Friday, October 24, 2014

Random 5 on Friday

1. Dawson and I are at it again. We have started another television show ... Game of Thrones. It is epic. It takes place in Dawson's favorite time period and has lots of history involved, which we both love. Now, it has some pretty intense sexual content and gore so I have to turn my head sometimes. But overall it is fascinating television. We checked out Season 1 from the library and have Season 2 on order. We have been watching an episode every night after the little kids go to bed.

2. As you are reading this I am probably sleeping! Our public schools are out today so Macie's mom does not have to work. I have a shorter and more relaxed school schedule planned for my kiddos so we are sleeping in! I need it with the sinus headache I have had the past several days.

3. With Kyndal's wedding coming up in July, I felt it was necessary to seek some part-time employment to help with the cost. Weddings are expensive. I have been taking care of Macie since school started for a small amount of money. But I have recently added a job as a receptionist at Kyndal's salon two afternoons a week. It's tough. Macie gets to the house a little after 7 in the mornings so I am up early ready to receive her. On my work days the kids and I have to start school super early to get in enough hours before I have to go to work. Many of those evenings we have activities that I have to get us to right after work, so I have to be ultra prepared with changes of clothes ready and sometimes dinner packed for the road. Some days I have dinner ready before I leave for work at 1:00 p.m. Other nights we don't have dinner until late in the evening. Then I come home to take care of the household duties I usually get done during the day. I am tired. But I have to do what I have to do for the time being. And it is kind of fun to spend some time with adults and to see my Kyndal working at her dream job. (I realize single working moms do this every day. Kudos to them.)

4. Last night Dawson and about five of his friends went to the vacant lot across the street and played a massive game of ultimate frisbee. Another of his friends came over and talked to me for about 30 minutes and then he had three guys spend the night, up all night playing video games. I am grateful for a good son with sweet friends. They are good kids and I am happy to have them hanging out at my house.

5. Brynne finishes up her volleyball season next week and then goes straight into basketball the first week of November. The kids both also start their bowling league on Saturday. Brynne bowls just because it's fun. Eli bowls because it is his only sport of choice. He LOVES bowling! He has been counting down the days this week to the start of his season. On Saturday morning their team will receive their plaques for winning 1st place in the state of Missouri for their division at last year's state tournament. Eli will receive an additional plaque for placing 5th in state in singles out of about 100 kids in his division. We thought things were busy before ... watch out!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, "Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone to do so?

Does this mean literally taking time to watch leaves or metaphorically, like taking time to stop and smell the roses? I am not one who is afraid to let things go in order to appreciate the sweet things of life. I have literally sat on my porch swing and stared at the colored leaves while I am thinking about all of the leaves on the ground that need raked. I don't care a thing about putting aside a task I "need" to do to, instead, sit and drink a cup of tea while taking in the beauty of things around me. My soul needs it. There have been times that I have scrapped a homeschool lesson just to listen to my kids laughing and playing together in the next room. I have left loads of laundry undone to spend time with one of my older kids watching a television show or going for a walk. On the days where I check every single thing off my 'to do' list without taking a moment to breathe, I find that I have not had much of an appreciation anything.

Since we're talking turning .... what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?

You have read this answer at least three times in the past couple of weeks. Every time I turn around, and I mean almost every time, I see one or more of my couch pillows on the ground. The dogs and kids knock them off a gazillion times a day. Yes, a gazillion.

How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek'?

It. is. not. easy. Not at all. I do find that I am getting a tad better at it, though, especially if I am dealing with someone who is ignorant.

When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?

Right now I cannot find a pair of Nike basketball pants I bought Brynne at the end of the season last year. They are really nice and I got them really cheap. I know that I put them away somewhere "clever" so that I would find them at the beginning of basketball season. But I have unloaded clothes tubs, looked through all dresser drawers and closets, looked in athletic bags, and I cannot find them ANYWHERE! I am sure I will find them right at the end of the season. It drives me crazy!!

'One good turn deserves another" ... were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

Gosh. I can't really think of anything specific. I try to always be kind to others when I am out and about .. let someone go ahead of me in a checkout line, hold a door open for someone, ask if there is anything I can do to help someone. I always just hope that my act of random kindness might brighten the day of that person to where they will feel inspired to be kind to someone else.

Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

It would be purple. I don't eat a ton of fruit, but when I do it's either blueberries or purple grapes.

The Hunt for Red October, October Sky, Halloween ... which "October" film is your favorite?

I haven't seen any movies with the word 'October' in the title, but the movie that always plays in October that we love is "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". Any Charlie Brown movie is loved at our house.

Insert your own random thought here.

Dawson and I have been watching Season 1 of Game of Thrones on dvd at night after the little kids go to bed. (Do you know how much it means to your kids to set aside time doing something with only them?) After the episodes we end up in some pretty deep conversations. After he shared with me some hurts he has experienced recently, he told me that he had just sent me something to my phone that he wanted me to keep. He said it was what he has been leaning on to help him with his pain.

I am so grateful for strong relationships with my kids and that even though we are close, they know the real source of their comfort and strength.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all

Our family went to a local pumpkin patch on Sunday afternoon. It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun! Prairie's End was a crazy fun pumpkin patch with lots to do. Be ready for some picture overload.

I hope you are enjoying your fall season. We sure are!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

He is a Man

Yesterday my son became a man. Dawson turned 18 years old. It was such a great day celebrating him and his transition from boy to man. And what did my new man want to do for his birthday?

He wanted to go to Incredible Pizza Company!!!

We all loaded up in the car and drove the two hours to the nearest Incredible Pizza. We spent the night eating and playing games. It was lots of fun!!!

Dawson wanted the entire Avatar: The Last Airbender series on dvd. We got him that and a Gamestop gift card. Oh, and a coffee mug. But there's an inside joke about that.

Taylar surprised him with an awesome headset for his XboxOne and a video game organizer.

Wesley, one of his best friends from Oklahoma came to spend the weekend with him. It was great to have one of our boys here.

I can't say enough how proud I am of the young man Dawson has become. He was such a stinker growing up (and still has a little orneriness in him) that it is just awesome to see how he has grown. It is hard for me to put into words how I feel about him. He is an awesome son and brother and we just love him so much. When Dawson was a little boy I used to always tell him that God gave him to me to bring laughter into my life. And he still does that every day. I am so proud of him and excited to see what he does in the future.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Random 5 on Friday

1. Kyndal passed both of her cosmetology state board exams! She received an 88% on the Theory and a 91% on the Practical. She is now a legit hair stylist!! I am so proud of her! This is a girl that absolutely hated school. She wasn't interested so she just didn't try to do well. Why? Because from the time she was little she knew that she wanted to be a cosmetologist and, to her, school was a colossal waste of time. It drove me absolutely nuts when she was growing up. But she has proven that once she sets a goal, she will do all it takes to achieve it. Once she started on the path to her career she gave it her all, and one year later her hard work has paid off.

2. Tomorrow we are celebrating Dawson's 18th birthday. How in the world is it that this goofy kid is now an adult? Do you know what he wants to do for his birthday? He wants our family to go to Incredible Pizza. So that's what we are doing. We are all loading up tomorrow afternoon to drive two hours to the nearest Incredible Pizza Company. One of his best friends from Oklahoma is coming to celebrate with us. It should be lots of fun!

3. We have camel crickets in our basement. They are creepy and annoying. Dawson did some research about them this week and learned that if we don't get rid of them that they will attract mice. So we set some makeshift traps and have now caught two of them. Hopefully we will be rid of them all soon. Yuck!

4. Getting a new central furnace is outside the realm of financial possibility right now. Last winter we kept warm(ish) with electric space heaters. We managed, but it was not very much fun. And, the cost of using those heaters was outrageous. Suspecting that we will have another long and miserable winter this year, we have decided to purchase and install a direct vent gas furnace. A window air conditioner in our dining room manages to keep the whole house nice and cool in the summer. So we are hoping that this furnace placed in the same room will keep the house warm enough and be more cost efficient. It is not the prettiest thing in the world, but I'll take function over fashion any day.

5. I am so glad it is the weekend! I have been so tired all week. It just doesn't feel like I can get enough sleep.We have a lot of activity planned for the weekend, but I am looking forward to a quiet night tonight and the opportunity to sleep in tomorrow morning.

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Frontier House (Prairie Primer - Little House Week 4)

As we were finishing up the last few chapters of Little House on the Prairie this week, I decided that it would be the perfect time to invest our study hours into watching my favorite mini-series Frontier House.

Frontier House was a PBS series that first aired in 2002. It is about three modern day families who took on the challenge of living as pioneers in 1883 in the Montana frontier. It was an epic exercise in survival. They had to build their own homes, manage their own money and food, decide how much livestock they would have, and then spend five months preparing for their first winter. At the end of the five months, experts came to evaluate whether the families would have survived. It is reality television at its best! I have now watched it three times, and it never gets old. If you can get ahold of a copy of it (our library has it), I highly recommend that you watch it. It really is just that good.

The series took up the majority of our study time this week, with the exception of daily CNN Student News, math (expanded notation), grammar (verbs), and personal reading. Eli finished one of the Middle School books by James Patterson and Brynne is still working through One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis.

We also did some extra reading and study about prairies, Native American housing, and the life of a Plains Indian. We read the following books:

To finish our week we watched the movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

And that was it for us. We actually got in all of our hours this week. But they were just spent soaking in the lifestyles of the frontier life, both of the pioneers and the Native Americans.

I am hoping to get us to a prairie preserve in the next couple of weeks before yucky weather hits. If I can muster up the stamina, we will make a trip back to Oklahoma to see the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and get up close and personal with the Osage Indians at the Osage Tribal Museum. I also want to go to Kansas City to see a working fort at Missouri Town 1855. We might wait to do that until December 13th when they have their Christmas Celebration. Yeah, we need to do that.

Next week we are moving onto our four-week study of On the Banks of Plum Creek. This Prairie Primer series has been just about the best thing that has happened to this homeschooling family. It's awesome!

Validation and Justice

I got my feelings hurt this week. And it may be a similar emotion you have experienced as a mom, especially a stay-at-home homeschooling mom.

We received the Judgment in the case I have been involved in with my ex-husband for the past 16 months for child support for Kyndal and Dawson. The results of the Judgment did not upset me. The judge heard the evidence and made a determination as to what he believed was fair and just. My children will receive some much-needed support and I will get a little help in supporting Dawson for the next five years until he graduates from college. As is with any legal case, nobody won. I didn't get what I wanted and he didn't get what he wanted. It just doesn't work that way in the legal system. I was prepared for that and was prepared for less justice than I believed was deserving.

The ruling itself wasn't the reason for my hurt feelings.

I stopped working outside the home 13 years ago after Rick and I got married. I came home to take care of Kyndal and Dawson full-time and we started the next phase of our family shortly thereafter. I have been a stay-at-home mom ever since. Five years ago I also began homeschooling Dawson ... and then Brynne ... and then Eli. I plan to homeschool my younger children indefinitely, possibly until they graduate from high school.

Pretty much every waking minute of my life is devoted to my family, especially to my children. My parenting of them is a full-time job that takes much out of me. It is exhausting and stressful work. Being primarily responsible for their education is a tall order and one that I take very seriously. I didn't quit work so that I could lay around all day and eat bon bons while I watched game shows and soap operas. I rise early in the morning and go all day long until I finally collapse into bed at night. After we moved to Missouri, and left Rick in Oklahoma to work, my work increased as I am now, essentially, a single mom during the week. This means I am responsible for making sure everybody gets where they need to go. And my children want me to be present at their activities, not to just drop them off and pick them back up. I spend almost every moment that I am awake with one or more of my children, and oftentimes their friends and significant others.

I am not complaining. I absolutely would not live my life any other way. This is a path I have chosen, that Rick and I have chosen for our family. I love my family and they are my absolute priority. Nothing happens in my life that does not consider the best interest of my family first. If it is an activity that will take me away from my time with them, I do not do it. Period.

The judge in the child support case calculated how much child support my ex-husband would need to pay based on his income and my lack of income. But then he stated that because I have an education that would allow me to work, and because my husband has voluntarily supported Kyndal and Dawson for the past 13 years and there was no evidence to show that he would not do so in the future, the judge decreased that child support amount by 50%.

Basically the judge told me in the Judgment that my contribution to my children has no value. He didn't say it in as many words, but that's what he meant. If I wasn't working to make money to pay for my children, my contribution to them was worthless.

Even though the child support worksheet said otherwise, the judge believed that I (well, Rick) is responsible for 50% of their financial upbringing. There was no account for the 100% of the rest of their upbringing that I do and have always done their whole lives.

My worth as a mother was marginalized. And it hurt. I actually spent a couple of days bursting into tears at the reality of the judge's opinion.

Like his opinion (or the opinion of my ex-husband) matters.

It doesn't, and I know it doesn't. But it doesn't mean that it didn't hurt.

Have you ever felt invalidated for what you do for your family, for your children? 

God called me to come home to my family full time 13 years ago. He called me to homeschool my children when they were struggling. He calls me to make my family my primary ministry and my absolute priority.

To Him, what I am doing matters. To Him, I have worth. To Him, I have value. And I know that He is not the only one who feels that way. My husband believes in me and what I do. My children are grateful that they are an obvious priority in my life.

It feels good to have your 20 year old daughter come up to you and give you a big hug and kiss on the cheek and tell you that she loves you ... that you are a good mom. It feels good to have your 18 year old son say, "Mom, you know you're my best friend, right?", and know he really means it. It feels good to receive constants hugs and "I love yous" from your 10 and 9 year olds when you have made them do schoolwork all day.

I am a blessed woman ..... and wife ..... and mother. I have value. I have worth. And the heck with those who try to make me feel otherwise.

I mentioned that I did not feel that justice was served in the way I thought it should be. 

It's funny that this issue of justice would come up this week in this way as the Sunday School lesson I taught my 4th-6th graders on Sunday was on this exact topic.

Throughout this entire case I have relied on God and trusted Him to put forth the Judgment that He felt was right and just. David said to God, "Establish justice for me, Lord, because I have walked with integrity. I've trusted the Lord without wavering." ~ Psalm 26:1.

I talked with my students about how so many times in our lives we want to be the ones to hand down justice ... that when justice doesn't come in the form that we think it should, we are angry and disappointed and try to take matters into our own hands.

God will establish justice for us (in His way) if we walk with integrity and if we trust Him in his ways without wavering. I have reminded myself of this all week. What my flesh has wanted to do, I haven't done. Instead, I have spent some time in quiet meditation and prayer and just reminded my heart to trust God, that His justice will prevail. And this has calmed me.

I almost didn't post anything about my feelings but decided that I needed to share with you how I am continually walking a Journey to Excellence. This blog is not just about our educational pursuits. It is about how my family pursues Excellence in everything we do. And students are not limited to those between the ages of 5 and 17. We are never too old to learn. Remember, our Journey is not about perfection. We fail, and we fail miserably. But we have a heart for Excellence. I have a heart for Excellence. And it is a constant Journey.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

What's your favorite time of day? Why?

I am someone who needs alone time. So at about 8:30 p.m., when everybody goes to their own rooms, I am able to just sit and watch the t.v. shows that I want to watch, read, look at blogs, and do whatever I want to do for a little while before going to bed. It is my wind-down time and I cherish it.

Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender ... which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house?

My microwave decides to just not allow you to push certain numbers, usually the 0 or 1. There is no rhyme or reason to the problem. It just decides that today is the day. So sometimes I have to get creative in punching in a time, like 75 seconds for 1 minute 15 seconds, etc. It stretches my math skills! Then later that day or the next the buttons will start working again. But overall the microwave still works so I will hold onto it until it poops out.

It's National Grouch Day (October 15) ... what's something that makes you feel grouchy?

Disorder. I am not particularly organized, but I cannot stand when my house is disorderly. I like my piles to be neatly stacked. I need things in their place (for the most part). As you read last week I cannot deal with my couch pillows being on the floor, and they are knocked off at least 50 times a day by dogs and kids. Chaos makes me grouchy in an instant. If I walk in the door after being gone for a while and there are things here and there strewn around the house (papers, pencils, shoes, dirty dishes), I feel my blood pressure rise. A quick pickup and I am back to feeling peaceful.

Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor the top ten best destinations in Canada are -- Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?

I have never been to Canada and I do think I would like to go sometime. Canadians seem so patriotic to their country. I know it has its problems like everywhere else, but it just seems peaceful to me. Plus I love snow! I don't know much about any of the cities mentioned but Niagara on the Lake sounded like someplace I would love. I looked it up on Google and realized that I would LOVE to visit there. It looks so quaint and sweet.

What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?

I loved the tuna casserole my mom made for us as kids. It was simply a box of macaroni and cheese, a can of tuna, and a can of peas. My dad didn't like it so I can always remember my mom making a big pot of it during the week that he went deer hunting. My kids don't like it, but I still do. Every once in a while I just need to make myself some. Yum!

Do you cry easily?

Man, I used to. I could bring on the waterworks in a nanosecond. Commercials made me cry. Songs made me cry. Even someone winning on The Price is Right made me cry. I think the world has hardened me. I don't cry easily anymore, usually only when I am mad.

Have you started your (gasp) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?

Oh, I think about it all the time. I think about how we don't have even one penny saved for Christmas gifts this year. Every spare penny has gone toward attorney fees in the child support case. Honestly, I am not sure where the money will come from this year. I have a list of what I want to get most of the kids, and Rick. But I haven't bought anything yet. And I am not sure when I will start.

Insert your own random thought here.

The Judgment was entered in the child support case. Neither party won. Neither party ever does. It was a fair Order for all involved. We ultimately achieved what we needed to achieve. The kids will get some needed support. And Rick will continue to fill in the gaps as he has always done (love that man!). It sucks that so much money was spent to come to the conclusion I offered before we even had to result to going to court. But in the end our family came out of this with strong and lasting relationships. In fact, we are closer than we have ever been. We are excited to move on with our future plans without even having to think about any of those issues ever again. We have a wedding and high school graduation coming up. Life is good!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekly Wrap-up ~ More Busy (Prairie Primer - Little House Week 3)

I think I start every wrap-up post these days talking about how busy the week has been. And not just in school but in our every day life, as well. But it is all good .. so good. School work is getting done. Learning is happening. We are having fun. Rick and I are accomplishing much at home. And we are getting to spend lots of time with family and friends.

So I have a question: Should watching Little House on the Prairie count as school hours? Sometimes I feel guilty that we relax at the end of each day with an episode. How can enjoying something this much count as school? (Isn't homeschooling great?) But, oh my gosh, the things that we learn while watching it! This week we learned all about Typhus. I had never heard of it. So we paused the show and did some quick internet research before we continued watching. Sure enough, the storyline covered all of the different symptoms and causes. It was so informative!

Just in a week we have learned about simple machines, molding a bell, and loads of character lessons. Yes, watching these episodes is most definitely school. And having had kids in public school, I know that they watch an inordinate amount of movies. Many times I can't begin to figure out what they actually have to do with their lessons.

Little House isn't the only video we watch. God love Netflix and Youtube. This week we watched a video called Westward Expansion: Crash Course US History #24, Journey of the Osage and Parts 3 and 4 of History of Native American Indians, Documentary. (And this coming week we are going to be watching one of my favorite mini-series on video. This will be the third time I have watched it! I'll tell you about it in the next wrap-up.)

We devoted much of our week this week to learning about the Native Americans of the late 1800's, specifically the Osage Indians and Plains Indians. We read Buffalo by Beverly Brodsky and learned about homes, clothing, and religions of the Osage Indians. We also read The Osage by Janet Riehecky.

Some fun stuff we did included leaf rubbings ...

and "beaded" Native American necklaces. I got the idea from HERE, but we just colored popsicle sticks and hot glued them together.

We not only learned about typhus, but also learned a lot about malaria (plaguing the pioneers of the late 1800's) and ebola (getting ready to plague us).

I mentioned character lessons. In one of our days of reading Little House on the Prairie, Ma reprimanded Laura for "contradicting". We had a long talk about that because Brynne is a big contradictor. She will often contradict something someone says, especially Eli. I ask her to stop, that it is not kind, and she almost always says, "but I'm just saying." I always respond with "Well, don't just say." It is amazing how reading about this in the books has made her really understand how wrong it is to contradict others.

On Wednesday we scrapped our morning lessons to head to the park. It was 66 degrees and sunny with no wind. The weather was predicted to turn ugly beginning Thursday (and it did) so we knew this would be our last good day at the park. And a good day it was.

We came back home and watched CNN Student News (I know I have mentioned this more than once, but my kids beg me to watch this every day), read our chapters out of Little House on the Prairie, did our math and grammar assignments, read for 30 minutes and then watched an episode of Little House.

Wednesday night we went to a nearby town to see an interactive concert put on by Jennifer Daniels, the assistant to Eric Litwin who wrote the Pete the Cat books. Now I have to admit that the show was geared more toward preschoolers and early elementary students. Eli couldn't bring himself to appear to enjoy it. But Brynne got in on the action, even going up on stage with other kids to perform, and had a good time. I enjoyed it. It had a Laurie Berkner feel to it and it was fun to see the little kids singing, dancing, and yelling out familiar lines from the Pete the Cat books. I explained to Eli that it's good for him to be involved in programs that are both above and below his age range. I'm not sure I convinced him, but it was time well spent. Any time with my kids is time well spent.

On the way home we saw the remains of the blood moon. It was low in the sky, huge, and a pretty orange. The kids had me pull over so we could look at it for a while and take a picture.

This week the kids also started their new Nutrition class at the library. I wasn't able to go with them this week, but they came home and reported having a great time! They learned about pancakes! Apparently they read a great book, played a memory game, and sampled some pancakes. Little did they know that we were having pancakes and bacon for dinner that night.

Rick got to come home a day early this week, too! We got up Friday morning to attend the elementary school's homecoming pep rally. Brynne was able to join her volleyball team at the pep rally. We are blessed that our local school allows homeschool students to participate in school sports and activities. We are always welcomed with open arms. It's great for Brynne to get to spend time with her friends doing the things she loves.

We didn't put in a full day, but we did finish up our math lessons for the week and our Little House on the Prairie chapters. Oh, and we introduced daddy to Carl Azuz on CNN Student News. I think he was pretty impressed with how we are learning current events, especially since before we started watching this I was completely clueless as to what was going on in our world. Ignorance is bliss!

Over the weekend Rick and I finally switched bedrooms with Eli. We moved furniture and switched out our closets and seasonal clothes. It was a big job! Next week Rick is bringing our king-size bed and furniture from Tulsa so that we can have it to sleep on here. I am so excited! That bed is like sleeping on a cloud straight from Heaven. When Rick is home he and I share our queen-size bed with two of the dogs. And it's pretty uncomfortable. Some nights the dogs kick Rick to the couch because they are used to sleeping on his side of the bed during the week. It is crazy what a huge difference this small thing will make. Yay!!

I just really enjoyed this whole weekend. My favorite weekends are the ones where we get things accomplished, and get to spend lots of time together. We had dinner as a family every night, got our groceries, and ran some errands. We watched some movies and got caught up on some t.v. shows. I even got in a couple of little cat naps this afternoon. It was just great! I am grateful for a close family.

On Friday Kyndal passed the first part of her state cosmetology boards, the theory exam. In the morning she is taking the practical exam. Once she passes this part of the exam she will receive her permanent license. I am so proud of her! She is loving her new salon and doing great work. On Friday she did the hair of the crowned homecoming princess and on Saturday she did hair for her first wedding party. Collin is an ironworker and has been working about 70 hours a week the past couple of weeks so Kyndal has been spending some extra time with us. It is so fun to see my older kids becoming adults.

Packed up supplies for her practical exam.