After months of neglect to Snapshots, I've decided to start fresh. I started my old blog four years ago, and treasure all those moments that were documented. Days filled with a baby that very much enjoyed cutting her own hair, strange calls to 911, and passionate phases of this-and-that. It won't be much different this time around... maybe more of an emphasis on homeschooling, less on scrapbooking.
And a bit about me.... I am so thankful to a great, hard-working husband that provides for me to stay at home. I love almost every bit of it - the cozy home-making, time to cook healthy meals, garden, and most of all, enjoy my beautiful children. Man, when they say it goes quickly, believe them! Mady, our oldest, is high school aged, and will be off to (early) college in less than two years. She is amazing! She knows her beliefs, and can talk me off a ledge, always seeing the good in people when I am quick to judge. Jenson is the quintessential nine year old. Days filled with Legos, enthusiasm, walking a fine line between teasing and loving his sisters. He's a cool guy! Our youngest, Keston, is five. If allowed only one word for her, it would be 'spunky'. Being the youngest, she's growing up just a bit too soon. She knows about iPods and says 'butt-crack' in conversations regularly. (Having an older brother helps one learn awesome words.) She's artistic like Mady, and can express herself with crayons in a way like no other. I am privileged to receive letters from her daily, particularly when she is disgruntled. :) Her head is filled with animals - stuffies, Playmobils, and Schleichs are never far away. My wonderful step-daughter Caidee is 21 and lives near London. She is so loved, and we wish we could see her daily. She is responsible, artisitc, caring, and beautiful.
We began homeschooling when Mady left middle school three years ago. Jenson and Keston have followed suit, and I love being at home with them. And by 'at home' I mean taking them on field trips, driving them to poetry class, Cub Scouts, and soccer, two days a week at our homeschool co-op's campus classes, Awana, hiking, the library, playdates, to the beach, museums, and elsewhere. Yet despite the crazy, we have plenty of pajama days, and a morning routine that goes something like chores-school-read-art-explore-relax.
I live a charmed life, really! I have incredible, grace-filled friends, the funniest extended family on the planet (yes, you, aunties and cousins!), a faithful, handsome husband and 15 years of marriage. It just doesn't get any better.