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It seems as though my poor, dear blog is being neglected.  Especially since it’s been over two months since I posted.  It’s not from lack of trying – trust me!  I have thought and thought about things to post.  I have a tone of pictures to share but none of them have had anything to do with what has been on my heart and mind lately.  I also have quite a lot swirling around in my mind and am not sure I could focus on just one topic if I sat down and tried to write a “real” post anyway.  Sigh.  I’m still trying to figure out if the blog will go on and if I will branch off into another one where I can bore others with the inner workings of my lovely mind. 🙂  We shall see…

So, in the meantime, I leave you with some pics from the past couple of months.

These first few are from our recent ski trip to Montana with my parents.  Little man is an amazing snowboarder.  It was such a joy to share this thing (we’ll say snow sports because I ski instead of snowboard) I grew up loving with my son.  It was also a blessing to be able to get back out there and ski with my dad after so 14 years away from the slopes.  It’s just like riding a bike.  hehe.






A snowy morning in Boston.  By the time public schools let out it was a slushy mess…but we got to play!  Homeschooling is the best. Seriously.

Game night at home with the little guy.  Oh Lego games….



Christmas vacation and a Happy New Year!


Well, we hope it will be happy anyway!  It’s hard to believe it’s really 2013 (ha, I just typed 2012 and had to fix it).  The Mayans were wrong after all.  Hooray!

Over the holidays we were once again able to spend some much needed time with our families.  We met more family members (new babies!) and got to see how much the other babies had grown since our last visit.  I just can’t get enough of all of the nieces and nephews and Trey was excited to see them all as well.  He even wanted to take baby Hudson home with us and have him be “our baby”.  🙂  He also told me, out of the blue at a basketball game (of all places), that he wanted to baby brother or sister and that “if you don’t get pregnant in the next year we should adopt.”  Ha!  That boy of ours seems to have a plan.

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While we were away, I also celebrate my 30th birthday.  I was a little sad but I got pampered at the spa like never before and enjoyed every second of my special day.  I’m so blessed with an amazing family that is so loving, supportive and encouraging.  They take such care of me!  The poor hubby was still in Boston working but he gave me the most thoughtful, precious gift before we left.  I love that man so much.  As I sit here writing this, I think of how I had high hopes of getting out and running errands today but my plans have been dashed by the comfort and warmth of the cashmere bathrobe my sweet, sweet husband gave to me.


In many ways, Christmas this year was like so many before.  Filled with fun, precious time with loved ones, and yummy food.  Since my daddy got sick seven years ago, I have come to cherish family time in a way I don’t think I ever would have otherwise.  Holidays with family are so, so special to me.  Many people like to branch off and do their own thing with their spouse and children (once the kids do come along) on Christmas Eve or morning and make their own traditions.  There may be a time for us to do that in the future, but for now, I can think of nothing I would rather do than celebrate the birth of Christ our Savior with the ones who taught my husband and me about and raised us to believe in that Savior.  Our Christmas traditions are being with our families on Christmas and I feel so grateful and blessed that we are able to do that.

Christmas morning with my boys….

Just look at that smile, and that was before we opened presents!


Trey and Meriel patiently waiting on me to finish getting ready so they could come downstairs!


Ace and Coco!


Trey and Nana

Trey thanking Uncle Adam and Clair for his gift.  We love you Clair!!!!   Oh, you too Adam.  🙂


My sweet mom.  Isn’t she just so cute?


Teaching the little guy about financial stewardship….


Off and on for years now, we have tried to do the chore chart/reward deal with Trey.  Now that he’s eight, it was past time we started teaching him about financial responsibility.  We have never given him an allowance but people give him money and he collects change from bottle returns.  There was not much structure when it came to how and when that money was spent.

For Trey’s 4th birthday, so very dear friends give him Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Jr.  (These guys always come up with the neatest gifts.  Thanks Daniel and Selah!)  It was great.  I thought it was such a neat idea and Trey enjoyed playing with the calculator and envelopes.  🙂  Sadly, we never really did anything with it and every time one of the pieces would pop up I would think, “I’m such a terrible parent!  Why are we not using this?!”

Well, 4 years later, I finally did something about it.  I ordered a new set from the Dave Ramsey Kids Store (we might have lost a few from the old set) and the day it arrived we got it started.  We are all loving it.  No more Target trips with, “Mommy, can I get this?”  If he has the money in the right pouch, he can get it (with our approval on the item of course).  If there’s something he wants that he doesn’t have enough money for he simply makes it his new “goal” and begins saving to get it.  The first item he bought was a $20 Lego game and it was great to see the pride he had in working hard and accomplishing his goal.


I think one of my favorite things to come out of this so far is his desire to give.  Through this Financial Peace Jr. kit and a book called Window on the World: When We Pray God Works that we use with our homeschooling, he has really become aware of how blessed we are.  There are numerous Christian organizations through which you can give to people in need all over the world.  World Vision is the one Trey chose to give through and he is saving to give a bunny and two chickens.

He has also started a Gift Catalog page where you can help him give to others in need.  His goal is to raise $250.  Trey says, “This is really important and some people really need this, so please help!”

So please, check out his page and see how you can give and help share the love of Jesus with others who so desperately need it!


A few of the things I’m thankful for…..


 My sweet little family….

Getting to watch my sweet boys do something they both love together (next to programming, climbing rocks is their favorite)….

That this man loves me and takes such good care of us….

That this gang is able to spend Thanksgiving with us up here in Boston!  Three years and counting….

The constant reminders of God’s power and love that I encounter each and every day…..

let me count the ways…


There are just so many things that I love about homeschooling that I couldn’t even begin to list them all.  Yesterday, as we were getting lunch ready, it once again struck me how blessed I am to have some of these simple moments at home with my child.  He wanted mac-and-cheese (Annie’s gluten free of course!) and I said go for it.  He only needs help carrying the pot to the sink to drain the noodles.  The rest is all him!

I have been blessed enough to be able to stay at home and take care of my sweet family.  Our family is small but there’s still lots of things that have to be done and when Trey was in school, school time was the time I got most of it done.  Now that we are homeschooling, traditional “school time” is still when l get most of housework get done.  The great thing about it though, is that Trey is here now, knows how to do it, and can help.  He likes to vacuum, mop, separate and put clothes in the washer, empty trash cans, and take the sheets off the beds.  While dishes and putting away folded clothes isn’t his favorite, he still gets it done.  One time last year he was taking laundry from the washer and putting it in the dryer and he said, “Uh mom, do NOT tell me you put something red in here with these lights!”  Oh how that child makes me laugh.

Could I have taught him these things even if he was in school, you ask?  Of course.  Would I have….probably not.  It was just easier to do it in the middle of the day on my own.  Sometimes it does take longer because I have to teach and sometimes go back and correct or redo, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  It is a joy.  Most of the time when he is doing chores, he is singing to the Lord or reciting his Bible verses or geography songs we’ve learned together.  Ha, half the time he’s doing school work he is singing praises to the Lord (we take random singing and dancing breaks).  Would that happen if he was in school?  Now that’s just a silly question.

No Tricks but lots of Treats…..


Our little green ninja got lots of treats last night and we had the best time!  Once again, we headed down to Beals St. to collect the goods.  We went extra early this year in hopes of missing the crowds.  Yes, we were trick-or-treating with the babies but Trey didn’t seem to mind at all.

Isn’t he a sneaky looking ninja?  You’d never see him coming in that bright green outfit, huh?!  We had to stay true to the green ninja though…

We met up with Jeffrey at Coolidge Corner and all went trick-or-treating together.  🙂

Afterwards we stopped in at Zaftig’s to rest and for some dinner where Trey took a series of incredibly horrible pics of my sweet husband and me.  sigh.  I was hoping that at least one would turn out okay!

Trey was checking out his “Halloween earnings” as he called them.  He got some good stuff and I only snagged one piece….really.

Trey’s dentist office participated in Stop Zombie Mouth and paid $1 per pound of Halloween candy brought in today.  They’re also sending all the candy they collect to troops overseas.  Since he’s been saving up for a board game and he didn’t need all of that candy we were both pretty excited about it.  He had just enough candy to earn his dollar and got a few other goodies, including a code to download the computer version of PvZ for free.  He was one happy boy!

Guinea PI….


I know I’ve mentioned it a time or two (ok, maybe 10 or 20) about how much we LOVE our local library.  The Brookline Library is pretty much the greatest.  If they don’t have it, they’ll more than likely get it for you one way or another.  We really appreciate that fact, especially being homeschoolers and coming from a small town with a tiny library.

The other plus is that there is almost always something going on.  I went by to pick up a book and there was a poster announcing a free reading and workshop with the author of one of Trey’s favorite graphic novel series, Guinea PI, Pet Shop Private Eye by Colleen Af Venable.  Trey spotted it about the same time and there was no question as to whether or not we would be there.

It was amazing.  He giggled all the way through her reading, which brought so much joy to my heart.  🙂  Then the author invited the children up to draw and create their own characters.  Colleen was too sweet, taking time to look at and discuss each child’s work with them.  Trey even got the chance to tell her about his guinea pigs and how unique Mowie’s “hairdo” is.  He enjoyed hearing that she made the main character of the books just like guinea pigs like Mowie because they are rare and she loves the fluffy ones with hair that pokes up everywhere.  Hehe.

He also got a not yet released (though it is now that I’m finally writing this) copy of the newest book that she signed for him.  I just love this pic of the two of them showing off each others’ work.  How sweet is that?!  I mean really, how often do you get to meet one of your favorite authors?