Monday, April 14, 2014


Bean has been spelling and writing and spelling and writing. She has become increasingly independent with her writing and lately she's been asking if she can read.
On her own, she has started putting sentences together using a game we have and she has become quite good at reading the words, including those without pictures.
I decided to introduce books.
This was her second run through the book I Like Bugs!
I think we'll have a full blown reader on our hands just in time for kindergarten.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dear New Neighbors

Dear People Who Just Bought The House Diagonal To Us,

About six (or so) years ago when the current owners bought your house, I had high hopes. I was hoping for a family much like ours, with children. Instead, a soon to be married couple bought your house and I still don't even know their names. They had a baby, but I'm not sure when that even happened since we never see the wife or even knew she was pregnant.

So, this is a plea to you, the new people on the block. Our new neighbors. Please be cool. Please. Please have children who are the exactly the same ages as our children. Please be a man who loves Jeeps and hanging out in the garage. Please be a woman who likes to gossip but stay out of drama and drink a few beers now and then. Please be good parents who hold their children accountable.

It's not too much to ask for, is it?

With a case of beer waiting,

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cute Baby Saturday: Just An Ox, That's All

Of all our children, I'm sure Chicken Little would be the last one anyone would guess would sit on an ox. Well, only Chicken Little did it! 
No big deal, right?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Night Leftovers: The Conference Edition


  • I've been at a conference since Tuesday night this week. I plan to arrive home late tonight.
  • Being away has definitely gotten easier as the kids have gotten more independent. Of course, Bee may think otherwise, but I certainly think having everyone in school helps.
  • I love conferences. I love to learn. I've finally gotten to the point professionally where I feel comfortable enough in my own skin to enjoy the socializing and networking that goes along with these kids of things. Of course, having a job also helps with this process.
  • The kids are on Spring Break next week. I'm not sure what the plans are for us, but I know we'll be keeping busy with both activities and unstructured play time.
  • I might have gone overboard with Easter basket items. This happens with stockings too. I pick things up here and there and before I know it, I have a huge pile. Some things may go into the save pile for Christmas.
  • Speaking of Christmas, I bought the girls a butterfly kit for Christmas but we couldn't get the caterpillars because it was too cold to ship them. I am so excited to report that they are set to arrive early next week. I can't wait. 
  • I have banned whistling for outside only. Bean is a whistling maniac.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Text Me

Bee and I have some entertaining conversations, both in person and in text. See for yourself from the last month (I'm in green for you non-iPhone users):

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Two Worlds

Trucks and baby dolls. That sums it up.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ten Wishes

Ten wishes I have for my children:
  1. They always feel supported and loved. 
  2. They find friends who feel like family and are a positive influence on their lives.
  3. They are healthy and safe in all they do.
  4. They live by humility and grace.
  5. They find a partner who compliments their personality and loves them for who they are. 
  6. They always feel like they are enough in every aspect of their lives.
  7. They find a job or profession that doesn't feel like work.
  8. They find their way spiritually and their place within a community.
  9. They maintain the bond with each other like Bee and I have with our siblings.
  10. They are happy.
In about three minutes I'll realize that I've forgotten something important...