July 30, 2015

Today is the last day of the 30 day challenge, I don't know how many of your are still hanging in there but if you are bless your heart! I know we aren't that exciting so thank you for taking time to hear about my little family. I will do the last challenge a little later on in this post put first I thought I would share with you all my kiddos absolute favorite place to be. 

This afternoon we headed down to the Green Property where Nathan used to work. He did all the development for the trails when he was there so the kids are pretty certain that is their park and we are just sharing it with everyone. :)  

I absolutely love that they feel this way. My dad was the manager at the lake back home for 30 years and I remember feeling the exact same way. That lake, the trees, and all the animals at the park were ours. :) I always felt like when we pulled into the park it knew we were there and we had this secret world even though there was other patrons there they didn't know what I knew. They didn't know the stories the trees had to tell, or where the twin fawns liked to hide, or the gnome tree where we left our gum. There was so many secrets in that park and I got have an amazing childhood growing up there. Now my kids have their own secrets of the their own park and I couldn't be happier. 

They come alive as soon as their little toes touch the water. They immediately start checking for tracks to see what friends have been there, looking for the fairy houses they left from the last visit, and finding treasures they just can't live without.  

Sister wore her pretend pink hair because she knew that the fairies and gnomes would like it. 

Dakota spotted a "bear". 

They talked their mama into letting them walk to the little grassy part. Safety first. :)

I sat on the bank with Archer and listened to their secrets for an hour. Who they decided was living in the trees, what kind of house they should make for the snails, how big a rock tower should be so the gnomes could find their way back home. I listened to them teach either how to skip rocks, belly laugh when sister's flip flip floated off down the river, and talk about building a boat from leaves and sticks and heading off for the ocean. 

This might be the only place where these three don't fight. Oh the magic of the woods is a beautiful thing. 

Soon enough this guy will be right in it too. 

Frogs were rescued, 

 A butterfly spotted, 

fairy homes were collected, 

and treasures came home. 

They built a little dam to keep their gnome home safe, 

Dakota found his treasures 

and I tried my best to get a picture where everyone was looking at the camera. At least they all were smiling, and goodness look at those smiles. The magic of the woods I tell ya. :)

They stopped at every branch that was hanging over the trail to sneak underneath and shake the rain water off,

 and I finally got a picture where everyone was looking and smiling. 

And on our way our this guy was there to great us.

Colton said " I knew he would come out! That's the one dad stepped on last time we were here! He wants us to know he is still here!"
I agreed because you can't argue with the secrets of the park. 

Challenge 30:
Why did you start blogging and what is the origin behind your blogs name? 

I started blogging because at the time...
this was our normal. Three under three. I didn't know if I was coming or going and I knew I would never get around to scrapbooking so I thought I could post some pictures and a few lines about our day or funny things that happened and be able to look back on it later. I am so glad that I did. The kids love reading them and I get to see these sweet little faces. When I get a free minute I plan on making each year into a book so we can have a hard copy. As far as how our name came about...a herd is simply what we are. Where one goes many follow. So a Herd of Hemphills we are. 


July 29, 2015

Challenge 29:
What are some of your fears?
Hands down snakes. I loathe them. Like if I see one the only option really is to burn everything down around it to make sure it's gone. 

Probably my biggest fear is my kids and husband. No I'm not afraid of them...not all the time anyway. :) More afraid something will happen to them. I am consistently worried something bad will happen to them. A mosquito bite turns into a flesh eating disease in no time flat. I check on them three or four times a night just to make sure they are still there and still breathing. I am fairly positive all of them get a rare deadly virus at least once a week. :) I can get a little crazy I know. My poor doctor I know thinks I'm a nut with all the crazy things I'm certain my kids have. And when I'm pregnant lord help us all. I can come up with the most random things to be worried about! I also have to have a game plan for every scenario possible, my Husband thinks I'm crazy but jokes on him he married me! :) 

I also don't like storms. I can handle them during the day but I hate them at night. I hate not being able to see where they are or how they are developing. 

The fear that keeps me up at night would probably be parenting my kiddos.  Constantly thinking that I have completely screwed them up, that I am doing everything wrong and wondering how much therapy they will actually have to have when they are older. :) And how in the world are we going to save for all that therapy!! 


July 28, 2015

Her bedhead was pretty amazing this morning so I thought I would share. :)

Challenge 28:
What are your three favorite bands?
I don't really have three favorites I don't think. I like to listen to whatever. 
(super exciting answer isn't it.)


July 27, 2015

I know I have a few days of catching up to do for the challenge but first I wanted to say thank you for all the kind words regarding our decision to homeschool! We are very lucky to have such great friends and family who are supporting us with this!!

I will do the challenges at the end of this post but  before I do I need to fill you all in on our exciting weekend....well Friday night any way.  So on Wednesday.....Wednesday, Nathan called to say that his friend had an extra derby car and needed a driver. Magical extra derby cars seem to pop up a lot with Mr. BJ. :) Even though I was not thrilled to have the husband running a demolition derby car, I knew Mr. BJ would keep him safe. So after a few late nights working on the car they were ready to go. 

The heat was no joke on Friday so I spent most of the evening spraying my kids with a water bottle and reminding them to drink their water. 

Safety first, unfortunately it was a fight most of the evening to keep them on him. 

There he is, at this point I was pretty much going to throw up. 

He did great, his car didn't go up in flames, and he made it to the finals. 

This is how I spent watching the first heat. :) Also a quick thank you to my friend Jessica for taking all the pictures, and helping with the kids the whole evening!! You are the absolute best!!! 

He made it out of the first heat alive and no least not any he is owning up to. :)

Sister, bless her heart, was not impressed with any of it, and was in tears by the time her daddy was done. 

We all watched a few more heats and then it was time for the finals. 

Much to Nathans disappointment he had some car troubles and didn't do as well as he was hoping to, I on the other hand was ok with that! :) 

Thankfully Saturday was a lot less stressful! I spent the morning in town getting some coffee and a pedicure (thanks for the gift card Diana!) and then this pretty lady and I headed a few hours down the road to celebrate a beautiful wedding for one of our sweet friends! I was to busy enjoying the amazing scenery and drinks :) of the vineyard we were at that I didn't snap one single picture of anything else! But i can assure you that Kim had a beautiful wedding and she was absolutely stunning!! 

Ok now for the extremely behind challenges. 

Challenge 24:
What books are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
Michelle got this book by Holly Gerth for me when she went on trip a while back. It is defiantly one that makes you think. I'm only about half way though but it has already been a game changer for me. 

The last book I read I believe was fun one. It is about an american woman living in France and taking note of how they parent. Her stories are absolutely hilarious and this book is hard to put down! 

Challenge 25:
What is your favorite Disney character and why? 
It's probably a tie between Ariel from the little mermaid and Merida from the movie Brave. Ariel cause that was my favorite when I was little and Merida because curly hair girls gotta stick together. 

Challenge 26:
Name 10 places you would like to visit?
I would like to take my kids to:
*Disney world
*see the mountains

I would like to go:
*back to Hawaii
*back to Europe
*I would like to go see some of the National Parks
*I would like to go to the Mall of America at least once. :)

I don't know where else....I'm trying to wrap this up before the baby wakes up from a nap so I'm just going to leave it at that! :)

Challenge 27:
Are you messy or neat?
Both. I like to be neat, but with 4 kids and a baby who still doesn't sleep thought the night sometimes I join in on naptime and the cleaning gets pushed to the side. But my mood is a direct reflection of  my house. If my house is picked up and organized I can take on anything, I'm happier and more productive, but if it is a mess then I am a mental case.  Currently my house is a disaster and I am equally as annoying. :) 

Alight the baby is awake and I need to clean! Happy Monday!! 

Challenge 23: One thing I am excited about.

July 23, 2015

I have debated for a while if I was going to share this new exciting news on the blog or not, and I guess now is as good a time as any. By the way this is not a pregnancy announcement. :) 
After lots of thoughts, discussions, prayers, and many, many sleepless nights Nathan and I have decided to homeschool our sweet herd! Are you crazy! Probably, but this is something that has always been in the back of our mind and something we are excited to do.  I will tell you more about why here in a minute but first I feel like I need to get some disclaimers out of the way:

-I do not hate public school 

-I do not hate teachers (seriously pretty much every single person in my family/extended family is a teacher, I love teachers!!)

-I don't hate traditional education

-I'm not planning on wearing a denim skirt anytime soon. :)

What we are trying to do is raise our babies the very best that we can.  This is something that has been put on our hearts to do and it feels good to trust God and take that leap.  This was not an easy decision to make. All of my kids have had great schools and amazing teachers, all of which I get to call friends, all along the way and that is not something that is easy to walk away from.  This past school year brought some new emotions to light and Nathan and I agreed that the timing was right and we took a leap of faith, and things have started falling into place.  Both school districts were kind and encouraging when we told them our plan, we got connected with the homeschool co-op in town, and I have some great ladies who are helping me every step of the way on this new journey. A peace that passes all understanding , has been running through my mind and is about the only way I know to describe it.  This feels right. 
Now I'm not all saying that I know our "why". Maybe God knows I need to try this out so I can put it to rest or maybe this is what I was designed to do.  Either way there is a peace about homeschooling next year and beyond that it's up to Him. 

Now I still have the fear that creeps into my mind, What if I fail?
You know what I might. We might get to the end of this year and I end up having to swear everyone to secrecy and we never speak of this again, I might end up in a mental hospital, :) or we might continue on for years to come.  Whatever the out come I know that for at least this year we are following Him. 

I'm excited to use this little blog to record our homeschool adventure. Which is definitely what it is, an adventure. So for those of you who think reading about homeschooling is exciting as watching paint dry I will try and warn you before I  get started. :) I will be honest and blog the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful.  And you all will be the first to know if we make it a week and decide we have lost our minds and I'm sending everyone back to public school! But I hope that doesn't happen. :)

so i remember

July 22, 2015

Summertime feels so different this year. Maybe it's because the three oldest are actually big now and I'm not chasing after three little ones under the age of three, maybe it's because I'm not super pregnant and about to die from the heat, maybe it's because the baby is (knock on wood) actually sleeping at night, or maybe it's because I know changes are coming (more on that later, no I'm not pregnant). :) 

But whatever the reason I want to remember looking out my kitchen window while I make supper and see this boy searching in the garden for a snack, and being able to holler out and ask for him to bring me another zucchini. 

I want to remember walking out my front door seeing this guy digging for dinosaur bones.

I want remember these two taking garden goodies to Granny Great, 

 and hoping to get a package of fruit snacks in return. :)

Or that this has been the summer of homemade bow and arrows. This boy makes them nightly and is getting pretty good at them! This might be my favorite summer our little Herd has had, some "seasons" of our life I'm definitely ready to be out of but this one I'm ok with it taking its time.

Challenge 22:
What is your most prized possession and why?
This one was hard for me, but I think the item that I have that makes me the most happy is a little box I have that holds random things from along my life, letters my dad wrote me while I was in college, notes people wrote us at our wedding, notes from Nathan, special pictures my kids have made me, pictures of me with childhood friends, Colton's teeth (what are you suppose to do with tooth fairy teeth anyway?) a picture of my mom and I in Paris, a picture of my sisters and I when we were little. Just a little box I like to add things to so I can remember  later. 

First things first...

July 21, 2015

I feel like we should take a moment of silence for Blake and Miranda. If these two can't make it there really isn't any hope for the rest of us.

Second in case you didn't notice I missed posting yesterday....lets just chalk it up to being Monday, okay. :)

Alright, yesterday's challenge was

Challenge 20:
Where would you like to visit or live one day.
 I like living in Kansas, I like being in the same town as my In-laws, and now my little sister, I like that my parents, older sister,  and extended family are just a quick drive away. However if I could pack all them up and move them with me I would love to go to Angel Fire New Mexico. The summer after Nathan and I got married we took a trip there with his family (and my little sister) and spent the week fishing, Libby and I explored the shops, and just enjoyed being outside. I can't wait to take my kiddos there sometime, they will love it. 
One place I would like to visit.... I would love to go back to London and Paris. I went when I was in high school but I would like to go back now that I could appreciate it a little better and I would go back with my mom and sisters. If I go back I wanna shop, and boy can those girls shop!
If I could visit anywhere with just Nathan and myself I would take him to Alaska. He always talks about going so we will keep saving our pennies any maybe one day we will  get here! 

Today's challenge is 

Challenge 21:
List 5 words or phrases that make you laugh. 

I couldn't really think of any words that made me laugh so I took to Pinterest to find some ecards that made me smile. 

Hope they made you smile too!