Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nathan's Home

  • Nathan came home today. He's thinner, and I think a little taller. Matt said it was just his boots, but I think we all know its because he is within an inch of being taller than his dad and I think it bothers  Matt just a little. It's nice to have him home, we have all missed him quite a bit. Benjamin took some time to warm up, and wasn't too sure, but eventually gave him big hugs and smiles. Evelyn, Jacob and Noah were really excited to have their brother back...even though some of them claimed not to miss him. Evelyn became somewhat of a clingy monkey for a while. Jacob claimed that Nathan(the real one) hadn't been returned yet, because this one that came home was so much nicer than the one that used to live with us. Noah been quiet tonight, and just seems relieved and happy to have his pal back. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Milestone: The Oldest is Going Backpacking

Nathan left today to go on a backpacking adventure through the Boy Scouts Venturing Crew. That sounds simple enough on its own, but he will be gone for two weeks and is going to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico to trek through a part of the Rocky Mountains. This scouting facility has a fascinating history and looks like a wonderful opportunity and adventure ahead for him.

Hiking Practice
We wish him well and pray that he comes home safe. He has only been gone for a couple of hours and already the kids are missing him, even Benjamin who didn't get to say good-bye this morning has been searching around the house and calling for him.

I am really excited that he is getting this opportunity. He worked really hard this summer doing several jobs for a few different people in order to raise the funds that he needed in order to go...and he actually went beyond and has some spending money to go with it. A grant to help pay for a portion of the trip was also awarded to him through the Boy Scouts. I am very proud of the young man that he is becoming, and looking forward to hearing about the adventures he is about to undertake and all the growing that will come from this trip. I think that this is a great beginning into his up coming Freshmen year in High School.

Cleaning House: Two Weeks in...

Our 14 Year Old's Room  

As usual I didn't have the foresight to take before pictures to show what we were dealing with with the kids just refusing to do the minimum of keeping there rooms at a reasonable state of clean. Many days the accumulated mess was making it hard to see the floor, and it was spilling out of the doorways into the halway, and trailing and gradually trickling into other areas of the house, even the kitchen and the yard has scattered remains of where the children had recently been playing and decided to go on to another task just leaving whatever was taken out to come back to at a later, undisclosed date...which usually meant never, or at least not within the next few days. 
Our Two Younger
 Boys Rooms
So during the month of July they are required to keep their rooms clean, and this is the result that we have been seeing in the last two weeks. Each room has a jar with a dollar for each day. So far our oldest has lost two dollars and this is what his room has been looking like as we walk down the hall during the day. Our younger two have struggled a little with the concept and it has been a little more difficult to convince them that this is an important task. They have lost four dollars so far, but typically, this is the usual state of their room for the past few days. They have each needed some encouragement to comply, and it is not perfect, but being able to see the color of the carpet and not step on a sharp Lego well placed so that the pointed end is up just waiting to dig into the soft spot in the arch of my foot. So far so good...