A Couple of Funnies

Bentley got sick almost two weeks ago, and it had the trickle effect through the family. Bentley got well, but is now sick again. Which means we are all still sick! Though, it is not fun, we are thankful that we really haven’t had any sickness all winter until now. We almost made it!

So, needless to say, not much has been going on around here besides watching more movies and reading books. Since I don’t have more of an update, I figured I tell you some of the funny things that have been said this weekend!

Bentley: (praying in circles the first night he was really sick) Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins. Help me to obey, share and love. God help me to obey, and um to obey, share and love. Help me o-b-eee-yyyy….. and shaaarrrreee …. and loooovvvvee. Help me to obey. Amen.


Bentley: (upon being told that we were going to watch Tangled) Uggg. I can only watch movies with guns in it!

(at dinner time, while the movie was still running) Umm. Are you going to pause it…. for Marseille. (sheepish grin)


Marseille: (wearing her Snow White costume carrying a basket ball in Bentley’s knight helmet like a basket) Who wants an apple?

Me: I want a bite! (I take a bite and pretend to fall asleep. She has never seen Snow White)

Marseille: That’s adorable!


Marseille: I love marshmallows, you can call me Marshmallow! (We’ve seen The Lorax, one too many times!)

There have been more, but I can’t remember them because I didn’t write them down right away. Hope you are staying well!

xo, nikki :)


Snow day!!

We finally got snow!!! All day, Bentley and I kept praying that it would snow. It was the oddest day. For a little while the clouds were dark, then you would see a patch of blue sky, and then the sun would come out. After about an hour later, it was dark again. Finally the snow came. Just a little at first, then the wind picked up and all you could see was snow!! Unfortunately, Bentley has been sick so we didn’t really get to play in it. BUT, we did go out for a quick ride in the sled and a snow ball fight! Of course, the main concern for Bentley and Marseille was having a real snow cone! Spring now has our blessing to come ;)

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 :)

There’s a bluebird…

on our porch! A family to be exact. It has been a lot of fun to watch Papa and Momma Blue scope out our decorative bird house and choose to make it their home. The draw back to this close encounter is that they are using our back porch! Every time, Momma Blue sees us, she flies away. We want her eggs to hatch and, in order for that to  happen, she needs to be sitting on them! I’m grateful for this new little excitement! We all have had fun watching Momma Blue collect so much stuff to make her nest. Every time she went in, pine needles and twigs fell out. There was a huge pile of scraps on the deck. The kids enjoy trying to be quiet so that they will not scare them away. I was glad when she finally laid her eggs on Saturday. Hopefully, all three eggs will hatch! We’ll keep you posted!

xo, nikki :)

Papa Blue
Keeping a look out
Mama Blue
Surveying their new place
Eggs on June 2nd!
So small!
Momma Blue taking care of her eggs


Well, I must say that this has been quite that winter for us. We are all doing much better, but still not 100% well. This stomach bug was a nasty bug, and I’m rejoicing in the fact that we should never get it again :) I cannot believe how cold it still is and we are one full week into March! Spring, where are you? We’ll be moving from sickness to allergy season, YES! At least it will be warmer and we’ll be planting our garden. That makes me excited!