Early morning travel day scene. Goal: up and out by 8 am! Reviewing a map, washing dishes, filling our collapsible crates, T directing boys this way and that way, electronics and a cooler waiting to go out to the truck, Dustbuster ready to dust. Sometimes I forget how weird it is that we regularly pack up our house and move it around. After almost 6 years fulltime, we got packing up down to a science. Everyone has their own jobs to do and we have a shared note with a checklist to make sure we don’t forget anything! Taryn is especially efficient on travel days, she gets up and gets it […]
Yesterday I got a text from my friend Amanda asking about the campfire we had planned. What campfire?! Ha! She has 4 boys and had a hunch the plan Jonah made wasn’t on the up and up lol! Campfire schemes, because, Jonah! In the end, we decided it was a great idea and went for it anyway tonight. Luckily, I had a bag of marshmallows tucked away left over from 4th of July! After a spring and summer of traveling similar routes since we both have cubers that went to nationals, we are all heading separate ways this weekend. I’m not sure what our kids are going to do without each other […]
These are the good old days. I know I’m gonna miss this evening routine some day. Their evening routine is pretty consistent. After dinner they do their chores. Taryn washes the dishes, Jude puts them away, clears the counters and picks up the floors. Then they fix a snack (sometimes frozen fruit, sometimes Jude makes a sourdough pizza), snuggle in with one or two of the dogs to watch an episode of TV once the little boys are in bed. Its fun binging some iconic shows and movies with them. They laugh in all the right places and memes they’ve seen online are now in context. So far we’ve done a handful […]
If Maggie could talk: “Heard you were thinking of leaving….if I sit on you, you’ll stay!”
Today was a big day for Taryn, she started the application process for an apprenticeship that would be an incredible opportunity for her. It’s very competitive and a long shot, but we are so proud of her for taking a big leap toward her future dreams! As soon as she started talking about living somewhere else next summer, Mags jumped up interrupting her application rough draft.
Project 365: 11/365
Taryn and Jude hit the trails today. My mom gifted her a horseback riding adventure for her 18th birthday and we found a stable just up the road from where we are staying. Taryn used to ride every week and definitely misses it! Very much her happy place!
Taryn got her first phone on her 18th birthday. The real gift, 18 years and a childhood without one.
It was so fun watching her enjoy it, text her best friend, meme wars, family group texts and taking photos of the sunset.
FWIW, we don’t technically have a wait until 18 rule in our home. They get one when they need one and each child is different. I’m just so thankful we’ve built a life that gives us the option to wait.