The Nadel family- Enjoy reading our everyday adventures!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sprinkler system install

One of our goals for this summer was to put in a sprinkler system in our front and back yards. We have had hoses and sprinklers placed in the yard in a good system for the past 7 years, but we just wanted something automatic and easier to use. It was quite a process!

We had one of our trees trimmed in May (it really needed it!). One of the first steps we had to do was to chip all of the branches into pieces to use around the garden. We were eager to get rid of the pile since there were many fires happening in our town. My hubby and I rented a chipper and we chipped up our pile of branches in under 4 hours.
Our next chore was to dig up some square bricks that were in our side yard...

 We moved them into the backyard for a fire pit pad...

 Then we rented a trencher and began digging trenches!
 I dug this HUGE rock out of our yard... there were many, many smaller ones...
 Our neighbor loaned us angry machine #3... an electric jackhammer! There were several concrete footers in the yard since there was a pool in our backyard at one point... I think we broke up 6 or 8 of them!

 There were lots of tree roots nearest this tree, and we used our pressure washer to spray out and around the roots, it took a bit of work! There was lots of tree roots in the front yard too.

 We dug out two spaces for the valve boxes...
 Then we finally started laying pipe! It was nice to get to that point!

 The "freak show" as Joshua called it... our messy front yard... we got the back yard done first!
 Around the valve box in the front yard, we decided to put in a valve near there so I could water plants from a hose...
This is a video of the system showing the beginning of the system to how it went into the yard... (30 seconds or so)

 And the water is flying! So exciting to test it out! Then we had to bury all of the lines...
This is the front valve box all buried and showing the valve with the hose I can water from...
Our reward was to have a fire in the backyard and have s'mores again, since we did not do that too often this summer. It felt so good to sit and relax! We love hearing the sprinklers go off and on automatically! A huge thanks to my hubby and kids that helped SO much with this BIG project! 

Deuteronomy 33:13
About Joseph he said: “May the Lord bless his land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below;

Psalm 63:1
 [ A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. ] You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched landwhere there is no water.

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

School year favorites 2017

This is a beginning of the school year tradition that I have done for many years with my kids. I used a different app this year called "Over".  I haven't used it much, but it was pretty nice when I figured it out! This is kinda late for me this year, but I have a hard time remembering to ask my son these questions when he is home and not busy! He attends 2 band classes at the high school in the morning and later in the afternoon, is home from 9:15-2, when he does his homeschool, and then he has marching band after school almost every day! He is a busy guy!

I didn't make one for my oldest daughter, since she is in our local university now! (?!!)

I love seeing their answers to the questions from year to year, HERE is last year's post if you're interested...
 Our 9th grader...
 Our 3rd grader...
Our 6th grader...

Sure am glad that I can be home with these kids to homeschool them!

This is our home academy verse:

Ephesians 6:17
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates...

This is a promise that I hope for my children...
Proverbs 22:6
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

My siblings visit!

My dad has been sick this summer, partly as a result of a neck surgery that he had in the end of May. He was sick with the flu, and then pneumonia. He had a blood clot behind his knee and some in his lungs. He was sleeping more and using his oxygen more. One of the perks of living in the same town as my parents is that when my siblings come to visit them, I get to see them too! He is finally starting to feel better now!

My oldest brother and his family made a vacation out of their trip from Texas. It was great to see him and his wife and two youngest kids. My sister also came from our same state, and my other older brother came from Arizona. It was nice to have 4 of us all together! My younger brother had already planned a trip the following week, and we missed him! I did get to see him when he came later. We had lots of fun hanging out, talking a lot, playing a few games, going on walks and seeing the kids together too. We went to a nature center here in town, I hadn't been there since they moved a few months ago. We also went to a new water feature in town, went out for ice cream a few times and ate very well!
 My daughter loved being with her almost 4-year-old cousin!
 I even double french-braided each one of their hair so they could match!
 My nephew liked the touching tank at the nature where the shrimp cleaned his hands!

 Love my older brother's shirt!
 We also took an afternoon and went to a fun park in our town that had a new water feature! The kids loved it, and we all got really wet! The water felt good in our town's heat!
 Uncle Tim cuddling a cold Anna!
 My niece and I... love her!
 My daughter read her cousin a story!
 The four youngest girl cousins had a tea party!
 Cousins playing cards together...
 Me and my three siblings who were here together!
My younger brother and his wife visited too!

I love being together with my family, having them here was one of the highlights of my summer! 

1 Chronicles 16:43
Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.

Psalm 122:8
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”

Acts 10:2
He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
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