Spring has arrived. I am so thankful, what a long cold winter it was.
I am working on a few projects, one of them is a knit blanket for a brand
new little nephew that will be born in August. The blanket I made for Jericho, his big brother to be, was pretty... but we
didnt know if Sarah was having a boy or a girl when I chose the yarn, so
I made it from a variegated baby yarn in pale blues, purples and
white. The new blanket is definitely different, it's going to be very bold.
The yarn for Parker's blanket.
Maddy is doing well with the homeschooling. Right now I would say that
World history and Latin are still her favorite classes. We need to start lining up her materials for next year, but I still have
lots of time to find just the right stuff for her. Tentatively
next year she will be taking English, Geometry or Algebra 2, US History,
Latin 2, another lab science as well as some "fun" classes. Fun being
the point... so it will be totally Maddy driven. We have some local art
classes, including stained glass, pottery, as well as things like Karate etc.
She will also be getting a part time job in the fall... and sometime
over the next year will be taking Driver's ed through a local program.
We will also be utilizing a SAT program to help her get ready for that
in the spring of 2014. Her Junior year is going to be a busy busy year for us.
In July, the husband and I will be going on our first vacation (alone without children) in 23 years. A group of our friends, that we met online, get together every year in July for a weekend. This year the stars all aligned and we are able to go. *knock on wood* Its also the year of our 25th wedding anniversary, so we decided to extend our trip past the weekend and visit the area. I am so excited, and nervous, and excited, and just can't wait, and excited...
Eileen has moved into a new place with her young man. He is a full time culinary student as well as a full time sous chef at a local restaurant. Eileen will be returning to college in the fall. She is also working full time as a pharmacy tech at the state's biggest hospital. She is a pretty busy young lady but she knows what she wants to do with her life and is moving herself that direction. I am very excited for her.
Its a lovely day outside... there is a soft breeze and the sun is shining. Its a very nice day and I hope you are having a great day as well.
Well no... I am not dead. But you would think I had fallen off the edge of the planet with the length of time since I last posted.
Just kidding, but things have been a bit busy and my life at the same time seemed a bit boring. I just didnt think I had anything to share with my one or two loyal readers. *grins*
Since my last post we have sort of settled into our new home. Our eldest daughter ended a 6 year relationship and came home so we could help her heal her broken heart. She then found a new job, a new place to live, and a new love of her life. Funny thing...this guy actually seems to want her to be happy. Who would have thought such a thing possible eh? We have also started homeschooling Maddy again. Which, come to think of it, was why this blog was started in the first place, to document our homeschooling journey. I have also left my job at Walmart. While I miss my friends at the store, right now my place is here.
So anyways...that's whats up with me... in part anyways. I will try to remember to pop in from time to time.
I can't believe its over. Sure we still have a few things at the old place, and some cleaning to do but even that is almost done. It will be nice to have it all completed and then we can totally focus on unpacking and getting settled in here at the new home.
Maddy is turning 15 today... hard to believe my baby is 15 and almost ready for drivers ed. She is going to be a sophomore in high school come the fall... where did the time go? Happy birthday my little firecracker baby!!!
Jasper is settling into the new house quite nicely. Loves his run in the back yard and sitting on the window seat in Madelynne's room.
I am going to miss the wonderful gardens our old house had... I guess I will just have to put some in here.
I really think we are going to like it here in Waterville!!
Isn't Jericho the cutest. Look at those little toes. I can't wait to spend more time with him. Which brings me to my next topic.
Lots of stuff changing around the old homestead.
We are moving from the country back to a city. Back in 2008 when we
moved here, I was so excited about the peace and quiet... I so had it
set in my mind that I was a country girl at heart, that I didn't allow
myself to be unhappy with the way things were. So what if it took 30
minutess to get to the nearest grocery store, or there was no delivery
for pizza. I wont mention the first 2 years here struggling with an
antenna so we could pick up 3 channels, 2 of which were the same
programming but different stations. There wasnt a single cable company
that came out this far and the landlords at that time were very
anti-Dish. Who cared that if we lost power we had no water or working
plumbing. You just had to walk across the road to the lake and get
water to flush the commode. Anyways... after almost 4 years here we are
moving again. This time to a city larger then the one we used to live
in. Waterville Maine... home of the Waterville High School Panthers and
oddly enough the same city my sister and her family live in. We
definitely didn't plan it that way. We tried to find a place nearer to
the husbands work. They have a fantastic high school there and we were
so excited about Maddy possibly going to that school. We had no
interest in buying a house with the economy the way it is... and the job
field, we didn't want to tie ourselves to another community the husband
would have to commute from. Been there done that and its not fun.
So... we were looking for a house, not an apartment, and one where we
would be happy for the next 3 years at least. Once Maddy is out of high
school we will have a better idea about the future of this new company
the husband is working for, and just might be ready to buy a house or
The new place we are renting is nice... I can't wait to get moved, but the journey there is going to be a bit long and a bit rough. It will work out though, just have to keep telling myself that, and all will be well. The best part... it's in a city. They have actual coffee shops, grocery stores and a big old library all within a minutes drive or walk. We will be 45 minutes closer to the eldest daughter, and the husband will be 25 mins from his job.
We have decided that the night we move in, we are going to celebrate by ordering pizza and getting it delivered. Ahh... the good life.
Jericho Michael was born on March 28 at 12:39pm. He, his momma, daddy and Mimi are doing well. My sister is beside herself in love, and I don't blame her at all, he is totally a sweetheart. I got to hold him yesterday, smell him and just stare into his little face. Everyone says he looks so much like his daddy but I can definitely see Sarah in him.
This is Jericho and his mommy. Sarah looked incredibly tired but so happy to have her little man with her finally.
My youngest daughter holding the newest member of the family. He grabbed right a hold of her finger and with that a piece of her heart. She told me later she had never seen a baby "so brand new." She seemed to think it was pretty awesome.
Welcome to the world little Jericho... we are all so glad you are with us.