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Tales from the 4th of July, part 1

We started out our holiday extravaganza by picking up Mal from the airport. He’s the oldest of this large brood of children and we feel so lucky that he took time off work to come and visit. We know that these times of most of us being all together will get fewer and farther between. […] Read more…

june

And Summer, dear summer, hath years of June With large white clouds, and cool showers at noon: And a beauty that grows to a weight like grief, Till a burst of tears is the heart’s relief. George McDonald fyi: we are living summer to the fullest! i’m reading lots of curriculum stuff to get ready […] Read more…

How to enjoy your kids in the summer

1.  Encourage their creativity. Get out some paint or some clay or some crayons and create something. We’re taking a few weeks off from ‘school’ but as I’m hoping to blur the lines between ‘school’ and  ‘life’, we’re still busy learning.   One of my very favorite bloggers Meg introduced this wonderful art blog last […] Read more…

2010 Dance Recital

The dance recital was a three day affair of girls and hairspray and lip gloss and pirouettes and giggles. It really makes me wish I had been learning to dance when I was young instead of sporting a mullet and playing short stop. But let’s let bygones be bygones and hope I don’t turn into […] Read more…

Happy 20th Birthday Taylor!

Those of you who’ve been following this blog for a long time know that my son Taylor graduated from high school last year.   I chronicled that journey with him here and am so glad to have the memories recorded.  I wrote about his band The Verity and about his antics with Andrew and even […] Read more…

Guess what we did this weekend?

~We bought some training skis (that are connected together and require an adult to hold the other end of the rope) and Emme got up on her 2nd try.   I yelled and squealed like a school girl.   Steve took Taylor and his friends (on the regular skis) and everyone had a blast. ~We […] Read more…

A bonafide Volunteer!

Marcus graduated from UT this week with a degree in communications.   He is gifted in so many ways and has a bright future ahead.   We are so proud of him and thankful for his presence in our lives.   He is just downright funny and has his dad’s irresistible charm.   He has […] Read more…