Saturday, September 16, 2017


 One perk of homeschooling, is that you can take your work anywhere! So, we took it to the Outer Banks for a few days last week. 
 Love these three.
 We really enjoy going to the dunes.

 Maddie LOVES the water. Can you see her excitement?! She boogie boarded for hours!
 Dinner at sunset, and I didn't have to cook! What a treat.
 "Promise Dad...we won't get wet!" Haha...we took them home after dinner pretty soaked!

 Our after dinner walks were some of my favorite moments.
On the way home Neva said her favorite part was holding Mommy and Daddy's hand on the beach. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Learning Responsibility

 The girls have been learning a few skills around the house besides their schoolwork. 
Maddie makes dinner for us on Mondays! 
Savannah bakes dessert with me once a week as well. There's lots of lessons in the kitchen- math, planning, reading, following directions, etc. 
Savannah has taken over feeling Lilly. Geneva empties the dishwasher, and Maddie sets the table. It's easy for the girls just to play and not be responsible, so we're trying to teach this while they are young :)
 Maddie had her first mother's helper job last week! She LOVED taking care of 2 children while the mom was nearby.
  We celebrated the first week of school finishing up with Alex and Christy! We had a fun dinner and s'mores in the backyard.
 AWANA started up!! We have a Cubbie, Sparkie, and T&T clubber. The girls are on their way to memorizing God's Word!
 Spark came home with Savannah this week, so she read to him!
 we also started co-op last week. Maddie is taking sewing, American Girl History, and Art. The little ones are doing PE, literature, and music. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

First Day of School 2017-2018

 I love this class! Yup, we are homeschooling all three this year. And to be perfectly honest, homeschooling both scares and excites me. This morning I was up early asking the Lord to be my strength. I feel so inadequate to provide all that a school would for my kids, and yet I know this is what God has for me to do this year. So, in faith, I trust He will supply all I need to nurture the kids souls and educate their minds. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 is my verse:  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Geneva is in pre-school! She's 3 years old and loves learning! She asked for more math pages today after completing two :) Geneva wants to be a mermaid when she grows up!! 
  Savannah is in first grade and loves pretending! She has a great imagination. She says she wants to be "a mom just like my mom" when she grows up. She even wants to marry a guy "just like daddy"! 
 Maddie is in third grade. She also wants to be a mom when she grows up. She has such a tender heart. Today she did math, reading, spelling, grammar, cursive penmanship, history, Bible, Science, and journal writing!
 Team Johnson Academy's mascot :)

Our classroom rocks. Thanks Jesse for setting up all the Ikea furniture!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Last Days with Grandpa and Grandma

  One of our highlights was seeing where Grandma was baptized. We had a great time visiting her church and meeting her friends.
 That afternoon we hiked to Fish Creek Falls.

 The girls love hopping from rock to rock!
Then we went on one of Grandma's favorite hikes- Soda Creek. We even saw two moose from the car!
Jesse took his mom on a date that night. Love mom-son time!
 Grandpa Robert came and read to the girls for almost an hour!
 The next day Jesse and I hiked Devil's Causeway. He's been telling me about this hike for the last 11 years. We had a great date together! We hiked to the highest point you see above Jesse's head.

 Almost half way up!

 Here we are above the snow and tree level- it was such a view!
 Jesse crossed the narrow causeway, but I was chicken :)
We ate lunch sitting on the edge- what a view!
I just love it here!
While we were hiking, Grandma and Grandpa took the kids on a hike and played at a lake.
Thanks so much for taking care of the kids so Jesse and I could go play!
The next morning we woke the girls up early, put them in the car in their PJ's, got our favorite croissants, and drove back to Denver to catch our flight home.
We are so thankful for our time in Colorado. In Grandma's words, "It was magical!"