Monday, April 27, 2015


We started the ticket program at the beginning of the year and it's going great. I've been sitting on it for awhile before, we just had to put it to use.  Each child has a clipboard with a cross off sheet.  Their sheet includes daily and weekly chores from dusting, cleaning the van, writing in their journals and sweeping.  They do their clipboards when they are done with school. On Sundays they get tickets for their weekly chores.  They all start out with a certain number of tickets.  They can lose some for not doing things the right way or forgetting to even do the chore at all.  They can also do extra chores that I have on a list for extra tickets.  My extra list is always completed.  It's really hard coming up with things for that list.  Gabe likes to take a sharpie and color all over the sheets.
They can save or spend them on certain things.  One guy in particular spends them weekly.  We made up a list of fun things to cash them in for with the kids.  Here are just a few:

3 tickets for chips or a special snack or treat
1 ticket for 5 minutes of screen time(you are only allowed to use 6 tickets a week on screen time)
16 tickets for a movie rental
16 tickets for an ice cream treat at Scoops or DQ
50 movie with popcorn at the cinema
20 tickets for a meal out
50 tickets for the planetarium
50 tickets for the Milwaukee Public Museum
50 tickets for the Pottery place in Appleton
and a few more.  

We found a huge roll of tickets online for only a few bucks and everything else I made from things at home.  It was a fun project and well worth the time and energy. So far so good.  The kids have been doing great with it. Have a great Monday!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Swings and camp funk picture

Trying to get a good camp funk picture.

Wrangling them up is the hardest.

Jumping of swings and on them is how you break things.  Jonah found that out last week.  He broke a bone on his left foot(looking at the picture), just under where your pinky toe begins.  Don't know the name of the bone.  He just has to wear tennis shoes and it should heal fine.  Hope this is not a sign of how our summer is going to go. 

Cheese balls

This is a clear reflection of the personalities of my crew.

We will try again on a new camp funk picture.   
We don't even have Gabe in the picture on the blog and it's really old.  Poor kid.
We love Fridays in the Funkhouser house.  Last day of school for the week. This weekend consists of more getting ready for the rummage, spring, and paperwork for something new we're working on.
 Thank you also for the donations for the rummage sale Jen and Jenny.  We greatly appreciate them. 

Hoping for some sunshine too.

God loves you, He cares for you and desires good for you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

You matter and have purpose

 Gabe loves to play with these things and it's an easy mess to clean up.  You can never have enough bracelets.

Jonah making a dinner  for a family a few weeks back. 3 pans of Italian chicken with roasted potatoes and Frito bars.   He did a great job and no fingers were sliced.  

Odin took this because he thought Gabe looked like and old man.  They get a kick out of this guy.

The last Lego supper...

I put Gabe down for a nap and Olivia decided to make brownies.  By the time I came out they were cooking in a pan. One of these days somethings gonna be on fire.  Love what she takes pictures of.  

Papa and Gabe hanging out.

Making crafts for the elderly home.  

Reading in Romans right now.  

I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies;
    I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved.
In the place where they yelled out, “You’re nobody!”
    they’re calling you “God’s living children.”

We are uniquely special and created in his image.
We matter and have purpose and grace in Him.  He gives us life and worth.  And he gets all the glory.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ex-rays and New food journey

Odin's ex-rays look great.  His right big toe will always be 3/4 inch longer than the other.  Just how it broke on the growth plate and healed the Dr. said.  

Seriously...check out those shoes.  Size 13 and he is 11.

Getting blood drawn for his allergy/food sensitivity test. 

We have had to cut out wheat, cinnamon, pear, and cows milk. We are doing a 4 day rotation plan on a few other things.  Most of which are his favorites which the Dr. said always happens.   Broccoli, green beans, sugar of any sort, chocolate, strawberries and  chicken.  Seriously very hard for this guy.  Our kids eat steamed broccoli 3/4 times a week and green beans twice.  Sugar is in everything.  The milk seems to be harder than I thought.  He doesn't like our almond or coconut milk.  This is a new journey for sure.  Any recipes please throw my way.

Love our colorful lunch containers. Anytime we run errands or take a road trip somewhere we love packing our lunches.  Call us dorks I know. 

 This guy can't help but make you smile!!! Don't let his smile fool you.  He totally is into screaming and hitting his siblings right now if he doesn't get his way.

Olivia's choice for a random act of kindness.  Amen to baked goods.  We will have to change them up for Odin though.  Should be interesting.  Go ahead and pick something, bake it, share it and change the world!

Her colorful school work. You gotta love rainbows. 

Trying to finish up our Lego building here at the Funks for the rummage.  I gave the kids until the end of the month to get as many sets together as they could.  It takes about 2 weeks to order pieces and assemble what we were missing.  They are tired of Lego building I'll tell you but they have been rock stars.  They have put together over 85 sets for the rummage to sell.  They are mostly all retired sets they have received as gifts.  Come show your support and buy a set or few for gifts. 
Colorful Fun.  

Poor guy has nowhere to play Monopoly due to Lego madness~~~

Olivia thought I needed a wash up station apparently complete with instructions.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Need I say more…

Can you tell I can barely keep it together?

Olivia was having way too much fun with him.
Friday is here and we love weekends because we all get to hang together.  Sunshine and warmer weather help too. 
Put away the winter clothing and sorting out the spring and summer stuff makes my OCD crazy heart jump for joy.  Winter stuff takes up so much room.

We are trying to finish up the last of our Lego sets before it’s too late to order pieces to complete our sets.  Wow..I can’t believe how many Legos they have collected over an 11 year span. A couple more weeks to go. I am sooo tired of doing Legos but praying God will bless us with good sales for a good cause.

We are hanging up clothes this weekend for the rummage, moving tree’s in the yard and making a Costco run.  Everyone enjoy the sunshine and spread the love.