Thursday, September 21, 2017

Summer Highlights Reel

So this summer has been busy. And I've been horrible and posting. So I'm going to pull some of the photos from my phone and do a highlight reel of the main things from this summer.

We redid our shower. Well, we hired someone to redo our bathroom.

However, Brian built a sandbox for the kids in the backyard.

Then we rented out our house and got another one. Never even got to break in the shower, but I guess at least someone is enjoying it. And the kids were not happy that the sandbox was not transported to the new house. They loved the sandbox Brian built and were in it almost daily!

Meanwhile someone enjoyed tummy time, while others enjoyed having a pool.

Then Colin was baptized back in Kansas with Father Peter. Godparents Joe and Jill were there- as they have been for all 4 of our children, so we are thankful for all of them.

And of course, the kids enjoyed other outdoor activities while in Kansas as well.

Then we got back and ready for school to begin. We had to rework our schedule so we were going to bed sooner and waking up earlier.

We had a great summer, but needless to say, the kids and I were all ready to return to school.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

First Day of School

Late in posting... again.

Let me tell you, having 4 children and a full time job is really hampering my "free" time. If I ever had such a thing that is.

So, a month later, allow me to post pictures of Sophie and Connor's first day at their new school. As previously mentioned in another post, we moved. And Sophie is attending a new school for her 3rd grade year. And Connor is excited about going to kindergarten. In fact this summer, everytime he completed a task, he would say "Yay! Now I can go to kindergarten!".

Sophie continues to want to be a doctor. I guess she's given up on being a mermaid as an occupation this year.

Connor wants to be a superhero.... and maybe a doctor too.

We are so close to school that the kids have been walking. Thankfully we are in a very safe town and are only a few blocks away from a very good school.

And the kids love it. Even Ainsley wants to attend. We are so proud of our children who have been doing amazing so far this year. Well we think anyway- parent teacher conferences are in 2 weeks.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Changes... Again

Unfortunately very few things stay constant at our house. Well, perhaps that's not true- bed time at 8pm has been a consistent rule for years. However, we have moved... AGAIN. Yes, and this time it was definitely my fault. I know... I was tired of moving.. I griped and complained about it to Brian often. And now... now it was his turn to gripe and complain. He didn't, which is good, but he could have.

For the past 2 years I have been teaching 3rd grade at a charter school in Dallas. And I mean "in Dallas"- read- inner city of Dallas. Now, did I enjoy my students- yes. Did they learn- absolutely. Did they come to me with problems- yes. Did they come with Big problems such as PTSD, abuse, and homelessness- sometimes. But, I tried to remember that each child had an opportunity to be cherished and valued in my classroom. As I tried to meet all the needs of my students, their parents, my principal, and needs of other staff members, I missed meeting the needs of my own family. There was no work life balance and I owed it to my family as a wife and mother.

As a result I searched for an alternative and was offered a high school History position in the suburbs of Dallas. Although I have not begun the first day of school, I have vowed to my husband and children that I would be a more active participant in their lives. As we researched the drive from our current house, my commute was 1 hour in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. It was only 19 miles away, but the amount of traffic was insane and therefore didn't help my cause in being with my family more. And so ... we moved... again.

Now my commute is under 30 minutes in the morning AND in the afternoon. Brian's is a bit longer, but not horrible- then again you can ask him after he's commuted a month and it might be a different story- right now it's tolerable.

Anyway, so we've been busy packing, cleaning, moving, unpacking, sorting, and cleaning these past several weeks. And that is why the blog post for this month has been pretty slim.

But I'm sure that I will be posting more in the future (again- going to be more involved) so be on the lookout.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wakeboarding the Potomac

When I think of the Potomac I think of George Washington's home Mount Vernon, not necessarily water sports. However, thanks to my brother... that changed this weekend. It was Brian's and my first time trying to wake board. Brian did amazingly well for his first time.

I was passable. I was able to get up and stay up, but I struggled with figuring out my footing as my body still recalled water skiing. I definitely need more practice.

Whereas Brian was a natural. What a show off.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Old Fashioned Fourth

Happy Independence Day Everyone!

Today we decided to visit Dallas Heritage Village for their Old Fashioned Fourth celebration event. Before we joined the festivities, Sophie gave us a tour.

First we stopped at the bank.

Brian was prepped to be the get-away driver in case Connor and Sophie were able to grab some bags of cash. Ainsley and Colin were the "look outs". Unfortunately there wasn't any cash.

Next Sophie informed us that we were in the Little House in the Big Woods. During Sophie's field trip, her teacher- Mrs. Norrell used this opportunity to show the kids how this cabin was similiar to the student's literature book by Laura Ingalls Wilder. So... no it's not the exact one... but it's a good example.

Next door was the Millermore Mansion, which makes the "Little House in the Big Woods" cabin seem much smaller beside it.

This house even had it's own bathroom (read- out house).

Next we traveled to Sophie's favorite house- Gano Log House - more specifically the farm house. She takes after me in this respect.

The house has a garden with a "skeleton" according to Connor.

But a farm house isn't complete without chickens. Got to have chickens.

And then SHEEP! I've been teasing Brian for years (well since we honeymooned in Ireland 10 years or so ago) that I've got to get a house with a yard big enough for sheep. Brian does not think this is funny.

Nearby is the blacksmith shop. The guy was wonderful at explaining how he makes things from metal.

By this time the parade passed by.

We took a break on the main street to partake in some games. The kids had brought their money to buy tickets to play games. They loved it.

They also got a free candy stick- WIN!

Afterwards, we went back to school. But since it was the summer there was "no more teachers, no more books,..."

Should you wish to visit and don't mind a small room with no AC, you can book a room at Hotel Worth. No online bookings available... and no credit cards accepted... and no parking... and no indoor plumbing. You know what... go somewhere else.

Ready to find a more comfortable hotel, but need transportation. Well there is a train station right next door.

Oh never mind... the track doesn't go very far. No trains headed in or out.

Looks like you are headed in and out via foot. Might want to stop at the grocery store. Pick up some food for your long journey. Sophie will take your order of plastic fruits and vegetables.

However plastic food is not nutritious and unsatisfying. The kids found a popcorn seller cart and were more than happy to part with some of their allowance money. All in all, a good day, but incredibly hot. But it was nice to get out of the house and learn some history this July 4th.

For more information about Dallas Heritage Village, click the link HERE.