A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

An Update On Me

So, when the kids all went to school a couple years back, I started volunteering, right? 

Yummy volunteer brunch at Book Den.

And the vast majority of the Book Den volunteers. 

I even got a little pin and a volunteer service award. 


I decided to take the summer off from volunteering.  (At least the regularly scheduled, every Tuesday, every Wednesday, gone from the house stuff.) 

And I sort of stumbled into a new thing.  Walking.  I saw an ad for Yes.Fit and was intrigued with the idea of virtual races.  I decided to try one, and I picked Zeus on Mount Olympus because one of my kids actually saw Mount Olympus not too long ago. 

If you're new to Yes.Fit, use the Promo Code wI3IOsHM during check-out, and you get a discount
and I get a gift card! This is win-win for us. Don't forget to use this code when you purchase your first
race, otherwise we both lose out. This one-time discount can be applied to any race, as long as it's
your first.

Eli and I did Walk For Veterans on Veterans Day. 

I was having some foot pain, so Paul took me to Fleet Feet and got me "real" shoes. 

Eli has been great. 

We walk together many nights after the weather cools down a bit, and eventually, we worked our way up to my first 5k.  Which, I'll be honest, I thought I was dying by the end, but in my defense, it was 94* out. 

Paul and I took the girls to Walk For Love again this year.  (We missed last year, but here's 2017.) 

After the walk, there's all sorts of fun stuff for the kids.  They even came home with Legos and water bottles this year. 

Lunch is always a highlight. 

Katie went back and forth from one jumper to another. 

Hannah's not much of one for bounce houses, so she went to do the stuffed animal hospital. 

Then Katie did, too. 

Love supporting Shriners.  They've done so much for our girls. 

I got tired of walking around our neighborhood.  So I drove a bit and walked a trail instead. 

Happy in the great outdoors.

The geese have goslings, so this was a clear indicator that it was time for me to turn and head back. 

So, you remember the Yes.Fit thing?  Well, I finished my virtual race, and my award came in the mail.  (I'm all about giving myself a carrot for doing things I don't want to do.)  Grumman lost his mind and started attacking the motivational card that came in the package.  But now I'm totally hooked.  I've finished my second race, Sherlock Holmes, and I'm currently working on Mark Twain.  I've also lost 10 pounds, which is just a drop in the bucket, I know, but it feels good. 

I know I said I wasn't going to do any volunteer work this summer.  But...  This is Milo.  We fostered him briefly while waiting for space to open up for him at Petco.  You can read about this sweet bunny here

When Milo left, Puff and Blackberry arrived.  They're babies, so they'll likely be here until they're old enough to be neutered. 

Then yesterday we added a foster kitten, Purrcilla, to our family farm. 

So, to summarize, I'm good.  Summer is about more walking and more animals for the moment. 


  1. Congrats on your accomplishments in your new hobby!!! I love how your post about you is also a lot about your kids. :)

    1. Well, I'm pretty much all about my kids, lol. I've been a parent longer than anything else.

  2. Walking and pet care are great hobbies. I have wonderful summer.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Thanks, Dawn. Kitten goes back tomorrow. Grumman was not a fan of the kitten fostering experience, so I think this will be the only mew this year. We'll try again next year; hopefully he mellows with age!