Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Lego Challenge

Lego challenges for vacation days!

A bridge that reaches over 12" and holds up the iron. 

An animal made with only three pieces. 

A plate with something written in Braille or print

A stairway with 20 steps and a secret compartment somewhere

A house made out of exactly 50 pieces

A candy dispenser that gives out MnMs

Use a rubber band and build a catapult that shoots a 2x2 brick the farthest. 




Abi Reading Narnia

Abi has made huge strides in her reading level this year. "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" is reading grade level 5.9. Not bad for a kid in grade 3.5. #ProudMama #MomBrag

Grandma Spoiling


My mom needed her fix with the grandkids, so we went down a few days after Christmas. We'd planned to go Tuesday, but the roads were drifted over and closed. So it got moved to Wednesday. But it turned out fun. The kids discovered that they got a second Christmas at Grandma's so they were thrilled. 




Christmas 2016

For Christmas this year, we decided to stay home, and it was just right! Hubby and I organized and led the Christmas Eve candlelight service at church, which we love. 


Merry Christmas!

Job Love

I think I'm the luckiest person in the world to get to work in a little, old-fashioned toy store and pharmacy. I love retail, and the Christmas season was magical at Hodgin's!


We marched with the Hodgin's float in the Christmas parade on December 1.


After Christmas, on a slow Monday, the kids came to keep me company for a bit. 

Thanksgiving in Enterprise



Grandma GG reading a story to the cousins



My job this year was pies! I made eight. :)


The view at Tye and Amy's house is amazing. Beautiful spot. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016


Natalie had a birthday dinner with good friends. Perfect!




A Little Bit of Braces


One tooth is behind instead of in front. So this little rubber band will convince it to come forward. 

A Story about a Dog and a Job

A story about a dog and a job. 

This is Fezzik. He's at Hodgin's taking a nap. Because he is taking a nap I got chatting with Kelley. Because I got chatting with Kelley, we realized they wanted a part-time employee on weekends and for the Christmas rush, which is exactly what I've been looking for. 

So while Fezzik napped, I got a job and we are both happy. 

The End. 

See you in Hodgin's! :)


Wednesday, October 26, 2016


For years, Natalie has wanted a "big, fluffy, walking carpet dog." After the play at the Kenworthy one night we happened upon a man walking two Great Pyrenees dogs and Natalie was enchanted. 

It was nearly a year later that I finally found the right pup to join our family. 







We named him Fezzik after the character in The Princess Bride. It's a perfect name, because he is sweet and mellow and kind of derpy. 

I think I'm in love. :)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Learning Lots


Seth deconstructing an old stereo that was sitting next to our neighbor's trash can. 


Kids spending a happy Saturday making Bean Dog houses out of the recycling. 


For history, Seth and I are watching a World War II documentary, and we bought Axis and Allies to play as well. 


Abi and her friend J have been doing weekly O&M lessons, and both girls are gaining good independence skills. 


Curly had her first soccer game. She has asked to play for several years and is thrilled to finally get the chance. 

At group piano lesson, the kids often mime playing on a notebook to learn the finger movements. Her teacher uses a method called Simply Music, which is working great for her. 


I don't have as many pictures of Bean, although I do go help out in his first grade class each week. He loves school and is doing really great in first grade. 


Abi is the kiddo with all the activities this year! Here, her ballet teacher shows her an arabesque. 


She has been practicing writing with a slate and also writing print using a pencil. Both useful skills in the future. I figure the more tools she has at her disposal, the better. 


Writing with a pencil involves learning to make letter shapes with muscle memory and using paper with raised lines to keep her place. 


Bean is playing soccer again for his third season. He loves it, and is getting pretty good at dribbling and passing. I'm grateful for our non-competitive community league that promotes fair play and good sportsmanship over winning. 


Abi and I constructed a tactile town set out of craft supplies, and we make maps of the routes she is working on for mobility. 


Crocheting is fun, but also therapeutic when Abi needs something to keep her fingers busy. 

As you can see, we have a lot going on! Each week is full of happy, fun days. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fair Time!

First time we got armbands and went on all the rides!!













Our entries were fewer this year, but still fun.