While I continue to try to manage my time as wife/mom/teacher/crafter/etc., I find that I am still falling WAY behind on my dreams of adding “blogger” to my list of job titles.  SOMEDAY I dream of having a website to manage the block orders I have coming in – but until that day, I am using my general email and facebook to communicate with customers.  So…if you have stumbled upon this blog in hopes of finding info about the blocks I sell – I’m sorry there isn’t much information here.  Until that day…if you check out Dandelionpancakes on facebook, you may find more details.  Thanks for your interest. 🙂


(I am in the middle of evaluating my actual product costs + the value of my time in figuring out appropriate prices for my products.  With that being said, I am anticipating a price increase starting Dec 1 of this year – I promise this will NOT be a huge increase.  It is my goal to provide very affordable creations with a personal touch. )

All Good Things…

This part of my devotions felt especially personal to me this evening so I thought I would share…

” Remember that all good tings – your possessions, your family and friends, your health and talents, even your time – are gifts from God.  Thank God for the good things He has given you, but do not cling to them.  Be willing to let go of anything He takes from you, including your plans.  But do not ever let go of His hand.”

—–The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away.  Praise the name of the LORD! —- Job 1:21

(My devotions are from the book Jesus Calling – Devotions for Kids.  This is the book we are supposed to read before each school day.  However, I had not read from it in almost 2 weeks because I was running late or some other excuse.  I MUST remember that all time is a gift from God and I must choose HIM above all other things.)

Blocks Blocks Blocks

They have started coming out my ears…blocks blocks blocks.  I am so NOT complaining, mind you, but I just have not been able to squeeze any time for new blog posts.   I will be desperately trying to get all caught up on current orders over the next few days in an attempt to then start some holiday designs.  And somewhere in there get to work on some homeschool organizing! 🙂  I have such big plans for this blog and I know the day will come when time will allow me to get more creative and share all the ideas I have saved in my head.  HUGS!!!

What’s Up?

a few more projects from the past week – been so crazy busy, no time to write on here – hoping to get a bit more caught up on things so I can re-focus some energy here. 🙂



Hello Again!

Oh my friends…where do I begin???  The last 3 weeks have been about as close to crazy and as chaotic as I can manage.  Between the normal managing a home with lots of people in it + homeschooling 5 kids in 5 different grades + keeping 2 toddlers from climbing the walls and escaping out the door, I have ventured into a small business.  What started out as a small post on a local facebook “for sale” type site, has blossomed into what could turn into an actual business.  Last Friday, as in just 1 weeks ago, I posted the following on the “Richardson County Swap & Talk” facebook site

This was the only I had, but I was curious to see if anyone would be willing to pay $10 for it.  I got quite a bit of positive feedback and requests for me to build and sell, so on Saturday morning I listed this

and got even MORE orders!

Fast forward to today…7 days later… and I now have over 50 orders for a variety of different block styles!  My carport is littered with 2X4 blocks in various stages of completion…raw wood…sanded blocks…primed blocks…painted blocks…etc.

Here are a few pictures of other completed projects from this week!

So… in addition to what had been my normal juggling act, I have tossed in another (rather large) ball.  I am so excited about this, though!  I feel like it has been an incredibly long time since I have done something for me – not as a mom or a wife or a church member or whatever…but for me.  It’s a very good feeling. 🙂

I must admit I am not balancing quite well right now…for as I was writing this blog, I discovered the little guys had found a big soup pot and were filling it with Hot Wheel cars in the living room while watching Dora the Explorer.  I guess it could have been worse. 🙂


Oh…forgot to mention…

Big News of the Day…

We had 1 of our students get 100% in each and every subject assigned to her today.  I’m not sure this has ever happened before – we cover a LOT of material each day and I am a tough teacher.  Congratulations, Jensen on an amazing day of learning!

Wednesday – Daddy’s Home! :)

Happy Day!  Jeff decided to come home this morning and be with us for a day before he heads back to work.  For those that don’t know, Jeff works at an ethanol plant that is located about 30  miles away from our home.  Normally, he commute is 35 minutes.  Well, thanks to the flood waters along the mighty Missouri River and the resulting road closings, his commute is now approximately 2 1/2 hours…1 way!  At the same time the roads closed, the guy he carpooled with quit.  So…now we have to shell out about 15 times the amount of gas $$$ we had to before the flooding.  OUCH!  Anyway, he job has a rental house in a neighboring town that they are letting the guys stay over in – which is super great, and we appreciate it so much, but mostly the entire situation stinks.  In order to save some $$$, Jeff is going to start just staying at the house over there on some of his days off and I was prepared for that to start this week, but he decided to come home anyway.  Man, I love that man.  Being home alone with 7 kids all day everyday is a HUGE blessing, but at the same time, it is easy to get stir crazy.  We all just miss him when he’s not with us.  So, today we celebrate the fact that he is with us. 🙂  Of course, he’s been asleep since he got home this morning, but hopefully we’ll get some quality time tomorrow. 🙂

Prepositions – Phalanges – Copper Wire…Must be Day 2

Just a quick post for today… I have said “phalanges” more today than any other time in my LIFE, thanks to grade 3 health.  I have repeated the phrase “prepositional phrases must end in a noun” somewhere in the neighborhood of a bazillion times today.  Our first high school science experiment was a total…SUCCESS!  Hooray!  Jeff wasn’t even here to supervise, but we still managed.  We broke down water molecules using copper wire a 9V battery and a baking soda/water solution.  Not high tech, but still…I’m so not a physical science stud, so this was AWESOME! 🙂  I wish I would have taken a picture at the end of the experiment – the water had turned a beautiful shade of turquoise.  Ahhhh – I find science so much more enjoyable as a homeschool mom than I ever did as a regular student.  🙂



First Day of School 2011/2012

Where or where did the summer go?  It seems like we just celebrated Easter, had a few miserable hot days, and now it is time to go back to school.  Crazy!  In any event, our first day is underway!  I woke up early (well, early for me anyway) at 6:30 so I would have some uninterrupted computer time.  Jake was up by 7 to start his fitness program on the Wii (EA Active 2) – which is apparently broken.  Ugh.  So instead, he spent some time doing the Wii Fit program.  By the time he was done and in the shower, the rest of the big kids were up.  They all settled in for breakfast and I read our daily devotion.  Then it was off for tooth brushing and hair combing.  We took updated heights & weights and first day pictures.  Now they are all diligently working in their books…well, most of them anyway.  Jeff, Jake & Jack are outside dealing with a pile of branches & limbs from a tree they cut down over the weekend.  Not sure what I will call the time invested in that activity…phys ed?  environmental science? recess?  So that brings us up to this very moment…10:30 am.  No tears…no temper tantrums…I think day 1 is pretty good so far! 🙂

Hello Tuesday AND Girls are Like Apples

It’s been a crazy week or so around here.  We spent a lot of time last week getting our ducks in a row for the beginning of our homeschool year which is set to begin next Monday, August 22.   Last Friday, my favorite great uncle passed away.  I think Dale was everybody’s favorite.  He was just that kind of guy.  Anyway, we are preparing to head down to the Branson, MO area for his funeral tomorrow.  We’ll be taking a van full – all of our household + my mom + my gram + my aunt Sherry.  So…the last few days have been busy trying to get everything necessary washed & packed & put away in addition to making arrangements for the dog and paper route (thanks again, BFF Sherry & family!).

Anyway, since I haven’t had the time to craft or create, I thought I’d share a little something I made a few weeks back.  I found this poem on Pinterest (yes, again Pinterest!) and wanted to recreate it in order to print it out sometime.  So here it is…girls are like apples

Feel free to copy it and use as you see fit.  Again, I am not the author or original creator of this poem or its format – I would like to give proper credit and would do so if I could locate the original source.  So, with that being said, please use my version for personal use and do not sell it or attempt to profit from it.  Thanks!

We are leaving about 10am tomorrow and should return sometime Friday evening.  Thanks to friends & family that are helping us by watching the pet & house. 🙂

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