Best Birthday Ever

I went for a jog with my son who said he wasn’t complaining because it was my birthday– that was a perfect present. I showered, I meditated, I had some quiet time with my husband, I blogged, I put the snow clothes away, I got some cleaning done, the kids practiced the piano, I got the shopping for the week done and took my daughter to her trumpet lesson, the kids got a bunch of their school work done, and we had a fun little party.  It was nice and warm outside too and then cooled off in the evening.  Truly a perfect day!!  Any day that I get to shower and exercise and blog and teach school and cook and clean is a great day for me– all those things don’t usually happen!!  Everyone did nice things for me all day and they tried hard not to complain about their tasks.  That was great too.

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I got bubbles, binoculars, hats, cards, flowers, a nice frying pan, gardening gloves, a wind chime, some books, some money, some garden plants, and some other little things. And the ice cream was great!!  And my husband is going to take me on a Segway tour of Boston.  I am a lucky woman and 40 is not so bad!!

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Home Sweet Home after a Long Road Trip

I am home!!  We have been gone 2 full weeks and have driven through 20 states plus Canada.  It has been so awesome, we have done, seen and learned a lot.  We got to stay with family we don’t see often.  We are so happy to be home! I wanted to kiss the ground when we came in the house.  The foresty pine scent was nice and welcoming.  I love New Hampshire.  And my house is clean, it’s so awesome!!  There is nothing like coming home after a long trip and sleeping your own bed!! Good night!!

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Spring, scouts, robotics, basketball

It really is coming!!  Saturday was nice, when we got in the car after playing basketball, it was actually warm!!  It was tricky though, because the next day, March 1 , was way, way cold.  but the days are longer and the light is spring light, it’s brighter, it’s not so gray and glum.  And today it’s supposed to get up to 45!  The icicles are really melting, but it is a gray day.

My son had a great time at Winter Scout Camp.  3 nights in the snow– they slept in cabins so that’s good.  They also jumped in ice cold water in the lake after cutting out the ice to jump into and then warmed up in a sauna they built.  Crazy, but it is a great group of boys and they like it.

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Then Saturday my daughter’s Robotics team competed.  They ended up in 2nd place although the awards were weird and they weren’t recognized for that.  They were pretty excited since they came in like 37th last year.  She got to do a lot of the designing for the buttons and on the robot.  It has been a great experience for her.

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My other daughter and I played basketball against each other. It was the Women’s team against the Young Women’s team.  I coached them and then played against them.  I told them to try to out run us and had them sub in every 3 minutes since they had 10 players and the women only had 6.  The women still won, but it was really fun. That was the last game for the women though, and her last game will be this Saturday.  I have had such a great time coaching- forgot to take photos.

We have started back to our regular routine after winter break of a week off school.  It is kind of tough to get back in the swing of things, but we are getting there!!  Here are my 3 little guys playing bayblades in the hall– why?  don’t know!  But there is a lot of good going on around here!!

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road trip

I wasn’t exactly planning it, but I have been thinking it would be nice to see some ice sculptures of some sort and do something that can only be done in the cold.  So I asked my town’s facebook group about where to go and somebody said that there are ice sculptures at Dartmouth College and snow ones on the green in Woodstock, Vt.  I asked the kids if they wanted to go and they weren’t sure, but they were willing to try it especially if they could play on tablets and watch a movie on the way since we would be in the car for a bit, so we loaded everybody up except the oldest who still did not want to go and we went!!  I loved getting out of the house and getting my bearings in the area– I had never been to either place.  I think I had more fun than the kids, but you can get the rest of the details and pics here when I blog about it on my homeschool blog- hopefully soon.

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romanesco cauliflower, planetarium and pretty pictures

This is Romanesco Cauliflower– I had never seen it before, but it is really cool looking:

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It is winter break and very much appreciated, we went on a field trip to the planetarium yesterday.  Very fun, but wow, it was cold yesterday got to -6!!   But it wasn’t snowing so that was nice to be able to leave the house in safety and knowledge that it would be open and not closed to due to inclement weather.

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We spent a lot of time in the gift shop at the end getting smashed pennies and putting pennies down the funnel.  It takes a while when 4-8 kids each want a turn!

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These are a couple photos I liked.  We are starting to get some spring sunshine.  The sky is starting to be blue a lot again, and not that drab gray or white.  And with the snow here it is beautiful!!  I love how the clouds in the bottom right photo look like a painting.

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Super Busy Week– Survived!

We pulled off a whole bunch of activities this week, and I am proud of us!!  It started last Sunday night with a scout meeting for my boys’ cub scout troop that we had to plan. Then Monday we went skiing.  The toddler ran a fever on Tues. and didn’t feel well most of the week.  Tuesday, I had scouts with my son and then we left to get the new glasses ordered for my daughter, then we dropped her off at Robotics, dropped my son off at home and my husband joined me to go back and finish ordering the glasses she picked out since we forgot her prescription earlier.  We also finished the grocery shopping, ate out and then picked her up at Robotics.

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This is where my daughter meets for robotics, it’s pretty cool.

 Wednesday was the twins birthday and family party. Here’s one of the twins with his new backpack and sleeping bag, both twins wore them around like that all day looking forward to “camping out”.

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Thursday, my son is playing church basketball and my daughters practice right after him, I am the coach– it is really a lot of fun for me to coach the girls.  Then we all stayed at the church afterwards for youth night.  Friday morning, I took my son in for an eye doctor appointment, it took 3 1/2 hours and over $800 for just his new pairs of glasses.  His eyes are pretty bad, but he does great with the glasses and needs to see! Then we got a bunch of schoolwork done and worked on cleaning and my daughter went to robotics again.

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Then Saturday, my son and my daughters and I had basketball starting at 9 am, then I dropped off the one daughter at Robotics and went home to get ready for the twins’ friend birthday party.  My husband went to pick up the son from b-ball practice and to get some intertubes for sledding.  Then we went to the sledding hill for the party– my husband left early for a church meeting and everyone else came back to our house for hot cocoa and cake.  It turned out really, really great.  I think everybody had fun and was comfortable.  I was especially glad about this because one of the moms who brought her kids, I have had a difficult time with, but she was great and it was really nice and I was glad I was able to get along fine with her. It was very pleasant and happy for everyone.

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Then we woke up in the middle of the night to a puking boy.  Very sad, it’s so hard when these cute little ones don’t feel well.  The ones who were feeling alright went to church and then we all chilaxed as my boys like to call it, ate and played a board game.  It ended up being a nice evening after a very busy week.  I don’t want to be that busy again for awhile, but we did it!!

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I am one of the Webelos den leaders for my son’s den at church.  It is pretty fun, I like my co- den leader and I like the boys.  We usually have a good time and I am always glad when I have the chance to talk to other moms when they come to pick up their boys.  Such was the case yesterday when scouts was over.  We had some nice conversations about schedules and kids and how different they all are.  It is nice to talk to people,  and I really appreciate when people reach out to me and approach me first, especially after dealing with rambunctious 10 yr. old boys who think they are really funny for an hour.  happy!