Hi there.
This is me...a happy wife, mom to three awesome boys, teacher to the aforementioned boys (we homeschool), chauffeur to karate, archery and swim team practices, scrapbooker and founder of the Good Grief Blog.
Life is good.



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Bottom braces

In case you were wondering...Micah got the bottom braces on this past Monday.

Doesn't he look excited? ;) 

On the plus side, he no longer has the bands...but now has the bite turbo things. (They keep his teeth from grinding against each other while they realign or somethingerother.) 

Micah's slowly coming to terms with them, lol. Yup. It's good. 


Who knew?

I didn't even realize they made boxes of chocolate this big:

But, apparently, they do. ;) It's bigger than a board game box, people! Nathan gave me this lovely treat yesterday. Yum! 

(And just so you know...I've very much been sharing, so don't think that I ate all those missing pieces, lol.)

It was a lovely, quiet Valentine's Day here. We don't really celebrate it much...which I'm totally fine with. (Of course, it'll take some doing to top last year's Valentine anyhow, lol.)


Ten on Tuesday

Mostly for my own record...just catching up. So, here are ten things that have happened lately that I haven't mentioned:

1. Noah took two SAT subject tests back in January. We're not sure whether he'll need them or not for college admissions, but decided it was safer to take them now (while at least some of the material was fresher in his mind). While he was taking those (since we had to drive down to Longmont to do them), I met up with a college friend for coffee/tea and had a lovely visit. :) (I'm thinking I got the better end of that deal, though Noah did get pizza at one of his favorite places afterward.)

2. Micah's been to three friends' birthday parties. (Asher also went to one of those.) Apparently, a lot of Micah's friends have winter birthdays, lol. 

3. Asher and Micah have performed a couple times for their karate demo team. One of the times, they got to use glo-chucks (clear nunchucks with glow sticks in them), and the other time was performing at a black belt promotion. (They only have those twice a year, and they're more exciting to perform at.)

4. We had one of our homeschool "off weeks." I didn't manage to do anything particularly exciting during it but got some planning done and enjoyed the down time. 

5. I took the boys to see the Lego Batman Movie, which was hilarious. They already want to see it again. :)

6. We binge watched The West Wing on Netflix. It started out with Nathan and I just watching together but Micah joined us by the end. 

7. I've been getting to the gym weekly with my friend Lynne. We also do boot camp three days a week but are adding these in for some additional strength training. As a bonus, I've managed to use the opportunity to get Nathan to the gym some of those times also. ;)

8. Nathan and I got our taxes in to our accountant. It's not exciting, but it's nice to have that mostly all done. 

9. I also gave all my guys haircuts. Again, not exciting, but good to have done.

10. We reaffirmed that I'm not allowed to go grocery shopping, lol. Nathan kindly let me join him and Micah for their weekly grocery shopping trip right before the Superbowl. Let's just say that perhaps I browse and fall prey to impulse buys more than Nathan appreciates. ;) 

And that's some of what's been going on around here...


Vitamin D

I know it's been quiet here. We've been keeping busy, of course...just quiet. :) I'll catch things up soon.

In the meantime, here are some pictures from yesterday. It was so beautiful outside that I decided my guys and I needed to get out and soak up some sunshine. So, I took them to that sculpture garden Molly and I discovered last month. Micah, in particular, enjoyed having his photo taken with many of the sculptures:

(He liked the animal sculptures best.) The other boys were less thrilled at having their pictures taken but enjoyed the sculptures all the same. We were fascinated by the many different textures and impressed by the talent on display:

And that was yesterday. :)


Science Olympiad Invitational

On Saturday, Asher & Micah and their Science Olympiad team competed in our local Science Olympiad Invitational. They've been studying and practicing with their team since September, and this was basically a practice run with 16 other teams. (Regionals is next (in March), then State is after that (in April) in any events they qualify in.)

Most of the other teams were from local middle schools, some of which have dedicated classes specifically for Science Olympiad. Most of the other teams also had more than a dozen kids on each team, meaning each kid had 2-4 events. Our homeschool team has only 9 kids. Two of them are technically underage (not middle school) and each of those two only have two events. Which means that the rest of our kids each have more like 4-6 events to cover. Half of our team has done this once before (last year). Half is completely new. 

And, recognizing that not all of the Science Olympiad events that will be competed in at Regionals were run on Saturday and that the Invitational is run by team coaches so is not necessarily indicative of how Regionals will go, our team placed SECOND! 

Needless to say, we were a little delighted. :)

Here's a picture of Asher & Micah doing the Optics event. (Each event has 1-3 team members. This is one of two that Asher & Micah do together.) The Optics event is supposed to have two parts...one "lab" portion, where students use mirrors to direct a laser...and one "knowledge" portion, which is basically just a written test. In the picture, they're looking at the lab set up, but the team who was running Optics chose not to do the lab portion of the event. Which was unfortunate, since that was pretty much the only part that my guys had prepared for, lol. (Given the number of events and how the scoring worked, we were working off of the "just showing up earns us points and for some of our events that's what we're going to end up doing" premise.) Amazingly, Asher & Micah took third in this event. Weird. Either they're really good at guessing or some of the limited studying we did actually sank in.

Between events, there was a lot of sitting together at our "base." Here, some of the boys are trying to access the school's wifi, lol. 

And here's 8/9ths of our team:

(We only had a minute between events when they were all in the same place, but at the last minute we lost one, lol.)

We have two 3rd graders, three 6th graders, one 7th grader and three 8th graders. Their mascot is "Steve the Pessimistic Cow" and that's what's on their shirts. (I'll try to take a better picture when they do Regionals.) The kids came up with that on their own, lol. 

In any case, very proud of the team! Now that they have this practice under their belts, we'll be spending February getting ready for Regionals.