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but it was five years ago!
Where does the time go?
The current fad is silly bands instead of those bracelets (what were they even called?)
They now have all their permanent teeth (after MANY visits from the tooth fairy!)
And they are all done with elementary school.
Suddenly, I am feeling very old.
Posted at 10:06 PM in Danny, David, kelly, kids | Permalink
Not just because he's a great dad, and a sweet husband as well as an excellent pilot...
but because of so many other things.
He's flying his last trip as a 767 Captain this week.
When he gets home tomorrow, he has a few days off, then he goes back to school.
He'll be learning to fly another plane...again.
In the last ten years, his workload has almost doubled, and his paycheck has been cut in almost half.
Next month, the new airplane means another paycut.
And yet, he gets up every day and goes to work with the same professional dedication he has for the last 19 years.
Sure, I am thankful that he still has a job, I know that it could be much worse!
But what I am proud of, is the way he handles it all.
Of course I miss the money he used to make...so does he.
But he has to go to the same job, work much longer hours and put up with so much more "crap" than ever before.
He has had to say goodbye to many of his goals...and dreams.
He has had to watch his career crumble in front of him.
And he never complains...except that one time...but he ALMOST never complains.
He does everything in his power to make sure the kids and I have everything we need.
He constantly makes sure all of his duties at home a completed before he leaves for work again.
He takes my shopping lists to "duty free" and buys cosmetics for me without complaint.
He brings me the cookies when he stays at the Doubletree.
He keeps his chin up and his smile wide.
And I know that's not easy many days.
So I am proud of him.
Thank you sweetie, for being a good man.
I love you.
Posted at 10:18 AM in Bill | Permalink
more than any human on earth.
I'm pretty sure that includes me.
Posted at 10:04 PM in kelly | Permalink
we were in Wyoming!
We were watching Old Faithful,
observing lots of wildlife,
and feeling really happy to be with all of these people we love.
It was quite the adventure!
Posted at 05:38 PM in Travel | Permalink
before summer break.
Yes, we will be homeschooling again next year.
Yes, Kelly will be in 7th grade and the boys will be in 6th grade.
Yes, this is the end of our third year to do school at home.
No, I can't imagine NOT homeschooling them, honestly.
Yes, they still have just as many friends as when they went to public school.
Yes, their social lives are quite active.
No, I don't wish I was playing tennis or working outside the home instead.
Yes, they still enjoy sports with kids their age.
No, we do not do public school online.
Yes, I put together curriculum from different sources that best fits our goals.
Yes, my kids do work above grade level, and NO it doesn't make them wierd.
I do love teaching them and being with them ALL day EVERY day.
Yes, some days are better than others, obviously, but it is still the best choice for our family.
No, I do not pass judgement on anyone else for their school choices...I just feel really lucky that we all have choices!
Yes, the choice to homeschool is one that we make each year.
No, I don't know what we will do the following year yet, I won't know that until next year.
Yes, I'm okay with that process.
Yes, I get tired and frustrated sometimes.
No, I do not EVER regret the decision to homeschool. EVER.
Yes, I miss our school routine during the summer.
These are the questions I get most often... and on a regular basis.
Now you know.
Posted at 10:12 PM in homeschool | Permalink
was great today!
Nothing better than a cute movie on a rainy day.
We saw How to Train Your Dragon.
I highly recommend it.
Posted at 05:48 PM in homeschool, kids | Permalink
for my bed is now finished!
It's based on the Halloween pattern by Blackbird Designs.
I had to change it up a little to make it KING size to fit my bed.
I did the applique by hand and piecing and quilting by machine.
I am so pleased with it!
Now, I only have to wait five months to actually USE IT!
Bummer, I might just put it on the bed for a while anyway.
Posted at 12:02 PM in quilts | Permalink
To find out she's healthy and get her shots and meds for the next year.
Don't ask if she's worth it...
that answer changes depending on what she's been up to at any given moment.
But she certainly does give us lots of love and laughs.
Guess you can't put a price on that.
Posted at 03:22 PM in Pets | Permalink
I have had so much fun watching the garden come to life this spring.
All of the things I have planted are doing exactly what they are supposed to...
The flowers from last year are also coming back...
And these smell SOOOOO good right now...
And a few surprises the rain and mother nature thought we might enjoy...
And that completes today's garden tour...stay tuned for an update in a few weeks.
Hope these pictures make you as happy as they do me!!!!
Posted at 03:20 PM in garden | Permalink
I just found this box on the porch.
That's right, I'll be calling you Stacey!
Time to scrapbook, enjoy adult beverages and talk...
not necessarily in that order.
Posted at 02:59 PM in scrapbooking | Permalink
Veronica Roth: Allegiant (Divergent)
Robert Galbraith: The Cuckoo's Calling
Barbara Kingsolver: Flight Behavior: A Novel
Tracy Chevalier: The Last Runaway
Philippa Gregory: The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War)
Jennifer Chiaverini: The New Year's Quilt (Elm Creek Quilts Series #11)
Sarah Blake: The Postmistress
James Patterson: Guilty Wives
ML Stedman: The Light Between Oceans: A Novel
Susan Gregg Gilmore: Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen: A Novel