Monday, January 26, 2015

Where They Are Now

I really am going to post more about our book year but I wanted to do it regularly throughout the year and I think the last Friday of the month will be my book post.  That will keep me on track and looking forward to collecting all that we read that month in one post.  I will just share that I am super excited about the amount of reading we have been doing since I became more intentional about the whole blessed thing.  What an achievement to be 26 days into something and still be...into it!!

But for now..a little getting to know you again is the cast that keeps me wonderfully happy throughout these rainy days.....


#1 Goes to public middle school and is doing wonderful there.  She is school secretary, plays flute, ran cross country, dances ballet and jazz, and just won the 2nd place in the spelling bee and may go to Anchorage for state spelling bee if the first place winner can't go.

At the moment she is obsessed with frozen junk food..she loves hot pockets and pizza rolls.  She reads insanely and has just started wanting to iron her clothes..which makes me hopeful that one day she will see the need to HANG THEM UP!!!

She is the beloved sister of Jack...who thinks she has hung the moon.  She is our very capable babysitter and loves the job of allowing junk food eaten on the couch and watching whatever they want...which is mostly The Amazing World of Gumball...which I can't stand!!


#2  Goes to the same public middle school as #1 and is doing just as great.  She also plays flute, dances ballet and jazz, and is class rep.

The most exciting thing that has happened to any of us is the blessing of Molly being cast as Annie in the play ANNIE!!!!  Sitka Fine Arts Camp Musical Theater program puts on great productions and this is the first one Molly went out for..She NAILED Annie and now is working very hard at making it all hers.  I must admit to being a bit over the moon about this little situation.  I feel as though I was meant for the stage (at her age), but never got my chance.  This may be even better..being the mom of Annie...same excitement with half the memorizing!!!  This will cost me a fortune...because Lucy is also in the play...but I have never been so excited about going broke over something .

Molly plays with the little kids ALL THE TIME and they each adore her.  She had the kids do a Christmas concert over the Christmas break and it makes me cry remember her having singing practice with them each afternoon.

Molly reads insanely, like Emily, and has taken a step towards reading pretty classics...she too like a hot pocket now and again.



#3  I don't know where to start with this little guy.  I get butterflies in my stomach every time I think of the day he does not live in will he ever be happy being on a soccer team or living in a neighborhood where he can't cut down trees???

He is a natural outdoors man.  Often times when we are packing up for school in the morning I have to remind him no knives.  That may sound crazy to you...but that is a very natural thing here...boys having a pocket knife with them at all times, in  pockets.  So accidentally being taken to school, or church is very common.  What a life for him.

He just went hunting this passed weekend with his buddy who shot his first deer.  Jack was walking on clouds the rest of the weekend.  The also trapped 11 crabs which we ate for dinner on Sunday night.  His life is ..perfect here.

He is a wrestler and still hates reading.  He is a good student at school and his teacher loves do we all in this house.  Andrew scored the best big brother in the world....



Sweet, smiling Lucy who loves to kiss you on the lips...she will be lighting up the stage in Annie playing Molly, the youngest orphan.  We were so excited for her and think she has a future for drama...naturally.

She loves to read and is getting much better at it.  She tries to read bigger books then she can...but she really can't wait to get there.



Sassy. Little. Thing.

That could pretty much be all I say here and you get the picture.

But really, she just turned 6 and I am seeing a bit more of a sweetness settling in.  She is a spunky fireball of a waif and she reminds me most of ME!!

She has no need to learn to read..and she kind of refuses to grasp the fact that letters have sounds, same one each time and they are put together to  make words.  She does like to be read to...but we have to stop every 15 sentences to bring her up to speed on what exactly is happening.  She likes to understand each aspect of what you just read....but has no interest in reading herself.  It will come!!

She gets to ride the bus home 2 days a week and she loved it at first and now, not so much!
She eats nothing and I'm not sure how she exists.  It will all work itself out...the eating, the reading, the sass....right?

She will be a clever, quick witted woman one day...if we both make it that far!!
Lucy is her very reason for living.  She ADORES her beyond compare but her sass gets in the way of showing that love...lovingly.  



This 3 year old really likes me.  He does not want me to  leave EVER..he actually cries when I leave...and that has never happened to me before.  Nobody really cared if I left..this guy cares...

He is potty trained and really loves to poop....

That is the extent of his accomplishments to date.

 He does plenty on a day to day basis ask for food all day, change his shirt 50 times, ask to watch a show and scream when Emily tries to kiss him for the 100th time that day.


My Reason For Living...

This guy...he is the school lunch making king and life without him would be unimaginable ....and not just because I would have to make the school lunches.

He is the rock who tells me to chill when I may be tempted to engage with  13 year old....

He is the guy who says.."Say no, blame me"...sweetest words a mom can hear

He calls the school when the English teacher talks about legalizing marijuana...he is so well spoken and no emotion gets tangled up in the point of the phone call.

He takes my boy out....making him into a man that every boy should become.

He loves my girls like every daddy should....

He plays with my hair and lets me change my mind about everything..all the time.

Insert picture of me here.....

I'm good!


And hopefully a bit more blogging!!!


  1. wow a wonderful glimpse of your sweet family.
    I have 2 boys (grown now) but one was easy going and one was like Priscilla. We always said all that backbone would serve him well (and it has) but it was very hard to take in an 8 yr old. If it was easy it would not be motherhood.
    I also adore my husband. A Christian parenting class I took when my children were small told us all "Your children are gifted to you from God, but you choose your spouse. When you have done your job and your children are gone, you will still have your spouse. Cherishing that relationship is the most important."
    Welcome back, I am happy you are blogging again and this girl, currently in NC, loves your pictures of Alaska!

  2. I haven't been by in a while and lucky me to land on a catch up post. Ah, my husband, does.the.same.thing.--keeps me from my hand to hand (not literally) combat with sassy teens, let's me blame him which I should more often instead of taking the brunt and keeps his words all in a logical order. Your boy and mine should sit by each other at Church--hunting knives and all!