2009 | House of Horne

What Does a Little Turtle Like to Eat Before Bedtime??


Well, of course he’s a turtle, can’t you see the shell tied onto his back with his big brother’s very turtle-patterned camo scarf?


Apparently turtles really love to lap up egg nog…especially when their mommies pour it into a nice plastic bowl.



Someone Remind Me How the Rules Work….

So…like…if I post twice in one day, does that let me off the hook for tomorrow? Hmmmm??

I haven’t even looked in, let alone touched my closet. Darn that gremlin.

But I did finish three loads of laundry. Not bad considering what all else was on my plate today.

And the inbox has been whittled from 424 emails down to a mere 136. Progress, yes?

So, not too long before the children and I headed downtown to drop Abigail off at her choir practice, I got a wild hare to do some furniture rearranging. All four kids helped me roll up our big 9 x 12 wool rug, then the children shook the rug pad outside for me while I vaccuummed under where it has been resting for over a year.

We pulled the rug further out into the center of the room so I could add two wing chairs from the front room on either side of the fireplace.


I then effectively pushed the rest of our seating out into the middle of the room so that it looks like this:


and this:


Now, we certainly could use a table or two here and there, but overall, I am pleased to know we can fit a good amount of furniture in here. It will be fun to have more chairs available when friends and family visit.


Or, on a more important note (so the children say), it is now possible to hop around the entire perimeter of the room, never touching the floor merely by bouncing from furniture piece to furniture piece.  Heh.

Monday Madness!

This Monday, it sorta’ does feel like madness…there will be no quick-fix-it meals tonight; we’ll enjoy leftovers!

A gremlin appears to have ransacked my clothes closet, because I can hardly set foot in there this afternoon.

Also, while my back was turned, a few neighborhood kids must’ve snuck over to our house, and dumped their dirty laundry into my various baskets because there is a whole lot more clothing needing to be washed than certainly just my children could have worn in the last week!!

And how in the world did I get 424 emails piled up in my inbox??

Off to try to conquer some of the mess! Till tomorrow, then, dear Readers!

Hair Cuts Again!

Several years back, Jay started cutting our boys’ hair at home in order to save some buckos.


He even cuts his own now, what a cool guy!

A year and a half ago, I featured Josiah’s first haircut with the flobee….remember this entry??


Eighteen months later, the poor boy has very little additional hair, but yesterday after Jay finished cuts on both Josiah and Jonathan it struck me that they look a lot alike with their twinkie haircuts…

Here they are post early-morning hair cuts:




I got nothin’. A big fat nothin’ for you tonight, so sorry, Dear Readers!  I feel the lamest blog post I’ve ever written coming on right about now.

I know that I promised more Halloween photos…but it’s late, and I am too lazy to choose from among the bazillion shots we have of our cherubs in their Star Wars garb. Maybe tomorrow.

I cooked tonight, and the food was fine, but there were no recipes worth sharing.

Our boys tested in front of a panel of judges for yellow belts in Tae Kwon Do today.They did very well, and we are super proud of them.  I’d love to show you the awesome video of the event, but once again…don’t feel like downloading the video to share with you just now. Actually, wait….that’s a lie; I can’t download the video without the help of my Super Techie Guy and he’s too into his new book to break concentration just now.

I am planning to try making my own homemade yogurt this week…but I don’t often blog about what is going to happen; I chronicle what has happened. So I can’t really write about that, now can I?

Well, I guess I could point out the very positive observation that in 14 consecutive days of posts, this is the first one that felt like a throw-away (to me) so that is something.

So, before I ramble any longer, I choose instead to bid you goodnight, and hope you that you enjoy a blessed and worshipful Lord’s Day tomorrow!!

It’s Late…

but I hope to have more pics of this little guy


and all his friends up for your viewing pleasure tomorrow! Sweet Dreams!

Cave Paintings! or….The Differences Between Girls and Boys!

This year we are learning Ancient History from Story of the World


with a supplemental text for Abigail to study in addition,


plus a good variety of library reads and historical literature thrown in.

Unfortunately our six weeks of sickness have slowed our progress in this subject considerably. Though we are way past early man and well into Ancient Egypt, I have put off most of our hands-on projects this past month, and we are only now getting around to enjoying some of these fun activities.

Yesterday afternoon to the children’s delight, I promised them that we would create “cave paintings” !   We spent some time looking at several examples of actual paintings that have been discovered in well-preserved form:

This one is from a place in France called Lascaux:


and one from Altamira, Spain:


and another from Ancient France:


and finally another from Spain:


We did our best to note special characteristics of this early art form. Then we spent about an hour making some paintings of our own…and each child put their own special touches on their masterpieces.

Here they are, hard at work:


I bet if you look at the pictures below you can figure out which painting is the one our girlie drew, and which ones the boys drew.  When Abigail thinks of the Ancients, she envisions happy, peaceful animals in a calm, pastoral setting. The boys are clearly more interested in warfare and hunts. Even the 4 year old insists that there is a dead guy, arrows, and several hideous beasts depicted in his masterpiece.

Abigail drew some serene-looking horses: in the middle is the mother horse, there are cliffs either side; there is a cloud in the sky, and the mother’s colt runs below.


Jonathan’s painting depicts a bull, a stag, and a boar being hunted by5 cavemen. Two of the three animals are already dripping with blood…their deaths are imminent.


Nicolas’ drawing shows a buck being shot with arrows (notice the gory blood spurting from its neck), by a hunting party, and one poor soul who was done in by the buck before the animal was hit.  He’s the dude on the ground with x’s for eyes, in case you couldn’t tell.


Here is Josiah’s word-for-word description of his “cave painting”


“There is a dead person and it’s Indiana Jones’ dad, and then Indy went into the big deadly cave and only he survived it. And fire burned all the persons that were not brave and they got dead, and only Indiana Jones survived the cave.  And the dead person was alive again, and Indiana Jones went back home by “hisself”. Also his dad was going hunting. But then his dad was too tired, and so Indy was making some soup for his dad.  Then Indiana Jones’ dad quickly went back home, and he had some of the soup.”

Once again we smile at the innate differences God created in men and women and how they show up so clearly at such a young age!

Happiness is….

a boy in his pile of leaves!





Another Way Home on Lulu

I  should have posted this ages ago…

John Horne (otherwise known as Dad), wrote a book. You can read it online. You probably knew that, but you may not have known that we’ve put together an actual book, the kind you can sit in a comfy chair and read. It came out great, and it is entirely homegrown. Even the cover photos were taken by John.

Christmas is coming… go buy a few copies!