Thursday, April 25, 2013

7 Quick Takes - Paintballing!

WooHoo...I got No. 1!!  Had I known I would snag the number 1 spot I might have done a better Quick Takes for you!  Probably never, ever going to happen again...

1.  My hubby is famous!  He's been posted on a YouTube video from the paintballing weekend he went on so he asked if I was going to put it up on my blog.  Of course, so here you go (he is Sniper97 and comes in at about the 1:35 second mark)...

My first time posting a video on the blog so we'll see how it works.  Just in case it doesn't, here's one of my favorite pics from the event...

Sniper97 in a shootout!
2.  We were supposed to take a field trip to the St. Louis Arch this past week.  I know, I know...five years of homeschooling and my kids STILL haven't been up in the Arch (which is completely sad, considering we don't live that far away).  I've lived in this area my whole life and I think I've been up in it maybe twice.  Of course, I could always blame my mom for that one since she is claustrophobic and you would never catch her inside the little egg shaped elevators that you ride inside to get to the top of the arch.

Note teeny, tiny windows in top of Arch
Underneath the Arch is a really cool underground (free) Museum of Westward Expansion and a movie theater (movie is not free, but not too expensive either).  Our group was scheduled to see the Lewis and Clark educational film but it's still under construction so our field trip has been delayed.  Also, it was raining the day we were scheduled to go and I didn't want to pay for tickets to the top of the Arch if you couldn't see anything out the windows!  Plus, it wouldn't be fun to get caught up there in a storm, the Arch is designed so it can move and sway a bit in either direction (no, I don't remember how much).  It is enough that you can feel it swaying when you're up there, kind of like being on a boat.

3.  The two older boys had their annual check-ups this week, I think half of the appointment was taken up with all the paperwork the doctor had to fill out for the Boy Scouts physical forms.  Said forms need to be turned in so the boys can go to summer camp in a few weeks (is summer that close already)?!  Firstborn was considering working on his scuba badge when we went go to Florida this year but that was another three or four pages of paperwork!  I decided that if we choose to allow him to work on that badge we'll have to schedule another doctor appointment when the time comes to fill out those papers.  Both boys ended up needing immunization shots so they suckered me into slushies from the gas station down the street.

4.  Toddler Boy has been trying to give up his afternoon nap which is sorely testing his mom's sanity.  I am sort of depending on that block of time in the afternoon to read my blogs get work done in the house and finish up homeschooling for the day.  I don't remember any of my other children giving up their naps at two years old (heck, some of them were still taking naps at four), maybe it's just a phase???   Please, please, please...

Becoming way too dependent on
this little gadget!
5.  Only on numero cinco and I'm running out of things to say (we've obviously had a slow week).  We've mostly just spent the time winding up our homeschooling year.  I love the slower pace of these coming weeks when we start to transition out of our homeschool year and into summer mode.  We don't do any "formal" school work in the summer.  We do lots of reading and shore up the kids math facts with flash cards and math games.  It wasn't until I started doing flash cards with the kids that I realized how much I'd let my own memory slide in the math arena (and I was an accountant by profession)!

6.  Doug is at a late meeting tonight so I'm managing to get my Quick Takes done early so maybe, maybe I can actually get them posted tomorrow.  I can't tell you the number of times I've started a Quick Takes post and then didn't finish it in time to post.  If I wait to do it until Friday it's as good as not done, it seems my Fridays are pretty busy and the weekends even busier with soccer on Saturdays and church on Sundays.  Since I'm finishing this up now if I stay up until midnight I can post high on the list (unless, of course, she's doing a reverse procrastinators list).  In which case I'll be at the bottom, we'll see.  I'm not a big "stay up until midnight" type, I'm more of a morning person, but it is currently 9:30pm so you never know, I might make it this time...

7.  I finally added the BlogLovin button to my blog.  I've been using BlogLovin myself for about a month now but I've waited to add the link because I wasn't sure how I would like it.  I admit I don't have anything to really compare it to because I didn't really use Google to follow any blogs.  I tended to use my favorites file and just click through them every so often (time consuming).  Then when our old computer crashed I had to search some of them back out (aggravating and annoying).  So far I'm really liking using BlogLovin, the only annoying thing is it seems to lock up when I'm in the BlogLovin frame and I go to comment on someone else's blog.  If I want to comment I usually have to open a new tab and go directly to the website.  I'm not sure why this is, maybe I'm doing something wrong?  Not a big deal to me at the moment and I really don't comment much anyway.  I'm a lurker that way, I admit it, I like reading the blogs as opposed to interacting with them.  I'm all anti-social that way, I suppose it's my introversion tendencies coming out.  I'm the same way with Facebook.  I have a love/hate relationship with that social media platform too.  Sigh...

That's all for this week...go check out more Quick Takes with Jen and see pics of her precious new arrival at Conversion Diary!!


  1. #4: Mine is doing the same and I am so not approving of this!

    #6: You got #1! (I fight over getting with several people.) The BIG secret: the link-up goes live at midnight CDT so if you're up at that time, you refresh the page and it comes up. I'm on the West Coast so it's only 10 p.m. my time.

    #7: I heart Bloglovin.

    1. You West Coast unfair!! Yeah, I figured it went up at midnight so I refreshed then but I was still surprised that you didn't beat me to it. I'm central time, but I suppose it could be worse, I could live on the East Coast and then it would be 1 am!

  2. #4 I had one, that never napped. Even took him to a specialist because of the lack of sleep. My house is still suffering from the lack of napping.

    1. No, no, NO, NO, NOOOOO!! I am praying that is not the case! I did have a friend who had a son like yours, who literally never took naps. He also went to bed late and got up early, even as a young toddler. She and hubby were exhausted. If this keeps up I'm going to have to create some sort of "quite time" for him at the very least. He is crabby in the afternoons, so I know he NEEDS the nap but he just refuses to go down.