Beginning To Read…

With 5 kids and homeschooling we have had 5 very different approaches to reading and readiness. I worked endlessly with Leighton learning his letters and sounds and he started kindergarten reading when he was in his second year of preschool and hasn’t looked back. I can’t keep books in front of him now without him…

Winter Camp Out

We have started having family nights once a week, usually on a Friday or Saturday evening. We either play a board game, watch a movie or play a game on the Wii (super high tech here, we own all of 2 games on the Wii….). It has been a lot of fun and just some…

Trail Running 2019…

And I’ve signed up for another trail marathon….not because my last 1/2 marathon went so well (ie it totally didn’t) but because I want to prove to myself that I can do it and because I really really love trail running. Even if I’m super slow and fail terribly at it. Although I think this…

Twice The Adult….

Clint had his birthday a couple of weeks ago. He informed me that since he was turning 36 he was now twice the adult. About that time Coppelia went running by yelling “I need to go poop!” and I just turned to him and said “wow, twice the adult huh, you’ve come so far….”. It…

And Christmas 2018….

So we are nearly a month removed from Christmas but I’m just getting around to finally getting our Christmas post written and posted. Our Christmas was broken up a little this year because I worked day shifts both the 24th and 25th. I made it home in time on the evening on the 24th to…

654 Days…Another Milestone Reached

And Tuesday January 8th was Paxton’s Day. He was in Korea for 654 days and now he has been home that many days. We had rice and Mandu (dumplings) with mochi ice cream for dinner to celebrate. Paxton was with his foster family for much of those 654 days. He was their first foster child…

Nutcracker 2018

We survived our first Nutcracker. It was actually a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Caedmon just soaked up every moment and during one of the dress rehearsals I caught him sneaking out and standing in the wings watching the older dancers. He was just in awe and loved it all. Two…

609 Days, Another Milestone Reached…

609 days was the amount of time that Coppelia spent in South Korea….and today she has been home 609 days. Tomorrow she will be home more days than she was in Korea. And while in the years to come those 609 days will become a smaller and smaller percentage of her life they laid so…

The Final Mile…

Last week I finally hit my goal. For the last number of years I set a goal of running 1000 miles in a year, and the closest I’ve ever gotten was 820. But this year on December 6th I hit that 1000 mile mark. I wish I could say that it was a gorgeous trail…

First JO Meet…

Last weekend Leighton had his first Junior Olympic level 4 gymnastics meet. He made the team at the end of the summer and was really excited about his first meet. The only thing he wasn’t looking forward to was being in front of everyone in his shorts. They are a little on the short side…