Saturday, October 1, 2022

Homecoming 2022

They came back early and watched a movie.  It was really loud and they couldn't even hear to talk.


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Sunday, August 28, 2022

15th birthday party

As if Olivia starting high school wasn't enough, now she turned 15 on me!  LOL


Kinnick!  Many of you may remember Kinnick and Carver, who were also born at 23 weeks.  I had a link to their story in my sidebar.  Olivia and Kinnick have become friends. 


Thanks to all who came and celebrated Olivia's birthday!  It meant so very much to Olivia! 



Guess Who Is a Cheerleader?

G-O-G-O-D-G-O-D-D-A-R-D Goddard Wildcats! 


First Day of 4th grade 8-11-22


First Day of High School 8-11-22


Saturday, July 30, 2022

Olivia's first published book

So proud of Olivia.  She has written 7 books total in the Mist. Academy series.  For her birthday, she wanted the first book printed and we thought we'd do even better and have it printed and published.  Her cousin, Rebekah, designed the cover.  It's a quick read, but Olivia's not one for happily ever after.  Go ahead and order yourself a copy.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Driver in training


Yeah, she's getting old enough now.  How is that possible??

Tuesday, May 17, 2022


 Well, it's been a LONG time and so many things have happened this past year, I don't even know where to start.  How about with Ryan?

He became a manager at AgVantis and took over his boss's job in January.  He doesn't program as much, but he seems to enjoy his new position. 

I just finished my 3rd year at Kidslink.  I started as the administrative asst, but this past October, one of our lead teeachers moved out of state pretty unexpectedly.  I don't know how we would have found someone, had them take the classes, etc needed to teach her class, so I taught the 4 year old MWF class.  My 5 days in the office then went to 2 days and I taught the other days of the week.  It was a lot and difficult to switch back and forth, but I loved it.  I had the most amazing kids in my class.  I have a degree in elementary education, but I had never taught my own class until this past year.  Next year I will be going back to the office, but I think I will miss teaching.  It was a lot of work though.  I spent every evening and weekend planning lessons, prepping crafts, making things for each theme, etc.  That is probably the biggest reason that I never updated this blog.  

Can you believe that Olivia finished 8th grade?  She is off to high school next year.  She has had kind of a rough year.  She didn't have any friends in her classes except for Charlie, who she has been friends with since 2nd grade. Unfortunately, he is going to a private school next year and Olivia will miss him so much! She finally made a new friend named Emma in PE and she transferred out mid semester.  She found out Emma was in her lunch and finally she had someone to sit with.  Then her 5th hour changed at semester and she was back to having no one to sit with.  It really bothered her this year.  Especially in classes where they always have choose a partner and she's the last one standing.  I wish teachers would think about that more carefully.  

Olivia is in no hurry to drive, so even though she will be 15 in August, she is waiting until next summer to take driver's Ed. Olivia does things on her timeliness, so we are respecting that in regards to driving.  I don't want her driving before she feels ready to.     

Olivia has always written stories. . .even before she could read and write.  She would tell me her stories and I would write them down.  But now, at 14 1/2 years of age, her stories have improved even more.  Here is page 1 of book 1 of the Mist. Academy series.  

Yeah, she's currently on book 5 and they are so good.  

Abigail finished 3rd grade and she had a rough year as well. Her anxiety really worsened this year to the point that the school had to call me when she was having an anxiety attack.  They were incredibly bad.  One time she was hyperventilating so much that her lips started to turn blue. She is a perfectionist who is very gifted.  They have been wanting to go through the testing for gifted, but her anxiety gets in the way.  She has gone to a therapist for almost 2 years and we felt we had nowhere to go.  After waiting 5+ months, we got into a child psychiatrist and she had to go on medication.  I don't feel the least bit ashamed of putting her on medication because when you get to that point, it's a necessity.  It has really helped us get our Abigail back. But another thing has probably helped her even more and his name is Colton. They were in class together and he had such a calming effect on her.  He even made her a stress ball one day. They have become great friends this year ( and she just might have her first crush on him ;-) He's a great kid. Hoping they are in the same class next year!

Anyway, I will post some pictures from the past year in a bit! Hope you are all doing well!

Abigail was Cruella for Halloween

Snow day

Abigail has taken swimming lessons throughout the year and wants to be on a swim team soon.

50s day at school

Olivia and her friend, Miriam

Me with my brother and cousins

Piano recital


Mother's Day

After Olivia's choir concert

Abigail and Colton

Abigail and Coco

Sorry.  I entered these on my phone and they didn't post in order.  But, you get the point. LOL.