February 22, 2013

The Homestead Journal ~ Week 63~ Back to our Normal Weirdness

Homestead Happenings
Sunday, with a strong prompting from the spirit, I took the chance and drove to church. I figured if I was to be fined for driving without registration, so be it. My obedience is to God, not the State. ( read more here.)

Monday was a crazy, long day, emotional day. I wrote a blog on that too.
Tuesday we worked on getting our lives back to normal. But it started off rough. I had to drop Joe off at court, go to the library to print our insurance cards, but I forgot my password and was locked out., and then I somehow locked myself out of my email to get the new password. In a panic, time is ticking, finally I had to call the insurance company and have them send it to my other email. Got the cards and raced back to the courthouse. Joe and I then went to register the van. We both got new drivers licenses while we were there, with our current address. The judge honored the deal made, and all is well. We just better make sure we do not go without insurance again, or its 90 days in jail....Remember this when your health insurance is mandatory.. Sometimes I wish pet grooming was mandatory... maybe then I could afford all the other mandatory financial obligations...

Tuesday evening our friends, the Johnsons, were very generous and treated us to dinner at Golden Corrall  My children were fascinated with the chocolate fountain and cotton candy.  Afterwards they came over for some cards and Zachary and Zoiee played games on the computer. We spent a good part of the week just hanging out. an reorganizing the house. The children are doing much better emotionally. Next week I will work in a few raised garden beds. 

Friday our friends, the Perez's surprised us. They had told us they were coming up this weekend, but we didn't get a confirmation. She had texted my phone ( that is still locked) and so we were pleasantly surprised when they knocked on our door Friday evening!

Saturday Isaac had his blue and gold banquet. I was so excited for him. This is his second year of scouts, last year his pack leader was inactive so he pretty much did the book on his own.He has earned his Wolf badge He has also earned several belt loops

  art ~communications ~geology ~fishing~geography ~basketball~ biology~ collecting~     
    computers~ family travel ~good manners~ heritages ~hikers~ pet care~ nutrition ~
maps and compass ~photography ~physical fitness~ reading and writing~ science ~swimming ~weather
 He has also earned 1 gold arrow point and 3 silver arrow points.  

                                         We are grateful to have our life back to normal. We are very appreciative to those who donated time, food and money to our family. Most importantly we are grateful for those who prayed for our family. It is because of those prayers my husband is back home and is able to wrestle with my little 20 month old who is on his back, slapping his sides and laughing and commanding "go! horsie go!" while I wrap up this blog post. 

What We Are Learning About  
Olivia has really expressed interest in reading. She comes up to me often and asks "how do I read this" I have learned reading is not something you can teach, so I have just been working on telling her the letter sounds and she figures it out. Hymn books are wonderful as she can practice reading along. She has also been working on math. She has a book she carries with her. She is fascinated with how easy it is. I agree, math is easier to understand. English is confusing. LOL

Jacob got a book of knots, they have all been working on tying, making stuff.
We have been working on ASL again. We slacked the past few months. I was at the store last week and an employee was deaf. I kicked myself for not being able to communicate properly. I should know this by now! ...Quinten is working on a Book of Mormon powerpoint.

I really think I should record Zachary's wit. The things he says, the way he thinks, is just entertaining and enlightening. Today on the way home, Joe reminded everyone of the routine when we got home. Zachary said, "Your going to have to tell me again in two seconds dad, my memory is like a goldfish"... the child just cracks me up. 

Our Adventures
I worked on Wednesday and Friday this week, here are some photos.Wednesday, Joe brought the boys had young mens and cub scouts, Thursday we ran a few errands, got 5 of them their Book~It pizza's. We stopped at the park, hoping to burn their energy before the library, but they just ended up muddy. So Jacob and I went in real quick and grabbed some books and did our returns. 

On Our Bookshelf
We borrow a lot of books from the library. The children pick out their own books, and I grab some that I feel they need for school. 

The Little's Books 

The Older's Books

The Schooling Books
Living in Ancient Egypt
Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia 
Baking Basics and Beyond 
Almost from Scratch 
Liberty Defined
The encyclopedia of world history : ancient, medieval, and modern, chronologically arranged 
 The Usborne Internet-linked encyclopedia of world history 

Mom's Books 
 National Geographic guide to medicinal herbs : the world's most effective healing plants 

What We Are Watching 

Curious George... all.. the.. time..  Ezra loves to grab my phone and watch it.
Man vs Wild.. Bear Grills is crazy.. This is why I don't desire to travel.. 

Myth Busters.... always fun, we need to emphasize "do not try this at home

Abigail and Isaac have been using Book Adventure to quiz on the books they read. Check it out!

Additional Photos of Our Week
 Isaac made oatmeal raisin granola bars

Quinten, made these cute little snacks with pumpkin butter.

 Lucas' buddy Nefi came to visit. Nefi is 5 months younger than my little shorty
Lucas kept trying to hug him, and he kept walking away.  Lucas would say 'all gone" and stick his hands out. Then he would walk back and say "there he is" an go back and hug him again. 

 My friend and our children making breakfast
 Breakfast brunch! 
 The girls made some beautiful pancakes 
 Isaac made oatmeal sandwich cookies for his blue and gold banquet.
It was his idea. 

 The scout leaders did a wonderful job preparing the banquet.
Pirates were the theme! 

My Bear Cub finally got his Wolf badge! (self portrait!)

Linking up with these Blog Hops 

(I am looking for more blog hops, do you have one to share? ) 


  1. I am so happy for your family. I can see the change in your mood from the words you have wrote. You sound more like your old self. Much love to you all.

  2. Glad to see everything is back to normal!

  3. So glad things are finally starting to get back to normal for you guys!! Love the pics!

  4. ROFL! Quinten and I have the same expression on our faces in that cooking shot... we take our cooking veeerrryyy seriously! (NOT!) Can't wait until we can do it again!


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