Thursday, March 16, 2017

25th Anniversary at the Grand Canyon

It's crazy how fast time flies.  I remember when I was young and heard older people tell me this and I would internally roll my eyes at them.  Yeah, now I know what they were talking about.  Funny how life has a way of doing that to you - the older you get, you realize the less you know.  For our 25th anniversary we decided to cross a bucket list item off - the Grand Canyon!  It was an incredible trip with lots more than just visiting the Grand Canyon, but for now I just want to share these images we had done by a photographer on the Sky Walk.  It was an amazing experience - you had to wear special little shoe covers to keep from scratching the glass skywalk that gave you an unbelievable view. 

 There have definitely been times in our marriage that we felt like doing this to each other! 

 But I guess you don't make it 25 years unless there are times like these also.  :)

 It was really breathtaking to take in this view with our arms around each other on the exact day of our wedding, 25 years later - almost like gazing back over all the trials and tribulations of all those years. 

 It was CRAZY to be able to look straight down into the canyon!

 (you can see the muddy Colorado river down there!)
 We made it Babe! Now here's to another 25 more! 
Here are some stock photos that were included in our images - the first one shows the sky walk at the top - so amazing! 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snow Day March 2017

We have had a very mild winter and then just days before spring officially arrives we had a snow and ice storm! Miss Boo wanted to do some snow dance pictures - that lasted approximately 2.5 minutes but we got a few keepers. 

 I always underestimate how high she will jump .

 ....and then she ran inside to get warm, so I persuaded big sister to snap a few!

 My beautiful Hannah Banana just turned 17 this past weekend.

 There's just nothing better than a snow day with friends! 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Homeschool - A Month in Review - in Pictures

It's been a while since I did a homeschool update, and Boo has been begging me for months! She just loves to look back and see everything we have accomplished.  I hope to do a month-in-review from now on, doing a weekly review was just too much to keep up with! So - here's January - at least the parts I took pictures of. :)
 - Boo taking notes on the British Parliament

- repurposed the Ikea cart to hold homeschool supplies

 - lunch time and Liberty's Kids (and Chick-Fila and beanie boos)

 - when your morning snack is your science lesson

 - she doodles the history lesson :)
 - breakfast time and CNN 10 Student News - a new favorite time of day (and beanie boos)
 - big sister Banana leaves encouraging notes regarding math frustrations
 - puppies and Beanie Boos are always close by
 - read alouds and pre-pointe exercises

 -holding her planks

 - celebrating a perfect score in history!

 - inspired by dancers at YAGP

- quick photo session in dance studio with friends - physical education - CHECK!

 - Schoolhouse Rock :)  (and have we mentioned beanie boos???)

 - morning basket memory time

 - Latin class projects
 - first dance competition a huge success!

 - STEM learning, Lego stop-motion videos

 - winter birch tree art lessons with big sisters
- field trip to the Franklin Institute Science Center in Philadelphia

One of my favorite things about looking back on my blog is seeing the everyday little moments that didn't mean much at the time, but mean so much in the years to come.  Not only will I want to remember Boo on a rocking horse (left over prop from a baby photo session) with her puppy -but I love seeing my man in the background and a teenager in the fridge. The days are long but the years are short....

Meanwhile, Punkin spent several wonderful weeks at home before she had to go back for her FINAL semester in college before she graduates in May.  There was lots of time spent wedding planning, watching Netflix, helping homeschool, and a fun weekend trip. Banana has been SOOO busy with schoolwork (taking almost all AP and honors classes this year), spending some time with the school drama, spending time with her friends and small group and working at (our favorite place) Chick-Fila.  We were so worried she (or we) might get tired of the Fila, but her devotion and addiction to that yummy chicken has only multiplied! The bigger kiddos don't allow me to take pictures of them like I used to - especially that middle one!! But alas, we are all enjoying each other (most days) and doing life together, and documenting it all here to enjoy in the days to come.