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Days 32 through 37 [happy sigh], Now we’re really a farm! :D

In Farm and Family, Pictures on February 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Wow, so much has happened since posting last!

Thursday was a really big day.  First I had Speech & Debate class. Then, after I came home, I took everyone to the library to return my extremely overdue books (they put them on the “lost list”), and then to the park to sled.  Our dear midwife friend, Miss K, came for a visit, and spent the night with her granddaughter, K, who is about my age 🙂 It was a really good day, I didn’t get to study, but it was most definitely worth it :D. Some things are more important than studying.  Miss K and K didn’t leave our house until late in the afternoon, so they ate lunch with us.   It was such a good visit.  After they left, we went to Quiz-Offs practice.  That went REALLY REALLY well!!  In the first quiz, Mr M was the quizmaster, I did really well. I think I almost quizzed out (getting 5 answers right, getting 3 answers wrong is called an error out).  In the second quiz, I saw Mr M talking to my daddy.   Day 32, Snow

After practice, when we were cleaning up, Mr M talked to me.  He said I did really good job.  That pretty much made my day :D.  Very deep snow at the pool at the city park on Thursday 🙂

Day 33, Sledding

Saturday was Quiz-Offs. It started pretty good, even though I was in room 6 (the lowest room, you are put in a room by rank.  I was almost the very last person.  I quizzed out that round, my first time in a real quiz ever! Then I moved up a room (each room sends five people down, and five people up, unless it’s the highest or lowest).  In room 5, I didn’t get any jumps at all, so I moved back to room 6.  I quizzed out again in room 6, and moved back up to 5. I moved up to 4, and I think I fell to 5, then back up to 4, and then didn’t move for the rest of the day.  I ended in seat 8 in room four, which would be 50th place. I met my goal! I was happy with that, but I didn’t think I would make it to nationals. 

Day 34, Sunset

Sunday was potluck at church.  I had a really good time talking with friends. 😀 They had the meeting later in the day to decide who was going to nationals and put together the teams. We joked that this was the night the website crashes, because everyone is getting on to see if they made it on the team they wanted to be on, or if they made it at all. 

Day 35, Melting

I kept checking and they hadn’t posted it. It finally got to 9 (when they said it would be posted by). I checked the website and I made it!! I’m going to Nationals!! :D!!! I’m so excited!  I’ve never gone before! I’m on a team with one of my very good friends AM (she’s on my regular season team, and will be at the Iowa Tournament too 🙂 ).  My coach is Mr TM (my coach at Iowa last year) and his daughter AbM is the assistant coach (my regular season assistant coach last year). I’m really looking forward to it! 🙂

Day 36, Early Moon

We’ve had a lot going on with the animals too.

  Saturday, while I was at Quiz, we got our calf from our friends from church. 🙂 he’s very cute now, but he won’t be when it’s time to eat him :). Then he will be tasty ;). 

Sir Loin

We had been thinking that Whiskers was pregnant, but we weren’t sure.  When Miss K was visiting us, she confirmed that diagnosis. 😀 We’re quite excited! I think we will be keeping two of them, but I’m not sure… lol.

Day 37, Hyacinth

Today we worked in the garden.  I love having the solarium! It was so hot in there, we had to open the windows!  We planted brocoli, spinach, lettuce and strawberries!

The garden! 🙂 can't wait for the stuff to grow! 🙂

For Valentines Day, Daddy always gets us all a chocolate heart. 🙂 He leaves it on our beds when he goes to work (if he’s home, he still gets up before us all 🙂 ). Hannah is always so cute when she wakes up. This year, she woke up and took her box to Meg (Who was asleep I think) and asked her what it was (Even though she got one last year too! lol). Meg told her it was chocolate, and opened it up for her. Hannah woke up Claire, and told her she had chocolate too! 🙂  Hannah and Adam’s boxes had little stuffed monsters on them. They are really cute! lol Adam’s is named Crush (It was what the tag said), so we said he crushed the candy 🙂  Claire’s box had snoopy playing basketball, and Meg’s had a chocolate lab. Mine is just plain. Daddy got Mama a box tower. One tier had chocolate turtles, the next had peanut brittle, and the bottom had a bunch little chocolate bars wrapped up like Tootsie Rolls, but they are SO much better! 😀  It’s always funny, as soo as everyone wakes up, they eat about half of their box of candy, and then have a stomach ache! lol So, since I woke up last (I was still tired from Quiz-Offs), everyone gave me part of their leftovers! lol Of course, later today, they begged a piece off of me. 🙂

My website is messing up for some reason, sorry guys :\

Happy Valentines day everyone!! ❤

Just so you know…

In Short on February 8, 2011 at 5:47 am

…most of my posting willbe done over on 🙂

Days 28,29 and 30!! WOO HOO!

In Actions in Activities, Farm and Family, Pictures on February 7, 2011 at 5:04 am
Day 29, Team

YAY! I have made it to day 30! [Happy Dance] or for those of you who may or may not dance [Happy Jump]   

We had a Bible Quiz Saturday. It was… hm… not sure… my team did ok.  I think everyone was having an “off” day.  For the year, we are in 6th place, and Meg’s team is in 7th , for the February quiz though, we are 10th, and Meg’s team is 13th.   For the year, I am 109th, but for the quiz, I’m 70th! I was SO happy! [‘Nother Happy Dance]  That’s the highest I’ve been all year! I know. Pitiful. I resolve to fix that this week!  Which brings me to my next topic, QUIZ-OFFS!!!!!  

Ah, yes. That wonderfully awful 6 hour stretch of quizzing that seels your fate when it comes to the question, ”To Nationals, or not?  To Nationals.”  It shows what kind of quizzer you really are.  Instead of quizzing on a team, you are quizzing alone, against people of about the same rank as you.  I have competed in it every year that I have quizzed, but never to qualify for Nationals.  This year, despite my dismal rank, I am trying.  Why this year, you ask?  Because, this year they are having Nationals in Kansas City, making it a mere $360 (cough, cough, choke, choke, gasp, wheeze). Yes, that is still, a huge amount of money, but it’s not that much compared to last year!  Last year was in Pittsburgh, and it was something like $650! Ouch. [cringe] Needless to say, I did not join them.  Actually, I have never joined them.  I’m thinking I probably won’t this year either, but I have more chance this year than I ever have.  Since it is so close this year, we are going to take somewhere between seven and nine teams.  Two years ago, Nationals was in St. Louis (I wasn’t quizzing because we were living in Alabama), and they took nine teams, so the thinking is, they will bring closer to nine teams this year.  With 7 quizzers on a team, and 9 teams going, or 7×9, we will be bringing somewhere around 63 quizzers, and there are about 130 quizzers this year.  Of course, some of them won’t be trying for Nationals or even be at Quiz-Offs, and some of them aren’t really quizzing (quit mid-season, or before it even started, but still are signed up)!  Now, I only have 2 chapters memorized.  The usual minimum for a FIRST year quizzer is 1 chapter a month, so by the end of the season, they should have 5, so, I am quite behind.  My goal is to have another chapter memorized, and be in the top 50 at Quiz-Offs.  I have done it before, last year, my final rank was 46th out of 123, and the chapter I’m memorizing is only 32 verses long.  At 5 verses a day, which I can do fairly easily, I will have 25 by Friday.  I already have the first 2 or 3 memorized, so that is only about 29 verses left, which I can do at 6 verses a day.  I don’t know that I have ever done that, and some days 5 is a stretch ( it really shouldn’t be), but I’m going to try.   Another goal I have for this month is to memorize my materiel that I didn’t, which is about 3 chapters.  My chapter this week is included in this goal, so I guess that would be a sub-goal lol?  This next month is going to be very busy, lots of quiz things going on.  Every week we have either a practice, or a quiz of some sort.  This week there is Quiz-Offs, then on the 25th and 26th is the Iowa Tournament, with practices every week I believe (I’ll have to check my schedule tomorrow).  

  Day 28, Jumpy Moon

We had been wanting Chinese food for about a month, and the frozen stuff and teriyaki bowls from Jack-In-The-Box was not cutting it.  We wanted the fresh(ish) stuff from the restaurant.  Today, we finally got to go to one! !  It was so good (in an awful sort of way lol ).  I got a Crawdad from the buffet, always wanted to try one.  I went back to our table and as soon as mom saw what I had, she got up to get some ice-cream.  I looked at it for a while, and poked it.  I had no clue how to eat the thing, but I knew it was not how Mr. Bean ate it on Mr. Bean’s Holiday (the whole thing, shell, claws and all).   I ate the rest of my food, and then tried again, but not for long, because mom came back and didn’t want to see it.  We played with it a little (I know, naughty), and named him Fred.    

Day 30, Fred Says “Hey”


I will leave you with a quote that Mama shared with me today:   

“Discipline is remembering what you want.”
David Campbell

Days 24, 25, 26 and 27 Blizzard!

In Pictures on February 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Day 25, Blizzard

Day 26, Sun

hiding in the bushes


I’m working on another post, so, if you read that I was writing one, this is not it. 🙂

Moving on,

Wow. When they said we were going to get a “Winter storm”, they were NOT kidding! You can see the other pictures HERE

Day 24, Quiet Before the Storm

Day 27, Migloo

I was wishing that they would cancel Bible Quiz, but, sigh, they didn’t. 😦 So we have practICE tomorrow, and a quiz Saturday.  They canceled the Debate tournament today.

Goodbye Jibenow

In Short on February 3, 2011 at 6:11 am

This is very hard for me to write.  I’ve really had a wonderful time on JibeNow with you all.  There really isnothing like it.  Homeschool Blogger is fine, but it’s only the Homeschooler part.  There are other Christian social networks (of sorts) and forums, but they’re only the Christian part.  JibeNow is different.   It’s like both of those things.  Plus so much more.  It feels like moving away from friends you love.  You have other ways to keep in touch, but it’s not the same, and it never will be quite the same.  Feels like such a good thing is slipping through my fingers, and March 1st, it will will be gone, and all we will have is memories. 

For the moment, you can find me on wordpress Ladybugs and Daisies, or AndieBelle, although, right now, AndieBelle isn’t working right.

I promise, I’ll post a normal post tomorrow.

“Upward and Onward!”, The Last Battle, CS Lewis

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