Sunday Snapshot: ice, baby.


I've got a lazy bone. And even though I'd promised my kids I'd take them ice skating, the lazy mama in me was so not looking forward to it. Because I knew. I knew taking 6 kids - 4 of whom have never donned ice skates before - was going to be painful. Thankfully, my tickets had an expiration date. Because, even more than I am lazy, I am frugal. So we ventured out, our first official homeschool field trip this year. The girls were ecstatic. Despite the fact that they could barely let go of the side, and their feet got sore, and they were cold, … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: Asher this summer


Good golly, man. When we're at home hanging out, it doesn't seem like our family is that big. Crazy, yes. Loud, yes. But it just seems like a regular number of kiddos. And yet, when your goal is to take them out, one by one, for pictures well... it doesn't seem regular at all. In fact, it seems like I've been working on this little pet project for months. Oh wait. I have. Anyway, here is my sweet Asher. I say "sweet" because he was happy to - on a Saturday afternoon - venture out with his mother. And her camera. Probably not at the top of most 14 … [Read more...]

how they grow


Because my memory often fails me. And because you can't misplace the internet (not that I've ever misplaced anything important.) I took measurements of my kiddos about the same time last year. But - thinking I'd get around to measuring them later - I skipped the littles. And never did measure them. Until yesterday. This year I decided to forego the lengthy process of individual pictures. And went for the super-quick group shot. After an after-school snack, I herded them out front. Begged them to look less irritated than they were. And took what I could … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: my babies


It's been a busy summer. In a good way. I've let a lot of "regular" things slip because I wanted to be intentional about spending time with my kids. And it has been so ridiculously fun. One of the things I put on the back burner - besides blogging regularly - was my photography. I used to pull my camera out every day or two. Lately it's been every week or two. Despite the layer of dust growing on my camera I was determined, before summer ended, to get a picture of all of my babies - together. To be honest, though, just the monstrosity of the task gave me … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: celebrating


On Monday Asher turned 14. On Wednesday Zach graduated from high school. On Thursday all my kiddos were officially under one roof again. And tomorrow is Father's Day. Needless to say, there's been a lot of celebrating going on around here. More pictures soon. When you're ready to play along, be sure to visit here for the full scoop. To link up this week with your Sunday Snapshot, just copy the code under the Snapshot button and paste it into the body of your post where you’d like the button to be displayed. When you hit … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: {the bigger boys}


Last set of school pictures. I *think*. I might try to work Tallula and Poppy in somehow. Anyway. Here are the bigger boys. The bigger-than-the-younger-boys but younger-than-their-biggest-brother boys. Asher first. Aaaaahhhh. Nothing more challenging fun than a 13 year old boy. Mom: What is your favorite thing about 7th grade? Asher: Sleeping in sometimes. When I don't get out of bed the first time someone wakes me up and no one notices for a while. Mom: What's your least favorite thing about 7th grade? Asher: Having to do more school work than … [Read more...]

first day of school :: round two


As I mentioned last week, I missed an opportunity to get pictures of my kids on the first day of school. And - as much as I'd intended to get pictures of them every. single. day. - the rest of that first week was basically an ugly blur. They'd come home in the afternoons with backpacks loaded with papers to sign, flyers to read, assignments, projects and papers to complete. So today, one week and one day after the official start of school, I finally took pictures. Since I knew outside wasn't going to work (been there, tried that) I figured I'd just have a go … [Read more...]

homeschooling :: one week in


I've been asked often in the last week, "How is homeschool going?" My response? It's going. Actually, it's going a lot better than I'd anticipated. I think it's even going better than Asher had anticipated. Because after last year, and the fact we hobbled and limped, broken and bruised across the finish line of 6th grade some time late this summer, we were not expecting this year to be great. We both knew we needed to up our game a notch (or a few notches in my case) and neither of us is a big fan of extra work. But so far, so good. And so, I thought … [Read more...]

that time of year


Less than a week until school starts. Shepherd is going into kindergarten. Jude is going into 1st grade. Isabelle into 2nd. Sophie into 3rd. Dalton into 5th. And Asher into 7th. At home. Yes, I'll be starting a second year of homeschooling Asher. A statement, just a few years ago, I thought I'd never, ever make. We're not continuing to homeschool because we had such great success with it last year. I mean, Asher had great success in that he loved it. Loved being home. Loved being finally rid of his constant stomach aches. But I? Fell a bit, … [Read more...]

Sunday Snapshot: {the beach}


Oh my. Be forewarned, there are a ton of pictures below. It was our singular "vacation" of the year, if you want to call it a vacation. What it was was one wondrous day at the beach. And so, I took a lot of pictures. It was also Poppy's first time to the beach. She wasn't so sure how she felt about it. It was Tallula's first time to the beach, too. Initially she had some anxiety over the waves coming in and then rushing back out. But soon she decided this was a pretty cool place to be. And so did all the … [Read more...]