Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fiona's 18 month and pregnancy update!

And my baby Fiona is 18 months old!  When did that happen?

She's finally walking!  They say not to worry until a child is 18 months and not walking and my stubborn little girl waiting until 17 1/2 months to finally decide she was ready. 
She is full of cheesy grins when she sees a camera lately! 
Walking with Daddy

At the park!
Sisters!  I love that they practically have the same expressions on their faces!
33 1/2 weeks pregnant me with Fiona
 Yes, that's me!  I feel huge and uncomfortable and hot.  I've started weekly visits at the chiropractor.  I was experiencing a lot of hip and sciatic pain and my midwife recommended it.  The chiropractor said she can tell how I hold Fiona.  My hip is cocked from holding her on my left hip all the time - but hey, she couldn't walk!  The adjustments are helping and she has me icing my back at least 3 times a day and I have to say that if giving me a lot of relief.  I am measuring large.  At my 32 week appointment I measured 34 weeks!  And I usually measure small once I go into the 3rd trimester so I have an ultrasound at 36 weeks to check up on him and see how big he looks.  I just keep remembering that Fiona was born at 38 1/2 weeks so I may only have a month or so to go!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Claire is now 8!

I just can't believe my baby is 8 years old.  How does the time go so quickly? 

She had a fun birthday!  Her birthday was on Friday and we took a picnic to the park and they got to play in the creek.

She said she was an explorer!

Treasures from the creek.

Fiona thought the water was awesome!

Water fun!

Then on Saturday we had a ball at The Fun Factory, including the inflatable slide, mini golf, video games, air hockey, bumper cars, go-karts and more!  Claire requested it as her birthday present.  :) 

My golfer.

So big!  (And so hard to take pictures in the dim florescent lighting!)

Go-Karts with Daddy were her favorite part!

Chandler waiting his turn.

Fiona walking!  Eek!

Then we hurried home to prepare for family coming over for dinner - tacos, of course - and dessert.  

We went simple this year - Claire requested Chocolate Eclair Cake!

The fam.

My Claire with an amazing missing teeth smile.  :)

We have a very happy 8 year old! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014


We found Athena under the bedroom couch this morning.  She had passed away sometime during the night.  She was our first baby.  I brought her home before we were even married and Daddy adored her from the moment he saw the little kitten come out from behind me.  She was always sweet and a total lap cat.  One of the few cats that I have known to come when her name was called!  When Claire was a little baby she pulled Athena's fur and Athena turned and bit ME!  :)  She always understood that they were babies and while they weren't her favorites she was always good with them.  She was 13 years old and was definitely getting elderly in the last year, but was still eager for a lap snuggle whenever we finally sat down in the evening.  She was a part of our lives for a very long time and she will be missed dearly. 

Athena at 4 years old

Friday, May 30, 2014

Colorful Bunnies

Dulci's babies are growing up!  I love how colorful her kindle is - every one is a different color.  We have a black one, white one, a broken black like Captain Jack, a brown one and a pretty fawn colored one.  So cute!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Family Day

We are in the middle of rearranging all of us in the bedrooms in our house to make room for the new baby, but we took time away from our messy house to head up the mountain with a picnic and to play in the river.  We had so much fun and all the kids loved it - even Fiona.  Then we went up to the waterfall which is always fun!

At the river!

Playing on the rock in the middle of the river.

Fiona loved the water even though it was cold!

"But Daddy!  I want to dive in!"



Claire said they were exploring and Chandler said he just saw a lion!

The whole family!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Bunnies!

It's our first kindle since the dog attack!  Five precious, little wigglers in the nest!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Guess What?

This little boy wants to wave hello!

He's hoping to join us in the beginning of August!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Fiona's Belated 1st Birthday

I can't believe our Fiona is 1 year old!  Due to sickness it took us a while to get her birthday done, but she needed to have her first cake!

My big 1 year old!

Yummy carrot cake

She loved getting sung to!

Happy girl with yummy cake all over her face!


Smiley girl!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

No more sickness!

Life has been crazy!

Christmas busyness and then starting on Christmas day my grandmother started not feeling well.  After several days she ended up in the hospital and spent a week there. 

Then we have been sick one after another. 


Add co-op beginning of the semester craziness and I barely had time to breath!

Hoping life can get back to normal!

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Weekend of Devastation

This weekend a pack of dogs came into our backyard, ripped open our hutches and killed all of our rabbits.  Captain Jack was our only survivor. 

Six breeding does, one proven buck and seven baby kits were all over our yard.  Including my children's special pets.  We have all been crying.  I just kept walking in circles all day.  I couldn't focus on a thing.  Our poor bunnies. 

The animal control officer is coming today and will look at the damage.  If we can figure out who the owners are we may be able to get reimbursed monetarily.  But that won't really replace them.  And we need to repair all the cages. 

Daddy spent all day yesterday re-enforcing the chicken coop and run and we put Jack's hutch inside the chicken run.  If the dogs come back we don't want our chickens hurt too!  We are figuring out the best way to keep the bunnies safe when we start building our rabbitry back up.  Stronger cages and a fenced in area to keep them is the current plan.  But I just can't stop thinking about our poor bunnies last moments.  They didn't deserve that.


Innocent Babies


Mrs. Sugarfoot and babies

Ginger our sweet Flemish Giant

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Allergy Friendly Menu!

My sister is coming for two weeks for Christmas!  My sister has a plethora of allergies, but I am happy to work around them.  She is allergic to wheat, dairy, soy, peanuts, all oils except coconut, sugar, has difficulty with meat, all grains other than rice, she also has reactions to pesticides and additives, etc so you have to wash everything well.  It's a LOT but you get used to it and she is able to eat our homegrown foods, like eggs, that are hormone and additive free. This list does not include all the pollens, animals, etc that she is allergic to! 

Through the years we have gotten used to cooking for her and it is an opportunity to get creative.  Thankfully my husband doesn't mind vegetarian meals! 

This is our menu for the next two weeks:

Black Beans and Rice with Quesadillas for the kids
Vegetarian "Fried" Rice with Hot and Sour Soup
Baked Potatoes (Loaded for us without allergies)
Falafel (In flatbread for us, as a salad for her)
Veggie Stir-fry and Rice
Kale and Potato Soup
Salad "Buffet"
Tacos (Taco Salad for her)
Anazazi Beans and Rice or Macaroni
Colcannon with Kielbasa
Garbonzo-Vegetable Salad
Potatoes Calcutta with Over Easy Eggs
Veggie Stew

Saturday, November 30, 2013

30 Days of Thanks 2013

It's November and you know what that means! Time to count our blessings ... 

 Day 1: I am thankful for my husband. He is a hard worker, who loves his children and makes me laugh everyday. I love him more then the day we got married. I am blessed to have him.

Day 2 of the Month of Gratitude: I am thankful for my mom. She did an amazing job as a homeschooling, hardworking, single mom. Now she lives with us and is an awesome grandma and partner in crime. Thanks Mom for being you.

Day 3 of Gratitude: I am thankful for a great group of women to meet with to keep our homeschool co-op going. Tonight was the committee meeting to decide on the next semester and its amazing how many decisions we can make in 4 hours! I am blessed to have my kids in such an efficient, fun group!

Day 4:  Even after 2 days of no sleep and cuddling a fussy, whiny baby I am still so thankful for my Fiona. She is a bright penny and my snugglebug and there would have been a huge hole in our family without her.

Day 5 of Gratitude: After steak, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, and homemade bread for dinner I am thankful for good food to eat! Even when times are tough we always have yummy food on our table.

Day 6: I am thankful for my sister. I got to talk to her today - which feels like a rare occurrence now that she lives in Florida - and it was wonderful. My sister is awesome and the most fun person to be around and I miss seeing her face!   

Day 7: I am thankful for my oldest child, Claire. She may be getting a little big for her britches lately, but she is funny, observant, smart and an awesome helper. She is getting so grown up and I treasure these times (most of the time!).

Day 8: I am thankful for books. I have traveled to many amazing places via books and I love that I have a whole box of new "doorways" in my living room tonight!

Day 9: I am thankful for my middle child, my Chandler. I am so glad I had a son - they are so different from girls! This morning Chandler climbed in bed and snuggled with me and said, "Look Mom I can sing a Christmas song with my nose!" and proceed to sniff out "Jingle Bells" for me. Love that little guy.

Day 10 of Gratitude: I am thankful for beautiful fall days with my family.

Day 11: I am thankful for all of our veterans. Especially those in my life like my mom (Air Force), my Poppy (Navy), and my Uncle Eddie (Air Force). Thank you!

Day 12: I am so thankful for the opportunity to homeschool my children. Even on hectic days like today full of schoolwork, a library trip and P.E. fun at the gym I still love it.

Day 13:   Today I am thankful for a warm fire on a cold day!

Day 14: I'm so grateful for a wonderful homeschool co-op for my children. We have 34 families this year and my children loved coming to class every week. We all work hard at it and it shows!

Day 15: I am thankful for a wonderful women's Bible Study. It is so nice to have "mommy friends" some of whom are having the same struggles and others who are there for advice and encouragement. Last night instead of our usual monthly meeting we went to Asheville to hear a speaker and even though I ended up queasy from carsickness I had a wonderful time.

Day 16: I am thankful for our house. It needs work, but it's ours and I love it's charm.

Day 17 of Gratitude: I am thankful for my June Moms. When I was home on maternity leave with Claire I picked up the computer and found the Babycenter community. In my daughter's "birth club" I found over a hundred women with babies the same age as mine and in the next 7 years we have gone through board changes, dramas, more births, hospitalizations, divorces and celebrations with these ladies and even though I have never met any of them face to face they are some of my closest friends!

Day 18: I am thankful for unexpected surprises.

Day 19 of Gratitude: I am thankful for my best friend, Anna. We have known each other since 7th grade and even when we lose touch for a few years we are all caught back up in 30 minutes and it's like no time ever left. I love that her daughter is the same age as mine and she gets to be Auntie Anna for my kids.

Day 20: I am thankful for my vehicle. It runs like a workhorse and fits us all and it is exactly what we need.

Day 21 of Gratitude: Today I am thankful for "enough" money. Bills paid, necessities taken care of and fun little trips to Chik-Fil-A all budgeted in. 

Day 22: Today I am thankful for my chickens and my first green egg laid by my Easter Egger hens today! 

Day 23 & 24: I am grateful for the training on hospitality and throwing a meal together for added guests and that thanks has to go to my mom and my grandmother. Grandma trained us both and that's because my grandma is awesome. I don't know who I would have ended up being without her.

Day 25: I am thankful for the Internet. How else would I see all my friends?

Day 26:  Fiona slept from 9pm to 6am last night. That is definitely my thankful post for the day!

Day 27:  Today I am thankful for the joy on my children's faces when they saw the snow outside!

On Thanksgiving Day I am thankful for my family. We are fun, quirky, silly, and in our own way boring but I love nothing more then gathering around a table loaded with food and coffee with those people.

Day 29:  Today I am thankful for the Greenway. I am so glad we have a beautiful, safe place to take the kids and the dog for a walk!

Day 30:  I am thankful for the life attitude my family has taught me.  Times get hard or things get complicated, but you just put a smile on your face (or at least a grimace) and shoulder on.  The bad times always pass ...