Monday, June 02, 2008

Photobucket Things that made this day great!

Josiah and Jamin both had the day off work! YES.

Stacia woke me up at 4:30 a.m. and so I had lots of quiet morning hours once I got her to sleep.

Mike passed another ACSC test. (I never remember what that means but it is a class he has to take as a Major. If you are lucky you get to go spend a year in AL and take it in residence. If not, you get to run a Protestant Program or deploy while you do it correspondence. ::snort::)

We are making real progress in school. I'll confess I fell asleep reading "Famous Men of Rome" to Arielle and Nolan - but Arielle kept on and they got it done. I am seriously thinking of letting Arielle go on on her own and Nolan and I dropping back to Lower Grammar books which look much more interesting on Rome than this Famous Man book. Nolan is in 3rd grade and we would have been doing Lower Grammar all along if he didn't have a sister a couple of years older.

Josiah drove Nolan, Zander, Stacia and I around town picking up supplies for our newest photos below.

I received an email that my application as a homeschool teacher for the Teacher's Toolbox at Smilebox was accepted.....scan down to the first post with layouts and you'll find the link. I just put G Homeschool for name of school, my personal email, my address....anyway - they KNOW I homeschool and still let me have it. I'm glad that I don't have to make my decision between them or new software in the next two weeks now. LOL

We had dinner TOGETHER - grilled steak, salads, huge fruit selection, corn on the cob, tortiallas..... yum.

Jamin and Jared had an end of the year pool party at the ministry they volunteer for.

I finished 10 more scrapbook pages....making 52 since Friday. I don't think I'll get any more done tonight because I need to go to BED.

Funnies from the day:

*I ran into Albertsons as they had milk on sale. They also had peaches, cantaloupe and grapes on sale. I picked some up. I thought I'd help the checkers by doing the self check out......the machine squawked and insisted I get assistance after EACH of the 8 gal of milk.

*While out shopping a "man in a purple shirt" smiled and talked to Stacia. On the way to the parking lot she said, "That man in the purple shirt smiled to me."

"Yes, Stacia."

"Does that man LUF me?"

"No, Stacia, not every stranger that smiles at you loves you."

Projects of the Day:

Our United order is on. I've still not been able to go back and put my order in.....but I've been fielding questions.

THIS......I was going to wait until it was up and we had before and after shots...but this entry needs some photos.

Early this a.m. Jamin and Josiah took down the trampoline. I'm not sure why ZANDER is in the photo.
Finally on the North side of town we found a store that wasn't sold out....

Of THIS! It wasn't the size I wanted (it's bigger) but it was the only metal framed one we could find.
Which led to THIS...
and an AMAZING moment when I looked up and realized I have grown men for sons...and they were all pitching in for this big job.....leveling our sloping yard which is more unlevel than we thought. LOL
THIS little boy wants desperately to help the other G boys.....he found a shovel left in the garage, which he doesn't seem too impressed with....but....
he dug in!
Tool time
Zander waited ALL DAY for the pool....but we are still leveling....maybe tomorrow.

I really felt bad that this project mushroomed into such a big one. I think, even Mike, was surprised that we had to do so much digging. Poor Mike came right home from work and worked until he broke for dinner and then worked until after 9 p.m. What a hero.



Renee said...

In the Army it's called CGSC and if you're lucky you get to go to KS... Scott (like Mike) had to do the course while doing his regular full-time position

Kathy in WA said...

Fell asleep this afternoon here as well. Something about reading to little ones that does me in. :)

Question - how come you all are moving from tramps to pools? I thought you had several pools in the community that you loved and used frequently. Was the trampoline beyond its time?

Just curious. We LOVED our WalMart pool we had for several years. It was wonderful and we were all sad when we damaged it accidentally.

Michelle said...

What troopers you have! :) We're still filling our pool up and it should be ready today. Course, it's much smaller than yours. I'm so glad we got it when we did as the temps will reach the 90's next week.

Herd Momma said...

15ft....That's a baby pool. We have a whopping 18ft. My husband, Bless his heart, is a bigger must be better kind of guy, sometimes. When it went up last year I was flabbergasted at how big it was. This year we moved it to a different location and did a slap it out leveling job and got lucky. We have the one that the top ring inflates. It is great entertainment for the kids. They will be outside for hours! And I can get work done inside.
OH, I have a friend who has started Uppercase Living. check out the website and let me know if you are interested. I will host a demonstration for her late June or sometime in July.

Anonymous said...

that van there looks identical to ours! too funny!

Deja said... is Mike not liking me now?! Can't wait to come and enjoy your bigger-than-ours-pool!

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Kathy - 104* weather....trampolines have not been fun for the past month and it promise to be another couple of months before they are much fun again. It's the difference of living in the NW and down here. LOL We didn't figure it out until this year. The trampoline will be stored until we take the pool down. The pool will be fun to play with during the spring,summer/fall.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Well all - we WANTED the 13 ft/ 3.6 ft deep was a good depth for Stacia and Zander and we have a small yard. I'll have to take photos that specifically orient you to our yard. We had room for one thing - the trampoline. The trampoline was 14 ft....that means with the 15 ft we had to move it away from where we planned because it was too BIG - wouldn't fit in our yard. ::snort:: This is BIG sitting out there in our tiny yard....but it will be fun. I think I still have room to get some garden boxes in....and that will be IT.

Mama Teaching 3 said...

Enjoy the pool! There is nothing like having a pool of water to jump into!

Kristine said...

This is wonderful, great post!

Kathy in WA said...

Gotcha - for some reason I thought you were getting rid of the trampoline. I see, you're storing it away for the summer. Smart!

I'm sure the kids will literally live in the pool all summer. How do you manage to keep them in sunscreen??

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Kathy - we have been swimming in base pools - they are used to 15 min pool breaks every 45 minutes....time for sun screen and snacks...that's the plan. LOL

Emily said...

Congrats on your new pool!!!

Jodi said...

What hard working young men, looks like they made short work of this big project!

Cynthia said...

A lot of work, yes, but it'll sure be fun to have and enjoy this summer. We used to have a pool when I was growing up and it was always so much work to maintain... cleaning, chemicals, etc., but we LOVED IT!