Saturday, May 11, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Accidental Birthday

We celebrated Jasmine's birthday a few days early as a family, but ended up at a friend's house for a casual get-together on her actual birthday. With a cookie and a candle on hand, our gracious host pounced on the opportunity for a happy birthday chorale. It was cute... until it came time to figure out how 10 kids were gonna split one cookie. Jasmine's solution: we're not.




Saturday, April 13, 2019

Lawn Care

I mowed the back yard today for the first time in like a billion years (it was rough back there). Justin helped where we could and found a friend in the process. 




Sunday, April 7, 2019

First Catch

Yesterday, Jasmine and I continued our streak of 934 fishing trips without a single catch. At least it feels that way. I promise, we've gotta be the most unlucky fishermen ever. The only thing we caught the yesterday was a strong desire to come back earlier the next day and try again.

Unfortunately, our luck didn't change too much. I caught the world's smallest bream, and Jasmine got shutout again. But if we stayed any longer, I think the fish were gonna to start jumping out of the water and into Naomi's pockets. Apparently today was her day. First catch ever! Followed quickly by the second. And then the third. Awesome.

None of our catches were big enough to eat; but being her first catch, Naomi insisted that we keep them... and I honestly didn't know any better. Lucky for us, we take donations: A friend happened to be boat fishing on the same lake and came to shore to give us his catch. And that's about when the fun ended for me. I should've known our foodie wasn't going to be good with catch and release. And so all of a sudden I'm driving home with five live fish in the cooler, bracing for a YouTube marathon on how to kill and clean your catch. It was rough. When it was all said and done, I had two lessons learned:

First lesson: fresh fish is really... really tasty (big thanks to Venesa for taking care of the cooking part). From swimming to on the plate in about 20 minutes. It was awesome.

And second: While I'm proud to say that I ate my own kill for the first time ever (some sort of rite of passage?)... I can also officially say that I like my fish with plastic wrap and a price tag on them. That was a whole lot of work for what amounted to an appetizer. Either I'm never doing that again... or I've just gotta catch bigger fish with more meat on their bones.


Either way... congrats, Naomi! Fun day. And Jasmine... don't give up just yet! There's a monster of a catch out there with your name on it. Gluten free and all.














Saturday, March 30, 2019

Protocol Night


Protocol Night is our attempt to make sure that the awkward guy at the company dinner with the napkin stuck in is collar, licking his fingers, eating the salad with the dinner fork... is NOT from the homeschool community. 

Like everything else that has marked his passage into middle school this year, Justin was all in. 








Paintball

Justin got invited to a paintball trip for a friend's birthday party. Since I'd never been before, I invited myself as well. Before we headed out, Justin said to me... "I think it'll be fun... but I'm a little scared." To which I replied, "me, too."  :)

And now we can both confirm from experience that, as anyone in their right mind would expect, getting shot with a paintball at 160 mph hurts (ha ha). Would we do it again? eh. For free, maybe. For $25 a person, um, probably not. But then, if we let enough time pass for the memories (and the bruises) to fade; who knows what we'll be crazy enough to sign up for.




Sunday, February 3, 2019

Beach Day

Dunes Village, day 2. Hit the pool. Hit the beach. Hit the road.















Saturday, February 2, 2019

Dunes Village II

For six months, Venesa and I have plowed forward with my latest work endeavor (starting a charter school). The charter school application process was intense. With the deadline rolling past on Feb 1, Venesa had the brilliant idea of showing our appreciation to our three little people. As we've flown by the seat of our pants for months on end, their schedules and lives have shifted, re-shifted, and shifted again to accommodate the busyness that came with this undertaking.

The truth is, they probably got a lot more electronics time, TV time and Wendy's take-out than they could've ever imagined. But after a while, getting back to quality time with each other trumps it all (says me, anyway). And so, we were off.

Destination: Dunes Village. Part II. Indoor water fun and a beach to boot.










Thursday, January 3, 2019

Warranty Claim

The moment you realize that you made the right choice paying the $100 claim fee and NOT trying to fix the dryer yourself.