Monday, May 28, 2012

open house

Okay, so I asked one of my big girls to be the ‘photographer’ for Tori’s graduation open house yesterday.  Clearly, I didn’t communicate very well what I wanted…but that’s okay.  We still had a great time.  Food was eaten, Tori was celebrated, and much laughter was shared.  So there aren’t tons of pictures.  Oh well.  Here are a few of what was taken.  Enjoy!






And then there are my favorites:



Only missing Brent!  Next weekend, though, he’s going to be home and we’re doing new family pictures!!  Can’t wait.  :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Yes, we’re still alive out here.  It’s been crazy busy for a bit—between speech therapy, finishing up school for the boys, and helping a friend by watching her 13 month old 8 days in the last 3 weeks, time has just flown by and I’m not keeping up well.  Plus, the nasty awful weather has put a damper on any desire I might have to write.  Today, though, the sun is shining and the house and the yard are standing tall.  Tomorrow?  Graduation open house for my baby girl!  Seems impossible that she’s that old already.  Where does the time go??

Stay tuned for pictures.  Maybe tomorrow evening, but more likely sometime on Monday.  I promise.  :)

Friday, May 11, 2012


What she said.

There’s not much else now, is there?

Thursday, May 3, 2012


Over the years, our big guys have both gone to school and been homeschooled.  The last of the big ones graduates from high school one month from today, and the little guys are home with me for the foreseeable future.  I’ve always been more concerned about making sure my children know where to look for answers than requiring them to memorize seemingly useless information, and that has served us well.  So far…

I’m finding some things are true.  With the big guys, who grew up ‘pre-Google,’ they are pretty competent at scoping out information from a variety of sources.  Google makes life much simpler, and they rarely call me looking for answers.  They’ve learned HOW to search.  The little guys?  Not so much.  They live in the age of instant answers.  When they ask a question, “I don’t know.  We’ll have to look it up.” is no longer an acceptable answer.  They immediately ask me to Google it, even when I’m driving!  As if.  Sheesh.  :)  Telling them that I don’t understand something, that they’ll need to ask Daddy when he gets home doesn’t seem to work any more either.  Then they just ask me to find it on YouTube.  Ahhhh…the joys of technology.  With the ready access to tons of information, I’ve had to adjust my goal for the two of them just a bit.  They now need to know where to find information, but also how to carefully evaluate it!  Makes my job MUCH harder.

The other big truth I have discovered?  Making sure they know WHERE to search for answers isn’t quite enough.  Not too long ago, I had a child who needed some information for a job application.  Not a problem—I figured it was something like social security number or other slightly obscure (in their world) bit of info.  Well…not quite.  This child called ME to get the number off their driver’s license!  After I choked back some laughter, I said “Um…how about you open your wallet?  I can’t see it from here.”   Peals of laughter erupted on both sides of the phone line, and we all enjoyed the humor of the moment.  Later, though, as I was telling Jim about it, I mused that perhaps I had failed this particular child, if in fact a phone call to Mom was needed for information of that type.  His immediate reply?  “No!  You taught them how to find the information they need.  Clearly, this child learned well.  After all, Mom is the source of all the useful, necessary information of life, and they know that!  You did great, and they will make it!  In the meantime, enjoy the laugh.”

Hmmm…mission accomplished?  Mostly.  I think.  :)  We’ll see.