Is October too early to start feeling thankful???

When times are good, one should pause, smell the flowers, and thank God. Times have been good around here lately. Alan had a long weekend. (Thank you, Christopher Columbus). Caleb got to go pick out all the beloved pumpkins we could squeeze into our friends’ cart. The boys spent the weekend getting to play with kids in the neighborhood. Alan updated my computer with the latest Mac system, and I am loving’ it.

What can I say? Things really are “hunky-dory” around here.  Not from the South? Hunky dory basically means swell. 😉

Life is good. We are happy. After a pretty stressful year, I am really enjoying this wonderful feeling of normalcy!!!

“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.”

Psalm 105: 1-3

Yesterday I took Caleb and Daniel to a local farm, and we had so much fun. I left everyone who might complain even once about this outing at home. 🙂 It was a great decision.  🙂  haha  In all fairness, Joshua remembered well his last visit to a farm with a hayride, and the asthma attack that followed he and I all the way to the van. He begged me not to go. There was no need to beg. I have no desire to watch my children suffer in such a way.  Hay does the same thing to me. I just kept my distance from it this time.

By the way, I went all prepared with jackets, but it was a beautiful, 80ish degree afternoon.

We even ran into friends there. That’s right. We know people now. It’s exciting. 🙂

The boys were super excited about this cow train.

Virginia friends, let me tell you, California farm fall festivals are nothing at all like Virginia fall festivals. They are WAAAAAAY better. How so? They are AFFORDABLE. We bought 4 large pumpkins, 2 tiny pumpkins, and 3 lemonades for $21. I was so excited. Hay rides were free. Even admission was free, though granted, there were no giant slides and such. I like it this way. It felt like a nice, laid-back farm day, rather than a bank-breaking fair. The only thing I had to pay for was the pumpkins and the cow train ride.

6 thumbs up from us! We will be visiting The Farm again, for sure.

How cute is this!?

Caleb has already decorated all 6 of our pumpkins: one to represent each member of our family. Caleb is ALL ABOUT fall.  I haven’t told him that there won’t be any leaf jumping this year, as all our trees are evergreen. Why squoosh him too soon…

So what else have we been up to, you ask?  Oh, well, ask or not, you know I’m going to tell you anyways!!!  😉

The ‘littles’ have been sneaking into the Lego closet and playing Legos….  Shhh Don’t tell Joshua…

Daniel has been working hard on his scissors skills. I thought he did an amazing job. I left his workbook out while I was working on something else. When I came back into the room, I found all these, cut out this nicely, all by himself. I have been doing all the cutting in his crafts for him. I guess I had underestimated him!!  Good job, Dan!

I happened upon this book about ancient Greece at our library, and Joshua reads it ALL the time! Highly recommend!!

The illustrations definitely add to its appeal, but the content is really interesting too.

He looooooooves school.

In reality, Caleb is on lesson 33, not lesson 105, in his math book, but I was excited to find that he’d worked ahead on a few pages like this. I was also excited to see that he’s already understanding 1 and 0 times tables, considering I haven’t introduced that to Caleb yet. There are advantages to being a younger brother.

Speaking of math, here’s our most exciting news (to me, the teacher) of the week:

Joshua has already said ALL of his times tables to me: 0s all the way through 12s. I couldn’t believe it. We haven’t even covered them all yet. He learned this from the skip counting we’ve been doing through Classical Conversations. I still made him say them in times table format for his prize, though.

Joshua: (at 10pm at night, when he was in bed…..not sleeping)  Mom! I just HAVE to say ALL my times tables to you tonight so I can get my prize tomorrow.

(I made the prize really good:  skylander + a trap for the new Skylander game he wants for his birthday.)

Me:  Joshua, it’s late, and we haven’t even gone over the 11s or 12s yet.

Joshua:  Mom, I’ve got it. It’s a pattern, just like the 9s!!!

Me:  *happy sigh* Okay, fine, you can tell me your twelves, but you have to say them like 12 x 1 = 12, 12×2=24, all the way through.

Joshua: Can you say the 12×1 part, and then I say the answer!?  Please?

Me: Okay. Fine. Just please, please don’t get upset if it’s too hard and you need more time to practice. I expected this to take you all year.

Joshua:  I got this! I got this!

……..and he did. He did all of them. I couldn’t believe it.

I’ve always told the boys, “Math is a fun subject, because all of math is just a pattern or a puzzle to solve.” It really is. Except Calculus. I never understood Calculus at all, but of course, I won’t tell the boys that. Hopefully I will never have to do Calculus again. I have Alan, the engineer, for that.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.”  James 1:17-18

“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests.”         Psalm 20:4-5


  • queenmommyjen

    That is so cute, he told you all of his times tables so he could get a really good prize in the morning. That cow train is awesome! I want to ride it 🙂

  • I would say October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September were shinning months for you, as you are sharing a gift like a star. Your Post helped me to be closer to my nieces. I learned appreciation from your post!

  • It’s never too early to be Thankful! I love the farm pics it reminds me of the ones we have here and planning to go next weekend! Complete with a cow train and everything. Fall is also my favorite time of year 🙂

  • It’s always the perfect time for gratitude! Love the farm pics 🙂 And as a former English teacher who sometimes thinks about homeschooling, math is the thing that scares me most. You make it look easy!!

  • Nicole

    In Canada it was Thanksgiving this weekend so I think it is a very appropriate time to be thankful:) We had all 4 boys home for Thanksgiving for the first time in a long time.(Since different ones have been away for hockey/University etc. ) I decided it would be a great time to do a photo shoot for Christmas cards.(WHY???I know) I had the turkey in the oven, potatoes boiling, Juggling photos just before dinner and 1 boy had to leave for work and 1 was just coming home….a bloody nose and a few flying fists it was accomplished!!! Seriously it was NOT the memory I was trying to capture….yet 20mins later everyone is laughing at the dinner table. Just a warning….I think my boys were way better behaved when they were your boys age!!! Enjoy it while you can!!haha My oldest said to me MOM!!! We are just boys!!!

  • It’s never too early to be thankful to God 😉 I just wrote a post of my thanks this morning as it turns out. You go write on (typo intended) being thankful

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