Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Anyone else have children that read the dictionary for fun?

Thursday, October 9, 2014


About a month ago, a friend ended up with thousands of Australian Tree Frog tadpoles.
We were asked if we wanted any.
Why not?  Right?
So, we took a few.

They were so tiny, really rather impossible to take a picture of.
They were probably the size of this "o" or thereabout.
They also did not stay still for any extended period of time.
 This is about the best I could do:

Fast forward a couple of weeks and...
We have legs!!

This is the biggest of the bunch,
probably about as big as the pad of my ring finger..or a bit smaller.
We have not named them yet.  I thought it wise to wait until they all change into frogs and we see how many are left.  The difference in size between some of them is significant and some have "mysteriously" disappeared..er..been cannibalized we fear.

We will keep you posted.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Yesterday, nine years ago, we said our vows.
Actually we responded to our vows--"yes, yes, I do."
I think if we were to go back and re-do that is one of the things I would change.
Anyway, that doesn't change anything, now does it?

Nine years.
The old folks say we're still newlyweds.
In the grand scheme of things, that would be true.
However, it is not always easy to keep that mindset especially with so many little feet running around, not to mention the cares of day to day life.

We rarely get out alone or do those things that "people" say you have to do to maintain a healthy relationship..

but you know what?

Love is a choice.

And I choose you.

Happy Anniversary!

By the way, this picture is NOT from our wedding day.

Saturday, October 4, 2014


Apples, apples and more apples!!

We went apple picking 2 weeks ago at a local farm.

Here are a few pictures:

The trees were really pretty much picked clean where the kids could reach, 
so pickers were necessary.

The crew.

What is your favorite thing about Fall?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


After we visited Insectropolis, we headed towards home...and the beach!

We have not been to the ocean in about 3 1/2 years.

We couldn't NOT go, being THAT close.

It was a beautiful day..I figured we'd just play on the beach for an hour or two, maybe put our feet in and call it a day..


The kids had a blast!
Everyone got soaked to the skin.
It was fun just to watch them.
The water was surprisingly warm, as in if we had had our bathing suits, Mike probably would have went in too.
There were several people in the water.

Good thing I had extra clothes for all.  It would have been a miserable ride home otherwise.

Mike has a few more pictures I'll have to snag...but it was a really nice day.
I think everyone was hard pressed to decide which was better--the beach or the museum!
We will have to make a point of heading down the shore next summer.

Friday, September 19, 2014


While soccer is not our life, by any means--in a sense, soccer is our life.
We have practice four nights a week and then games on the weekend.
It is rather crazy.

The girls are on a team together and Michael is on a different team.
This is Rian's first year playing and she is a little bit in over her head.
She is the youngest on the team, but I just couldn't handle juggling three different teams.  Two is bad enough!  So, I pushed for her to be on the older team.
It'll build character, right?

Here are some shots from the first game the girl's had.
Mike took the girls and I went with Michael, since the games were in different towns and at the same time.

Big improvement on Carina's part this year!

The next picture is from what was SUPPOSED to be Michael's first game.
The other team cancelled at the last minute, so they won by forfeit.
Our whole team was there, so they kicked the ball around for awhile and then we cut out to catch the last half of the girl's game.

Michael is really enjoying soccer this year.

 The whole program is a bit different this year.
The kids have a professional trainer in practice and then parent coaches for the games..
We have a few issues with the whole organization, but at this point in time we will stick with it. 
 For the kids.

Just an aside, there are some who may ask why I do all this running and committing to the various extra-curriculars--I'll admit, it gets to be a lot.  I personally believe that these activities are JUST as important as academics in the education of my children.  They are exercising, learning teamwork, and many other skills through these activities.  This is why I will go through the hassle and inconvenience to myself.  Of course there is a point where one can take on too much, but honestly, I don't think we have crossed that line yet.  Just my two cents.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Last year's science curriculum was all about flying creatures, a large part of which were insects.
Soooo...what better place to visit than a BUG MUSEUM?!!


We waited until Mike had some time off, because it really is not close to home and made a day of it.
It was pretty cool.  We also had the place to ourselves.  Literally.
One of the perks of homeschooling and going on a weekday.

Lots of specimen.

I think Jared was especially happy we had the place to ourselves,
 because he was not then confined to a stroller.

Ick!  Imagine those suckers running around on your floors!

At the end we had a mini presentation and could actually touch 4 creepy crawlies.
A tarantula, scorpion, and a millipede..I forget what the other one was.
Did you know that scorpions turn blue under UV light?

While it was nice, it was also pretty small as far as museums go.
We were done and saw everything in an hour and a half.
It took longer to drive there.

So, unless you are planning to do something else in the area, I would not recommend traveling down just for that.

Good thing we..er..I..had other plans up my sleeve!
I will save that for the next post though.