Friday, October 26, 2012

 Bret is at a conference (again) this week and so I decided to do a post.  He has had 2 conferences on back to back weeks.  We have see him a little in between though.  Last week he was in Pittsburgh and this week he is in Florida.  I will be happy when it's all over.

This is his last semester of course work and I couldn't be happier about that.  Then we will have a baby (boy) and after that he will start preparing to take his qualifying exams in the spring.  After that he will begin his dissertation. It has been some trip to get to this point and will still be crazy to get to the next point.  It's been amazing seeing him grow so much in so many ways through it all.  I am very proud of him and love who he is. 

Anyway, here are a few snip-its of what we have been doing lately:

 Bret and Kade went on a Father-Son outing.  Kade LOVED LOVED LOVED it.  He cried when they had to come home.  It's kind of funny because there was a HUGE rain storm that night that kept most people up all night and got a lot of people wet.  I couldn't believe they were out there when I looked outside from our snug little house.  I couldn't even see very far because the rain was so intense. Kade and Bret stayed warm, dry and comfortable though. 
We saw this cute little mantis while sitting at the kitchen table one day.


Kade started Kindergarten at home this year.  He is a really good student so far.  Both of us (for the most part) are having a lot of fun learning together. He makes it pretty easy although he definitely has his days of making me want to pull my hair out.  It's quite different being on the "teacher" end of the stick!


Landon and Maggie have been doing pretty good too. They are good at entertaining themselves.  Maggie does a little reading and preschool workbooks, and Landon loves to color at the table with us.


I forgot to check the photos I took of Bret on his "1st day of school" so they all happened to be blurry, oh well, I still wanted to post one.
We are involved with a home school group and for a field trip we went to an apple orchard.  We have been here before and love it every time.  They had lots to do.  This barn has the coolest slide.  We also went on a wagon ride, got some yummy apples, had a tour of the kitchens and received an apple cake bar and some apple cider, explored a mini maze, and fed their petting zoo animals.  It was really fun.  We went with our friends in out ward who are also homeschooling.

It started to rain just as we got done with everything.


Jinny and Mick said...

Why is it that it always seems to rain on the Father/Son's Campout? I think that happens to Mick every year. Makes for good memories, though!

Jenny said...

Fun update!