Thursday, September 27, 2012

Say Cheese!

We are up to our elbows in cheese curd! Brian made a cheese press last week and we are currently making our third block of cheese. 

Saturday, September 01, 2012

I may start blogging again...

I looked through my blog today and I so enjoyed seeing my kids from "before", and reading some of my thoughts from previous years.  It really was a great journal of sorts, so I think it's time again.

You know...

After almost 2 years.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Peaches and Pears and Grapes... OH MY!

Canning up a storm here at the Ball house!

Just look at these BEAUTIFUL Grapes we were able to pick yesterday!!!

Applesauce, grape jam, tomatoes... all on today's agenda. I was hoping to take the kids to a movie this afternoon, but 3 out of 4 are sick, so might as well get the canning done! :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of School 2010

I know that all there are a bunch of "back to school" blogs going on out there... but here's another one. *winks*

Taylor is in the 6th grade. (Every time I say it I want to CRY! I can't believe that this is his final year of Elementary School!!!) He is VERY excited to be on the Safety Patrol this year. His first order of business as Safety Patrol is to "guard" the office. (Not let any kids run in/out before or after school unless they need to be there.) He came home from school today really happy about his teacher. I'm happy too because she seems to actually care about the kids and HOW they learn. I know this because she sent home a letter today asking for the parents opinions on how they learn, what the parents think their children find challenging, what their reading habits are and if they are hands on, better at watching or better at just listening to learn. I think it's a sign of a good teacher... one that realizes that children all learn differently and there is not one set way the class should be taught. Hooray!

Jordan is now in 3rd grade and lucky for us, we have the best teacher in the entire school! (Okay... there are many other "best teachers" in our school, but Mrs. Baese holds a special place in the "best teacher" category. :) ) Jordan had a great summer and is eager to get back into learning mode. He's a great little student if you can keep his attention... (and if you can keep his nose out of a book.)

Madison is in 1st grade and I don't know how that happened. She just CAN'T be old enough to be at school all day long!!! Her teacher is PERFECT for her. Madison loves her already. Her favorite part of today was taking her new lunchbox to school. She says that she's waited FOREVER to FINALLY be able to eat lunch at school.

Had to get a picture of the new backpack for Madison. (And the knee highs are DARLING too!!)

My three school aged children.

Brian was able to take the day off and was sweet enough to walk them up to the bus stop since I needed to be at my crossing. These are some of the photos he took... I was thrilled to see that for another year Nigel (our crazy cat) followed them up to the bus stop. :)

My cute "little" kids walking up to the bus...

And Nigel following right behind...

Waiting for the bus. Reagan needed to be a part of it all too.

The THIRD Graders:

The SIXTH Graders... (and Gracie... in Fifth. Hi Gracie! )

The bus stop crew

The "excited" FIRST GRADERS! (Some of them at least! :) )

We're excited for a fun year!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Back to School 2010

Took a nice blog break but I'm back!

Tonight was our family Back to School Feast. We had a nice dinner... (Chicken Cordon Bleu, corn, broccoli, rolls, roasted rosemary red potatoes, apple pie and a TO DIE FOR Raspberry Bread pudding thanks to Natalie's recipe. :) )

We also introduce our family "theme" for the year:

I thought that "Be the BEST Version of YOU" was the PERFECT theme... just want my kids to know that no matter what they do... no matter what their strengths or weaknesses... no matter WHAT!!!... as long as they are doing their BEST, they're just perfect.

We had a great summer. I'm really sad to see it come to an end! :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Nicole's Quilt

Actually, this isn't Nicole's quilt at all. It's for her NEW BABY!

Her baby shower is today, being given by Nicole B. who, I must say, has outdone herself! She found out that Nicole had never had a baby shower for her first baby... so what do good friends do? Put on the BEST shower possible of course!

Can't wait to give it to her! :)

Friday, January 01, 2010

Baptism Quilt

Welcome to 2010! Obviously, things around here have been crazy since I haven't blogged since mid November!

We're starting out 2010 with a baptism! Jordan turned 8 on December 10th, and tomorrow morning, (January 2nd) is his baptism day! He is terribly excited about it.

I thought we would be having his baptism in February, so I ended up having just under a week to get his "Baptism Quilt" complete. I started Taylor's quilt 2 months before his baptism... Had to get this one done in a few days!

We had a few glitches, but I think it turned out cute in the end. :)

Looking forward to tomorrow's festivities! Family will be joining us afterward for a lunch, and then MAYBE we can rest for the rest of the day from birthday's, Christmas, New Year's and the baptism! It's been insane!!! :)