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.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Catching Up Again

Now that I'm hanging out in the school room more, I'm bound to be more active blogging.

Grumman, standing atop a twin mattress.  Because cats.

He's a psycho kitty, but we love him.

The kids had spirit week.  On decades day, Hannah went as a hippy.

And Katie represented the '80s, with her leopard leggings, one of Jack's dress shirts, some jelly bracelets, and a side ponytail.

One of the days was Animal Day.

And one day was red/white/blue day.  I bought a red & white raglan at the craft store and let Jack design something to put on it using my Cricut machine. (affiliate link)  I love the way it came out! 

I'm glad my ironing board cover is the same color as the cat.  He loves hanging out there.

Remember Kylie, Zach & Heather's dog that we watched?  She had her first heat, so I was asked to make her a couple diapers.

Jack got to go to Lake Tahoe for a couple days with school.

Our first race of 2020.  Also, Eli's last race.  He's decided he's done.  Sad face.

We had littles in the house recently!  A friend is undergoing cancer treatment, and several of us took a turn with her children.

Which means that all the little kid stuff was out.  Which inspired the not so little kids to play with it, too.

"Feeling cute, might lock your iPad later, IDK."

One of the small fries had an accident, so I put him in my tub and made new underwear and pants for him.  I was in such a hurry, I didn't bother to change serger threads from the doggie diapers.

My cute little labels.

And the finished pants.  No pockets, due to time.

Eli and Miss Adorable spending every last moment together before he leaves for boot camp. 

I'm starting to get away from dressing the girls alike, but did do coordinating outfits for Valentine's Day. 

As our family size has dwindled over the years, we've gotten to the point where the old, full size, gas guzzling van is no longer the most appropriate vehicle for us.  Meet Matilda.  She's my new wheels, and I'm enamored. 

Our second race for 2020 was the Undy Run, for the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.  Unfortunately, races are being cancelled or postponed left and right now.  I was bummed about the Shamrock race, because I had great socks for the event. 

But, it's all for the greater good.  So, for now, we stay home.  When the time comes, and we can race again, we'll appreciate it all the more. 

Stay Healthy, friends! 


  1. So nice to see your update. We are staying home too. I love the color of your new van. I am amazed at how you can just whip out new clothes like that. We have pulled out the sewing machine and hope to learn how to use it during this stay at home.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. Sewing is such a useful skill to learn! Pillowcases are a fun beginner project. Once you master those, maybe you could make some masks. A lot of local hospitals are starting to ask for donations of sewn masks to cover N95 masks so they can change the outer mask between patients and use the N95 for most of the shift.

  2. I am astonished that you think of making new underwear and pants for small people that have accidents. :) You are a marvel! The girls are getting so grown up and lovely. Here's hoping that outdoor events can start up again soon!

    Our big van was totaled in a hit-and-run accident (no one was hurt). We sat down to see if we could get away with a smaller vehicle . . . nope. :) We need a big one for 8 more years. I hope your "little" van serves you well.

    1. I'm so sorry about your van! Ugh! Too bad you're not local to us, we'll be offloading ours soon.

      I didn't really have any choice on making new clothes. He came without a bag, and we've given away all the boy things in that size range. I did pinch a Paddington t-shirt out of Katie's closet for him, though. :)