Saturday, September 17, 2016

Were are Moved

We are now living and schooling in our new house. We are really enjoying more space and and new layout. It was a rough two weeks, and another two weeks before we had our old home cleaned and all the little projects checked off. Of course we still have lots of boxes to unpack but that will be done little by little as we adjust and decide where things need to go.

I have decided to just recap the last few weeks through pictures and then hopefully I will be able to get back to our weekly recaps.

Teething Biscuit at Riviera

Messy carrot face
Emilia has seemed to enjoy everything she has tasted except broccoli. I think that had more to do with preparation then actual flavor. We aren't really in any kind of routine, just trying things here and there.

I had lots of "help" packing. Elaine and Landon did pack a good portion of their bedrooms and toys in the basement.

Meal times during the move were sometimes a challenge. Once we closed it was easier to begin eating over at our new home. 
First lunch in our new home

I had prepared several freezer meals ahead of time to make things a little easier. Chicken, broccoli, rice casserole for the win on our "new" Jenn Aire.

Leftover pizza and a history lesson.

We love all the sunlight in our new dining room. We also do our "sit down" learning around this table.
Who knew microwave shopping could be such an adventure? - Photo by Landon, he was sure we would  want to remember this.

Sometimes the lack of sleep crept up on us.

Emilia has changed so much over the last few weeks. She is crawling all over the place and pulling up. She has also not slept much at night and been teething, but we still love her sweet smile and cuddles.

We love our new home and look forward to lots of fun memories.

                                                                                                 Until next time,

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Monday and Tuesday it was back to business as usual. For morning time this month we are learning the hymn Trust and Obey and Ever Be. We have memorized 5 poems and are starting our 6th. I would highly recommend IEW's Poetry Memorization program. We all enjoy the poems and seeing how many we can recite. In Bible we are studying the Fall of Man how that has affected everything from that moment on until Jesus sets it right all right again. It always gets the kids in their Bibles searching out scriptures.

On Wednesday we got our school work started and then my Grandma came to help pack. A little after lunch my cousin Kirsten came too. She brought some boxes and packed as well. They both were a tremendous help.
Landon started Math 5 this week in the newly "decorated" room. 

We had to send in a little monkey to grab that picture on the mantel. We needed it in another room after Kyle had moved all the packed boxes in front of it. Ooops.

On Thursday Kyle moved lots of mulch and we had school in the morning. Then in the afternoon I was able to work in the boys room. Mainly I cleaned and sorted so it will be easier to pack when its time. Friday was a really sweet day. The kids and I enjoyed our school time. Emilia took good naps and was very smiley all day. I was able to get caught up on some regular household chores and more sorting and packing. Kyle got home late from work, but we still enjoyed grilling brats on the deck. The kids had a movie night with popcorn. They love having movie nights where they get to "sleepover" in the basement. 

Emilia has started trying a few solids. Mainly she played with them. She has tried a broccoli and fruit blend, banana, and guacamole. She was not a big fan of the broccoli, and kept shuttering when she would get much in her mouth. I think she would have preferred just some steamed broccoli, so I plan to try that next time we have it.  She loved the guacamole and kept reaching for more, which made her Daddy very happy. I am sure all the Mexican mommy eats has helped in that regard. 

Our Saturday should be relaxed for the kids and more cleaning and sorting for me. Next week we close on the new house, so I will post some pictures and details then. 

                                                                                   Until next week,

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Back to Reality

This past week started still on vacation in El Paso. Monday, Kyle and I had a lunch date (with Emilia napping in her seat) at Taco Cabana. We shared steak fajitas, and discussed some house things without interruption. Kyle made his homemade pizza for dinner, and it was enjoyed as usual. 

These girlies had so much fun together. This day they wanted Gram to do their makeup. They also made a spa treatment using almost a whole bottle of  grape seed oil...ooops.

Tuesday was spent swimming, doing laundry, getting airplane trip snacks at Walgreens, and packing. 

Wednesday, Gram made everyone eggs and bacon, and we loaded up for the airport. We had three legs to our trip. El Paso to Atlanta, Atlanta to Detroit, and finally Detroit to Evansville. We got to the airport around 10:00 and easily went through security. Then we waited...which was actually the only time that day we waited to board. Once we landed in Atlanta, we grabbed Chic-fila, by the time we made it to the gate and did a quick restroom stop, it was time to board. The kids had to finish eating on the plane. After we had already boarded and they had cut the air, we were told the pilot was waiting on a new seat before we could take off. So we sat in a very warm airplane while Kyle and I calculated the chance of us actually making our flight out of Detroit. I texted my mom, as she is very familiar with the Detroit airport. She was pretty sure the only way we were going to make that flight was if Kyle ran ahead to have them hold the plane. So we sat back and tried to rest up for our mad dash through the Detroit airport. The flight from Atlanta to Detroit went well. We landed and as soon as Kyle could physically get off the plane, he ran carrying Elliot to our gate. It was not a short distance and he felt like he needed knee replacement, but he did get there in time for them to hold the plane. I ran with the other four kids as quickly as we could, very thankful for moving walkways. As we approached the gate Levi accidentally got on the walkway moving away from the gate. He was exhausted from a long day and from running, but he was managing to still move toward the gate! Kyle lifted him over the side and we boarded the plane. Our luggage even made it to Evansville!

I think we needed some groceries.
Thursday we met the home inspector at the new house at 8:00 am. The inspection took about 3 hours, but all in all went well. We were eating lunch when I realized Landon needed to be get to his orthodontist appointment. We got there just in time for them to call him back. We don't have to go back for another year, so yeah for not having to fit braces in the budget. In the late afternoon we got groceries, and I worked on unpacking. 

Friday morning was spent doing laundry, unpacking, and packing for our weekend trip to Princeton. Kyle and Landon worked in the yard all morning. They were dripping it was so hot and humid. After lunch Kyle headed to bed, as he worked nights this weekend. The kids and I spent Friday afternoon and evening at Grandma Kolb's for a family get together. It was nice to catch up with my aunts and cousins. We spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's house and then celebrated my nephew Jesse's birthday on Saturday. 

I guess he thought he might want a midnight snack at Grandma's house.
Sunday we went to church. It was nice to see everyone as we had been out of town the past two Sundays. Elliot moved up to the preschool class, he said it was a lot of fun. 

After church he was serving up some interesting snack options.
After church we ate lunch at Sam's and then got our Sam's groceries. The kids love going on the weekends because of the samples. This only happens occasionally as I try to avoid weekends because the store is so busy. Once home I started some meal prep for the upcoming week and laundry. In the evening the kids decided they wanted to watch Star Wars IV, so I popped popcorn for dinner and they were all set. I enjoyed catching bits and pieces as I walked through working on laundry and sat to nurse Emilia. It is still one of my favorite movies. 

Monday morning its back to school...and packing. Hopefully we can work around the empty packing boxes.


Monday, August 1, 2016

House Hunters

To catch everyone up on the house situation, we have been looking and not looking for a different house for about 3 years. As our family has grown we have outgrown certain areas of our current home but at the same time we love much about our current house. We have also had several contractors come to look at our house with the intention of adding an addition or remodeling, but the cost has always been more then we felt would be a good investment.

The Monday before we left for El Paso, Kyle came home from work saying he had found a house online that he thought would be a good fit for our family. I checked it out and agreed, so we contacted the realtor and went to see it late that night. We both really liked it and it would give us more space in all the right areas. We met on Tuesday evening to see the house again and to make an offer, our offer was accepted on Wednesday, and we started all the paper work on Thursday. If all goes well with the inspection, which will take place the day after we get back from El Paso, we will be moving at the end of August.

August will be a high energy month. We will get back from our trip, pack up our current house, move, ready our current house and list it. Carnahan Academy will still be in session, and Kyle starts another Master's class the week after our scheduled moving weekend.

Once we are past inspection and all that fun stuff, I will post more pictures and details. The new house is 5-7 minutes from our current home in South Broadview sub-division. We appreciate prayers during this transition time.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

El Paso Trip Continued

We are having a nice low key visit in El Paso. Monday was spent swimming. 

Levi still tries to get his reading time in, but the swimming might be wearing him out a bit.

Tuesday Kyle and I went for breakfast at Delicias Cafe. This has become a little tradition for us. We get a little time without kiddos and the food is amazing. They even serve chips and salsa with your breakfast. I usually get the Huevos Delicias. It is a quesadilla (corn tortilla) topped with two eggs and tamatillo and Serrano pepper sauce. 

Wednesday Gram and Poppy took the kids to the movies, while Kyle and I stayed home with Emilia. Kyle also went to lunch with his brother in law at Kiki's. This spot has been featured on Food Network by Aaron Sanchez. Kyle said it was very good.

Thursday we took Landon, Elaine, and our niece Maddie to the El Paso Holocaust Museum. It was very well done and we all learned something. I would definitely recommend it, but would caution taking children under age 8 due to the subject matter. It is easy to tour as there are videos that walk you through the exhibit.

 One video we didn't have the children watch as it had a specific warning about the appropriateness of the content for younger audiences. I just walked the three kids into the next section before the video began. 

The exhibit prompted lots of great discussion and included lots of visuals. 

We have been reading the story of Corrie Ten Boom and how she and her family aided the Jews. Landon has also been interested in this time period for awhile, checking out books from the library and watching Hunting Hitler. This fit in perfectly. I now want to reread The Diary of Ann Frank, Number the Stars, and Night

Friday night we headed to White Sands, New Mexico. It is like being at the beach without the ocean or playing in the snow with shorts on instead of snow suits. You can sled on the dunes, and we always have lots of fun. This evening a thunderstorm rolled in, so we only got about 15 min of sledding and no pictures.

Saturday Landon, Elaine, Levi, Kyle, and Poppy played Monopoly, we had lunch at Kiki's and then did some swimming. Today we went to church and then had Grandma Phyllis over for lunch. We had a nice visit with her. She "adopted" the Carnahans when they lived in El Paso the first time and the kids were little. It is always fun to catch up with Grandma Phyllis.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Whirlwind Week

We have had a crazy week that came on the heels of a crazy week. I determined Sunday night after everyone was showered and in bed from an ice cream social at the park in extremely high temperatures and humidity, that I would not be waking them at a set time Monday morning. Emotions had been high and it was obvious everyone needed to sleep until their bodies woke themselves. So we got a slow start to our school work, but we were all the better for it. 

Tuesday we got some of our school done and then headed out to take Emilia to her 6 month well check. She is growing well, but is still a little peanut. She is 13.5 lbs and 25.5 in. We got home and had lunch and finished our work before rest time. 

Wednesday we had a full day at home which was good to fit some of the extras in during our short week. The kids also packed their backpacks for the flight to El Paso. I put together breakfast/snack boxes for them as our flight left at 5:30 am and we wouldn't be getting breakfast before we boarded. We try to avoid eating in the airports if at all possible. Wednesday afternoon I noticed our ac didn't seem to be working correctly. Especially given that is really wasn't that warm of a day. By the evening we were sure it was not working. We put a call in for a service call but they weren't available to come until the following day. 

Awaiting his turn and working on some school work.
Thursday we started the day at the dentist as 4 of the 5 kiddos had their cleanings. They all got a good report with no cavities. We ran a couple of errands that needed taken care of before we left Friday, then it was home to finish up school and packing. By this time of day, it was extremely warm outside and inside the house. The basement was cooler but still quite humid. I had to keep cleaning and packing as there were still several things that needed to be taken care of before we left. By 4:30 we had to take a break from the heat. So I loaded everyone in the van and headed to McDonalds. I planned to stay until the air was fixed, but unfortunately that wasn't in the cards. The outside unit had to be replaced and part of the inside unit. This couldn't be done that evening so it was back home to finish what had to be done to be ready to leave. Once Kyle got home around 8 we decided that we would go to sleep at my Mom's. It was just so warm and we all needed a good night's sleep before a day of traveling. So we rushed around to load the van. It made things a little crazy, but we were able to get a few hours of good sleep. 

Friday we woke up at 3:30 to get to the airport by 4:30. Even though it was a very early morning, the kids all did great and we had smooth travel. We arrived in El Paso in time for lunch, a quick swim, and then we all headed to Cattleman's Ranch. We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyable evening walk through the ranch. It was fun for Gram and Poppy to have all their grandchildren together for one evening. The other cousins flew home Saturday morning.

Saturday was a day full of swimming and also grocery shopping for the week. 

This morning we all went to church and then Taco Cabana for lunch. It is one of our favorite places to eat while visiting El Paso. This afternoon we did some napping and are planning some early evening swimming.

I think that sums up the last week...well except for finding a house, but I think I will keep those details for a separate post.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Art Camp

This week we took a break from our regular programming. The three oldest children attended an Art Smarts Camp at a local church. They look forward to this camp every year, as do I. They always have a blast, learn so much, and I get a little time with just the little ones.

Landon took guitar, production, and set design. He may be taking after his Mom. I loved working on the sets and stage crew in high school. I even served as stage crew chief my senior year. During the closing program, he played his guitar and ran one of the cameras.

Elaine took painting, knitting, and a candy making class. She is obviously following in her Grandma's footsteps more so then mine. She made some really yummy fudge. I'm hoping she can help me with my endeavors.

Levi's age group rotates through several different activities each day. This helps them get a taste of lots of different things before they choose classes when they are older. He sang with the K-1 choir in the closing program.

I think Elliot appreciated the time to talk with Kyle and I and have our undivided attention. He also benefited from a few treats that aren't always an option when everyone is along. He aslo helped me clean up and out the toy area in the basement.

Playing with Slime
I love seeing empty spaces!

Emilia had her 6 month pictures taken this week. I should have those to post next week.
Caught playing during nap time.
Caught napping during the program.

I have gotten lots of packing done for our upcoming trip to El Paso, and a few errands taken care of too. We also were able to visit a few mornings with friends. The three big kids also attended VBS with some family friends in evening.

We also had some not so welcome events this week. Monday night we ended up having to leave our van at the dealership to have the alternator replaced. Then Friday night as I was preparing the griddle to make scrambled eggs for a quick dinner before the Art Smarts Camp Program, I smelled burning and melting plastic. We then realized there was an electrical fire in one of the kitchen outlets. We had to kill the power in the house until an electrician could come and make it safe again. Thankfully everyone made it to the program and the damage can be repaired on Monday.

Next week we will back to our routine for a week, then we are off to El Paso for vacation with Kyle's family.

So until next week,