Saturday, February 20, 2016


 A few months back, my mom and I showed our support for a family that I actually met years ago at a play date through CNIB. This family of nine have 3 kids who are visually impaired. They had the chance to try out these eSight glasses and realized how beneficial they would be for them. The youngest, and the one who we met at the play date, is 11 years old, and goes to the same homeschool co-op as us.  They had the fundraiser to raise money to buy a couple pairs of these insanely expensive glasses. 
Anyway! I won a family pack for our local bowling rink. So, Matt and I took the kids for a night out!
 It was a first time for most of the kids. Hanna was about two last time we came, but Gracie's been here just lately with some friends. 
 Because we were just walk-ins, we weren't able to get bumpers, and being surrounded by families of small children, we weren't able to get light-weight balls for the kids either because they were all taken.
 So, we used the ramps. It was kind of cheating, but it was really the only way! We had a great time.
 Matt's been getting some unexpected weekend nights off lately, so it's nice to be able to hang out - just us. It was even nicer to be able to go out for a change, and everyone really enjoyed bowling!
 Next time, we'll be sure to call ahead and make sure we're prepared to let them learn how to actually bowl. 

Friday, February 12, 2016


Benny is my little helper. 
He drags around the kitchen chair all. over. the. house. 
It doesn't matter if I'm rinsing out a can of tomato sauce. He thinks he should be right up there, helping me do it. 
Whatever he's doing at the time that he hears me make any sort of {productive} sound in any room of the house, is no longer important; He comes running. With his chair.
He has ears like a bat.
 But he's just so darn cute.
This was first thing this morning. I started making juice, and he comes a runnin'. With his chair. In his underwear and messy hair. 
God I love this child. 

Monday, February 8, 2016


This is Hailey's morning face.
That photo is just for fun - because she's so grumpy when she wakes up. 
On the subject of the Little Miss though, she was having a hard time with her teeth. She had appointment after appointment, and we got the run around from a few different dentists until finally our family dentist figured everything out for us. 
 She had seen a pediatric dentist, now almost a year ago, who started work, and was supposed to call us back to finish up. He also said that nothing was urgent and would be fine to leave alone for a while. So, I never questioned not getting a call back right away. 
She ended up getting an infection around one of the teeth that had been worked on, and needed to have that tooth pulled. Poor girl. 
She was sedated, so at least she was asleep the whole time. She got a milkshake afterward and came home to this from her daddy:
 She still has a significant amount of work to be done. The new pediatric dentist quoted us at a puke-in-my-mouth kind of amount. We're in the process of figuring that out though, so it's all good. 
Hailey girl obviously doesn't mind. When she got home from said dentist, she went straight to work at this picture. She says "it's a party":
  She's holding the pink balloon that the dentist gave her. 
Dentists...At least she still has a positive attitude toward them!