The adventures of a homeschooling family

Howard and Rachel
Annie, Emma, Sarah, Laura and Adam

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


This summer, while adding rock to our path behind the house, Howard and I asked ourselves, "Would  it be feasible to add on to our house, so we don't have to move into a bigger house?" Well, we found a contractor, and an architect, and by the end of August, we were on our way to a 4th bedroom and a bigger master bedroom.

We had to take out all of the rock we had just put in.  Emma didn't really wear that to work in.  She and Annie were messing around, and this is my only "before" picture.
Once the concrete slab was poured, it was a stage where much silliness was played out. 
The first framing went up in one day
Then we decided to add a sidewalk around the addition

And since it was our sidewalk, we wrote our names in it.
Then the roof and siding.  It was all very exciting.
From the other side of the house
Looking in thru the window of Annie and Emma's new room.
The new hallway leading to Annie and Emma's room.  Love the Frankenstein drywall.
Finally, some drywall in the master bedroom.
Another view from inside the room.
The girls closet. It's actually pretty big.  It's the biggest closet of all the kids rooms.
We did the painting ourselves.  Emma picked the color.  It's called Aqua Chintz. Once the carpet was in and we passed final inspection, the girls moved in right away. It has since been totally teen-ified, with posters and other cool stuff. It is also filled with clothes and other messes, so no pictures at this time.

Our room took a little longer, but it's at a point where we are happy with it.

We have actual walking space in front of our bed now.
We think a cozy chair would look great where that floor cushion is.  We just haven't found the one of our dreams.
We painted our bed and side tables, I reclaimed the two beach pillows I made when the girls room was beach themed.

We are totally loving all the new space.  We also have a sweet walk-in closet, but it is currently the hiding place for Christmas gifts, so no pics right now.

We have plans for wall art, but, well, life with 5 kids, homeschool and the holiday season is happening.  This is the most we have ever done with master bedroom decor, so I am pretty happy with it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Giants World Series Parade

On Halloween, the Giants had a parade to cebrate their World Series victory.  Howard took Annie and Sarah.  They woke up at 5am to get to the Bart station in Pleasonton. Sarah was so excited!  She watched most of the games this season, and all of the post season. When they won, she was ecstatic. When they lost, she cried and cried. She has been such a faithful little fan.

They got a good spot at the beginning of the parade.  The people near them let Sarah and Annie go to the front.  Sarah was given a shirt, a hat, an orange towel, a sign and oodles of candy.  
And at one point, Jon Miller pointed straight at her. 
She also got to see Ishikawa, which made her day.  She is kinda like Elf, and just likes saying his name because it's fun.
They made it home from the parade just in time to trick or treat.  Toward the end of the night, she ditched her costume and went as a Giants fan.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

End of summer

We had a crazy lead up to the first week of school. The weekend before was the party for my grandparents 65th anniversary.  That's right, 65!  It was on Saturday. We knew the younger kids wouldn't handle driving 6 hours and then being well behaved at a dinner.  So we decided to make a mini vacation out of it.  

We drove down on Thursday after Howard came home from work.  Then we spent all day Friday at Huntington Beach.  We told the kids this was going to be a Disneyland-free trip, so they were happy to spend Saturday shopping and walking around Downtown Disney.  Then we went back to the hotel and primped for the dinner.

It was wonderful to see so many relatives.  My grandparents are such a wonderful example of a loving couple.  I had so many aunts and uncles and cousins there, in addition to two of my brothers and my parents. Annie helped my dad take pictures. 

Annie and Emma had an experience.  I introduced them to one of my cousins, who was considerably more sober at that point of the evening. Somehow, later on, they were talking to him, along with their cousin Olivia.  It turns out that as my cousin drinks more, he gets talkative. Like, never stops. It was kind of funny, the looks on the girls faces and they were considering how to politely get away.  Finally, Howard took pity on them and rescued them.  

Pictures were taken, toasts were made, cake was eaten.  It was a fun night. 

That night, we told the kids that instead of driving home early the next day, we would be going to Disneyland for 1 day.  There would be no park hopper, no parades, no meeting of character.  Just pressing hard and going on ride after ride.

The kids were excited, to put it mildly.  We then had the best day ever, of all of our trips.  Adam was finally tall enough to go on Star Tours, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder.  That meant less time waiting around, switch passes,etc.  We pushed hard all day and stayed until the park closed.  It was so awesome!
Sarah taking the required picture by the Main Street Native American.
Sarah braved Splash Mountain, with some reassurance. Laura was ecstatic, of course.
King Arthur's Carrousel
Laura ready to canoe around the Rivers of America.
We went on the canoes a record breaking 3 times.  

We went back to our hotel for one last sleep, then headed home on Monday.  Tuesday was spent doing laundry and light prep for school.  It was a very busy few days.