Monday, September 12, 2016

School is in Session

I've heard the saying "The days are long, but the years are short!" and can say a hearty "AMEN!" to that. Here I am, in a new season... turning a new page. All three of my girls are in school, and that leaves me with three hours each morning where I am flying solo! It's odd. It's quiet. It's prayer time. It's change. It's been sad. But it's also good. 

My lovely ladies on their first day of school...

Funny Faces...

"I'm going to miss you Mommy" faces...

"But we'll kiss you when we get home!" faces...

I have rarely ever been without children in the last 8 1/2 years... and I will say, it's a good thing to miss each other a bit. And it's also a very good thing to joyfully embrace in hugs each afternoon!!!

Matie and I waiting for the two older girls to get off the bus!

And here they come... ready for hugs, snacks, and talk, talk, talking!!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Bale Business

 Jon has always thought of unique things to do with the girls when he knows I just need a break. Often he'll take them for a country drive, or out exploring through the woods, or on a four wheeler/snow mobile ride to "new places they've never been"... or in the fall, when the hay bales start "rolling in" he'll take them to play on the "country playground!" 

They LOVE it! As soon as they see a near by line of bales they are asking to go visit them!! 

Since we have moved, we have a huge hay field to the east and south of us... and the kids were PUMPED when Mr. Mark started stacking bales along the edge of our property!

They drive the four wheeler over, hop from it onto the bales, and away they go!

I know the memories they are making on these "daddy adventures" will be highlights of their childhood!

And thanks to a zoom lens, I just snapped the pictures out the backdoor. Can you see them on the bales over there? 

I'll post pics of the house soon.... but see those hills of weeds? Thanks to continued progress on the exterior of the house, we are now ready to knock those down, bring in more dirt, smooth it all out and hopefully have a real yard again soon!!! 

One step at a time, with a little fun along the way! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Horse Lovin' Gal

For the last number of years, Alia has asked for ONE thing every Birthday and Christmas... horse tack. Oh, and a real horse! :) We tried to supplement with stuffy horses and play horses, of various sizes and kinds.... so the next time a wish list was made, she was sure to clarify... "real live horse!" Because, clearly, Mommy and Daddy just weren't getting the message! :)

We are still getting our yard established, after the house build, so sadly a horse won't be joining our family this year... but POSSIBLY (I added that as a small disclaimer!) in the future.

So, when given the choice of gymnastics or horse riding lessons, Alia JUMPED at the horse riding lessons option... and couldn't WAIT to start!

There was a HUGE smile on her face, literally, every single minute of lessons!!! Every. Single. Minute... for 8 weeks straight!

Her teachers were above the top fantastic! They were always full of encouragement and worked hard to help her horse pick up the pace when need be!

Getting "Big Mac" to lope was Alia's FAVORITE part!!!

 It took her almost 6 weeks to work up to that, so it was a super exciting day when she earned that privilege!

Her sisters were great sports too.... it's not always easy watching big sister have all the fun (though of course, they got to have fun in gymnastics while Alia watched on!) but they would yell encouragement and say "Come on Big Mac!!" when it was time to barrel race!!

And go play with the barn cats, when things were slow paced!

All in all, her first go around with horse riding lessons were a huge highlight of her spring! And positive in every way!!

But guess who has a birthday coming up? 

And guess what's on the list?!?

The flame has been fanned bigger and bigger!! :)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Daddy's Daughters

Princesses Dream...

... not of princes...

... but of horses, right?!?

Thankfully in this "castle" they do, anyhow!!

Monday, October 26, 2015

October delight

We have had an AH-MAZING October up here in the great white north! Temps have been delightfully fall-ish, but don't threaten of the season ahead near as much as typical come this time of year!!

It has been great for work, work, working on the new house.... AND for playing outside!

This is one of the benefits of homeschooling... we can pick up Larren from school, grab some lunch and all head to the park for the afternoon!


Maybe, just maybe, November will get wind of the trend!! I'm not ready for the white fluffy stuff yet!! Or the crazy cold temps that come along with it!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Second Grade and the Second Starts School

 Can you believe it? Two little ladies in school?

Alia is starting second grade this fall, and it's always a mix of exciting and nervous all rolled into one! Though this year is looking a little different than in years past! 

Her day still starts with Bible time, but instead of the principal it's her mama doing the reading.... her desk is the dining room table and she's trading in bus rides for a short, SHORT commute. Yup, we are homeschooling this year and so far we're loving it!!! It has gone better than anticipated and we are learning all sorts together! What a joy to have such a bright and willing pupil!

Larren is going to our beloved school in town and has our neighbor as her kindergarten teacher... just like Alia did!

Thankfully Larren only goes to school until noon... so it gives plenty of sister play time in the afternoons!

And plenty of kitty cuddling time too, of course!

Larren's best friend is also in her class and on her bus... so the two can be brave buddies together!

Our school takes it slow... with a transition day first (only 1/3 of the class is there) followed a couple days later by the full first day. We took it even slower by waiting a couple days to integrate riding the bus! (More for mama's sake than for Larren's possibly!)

It was a full family affair taking her to the bus stop that first time!

Again, SO thankful that Larren has a Jesus loving, super sweet, buddy to weather the new course with!

She was doing good until it actually came time to leave us and get on the bus....

... but she recovered quickly and off she went!!!

There was somebody special who left his school over lunch hour so come see how her first day went!!

And here she is... looking so so small... in front of HER school!!!

What a blessing on both hands! We have such a fantastic school for Larren and we are also able to spend more time with Alia... it's a win win!