Thursday, January 11, 2018

From Porches to Porches (and a little in between)

We started the second semester of our homeschool year last Tuesday, January 2.  I have not been keeping up with my regular school posts but hope to get back on track soon. 

When we finished school that day I met my mom for lunch at Porches.  She had been off work for the holidays and was getting ready to go back the next day.  It was her last day off and she wanted us to have lunch together.  I took Cruz with me. Ben had a terrible head cold so I left him at home with David.

lunch at Porches

They have a gift shop and I was so tickled to see these shirts they had for sale.  Me and my mom bought one.  I will take it back to Guatemala with me and have a little reminder of my favorite place.

I shared this photo already on a recent post.  It was taken last Wednesday morning after I was prepped and ready to have an endoscopy done.  Thankfully the test came back all clear.  I had a colonoscopy done back in September and it came back clear also.  The next test I will have will be a WCE (wireless capsule endoscopy).  That is scheduled for January 25.   I have low iron and these tests are to rule out any internal bleeding or other problem. 

When we left the hospital we stopped for lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant.  The boys took turns climbing onto this saddle and pretending to be cowboys.

Cowboy Cruz

The next day in school I had Cruz do a journal entry on his visit to the hospital.  This is what he wrote.  I love how he illustrated it.

On Thursday we were invited to lunch and an afternoon in the wood shop by a sweet family in the church where we attend in Brookhaven.  They were the same family that planned our farm day back in the fall.  Mrs. Berenda cooked us a delicious meal and then Mr. Ken entertained the boys in his shop that afternoon.

the boys were excited

On our flight home from Virginia back in early December Cruz and I watched a show on the plane called How It's Made.  One of the episodes was on making wooden toys.  One night at church Cruz was telling Mrs. Berenda about a wooden car he saw on the show.  Well, Mr. Ken surprised the boys by letting them help make a wooden car of their own that day.  They were not expecting that and it tickled them greatly. 

Mr. Ken worked all of the "dangerous" tools and the boys watched him very closely.  He let them experiment with some other tools to make it a hands on experience.

They got to help with some of the assembly.

Their finished cars. They turned out great.

the boys with Mrs. Berenda and Mr. Ken

They have loved on us well during our Stateside time.  We will miss them.

On Saturday afternoon I took the boys to Jump 'n Jive.  I needed to write some lesson plans and they were full of energy.  It was a win/ win for all of us.  We spent four hours there and they played hard.

On Sunday morning we spoke at Strong Hope Baptist Church in Wesson.  We got to see many people we have not seen in a while including some family.   My mom, Mr. Thurman, and my Aunt Nita came also to hear us and support us.  Afterwards we all went to Porches for Sunday lunch.  That was a treat!

Mimi and the boys at Porches

Aunt Nita and the boys

my mom, Ben, and me

me and my mom at our favorite place

That night we met our friends the Browns for supper and enjoyed a visit with them.  It was a great way to end the weekend. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Year's Celebration 2018

We braved the cold weather on New Year's Eve and headed out to church that morning.  We attended worship at First Baptist Brookhaven.  After church we ate lunch at Ward's.  It was the boys choice.  We had also eaten there the week before on Christmas Eve.  I'd say they like it. 

lunch at Ward's on New Year's Eve

After eating we made a stop by the dollar store to pick up some balloons.  We also made a stop by the fireworks stand to pick up a few things before returning home.  

The temperatures were expected to be in the teens that night so we did not plan to get out and go anywhere.  Instead we had a fun celebration at home.  For the past few years I have been doing a balloon countdown for the boys on New Year's Eve.  It is becoming our tradition so we kept it going this year while in the States.  That afternoon I got busy filling balloons with confetti and putting fun ideas of things for us to do inside.  I had one balloon for us to pop every thirty minutes beginning at 5:00 p.m. and going until midnight.  The boys love doing this and were excited when I told them we were staying home to do it again this year. 

Here they are with our balloons-

Here is Ben popping the first balloon at 5:00.  Yes, the confetti makes a big mess but the fun of it makes it worth the clean up.

Our first activity was fireworks.  I decided to have us do that first before it got dark and colder.  

They loved the smoke bombs!

sparklers were also fun

This was Cruz's hair when he came back in and took his hat off. 

Our 5:30 balloon idea said to make homemade pizza and pop popcorn.

We shaped our dough in the numbers of the new year.  We each chose a number and that was our pizza to put toppings on and eat.

the boys adding toppings

ready for the oven

our New Year's Eve supper

after eating we took family photos

I gave out hats, glasses, and horns

Happy New Year from the Whites!!!

Next we had dessert.  It was our traditional New Year's cake that we have every year.  I use M&M's to shape the numbers.

Next up was game time.  The boys got Pie Face for Christmas and could not wait to play it.  That game provided a lot of entertainment and laughs.

Cruz reading another balloon activity

New Year's coloring sheets

Next we did play doh.  Another Christmas gift the boys received from family was a tub full of play doh and accessories. They have always loved play doh.

some of our creations

Skip-Bo Junior was another Christmas gift.  They LOVE this game.  We have spent many hours since Christmas playing it.

They both received puzzles for Christmas so we opened them and spent some time working them.  Many of my ideas for the night were from the Christmas gifts they received from family.

Another balloon activity that we do every year is a year in review.

This balloon idea was late in the night and Ben said he was too tired to color.  ha

One of my favorite New Year's Eve things to do is watch the ball drop in New York City.  We did not have a channel to watch it on this year so we watched it on our computer.

Ben fell asleep shortly afterwards but David, Cruz, and I made it all the way to midnight.  Cruz was very proud of himself.  It is the only night of the year that we let him stay up that late. 

We slept in on New Year's Day and then had a pancake breakfast.

New Year's Day breakfast

We watched the Rose Parade that morning and I cooked a roast for lunch.  We stayed in all day and passed the time watching movies and being lazy. Because we had stayed up so late the night before this is pretty much how we all looked on New Year's Day.

It was a great celebration and a fun way to make memories as a family.

Happy New Year from our family to yours! 
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