Friday, May 29, 2015

April trip to the zoo...

We took the family to the zoo last month.  Here are a few pictures of the cuter animals!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nothing new here...

All is well here, my friends.  Still plodding through school, trying to keep all the books on the shelves, and figuring out why the floor is sticky.

We have a family vacation coming up soon, a tour of the NorthWest corner of the US.  We've even got next years vacation planned- touring the southwest corner of the US with a big emphasis on Texas. Seriously, the state is huge and there are a bazillion things to see and do.

I finally caved and logged back in to FaceBook after ignoring it for a year and a half.  Looks the same.  I see I didn't miss anything.

Ok, it's nearly time to make breakfast.  Have a great day!

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Toddler And The Unflushed Toilet

May I regale you with a tale from my life? It's funny now, but last Wednesday I wanted to cry.

So, there was this unflushed toilet (liquid only, Thank You Lord Jesus).  And an open bathroom door.  We will not speak of how many times I have waxed poetic against these crimes against humanity, and just go directly to the story.

Seth Michael is an adorable baby.  Smart, funny, and the usual amount of curiosity. Can you see where this is going?

I heard splashing, and immediately knew exactly what was happening.  Seth was soaked.  The floor was littered with puddles and shredded bits of soggy paper. I'm not sure if I actually said a bad word, or just thought it. Loudly.

I scooped up Seth and stripped him down and plunked him into a warm bath.  I asked an un-named child to Sit.With.Him.Until.I.Come.And.Get.Him.  I then went to clean up the bathroom while Sethy-poo played in the water.

The bathroom was nice and clean and I was admiring my work when I hear Seth crying with a particularly distressed screech.  I run to the bathroom that he is in to find the above mention un-named child has disapeared and apparently delegated the Watch Seth task to a younger sibling who has handed him a bar of soap. The water in the tub is now opaque with soap and Seth's hands are slick and he's frantically rubbing his eyes and screaming.  I may or may not have shouted at someone. Ahem.

After I get Sethy cleaned up, he's exhausted.  And why not?  He's spent the afternoon playing Toilet Polo and washing his eyeballs.

Just a day in the life of Tyna.  Who wouldn't wanna be me?!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Last night we attended the memorial service for a 5 year old girl, Makenna Dybevik.  Heartbreaking. I've never attended a service for a child, and I hope to never do it again.

The church was packed, and the congregation was a sea of purple since it was Makenna's favorite color.  Truly, the people of Christ rally around their own in times of trouble. May the Church gather around the Dybevik's so closely that they have no room to fall.

Monday, April 6, 2015

A quick note...

I haven't posted in awhile, huh?  We all got sick, then pink eye made its rounds, then we had 2 friends from out of state visit in the same week.

Uh oh...have to hurry here.  I can hear BoyCake burbling happily to himself in the back room.  He doesn't usually stay happy very long back there.

All is well here.  We start school again today (last week was our week off).  We have music co-op this afternoon, so school today will be moderately stressful.  Bible study Tuesday night and I have a class on Wed about cataracts.  Friends for dinner on Sat.  A busy week, but not too busy.

And now, off to get BoyCake.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Getting Sick

Well, the expected is happening.  Sinus pressure is building, nose is drippy.  I'm getting sick.  Feeling okay right now, but I'm sure to degrade as the day goes on.  So I'm preparing.  It's a quarter 9am - laundry is in the dryer, dishwasher is going.  Breakfast is over and cleaned up.  Chicken thawing for dinner.

If I can get about an hour of school stuff in, Leah and Nathan can get their projects finished.  Hannah can work on hers independently today.  I'd like to get the whole house swept.  Hannah needs to clean the chicken coop.  I originally wanted to plant the first garden bed today, but we'll have to see. Not sure yet if that will happen.

Olivia achieved a milestone yesterday: she can now ride a 2 wheeled bike!  And this morning she changed her clothes all by herself.  My baby girl is officially not a baby any more.

I also noticed that much of the baby things are going away.  Only 1 more in diapers. Joe won't even wear Pull-Ups. All baby clothes smaller than 12 months are gone. I'm considering taking down the Jonny-Jump-Up thingy. I got out the walk-behind-push-toy for Seth this week.  He's growing up too. The last baby.  I can't quite decide if I'm sad or relieved. Some parts of babyhood are so hard, but other parts are so sweet.

My oldest is coming up on 13 years old. How did that happen? I still remember feeling nervous that the hospital staff were just going to let us take home this tiny breakable creature. Now she's 5 foot 4 inches.

Ah well.  Perhaps my impending illness is making me nostalgic.

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Since my last post, I got a couple really good nights of sleep.  I've felt strong and capable the last 2 days.  And just in time, because one by one, the children are getting sick.  Just a cold, mind you, but when they are sick, they wake me up in the night. Last night I was woken up 4 times.  Good thing my sleep was caught up or I would have died.

But I can go a couple nights with multiple getting-ups.  I guess I'm still feeling good from catching up, but I feel like I've totally got this.  Check in with me on Saturday, and I'm sure I'll brain dead again.  But for today, I got this.  Chicken soup for lunch, multiple boxes of Kleenex in strategic places, stocked up on cold meds.  School will just be working on their projects in whatever form that child feels up to it.

Speaking of projects, I am so proud of them!  Nathan is doing his project on the octopus.  He's copying facts, printing pictures, exclaiming over new things.  So much better than last year.

Leah did her project on the zebra.  Very cool, we both learned how to tell the 3 different zebras apart.

Hannah finished her comparison of alligators and crocodiles.  Yesterday she started work on Haiti.  I love hearing them comment on how interesting things are.  She made notes like crazy, sharing one or two occasionally.  I need to go to Staples or somewhere to enlarge the map she's working on.  I love it when they are loving learning!