Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day Camping Chaos

The car was so full you can’t even see all of the kids. 

Kids lined up for dinner in the cabin. Some camping pluses: new frisbee rings, fun junk food, get away from home. Minuses include lots of bees, high fire danger so no outdoor fire, and Miss Abi had a really rough time. 

Mini church service. 

The stove barfed... the kids thought that was hysterical of course. 

Our 5 gallon water jugs emptied after the first day and the public faucet in town was padlocked. We improvised in the restroom in order to refill the jug. 

Swimming in the Palouse River was chilly! The kids didn’t last long and we were back to the cabin roasting marshmallows. 

Although I don’t have more pictures, the night was eventful, because Abi had a bad episode and also managed to let the dogs out. The older kids rounded them up and brought them back in, but later on, Fritz was still on edge because when I accidentally set my foot on him in bed, he bit my foot. I scolded him and went to hold his nose, and he attacked my fingers, biting four fingers with quite a bit of blood. 

Hubby patched me up and we took everyone back home at 3:30 in the morning in case I needed to go to the ER. It turns out I didn’t and we slept the rest of the night at home. 

We decided to go back out and finish our planned trip anyway, so headed back out in late morning and had our last lunch before packing up properly and heading home.  

When we got home, we were looking back through the blog at past camping trips that Abi enjoyed but she doesn’t remember them and thinks that every trip has been bad. I sure hope she settles down pretty soon because she is a hot mess right now!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fourth and New Friends

This year for the Fourth some new friends that just moved to town invited us for hot dogs, fireworks and board games. 

They live on a cul-de-sac, perfect for roller skates, sidewalk chalk and lots of fun and noise. 

Much fun was definitely had by all!

Poseidon, With Sand In His Socks

Abi got to sing a song in her school play and she did a great job!


Where has the time gone? I haven’t blogged since February and it’s now July? Yikes!

It’s getting harder to blog as the kids get older. I’m more aware of their need for privacy and how telling my story overlaps with telling their stories. 

This spring, finishing school and leaving fourth grade, Abi’s story became a lot harder as some pretty severe trauma behaviors surfaced. I’ll stick to my story (rather than sharing too much of hers) and say that coping has been pretty tough. 

Hubby gave me a few much-needed respite days at the cabin to process all the emotions the situations had brought up. 

I spent a lot of time on the hammock praying, crying, just breathing in the scent of the woods. 

I also used the time to read two wonderful books. “Beyond Consequences” is one that has been on my list for a long time and I was amazed at how accurately it described Abi’s trauma behaviors and suggested the motivations behind them that are based in fear and how easy it is for me to love her and help her ease those fears once I have faced my own issues and triggers. (As if that is ever easy! But oh so worth it!)

Then, I read my friend Niki’s latest book that details her adoption story, a tale that I watched unfold first-person. Still, it was fun to read her book and reminded me that we always make it through the times when it feels like we are swimming through the deep ocean with no land in sight. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Graphic Design

For her birthday/Christmas, Curly got an iPad Pro and has been using it to create amazing pieces of digital art. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


For Presidents’ Day, we headed to the cabin, but a cold snap came through and we couldn’t get the uninsulated shack warm enough to be comfortable. So we went home again. The kids did have fun sledding for a while. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Glamor Hair

I unbraided Abi’s hair so for a couple of minutes she has the 80’s glamor look. LOL 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lego Robots

I forgot to post last December about Curly’s Lego Robotics team. They came in third and had a fun time. Best of all, they had fantastic teamwork. 

How to Learn Speed Reading

When your library book is due today (used up renewal over break) and you really want to finish it before you take it back in, you learn to read a little faster!

I remember doing the same thing, and the skill served me well later in school. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snapshot: ShirtScape

Seth: “Mommy, I’d like a t-shirt with a landscape on it.”

Me: “Like Bob Ross paints?”

Seth: “Yeah.”

Me: “Sounds fun.”

Monday, January 15, 2018

Little Cabin in the Big Woods

We got school and work off today to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our family decided to spend the day at the cabin. 

The kids discovered that the icy snow was just right for making snow sculptures. Having recently watched a documentary on the Ice Hotel, they were keen to try their own artistic endeavors. 

Bean made a snow castle. 

We took the dogs, of course. Coco loved the cabin, as I expected. What’s not to like about woods and treats and walks and a ride in the car?

It takes a true Pyro to start a fire in the snow. I’d like to note that yours truly made this little beauty for the kids to “roast stuff on.”

Apparently roasting stuff mostly meant eating mini marshmallows out of the bag. 

During lunch, Hubby read to the kids. We are finishing Treasures of the Snow, set in the Swiss Alps, which seemed particularly appropriate for a winter cabin visit. 

Darkness comes early in the winter, so we lit candles and played games and fixed one-pot chicken and rice for dinner. 

I let the Littles eat up in the loft, which they thought was a fun treat. 

Munching Seth’s brownies, singing hymns together on the drive home... it was one of those rare days when the kids had sweet attitudes, the weather was perfect, the cabin cozy and warm. Life really doesn’t get much better.