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Monday, August 29, 2016

Back in School

The boys started school last week. They had a half day on Thursday and a whole day on Friday. This week, they will go the entire week.

Thankfully, they are excited to be back in school. They really enjoy learning and hanging out with their friends. This year, my oldest is in 4th, and my youngest is in 2nd.

Since my oldest is in 4th, this is also the first year he gets to play tackle football. He was soooo excited about that. Practices started a couple weeks ago, and they will continue through until the first of October. It should be super fun and exciting.

Fall is definitely creeping into the air. The boys and I have been riding our bikes to school, and both mornings we’ve had to wear gloves to keep our hands from freezing. On Friday, we could even see our breaths as we headed out. Thankfully, with the sun rising, it was actually a really nice morning that warmed up quickly.

I don’t mind the cooler weather. In fact, I enjoy the sound of the furnace running first thing in the morning. It means that winter is on its way. And with winter on the way, snowmobiling is on the horizon.

I hope all of you have a fantastic and wonderful school year! Learn lots and put that knowledge to good use!

Monday, August 22, 2016

School Shopping

The new school year is right around the corner, and everyone in this house is excited!

What’s not to like about getting new clothes and new supplies? And best of all, new backpacks!

The boys and I went shopping for supplies last week, and as we were picking out backpacks, my youngest was showing me all the pockets in the backpack he’d picked out.

“There’s a big one here, and another one here. And this small one on the front.” Which he then stuck his nose into and sniffed super hard, then said, “And it doesn’t smell like yogurt.”

“Did your other one smell like yogurt?” I asked.

A serious looked crossed his face and he nodded. “Yeah. I spilled yogurt in there.”

Here’s to a great new year with backpacks that don’t smell like yogurt!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Excerpt from The Ifs

Today, I would like to share an excerpt from The Ifs with you. Enjoy.

"Landon moved fast. He jumped over a fallen log and crashed through the trees. There wasn’t a clearing in front of him, but the trees were far enough apart that he could run safely through. Luckily, there weren’t a lot of plants and ferns on the ground. It made his escape a lot easier. He ran as fast as he could, not taking the risk of glancing over his shoulder. He heard the huff and pants of a wild dog right behind him. He was afraid if he looked, he’d trip and the wild dog would jump on top of him. He was glad he had his motorcycle gear on. Even though he was pretty sure a wild dog could still bite through it, it would give him a little protection before the teeth sunk into his flesh and give him time to fight the creature off.

The thought of battling a wild dog sent a surge of fear and adrenaline through his body. He really hoped he didn’t have to confront a wild dog. He didn’t think he’d be able to do it. His first choice was to keep running. Maybe they’d eventually give up. Or maybe he’d run into some hikers in the woods. There always seemed to be people on the trail. If he could just hold out a little longer, hopefully he’d be able to reach them. He knew a wild dog wouldn’t want to confront several people, and he was positive the Ifs didn’t want others to know they existed. It was his only chance.

He turned to his left, sure that was the way back to the trail. Footsteps loped behind him. They weren’t close, but present nonetheless. He ran harder, desperate to get to the trail. He risked a glance over his shoulder. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw three wild dogs coming after him. They panted, their tongues hung out of their mouths. He faced forward. The stream was ahead of him. The stream! It flowed underneath the bridge. If he made it to that, he could get back to the bridge. He was so close to help!

His feet splashed in the trickle of water, and he turned to his left. Landon had a moment of sheer terror. Was he going the right way? He was scared and didn’t have time to figure out which way the water flowed. Still, he needed to take a chance. Even if he went the wrong way, he’d eventually run into someone, he was sure of it. His only hope was that it happened before the wild dogs and Ifs caught up to him.

He continued on, droplets of water hitting him in the face as he tried to run in the water. The wild dogs splashed behind him. The mud from the bottom of the stream pulled at Landon’s shoes, slowing him down and making his leg muscles hurt. Stepping into the water might not have been such a good idea after all. The effort wore him out. He wouldn’t make it to the bridge. Panic set in. Was he actually heading toward the bridge? He wanted to cry. His lungs burned, he couldn’t get enough air. The panting of the wild dogs grew louder, the footsteps drew closer. Sweat formed on his forehead. What was he going to do?

He should scream, call for help, but he didn’t think he had enough energy. His other option was to turn around and face them. The stick was still in his hand, but would it do any good? If he was lucky, he’d hit one of the dogs, but what about the other two? No, his best chance was to keep running."

Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer Isn’t Over Yet

But, man! Is it getting close.

Is anyone else surprised that it’s the second week of August already? Where does the time go? In 2 weeks, the boys will be heading back to school. I’m excited. I don’t know if they are. My oldest is excited because he gets to play football, but for school...I’m not sure.

Last week was his last week of summer school. He really enjoyed it. He got to build a rocket and go on a field trip to learn about invasive species. He said his favorite part was that he didn’t have to take tests. And I can’t blame him. Tests can be nerve wracking.

I’m glad he enjoyed his time at summer school, though. He had a lot of mixed emotions about having to go. But in the end, I think he’ll benefit greatly from a little extra help.

Even though summer is drawing to a close, it’s not quite over yet. Does anyone have any exciting plans for the last few weeks before school starts?

Monday, August 1, 2016

Our New Pet Plant

For Christmas, instead of getting the boys a whole bunch of toys that would get lost in their rooms/toy box, I decided to get them a terrarium.  I got the youngest one with weird plants, like brain plants, some space things, and Venus fly traps.  For the oldest, I got carnivorous plants, so there were Venus fly traps and some other kind of bug-eating plant.

They were supposed to grow from seeds, so we planted them according to the directions, and the youngest's started to grow, but when they reached a certain stage, they withered and died.  We were bummed.  We figured maybe it was because of the cold weather.  After all, plants know the different season.

They've been asking me to get another Venus fly trap because they are fascinated by them.  I knew we didn't want to mess with seeds, we wanted a bigger plant, but I didn't want to have it shipped in the winter.  I kept forgetting about it, but thankfully, the boys reminded me.  We finally ordered our plant.

It's pretty cool.  We've already fed it several time (freeze dried bloodworms), and it's fun to watch the traps snap shut. It's kind of a high maintenance plant, so I hope we can keep it alive for a while.