Friday, April 12, 2013

Random 5: April 12th 2013

(1.)  Husband took the boys to Home Depot's kids' workshop for the first time.
They loved every second of it!  They made bird feeders, which was very timely, as we are starting to study birds.  He said he built most of Emory's but he was able to paint it of course.  They received their own Home Depot apron, a certificate and a pin for their apron.  Elliott enjoyed it so much, he has already asked for me to sign him up for the next workshop.

(2.)  Both boys had New Patient/Well-Child appointments this week with the new pediatrician.
Of course, that would be the day they supposedly started a new computer system.  Our 8:30 appointment started at nearly 10:00.  It was a LOOONG morning.  However, the doctor is very thorough, and also very straight-forward.  I liked him.  He gave us some ideas to help with a few little issues of Emory's, so we'll see how it goes.

(3.)  I just started my last two courses!
I got my Associate's in Legal Office Administration right out of high school, but then went a completely different direction with my career.  I worked in a bank, so I went back to get my BBA with a concentration in Banking.  By the time we made the decision for me to quit work and homeschool, I was about halfway through, but I wanted to finish what I started.  So here I am, finishing up!  Yay!

(4.)  I just read The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper for the very first time.
I  know.  This is a children's classic that I've never read.  I'm challenging myself to get back into reading classic picture books to the kids.  Of course, now we've read it several times already this week.

(5.) We've started repairing the swing set.
Several weeks ago we had some nasty winds come through, and it knocked over the swing set.  It was anchored down, but even several of the stakes were broken in half.  Several pieces of the swing set were damaged, and we considered it a lost cause.  Then Husband got the idea to check out the company website, and sure enough we were able to order replacement pieces.  He called to get an estimate, and it was very inexpensive.  We were shocked.  So he placed the order early this week, and FedEx delivered them Thursday.  You should have seen me trying to carry this box through the yard into the house.  If I'd thought about it first, I would have just left it outside!  Elliott was so excited that he got his set of tools ready immediately--he's even wearing the Lowe's apron that came with the set.  They started last night, and got one section repaired.  Elliott has already made a 'thank you' card for Daddy, to thank him for helping fix his swing set.

Husband said you wouldn't even have known Emory was out there.  He was hard at work arranging all the pieces!

It's a good way for them to get some practice with tools, and I told Husband to keep all the old pieces wood so we can start a little scrap pile for Elliott to do some woodworking practice.

This is a link-up at The Pebble Pond, where participants share 5 random facts.  I find this is a fun way to share those random things that aren't quite post-worthy alone, but are still interesting, fun, or noteworthy to me.  Be sure to check out what "random" things others are talking about.

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  1. I love all the hands on things your boys have been doing. That is so good for them. Were a really hands on family too. :)

    1. Thanks! I am always looking for productive hands-on activities for the kids. :)

  2. The Home Depot workshop looks like fun! I see them advertised often. I'm looking forward to taking Munchkin when she's older.

    YAY for being able to repair the swing set!

    1. There are so many fantastic (and free) kids workshops out there. I wish we had an arts & craft store near us to participate in some of their classes occasionally too. I'm sure you will have so much fun with your daughter when she's ready for them!

  3. I love that you have your boys right in there! We always try to let our kids help whenever they can. Its so good for them!

    1. My 6 year old enjoys every minute of "helping" so who are we to discourage that excitement!? ;-)

  4. I always forget that Home Depot has workshops. We haven't ever participated in one before but I hope to do it eventually. Thank you for the reminder. Yah! Congrats on starting the last two courses - you'll be so happy you finished. My daughter always jumps in on house projects when daddy is working. Gotta LOVE it! Have a great day and thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. God bless.