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Spring Choir Concert

Thor did amazing in his concert tonight.  John, Noah and I were accompanied by Uncle Al and Aunt Pat to the performance.  We will be getting a DVD and here's the song Thor had a solo on!!  >>>>Don't Stop Believin'<<<< Enjoy.

Crazy busy week...Take 5ish

In the long list of busy weeks, the next 4 will be the most busy.  Last week John completed the base and table top to another beautiful table.  We have his first table upstairs in the dining room with a gorgeous bench and are loving it.  There are two coats of varnish on the second table and maybe one more to go...maybe.  Noah did well in homeschool all week but tanked the tests I gave him Thursday and Friday.  Thor had a great week, two nights of drama practice and two days of TCAP (standardized testing) but all in all a good week.

This coming week Thor has TCAP testing on Monday and Wednesday.  Drama practice Wed and Thurs afternoons until 5 and directly after practice Thursday night he does the pre concert and full Spring Choir Concert will begin at 6pm.  Thursday and Friday are also Buy One Get One book days at the WCMS book fair.  Next Saturday the 10th, Thor will be off to Dollywood from 6am until 9pm.  John had lots of work to do, plus we will have lots more gardening, wood working and other projects around the house.  And we still puppy sit on Fridays.

Pics included here are of the garden stuffs.  Red and green lettuce was purchased a couple of weeks ago, as was a big tomato.  We've got many tomato plants we raised from seed and planted, celery and two types of peppers.  Beans and Peas have been planted, onions, beets, zucchini and winter squash.  I know there's more but I can't think of them. :)

I'm sure we have more coming up that I don't remember.  As always you guys can call for updates or email us.  Tons going on so check back. :D

Adventures in Longwell Land

Today is a busy day in Longwell Land.  John has been working hard to get the table top sanded to a baby soft finish before putting the actual Finish on.  He's also sanded the bottom portion and put on one layer of finish.  The plan is to put on one more layer of finish on the bottom (maybe more in spots where our feet would hit) and 4 on the top piece.  Today he got down in the crevices of the top with the first coat.  It will take a couple of days to dry.  3 Table Pics here.

Also the Simmons' boys are here with us today.  Seth, Sidney and Daxter are here for the day as it is Good Friday and there's no school.  Tif works until the evening.  All in all there's been no trouble and everyone is happy.  Seth and Thor are pretty much hanging out playing games (see the Cousins Pics), Noah and Sid are upstairs playing and Dax n Moose roughhouse until they're separated out of aggravation and they take a nap.  I've taken to taking them "out" separately as they are too busy biting each others faces off to stop and pee.  I managed to get some Dax pics because Tif said she can't keep him still for them.  You can see all the new pics here under today's date. 

I have yet to catch Sid and Noah as they're busy upstairs avoiding everyone. :D  OH and those with Noah in his robe were taken yesterday.  We ordered a robe from Sears as it was on sale for $5 plus shipping.  Yep a steal and Noah hates taking it off...ever.  All things considered it really is a Good Friday.  Happy Easter all!!

SteelerNation Schedule 2014

Yep the Steelers have released their 2014 Schedule and you'll want to save or print it folks. :)

If you right click and View Image you get the full sized image.  This one is resized.

New Longwell, New Style

At the first of the year we updated to a new Joomla! that changed our format dramatically.  We have not had a lot of time to play with the page lately but I hope to change that.


Introducing ... *insert drum roll here*


Moose is our new Miniature Schnauzer.  John found a link on a local sales network that someone had mini pups for sale.  They were inexpensive because they are not registered.  We spoke with the owner and he stated the mother and father were rescue minis.  The mother dog's parents were his original rescue dogs.  The father died of a canine cancer and the mother ran away after having her litter of pups.  The mother of Moose is the only one he kept from that litter.  We did not see the father of Moose but the mother is a lighter grey coloring, and the owner stated the father was more white. 

Moose is mostly salt and pepper with his darkest spots being his belly/chest area and across both back legs and back.  The back of his neck has some tan as does his ears except for the tips.  His ears and paws are lined in black, a bright white strip from his chin down the center of his chest and the back paws have a teeny line of white below the black.  Moose's tail is cropped but we will never crop his ears. 

According to the owner of Moose's mom he was born February 20, 2014.  He will need his "set 7" shots around April 22nd.  So as of today Moose is nearly 7 weeks old.  I'm thinking the dog owner was confused about how many weeks old he was and we got him a week early.  Tif and family also got a pup from this litter and his name is Daxter.  You can find more pup pictures here ... Mini Moose.  We will add more as he adventures!!

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