Sunday, October 28, 2012

October Days

All has been going well in October.  It has been much quieter the past two weeks without having to worry about soccer this and soccer that.  :)

School has continued to happen most days, and October is a month where my children get invited to a lot of birthday parties.

We also celebrated one of our own birthdays, but that will have to wait for another post so I can see if any pictures were halfway decent.  :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012


That brings us to October.  We had a fun snowfall at the beginning of the month so the kids made it outside to make some forts and snowmen.  I've seen several snowballs flying also.  :)  Aaron used his 3ds and took several pictures for me.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

September Days

September brought lots of soccer and running around the country as we went to Karlstad and Thief River Falls for games.

The first and second weeks in August we had the pleasure of bringing a couple girls home from practices and to and from games with us as their parents were on a trip and the grandmother doesn't do driving at night.

Mike, Tracy, and some of the kids attended our "Kids Outdoors" day at our sporting goods store, and Aaron won some sort of gun.  I don't remember what type but maybe one of them will post in the comments in case anyone is interested.

We hosted our Jackpine Retreat in the middle of the month and fed everyone a taco dinner Sunday before they left.  Aaron and I did the mowing to get the grounds ready, and our friend from the cities came up and cut and hauled trees that had fallen so people could get in and camp.

I've been teaching piano lessons to three girls along with Emily and Melissa so started those in September.

Our friends are adopting a little one from China so had a rummage sale.  There was SO MUCH STUFF there for sale.  It was overwhelming for me to see it all so though I did help a tiny bit, I had to leave because of that.  It was just too much for me to take in.  I also brought some plates of cookies for the bake sale part of it; I hope they sold!

Friday, October 12, 2012

August Days

Tracy went to orchestra camp the second full week in August.

We went to Hayes Lake State Park with some friends for a picnic.  We were supposed to go swimming, but my kids would not touch the water as there was algae.  (We are so spoiled by the chlorinated pools!)

I went to Grand Forks with a friend.  We have continued to do that once a month, which makes for a fun outing for me.

Tracy worked at the outdoor pool a lot.

Tracy and Emily were involved in the National Bible Bee again, and Tracy did well.  A LOT of the kids did really well this year!

We went to the park for a birthday party for four of our little friends where the younger kids had their first opportunity to play "organized" games other than at AWANA.

We went to a friend's house and picked some beans to can.

We went to the corn maze.  I hope this is the correct link!  We bought a family pass this year and have been out there several times.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Aaron worked for a farmer friend August 11.  He was gone for over 14 hours but came home tired and happy.  I was just beginning to get worried about him but knew the hay needed to be put up (plus he was with trusted family friends.)  Wow, that was one of the days I sat in front of the air conditioner as it was HOT!  I do not handle the heat well as the rest of my family does.  Tracy worked a shift at the outdoor pool that day and took Jason and Emily with her.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Piano and Flute Lessons

Jason has continued with the piano lessons he started in June of 2011 after I made him take a break in June and July of 2012.  His break wasn't much of a break though; Tracy and I made him review in his books and learn new pieces and play lots of duets.  He is now in book 3 of the Alfred series, and I am looking forward to hearing some Christmas music soon.  His teacher usually does a Christmas recital and a spring recital.

Emily got a flute and has been plugging away on that.  She seems to enjoy it, but I really don't think she is working to her full potential.  Considering she is only 10, maybe I should give her some grace.  :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

School Starts

Tracy went to a Bible camp in Gilbert, MN during the split week of July and August so was able to miss our first day of school.  I bought the video school for Jason this year so decided to start school earlier than normal, in hopes of not losing too many days during soccer season.  There are some excellent teachers on it!  I started with a core segment of classes, and we are on day 42 today so have done quite well, in my opinion  We should be able to finish those four classes earlier in the coming year and will hopefully be able to double up on some of the others as we sit during the cool winter months waiting for spring to arrive.  I only have three of legal school age this year; that is different.

We had our annual soccer meeting that evening and decided to start soccer practices early this year as well.  Some of the "Juniors" were involved in a soccer-based vacation Bible school that first week in August so got a head start on some of the other kids.  The kids have really enjoyed that specific VBS.  The "Seniors" were involved in a hard-core workout that week but came home "pumped" each night.  They also ran a mile each night or practice and have continued to do that each night of practice as far as I know.

Aaron left to go on a camping trip with a group of boys just south of International Falls on August 1.  I have asked him every year since he was 12 if he would like to go, and this year he finally decided to make the plunge.  He enjoyed it but came home with sore arms from a lot of rowing in the canoe.  I, not knowing this, had left him a list of stuff to do when he got home which included "sweeping the ceilings."  I guess that did not feel very well with his sore muscles!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Birthday Trip

Mike and I along with Melissa and Laura went down to the cities to visit my new niece for a trip for my birthday.  It was really strange not having David along with us, and it ended up being a long two and a half days for Tracy with him.  Emily was at camp down in Gilbert, MN.  The fun for me was being able to sit on the couch and hold Danielle, and that was a perfect birthday gift.  :)

I didn't get a picture of each of us with her, but here is Melissa holding her and also pictures of Melissa and Laura in Mike's parents' tree.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

My Birthday

I had my birthday near the end of July.  When I was a teenager, I would ALWAYS get between 12 and 16 cards, which I would hang on my wall for a month or two.  I have continued the tradition of hanging them on the wall.  In recent years I haven't had more than three, but this year I was blessed by several and enjoyed seeing them on the wall to remind me of special people in my life.