Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I had a wonderful trip to visit my sister and her children (her husband was away on a business trip). Central Oregon is a scenic place surrounded by gorgeous mountains. It smells just like the Black Hills of SD (one of my favorite places) when you step off the airplane.

My sis has 4 kids...G (13), B (10), S (6) and L (4). We had a great time playing games, watching movies & going out to eat. Her house is very roomy and I had a room all to myself...thanks (G) for giving up your room for the weekend!

I am now home and enjoying being back with my fam. Everyone did terrific while I was gone and worked really hard. I do hate being 1600 miles away from my sister! I am thankful to live in a time where I can traverse that distance in 5 hours on a plane!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oregon here I come!

I am leaving today to spend a long weekend with my sis and her family in Oregon! I haven't see her since Thanksgiving of 2010 and I am very excited!!! She has 4 kids, ages 13, 10, 6 & 4 and I so miss seeing them and watching them grow will be a great time! My mom is coming along, too. I am asking for prayers for a safe journey and that my family will be safeguarded at home while I am gone. I will miss them all, but they are in good hands with Daddy and the older siblings.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baby B...

We had a wonderful ultrasound today! All the kids came and right away we saw that they were having a sweet baby brother:) Baby Chico still doesn't have a real name and might not for sometime but we can narrow the list now. Baby looks good and measures right on for a July 4th birthday, lol. I usually go late but we can hope!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

School daze...

We are plugging away at school here...Jesse is home and helped Garrett with his work today. That is always nice for both Garrett & I. Thomas is working with his number pegs & board. Julia is getting some help from her Teaching Textbooks disc and Alicia is working on math (Teaching Textbooks, as well). Julia is doing Algebra I and Alicia is doing 7th grade math. Carlina is doing Geometry with Teaching Textbooks...can you tell we love TT!!!

Garrett got his new Bible in the mail Adventure Bible. He loves it. I am perusing a catalog from Beautiful Feet books and hope to order from them for Fall. Okay, I am one big commercial today:)

Also, it is so coooold here...4 degrees but feels like zero with wind.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sunny day & a walk..

I haven't taken a walk in a long time..the weather has been too cold and the sidewalk too icy! Today I walked with Julia, Katie, Thomas & Anna (in stroller) to the library. It was 32 degrees, sunny, but a bit windy. It was great to get fresh air and see the sun in person! We are in for more snow, sleet and chilling cold, but I enjoyed this one day respite.

We love our local library. They are very child friendly. I have visited another larger library in the next town over and found that they are very critical of any noise or activity the kids make. They have toys, cushions and loads of books...but apparently the kids aren't very welcome. I have seen multiple people get in trouble (including my own kids) when I am visiting and now I just avoid the place. I am thankful for the little library that is only a block and 1/2 away from my home!