Sunday, September 23, 2012

Say What?

This is a very rambling post. Sorry in advance.
Joseph did a few things today that made my heart melt. He cut me a bunch of flowers from the yard to put in a vase. That was cute. Then, we had vegetable soup and muffins for dinner. A little later he was still hungry and asked if he could have more soup. I said "go ahead and finish it up." He looked at me enraptured and said, "imagine, a mom telling her son to finish the rest of the soup! This is awesome!"  Now its not like I don't feed him or anything, its just that this boy's idea of a good snack is a hearty helping of veggies. Anyone jealous? These two things have pretty well made up for him hopping like a frog in church today.

With the big kids in school now one of my favorite things to do is listen to Abby and Bethany play together. The other day they were by the coat closet putting on coats and purses, etc. and I asked Abby where they were going. She enthusiastically said " we are going to Texas and Kansas and Oregon .Com." Do I spend too much time on the Internet?
Being Sunday and us all being home together, Emma took the opportunity to do one of her favorite pastimes,      play school. She spent hours this afternoon holding a very organized preschool for her younger sisters and Joseph when he could hold still long enough. There was math, reading, story time, nap time, singing  and dancing. I must say I was very impressed! It is a toss-up who is more excited for her to become old enough  to babysit, her or her parents. Just a few more years... 
One more little side note about Joseph. The Thornock grandparents are on vacation in the Dominican Republic at present. The boys were musing about what they hoped they would bring back for them. Ethan said "I hope they bring me some real sand from the beach." Joseph said "I want a real island snake from the Republicans" 

Anyway, life is fun and we sure are blessed! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Our Country Heaven

We are enjoying our country hick lifestyle just as much as we hoped we would. With 5 barefoot kids, a tractor, 2 dogs, and a cat (and 12 deceased chickens) we are just like a Norman Rockwell Painting! We haven't even had the internet for the past two years. Now that we have the internet again you will see more of us again. Here are our cute farmer wannabe kids.

So here is Abby tearing up the grass in our front yard.
 Emma and Abby standing together here.  What you don't see is all the shots of Abby jumping up and down while Emma is trying to hold 'er down and smile at the same time.  Luckily, she finally got her jumps out for a bit and we got a good picture.
 This s the rope swing in the front yard.  It ties to a branch almost 20 feet up.  One of Joseph's favorite things to do is to be pushed on the swing as high as he can go.  He will swing up until his toes tickle the leaves.  He is also getting good at climbing the rope.  he can climb it nearly to the top, then come down again.
Ethan loves these dogs.  He is our animal boy.  He has caught birds, dragonflies, mice, gophers and even a 2 foot long bull snake.  I just hope he doesn't come in the house with a skunk sometime.  The amazing thing is that he hasn't been bitten yet.
Just look at this cute girl.  Emma is getting to be such a big girl.  She likes drawing, reading, and pretending.  She is just young enough to enjoy dolls without being too embarrassed by them.  She would think country life is perfect if she had a horse.
Bethany is such a cute little girl.  It was tough to pick a good picture to post, there were so many.  She loves going out to the strawberry patch and eating.  Green, red, doesn't matter.  She eats them anyway.  She has started carrying around the cat, much to the cat's chagrin, but it sure is cute!