Thursday, March 22, 2018

Lost years...

Five years, gone. Just like that. I have missed this blog. This space to ramble and share and journal my thoughts and my life. Life got busy, and quiet time to sit and reflect just kind of went out the window with a big swoosh. They have been hard years, and fun years, and crazy busy with life years. Even as I take a minute for this entry, my mind is going and going with everything that still needs to be accomplished today. But I think I want to start taking some time again. Some time, every so often, to sit and write about the good times, and the hard times, and all the times that make life beautiful.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Sibling love

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Kaylee has been a huge help with Evan. She often knows just what to do to help him settle down. She loves her little buddy, and he obviously returns the sentiment. 

Tyler and Bryan like to go out and do crazy tricks. Tyler really enjoys parkour, and, of course, Bryan is a gymnast, sooo.... Every so often, I run across pictures like this. 

Sunday, April 02, 2017

The magic drink

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It's difficult to find things to appease the violent temperament of this child. My "pink drink" does the trick. It's just water with a bit of flavor, but apparently it's absolutely fascinating.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

3rd place Regionals!

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Bryan managed to pull off 3rd place at Regionals. Up to this point, his level 9 season had been rather disappointing. He was one happy camper (or, uh, gymnast) to finally make it on the podium and place in the top three in his level/age bracket.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Let's roll!

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Little Evan was trying really hard to roll over. Sadly, he never got a lot of practice, as laying on the floor was not one of his favorite pastimes. Well, he really didn't have favorite pastimes, other than maybe someone bouncing on the yoga ball with him, or taking him outside. And screaming. That's what he was best at, yay for me! But whenever we did manage to give him some floor time, he wasn't much for laying still. He spent every single minute trying to move move move. So here he is, trying to roll roll roll!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Bee's Knees

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Well, this particular day, there were lots of bees' knees, haha. Walked out to the composter only to discover a swarm of bees hanging out in the grapefruit tree. So I quickly put together a makeshift hive (some serious woodworking skills there, people!), shook them off the tree, and dumped them on a sheet in front of the hive! They moved right in. You're welcome, little ladies.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

In which I admit...

...that I take strange pleasure in finding curriculum for our homeschool.  There are a million and one choices out there, and I love looking through my phone book sized catalog from Rainbow Resource.  I love browsing online, reading reviews, reading blogs for ideas.    I have one more year before Tyler begins high school, and I feel instruction for him needs to be more structured than it has been for the younger kids.  I also need to start planning for his high school years, to make sure he ends up with the proper amount of classes and credits to have a creditable transcript.  All of this freaks me out a bit, but it's also kind of exciting.  He's still toying around with the idea of going back to public school after 8th grade, but I want to be prepared, should he choose to continue at home.  He gets a lot of pressure from his friends to go back to school, and some of them have literally told him they don't think he's getting a good education being at home (should I be offended????).  He generally takes those comments in stride, and his friends continue to be his friends.  He doesn't hold grudges, he doesn't argue with them.  Just shrugs his shoulders and changes the topic (good for him!).  So, he is free to choose what he wants to do, though I hope he will continue with us at home.  We have such a nice dynamic going, it would be sad if one was missing from the group.  With that, I'm counting on all of my research leading me to something that will keep him engaged, and that will help him want to stay with us.  Wish me luck! :)