Saturday, April 30, 2011

Christian Heritage Conference

I spent this weekend at a homeschool conference called Christian Heritage. What a wonderful time of renewal! I feel ready to stay the course. I have a vision for homeschooling all the way through high school!

The speakers were great! I am so excited to implement some of what I have learned or have been reminded of. I am also very excited to listen to some of the sessions again, as well as listen to some that I have not yet heard, as we got the full conference set this year.

It was very nice to see people and catch up with those I had not seen in a long while!

There were a couple of moments that really stood out to me this weekend...listen in no particular order:

1.) Kevin Swanson is a very passionate and animated speaker! He is absolutely a visionary, with a wonderful heart for God and God's word! I am so ready to refocus what we are doing so it is all centered around God!

2.) There was a specific moment at the conference when Kevin Swanson was speaking about the importance of accepting each child as an individual, as a creation of God, and as blessing, reward and heritage God has bestowed upon me. Callie was sitting right next to me and Serenity was in my Ergo. It occurred to me that they are both such miracles! I know that each baby is a miracle. Each baby is special. Each baby is a blessing. But after you have done something permanent to prevent having children (such as a vasectomy), and go through the reversal process, knowing it may never work...these 3 reversal babies God has blessed our family with are absolutely precious! Callie is a miracle! If we had continued with man's wisdom, that we can only have as many children as we can 'afford' or 'take care of' or 'provide for,' Callie, Justice and Serenity wouldn't be here. Callie was our first reversal baby, and what a joy and blessing she is! But even more than that, the world would say she is 'broken' or that something is wrong with her. They would miss out on the blessing and joy that she brings. As I sat there, holding my 2 littlest girls, 2 of my reversal babies, I was so overwhelmed with gratitude and praise for God that He saw fit to bless us with them, that my eyes began to well up with tears! God is so good!

3.) I would LOVE to be able to go through the vendor hall with no limits on what I could spend! They had a model of a cell (which we are studying right now!) and an interactive model of a human torso. They had science projects gallor. More GREAT books than I could count. So many audio books and audio dramatized stories that my children would really enjoy. Games, toys, models, kits, history, geography, art, reading, science, math, spelling, language arts, and so many more subjects! This is the first year I have purchased anything from them, and it really was a lot of fun - even more than I thought it might be! :) And I am VERY excited about each purchase I made!

4.) Listening to someone (Victoria Botkin was my favorite workshop speaker this year!) who as been in the trenches of homeschooling, who understands what it is like trying to give a reading lesson, while changing a diaper, and administering a spelling test, all at the same time. Listening to someone with more experience, who has come through the other side is an invaluable encouragement!

5.) Even though #4 is true, somehow, in the last 2 years since I was at the CHC, I have transitioned from the 'new/young' homeschool mom to a more experienced mom, who is able to give reassurances and tips to new homeschool moms! I spoke with a mom this weekend, who was trying to figure out what to do for her children who are 2, 3 and 4.

It was also a HUGE blessing for Aunt Carolyn to watch the older 4 and Justice from Friday at about 4 pm until tomorrow after church. We had a much easier time concentrating with only Callie and Serenity with us!

I also had the opportunity to fold about 6 loads of laundry and re-organize most of our homeschool supplies, ready to start 'fresh' on Monday! (Though I would like to pick up some new crayons and markers before then - I still need to clear that with Dh first, though! He has been awesome about letting me get things at the conference!)

For now, I am going to (hopefully) get a good night was a very long 2 days, and we are all very tried! I am greatly looking forward to seeing my other children tomorrow!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Callie Therapy Update

Callie has been on and off sick for MONTHS now. It is getting really frustrating. We can't force her to do therapy things when she has zero energy!

We tried something new today though. It is called Cranial Sacral Therapy. It is really hard to describe what it is, but from what I have read, it has some amazing potential for Miss Callie! We are going to a new Chiropractor who is also certified in CS.

His name is Patrick Chonaena, located in Snohomish. I spoke with him on the phone day before yesterday to see if he thought he could help Callie. He said that he has never worked with anyone with cp, but would definite be willing to meet with us and let me know what he thought.

He had a lot of questions about Callie when we first met (who stayed in the waiting room with her siblings). A lot about her birth history, and how her cp manifests itself. He told me after we spoke, he did a bit of research about cp (which he previously knew very little about he said), how it relates to the cranial sacral techniques and how to help her. He thinks there are definitely some things we could do to help lessen Callie's tone, and get her healthy again! He is able to clear out lungs and sinuses by improving drainage through cs!

He is also a chiropractor who was able to work wonders on my back! I am still a little sore, but I can stand and walk and sit fairly comfortably!

We go back next week, and I hope to bring the camera...

Now to go clean the house up after getting home from a trip and being down for 2 days :( I have watching the house fall apart and get lost around me...time to find it again!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday - playing with Mommy's glasses and reading

Even on a hard day, when I can't lift anyone, the house has fallen apart as they day has gone on, everyone is eating cold cereal and fruit for breakfast...but to look at the precious miracles my children are and these special moments I get to have with them - makes even a day like today a good one! Thank you God for each of my precious blessings!

The twins are helping to get the younger 5 into bed, then we are going to play a game of Clue tonight.

Serenity is 1/2 a year old already!

Miss Serenity is 6 months old today! What a blessing she is! In the last month, she has learned to use her hands a great deal more. She reaches out to things she wants. She has some definite preferences! She loves to chew on anything she can get her hands on - which included parsley and Matzo for passover!
She seemed to like the matzo, but was able to break pieces off, so she had to stick with the parsley...I was really just trying to keep her busy, and didn't want her to ingest anything. If all goes well, we will start solids in about 2 months...when she will be able to do more of it on her own! For now, she is getting all of her nutrition from nursing.

She is getting better and better at sitting up as well.

Her little personality is coming out more and more! She loves to watch her older siblings, especially J and Callie!

Our littlest Miss has also found her toes! She loves to pull her socks off and play with her feet these days! While she is nursing, she usually hold onto her foot, it is very cute, but not something I am willing to photograph for the blog for modesty's sake...

Serenity enjoys being on her tummy, playing with toys, and will stay there for 20-30 minutes watching the excitement around her while she plays on her own! She also loves to be held! When we are out, the only way I can effectively get her to take a nap is to put her in my ergo with the hood up!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Last night...

Maybe I am just getting too old to be sleeping on the ground, but last night did NOT do good things to my back! I woke up this morning, unable to even get up (it took me about an hour to work around to being able to get off the floor).

We ended up needing to leave Shelton this morning because I was in so much pain. I couldn't (and still can't!) carry any of the babies, bend down to pick up anything off the floor, put something into or out of the oven, unpack any of the bags, etc. I can't even stand up straight!

I have an appointment with a chiropractor on Thursday. It is going to be a very long hard couple of days between now and then!

From Shelton to Sequim to see my grandma

From Shelton, I am able to travel to Sequim, to see my grandparents without taking a ferry. This may seem like an odd thing to distingish, but with 7 children, the ferry is a bit challenging!

This was also my first opportunity to drive the new bus!

The first 20 miles or so went just fine. Then all of a sudden, we lost power. I had to pull over because I couldn't get it to go beyond about 25 miles/hour, on a 50mph windy highway! I called Chris to see what his thoughts were...he said it just doesn't have much power, let it rest and then I was good to keep going. I tried to explain that this was different...but he thought the same thing. Let it rest, then keep going. I decided to call his Dad to see if he had any thoughts on what was going on. He thought I should try to limp it back home, and then have Chris look at it before going 100 miles away from where Chris was. That was my plan.

I turned around (not an easy thing in this bus, lol!), and it was fine - just like magic, it drove without any issue at all. I decided to turn around again (did I mention that isn't an easy thing to do in this bus?!) and keep going to see my grandma.

We made it there without any other issues!

We had a good visit. My children are a lot of activity for my grandma and her two little dogs, so we try to keep things brief. I also prep my girls, letting them know we would need to stay calm, and move slowly, etc...but the bottom line is: There are SEVEN of them, and even if they all move slowly, it is still a LOT of motion, lol! I was able to vacuum and dust for her. She had a lot of food that was about to expire that she sent us home with - lots of convenience type things that I don't normally buy, that the girls are just THRILLED with having, lol!

She also gave us a couple very nice, HUGE picture books. One is about space and the other about National Parks. The girls have LOVED going through the books and looking at the pictures. Ashley has asked if we could make that our school this week.

My grandpa is currently in a nursing home, working on regaining strength before going back home after a large number of rather unfortunate events that have left him very weak. He was not doing well that morning, so we decided to not even ask to go see him...which makes me sad on one hand, as we do not see them much at all, but we also don't want to overtax him right now.

Then it was back on the road again! We made it to almost EXACTLY the same spot, when the bus started to have the same issue once again! 20 miles from Shelton I lost all power. This time, I was on a different hill, and had a lot of trouble getting over it (I was down to 10 mph with the gas floored at the crest of the hill...I had my 4way flashers on, there was no shoulder, so I had to stick it out until I could pull the bus over. There was a truck behind me that decided it might help to keep getting closer and closer - as if I were going so slowly on purpose...he decided after a couple minutes to go over the double yellow lines, and pass me around the blind corner.)

I pulled over, and let it rest. We sang songs. We had a snack. We started it back up and had power again! But this time, it only lasted until the next hill...we pulled over again and let it rest. We had another snack. We played "I spy." We sang more songs. We talked to the nice people at the Inn (in front of which we were parked), who came out to the bus to make sure we were ok. They let us use their bathroom. We got back into the bus and went on our way...we were able to make it home, but it wasn't the best trip. We mostly had power, and I didn't have to pull over again, but I was a bit concerned at times that we would lose too much speed going over hills.

We were all very glad to make it home safely!


Even with a rough start, we were able to pull off a wonderful passover! After being the best dressed family in the ER (The first nurse commented, "You had other plans today, didn't you?" another nurse later came in to confirm if all those well dressed little ones in the waiting room were mine. She said we were the only people dressed up, so she had guessed, and several of the nurses were wondering if they were all mine...apparently they had been looking at us and talking about us, lol! I was in such a hurry that I forgot to mention that in my post about the ER.) so I wanted to give an update on how passover went!

The girls' favorite part was the Affikoman (a symbol that represents Christ). Anna found it this year, and drove a tough bargain to redeem it for $10. She is feeling very rich right now!

While we were eating, Serenity kept grabbing at I handed her a couple things to play with and taste while in her highchair. She got to try parsley and Matzo...until she got a piece of the Matzo off, then we had to stick with the parsley! Oh, and Grandpa gave her a taste of whip cream at dessert :/

Speaking of dessert...I had decided I liked the idea of trying the Kladdkaka for dessert with strawberries and whip cream...but the rat kind of burst that bubble when he got into my flour and baking supplies! So we went with a good old Betty Crocker chocolate cake and a modified black forrest cake I found online calling for 2 cake mixes, 2 cans of frosting, 2 cans of cherry pie filling and a tube of pipable frosting...just looking at it would be enough to put most people in a diabetic coma, lol! I think it made a nice presentation though!

I have not been online in a couple of days,
After Passover was completed, we quickly cleaned up, finished packing the bus and were off to Shelton!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Callie says...

Callie was coloring a picture today and said, "Mommy, how do you spell Beta?"

"B-E-T-A," I said.

"B-E-T-A. Ok, thank you." She said, writing away. Then added, "How do you spell couch?"


"C-H, got it. Thank you! Now how do you spell Noas?"


"N-O-A. Thank you!" Callie said. "Um, how about cup?"


"c-u-p, that's good. Thank you! Now how do you spell story?"


"Oh, thank you, that's right. I am writing a letter to Alicia! But do I spell Alicia?"

"Alicia, A-L-I-C-I-A. Can you tell me about your page?"

"It is my favorite purple page. It is me and Alicia playing together and my words."

Sunday, April 24, 2011

All dressed up for church on Passover...and to the ER we go!

What a day! More accurately; What a morning!
Get up, get everyone fed, showered, dried, dressed in their Sunday best.

Get the house cleaned, keep packing for going to Shelton, get dinner in the crock pot...

Then Callie fell. She was tired, lethargic, couldn't support herself, kept trying to fall asleep regardless of what I did.
She couldn't stand. But it seemed like she got better.

So we piled into the bus! Only to have her throw up.

That was the last straw for me. Too many signs of concussion. Off to the ER our well dressed (if I do say so myself!) family went.

After examination, testing and deliberation, it was decided that yes, Callie indeed has a concussion, but it is fairly minor. We need to wake her every hour around the clock for 24 hours from the time she fell and carefully observe her. The doctor asked how she was feeling and she said she wanted to go to sleep in her fire truck. The doctor explained what we already know, that after a concussion, it could take weeks to regain all function...all I could hear was MORE THERAPY SETBACK over and over. I am feeling very defeated in the therapy department these days...

We are now back home (1pm), the girls are eating lunch, and then we will have our previously scheduled Passover celebration. I will post more on that later! For now, I need to get ready! (And go wake Callie up for the first time.)

Happy Passover!

We celebrate Passover at our house. No, we are not Jewish, we are indeed Christian. And no, we do not celebrate it to the letter of the law. (We are having a non-kosher meal and a leavened dessert.)

I have had questions as to why we celebrate Passover and not Easter. The article on today's Yahoo page explains it pretty well! Click here to read the full story or read excerpts below.

According to various sources, including the good people at Mental Floss, the Easter Bunny has a long history as a pagan symbol. Experts believe that early Christians "co-opted" the rabbit as a way to make their own holiday more popular.

The abbreviated history: "Many pagan cultures held spring festivals" hundreds of years ago. One such festival was in celebration of "Eostre, the goddess of dawn." Mental Floss explains that Eostre was "linked to the hare and the egg, both symbols of fertility." As a way to convert the pagans to Christianity, missionaries began turning the festivals into Christian holidays.

As for the modern version of the Easter Bunny -- you know, an enormous rabbit who wears a bow-tie and looks very cute -- he's mostly taken from German traditions that stretch back to the 1500s. Again according to Mental Floss, "The Germans converted the pagan rabbit image into Oschter Haws, a rabbit that was believed to lay a nest of colored eggs as gifts for good children."

The story of passover points directly to Jesus. Reading through the story with my children over the last week and a half, have reminded us of God's awesome ability to redeem. Reading through the law that Moses was given directly by God, reminds us that God has a standard. It is a standard set by a Holy God who is unable to be with sin. The law shows us that we absolutely can not do it on our own. Then we see God's plan of a sacrificial lamb, without blemish or defect, the blood offering that is able to make atonement for our sins. It ALL points directly to Jesus, his selfless act on the cross and helps to increase our understanding of just HOW awesome what He did for us is!

As for Easter, well celebrating the resurrection on Easter is something a Pope came up with hundreds of years ago to coincide with the celebration of the Goddess Easter. It actually goes against what the Bible says about what Christ did. Jesus said all he would give the people is the sign of the profit Jonah, who spent 3 days and 3 nights in the belly of a whale. He said the temple (His body) would be destroyed and would be rebuilt in 3 days. There are other such references to 3 days. If you celebrate Good Friday and Easter the way it is prescribed in traditional Christianity, you only have 2 days and 2 nights. As a person just seeking God, this troubled me. How could the Bible be trusted if THIS, a cornerstone of the faith is WRONG?

The passover lambs were selected by the people on Saturday, which is when we see Jesus making his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

In actuality, Jesus ate the passover meal with His disciples on a Tuesday (on our Calendar). Then we see him going to the Garden of Gethsemane where he was taken by the soldiers. He was taken before the religious leaders, then to Pilot, Herod and back to Pilot who ultimately decided to crucify him. At 9 am, He was nailed to the cross. This is the same time when the priests were looking over the sacrificial lambs that were brought to make sure they were without blemish. At 3 pm, when the lambs were being sacrificed, Jesus said, "It is finished." And died. He was laid in the tomb. He was in the tomb for 3 days and 3 nights, just as the Bible says, because the Bible is God's word. The women had to rest from sunset to sunset just after he was laid in the tomb because it was a holy festival day (Thursday). The following day (Friday), they had to prepare for the Sabbath and prepare the spices, but there was no time to embalm the body of Christ. The next day, was the Sabbath (Saturday), they could not attend to Him then, either. Though I believe he actually rose on Saturday evening, 3 days and 3 nights after being laid in the tomb. Early on Sunday morning, they went to the tomb to find it empty. You can read more about this here and here

God also told the Israelites to observe the passover to remember how He delivered them from slavery. In the same way, we were slaves to sin until Jesus' blood redeemed us. Remembering the passover, is remembering what Jesus did to save us. Jesus said in Mark 7:9 that we shouldn't set aside God's commands in order to observe our own traditions.

All of this combines to equal the reason we choose to say "Happy Passover" today! I hope you have a wonderful celebration of the one true risen Savior of the World, who paid the ultimate price for our sins.

Spiritual truths

In some of these pictures, you have to look pretty closely...but there is a little bird. He was repeatedly trying to fly through the window. In the course of an hour, while I was getting a list of what to bring to Shelton ready to go, he flew into the window more than 30 times. I chased him off a couple of times, but he kept coming back.

As I was thinking and watching this little bird, of Romans 7:14-25.
14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.

This little bird kept doing what was not good for it (running repeatedly into the window), and yet, even when I tried to redirect it to a better path (pretty much anywhere else!), it kept coming back. The window in this analogy represents sin. More times than I can count, I do things against God's word. I keep going back to things that are harmful to myself and my family...yet even when redirected, I will often choose sin over what I know to be right.

I want to obey God's word, to eat healthy foods, work out, get Callie's therapy done, school done with the older ones and keep the house clean...Why can't I do the things I want to do? Why is it so hard to do the right things? Why do I keep doing what I do not want to do?

I am sure the little bird did not want to repeatedly hit the window...but something about it was enticing, just like sin is for me.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


My girls had the good fortune of being asked to take care of our friend's kid. Just to be clear, we are talking about a 3 week old goat.

They have had a blast getting to bottle feed it, and play with it in the yard.

The Rat

1 week goes by, no evidence of rat. We let our guard down and hope that he is truly gone. Then we wake up one morning and find evidence that he was here...but it was very slight.

Another week goes by. Same thing as above.

Then 3 weeks go by. We really thought we had seen the last of him! But no. Last night, I had a late workout, then took a shower. I came into the living room and saw him. HE is looking very well fed these days. He climbed up the face of the fireplace and went UNDER the mantle...I put away all the bread and anything I thought he *might* be interested in...

This morning I found this.

I now will have to wait to do the kladdkaka because I need to replace all of my flour and sugar and everything...What a mess!

Family Ties Quote

"Parents are conditioned to accept a few mishaps. A broken vase,
some spilled milk on the floor...There was a goat in my living room."

Friday, April 22, 2011

All About Me

This is another of those, I am being brutally honest about myself kind of posts.

It seems after making a big accomplishment, I struggle with strange head games. After making it to being just obese, the idea of one day possibly actually being a healthy weight, kind of scared me a bit. I then allowed my fear to drive me to make very poor food choices, (starting with eating about twice as much dinner as I really needed, then progressing to making carmel corn and eating 3 bowls of it) which set me backwards .2 lbs today...

I don't know why the idea of actually being healthy scares me at times! It should make me very excited. It really should drive me forward. And usually it does. It is just once in a while that I actually become afraid. I am 60 lbs from being in the healthy weight category to give it to God or deal with this issue.

I am counting this as a victory because after just 1 evening of overeating, I am putting myself back on track! Even those without a weight or food issue can overeat once in a while. The difference is that they get back on track right away. They do not dwell on the mistake and let it lead them as reason to make more poor food choices.

So here's to having a great day eating and working out today and a good weigh in tomorrow!

Packing up and heading out!

We will be leaving (after our Passover Celebration) to go to Shelton. We will be fixing up the place a bit. My hope is to get 1 unit finished up while we are there! Which means finishing up painting and laying flooring, and get new stair treads put on and some electrical work and redoing counter tops in the kitchen and more...ok, maybe we won't get it all ready to go, lol! BUT, I do hope to make some serious progress! And hopefully I will remember to take some pictures, too!

I really enjoy fixing up places. I love painting! I enjoy the way freshly painted walls make a place look. I like seeing the results of giving a place a face lift! I look forward to learning how to lay the wood flooring and putting new counter top finish on the existing counter tops! I am hoping that the girls will be able to help with some of this stuff now that the bulk of the painting is done.

I think I will be counting the work I do as my workout(s) for the week as I won't likely have much other time.

While I am there, I also hope to make it up (about 1 1/2 hours away) to see my grandparents (when there is no ferry to go across!) whom I have not seen in several months...

I also hope to be able to take my children to the State Capitol of Olympia, which is pretty close to Shelton. (That is school, right?)

Now, off to make my list on what needs to come with us, what school work we will bring, what busy work/toys we will bring, clothes, tools we may need, and what food we will be able to do in the crock pot all while packing as little as possible for 9 people...then comes the next trick; how to fit it all in!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Praising God to be HOME

I have made references to my van's 'quirks' in other posts. Things like, the choke doesn't like it if it doesn't really know if it is hot or cold. What this means is that if we go somewhere, then the van sits for 45 - 90 minutes, it doesn't like to start, and stay running. It also doesn't have windows that go up and down, and you have to hold the gear shift up into park in order to get the keys out. It is to the point that the valet at Callie's therapy will not allow us to use their services, so if the handicap parking is not available, I have to carry Callie a couple blocks to get to therapy so she isn't too worn out before we even get started. I also no longer allow others to borrow the van for fear they would run into issues...

Today was not just a typical busy Thursday. And like a good blogger, I had my camera at the ready, lol!
It was busy between our events...with van trouble! I noticed on our way to choir that the van was running a bit hot. Then got hotter and hotter.
We made it to choir with just checking on things. Then let the van sit and cool before filling the nearly dry radiator. It was a good opportunity to teach the girls some engine basics! We got to talk about the importance of the cooling system, and a bit of how it works. Chris has some wonderful parents who taught me the engine basics that I know, starting when I started things broke down, Chris' dad especially, helped us trouble shoot it and then to fix it. I definitely want the girls to understand how to read their gages, understand what maybe going on and when it is ok to limp a vehicle home and when it is best to tow it home!
We started the van and watched how quickly water was leaking from (I think) the water pump. I knew we may have trouble. Fortunately, the van has had some trouble in the past, so I carry a gallon of water with me. I called Dad, who said to take the radiator cap off to make sure there was no pressure building up. This caused the contents of the radiator to be blown all over everything - even the windshield!
We ended up needing to stop at Snohomish. About 14 miles from home. I wasn't sure the 1 gallon I had to put in it would be we prayed!
As we passed the first turn off to our road, the temp was really getting up there. To take that entrance to our road would have meant more corners and hills, and no shoulders if I needed to ask someone from home to bring me some more water...trouble is, there is a turn lane for the first entrance, but not the 2nd, and I do not currently have a left turn signal (another quirk - we fix this, and it goes out regularly).

I decided to take the 2nd, faster entrance to our house...and we made it! (We weren't even rear ended because of my lack of turn signal - I can't even use hand signals as my window doesn't go down.)

Through this whole thing I was so glad that we have the bus! If indeed I couldn't have limped the van home, we have an option to load everyone up in one trip to get us home! Praising God that He knows what we need, when we need it, and He provides for ALL our needs!

And I praise God for my awesome husband who was willing to come get us if I felt like we needed it. What a blessing to have such a caring husband! Thank you so much, my Love! I am so glad you were here, working from home, and able to help if we needed it!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Justice helping on the motor home...

This boy LOVES going out to Grandpa's shop! It was even better than going to a toy store. He loves looking at the stop light, and the tools. He thought it was funny when the compressor would kick on or Grandpa would use a saw or other tools - the noisier the better!

He liked climbing around in the motor home, too. He was really too busy for me to take pictures of him, and by the time I could get to the front of him, he was off to do something else, lol!

Even with 6 sisters, he is definitely a boy...which is a relief for me!