September 15, 2018 – Cross Country in Taos

Catheryn ran in her first Cross Country meet of the year back on September 15 up in Taos. It was a beautiful day for a run! They had an early start time, so the kids had to catch the bus at the middle school at 5:15am. If they were tired, you would have never known, because they all performed beautifully. Both the boys team and the girls team placed first!

Catheryn has not been overly impressed with her performances this year. She admitted to me a couple of weeks ago that she waited too long into the season to start pushing herself. She wants to run for the high school next year, so we have plans to run together in the off season. She has great potential, she just needs to believe in herself a little more. She will have her final middle school meet this Thursday here at home.

The start of the girls race

Catheryn on the first loop

The finish!

After the race

Getting the team award for first place.

September 6, 2018 – Nathan’s First Football Game

Nathan has his final football game of the season this Wednesday, so that makes me feel even worse about just now getting around to sharing his first game with you! I can tell you that the Hawks have had an amazing season! They are currently 6-0, and while the game this Wednesday might prove to be their toughest opponent, they are still aiming to finish the season with a perfect record. They have a great group of boys out there who all work really well together. It has been fun these past two years watching them grow and improve as a team. I guess now we will just have to wait and see how many of them go on to play High School football!

Nathan!

That’s Nathan on the ground… 🙂

The game was delayed due to weather, and it rained off and on, but it sure was fun!

Kick off, Nathan’s best friend is the kicker.

September 2, 2018 – Welcome Sandy!!

Many of you may remember that Nathan loves turtles. When we were travelling, he had his turtle, Flash, along with us. Unfortunately, it was really hard to keep an aquatic turtle on the road, so we left her with some friends in Pennsylvania. Needless to say, Nathan has missed having his pet turtle, so since we now have a place of our own, he took the money he had saved up and bought himself a new turtle. She is just as cute as Flash, but has a completely different personality. Nathan named her Sandy and she lives in his room with a few fish friends. Gatsby is grateful for these new friends, and he spends much of his day watching Turtle TV and trying to play with the fish…

Sandy’s new home

Sandy Girl

Gatsby’s favorite spot in the house!

September 1, 2018 – Welcome Gracey!

When we found out we could move out of the park, I half-jokingly asked Rob if we could get another cat once we had our own house, Much to my surprise, he said yes! Once we were pretty settled into our house, Catheryn and I went to the shelter and brought home a little kitty. She is a little Russian Blue mix and we decided to name her Gracey. (She came from the shelter as Pastellito, and that definitely had to go…)

I was amazed at how well our boy kitties accepted her. Hammy was a little grumpy about her at first, but Gatsby liked her right away. I remembered what a bully Hammy was when we first brought Gatsby home, so I really wanted a female this time around. There has not been a single cat scuffle since she arrived! She has only been with us for two weeks, but it feels as if she has been a part of our family forever!

She had been in the house 5 minutes, and was already perfectly “at home!”

Cutie Pie

Gatsby loves his new sister.

Please don’t tell Nathan that Gracey steals his stuffies…

Hammy and Gatsby are perfectly relaxed.

August 27, 2018 – First High School Football Game!

On August 27, Liam played in the first game of his high school football career. And he had a blast! He played really well and had some great catches. The Hilltoppers lost the game, but they all played hard and did an amazing job. Unfortunately, their second game of the season was cancelled for weather, but they did win their third game. Their fourth game was also cancelled, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that the fifth game is played according to schedule! I guess we will find out next Monday!

Liam was excited to get #85 again

In a sea of blue…

And he’s going down…

Watching from the sideline

They may have lost, but it was a great game!

August 18, 2018 – I’m 40!

Ack! I sure as heck do not feel old enough to be 40, but according to the calendar, I am! I guess 8-18-18 was a good day to venture over the hill. My family is way too good to me and they spoiled me rotten.

For the last two years, we have been growing apple trees in pots, and in the front yard of our house was an empty brick ring. Whatever had been planted there had not survived, and it seemed to me the perfect location for a tree. So on my 40th birthday, we planted one of our trees. For the first time in 8 years, we did something permanent. I guess one could say we put down roots, in more ways than one. The kids’ hand-print stones from 2006 even have a new home around the base of the tree. Our little tree seems to like his new home and is doing great. Maybe next year we may even see an apple or two. 🙂

August 16, 2018 – Back to School

Despite my best efforts, I could not slow summer down, and on the 16th of August, it was time to send the kids back to school.

Liam walked out the door to his first day of high school like he had been doing it all his life. He comes home for lunch everyday, and together we watch about 20 minutes of a movie of his choice. It takes several days to get through a movie, but I really enjoy the time with him. He still loves football and dreams of playing in college and beyond. We are three weeks into the school year, and he is still putting in great effort with his classes, which is a major improvement over the last couple of years. I think he is really enjoying the high school environment.

The twins started 8th grade with sunburns from swimming earlier in the week. Luckily the peeling did not start until Friday and they had the weekend to get it over with. They were extremely grateful for that! They are both doing great. Nathan is enjoying football and Catheryn is rocking cross country. They still eat lunch together with their group of friends, which makes me happy. I love that they are still such good friends at 13. They are both doing really well in their classes and are enjoying most of their teachers.

As for me, I am slowly adjusting to them being gone again. It takes me 5 minutes to get used to them being home, and 5 weeks to get used to them being gone…

Liam is off to 9th grade and the twins are in 8th.