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Feeling Special

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I know, not everyone really enjoys the whole "trick or treating" but we do it. And we enjoy it!

This year the youngest two went out and about while Big Kid stayed with my mom handing out candy to the multitudes of kids!

While we were out, we met up with my aunt and uncle and my two cousins, who happen to be about the same age as Ray Ray and Little Miss.

We got to go see my great grandpa, their great, great grandpa. How many kids get to say they have a great, great grandpa? 

This man is my hero…if I can do HALF of what he does at his age, I will be content! 

He gardens…this year it was just tomato plants in straw bales but he still gardens, he cans…everything!, he bakes, he freezes what he won't use, he cuts the yard and keeps his house clean. If I wasn't a homeschooling mom to three, I would say he does more than me (I call it even right now). 

How does he do it, he was raised that way. Hard work was the only way to get anything. And as a homeschool family, I am glad we get to do "school" with him whenever we want. My kids are learning from him and he is learning from them. 

So on this fourth day of thankfulness in November, I am thankful for the elders in my family who can continue to teach me and my children every day!!

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Life Lessons

Jordan and Grandpa

 

It’s Monday, we should be doing school. Instead of sitting down in front of the computer and wanting to get stuff done while the weather was nice outside, we did some life lessons today.

My great grandpa is in his upper 90s and we decided it was a nice enough day to help him out with some of his spring clean up. My kids love being with grandpa and playing outside by the lake. Grandpa also has the fun big kid “toys”. Jordan was put to work helping clean up the garbage and than moving some plants and tree branches.

Our lessons today included learning how to “socialize” with our elders. My kids were able to learn how to show respect to grandpa, and how if they didn’t, he wouldn’t stand for it and take things away…even if it was just a rope and to RayRay that meant the end of the world. But they also learned that if they listened, he would give them things they wanted, like that end of the world rope ūüôā Jordan learned how to work the 4-wheeler some more and found out that steering while in the soft grass was not easy. Grandpa told him that he would have to be moving and turning the wheel at the same time and that moving did not mean speeding across the yard!

We were using the 4-wheeler to move branches around the yard, and Jordan had to load them up and make them stay balanced, since Grandpa didn’t want to teach him how to control the trailer yet. He would balance them on the front and rear racks and have to make them stay while they traveled around the yard. Jordan also had to figure out how to “tow” one large branch that wouldn’t fit on the racks, and Grandpa refused to let him use a saw or ax to cut it.

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RayRay and Little Miss didn’t get to skip out on the lessons. They were busy finding different things throughout the yard and deciding if they would float or sink once thrown into the lake. We found out that dead grass, branches and pine cones float and that rocks will sink. We than talked about how heavy the rocks were compared to the pine cones while holding one of each in each hand.

Now that we are home, it is time to do some things on the computer and rest up a little! But before we do that I wanted to let you know that we will be using Time4Writing as a summer writing program for the next couple of months.  We are excited to get started with the interactive lessons.  Our online tutor will correct our work and give us writing tips on how to sharpen our writing skills.  Come visit in a few weeks to see how we like it.