It’s O-L-Y-M-P-I-C-S time!!

I love, LoVe, LOVE the Olympics!!! l-o-v-e.

The Olympics have been on morning, noon and night. I thought that the opening ceremony was great! I watched every minute! Both children enjoy the Olympics but Marseille is memorized by it. Any male swimmer they see, they call Michael Phelps. On Saturday morning, the cycling coverage was on as were getting ready for a bike ride at Furman. While we were there, a high school marching band was practicing, and the kids thought that we were at the Olympics. Then we passed the clock tower and Marseille yelled out, “There is big Bentley!” ( Big Ben is short for Big Bentley). There were a bunch of cyclist and families bike riding and Bentley said, “We are in the race!” It’ so fun to see them put all the things I have been teaching them together.

Anyway, I couldn’t let the Olympics Opening Ceremony begin without a party, so we had a Par-tay!! Well, we had decorations and food.

Lunch – Fish (sticks) and Chips


Snack – Popcorn torches


Olympic Metals- Not finished yet.


Dinner –  Food from every Continent, as a symbol of the Olympic rings!!


Dessert – Olympic Ring Cinnamon Soft Pretzels


Decor – My sis helped me out with these! I painted two of the colors backwards… I’m going to be re-painting them!


And even some painted nails!! Glitter white, red and blue on my toes and blue, yellow, black, green and red for the Olympic rings on my fingers. Crazy I know!


I think it’s safe to say that I am a little obsessed! Poor Danny,  he isn’t quite as into it and makes a  huge exception for my engrossment with all things Olympics!

xo, nikki :)


En garde! Alle!

F is for Fencing.

Please, ignore the pistacho crumbs from snacks.

The 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia was the first Olympics to use electronic scoring. Pretty cool!!


The kids loved it!!

xo, nikki :)


It’s that time of year again! Cow Appreciation Day was July 13th. We missed it last year because we were in the Outer Banks, hard to believe it’s been a year already! I haven’t been feeling well so I didn’t think we would go. I woke up feeling okay, but I began losing my voice. Since I felt okay, we made it to breakfast and lunch. The kids wanted to do dinner too, but I was whipped and it was going to pour so I opted to cook dinner — leftover fries and hashbrowns, grilled cheese with ham and fruit– so I really didn’t cook :)

The kids enjoyed getting dressed up and eating with their friends! Bentley has always been afraid of the cow, but this year he gave the cow a high five and said he was only a little bit afraid of the cow. Marseille did not like the cow at all. She refused to look at it and told me, “Mom, I do not like cows!”

Here is a couple pictures from our day!


On our way :)


Preparing to meet the cow




Yum :)


She loved her headband


Aunt Becca came…. though she was a little worried that it was the wrong day!


Eat more chicken!


xoxo, nikki :)

C, D and E

We are continuing our Olympic study unit by learning about several sports. I have checked out quite a few books about the Olympics and the individual sports. We read from the books, do a color sheet, and five words that pertain to each sport. Then we try to do a craft or an activity based on the sport. For the most part, I have come up with the activities on a whim, usually as we are doing school!

C is for Cycling.

It was rainy out so we couldn’t go for a bike ride!

D is for Diving.

The kids look forward to doing the glass beads and bingo markers.


The finished product. Bentley is getting better about coloring.


I brought out my yearbooks and showed the kids that I was on my high school dive team.


Because the weather was still rainy, we couldn’t go to a pool with a diving board, instead the little people went for a dive.

Silly :)


E is for Equestrian


I finished my words!


We made our own horses to do some showjumping


The kids had a blast doing the course.


Here is a little video of our Olympics.

It has been so much fun teaching the kids about different sports! What’s more fun is when they get into it! Look for next weeks post on school! It should be exciting since we are doing G for gymnastics!!

xo, nikki :)


Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is a book that I listen to over and over again. It has been a book that has helped me understand God’s love for me. About two weeks ago, I was listening to the book in the morning and this particular section of the book spoke to me.

A: Do you ever get the feeling that God is playing some horrible joke on  you?

M: No, he does it to make me stronger.

A: You’re strong enough

M: I’m not strong enough for what is yet to come.

Later that afternoon, I got a call from our Endocrinologist. The Endocrinologist and the Nephrologist talked for a while and decided to end the shots. The company that was going to be helping us with the medicine decided that we didn’t meet their criteria (after we had already received approval letters) Since we don’t have a way to get the medicine, the doctors decided to withdraw the Rx.

It won’t hurt the kids to be taken off of it since they haven’t been on it very long. The kids are responding well to their thyroid medicine so that should help them grow some. Our appointment in August will begin the intentional tracking of the kids growth.

This was a huge blow. I couldn’t believe that God would have me give the kids shots, contact insurance, and different companies to try and work things out. All of which are things that I fear. But then the words of the book that I heard that morning came back to me.

He did all of this to make me stronger and to depend on Him more, to show me that He give me grace and most of all to show me His faithful love. But the thing that stood out most was I am not strong enough for what is yet to come. I can look back on this trial and know that God was in it and He will help me in what is yet to come.

So, as quickly as the shots started, they are ending. Thank you to all of you who prayed for and asked us how they were going. We felt very cared for. The kids do great with them and we have about a week and a half to two weeks left of medicine.

xo, nikki :)


Travelling at the speed of life

I have no idea what we have been doing for the past month! As Bentley has been trying to figure out how to make the minutes, hours and days go by faster, I am trying to find a way to slow it down! We’ve been doing a little of this and that, gardening, swimming in the neighbor’s pool, physical therapy, hanging out with friends, tons of trips to the library, and pink eye!

Since a picture says a thousand words, here are a few to fill in the gaps!

Making homemade pretzels — Bentley loves to take pictures


Trip to the mountains


The kids brought me flowers


Flowers from our garden.


Blueberry picking!! 1 gallon for $5!


Playing dress up! Marseille said,  “I’m getting married!” She loves to say that when she wears that dress :)


This head of cabbage was much bigger than my head. It made great cabbage rolls!


I rigged this noodle sprinkler for the kids. They loved it!


Shot time!!


Lazy 5 Ranch was quite an experience! We met Danny’s parents and the cousins for a carriage ride through a ranch full of animals. You were allowed to feed most of them.


Learning how to do the dishes


I found this praying mantis on the grill, I caught it but had to let it go because I couldn’t find any food small enough for it.


Pool time :)


I was so excited to find that my rosemary sprigs, that my friend gave me, had roots.


Our huge sunflowers! There are at least 10 of them in our garden and at least 9ft tall. I love to see all the busy bees on them.


I was so excited to find these eggs. Papa and Mama Blue abandoned their nest so the eggs never hatched.


Bentley found the nest. I dried it out and saved it. It is an American Goldfinch nest.


We started school on July 2nd. We did an American Revolution and Fourth of July unit. Bentley is making his cucumber sandwich to enjoy with his “taxed tea”.


Our Boston Tea Party. I even polished the silver!


We made a cake for the 4th of July.


It went right along with our 4th of July unit!


Prizes from the summer library reading program. We read 80 books in a month and they received a medal, a pencil, a sticky hand, bounce house tickets and baseball tickets. At the baseball game they get to be in a parade and get a free shirt! They were very excited!


They are nice medals!!


July 9th, was the first day of our Olympic unit. A is for archery. Water balloon archery :)


Aunt Becca helping Bentley learn how to use a bow and arrow! Bentley loves archery.


B is for Basketball


Playing Basketball


I cut open one of the sunflowers to let the kids look and touch it. They really enjoyed that. We observed the insects, and eggs that were on it. We made guesses at what ate the leaves. I showed them where the seeds developed and Bentley wanted to eat them. :)

Hope you enjoyed the update!

xo, nikki :)