Thursday, August 18, 2016

kindergarten tears

we had such a great morning. the kids were all so very excited. i had woken early to journal and process all the feels on this monumental day for our family. and then when ian put his little lunch box up on the shelf, a flood of emotions hit me hard. i tried to hold it together but i just couldn't. i was the classic kindergarten momma, his teacher came and hugged me and told me she would take care of him. so sweet.

the day they all went to school

Monday, August 8, 2016

butterfly pavilion

we had a great time at the butterfly pavilion up in denver.  we called ashton the butterfly whisperer because they all just kept landing on her.  

holly signed us up for a little class there!
EVERYONE held rosie!  even all of us moms!  great memory.

excited about more adventures this year with our little wild explorers club.

Friday, August 5, 2016

gg elaine's birthday tea party

celestial seasonings

this spring we took the kids to the celestial seasonings factory in boulder.

it was really fun and FREE.
aunt juli (my dad's sister) was visiting so she got to come with us!
i highly recommend this little field trip.  kids have to be 5 to go through the factory.

Friday, July 22, 2016

because of the chaos

there is laundry and there are dishes.
there is fighting and there are messes.

 there is chaos and there is beauty.

 sometimes i wonder, does the chaos create the beauty?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

oh, rmca, how we love you

we are about to begin our 5th year at rmca and i can't speak highly enough about this program and what it's meant to our family.  

 avery's arabian oral report.  she did fantastic.

last day of 3rd and 1st grades!

Monday, July 18, 2016

the games they play

{Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.} Luther Burbank

we had kitchens and horse havens in our backyard this morning.

i snuck this picture of ash and ian busy in their kitchen through the slats of our fence.

and avery made a haven for her horses up on top of our hill. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

the games they play

sometimes i get a visit from these orphan girls who live in an orphanage "down the lane". they tell me they "aren't allowed to smile there or slouch".  poor things.  they also do chores from "4-6 every day".

i told them they could come over to my house and do chores from 4-5 instead.

Friday, July 15, 2016

from ashton kate

mom, i kind of like getting hurt, but just a little bit.

why's that, ash?

cuz i'm a rough girl.