Thursday, May 24, 2012


Our cat had 5 kittens last night!   The kids are thrilled!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Only John

"Look at me Mom!"
Out of all 4 kids, John is the one that pushes the limit, quite bravely.  {Granted he does have 3 older siblings to watch)  He started riding a bike with training wheels early this spring, like a maniac and just a few days was later riding without them.  In just a (very) short time later, he was pedalling/riding standing up.  He soon followed that up with slamming on the brakes and doing 'skid' marks in the gravel.  Making his bike swish/fishtail, which results in a hearty laugh and giant grin.  He loves to run with his bike, jump on and take off.  Surprisingly, he's managed to stay upright the majority of the time. {smile}

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

4 peas in a pod. 4 bumps on a log. 4 of a kind.

It seems I am forever trying to get a perfect decent picture of our 4 kids.  I'm sure as their mother, I am looking for a pose in which all four kids are looking at the camera, with sweet, innocent smiles.  At the same time.  At ages 8, 7, 6, and 4-1/2 it is getting semi easier to get them to cooperate.  Yet 'newtons law of photographing little kids' works its charm.  Someone blinks.  Someone looks away.  Someone smiles goofy(er).  And while I'm still searching for the perfect picture, I'm enjoying these natural poses.  The ones that their personalities shine through on.  The not-so-perfect pose, yet perfectly normal poses.

At any rate, I find all 4 perfectly cute and charming in their own unique ways.  My Our life has been blessed in ways I didn't think possible because of them.  So I'll continue to snap away.  Cherishing the moments.  Perfect and not so perfect.

The only way I can guarantee them to ALL cooperate is to ask for a silly shot.  Each happily obliges.  All at the same time.  (smile)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


It's hard to believe we're already into the month of May!!!  We were spoiled with a mild(er) winter, so we've been enjoying some spring-like days for quite awhile.  Don't worry, we're having our share of typical spring days: cool and rainy. 

The nicer weather finds us outside as often as possible.  Riding bikes, nature walks in the woods, cleaning up the brush in the woods, (trans)planting trees/plants, prepping the garden. Speaking of gardens, we're looking forward to having a nice size garden this year.  Carolyn especially is very eager and willing to help.  The other three are excited as well, talking about what they want to plant and how yummy the food will be.  Lets hope the excitement continues all the way thru harvest time! :)

Daddy has been staying busy with trucking.  In his spare time he hits the studio to work on his new album project.  As for me, I stay occupied with cooking, cleaning, laundry, homeschooling and all the other day-to-day activies. But lucky for me, I love my job, so it's all good!

 This not-so-little-boy......
has been full of it lately.
Today he tried on his too-small shoes.  Naturally they were too tight.  So he promptly placed them on the front porch steps.  He told me to leave them there.  "The sun will make them grow bigger!"
Benji happens to have the exact same style (sizes bigger of course).  So I sneakily switched the 2 pair.  Now the shoes are too big, so they are sitting in the house shade to get smaller.

I have very good intentions of updating this blog with pictures and our latest happenings.  But before I know it, a week or more has passed with nothing to show for it on my blog.   {eeps}  I'd like to say and promise I'll be better at blogging, but we both know I won't hold my end of the bargain up.  But I do have some lots of pictures to share, so check back in a few.  hours.  days.  weeks....

Wednesday, May 2, 2012