Sunday, April 2, 2017


We've been wanting a horse in Mom and Dad's barn for a while and we thought this year would be good as any to search for the perfect one. We wanted a mature, gentle, well-trained horse, and we finally found her. 
Bella is a 16 year old quarter-horse, and she is beyond perfect. 
The kids and I hitched a ride with Mom and Dad to pick her up, and she willingly got into the trailer and had a (mostly) smooth ride home. 
Everyone is already in love with her, and I think she's going to settle in nicely. 
Our goal this week is to just let her get used to her new home, along with the kids, the noise, Anna and Noah.  It'll be an adjustment for her, but so far she looks great and is doing really well. She's not phased by the dogs, or kids running around, so I think she's the perfect fit for this big, crazy family!


Friday, March 31, 2017

Tea party

 And a happy-to-have-real-cookies-for-the-pretend-tea-party toast!

Sunday, March 26, 2017


My favourite day of the week is by far Sundays. We go to Mom and Dad's for dinner and it's definitely not about the food, but the food is definitely a bonus. 
We all go, and it's just an excuse to get together, talk about our weeks, and simply, hang out. 
The kids look forward to it just as much because it's the one day a week they can count on all ten of them being together, and of course catching up with Nanny and Pappy. 
On top of a huge meal every week for eighteen mouths, this is just an ounce of the disaster that my mom graciously deals with every single Sunday.
Super Mom.

Friday, March 24, 2017

all day pjs

Some days I totally neglect Hailey and Ben because they're not in school. Gracie and Hanna get dressed, and brush their hair, and brush their teeth, do their little chores, and sit at the table for school. 
Hailey is usually already sitting at the table busy with a drawing by the time the girls sit down, and Ben is happy to watch a few cartoons until Hailey's done her drawing and then they both go off and play. I let them do their thing, so I can work with the girls, and sometimes I don't even get the poor kids dressed! 
 Homeschooling is tough! Honestly, I don't know if it's harder that there's only two doing structured work, or if it's going to get harder the more that start! Oh boy.
All I know is that some days are harder than others, and right now we're doing pretty good.
  Gracie's doing great. Above her grade level in math, and is already almost finished her english, grammar and reading comprehension books this year. 
Hanna is doing really great too! She is passing her grade level with flying colours in most math areas, and loves listening to her audio books and being tested afterward. She's doing great! Reading is hard, understandably, and it frustrates both of us. I feel good about what we're doing though, and I'm seeing great progress and I think that's what's most important. 

The weather is giving us good days here and there, and today was one of the good ones. We finished school as fast as we could, and everyone ran outside as soon as we could. Notice that Hailey and Ben are both in pajamas. They stayed like that all day.
Life is good. 
We're all happy and content.
I'll take it.