Friday, July 20, 2012

Homeschool Mother's Journal 7/18/12

Welcome Friday!

In My Life This Week...
I hate to admit this, but parenting has been CRAZY EASY this week! My oldest son is by far the most challenging kiddo of the three most days.  If you read anywhere on my blog, you will know that he has Asperger's Syndrome.  With that goes lots of emotional instability and social stress.  It's not like we sold him to a circus or anything...although I have thought of that a time or two; he is just lucky one has never passed by the house on a bad day.  I would hate to do something rash or impulsve, but he has the capacity to push me to it!  OK, I'm rambling... Caleb is in Pittsburgh this week doing mission work for The Pittsburgh Project.  The rest of us are enjoying a more or less emotionally stable, tantrum free week. 

I wonder how Caleb is doing?  He did not take his phone so we have had NO communication!  I have to assume that no news is good news! :O) If you are (or are married to) a youth pastor or are just curious, click on the logo below to learn more about the Pittsburgh project.

In Our Homeschool This Week...
We are doing little to no formal "at the table" schooling in July.  Just too busy and not enough of us home at any one time. We have still been selling sweet corn though!  The kids are getting great at counting back change and multiplying dozens of corn by $4.  Below are two pics of the kids when they got bored selling in the 90+ degree heat.  I gave them $4 and sent them to the dollar store to find a boredom buster.  This is what they came back with!

Suction Cup Crossbows!

I can't think of any helpful advice to share so I'll share a recipe instead!
Tonight, when my husband gets home from work we will be shucking corn so I can freeze it!  60 ears tonight!  Maybe more later!  We really do have sooooooo much corn! We have sold 100+ dozen orders to the Amish even!  OK...rambling again!

Freezer Cream Corn!
30 ears of corn cut off the cob
2 Sticks of real butter
2 Pints of half & half

After cutting the corn off the ears, place it in a large foil oven roaster.  Throw the two sticks of butter on top and add the half & half.  Bake for 1 hour at 325 degrees, stirring every 15 minutes.  Then fill quart or gallon freezer bags and freeze flat.  To cook the corn just thaw and microwave for about 4 - 5 minutes or warm on the stove.  It is so yummy, my husband told me that it is the next closest thing to his grandmother's recipe!  THAT is a compliment! 
 30 ears of corn filled the roaster nicely.
 My measuring cup helped hold the baggies up and open when I filled them.
 I was a little sad that 60 ears of corn only made 10 quart bags.  Looks like I'll be doing it again soon!
 There was plenty of buttery half and half left for the cats to enjoy!

I am Inspired By...MY DAD!
I am 40 but still daddy's girl!  My dad is not always one to have just the right words to say but he is an amazingly generous man!  My van broke down on the way to town today, but we made it to his house!  We were on our way to get McDonald's before selling corn...never made it there!  We were about half way to town when I noticed I no longer had power steering.  I checked my guages and the battery light was on and the temp was in the red!  We made it to his driveway just in time for the smoke or steam or whatever it was to come billowing out from under my hood!  As soon as I told him what it was doing, he immediately knew what it was!  He looked onder the hood and sure enough he was right. the belt came off!  Easy fix! Phew!  Well, relatively van is a '99, has 220,000 miles and was totaled this past winter.  Seriously, she is on borrowed time!  BUT, she is paid for!  I was so worried that it had to do with the fact that I have been neglecting getting my oil changed...neglecting and forgetting!  (Once when I was in high school I let ALL of the oil run out of my '78 Buic!  That's the problem with living with divorced parents; they both assume the other one teaches the kids stuff like that!  No one ever told me to change the oil.  I had NO IDEA what that little sticker in the window was for!) So, knowing that I was about 2,000 miles over, I panicked today. I was sure it was 1988 all over again!  Yeah for belts though!  And kidos to the guy at Goodyear for not only putting a new belt on but ALSO changing my oil! The biggest cheers go out to my dad, however!  He drove the old girl over to Goodyear AND insisted on paying for it!  The reason she hasn't been replaced is because we absolutely can't afford it right now and I think my dad knows that.  What a man!
My dad! (With a load of about 100 dozen ears of corn for an Amish auction!)

Places We Went This Week...
I know I talk about my cousin Chandler a lot.  He's the one who got drafted to the COLTS this past spring.  It's still weird to think of him being in the NFL.  He's just cousin Chandler still.  BUT, he is such a great guy and a Christian to boot!  We got to see him throw out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game Monday night.  It was so sweet to see him giving out autographs to so many little boys!
This is Chandler and my cousin Matt.  The Tincaps gave Chandler his own jersey witth his name and football # on the back!  He was so excited!

You can kind of see his name and number in this pic!  #8

This is Johnny, the Tincaps Mascot.  Johnny Appleseed is burried in Fort Wayne, in case you didn't know.

This is the four of us! We hope the kids don't tell Caleb that he missed the game! 
BTW...My sister-in-law gets all of the credit for these pics!  I forgot to take my camera to the game!  Great Pics, Liane!

My Favorite Thing This Week Was...
having lunch with friends!  I packed in 4 friend visits this week!  You talk about mom of a special kiddo respite care!  

If you are the mom of a special needs kiddo, I highly recommend taking time to get away once in a while!

I also had 7 moms from our homeschool Co-Op over to finish planning for our classes this upcoming year!  What fun!

I'm Reading...
Philippians.  Great stuff!  Since I finally finished "Bonhoeffer," I decided I needed some historical fiction!  I went through the library looking for a book by one of my favorite authors at a place in a series where I last left off.  There was nothing I hadn't read in the Lynn Austen section.  Nothing in the Francine Rivers section that was where I needed to be in any series.   BUT One of my newest favorite authors is Bodie Thoene.  AND she has written tons of historical fiction!  I am now reading "Say To This Mountain."  It is third in the Shiloh Legacy Series.  If you love historical fiction and have never read anything by the Thoene's, check them out!

I am also reading bits and pieces of the "Chicken Soup" books.  A friend of mine has been published in one.  She told me that they are going to publish a Chicken Soup for parents of kids with Autism and Aspergers.  I figured if I am going to try to submit a story, I better read some of the already published ones to see what they're after in a story.  Here's a link to the one I have submitted so far.
It's a letter I hope to share with Caleb some day called, "Not What I Expected."

I'm Cooking...   Corn! (See above! :O))

I'm Grateful For...  My dad!  (See above!  :O))

I'm Praying For...  Caleb in Pittsburgh!  (See Above!  :O))

A Photo To Share...
  My LEGO maniac is very proud of his LEGO DS.  This one will never lose it's charge!

Blessings to you and your week!  I will see y'all in 2 weeks.  No computer access next week!  It's church camp time and I'm joining my two youngest this year!  Pray that this 40 year old can keep up!  I am really looking forward to the 10 daughters I get to have in my cabin next week! (Cabins that I just found out ALL now have air conditioning!!!)


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Top 10 July 17, 2012

10 Totally Random Things On My Mind

As Random as my mind can tend to be this list has the potential to be quite scatterbrained and ridiculous!  Most weeks I sit down with my laptop on Monday nights to make my top ten list.  But this week, we were busy last night so this really will be totally random!

10.  I woke up with a headache!  The muscles up the right side of my neck feel like they are being twisted.  I even got a good night's sleep so what gives?

9.  One of my boys is in Pittsburgh doing missions work this week!  I am so proud of my Aspie for doing this!  New situations are often not his thing but serving by far outweighs his fears! To learn about The Pittsburgh Project, click on the image below.

8.  I am praying that the above kiddo learns to problem solve without having mommy available for the week! 

7.  Having one less kid at home totally changes the dynamics around here!  

6.  I really need to get up and get doing things.  My two younger kiddos are spending the day with grandparents so I will have much of the day to myself!  It's time to make use of it!

5.  We went to a minor league baseball game last night.  It was still about 100 degrees with very little breeze when we got there! Ick!  I don't like being that hot and sweating that much!  BUT, it was worth it to see my cousin throw out the first ceremonial pitch.  (For those of you who read my blog, you know that my cousin was just drafted by the NFL!) It was fun watching Chandler get asked for autographs all evening! He is so good with kids!
For those of you who are not from around here, Fort Wayne is where Johnny Appleseed is buried, so the Tincaps get their name from him. 
The Tincaps gave Chandler his own jersey!  It had his name and foorball # on the back.  How cool (and tiring) it must be when you're famous!  :O)

Speaking of famous, my sister-in-law saw Kevin Costner in Fort Wayne over the weekend!  He was there to sing at a concert!  I didn't even know he sang!

4.  My head still hurts and I just remembered that I'm out of ibuprofen. 

3.  Today will be the 20th or 21st day that the temperatures have been over 90 degrees in Indiana! AND today is supposed to be the hottest day this week. AND, I chose today to work in my church's Walking Taco Trailer during the 4H fair! Hot, humid temps and the smell of pigs! It's gonna be an oven in there making those tacos!  More sweating! 

Sweating for the orphans is ok though!  Our church has sprung an organization called Forgotten Children Worldwide, that does so much for orphans in Africa and victims of sex trafficking in India.  The sweat will be for a good cause!

2.  Here's a link to the Forgotten Children Worldwide web site. Just click the image to go to their website.

1.  I have had so much fun "getting to know" you all through blogging!  I love "meeting" new people, especially moms who have kiddos with Asperger's and homeschool moms!  You all rock!

p.s.  I will miss you all next week!  I get to have 10 daughters next week while I am at church camp with my daughter!  I have not been to camp as a counselor before so it should be fun!