catching up

Hello there!  Sorry it’s been forever.  Summer for our family has been in full swing for almost three weeks and it’s  flying by.  I love summertime, but will admit I’m not exactly a pro at juggling four kids going in what feels like 17 different directions in a day.  It can get a little crazy.  On average Peter and I drive around 120 miles/day to get everyone to their various activities.  Here is a sample showing only a few of our daily stops.  The numbers represent how many miles each place is from home.  Ha!

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“Why drive so many miles” you ask?  Because we live in a tiny beach town and everything is reallllly spread out.

Unlike many other bloggers out there, I do NOT have a personal assistant, nanny, or housekeeper.  Nope, none of the above.  We do have a sitter who helps us here and there, which I really treasure.  And one of these days I might get an assistant, but for now this is the right thing for us.  I share this personal information with you for two reasons: 1) I like to keep things real here on the blog and 2) I know many of you also work very hard in your career or running a household while juggling a multitude of responsibilities.  It takes grit and strength, n’est ce pas?  


I love that families come in all shapes and sizes.  You may have only fur babies, or a big family of seven, or 23 chickens and a goat.  We are all valuable and equal in God’s eyes.  For me, I have learned that this is a season in life which involves my complete dedication to our family.  Sure, I always try to squeeze in whatever extra I can, but family comes first.  This means having to be creative in ways to earn  additional funds for our household, such as working from home on special projects, teaching ballet at school, etc.  I’m  also trying to be outside with my kids more, on the computer less, and enjoy a more simple life.  These choices have meant passing up a few career opportunities over the years,  but I do not regret that one bit.  I’m not saying this to brag, put anyone else down, or seem holier-than-thou, but rather to encourage any other moms (or dads!) out there who have chosen to put a few personal or professional goals on ice in order to focus on their family.  It’s not the popular or glamorous way to roll, I know.  I feel like we live in a materialistic culture that doesn’t exactly promote this type of thinking, so I want to be an cheerleader for those who have made the choice to live with a little less so their loved ones get more quality “together” time.

All that being said, for summer blogging I’ve decided it’s more realistic to pop in and to write a few fun but shorter posts each week, versus waiting forever to write a lengthy post.  Like sharing mini updates on our pets, who seem to multiply often, haha.  This little peep was one of six eggs I bought on ebay….she hatched in our home after incubating under our broody hen.


A few snippets from our last month.  Our son’s team made it to state finals and they won  second place in the state of Florida, woot woot!  There is no catching our kid.  He is an amazing runner.


Our other son taught one of our hens to yolo board.


Our youngest daughter has a new bunny addition.  She named him Precious.  And yes, he’s real!  He is the most mellow rabbit I have ever met.  Literally stays wherever you put him.  Apparently he is also a soccer player.


He has a very demanding dress-up schedule.


Pippi doesn’t seem to mind our new guy.  She even shares her favorite bed with him.


In human news, our oldest graduated from 8th grade last month!


In hen news, Pouf is the most doting chicken mom around. It has been so fun watching her teach the baby how to take dirt baths, find food, and eat their morning oatmeal.  She feeds her chick before she feeds herself!


We also have  equestrians, mermaids, and ballerinas in our home.  Can’t remember if I’ve told you, but our oldest daughter is now big enough to ride my horse, Savez.  They are quite a pair!




Cheers to treasuring those we love and hanging on to what’s most important in life – being together.

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  1. Shauna says:

    All adorable photos; love the lil chick, the yolo’ing hen, bunny that I’m still not quite sure is real or not and the anchor dress your daughter has!!

  2. MM says:

    I have to tell you that this blog post was exactly the bit of encouragement I needed today. Thank you so much!!!

  3. CArolyn says:

    So glad you posted. I was going through withdrawal. All very interesting and brings back great memories of those days at my house. My three sons turn 26 tomorrow so enjoy it …it flies by before you know it.
    If that is your youngest daughter in the last ballet pose, she is magnificent! What grace already!!!

  4. Ashley says:

    I love this post and your honesty. I also decided to stay home and bring in what extra money I can, but I wouldn’t trade it for a housekeeper or more money in the bank! Have a great summer.

  5. Donna says:

    That bunny is so precious! Heading down to FWB tomorrow to visit my mom – can’t wait to see those gorgeous beaches!

  6. Patti says:

    Really enjoyed your post and encouraging others to prioritize their families. Our daughters are now 23, 25 and 27. The time flew by and they were gone with each now living in a different city approx. 800 miles away. My husband has always had a very intense, stressful job which has provided a very comfortable life for our family. But the down side is that we did not have much opportunity to just have fun, relax and do many activities as a family. I have followed your blog for the past three years, and have always admired the wonderful family you have and all the great pictures. Our culture has become very materialistic and stressful. Taking the time to enjoy your kids will be something all of you will treasure forever. I hope others read your blog, and think about what really matters in life.

  7. Caroline says:

    Great post – and especially love your bunny! We have a dear 8 month old angora/lion head bunny who is SO NOT mellow – but love her and she’s litter box trained and chases our lab and cat! Also – the yolo board is sooo cool and have not seen one – paddle boards (same thing?) are popular here in NC – but yolo board looks like a great way to start… thanks for a great post :)

  8. kayce ughes says:

    Love how you keep it real. Wow do you drive a lot! No maid here either and having just returned from vacation I am wishing that someone would come wash some laundry :)

  9. I so loved this post. It made me chuckle (those pics of your bunny are hilarious – what a character). Most of my children (3) are pretty much grown up. My oldest is married and has the most adorable little boy, who is 14 months old. My middle son, is pursuing more studies at our community college with aspirations of transferring to UC Berkeley and last, but not least, my youngest daughter, a junior in high school (a very challenging time for the high schooler and her parents). We’ve survived the other two, and God willing, we will get through this last round too. Anyhow, I know how challenging it is juggling everyone’s schedule, being a stay-at-home mom, is not the most glamorous job, but so very worth it. Being a former showhorse competitor, I am hoping to get the chance to re-visit this past passion of mine. I envy that you are able to indulge that passion for yourself and your daughter. From the looks of it, you are enjoying so much with your family. I love your menagerie of animals…..such fun!! And continue to enjoy….it does fly by….

  10. Elizabeth says:

    What a beautiful post about family…blessings to yours.

  11. Kim Eggert says:

    New subscriber–your honesty about the normalcy of everyday life is refreshing.

  12. Missi says:

    A nice post about what really matters-our time with family! I have a son (7th grader) who runs in FL too. How exciting to win 2nd place in state. I’m guessing he’ll run for his high school team.

    Love the bunny! I had one named Wilbur.

    As a side note: I am having a new kitchen made and “stole” your idea of having the garbage disposal switch put on the toe kick below the sink. Thank you!

  13. Priscilla says:

    These are all great updates! I have to show my daughter your adorable bunny. And it’s so funny, she just asked me yesterday if she could have one. She’s my oldest who will also be graduating 8th grade on the 25th! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. That is why I too decided to stay home while my husband worked, (he has a very demanding job at AT&T.) We will never regret spending more time with our little darlings, it’s those special moments and talks that truly matter most. There will always be time to work more, go to school, and do more of everything else, but our little darlings are going on right now, and they come first. Enjoy your summer! :)

  14. jw says:

    I have followed your blog since the beginning and have always admired the wonderful life you are creating for your family. You will never regret staying home with your children. My baby just graduated from high school last weekend, and I am so thankful I was able to stay home with both of my daughters. I wish everyone could.
    Your posts always make me smile, but that bunny! Hysterical! Thank you!

  15. Katharina says:

    What a beautiful post and thank you for sharing parts of your life with us. Your children are lucky to have such a mum.

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