Friday, September 24, 2010

Time to purge the medicine cabinets!

Alrighty, time for a public service announcement :) Saturday the 25th is the drug take back/turn in as sponsored by the DEA. Please do not flush your turns sewer rats into 3 eyed Cretins. :(

DEA Announces National Drug Take Back Day
Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal. For more information about the initiative and to determine the closest collection site to your location please click on the icon or go to the DEA website.

Have a happy Friday y'all!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Toddler funnies & foster critters

J (20 mo) and T (3) are fiddling around the desk while I am try to copy math pages.

J got one shoe off. Mom is clearly not providing entertainment :( As an added bonus, she's not looking.

T says "Hey J, watch this! Abra Cadabra, disappears!!!" And throws the shoe over his shoulder. "See, it disappeared" (as the shoe hits the corner cabinet filled with various glass vases).

J: squeals for joy.

Mom hits roof.

T--totally befuddled--"What? I am playing with him. He likes it."

Mom (beat head against table) "That's not the point. No abra cadabra in the house, OK?"

{and no, for what it's worth, we don't allow magic in the house at all.....but that is a phrase children need to hear only & exactly once in their lives to be able to use correctly forever} I don't know if it's that funny or not. But it was funny to watch it. Apparently I am done multi-tasking.

On to other news, we have a new foster critter. A cuddly, if food & toy possessive 7 year old parti-coloured cocker spaniel. I love cockers, which is most likely the only reason dh signed onto this little bit of lunacy. :) He's very cute. He's also deaf as a post, which serves to heighten my anxiety (visions of the dog getting spooked and biting have danced through my head) but not the dog's. The bright side? The trains don't bother him nor do the F-16's flying over the house. Yeah, he really, really can't hear! This is our first fostering experience, so far so good. Off to petsmart to find a chewie that isn't already named and tagged "webkinz". ^_^

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ooohhh the blogging slacker

Yup, that's me :) Apparently I can blog twice annually. You get a summer and winter update. That's it.

So, here's your summer update! (I say, half in jest)

We've actually been busy little bees this summer. Not so much in the garden. I am growing some evil weed. Like kudzu only less redeemable, if that is possible (kudzu is at least pretty.) They've killed most of the beds. :( A few I had the good sense not to even try to plant. A few I tried with the expected results. The back garden actually did rather well this year, save for the drought conditions. The zucchini died. Died!! I didn't know that was actually possible. The corn lived though and we enjoyed several yummy meals of sweet corn picked to table in less than 30 minutes which is just plain fun. My parents thoughtfully rounded out the garden by blessing us with 200 ears of tasty Pennsylvania sweet corn. Canning corn is seriously hard work, but looks very impressive in the pantry. ^_^

We have started homeschooling this summer! This is quite the undertaking. Currently we have a 4th, 2nd and Kindergartener this year. We are really enjoying the change, though our bigger kids are missing their friends and the school routine, saving for the up at 6:30 AM bit. No one misses that. We are using a mix of curricula Rod & staff (which I really like-I'm the uncool HS'er who thinks text books are a good thing!) Math-u-see and Story of the World, which is a considerably more entertaining way to learn history as compared to what I was subjected to in school. Managing a party of 5, including a 20 month old who's discovered screaming as a recreational sport is challenging. But being about to work at each child's pace makes it more than worth it.

That's about the height of the new news in this part of the world. We are enjoying the cooler temps and the leaves which are just starting to change colour. College football season is upon us and UW and PSU have each begun the season 1:1. (And for the benefit of the locals....Tech 0-2 and losing to JMU at home?!? What on earth is that all about?) Mom and Dad H. will be coming in October, to enjoy a week at the beach and we can't wait. State fair is in two weeks and we look forward to a full day of petting cows and eating deep fried everything. (Well, maybe not the pickles. )

Have a blessed one!