Saturday, May 23, 2009

YIPPEE For Summer!

School is finally out! For the most part this is a great excitement. On the other hand, it worries me. Jakob is very needy at this point in his life. He requires so much attention and participation that school is an absolute life saver! So, without it, I worry. However, school being out also means that Leif is home all day. So, there is some consolation in my fears.

But for now, we celebrate! The last day of school for us was actually on Thursday. So Thursday evening we had a little fun together. We put on our PJ pants and went out for pizza. Jakob thought it was so fun that we had a Pajama Pizza Party! We then cam home and watched movies. Jakob watch Jurassic Park while Leif finished homework. Then Leif and I watched Twilight. No, I haven't read the books. It was a good movie though. I'm so grateful for a hubby that will watch chick flicks with me every once in a while. So, thus begins our Summer Vacation!

As you may have noted, Leif (and I) still have online classes that we're taking. His have started already. Mine start on June 1st. So, we still have school, just no "work." Although, Leif is thinking about renewing his Massage Therapy licence. So we'll see what happens.

Our first Summer activity is a visit from Leif's brother and his kids (we miss the rest of his family!) We're trying to ignore the drizzling rain today and we try to enjoy each other's company. I'm sure we'll manage.

Last night I stayed up and finally drew up a plan for a wedding anniversary weekend getaway that Leif and I want to take. I'm looking forward to it Very Much! But that will be another post...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Enrichment Night Idea: Food Storage-Emergency Essentials

Be Prepared
Enrichment Night

Three Centers: Have a five minute presentation. Pass out information. Ask women to share experiences or ideas with each other. Watch YouTube videos.

Center Ideas:
72 Hour Kits, Gardening without a lot of space, How to cook and enjoy freeze dried and dehydrate food (with samples), Building a 3-Month Supply, Cooking without electricity, How to store water, etc.

Reward For Participation: Everyone that visits a center gets a sticker.
Candy Bar Wrappers

Website Resources:

YouTube Videos:

Pandemic Anti-Viral Shots

We had stake conference this past weekend. Leif and I were unable to go to the Saturday night session. However his grandparents told us what the subject was. Can you guess? "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear!" The whole night was dedicated to counseling about family food and emergency preparedness.

A couple of weeks prior to Stake Conference our bishop announced in Sacrament Meeting that the county health department were allowing us to reserve anti viral shots for our family for When a flu pandemic comes through (not IF!) The subject was reemphasized during stake conference. Leif and I decided that we would heed the counsel. We reserved our shots and they will be available when we need them. This means that if they start running out, we are guaranteed what we need, when we need it.

This brings us comfort!

Update and Photos: $100 Chicken - New Grass- Food Storage

I have a few minutes before the Baron Express is scheduled to pick up Jakob from school;) So I'll finally give a little update and post a few pictures.

Well, we had another flu season hit in our little town. Unfortunately Caleb and I caught a tiny bout of it. Luckily it was short lived. I am feeling better and Caleb is getting there. His ears are always connected to any illness that he struggles with. But I've already vented about this problem enough. Jakob and Leif are winding down their last week of school. Jakob is SOO excited for his Pajama Party that his class is having on the last day of school. We are all looking forward to having Papa home all day with us!!!! I can't even tell you how much I look forward to this!

As a family, we are looking forward to a visit from Leif's brother and a few of his kids. We're also looking forward to a little trip with some of the Baron family. It will definitely be an adventure out in the wilderness of Northern Arizona. I'll tell more about it as the time gets closer.

You may remember that we had several trips planned this summer. One especially big one to the California Redwood Forest. Well, we ended up canceling the trips after feeling strongly prompted to do so. Not Exactly sure why, but we feel good about the decision. We feel sad about missing the trip to California! But we've learned to follow the prompting when they come like that. So, our summer is an open book. We have a few thoughts and plans, but really, a lot of our time will be spent caring for our little Baron Family Homestead. Our garden is doing very well, and the chickens are happy and healthy. Leif worked really hard and has set up a really nice coop and range for the chickens. It has turned out to be a rewarding adventure already. We enjoy going out to the coop and watching all of the silly chickens live their silly life. I'm glad we got such interesting chickens to look at...
Speaking of chickens, it seems we have a beauty on our hands. She is a white Bantam Silky. We knew she would be pretty. But she started getting black spots on her feathers and Leif posted pictures of her on a chicken forum that he uses. We have literally gotten two offers for Silky for over $100.00! Now that is a lot seeing that we purchased her for under $3.00. We're going to let her grow up some more before we decide what to do. I'm pondering showing her in the Utah State Fair. I think that would be fun!
We have also committed to getting our food storage and emergency preparedness essentials ready this Summer. In order for me to keep track of things, you guessed it, I started yet another blog. I find it really helps me to think things through. It will always be a work in progress, but I'd love any input or support anyone feels they'd like to share. It's address is

Okay, it's picture time! This is looking back on the last couple of weeks as we've cleaned up our yard and planted grass.
This is me using a Weed Wacker for the Very First time in my life! I just have to say that I did great by the way;)

This is my shoes and socks after cutting all of the fox tails down in our yard. I threw the socks away and haven't attempted to clean the shoes...

And this is our new yard! Thank you Dusty and Dairus for helping us lay the grass!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

AAAA! Ear Infections and Health Insurance!

So I'm pulling my hair out this morning! Caleb started in with a fever again last night. We literally just finished a round of antibiotics for ear infections a week ago. I called this morning to confirm his tubes appointment on June 2nd. Only to find out that even though I had taken Caleb in to the E.N&T doctor twice and scheduled the tubes appointment twice (The first one canceled because of RSV) the doctor doesn't accept our insurance. So now months have been waisted and Caleb has had half a dozen flare up infections in the the middle of it all. And we will most likely have to wait another month to get the tubes and possibly drive 5 hours for the appointment. Ahhh, the joys of living out in the country...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Thinking and Getting Sleepy

I think everyone is busy these days. All of our winter blogging hours have slowed down. But that just means we're all outside playing and running around more... Right? I think that's been the case for me. I'm still trying to catch up with my brain... In fact, that's why I'm still awake when everyone else is asleep (2 hours ago!) I finished my book a bit ago. I set down all of my school books long enough to read a couple Anita Stansfield's. So that was really nice! But I tried to roll over and turn my head off, and it didn't work. So here I am.... Thinkin' and getting sleepy...

Last night I had a very interesting experience right before falling asleep. Babies have been a subject of contemplation and discussion in our home lately. So as I was falling asleep my mind naturally wandered into that territory. I began pondering about the prospect of having a little girl next... I then pondered about how it would feel to have a little party to celebrate. Then I was shocked to suddenly feel my heart literally ache and my eyes fill up with tears as a sudden longing for my girls settled in. It never fails to amaze me how sudden those moments come and the intensity of them. I find myself taking it in, feeling it, and processing it. Then as if it were a dream, it's over. Almost like the time that I had on earth with my girls.... So interesting, the loss of a child and life after their loss... So interesting!

Well, I think I'll be able to sleep. I best be tryin'. I'll give more updates on our every day happenings in the morning!
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