Saturday, July 24, 2010

Some Things

First thing:  Thank you, Kristen, for choosing me for HSB Blogger of the Week!  I do hope my techie-wannabe posts are helpful; I don't do the greatest job at explaining things.   Hey, maybe that should be a new category here... Techie Gems.  Make that Techie Wannabe Gems.  :D

Next thing:  While many of you are hitting the books again, I have yet to order curriculum for the coming year!  As much as I try to ignore the public school schedule, I find that I can't ignore it completely.  School starts here on August 9th, and we will still be on summer vacation.  We have been on summer vacation since April, I think.  (May?  I don't remember when we called it quits with the 2009-2010 school year.)  Oh yeah, and this was the year we were not going to break for the whole summer, but carry on with math and Bedell curriculum.  Hahahahaha!

Thing three:  Before we start the new school year we must learn some real life stuff, like calculating mileage, reading a map, being a good guest, how to love on newborn babies, climbing a lighthouse,  how to tell if a motel has bedbugs, and how to pack six people and all their belongings into a minivan for ...a vacation.  I was going to say how long we'll be gone, but there might be someone out there looking in blogland for a place to rob, and I don't want them to know much time they have to empty the house out.  (Now that I think about it, maybe I should say how long we'll be gone...)   Not that we have anything worth stealing.  The big dilemma here is which stuffed animals to leave behind.  While wise mothers would set the limit at ONE doll or furry fake, we have agreed on two per child, and I have a feeling there will be a few stowaways.  "Kitty" and "Matthew" will certainly have their feelings hurt if they are not included!

Today is my packing day.  The clothes are all washed, floors are swept and mopped, and my lists are made.  I am working really hard to have most everything done by tonight, so that on the Lord's day we can all sit here quietly anticipating the thrills of the next x number of days.  :)  We leave Monday bright and early.  Here's what we look forward to:

meeting the PlainJanes! Yippee!

riding an alpine slide

visiting some national parks

seeing family, including a brand new cousin

visiting some like-minded churches along our route

camping in a real live tent and  sleeping in a real live barn

Minnesota History Museum

being with old friends and making new ones

miles and miles of gorgeous GREEN scenery

riding a horse

seeing the presidents' faces at Mt. Rushmore

playing in an orchestra


visiting a harbor and seeing all the BIG ships!


School can wait!  This IS school.

I don't want to hear, "Are we there yet?" more than a dozen times. :D

Where there's a computer, there's a way to keep in touch.  I'll maybe leave an update or two.


  1. WOW! That sounds like a wonderful, but busy time you have planned! I hope that you have a wonderful vacation and a safe trip!


  2. You're so welcome Sally! I appreciate you so much. Have a wonderful vacation :)

  3. Hey, Sally, congratulations on being the HSBer of the week! I applaud your faithful, creative, interesting, and very appealing blog, too. :-) You deserved the recognition.

    And have a WONDERFUL, restful, and fun trip! I'm sure there are others along the way who would love to meet you all face to face--ahem!

    And may your Sabbath be a restful one.

    God bless!

  4. I am asking the state of Minnesnowta to remove all their mosquitoes for the week we are there. Thank you.

  5. Yes, that would be nice, wouldn't it?

  6. W, you know we'd love to. There are others we'd like to stop and say hello to, in CO, SD, OK, TX...oh yes, and IN, IL, OH... maybe one day when we are rich we can make a "meet the bloggers" trip!

  7. Sally, have a wonderful vacation! I'm praying His blessings ALL over it :-)!
    Congratulations on HSB of the week :-).
    Love and blessings to you and yours, Julie

  8. CONGRATS on the HSBer of the Week! Do you get $500 along with that? I wish. Ohhhh boy, we can't wait to see you all soon. The girls have had a countdown on our whiteboard already for days ticking off when you arrive. Have a wonderful trip. Our love and prayers are with you. I pray your van holds together through it all.

    Are you here yet? teehe

    Oh, and what kind of milk do you guys prefer? Whole? 1%, 2%, ? I need to buy more after camping anyway, so just let me know.

    Love & ((HUGS))

  9. They aren't too bad right now. You caught us on a good year. It just comes with the territory. Now, no whinning. I pray you have good weather & travels. See you soon.

  10. I wish you well on your travels. I hope you have a wonderful vacation adventure!


  11. Congratulations on being the featured blogger! Kristin from HSB suggested your blog to me several weeks ago, for ideas on customizing my blog. I've been tackling that this afternoon but I am feeling that the jq theme is totally uncustomizable! LOL I see that you got rid of the preset widgets and replaced them with your own. For the life of me, I cannot figure out how to do that. Would you mind sharing with me how to conquer? Pretty please. I'm not as savvy as you but I did figure out gorgeous html stuff on the old platform before the switchover. Alas, I am stuck in wordpress widget world right now. I am also having trouble with my non-customizable, I mean apparently "custumizable" header. Thank you!
    while practicing miserably at

  12. I hope you are having a blast on your trip ! Hee he I know what you mean by not wanting to leave TOO many details. I am the same way. [0= You will have to let us know that count of stow aways. [0; And....want to see tons of pics ! Blessings on your trip my SSiC. ((HUGS))

    In Him<


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