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Friday, October 23, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things

Today is. . .

Celebrate the Small Things!

This is a weekly blog hop sponsored by the amazing Lexa Cain, and co-hosted by L.G. Keltner from Writing Off the Edge and myself.  If you'd like to join in and add a little more joy to your week, then go ahead and sign-up on the linky below!

This week, I'm celebrating. . .

1) A visit from my brother! We haven't seen him for about a year, so it was nice to have him pop by.

2) A pig! A farmer asked us to buy his 400 pig for butchering to help him out. Now, we don't really have a great pen for a pig. So we did a quick goat/pig swap with my other brother (who breeds goats and wanted to borrow our billy anyway) and have had a big pig grunting in the goat pen until this morning. Then it was off to the butcher. My biggest problem now is trying to figure out where to put all that meat with a freezer already full of all sorts of things. Pork anyone?

3) Parent-teacher conferences! Why am I happy about these? After all those problems in Germany it is SO nice to hear the teachers say "Your kid is doing very well, and we have no problems with him/her." Seriously, the move back from Germany was worth it just for this phrase.

4) Kids at home! With parent-teacher conferences going on, the kids have a day off today. What are we going to do? I have no idea. But I love having them around.

What about you? What put a smile on your face? Did you get to ride a pirate ship? Take a hot bath with lots of bubbles? Find a new song? Eat a wonderful piece of cake?

What are you celebrating this week?


  1. Glad you don't dread the parent-teacher conferences anymore.
    Cool you got to see your brother.
    I guess I'd never make it on a farm. One look at that pig and I wouldn't be able to send him to the butcher's.

  2. I really liked the parent/teacher conference. I liked to hear how my children were coping. And just like you, I loved having my children home!!! Enjoy and have a nice weekend!!!

  3. Haha, I'm like Alex...poor piggy, :( (I don't like pork, anyways...not even bacon!)

    So glad your kids are fitting in well with the school system here. It must be a positive experience and a relief for everyone!

  4. Yay! Brothers! ^_^

    Aww, piggy. We're getting a ham for thanksgiving this year! I'm really excited about that. It's been a while. Thanksgiving ham is so good. My parents have two deep freezers in the garage and an extra refrigerator - just for that reason. My dad only grows vegetables, but he has chickens and he hunts.

    Lucky kids. Our conferences were always at night. But my parents weren't into the conferences. I know they went a few times, but I can only remember once. It was during book fair week, and I got way more books when them there then I would have been able to get with my own money! ^_^

  5. Yay for time with your brother! That's great about your conferences! We had parent/teacher conferences this week, too, and I was happy to hear my kids are doing well. My kids weren't lucky enough to get the day off, though. The conferences were scheduled for after school hours.
    Even though I do like pork (bacon!!), I feel sorry for the pig.
    Have a great weekend!

  6. Sounds like you have a lot to celebrate this week. Especially a lot of pork!

  7. Yay for good news! I have my first parent-teacher conference next Thursday. My little guy had an excellent report card. I'm really curious to see what the teacher will say. If it doesn't rain, we'll be going on a Trick or Treat trail tomorrow. Fun stuff! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  8. Maybe cook up some of the meat and give it away/donate it? Also, I'm not a vegetarian or anything but OMG THE POOR LITTLE PIGGIE.

    Congratulations on your parent-teacher conference! You must be so relieved. "America: Where We Actually WANT Kids to Succeed."

    This week I'm happy b/c my website is finally finished, I finally got to start outlining my next series, and OH YEAH MY NEW I-PHONE ARRIVED. Pink. :-)

    It's so cool you're happy your kids are home. Most parents would be like, "Ugh" (understandable with 4 rambunctious kids). But you cherish them so much--they must be having a great childhood!

  9. Yay for seeing family after so long, for great news at the P/T conferences that sure validates your reason for leaving Germany, and for a fun day off with your kids. Not so yay for the poor pig. (But who am I kidding? I love ham, pork, and especially bacon!! lol) Have a great weekend!

  10. I think the only thing I'm celebrating this week is surviving it. >_< Been more than a little rough, but at least it's the weekend now.

  11. Sounds like a good week for all...except the pig.

  12. It's always good when the teachers have nice things to say about your children. Much more cheerful than otherwise. Happy weekend.

  13. Seeing family is rather nice. Enjoy the pork.

  14. Glad your kids are getting good reports. I really want some bacon now! Have a great weekend :)

  15. Lots of fun things to celebrate this week... It's great having a sibling to help you out:)

  16. This week -- or last week, I should say -- I celebrated two things. One was I've started writing again after several weeks of being unmotivated and uninspired. The second is something I'm not allowed to talk about, but hope to announce soon.

    THIS WEEK, as in the upcoming week, I am celebrating that my husband will not be traveling for work and that he and I are taking a brief couple's getaway in the mountains mid-week. Yay!

  17. Glad you got to meet up with your brother and always nice to hear our children are doing well. Well done to you and them!


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