Friday, August 29, 2008


Today we had an unofficial start to school, just checking out our new Math and Language Arts curriculum. Everyone seemed to like it and said it did not feel like school work! Our official start will be Monday and I think I am pretty much ready. It will be a full week, though with Awana and P.E. both starting this week too!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Note to self- keep limbs away from hot surfaces

I burnt my arm on the iron last Saturday. It's a nice one too, 2.5" long and about 3/4" wide. It was bothering me a bit more than usual yesterday and last night while working on a project I noticed that it was swollen and pink around the burn. I was tired, so I decided I would go to bed and visit the Dr. first thing in the morning. Well, I was uncomfortable enough that I was having a hard time going to sleep, so at 10:45pm I decided to go to the ER in hopes that they could give me something for the infection and maybe I could sleep a little more comfortably.

Well, they did give me something for the infection, but I was sadly mistaken when I thought that I might be able to sleep more comfortably. Turns out, Lidocaine does not work on me, so while the nurse scrubbed my arm, I felt every bit of it! So, one hour, one tetanus shot and one very soar arm later, I headed to the all night pharmacy to get my antibiotics. I don't know when I actually fell asleep this morning, but when I woke up the pain had dissipated, only to return when I had to clean the wound and change my dressing this morning. I will be glad when this is over!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

it's marker!

So, both my mom and my sister IM'd me to see how Max was, since his Chicken Pox outbreak yesterday... I guess it was not as obvious to everyone else as it was to me that the kids had drawn the Pox on with red marker! Sorry if I miss-led you!

Here he is today, dirty face, but no Chicken Pox!

Monday, August 25, 2008

closing ceremonies

Last night the Beijing Olympics held their closing ceremonies and today, we held our "closing ceremonies" by putting our Olympics Lap Book together. The kids are so proud of their work, I am sure we will have lots of fun making more lap books this year!

The kids had some friends over today and it seems while they were here, Max came down with a bad case of the chicken pox :) He was still proud to display their work for me here though.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

first try

Here is my first attempt at the apron. I have a few kinks to work out, like darts in the top and the position of the waist ties. It has potential, but I might go for something a bit more simple before I try this again.

Friday, August 22, 2008

great beginnings and sweet endings

Pizza and a movie, a great start to our weekend...
The best part? This is how my kitchen looked after dinner! No counters to clean, table to wipe down, floor to sweep...
It took me less than 2 minutes to put our plates and cups in the dishwasher and throw the pizza boxes in the trash.

And lets not forget the sweet ending :)

no fear!

We went to the park yesterday for a MOPS picnic. It was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time. At one point I looked over to the playground only to see this...
My little daredevil climbing this curved ladder, no fear!

Look at the determination in that face!
She did start to question her ladder choice as it took its final curve toward the play set, but with a spot from mommy, she climbed on to the top!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

more aprons

I think I have written about how much I love aprons before. For awhile now (4 or 5 years) I have had dreams of making and selling aprons, but the idea of stating my own business is so overwhelming. Anyway, with the inception of Etsy, which makes selling handmade good so easy, and the encouragement and inspiration of a friend (who is also a homeschooling, apron loving mom), I have decided to give it a go. I have been perusing my A is for Apron book for inspiration and the other night pulled out some fabric and started cutting. I have no idea how this will turn out, as I have no experience in pattern making, but I am having fun.
Hopefully I will have an update after the weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

a package

Tallulah got a package in the mail today. It was a birthday present from her Grandma. A doll, which is always a hit, since Lulu LOVES babies, and two pairs of tights. She has been wearing the tights since she opened the package and every ten minutes or so she says "I like my tights!"

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

just a few more lazy days of summer

We are trying to make up for lost time. It seems the summer has almost passed us by and we have taken for granted the time off, the long days when it seems the sun will never go to sleep, the shade our tree's provide on a hot afternoon... The clock is ticking now, only two weeks until we start school, and I think I have finally hit my summer stride! Better late then never, I guess.

Last night, after dinner the whole family went for a "walk". Actually, most everyone rode something with wheels. Tallulah stated off on the John Deer, but did not make it around the corner before I went back for the stroller, much to her dismay I might add. Phil and I took turns riding his Razor scooter and pushing the stroller. We always enjoy our family walks, we should make a point to do it more often.
Look at this guys we found outside tonight! Pretty amazing, I have never seen one so big before, but as I sit here typing I can hear them singing in the trees outside.

Tallulah said excitedly "He cwawing on my weg!"

Tonight we held the official 2008 Wirtz Family Olympics in our back yard.
(We are working on an Olympic Lap Book, just to get our toes wet before real school starts. Check out this link for the free lap book)

One of our Silver medals.

The children provided the entertainment for the opening ceremonies.

Here the kids are doing the "Back Yard Dash"

Showing off their medals. Tallulah was upset that she did not get one. I think Micah ended up sharing one of his 5 silver medals with her. I guess we should have allowed some handicaps as the medals, except for one event, went according to age!

Monday, August 18, 2008

making progress

I finally got my time line up on the wall, one more thing to cross off the list of things to do before we start school in two week!
Saturday evening our church co-sponsored a Back to School event with the townhouse community next to our church. We had food and school supplies to give out to anyone who came. We had a pretty good turn out and gave away all the school supplies that had been donated.
The kids had a great time running around, the weather has been unusually pleasant for August in Southern VA. (Tallulah has now taken to going down this slide all by herself, much to my chagrin...this is the slide that Micah broke his arm on last September).

By the time we got home Tallulah was sufficiently tuckered out!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

finally made it to the garden...

I spent the last hour and a half trying to find the Hydrangea's in my much neglected garden in the back yard. In that time, I made it about a third of the way through the relatively small garden, if that gives you any idea of exactly how bad the weeds are. Actually, it is mostly crab grass, which has been let go so long that it has choked everything else out. Even with gloves, my hands are raw from yanking and digging at the roots of the crab grass.
Here is what I pulled out.

I had some help from the kids. You can't tell, but they are even wearing gardening gloves I got them at the dollar store.

A Rolly Polly provided at least twenty minutes of entertainment for these two :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

a good laugh

The kids got to milk a cow at a dairy farm in Iowa.On the drive to Chicago the next day, Regan said from the back seat, "I wish I were a cow, so I could get my gutters squeezed!"

Her are my doodles of the landscape as we drove.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

just because

Had to get a little crafting in...
I made this apron for a friend, just because. I won't say who, cause I want her to be surprised when I give it to her :) It could use a denim ruffle at the bottom, but I did not have enough fabric.

Cowboy Max, ropin'!

Never to early to start reading...

And yes, Tallulah is sitting in a car seat in the boys closet... I think she might even be hooked in, thanks to her big sis :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

highlights from the road

All loaded up and ready to go!
Our first night in a hotel, Louisville, KY.
All the Wirtz cousins at Uncle Scott and Aunt Melanie's.
The grandkids, everyone except Karen.

Grandma and Tallulah

At the dairy farm in Iowa, the kids got to milk a cow and make butter(plus eat some yummy ice cream).

Visiting with an old friend in Chicago.
Jen and I were interns together with Teen Mania in 94-95
The next generation of Teen Maniacs (ha ha)
I couldn't believe how close this butterfly let me get to take this picture!

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