Thursday, August 13, 2009

Our Newest Addition: A Family Puppy

Shorkie (Shi tzu/Yorkie) 9 weeks

We have been pondering the idea of inviting a puppy into our family for a while now. Jakob's 5th birthday is coming up and we decided that it is a good time. My parents got a puppy and he enjoyed playing with her and taking care of her. The only thing that made him hesitant to be with her was the puppy's big size. Otherwise, he's been talking about her quite a bit. Soo, we started looking for a puppy that fit our little house and our little kids. We looked for over a week at dozens of puppies and none of them struck me like this little lady. The minute I saw her, I knew she was the one. Sounds silly, I know. But this was a big decision for us and we aren't taking it lightly. She was born up north near our family there. So we're heading out Saturday to pick her up. So far, this was the BEST pregnancy I've ever had!:) Short and sweet. LOL!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What Heaven Will Be Like

It's nap time again. A quiet time for me to reflect. I finally took the time to watch a few slide shows that my dad put on his blog of the Westwood Reunion. We missed it this year and I feel bad about that. We couldn't go. But I wish...

As I looked through the photos my mind wandered. I thought about the wonderful people in the photos and the love that I have for them. I thought about the other family members that weren't at the reunion and how much I love them. I reflected on the fact that more often then not, while I'm standing in front of my kitchen sink scrubbing a mountain of dishes, my mind wanders to my extended family members and how I wish that we all lived close by each other as we did during our younger years. And of course, my mind wandered to our precious matriarch, my grandmother, Rhea. How we miss her and would love to have her with us.

And finally, the thought came to me, That is how Heaven will be! We will be together. We will be busy, but chances are we'll be able to make it to our family reunions. ALL of us!

A New Experience: Perseids Meteor Shower

Last night we kept the kids up past their bedtime so we could take a drive to show them this. The Perseids Meteor Shower was beautiful. We drove out to the edge of town past the lights and enjoyed the view. We were able to clearly see the Milky Way as well as several meteors. We all loved it! Jakob was especially excited. He had made a telescope out of bamboo that he insisted would help him find the meteors. We snuggled together on the hood of the car while Caleb slept in his carseat in the back. It was a special night...

BTW: The Photo is from National Geographic

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I knew that was bound to happen with my last post. No, I'm not pregnant at this point. A few more months or so...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Home Schooling Jakob

I can't take a nap today (or I won't be able to fall asleep again for the fourth night in a row.) So, I'll blog. I must voice my gratitude for nap time!!!

So, if you know me really well, you know that I have a hard time making a big decision and sticking with it. If you didn't know that, now you know. Marrying Leif was the easiest "big"decision I have had to make, and possibly the only one I haven't had the urge to look back and reevaluate the decision. I have concluded that it's just in my chemistry and genetic make up to struggle with coming to decisions and being content with them.

So, that is my explanation as to why two days ago I was determined to home school Jakob, and today we are planning his first day of kindergarten. Honestly, I want to home school Jakob. If it were the ONLY big project on my plate this school year, he would be home and we would be exploring the wonders of the world. As it stands, it would not be the only project on my plate this year. It is no secret that we are going to have one (or more) children. Because this is the case, this upcoming school year will undoubtedly be filled with moaning and groaning from Mama Baron about the ups and downs of pregnancy. This will be the Big project this year, and it is possible that we will home school next year. I am trying to be content with the decision.

I looked into our school's test scores. It is not just the bad morale of the school that pushes me towards home schooling. The school has only earned a 50% grade on their Reading and Math skills. The school right across the state border is at least up to 70%. To me, this is a clear enough example of why I might be home schooling my kids in the future. As parents, of course we will supplement our children's education at home... but what if that's not enough? We shall see...
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