Here We Go Again!

After a busy and fun-filled summer, it is time once again to head back to school! It was quite a new experience this morning dropping one off at middle school before heading back to the elementary school, but I don’t think it will take too long to settle into a new routine. We just have to leave at 7am in order to make it to both schools on time! The kids all enjoyed their first day, and while I am not yet convinced that summer should actually be over, I think it is going to be a good year.

Happy New School Year!!!


Happy Day!

It has been many years since we have been able to celebrate my dad’s birthday with him, but my parents just so happen to be visiting right now, and today just happens to be my dad’s birthday!

So, to my amazing dad, Happy Birthday!!! We all love you so very much! Thank you for allowing us to share your day with you. Let’s do it again next year!

Happy Birthday, Daddy!!!


15 Years!

“We’re all a little weird.  And life is a little weird.  And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.”  ~Robert Fulghum, True Love

June 17, 2001

June 17, 2001

Happy 15th Anniversary to my very best friend!


It does not seem possible, but apparently Rob and I have been parents long enough to have a teenager!


Happy 13th Birthday, Liam!!

Knowing Liam, his teenage years are bound to be a wild and crazy ride.


Let the fun begin!

But I love this boy dearly, and am so glad that I get to be a part of this adventure.

Happy 13th Birthday, William Clark!! I love you soooo much!

Lovely Boy

“Who would believe such pleasure from a wee ball o’ fur? ~Irish Saying”

I have so many things in my heart that I want to say about Remington P. Cat, but no matter how many times I start, I just cannot get any of it right. Where do I start? How do I start? Words won’t come. Tears do, but not words.

The truth is that no matter how many years Remington was able to live, it never would have been enough. I wanted him to live forever, but unfortunately, even the best cannot live forever. So here I sit with aching heart, looking at pictures of my sweet boy, remembering all the things he did, his sweet little quirks, his bright eyes, his sweet soul, and all I can come up with is… Thank you.

Thank you, Remi, for spending the last 16 of your 18 years with us. Thank you for all of your unconditional love. For the memories. For sleeping every night in the crook of my knees, for purring whenever I would look at you, for being so flexible over the years. You have taught Hamish well, and I see so much of you in all that he does. And as hard as it was to have to say good-bye today, thank you for letting me be there with you. It was truly an honor to know you, my lovely boy, and to know you was to love you.

Thank you, Rob, for taking me to get this amazing boy all those years ago. Who would have known just how special he would turn out to be. You used a perfect word earlier today… “Magical.” You picked out one incredible cat. And you gave him an incredible name to match. Thank you for turning your “Cat Free” house into a “Cats Welcome” one instead. I love you more than you will ever know.

And last but definitely not least, thank you to the Humane Society of Western Montana. Thank you for caring for so many animals and working so hard to find them forever homes. I am not sure if any of you would remember “Crosby,” but we adopted him back on February 5, 2000, and our lives have never been the same. What a treasure this kitty has been, and we have you to thank for that.

Our kitty, Goobers, who passed away almost six years ago, was Remington’s best friend. They were rarely apart back in the day. I like to think that Goobers was waiting for Remington to join him, and that they are now laying together in the sunshine, watching birds, and catching up on old times…

We love you Remington P. Cat. And we will never forget you…

20 Years!

I graduated from high school 20 years ago today…

The funny thing about being 18 and ready to take on the world is that you feel like you have all the time in the world. And the funny thing about all that time, is that it goes by fast. Very. Very. Fast.

So here I am, 20 years later, and I have achieved absolutely nothing that I set out to do, and about a million things I never even dreamed of! I love the fact that my life has turned out so much different (and better!) than I ever imagined.

I still do not know what I want to be when I grow up, and I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life, but I am just fine with that. I have time to figure it out. Lots and lots of time.🙂

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Hello Summer Vacation!!

It is hard to believe, but another school year has come and gone and it is time once again for summer vacation!


Today we attended Liam’s 6th grade graduation ceremony. I have been preparing myself for middle school for some time now, but it was still hard watching him ‘graduate’ from elementary school. Another phase of his childhood has come to an end…

Our 7th Grader!

Our 7th Grader!

All of the kids were out at noon today, and once the final bell rang, kids came squealing from all directions. I think even the teachers were doing little happy dances. I guess everyone was looking forward to three whole months of sleeping in!


Hello Summer!

Our oldest is now about to begin his middle school career while the twinnies are off to their final year of elementary school, but first… SUMMER VACATION!!! Let the fun begin!