Hello, hello. I would apologize for my lack of updating the blog, but since when would that be a new thing?! Maybe now that we are nice and settled in this new season of our lives I'll be more consistent in keeping the blog updated. No promises though ;)
2 weeks ago some of our very dear friends visited and we went and canoed a local river together. All the fun canoe shots are on W's phone, but these two were taken in the van before we canoed. All 4 kiddos proudly donned bandanas. I don't think Sam realized she was outnumbered by the boys. Little Missy can sure hold her own. The picture of the boys makes me laugh because it was their "mean" picture...immediately followed by the sweetest giggles. You'd never know by looking at those tough faces!
Years ago I spent a summer in Columbia, SC doing summer missions through our BCM. My mission partner for the summer all but adopted me and her family always had "brown cows" in their freezer. I think the "Brown Cow" is specific to Mayfield popsicles, but I'm not 100%. Anyway, since we've moved here the little grocery store in town sells the Purity brand, called "little dippers." They are my all time favorite treat. Each one is 80 calories and the ice cream/chocolate ratio is perfect. I've now passed the love of brown cows on to my family. Here is the evidence.
The next picture cracks me up. I was in maximum chill mode, watching Netflix on the iPad in our bedroom. Earlier that day we'd spent time with an older family from church, and they gave both children calculators. In case you don't know, my husband is Captain Macintosh. Sir iApple. Steve Jobs' heir apparent. Needless to say, Sam was obsessed with the pushing buttons on the calculator. She came into the room and rested her back on my back, propped her feet up onto my feet. I call this picture "make yourself at home!"
We are starting homeschool again tomorrow. We're shaking things up just a little bit from last year and doing 1st grade again. Several factors played into my decision, but ultimately I know this is the right thing to do. On a scale of 0-encouraged with homeschooling, I'm floating at about a -5 right now. I keep finding myself justifying myself to other people and constantly defending our decision to homeschool...which is exhausting. Just keeping swimming, just keep swimming as Dorie (and Stephanie) said.
In other exciting news, I am planning a trip to NYC this fall. Whoa. Just typing it out makes it real and exciting. A sweet friend and I are going to see this dapper fellow on Broadway:
his hunkiness him, he is Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. I'm tickled pink to be going and so grateful my hubs will let me frolic in the Big Apple for a few days.
Hope all is well with you and yours...I'd love an update if I haven't heard from you in a while!