Spring Break 2014

This spring, we went on an epic journey across 8 states of the southeast/south central US.    One of Matt’s very good friends was happening to get married on the weekend beginning spring break.  He wanted to go, but it was in Alabama.  Flying there was too expensive, but we weren’t sure we wanted to drive 18 hours.  Then my dad called and said Uncle Phil was in the hospital.  So we decided to leave on Friday after Matt’s call at 8am, drive 18 hours to Birmingham, Alabama, and get in at 2am.  Then on Monday, I would drive to Alexandria, MS to see my cousin and her husband.  Tuesday, we headed to Tyler, TX to see my uncle and my other cousin and his wife.  Wednesday, we drove to Dallas to spend a couple of days with Matt’s aunt.  Friday morning, we drove to Wichita for two days.  Sunday, we finally made it back to Scott City!  Oh, did I mention that Matt flew out of Birmingham on Monday morning? So I did the whole rest of the trip by myself with our three lovely kids.  My family was awesome and took great care of us the whole time. I could not have done it without them.  We are so blessed to have extended family that know and love us.

Here are some pictures of the trip.

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Swim Team

Jack and Lily were on swim team this year.  I kind of made them be on it for several reason.  For one, I always wanted to be on swim team.  Two, they LOVE the water.  I never heard any complaints about practice.  Competition was a different story with my perfectionist first born.  Three, they are now being homeschooled and need socialization, right? 

Anyway, we only went to two meets this year and I wasn’t at the second one in Lakin.  These photos are of the swim meet we hosted in Scott City.  You would think living in western Kansas, having a morning swim meet means perfect, sunny weather.  However, it was so cold.  Certainly too cold to be a normal summer morning, but the kids were troopers and finished strong!

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Horn Creek Family Camp 2014

Oh my goodness…if you have never been to family camp, you are missing out.  It was the best vacation I have been on in a long time.  Get this moms…no cooking and no cleaning for a whole week! Not only were we in a beautiful place in Colorado, but I could truly relax with my family.  We were able to borrow some 4-wheelers from some very generous friends, which made it much easier to explore the place.  The kids love them too, until we went up a trail with massive rocks to roll over.  They did not like all that bumping around! While we did do a lot of exploring, the camp also had a pool, water slides, a playground, bowling, and a gym. The kids were never bored because when we weren’t doing the aforementioned activities, they were playing with cousins and new friends.  I mean, seriously people…a week with no cleaning, cooking, or boredom! Pure bliss!! Who is coming with us next time?

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Triathlon Season 2014

This summer, I got to do the Scott Lake Triathlon and the Holcomb Triathlon.  Both of these are local races and made up of mostly local people.  The Scott Lake tri is so fun because I know most of the people I am racing with and it’s in a beautiful place.  I get to share some pointers and make the competition and little more…competitive.  I also just love to teach, so it gets my mind off of whole awful I feel!  The Holcomb triathlon was also a lot of fun because it was so unique and attracted quite a few more people.  There were 70 participants in this small town tri!  The triathlon is only a 225m swim, 9 mi bike, and a 2 mi run.  I did the option where you run the whole race twice, but the second time, you do it backwards.  So…swim, bike, run, run, bike, swim.  It felt so good to finish with a swim.  I also finished 2nd in the Holcomb triathlon.

First Day of School!

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One of the rare occasions they show affection for one another.

We actually had our first day of school a week and a half ago, but I am not good about posting, as you know.  Some of you may know that we are homeschooling this year.  Sometimes I am so excited, but other times I am worried that this was a very big mistake.  So far, the kids love the flexibility of the schedule and the ability to choose what they learn and how fast they go.  I am already understanding so much more about what my children can and cannot do.  It’s exciting to take a more active role in their education.  So, the first week in, we still love it!  Ask me again at the end of December. IMG_1873 IMG_1874