Edric’s 7th Birthday

Edric turned 7 on Thursday and pretty much anyone that he was in shouting distance to over the last month knew that it was his birthday. He told anyone and everyone and was so excited. It was a pretty laid back day, he opened the present from Clint’s parents that morning and a skip-it from…

Buck Tank Draw and Birthday Arch Hike

Not far from where we stayed in Northern Arizona just across the border into South Utah was a great little hike that we found. The hike was not easily found as it was just a little pull off the side of the road. We hike up the wash and climbed over rocks and cruised through…

Putting in the Garden

And we have a garden. Or at least a very large spot now to plant things in. 3 years ago when we moved in there was a small area with a couple raised beds that for that year and the next I made do. Last year because there was just way too much on my…

Coppélia’s Family Day

Tuesday was Coppelia’s Family Day, 3 years ago my mom and I made the very long flight home via a crazy time in customs in Seattle and mad rush to our plane with Coppelia in my arms, home to her waiting big brothers. And we haven’t really stopped since. Because having 4 boys wasn’t quite…

Arizona Swimming…..

When we escaped last month we spent the majority of our time in northern Arizona just outside of Page. We had found a Airbnb home that was close to Lake Powell and had a small swimming pool and was pretty isolated. Initially we had planned on spending 3 nights there but as all things virus…

April Blizzard….

Last Wednesday evening it started snowing and it continued through most of Thursday. When we woke up Thursday AM we had over 12 inches and a few more were added as the day went on. We got out and sledded a bit Thursday afternoon but the majority of our fun came Friday after we finished…

Easter-Capes and Snow…..

It was not our typical Easter by any means. I was actually off this morning which has not been the case the past few years which was really nice. The kids were super excited about their Easter baskets which were actually trash cans….With their new desks they all needed trash can and desk items so…

Lava Falls, El Malpais National Monument Hike

A little over an hour west of Albuquerque is El Malpais National Monument which is full of old lava fields and lava tubes and caves to explore. We learned about it from a friend at church and so after our hike at Riconada Canyon we headed out there. The road to the tubes and caves…

Paxton’s Family Day!

Today we celebrate Paxton’s Family Day. We actually had dinner last night to celebrate with dumplings and brownies It has been 3 years since he came home. He has been recently sending videos to his foster family and getting videos and photos back which he has really enjoyed. Paxton’s name means Peace, and he has…

Happy 8th Birthday Caedmon…

Caedmon turns 8 today! He’s the only one of the 5 that was not born early and did not spend days and weeks in a NICU. He’s the only one I got to hold right after he was born. And what a joy it has been to watch him grow and develop into the boy…