Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Our town has had power outages and some flooding due to a crazy storm last night. School was cancelled so we got the paint out. 

Monday, August 26, 2013

My little Lucy

I'm so blessed to have this sweet little 2 year old in my life! With the two biggest kids off to school, Lucy and I are going to have an awesome year hanging out together. She is a sweet little buddy. This was her on Friday when we took off to run some errands. She insisted on having THREE baby dolls in her arms. She is so precious, and I don't want her to change.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Back to school days

We are back to school here. It has been an exciting time for the kids. Last week we did back to school hair cuts, and I just broke down and cut Avery's beautiful and TANGLY locks of hair. No, I have never cut girls' hair before. I just went for it, and it's not perfect, but I have to say, it is CUTE. She looks darling with it short and it really fits her fun and spunky personality.

Lucy age 2, Avery age 5 (starting Kindergarten), Jackson age 8 (3rd grade)
Avery is so full of life and ready to take it all on. Not a bit nervous about Kindergarten. She was just mad that yesterday was only "meet the teacher" for an hour, and then she had to come home for the rest of the day! Today she got to go all day and was pretty happy about it, and she said she only got tired for "just a little bit".
Jackson has grown up so much and is ready to take on more responsibility in school and life! He takes good care of his lizard, and tries his best to be the best brother and son he can be. He is playing football and is learning a lot and enjoying the challenge.
Avery has a friend from church in her kindergarten class. She is overjoyed!
Lucy thinks it's her first day of school too! I definitely am happy to have Lucy at home with me as my little buddy. It has been an emotional few days for me as I have processed the last few years of my homeschooling and the educational decisions we have made for the kids. Kirtis and I both feel this is the right thing for the kids. They are both really excited about school, meeting new kids, feeling challenged and having the routine they crave.
I look back at my homeschooling years as this little "sweet spot" in my parenting. I truly loved it. I feel that both kids really gained a love of learning and life and that the kids relationship is stronger for it. I feel that it is time for Jackson and Avery to have a little different experience.  The classes are really small here and the schools just feel really "cozy" and "warm."
I am a little sad to give up our History Curriculum, because I have loved it so much, but I think I am going to make it a priority and keep going with the Story of the World, and our Classical Conversation songs.
Here's a random pic- not a good one. Jackson had an eye appointment in Denver today and he was kind of horsing around. He was tested, and poked and prodded all day- they patched his eye and dilated his eyes... It's been determined that he will have to have eye muscle surgery. Nothing major, but it will be a good thing for him to go ahead and get done.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Summer Moments

Tell me this isn't beautiful? I snapped this photo out my window today on the way home from a friend's house.  I just love those puffy clouds.  One of my biggest worries was missing the trees in Virginia... but the sky makes up for it. 
Lucy hanging out at 4am. She hasn't been such a great sleeper since we moved. 
And finally asleep....she's now my sofa sleeper. 
Here's the 3 little rascals. They are always up to no good. I told them to get in the car and get their car seats on and they all moved "up" one car seat. Jackson from booster to none, Avery to Jackson's booster and Lucy from baby car seat to Avery's booster. ....they thought maybe I wouldn't notice??

What is it about kids in goggles that makes me just crack up? She loves to wear goggles for about 5 seconds... but has to have her own! 

An idyllic evening... trip to Wal-mart for pool noodles. I was just reveling in the fact that we could do anything together in the evening! We are loving more time with daddy!
Here's the little princess, and her precious blanket. I know it's blurry, but I just love this little body- her legs and arms are getting longer, but she's still squeezable. More to come on the Blanket.
Here's the "cheese" face.
And one more because she's cute.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Nebraska and thoughts on blogging

Hi from Nebraska!

One of my new goals is to really keep up with blogging now that life is slowing down just a little more for me. I love how it makes me stop and think about what I have been grateful for, or to pause and think about a few things that make me happy each day. 

I also feel like I've benefited from the blogging world! I don't read many blogs anymore, but I really did when Jackson was a baby and I was still trying to figure out how to be a mom, what our family traditions would be, and how to deal with tantrums, potty training and all the unexpected hard stuff that sort of threw me for a loop at the beginning. I would read inspiring blogs by amazing women, and I felt like maybe I could do it too!

I'm definitely no parenting expert, but I have definitely learned a ton and grown immensely since beginning the mothering journey over 8 years ago. If someone else can gain a little bit of insight for their life from something I have written here, then that would definitely be a bonus. If not, then this is just a great way for our family to look back and remember all the fun and happy memories as the kids grew up.

So...... here we are in Nebraska, a small town of about 7000. So far, the pace of life is just so refreshing.  People are very friendly and take the time to stop and talk. It never takes us more than 5 minutes to get anywhere, and it is WONDERFUL! Kirtis completed his first week of work. His work is just a few minutes away, so we see him at lunch and in the morning and right after work! The kids and I have loved having more daddy time!

We were welcomed by a crazy hail storm the night we drove in. Apparently, it was just a little "baby" storm. The snow plows came in to plow away all the hail. Really, there was that much hail!  Storms and really crazy wind move in quickly, so we will have to adjust to that. 

I'm looking forward to exploring more hobbies and having more time to cook, decorate, read, run, organize fun family stuff, and maybe even have a little bit of a social life (something I never had time for the last couple years in VA!) 

The welcome signs for Nebraska on the highway say Nebraska.....the good life. We are excited to experience it in full! 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Avery's 5th Birthday Party and Christmas Day 2012

Avery wanted a princess tea party for her birthday this year. The kids went all out with pink streamers on top of all the Christmas stuff! 
 About halfway through the party we had a special visitor. Cinderella came! A cute teenager from our ward offered to come and play Cinderella and the girls loved it. They were in awe!!
 She gave each girl a special gift from the Castle. It was so cute and the kids loved it. :)

 All the girls with Cinderella
 Cake time! 

 This year on Christmas Eve the kids wanted to act out the Christmas story. Avery was Mary- Jackson was Joseph. Lucy got in on the action a little as a shephard. We even had our own baby Jesus (Tammy and Hugh's baby Caleb).

 Christmas Morning- waiting on the top of the stairs for the "all clear" from Dad!

 Lucy's first Christmas stair picture! She was woken up and not too happy about it!

 I think this pic was actually from Christmas Eve- the new PJ picture.
 The kids got spark bikes from Santa. Lucy loved them too! She got her own ride on toy too. :)
 Avery with her "Tall Cinderella Doll" from Santa

 Lucy enjoying her new doll, bottle and ride on bike.
 New Binoculars- from Santa!
 Avery brought down all her princesses to hang out with her on Christmas morning. 

It was a fun Christmas- Tammy and Hugh and Mom were all at our Christmas morning. It was a great day.
Around 10am Jackson came down hard with the flu. He was way sick and kept having the feeling that he couldn't breathe. He was scared and panicky. We got him to the doctor the next day and they gave him Tamiflu which helped a ton. He's all better now, but he will never forget the Christmas with the flu!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

December Wrap Up

 We had such a crack up with these Rudolph noses. I couldn't believe how much Lucy liked wearing it!

 Lucy cracked us up, because she would always get cross eyed with it on. :) 

 I love this one- because it shows how much Lucy loves the camera- jumping in front of big brother and sis to be in the picture!

 Aah! I gotta hang that one up!
 Santa comes to visit us on the Fire Truck every year in our neighborhood. Such a fun tradition!!
 Avery on the new 2 wheel scooter she got for her 5th birthday. She is growing up FAST!

Birthday pancakes!

 All THREE kids in the cul de sac- Lucy cries and cries when she doesn't get to cruise with the big kids. (she's not even 18 months yet!!)

 There's my sweet and sassy Avery Jane- showing off her new birthday outfit and presents!! Love her!!