to talk with actually went to high school with me and graduated the year before me.  I didn't know him though.  Time to get my yearbook out.

We came home and were going to get ready for volleyball but Savannah still isn't feeling well.  So Anastasia went to her game and we stayed home relaxing tonight.  Tomorrow the boys are getting their pictures done.  We are catching up on some school work, doing yard work and all that fun stuff.  Hubby comes home Sunday!!!  Yipee.

Here are a few pictures from the week.  I did not take very many.
 Came out of the office one day to find Thor laying on the couch watching TV!

 Climbing the rope at gymnastics. 

 We had rain this week and beautiful clouds.

 Some of my fall decorations.

 Our trip to the Court house.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Keeper's Field trip

This is the girls' third year in Keeper's.  If you don't know what Keepers is, it is very similar to Girl Scouts. But it is a Christian group and tends to be homeschoolers.  Our group has really grown this year and we are up to 18 girls!  We meet once a month and do different activities to earn badges.  For the month of September the girls went to an Herb shop and learned all about making teas from different herbs, they also learned about tinctures, oils and sprays.  They got to taste different teas, make a spray and a pillow sachet.  It was a fun experience for all. 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Family Day

We have started a family day twice a month on the Fridays that Jay is home. I am so grateful for homeschooling and the flexibility that it allows.  Jay travels usually 2 weeks out of the month.  When he is home he still needs to work and cook dinners.  Saturday is a great work day for him.  It is much easier for him to take a Friday off.  So on those two Fridays a month we are exchanging our Fridays and Saturdays.  Fridays will be our day off and then we will do school on Saturdays while Jay is working.

For our first family day we went to Canyon Lake to go fishing, swimming and just to hang out.  

We paid the extra money to go down to the camp ground area.  It was grassy and shaded.  It was a beautiful day!  Hardly anyone was there and we left just as campers were coming in for the weekend.
We brought camp chairs, fishing poles and lunch and snacks.

I don't fish.  I was able to relax and play with the kids and just enjoy the day.  It is nicer that the kids are all getting older and Jay was even able to do some fishing instead of just baiting hooks the whole time.  The large fished teased us all day swimming just out of reach and jumping out of the water to let us know they were there!  Ha!

Savannah was the only one with any luck this time. She actually caught 3 fish with her little barbie fishing pole.  No one else caught anything!!

We decided to keep the fish and freeze them to eat later when we have some more. : )
Great day!  Looking forward to our next one in a couple of weeks!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Saladmaster Rally

Wednesday night was our big kick off rally to start getting ready for BMIB in October.  It was a fun filled evening with food, speakers, contests, excitement and fun.  They let everyone know that the big rally will be in Las Vegas in January.  This was the first event that both Anastasia and I attended with Jay.  We usually take turns.  It was fun to be there with her!    Jay gave a talk about cooking 30 dinners in 30 days and he did a great job if I do say so myself!  He will have a very busy October being in Georgia, Texas and California and then cooking when he is home.  We are ready to work hard so we can play hard in December.  We really want to take a trip this Christmas!!

If you need a night out of the kitchen and want someone else to cook let us know!  We can show you how to cook with out water, grease and oil and so much quicker and healthier than normal cooking.  Let us show you an opportunity and possibly change your life!  

I didn't get many pictures just some silly ones of us.  : )