Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hibbard Family Entertainment

This is what my friend Jennifer walked in to when she came to pick up her son from our house Monday evening.

Nerf Wars!!!

For the most part, it was Doug, Steven, and Read against Olivia. Angela collected fallen nerf ammunition for Olivia and I collected them for the guys. The battle roamed all over the living room/dining room/kitchen area.

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Angela eventually grew tired of the game, so she plopped herself down on the couch to crochet. Right smack dab in the middle of the action!

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Olivia ended up behind the couch, so anytime nerf ammo would fall on Angie (which was frequent!), she’d just toss it behind her to Olivia.

I don’t think Read was exactly sure what to think when it first started, but he warmed up to it!

I’m so glad we’re a crazy family!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, November 26

In the great outdoors...we’re actually in the 40’s today after a couple of days of not climbing out of the 30’s. Should be back into the 30’s tomorrow before working our way back up into the 50’s and 60’s.

Within our four walls...enjoying the last few days of fall d├ęcor before we find a time to put up the Christmas stuff!

A heart of thanksgiving...for cold weather and central heating; for various forms of electronic communication options.

A heart of prayer...for all who will be traveling this week; for those who have to be out in this cold; for many other needs among friends and family.

Random observations...we put our apples in a little fridge in the garage so they wouldn’t be taking up space in our kitchen fridge. I went to get one for a wake-me-up snack. It was frozen. I’m eating it anyway. The texture is a little odd, and it’s a bit chilly to be eating a frozen snack. But, it’s not bad! And, it’s still working to wake me up.

My silly children...seem to be enjoying their time off school. Maybe a little too much sometimes!

Thoughts from the kitchen...leftovers today. Yesterday, though, was our first pot of turkey rice soup for the season. YUM!!

On my bookshelf...trying to finish up a few books so I can get started on new ones. Working myself back into a regular reading schedule.

Projects...still Christmas! *smile* 

Sounds of the moment...soft music; Steven playing; girls talking in the back; my phone making noises at me

From Hibbard Academy...the reminder of just how much my kids learn even when we are not formally schooling. I love it! Learning is not only something they love, but it is practically habitual for them. That – not accumulation of knowledge – is what shows me that our educational choices are working.

A favorite thing from last week...watching the kids interact with Grandma and PopPop.

The planner...finishing up work for the week today; church community Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow night (breakfast for dinner – yum!); fish fry with friends on Thursday; Thanksgiving with the Browning side of the family on Friday; home/downtime on Saturday.

Because visuals are fun...we got to enjoy the company of these handsome little men yesterday. You can tell from Steven’s grin how much he loved Read’s company. And it made Olivia’s day to get to babysit adorable little Cooper! 2013-11-25 12.24.562013-11-25 09.24.18

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In the great outdoors...a chilly, sunny day. Although I’m thinking it might be chillier inside the church right now than it is outside.

Within our four walls...everyone doing their own thing. We spend Wednesdays at church. The kids are playing and Doug and I are in the office working.

A heart of thanksgiving...for the cool weather; for an unexpected chance to chat on Skype with my friend Joanna; for flexibility; for a week in which I feel like I’m somewhat getting on top of the schedule.

A heart of prayer...sweet little Isabella Day who (hopefully) is having an MRI today to check on her tumor; for quite a few people who have just been on my mind lately.

Random the end of this week I just might have all of my current to-dos checked off the list. There are always things to do, but I’ve been trying to intentionally manage my time better this week. I’m seeing progress, and it’s so very encouraging!

My silly children...I’m fully convinced that my children would not know how to act inside a church building if we ever left the ministry. Once PKs, always PKs. They will always see church through that lens. Fortunately, it has been a good lens for them so far. Praying it stays that way.

Thoughts from the kitchen...leftovers today. Then making a rice lasagna for church tonight.

On my bookshelf...hahahahahaha! There are books there…I promise!

Projects...Christmas presents! Shhhhh… 

Sounds of the playing; music playing; keyboards…playing? Oh wait, maybe that’s tapping.

From Hibbard Academy...we gave up this week. It’s been a while since we did that. ‘Tis the season! We’ll be back to it for a few weeks after Thanksgiving, but it just worked better to not worry about it this week. Flexibility is such a blessing!

A favorite thing from last week...watching my amazing husband preach a wedding. I am always thankful to be married to him, but sometimes I just stand in awe at the realization that I get to be married to him. Last weekend most other eyes were on the bride and groom. But, I was either glancing down at the sweet children on either side of me or delightfully enjoying the treasure of watching my man perform the ceremony. Yep, I’m blessed.

The planner...quick trip to LR tomorrow; work Friday; Doug’s parents come Friday-Sunday for an early Thanksgiving celebration.

Because visuals are fun...groom’s cake from last week’s wedding. Is that not fun? When the kids were deciding which cake to eat, Angie said, “I want to eat the boot cake in honor of PopPop.”2013-11-15 18.24.28

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Sharp Objects

You need to know two things to understand the humor of this situation.

1) Jack the cat has very sharp claws. Even when the claws are trimmed, they are still sharp. There’s just no way around it.

2) In anticipation of receiving his first pocketknife, Steven is learning the rule of not releasing a sharp object until the recipient has said, “Thank you.”

Steven had Jack and was passing him to Angela. After she had Jack in her lap, Angela declared, “Sorry, I should have said, ‘Thank you.’ Fat Jack is a sharp object, isn’t he?!”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, November 12, 2013

In the great outdoors...a blustery day as a cold front blows in. We hit our high around midnight. Lovely, lovely cold! We’re so excited!

Within our four walls...children running laps around the house. Inside, not outside. Who wants to run laps in 20+ mph north winds with a wind chill in the mid-30’s, right? Yeah.

A heart of thanksgiving...for great insulation in our house. We do have a small fire going, but the heater has not kicked on today.

A heart of prayer...for Doug over the next couple of weeks as he finishes up school obligations for this term; various church needs; the Choates as they spend the holidays in the village.

Random observations...we need guest reviewers at! If you’re a homeschooler who would be willing to submit a review (or two or ten) of your favorite homeschool product? It could be a book, a resource, or a curriculum. Here’s the form:

My silly children...have switched from running laps to walking around blindfolded. I don’t want to know.

Thoughts from the kitchen...fresh chicken broth! Oh yes – and pulled chicken too. I’m just more excited about the chicken broth. Doug put a chicken in the crock pot before we went to bed last night, and it smelled sooooooo good when we got up this morning. I have no idea how he seasoned it, but I can’t wait to cook with that broth! It is currently freezing in silicone muffin pans so I can pop out the 1/4 cup discs and have them ready whenever I need them. Sunday’s chicken ‘n dumplin’s ought to be very yummy!

On my bookshelf...books? Books? Oh yeah, I do enjoy reading, don’t I?

Projects...I’m almost finished with a Christmas gift! Yay! I made Angela a super-soft knit hat with a ponytail hole. It’s pink camo. Olivia will have one also, but hers won’t be quite as soft. It will, however, be TARDIS blue with sparkles. She’s already seen the yarn and fallen in love with it, so I think the lack of as much softness will be okay with her!

Sounds of the moment...the kids playing. Music. There might be some Christmas selections mixed in there.

From Hibbard Academy...Angie and Steven are finishing up their study on knights and are still exploring mammals; Olivia is taking an eastward swing for a bit of a focus on Confucius and China. We finished the evolution book (she’s asked for book two, just for the fun of it!) and are moving on to a general overview of science.

A favorite thing from last week...being home.

The planner...Doug and I both have meetings tonight – mine is a work meeting and his is a church budget committee meeting. Both of us will meet with great people, but I guarantee mine will be more fun! Friday we have a wedding, and Saturday we hope to spend doing some cleaning in the garage and some rotation of closet storage for greater efficiency.

Because visuals are fun...I’m so thankful for these helpful munchkins! I was so far behind on grading, thanks to catching up from vacation. They all pitched in and worked hard to help me catch up yesterday. We made a mess!2013-11-11 11.44.36

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Yes, We’re Alive!

And so the season begins. October through December are usually pretty full for us, and this year has proven to be no exception! But, we’re having fun!

The past three weeks have seen prep for vacation, vacation, transition to the annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and then catching up from being gone for eight days. Today we’re enjoying our first true down day for quite some time. It’s so nice!

I think a puzzle, the first fire of the season, and some football make for a great way to enjoy a down day.

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Who knows…we might even throw some sewing into the mix. I should do some school prep, but I’m not going to. I’ll just wait until Monday and have the kids join me in a “catch up on grading work” party! Might have to throw some cookies into the mix…

That’s Saturday for the Hibbards. How are you spending your weekend?