September 30, 2015

Hello All....or just my mom, whoever is reading this! :) Since it has been a while I thought I would do a quick post to fill you in on life lately.  Before I get started has anyone been watching Blindspot. (pretend there is a question mark at the end of that sentence. that key and my arrow keys won't work for some reason......any computer people please help. )

Anyway this show is so good! We are only two episodes in but so far the Husband and I are loving it! If you are needing a new show to watch check this one out, Mondays at 9 on NBC!

So now onto life lately. The cool weather has us moving a little slower in the mornings which I am totally ok with. Archie has figured out how to get on and off the couch by himself and is pretty proud to sit up there with everyone and watch some morning cartoons. He still isn't walking yet but we have seen tons of improvement in physical therapy.  He is a little stubborn though....probably gets it from his mama, so we are still trying to get him to agree that walking would in fact be alright to do! :)

Monday the kids were jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler on and yesterday the cool weather had us ready for some fall decorations. My sweet friend Jessica made that adorable scarecrow for me and those are just a few of the many pumpkins from our garden. 

I am also so excited for flannels!!!! If you thought my grey t shirt problem was bad flannels are even worse! I love them. Like I will probably wear one everyday, and I am completely okay with that. 
Faded Glory Boys' Long Sleeve Flannel Shirt
How cute is this little one from Walmart! My mother in law grabbed this for Dakota. It perfectly plays into his love for all things orange and "working shirts". 

Now for a few random pictures. We went to the state fair a few weeks back and this picture cracked me up. Nathan's side of the family has an odd love for honey. Like completely drown their bread in honey. So when the Hubs bought the kids these honey sticks I thought they were going to lose their mind! I guess they are keeping with Hemphill tradition. :)

School as been going pretty good.We had a couple really overwhelming weeks. More so for me than the kids. Our curriculum has a TON of stuff and a TON of extras and I was trying to make sure we did everything exactly as the book said. I was becoming more drill Sargent than fun teacher mom on making sure everything was done and it was making everyone miserable.  So after a couple pep talks from some sweet homeschool mamas and some help from my sister we have a much better attitude and game plan. So last week we did a day of school outside for a change. Dakota and Jacey practiced writing letters and numbers in the sand, rocks were used for help with math problems for Colt, and Dakota went on a color hunt and spent about 30 minutes trying to  decided if a toad was more green or brown. :) Colt was especially excited to do his reading to our dog Naga, he said she was a pretty good listener and has requested a book about other dogs next time. :)

There is a quick run down of the past few weeks. The kids have also started all their sports so I'm sure I will post on that here soon! Also school room tour is coming soon! 

Life Lately

September 10, 2015

Nothing to exciting just a few pictures of life lately.  

Thanks to everyone who said a little prayer for Archer a couple days ago. I am pleased to say that his appointment with the specialist went good! She was pleased with the progress he has made while doing physical therapy but did say we weren't quite out of the woods yet and wants to see him back in December. For those of you who were asking his right leg turns out and he was having trouble sitting (however now he is able to) and standing. Since starting physical therapy and forcing him to put more weight through that leg we have seen a big improvement and he is getting better with his standing and cruising. Hopefully he will graduate to standing unassisted and walking soon! :) The specialist didn't think he has any problems in his joints or concern with his bones. She believed it was caused by being so cramped while he was in me. Remember he was 9 lbs 6oz and 21inches, and I'm short so bless his heart there wasn't a whole lot of room for him to hang out in! :) He does have a curve to his foot and below the knee rotates out  so hopefully with time it will correct it's self. If not then I guess we will find out the next step in December. 

This guys is growing way to fast. I would like it to stop. 

This past weekend while everyone was hunting Aunt April brought out the color chalk from a fun run she organized a while back and boy did the kids have a blast!

Sister got the sneak attack while I was snapping a picture. 

Aunt April also brought face paint. Jacey is certain this is a casual makeup look for everyday. :)

And these two boys spent most of their time filling up watering cans and dumping them. 

While we homeshool this guy spends his time pulling everything off the walls and dumping out all the baskets of workbooks. I even made him this little area all this own right next to us so he could play while we work but you can see how well he hangs out there. 

One evening last week we ran away for the evening ordered a pizza and spent the evening fishing. We have had a long summer of  Nathan working long hours so we all needed a little family relaxation. And I have learned since being married into this Hemphill family the only way a Hemphill will truly relax is to take them fishing. 

Dakota was so proud to show his Daddy his fish.

Jacey collected snails and looked for crawdads, while Colt fished. 

Two brothers catching fish. Diana I'm sure you have a picture of the big boys like this, we will have to compare sometime! :)

And that about sums up the past few weeks. If we aren't trying to figure out how to homeschool this Herd then we just enjoying their company, just what I have been hoping and praying for. 

Thanks Miss Tiff!!!

September 9, 2015

Do you all remember when sweet Jacey girl put her mama in her place? If not you can read about it by clicking here :mama needs a do over

Well in honor of that my sweet friend made us these matching shirts!!! 

Aren't they great!!! Tiff I think the next one we need is " I love Jesus, but I cuss a little"! Thanks again for our shirts, they were such a sweet surprise!!!! You are such a sweet friend. :)

One a side note today we take Archie to the specialist to see about what is going on with his leg. He has been doing physical therapy and we have seen quite a big improvement so hopefully they will just say continue on with that, but if you don't mind saying a few prayers for our little guy, (and his nervous mama) I would appreciate it! :)

We Survived!!!!

September 4, 2015

We survived our first week of homeschooling! I'll be honest it was a little touch and go there for awhile but we made it. :) So I thought I would give you the awesome and awkward of our week. 

*We did it. We completed an entire week of homeschool. I know I already said that but I don't think I have ever been so nervous for something in my entire life! 
*The kids were so excited to show Nathan what they did and actually remembered what we were learning about. 
* It was super sweet to watch the kids encourage each other with their school work. While Colton was working on his cursive writing Dakota couldn't help but stop his school work to tell him that "I really like the way your fancy hands work". Jacey bless her heart is keeping her mama in check. This girl loves a routine and she is making sure we stick to it. 

So far everyone seems to be enjoying it, granted we are only a week in. :) For me it has been exhausting :) incredible but completely exhausting.  I will be ready when it is a month from now... maybe 2 :) when we have found our rhythm. When I'm not second guessing our schedule, and trying to remember which word blend chart is in which book. and my bouncing from kid to kid has more of a rhythm rather than seeming like a ping pong ball out of control.  While my head is still a little frazzled my heart is completely in love with our "little adventure". In just a week it has been so awesome to watch how my little humans take everything in, and how they learn. Colt likes to get it perfect the first time and if it isn't it frustrates him to pieces, Jacey is sharp. She does her work while sneaking peaks at Colt's page so she is prepared just in case it comes up. :) And Dakota....oh Dakota, that boy. We seriously can't have a bad day when he is in the room. :) 

First Day 2nd grade, Kindergarten, Preschool

*Not once but twice I made it half way though a lesson only to realize I was teaching the wrong lesson to the wrong child. 
* Three times I had to google how to write something in cursive because I couldn't remember how to transition the letters. (No worries though my homework this weekend is to master cursive writing.....again)
*One whole day this week one child decided not to wear underwear, that child was Dakota. 
* Dakota also fell out of his chair mid math lesson and played dead for 20 was pretty convincing....veteran homeschool moms can I count that towards a drama credit later down the road?!

Just another sneak peak of everyone actually working....actually doing their correct lesson! :)
And yes Dakota is wearing the same shirt in both pictures. Another perk of homeschooling is that I don't care what you wear to school as long as you have something on, including need to wear underwear.