Wednesday, June 10, 2015


(Totally stealing this idea from my SIL - thanks, Emily!)

Mark and me at the Jane Austen Murder Mystery Dinner


He works hard and plays hard. His favorite thing in the world is family time and he's at his most relaxed when we're all hanging out and playing games when he's not on call. I love seeing him not have to worry about taking call on his days off. He deals with psych patients every morning, nurses all day and night, and also works in our clinic with patients and paperwork during weekday afternoons. He is testing for his 2nd degree black belt this week and I'm super proud of him. He is also awesome about running errands, doing stuff with the kids, fixing and updating electronics (never-ending), playing with Scout, spoiling me, and being my best friend. We talk A LOT and are super inefficient sometimes, and yet I feel like we also accomplish a ton. We're dichotomies. I love him so much that it sometimes feels like my heart could burst.


I'm always working on all kinds of things for the family, our home, our rental(s) (yes, it may come to that with the farmhouse), our dog, homeschooling, our clinic, our marketing, our social life, our friends, the community, ideas, books, games, TV, movies, writing, blogging . . . my mind is like a non-stop hamster wheel and my thoughts are like flying wood chips from the action of said wheel. I'm a visual person, can you tell? I was just talking to Jim about this yesterday - how parenting is this non-stop balancing act between keeping things simple/not overprogrammed and also making sure your kids have great opportunities. This is magnified when you homeschool. Schools sort of takes care of all that stuff, so when you home educate, much of not only the academics, but the social life and enrichment activities, are all on you. That being said, I wouldn't trade it. The kids are thriving and our family loves it. We get flexibility, freedom, and fun - pretty snazzy, if you ask me. I deal with chronic neck pain and have had pain in one part of my neck/upper shoulders for over two weeks, all because I lifted something heavy. Bleh. I've also been branching out and meeting more people in our community and it's been nice.

Our awesome kids at the Jane Austen Murder Mystery Dinner


Looking more grown up every day, it seems. She is her own person, exudes grace and confidence, and knows who she is. She enjoys her morning tea, chatting with her Tumblr friends who all are part of the Supernatural fandom (I hear constant giggling, snorting, and laughter from her and it's almost always this!), reading, writing, geeking out, fangirling, hanging out with friends, and learning. Her favorite game right now is Geek Out. She is pretty excited to be roomies with her writing friend Peyton at writer's camp this summer. She is looking forward to having two foreign exchange students here for a few weeks - Adele from France and Antonio from Spain. She is very driven and has been querying agents and currently has a manuscript being read by an agent who requested it (squee!). She's working at the Renaissance Faire and loves, loves, loves that. She is also doing an internship at our local, indie bookstore and could not be more thrilled. She and I are watching several shows together right now including Frasier, New Girl, and Glee. She has a wicked sense of humor and quick wit. At 5'7, she is already 5 inches taller than I am.


He is also growing and I can see him not only getting taller, but getting that young man look. His eyes are beautiful and change color depending on what he's wearing - I often get distracted when we're talking and I look into his eyes. He is loving, loving, loving living in a neighborhood where the kids next door are always up for playing outside. They're on summer break now and when he hears them in the morning, he jumps out of bed, showers, gets ready, cleans up, and runs outside to play for hours. It's great. He also loves Park Days where he plays Nerf sword battles and role playing games with his friends all day long. He's frustrated that he's not old enough to work at the Ren Faire yet, but he's excited that we got season passes this year and get to go a lot. He has an active social life both in person and online and enjoys friends of all ages, making friends everywhere we go. He never ever tires of playing games and is always making up new games and new versions of games. He is super sweet, snuggly, thoughtful, funny, and fun. Just now the dog's barking was making me anxious, so he handed me a stress ball. He is also testing for his 2nd degree black belt this week and is so excited to help teach younger kids at the studio.

Scout, who thinks all laundry is hers


I love this dog more than I ever imagined I could love a furry, little creature. She is a ton of work, super demanding, incredibly feisty, full of spunk, and often crotchety. And we love it. She has so much personality and is not a boring dog at all! She randomly comes up to us, climbs us, and wags her tail while panting and licking our earlobes - these are random "I love you"s from her to us and they make me so happy. She loves to cuddle, go for walks, go for rides, play, and eat, eat, eat. And whatever she does, she's happiest when we're all together. She is incredibly motivated by food and she adores us more than I've ever felt adored by just about anyone. I could've written voluminous books on all the reasons why I didn't want a dog, but alas, I'm smitten and so very glad we got her.


Dr. Mark said...

I'm glad you borrowed this idea. It was a lot of fun to read. I feel the same way about you, by the way. :)

Boquinha said...


Jimmy said...

I meant to comment the other day how grown up Kate looks in the pictures you've posted of her recently. Beautiful, smart young lady. She makes "geeky" look classy.

Max is lucky. I regret that there was no such thing as Park Days when I was growing up.

It makes me feel old (and lazy) that Mark is working on his black belt and here I am having to do 15 minutes of lower back stretches every morning and night just so that I can walk upright.

Flexibility, freedom and fun are really snazzy! And now if we ever get another hamster, I'll have to name it Stacy.

Unknown said...

I totally loved this post. I miss you all so much. I am very pleased that you enjoy so many things together. Where are going to put 2 exchange students with one extra bedroom. I hope the girl from France speaks english. You will be able to understand Antonio .....if he speaks Spanish slowly.
Sounds like a busy summer but a fun one.

Unknown said...

That unknown post was from me
. Zelia

Boquinha said...

Awww, what a nice thing to say, Jimmy. Thank you!

I must admit that we often look like a fine mess around here. After our recent street festival where we set up a stand for our business, Mark got home and iced his ankle and I came home and put a hot rice sock on my neck.

Thanks, Mom. One student in the guest room and one in the basement.

Emily Foley said...

I had a dream last night that Jimmy and I were walking through a renaissance fair type thing and we saw Kate. I said to him, "Hey look, there's Kate" as we walked on by and he was like "Um, aren't you going to say hello?" So we turned around and said hi to her, and she was crazy small. I knew she was a teenager, but she was small, like smaller than Zoe, and I woke up thinking "Why does Stacy always say how tall she is?" HAHAHA! It was so random!

I love snippets posts. You get a lot in a little, you know? Thanks for the updates!

Boquinha said...

Hilarious! I love looking up dream meanings for fun. That one has potential! :P

And thank YOU for keeping up with us and commenting!