Ice Skating

This afternoon Lucia, Rose and I went ice skating. Rose and I went for a walk yesterday and enjoyed playing on the ice, so we paid another visit today with Lucia. Lucia made a lot of progress on the skates and Rose enjoyed playing on the ice in her shoes.

First Reconciliation

Lucia and Rose are both preparing for their First Communion this year, which starts with First Reconciliation. They attended this morning, with Susan. Both girls were excited to go and enjoyed the whole experience.


Not sure why this picture was taken, but it is a suitable time to post about the school year is going for Lucia and Rose this year. It is going well. We never pushed reading much with our homeschooling and we knew they would have a lot of catching up to do. They were both barely reading before the school year started. A couple of months into it, they are doing great. They each work with the reading teacher at their school and we can see their tremendous progress and some of the new techniques they are learning.

Halloween 2021

Susan dressed up as Moira from Schitt’s Creek and won her office costume contest.
Andrew and his friend Jackson went as characters from The Outsiders.
FairyLucia and Rose went as Dorothy and the Sugarplum Fairy

Happy 9th Birthday, Lucia!

Today we celebrated Lucia’s 9th birthday. Lucia and Rose left school early and we went to Howell’s for some fun fall activities. This is the second year in a row we have done this.

Welcome to Howell’s
Lucia and Rose love these.
Jumping Pillow
Bathtub Train
More Bathtub train
Tractor ride to pumpkin patch
Pumpkin Picking
Waiting for a ride back to the main barn
Tire Swing
Pipe Wheel
Birthday Face Painting

Lucia is still a sweetie and joy to have around the house. She is excited and enthusiastic about school. She wakes up most days around 7:45 when someone wakes her up. Without a wake-up she would get up around 8 or 8:30. She likes toaster waffles for breakfast. Susan packs her school lunch most days, but she likes to get hot lunch a couple of days a week. When not in school, she likes reading, art, playing outside, playing ping pong – pretty much everything. She played soccer this fall and does dance (baller, tap, and hip-hop). She goes to bed at night around 9:30, but I often have to poke my head in after 10 to tell them to stop talking and go to bed.


Today was RACE Day at Lucia and Rose’s school. RACE stands for Race Around Crossroads park Elementary. Lucia ran about 2.5 miles and Rose ran about a mile, with Susan and I joining in. Both girls ran well and had a lot of fun.

Racing with Lucia
Post-race with Rose. She ran very fast in her race and it was hard to get a picture along the way.

August 2021

July 2021

The rest of May

I have been woefully behind on the blog. I decided that to catch up I would just do a few posts that cover entire months. Here comes May. . .

Filling the pool with a sand foundation.
Spreading the sand
Susan, Mary, and Erin
Working on the liner
Working on the liner
Ian was the first one in the pool
Rose, Ian, and Lucia
Hope and Mari reffing
Going away party for our neighbor Vi
Generic pool shot
Lucia playing socer
Lucia’s Soccer Team
Rose’s Soccer Team
Elliot after band concert
Dew Tour
Rob Axe Throwing with Friends
Susan and Rob on anniversary date