It is important to me!!

Landis has a report on Ostriches and it
is tomorrow. As fate would have it no one but Phoebe and I can attend. Obviously Jason is upset and piper has been torn up about it. The big girls have a field trip tomorrow, they had considered missing it but excitement won them over (and I’m glad it did).

On the way home from school Piper was saying she didn’t want to disappoint Landis, Lela (who is very excited about the trip) said, “Piper, it’s not a big deal.” Piper looked at Lela and said, “it may not be a big deal to you but it’s a big deal to me.”

I was proud of Piper for standing up to Lela and caring so much for Landis.


Well we got a trampoline, a big one! Jason and I had said no trampoline and no pool, both nos were for safety reasons. I started to come around to the trampoline idea because I have got a couple kids that need to burn off extra energy and I’ve got one that is going to get a bedsore from reading lol.

So I researched and we bought a 13 foot square with enclosure. It’s BIG, much bigger than we thought but there is enough jumping space for the whole family so that is nice. So far the kids love it and have been in it every single day, not always jumping but playing, running or even laying and reading. I think the dogs like the shaded space underneath as well.

We have already had some minor injuries which gives me pause but life is full of injury;)


Easter Sunday

Another Easter has come and almost gone. We did the usual egg hunt with the neighbors, 3 years running.


Then my folks came over for some noshing over coffee. The girls had already opened their baskets earlier so they spent some time playing with the grandparents and the marble run. Then we had an Italian feast complete with caprese salad and lasagna! Now I am going to drink some coffee and let them watch a couple shows on netflix.

The End

Lela’s report on zebras

Lela did her report lat week on Zebras. She did an amazing job speaking in front of 50 kids for the first time. She spoke loud enough for everyone to hear and even taught them a few things they didn’t know.


She made a wonderful book that the teachers asked her to donate to the class. She also made a diorama showing how hard it is to tell how many Zebras are in a herd. Overall she did a very impressive report;)


I tell you what lice is a reason to homeschool your kids!! Why is it the the day after I visit the girls schools they report lice!! I am beginning to think I am the harbinger of LICE! Thankfully we have never gotten lice, I’m afraid if we do we may never get rid of it with all the children we have running around. Just say no to lice!

Report on Wild African Dogs – Piper

Piper gave her first oral report (to people outside our family) this past week. I was a little nervous and she was a LOT nervous. But she really knew her topic and I think that helped a ton. When we got the assignment from school we talked about what she wanted to do. Then I took them to the library and had the librarian show them how to look up topics (I knew of course and had shown them but wanted someone else to show them). Then we looked up books and checked them out. We did some other surfing on the web and also on Pinterest for ideas and she came up with what she wanted to do. Overall I think she did a super fantastic amazing job.

The day of the report she decided she wanted everyone (me, Jason, Landis, Phoebe and Lela) to her presentation. I figured she was going to stand up there and say nothing at all or do a great job. She chose the later;) I was proud of all the work that she put in to the project and that she conquered her fear of talking in front of people. This is a HUGE deal for her. She is now in the 3rd grade and has never answered when roll is called, never. So this is really a huge accomplishment for her. She was very quiet and it was tremendously hard to hear her but she did it and now she knows she can.

We are back, yeah! And BOO

Well after all that illness that plagued the house we were all in need of a serious break. It turned out that everyone got sick and the two littles had a case of pneumonia.  But we rallied and got well and got ourselves a break.  It came in the form of a two week spring break!

We had a great week hanging out, swimming, going to Out of Africa and seeing old friends. Then we spent a week in California at the beach for the most relaxing vacation we have had EVER. We played in the sand, collected sea shells, swam in the pool and just enjoyed being together as a family. It was a really good time. This year has been a year of change for us and I think we are all still recovering and adjusting.


We are looking forward to the summer and next year as we slog through the end of this year. Everyone is healthy again and relatively happy so we will power through to our next adventure.

House of Barf

Well we have had BIG fun lately with some sort of stomach bug running through the house. First it was Landis on Thursday night/Friday, followed by Phoebe on Friday night/Saturday and then Lela on Sunday night. I am HOPING that Piper already had it since she had some random vomiting two weeks ago but somehow that doesn’t seem to fit the pattern. The neighbor girls had this stomach bug last week and my girls were playing with them (not really Lela) so who knows. Piper has been playing with the neighbor girls behind us so probably she passed it along to them.

Needless to say the parental units around here are wiped out but we are quite a team. I handled the barfing and wiping and Jason handled the disposing and returning of the barf receptacle:) Jason is off to California so let’s pray that he isn’t going to suffer some bout of vomitopia whilst on his trip. I don’t see how I could avoid it but maybe the gods will spare me for my kindness (ha).

Lela is pretty upset that Piper is off to school without her but I think I will make her feel better by watching the first Harry Potter movie with her. She is reading book 3 now and she just can’t wait to see what all the characters look like in the film. We were holding off until spring break but it looks like today may be the day. Laundry for me and movie watching for her.

Landis had 3 days of fever following her vomiting and has a pretty rattling cough but we have been administering breathing treatments and that seems to be working. I was a little nervous that she might have gotten pneumonia but it looks like we dodged that bullet. She is off to a half day of school today, I am picking her up early because I don’t want her to wear herself down but I can’t let her stay home again or she may never go back, lol.

Phoebe is still asleep which is unheard of but she was up all night last night every time Lela threw up and she was super dehydrated from her day of barfing. So I will let her sleep as long as I can. A clone of myself would help right now but alas I will have to settle for me hyped up on coffee:)

Hmmm….what is happening

Well time is flying by for one thing and for the other things…..I forget:(

The big girls are liking their new school. No one yells at them and the kids are really nice. Not having been in a Montessori environment before Lela is missing some of the structure and schedule she left at DMS. If Piper is missing anything it is the dirt, trees and absolute outdoor freedom she had at DMS. Lucky for us the campus is open and we can go when we want. Just last weekend we spent an hour at DMS cuddling baby chickens and swinging on the tree swing.

Landis caught the creeping crud this week and spent a good 24 hours vomiting. Now on day 2 she is having a fever but her spirits are definitely higher than yesterday. I am seriously hoping Phoebe doesn’t get this but I am pretty sure that is hope wasted.

We have been keeping busy with violin rehearsal, harp/violin duet rehearsals, piano lessons, horseback riding lessons, 3 trips to the Zoo in one week, choir and visiting with friends. Next week Lela has her first symphony concert at the Mesa Arts Center, we are looking forward to it, I think she is going to love being on the big stage.

I am pretty certain that I need a vacation from schedules, commitments, schools and day to day life. I hear Santa Barbara calling…..

Worst day ever

Well I might be being dramatic but it was the best of days and the worst of days. Piper and Lela started at their new school. While they were being taught and entertained I was boohooing my little eyes out. I was boohooing so much I gave myself quite the migraine:(

I knew the girls were safe, I know it is a good school, I know they are going to love it so why was I so blue. By the afternoon I had had plenty of time to digest my feelings (mostly by laying in bed feeling sorry for myself). I realized I was mourning my losses. I lost anytime access to my girls (I used to pop in whenever I wanted which was a lot), spontaneous lunch dates, access to my dear friend (their teacher) and just all the things I loved about Desert Marigold. It was a hard day but by the time I picked up the girls and they told me all the wonderful things they did that day I felt better.

I am at peace with my decision to move the girls and it is looking like Landis will join them next year. It just takes some adjusting for the mom:)