Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January Life

Halfway through the first month of 2019 already! (That is totally something my Dad would say!) The new year has found us back into our routine of VERY early morning basketball practices, school, work in the shop and delivering orders, doing New Day work, church, and of course family time!

On the way back from Cloudcroft, we had to stop by Blu's hometown, Seagraves, to show the kids where Daddy grew up!

I first laid my eyes on Blu on April 9, 1998, in Seagraves High School at a One-Act Play performance!

You know you're in West Texas when...

Caedmon is getting so tall, we had to get him some new clothes! So handsome!

The kids have played tons of basketball games, but I can't manage to get any pictures because I'm so intense/stressed during the game I never think to take a picture! So I got a picture of Cambree warming up!

The best part of away games - bus rides!

She just finished the Twilight series! (And she quit Band, joined Drama, and tries out for her first play tomorrow!)

Besides school, Cason has been busy playing Little Dribblers! He plays for the Legends and always has a big cheering section!

He played one game with staples in his head! So I made a sign to cheer him on!

We've also had a little bit of cousin time this month!

Shopping in the USA - even with all the vast selection, I often find myself buying the same simple things we could buy in Zambia - grapes and green apples!

Lots of progress being made on Mom & Dad's house!

Lunch break!

Cason won a basketball shootout and a gift card to the movies, so he enjoyed watching Spiderman with Blu!

A huge January job - mailing New Day tax letters!

On Friday night, we spent a little time working in the shop - the kids wanted to build some things so the boys worked on benches!

Cambree built us a fire...and looked cute. ;)

And of course, we always throw in a campfire and some s'mores whenever we get the chance!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Cloudcroft Day 6!

Happy New Year! We started 2019 off with a bang! Or a fall, I should say! We slept in and then headed to Ski Cloudcroft for our last day of skiing. Blu was determined to get Cambree to ski, and after an hour on the bunny slopes, she was amazing!! She skied with us for the next 4 hours, and I couldn’t believe how good she was! It looks like we have fallen in love with skiing! On our 4th trip down the mountain, Blu was doing one last run with Caedmon and Cason on the greens to see if they could move up to the blues. Cason (who is fearless and goes soooo fast!!) took a hard tumble and his ski ended up hitting him in the head. Blu was right behind him and ski patrol showed up and bandages him up. We drove to Alamogordo to an Urgent Care, and he got 4 staples! Poor baby! We are ending our New Year’s Day with pizza and pigs in a blanket and The Matrix! Driving home tomorrow! (And planning the next time we can ski, already!)

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Book of the Year!

It's your my favorite time of the year - my 2018 book recommendations! Oh my goodness, I read some amazing stuff this year. I read a lot of international authors - I absolutely love African authors, books set in Africa and India, and I even recently read one set in Korea/Japan by an author from Korea. Such good stuff! I also read SEVEN novels out loud this year - to my kids, to Blu, to my New Day older kids, so that was a blast! It was so tough to decide, but both my fiction and nonfiction favorite books this year were set in Africa (shocker). So, without further ado....

2018 Fiction Book of the Year

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue - This book follows the story of a hopeful immigrant family from Cameroon and their encounter with the "American Dream." Just wow.

2018 NonFiction Book of the Year

The Girl who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya - I love me a good memoir. This story follows a girl who came to America as a Rwandan refugee. I actually saw the Oprah episode where she was reunited with her Rwandan parents years ago. This book explained what came next. It was a tough read.

I feel like I can't close out without mentioning Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah, children's books The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt, Bud, not Buddy and The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Harris, and memoirs The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner and A Mother's Reckoning: Inside the Aftermath of a Tragedy by Sue Klebold. SUCH good books this year. Can't wait to see what awesome novels 2019 brings! :)

Cloudcroft Day 5!

Today was the day I’ve been dreading....for years! I have avoided snow skiing so many times....on my senior trip when I went but refused to ski...when Blu has begged me to go on ski vacations through the years...even when we went to the Swiss Alps but “somehow” didn’t get a chance to ski! Even yesterday, when it didn’t work out to ski, I thought maybe I had gotten out of another ski trip! But, alas, today was the day...the day to face my terror! And I have to admit....I LOVED it!! It was way easier than I was expexting, easier than water skiing, and pretty fun all the way around! The scariest part was definitely the chair lift! Cason was a fearless speed demon, who finally learned to atp! Caedmon was super smooth and had such finesse! Cambree didn’t try much today—she’d rather tune, but she’ll try more tomorrow! Blu skied as a teenager and was amazing, as usual! My body is soooooo sore already, but we are excited to hit the slopes again tomorrow! (Never thought I’d say that...!!!).