7 things I miss about living in a house…

July 22, 2015

Ok, so I’m getting worn out.  We’ve moved around A LOT.  And I’m a home body.  So I’m getting tired of moving.  That being said, I wouldn’t trade this for anything.  But there are some things I miss about living in a house.  So in no exceptional order, here are 7 things I miss about living in a house.

#1. Doors.  Ok, so we do have doors.  We have one to go outside and on the bathroom.  But not on the bedrooms.  This is a good thing, I suppose, in a way.  Fingers don’t get pinched in them.  Cats don’t get locked in rooms accidentally.  They don’t get slammed when children get mad.  But, they’re great for blocking out the sound of kids fighting in the morning when we’re (ok, I am) not ready to be awake yet.  And when Handsome Hubby or I or both need some alone time.

2014-10-16 19.08.19 #2. A backyard.  I miss being able to send the kids outside to play and not worry about where they are or what they might be getting into.  Most of the time Handsome Hubby is outside working, so most of the time this isn’t such a big deal.  But sometimes, I miss that.

#3. A normal sized refrigerator.  I am so blessed to even have a refrigerator.  But it would be nice to be able to stock up on cold item stuff and have it last longer than 3 days.

#4.  Being able to stock up on food.  I suppose I do this in a way, but not to the extent I have in the past.  Maybe it’s laziness, but I like to stock up on stuff so I don’t have to go grocery shopping every week.  Also, I have to think about weight.  Our car can only handle pulling so much weight.  Every can adds to that.

2013-02-14 17.54.35 #5.  Healthy meals.  There are so many reasons for this one.  We have a small amount of space in the refrigerator, a small amount of space in our kitchen, and little time.  So, I give in and we have hamburger helper and the like, a lot.  No offense if this is your normal meal.  I love hamburger helpers.  I just don’t like the MSG, high fructose corn syrup and other junk they put in it.  (It sure tastes good though.)  When we are traveling, I crave vegetables.  Yes, we could bring a small cooler of cheese sticks, yogurt, cut fresh veggies, and the like.  In fact, I have.  But I also forget to put said healthy snacks back in the refrigerator and then they rot.  So… Cheese sticks & yogurt and the like are in the refrigerator and when we remember that they’re there while we’re traveling, we try to take advantage of them.

6. My deep freezer.  Normally, I love to make a double or triple batch of something we love and freeze the leftovers.  I also like to make cookie dough, portion it out, freeze it and then bag it out.  Then when I want a cookie (ahem-half dozen) as a midnight snack, I can just take it out and bake it.  By making double or triple batches and freezing them, I can take them out later when I’m not in the mood to cook and still have a great meal.  But alas, no deep freezer, so no pre-made meals.

7. A garden.  Right now, I have a purple basil that somehow survived the winter and a giant cabbage that the school gave Princess before we left Georgia and that will never be huge.  I long to be able to plant tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and green beans again.  I’d love to start an herb garden.  I want to grow strawberries again.  Until then, I’ll do what I can.

May God bless your socks off as He has mine!

Rachel

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Crazy Horse Memorial & Mount Rushmore National Monument

July 14, 2015

I decide to lump these two together.  One reason is  because in a way they are alike.  They both involve carving into mountains.  The guy that was monumentous in starting the Crazy Horse Memorial, Korczak Ziolkowski. actually worked on Mount Rushmore.  He was the one with whom Chief Standing Bear of the Lakota tribe went.  This is pretty much where it ends.

2015-06-20 14.00.05While the Crazy Horse National Monument has yet to be completed, I actually enjoyed it more.  It was started in 1948 by Ziolkowski himself.  While at the museum, you get to watch a movie in which he tells about the early starting of this project & all the problems he faced, including a generator that kept going ka-put right as he reached the top of where he was working.  They have a musuem of Native American artifacts from all over the United States.  They have different Native American vendors selling everything from pottery, to moccasins, to jewelry.

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We also got to see some Native American dancing.  I love to watch the dancing.  I love the drums, the wooden flute & the voices.  2015-06-20 15.33.05And this guy… was… hilarious.  Although, I’m ashamed to say that I can’t remember his name.  I believe he said that in the group of the four dancers, they represented the 6th, 7th, & 8th generation of Chief Standing Bear.  I think.

2015-06-20 15.32.41This guy was dressed & danced the traditional mens dance.  The first two danced, what I’m calling the warrior dance.  Just because, that’s what it looked like, at least to me.

2015-06-20 15.32.18And this nice lady, did the womens’ dance.  It was so interesting to see them dance all at the same time, to the same music, and see such difference in the movements.  The warrior dance was more jerky & sort of what you think about when you think of the old movies of cowboys & Indians.  The mens’ dance was not as fast and much less jerky, though it was still there.  And the womens’ dance was more foot movement than anything.

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Mount Rushmore began October 4th, 1927.  The designer was Gutzon Borglum.  It took only 12 years to finish with hundreds of men working on it.  George Washington was dedicated July 4th, 1934.  Thomas Jefferson was completed in 1936.  Abraham Lincoln was completed in 1937 on the 150th anniversary of signing the Constitution.  Theodore Roosevelt was completed in 1939.

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Mount Rushmore was a lot smaller, had a ton more parking, and not as interesting as I remembered it being.  Of course, we had just come from the Crazy Horse Memorial with lots of things to do.  Still, it was neat to be able to show the kids.  Even if it was about to rain on us.  (That’s why the sky is so dark in the picture.)

May God bless your socks off as He has ours!

Rachel


Minute Man Missile & Wall Drug, SD

July 7, 2015

So, we visited the Minute Man Missile  sight near the badlands.

It was interesting to learn about how the men & women lived that, if the need should arrise, would press the button to send missiles, to Russia (in this case).

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We saw where they ate & played & slept.

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We saw where they worked

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and where they’d push the button, if need be.

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And we saw how some kept themselves from going crazy from boredom.

On to Wall drug

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Wall Drug was interesting.  So many little shops within one store.  But it was also interesting on how it got started.

Ice water.

Well, water that was cold as ice, anyway.

After having the drug store for 5 years with very little customers, the wife of the owner had a brilliant idea.

Have sign for free ice water.

Of course, this was before the age of “fast food.”

So most people either had to stop at a cafe for food, or brought their own.  And most, didn’t have cold water this far between stops.  So, people stopped.  And the Wall Drug became famous.

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Lots of interesting things to see…

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May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


The Badlands, SD

July 7, 2015

We stayed a week in the Badlands area.

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Tim took the kids on numerous hikes & trails.

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The Badlands have a stark beauty to them.

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On this particular trail there were some mountain goats that were enjoying the path too.

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This is the look down.

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And this is the view.  Totally worth the trek up the ladder.

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There were some interesting little caves and outcroppings too.

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The kids enjoying the sweet victory of climbing to the top.

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They were even able to see our campground.

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May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Corn Palace – Mitchel, SD

July 6, 2015

On our way to the Badland area of South Dakota, we stopped at the Corn Palace.  2015-06-14 13.45.16

I have never been here before.

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The artist in me was intrigued, to say the least.

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I loved how they used common everyday things…

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dried corn, corn cobs, husks and the like…

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To make some really neat pictures.

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The inside of the building is used for a variety of things.  One of which is a museum of sorts.  It’s free to the public, so we went ahead and went in.  Here we learned that there are or were several Corn Palaces around the country.  It was interesting, but the outside of the building was what made it worth it.

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There was also a tractor that the kids had to go up and pretend to drive.  I was trying to get a good picture of E-Man who absolutely loved the tractor, but it’s Superman, hamming it up in the background, that kept stealing the show.

May God bless your socks off!

Rachel


Our World Cake

July 6, 2015

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We have decided to homeschool again this year.  While it’s been tricky at times to get everything in and see the sights, we’ve made it work thus far.   We are using the My Father’s World curriculum and so we are learning about the countries and cultures around the world.

One of the first fun things we got to do was make a world cake.

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While I made the cake, they got to frost it and make the continents.

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One of the difficulties living in a camper while homeschooling is that sometimes it’s near impossible to get what you need when you need it.

So, you improvise.

We used yellow frosting instead of blue for the oceans & resese pieces and sprinkles instead of green frosting for the continents.

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E-man is in an anti-smile phaze when it comes to smiling for pictures…

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At least he enjoyed the cake… despite the frown he’s wearing.

(And they enjoyed the outcome of so much food coloring in the cake and frosting… We learned that food coloring can affect our… umm… excretions… It made going to the bathroom fun for the kids for a good week.)

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May God bless your socks off as He has ours!

Rachel


Sergent Floyd Monument Sioux City, IA

July 3, 2015

So, for all you history buffs out there.  Sergent Floyd was the only member of the Louis & Clark expedition to die on their expedition.  He actually didn’t make it very far.

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Ok, so he did make it pretty far.  I mean, they started out in St. Louis.  Either way, he died because his appendix burst.  So.  Of all the troubles Louis & Clark had with indians and so forth, Floyd was the only man they lost.  And it was to his appendix.  I’d say that’s pretty good, especially for as far they went.

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They actually buried him a little ways up river.  However, they really didn’t pick a good spot.  When they came back through on their way back to St. Louis, they found his grave dug up & disturbed, probably by wolves, and had to rebury the poor guy.  Lots later, when people decided to do something special for him, the river had all but washed away the spot.  So they moved him.  It was pretty neat to see the obelisk set up in his memory.  Evidently, it’s similar to that of the Washington Monument.

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While here we met up with “Dart Gun D”.  He, Handsome Hubby & Princess visited the Sergent Floyd Riverboat Museum.  C.J., E-Man, Super man & I played at the playground near by.

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They looked like they had fun.

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What do you think?

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And we had to get some famous Sioux City Sarsaparilla.

(Don’t worry, I didn’t know it was famous either.)

We still have a bottle, I think.

Maybe we should crack some open tonight?

May God knock your socks off!

Rachel