Thursday, February 11, 2016

18 Months Ago...

18 months ago, our family met Sister Crook (left) and Sister Mayle (right).  These lovely young ladies are now home with their families or, in Hailey's (Sister Mayle) case...attending BYU. Hailey has been home since Dec.2014.   Alee (Sister Crook) returned to her home in Wyoming yesterday.
We miss Hailey and Alee a lot!!!  We will always have a special place in our hearts for them :)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Things have calmed down quite a bit, especially work related stuff.  I have been able to take a deep breath and clear my head. 
As far as lessons for the kids...this is an off week for them but lately, they have been studying/learning/reading the following:

Book of Mormon - 1 chapter everyday.  Both Nick and Sam are almost finished...just a few more books to go (Mormon, Ether and Moroni)

1/2 hour reading everyday - This is a free choice of reading and I have to say that I am very pleased with their selections (chapter books!)

Zoology 2: Under Water Creatures: Samantha has completed this book and will be starting Zoology 1: Flying Creatures next week.

Zoology 3: Land Creatures:  Nick has completed this book and will be starting Zoology 2: Under Water Creatures next week as well.

Daily Grams 5 and 7:  Both Nick and Sam have been working in these work books and do a page a day.  They will more than likely complete their workbooks before we end our 2015/2016 year.

Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics:  We are steadily working in this book and hope to complete it by the end of April. (I have a strong feeling that we will)

Mystery of History Vol 1.- still working in this book for over 2 years now.  We are in Qtr.4 and I am really hoping that we complete this book by the end of April.  Both Nick and Sam aren't as enthused about this curriculum, but they know we are going to finish it.

We did do Jump-in for a while (writing curriculum), but I haven't pulled it out yet.  Perhaps next week...not sure yet.

This is what the kids have been up to lately...

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Safety for the Soul

This evening, the sister missionaries stopped by for a lesson and shared the above talk by Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  This talk is from the October 2009 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Monday, February 1, 2016


Eating sweets
Birthday's of Washington and Lincoln
Unique month
Ash Wednesday
Reading books
Year of the Leap

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Burn Out

Have you ever had a lot to do in a short period of time?
Here is what I have been up to this other words...why the blog has been a bit neglected.

Re-carpeted and freshly painted new office - took two days
Closed out 2015 and Opened 2016 - bookkeeping
Worked on the Town Warrant.
Confirmed amounts regarding the 2016 Town Budget
Worked on the State's web-portal to input the budget and warrant articles for the 2016 Warrant
Generated W2's and 1099's.
Posted the Warrant and Budget for Town Meeting.
Attended 4 selectmen meetings (2 regular and 2 special)

By the time I get home and settled down (dinner, straightening up the house, lessons with the kids and reading to the kids before bed), I just want to lay down and sleep.

I am sitting here, at the office, trying to psych myself up to work on new projects that are due in February.  I. just. can't. get. myself. motivated.  In others words...Burn Out.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Twelve Random Things about Me

1) Clowns freak me out - I do not like them and will avoid them at all costs

2) Going to the Circus is not my idea of a fun time - see number 1.

3) I enjoy putting puzzles together.  I have 4 that waiting to be put together.

4) I have several books in a large pile waiting to be read.

5) I like eating ice-cream on very cold days

6) Chocolate is my friend, especially on days when my stress level is through the roof

7) I don't like birds but I think our chickens are quite adorable

8) I own 4 sewing machines and haven't used them in several years

9) I want to learn to crochet

10) Huge messes drive me crazy...ask my family!

11) I love cows

12) I enjoy reading out loud to my kids and they enjoy it too!!! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

2016 is here!  No fireworks, no banging of pots and pans, no loud shouting.  Peace and quiet is how the new year came into our home.  I am sitting here in the dark, listening to the stillness of the house.  All is good :)

I wish all my friends and family a blessing filled 2016.