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.
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.
I don’t think I have ever put up pics of our house. These were taken a while ago, so it’s not nearly as clean now. It’s a 1950’s ranch that has been given an update and an addition. We didn’t have to do a thing to it when we moved in except paint the basement bathroom. I love our new house so much, it makes me wonder if I will ever want to move out to the old farmhouse.
Grandma came to visit back in October for Jack’s birthday. She met us in Wichita and took the kids back to Scott City by herself while Matt and I stayed in Wichita. Towards the later part of her time here, we celebrated Jack’s 7th birthday. We just had a few people over and did pizza and cake. Jack, as seen in the pictures, had a great time. The next day was sad because Grandma was leaving. We love having her come, but it is never long enough.