Race Day

Elliot’s 6th grade class.

It was Race Day today at Elliot’s school. All of the school kids do fun-runs of various lengths, as a fundraiser. Elliot ran a 5k and then helped his kindergarten buddy with his race.

Elliot plays the saxophone

Now that Elliot is in the 6th grade, and we live a normal existence, he is joining the band. He decided to play the saxophone. He sounds great from the start and already has a smooth transition between notes. One of the great things about being home is enjoying the kids practicing their instruments.

Egg Adventures

For breakfast this morning, we had eggs fresh from the chicken.

In a separate incident, Elliot was carrying a chicken and it ejected a soft egg, mostly onto his leg. He took it like a pro.


Elliot often has a messy face.

Elliot does not hesitate to be silly and have a good time.

Elliot gets Rose to sleep every night.

Happy Birthday, Elliot!

Over the past couple of days we have been celebrating Elliot’s 11th birthday. It has been a rainy, but fun couple of days in Austin, TX. Last night we ate cake and today he opened presents and we went bowling. Mary and Hope were supposed to arrive today, but due to some flight issues they are slated to arrive very late. 

Elliot at 11 is a nice, helpful guy. He likes to help around the RV, especially with the outdoor tasks around setting up and tearing down. His daily rhythm follows that of the other kids. He usually wakes up around 8 or 8:30 and reads in bed for a little while. By the time he stumbles out of bed he is ready for breakfast and his schoolwork. During his free time he likes to read and ride scooters & bikes outside. 

At night he has been helping get Rose to sleep, snuggling with her until she falls asleep, and then moving to his bed.

Favorite song: None
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Skyline
Favorite band: None
Favorite book: Harry Potter 7
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: None

Happy Birthday, Elliot!

Today we celebrated Elliot’s 10th birthday. He opened his gift from us, Mimi & Papa, and Mar-Mar & Be-Bob earlier in the day and then we had the Reagens and Mimi & Papa over for dinner. For dinner we had a sandwich bar. His cake was a mint chocolate cake. 

Elliot at age 10 continues to be a sweet, caring boy. He has been staying up later with Mari and Andrew, reading Harry Potter before bed with Susan. He spends a lot of time outside and loves riding his skateboard, bike, and he has been getting in some good runs on the unicycle. He is still taking piano lessons and spring soccer will start again in about a month.

Favorite song: A Million Reasons
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Skyline
Favorite band: 21 Pilots
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite sport: Soccer
Favorite movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Birthday Boy


Single Track

This afternoon Andrew, Mari, Elliot and I went for our first and last single track bikeride of the year. It was a beautiful afternoon and the kids did a great job carving up the trails. I imagine it has been a few years since we have been out there and it felt good.

The kids after the first run.
The kids after the first run.

The kids at the finish line
The kids at the finish line, 5 years ago.