Showing posts from August, 2013

Back to School (Nearly Wordless Wednesday)

It's going to be a little bit interesting at our house this year.  With seven kids in three different schools, one in preschool, and a toddler, we certainly get the full range of parenting experiences!  We have a ninth-grader, a seventh-grader, a fifth-grader, two fourth-graders, a first-grader, and a kindergartner (love that age, don't love the shuffle right in the middle of the day to get them to school)

Most interesting of all for us is that this year, our twins will be at two different schools.  Lots of thought and discussion went into that, but when it came for the final decision, it was really their own choice, and kind of a surprising one at that.  They've been in separate classes for second and third grade, so that part's been done before.  But different schools?  I'll let you know how it goes.

I do feel blessed my kids have so many good educational choices in our town. 

Here's our first wave -- the kids who started last week:

Michael's thrilled --…

Summer 2013

This summer has been a whirlwind. We've been busy but pretty organized. We've been under construction, on vacation, and making memories. Here are a few of the highlights:


We were under construction for about 5 weeks at the beginning of the summer.  We'd been hoping to refinance our house while rates were low, but the bank came back and told us we had to finish our attic "bonus" space in order to qualify for what we needed.  So . . . with six weeks to finish, we somehow got the contractors lined up, did a ton of the work ourselves to move things along (especially electrical -- we owe a huge debt to our neighbor who helped us out a ton), and dealt with drywall dust and debris everywhere.  But we felt incredibly blessed when we finished on time and were able to close on a no-fees, 15-year loan for less than 3.5%.  We felt especially blessed because while the construction was going on, rates went up a full point.  Tender mercies, folks.

Michael's f…