Pirate Day!

Josie has been looking forward to 6th grade “Pirate Day” for ages! We went “shopping” in Grammy’s closet for her costume, and she was delighted with the way it turned out. 🙂 She requested some make up and she wanted her hair “big and messy.”

I think we are getting some glimpses of what teenager Josie is going to look like!


We did something this week……we got two 6 week-old kittens! A girl at my work was giving away some, and it had been so long since we’d had a cat, I decided it was time to have another. And then I thought, well, since we are getting one…we may as well get two, one for each kiddo. 🙂 The kiddos have never had kittens before, we’ve always had older cats…and I kept it a total surprise until we got to the house to pick them up…so they were OVER.THE.MOON. And still are! We are all in love with our tiny new pets. The kids have dubbed them Socks and Midnight. Josie’s is the black one (Midnight), and Jack’s is the striped one (Socks).


So far the kids are doing a great job taking care of them. They get up early in the morning so they can go and get them out of the barn and bring them to the porch to feed them. Then the kittens play around the porch/eat while the kids finish getting ready. Before we leave, they take them back to the barn for the day (they are litter box trained). After we get home, they get them back out of the barn and bring the back up to the porch until bed time, and then they put the kitties to “bed” in the barn. 🙂 Eventually they’ll just get to stay out once the kids let them out in the morning, but they are just too little right now.

It’s been a fun adventure, so far! 🙂

Lake Day

Saturday we had a free day (miraculously), so we decided to go to the lake for the day! We left around 8:00, and were on the water around 11:00. It was a BEAUTIFUL day. Nice cool breeze and gorgeous sunshine.


We had never taken the kids to the cliffs at Wolf River (not when they were old enough to remember, anyways), so we drove up there first.

We figured Jack would jump with no hesitation (which he did), but Jake said he would eat his socks if Josie did, and I totally agreed with him….and then that girl got up there and jumped with almost no hesitation at all!! We were proud of her for being so brave, because that is something she struggles with sometimes. They both jumped off the “big” cliff 3 times-and it doesn’t look that big when you are at the bottom, but it looks a LOT higher from the top! It is about 12 feet, probably. I jumped with them the first time, because it had been years-and because I was so impressed with Josie! But no more than that for me!

After that we went to Iron’s Creek to swim until we were all chilly and ready to ride again.


We rode up to Mitchell Creek, just because, before heading back to Willow Grove and getting some pizza for dinner. We stopped at Sonic on the way home for dessert and listened to Harry Potter. We even had time when we got home to finish watching a movie we’d started. It was a great day with my favorite people :).