Category: Daily Life

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The Mantis. AAAAH!

The reaction people have to insects humors me and baffles me. My kids included! Henry and I are excited when a cool bug shows up. The girls? Horrified. And I don’t know why because we’ve lived in a cabin the woods surrounded by tons of bugs, they’ve grown up with me marveling over insects all the time. Why are they so terrified? It’s definitely not due to lack of exposure or the way they were raised! Rosie says that when she...

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Birthday Party Fun!

Also from June: These are pictures from a friend’s birthday party for her two sons. They were turning five and three. The kids had SO MUCH FUN at this party. It was at a local farm that hosts parties. They had lots of animals to pet and play with, along with a pond for swimming. My friend’s daughter, sister of the birthday boys. Mama and baby peafowl! Or really peahen and babies, if we want to get technical. MY FAVORITES!! This...

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PRIDE 2016!!

Catch up from June, pictures I never posted! Pride Parade, because everyone deserves love and respect. (And who doesn’t enjoy a good parade?) One amongst us really enjoyed the parade and may or may not have had the absolute time of his life. It was so hot out. LOL Blue teeth! They kept throwing out handfuls of candy to the kids. They also tossed out hats, sunglasses, balls, retired children’s library books, and tons of other stuff. The drag queens gave...

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Ten.

One whole decade. That’s how old my baby is now. That’s how long I’ve been a mother. I was 19 and pregnant. I wish I could go back and tell the 19 year old me that it will all be ok in the end. The journey to “ok” definitely wasn’t an easy one, but we’re here now, safe and sound. Well, at least as “ok” as anyone ever is, I suppose. ;) I spent her entire pregnancy in a state of...

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Super Fun Water Balloon Fight!

A couple of weekends ago we went to my aunt and uncle’s house to visit with them and my cousins, who were here from out of state. Fun times were had by all. The kids keep asking when we can do that again! Ada was approaching with a water balloon… Victory daaaaaance! We also had the GoPro out. It was set in video mode, but also set to take pictures every five seconds. The results of those settings are so hit...

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Noises of Utter Frustration

The saga to score an Ohio driver’s license will never end, apparently. I am so frustrated! I am a reasonably intelligent person, but this is way too hard. Somewhere in the midst of moving 3x in three years my social security card disappeared. To get a new one I needed to go to the SS office with all the kids in tow because Kentucky does not participate in the online ordering program for some unknown reason. Instead of going to the...

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Pigs, Pigs Everywhere!

Another catch-up entry! We also took Vlad to Slate Run Historical Farm. This is actually a metro park just south of Columbus and free to visit. I love this place. It reminds me of growing up as a kid on my family’s dairy farm. I so desperately wished to give my children this childhood too, but despite all of my attempts it hasn’t worked out yet. Henry chose his outfit. I couldn’t convince him to wear the matching shoes! This house...

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In Summary…

I have some entire vlogs to put together, but in the mean time here’s a short mashup of hosting…   Unfortunately, Vlad is no longer in our home. I can’t explain the entire drama here. Suffice it to say, the agency and I had a falling out, and we have severed ties with each other. I’m also taking a break from Facebook, if anyone wonders where I went. The Facebook break came prior to the hosting organization drama because I was...

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The Wildflowers.

To the older man at Inniswood Metro Park tonight–   This evening you saw us playing with our four children in the algae filled pond and in the woods at the back of the park. I know because I noticed you before you saw us. You were there alone, walking on the path with your hands held behind your back and I briefly wondered about you. My grandfather loved to walk too. It was something we did together often, walking several...

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House Tour!

This is the final week without Vladik here. I know that no matter how hosting goes or what our relationship with Vladi ends up being, we will never be the same after. Each child we’ve hosted has changed us all as a family. I cannot describe the impact they make on all of us. Our hearts break for them, we love them, we struggle alongside them, we say goodbye to them and send pieces of our hearts back with them. My...