Friday, December 5, 2014

state report [check]

This 5th grader of mine is finally finding her stride.
She is confidant.
She is now completing her work in class.
She is happy to go to school each day.
She is even finding time to practice...really efficient practice!

Earlier this year we were in a bit of turmoil.
She was bringing home reports of 7-12 missing assignments a week.
That would be concerning if she wasn't working at home...BUT it was TROUBLING because she WAS working at home---a lot.  Like 2 to 3 1/2 hours a night.
It is one thing to work that hard if it is getting you somewhere---but when you are working THAT hard and feel like your sinking it is not a good scenario for a 10 year old.  Her desk, and school cubicle was a disaster...disorganization is an understatement!  There was no time to be a kid...and she was STRESSED OUT!

Through email, phone calls with patient teachers, a parent teacher conference and a helpful principal big changes have been made.  It was arranged that whatever Kate finished in class is what she turned unfinished work would be sent home.  She would complete 30 minutes of homework a night + 30 minutes of reading, unless she had a special project (i.e.; State Report, book report, etc...).  Through those earlier communications with the faculty at school, her teachers especially, she realized that although she had previously read them as callous and indifferent, she now knows that they care about her and want her to succeed.

There is a fine line between being your child's advocate and being an enabler.  I was worried that had a completely pulled Kate out of the situation...she would have lost the opportunity to solve the problem, communicate and struggle through.  As we pulled up to the school today and she handed me her reading minutes to sign, I realized that this 10 year old is getting it all figured out.

Thursday, December 4, 2014


These two were in DESPERATE need of hair cuts.  When they left Brianne's chair last night they found their reflections on any smooth surface...they played with the ends...and were SO excited about the "drastic" change!  They couldn't wait to get to school to see the reaction on their friends' faces!  :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

time to get up

I wish she loved this cozy spot when I say "time for bed" as much as she does every morning---

"just a little longer" she pleads every morning...
"it's too cold" she complains as I gently tug on her covers
"5 more minutes" she begs

She takes after her Mom :)

It is Friday!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

fallen leaves

35mm f2.8 1/160 @ ISO 1250

It has been such a beautiful fall.  Will this really be covered in white tomorrow?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

lights poured out the windows

Danny and I jumped in the car one evening this past week.  We were welcoming home a friend who had been away on a mission.  We knew we wouldn't be long.  Dinner was almost ready.  Each of the girls had an was practicing music...another finishing dinner and another setting the table.  Nothing is perfect around our house but as we pulled out of the driveway, the sun was down and the lights from our home poured out of the windows.  Our daughters were inside- being crazy, silly, distracted but also really really really good.  Their goodness fills our home.  We both reflected on what it would have been like had we not had the privilege of being their parents.  They truly bring us so much joy.  Life isn't easy...and far from perfect.  We have challenges and trials...hard days but really really good days too.  We are grateful that we get to grow, work, try, fail, and triumph together.

A couple of Saturdays ago...the weather was GORGEOUS and fall was in the air.  I had a new lens to play with (the 50mm 1.2) and about 1 hour to spare (before we had to leave for the football game).  I asked the girls if I could take their pictures- we put outfits together in about 10 minutes.  As we were about to leave Danny was finishing up a day of working in the yard.  We grabbed a shirt for him and decided to all go to a hillside in our neighborhood.  This photo shoot was the most PAINLESS attempt at family photos- completely unplanned, I didn't even change, I didn't buy one article of clothing- and I don't think Danny had even showered.   As we got there we realized that my mother in law had just come for the game---so she even took some of all five of us.  They were the least planned and organized photos we have taken-but may be my very favorites.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

the maze

For Ellie's book club this month we read the MAZE RUNNER.  Sara and Em were hosting.  They chose to meet at a haunted maze in Kaysville.  I have NEVER in my life visited...and certainly not be scared in anything haunted.  I had visions of a crazed person jumping out at me...and me clutching the 12-13 year old girls we were with.  I considered asking Ellie if she would hold my hand.  You think I am kidding...I am not.  We purchased our tickets, lined up for instruction and listened.  When the employee told us it was only haunted on Fridays and Saturdays I am sure that my sigh of relief was audible!  PHEW!

After we FINALLY mastered the maze (aka finally got out after walking in circles!) we had hot chocolate and caramel apples at the car where the girls discussed the book.  Ellie, Danny and I really  enjoyed the book.  Ellie is ready to read the other two in the series.  I participate in a book club with each one of our girls and it is one of my very favorite activities we do together.  That makes three...which is sometimes a scheduling nightmare...but worth it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

become as a little child...

How readily they trust...
how freely they love...
how generously they forgive...
how effortlessly they seek joy...

What a privilege it is to love a child...

I am reminded so often Jesus' invitation-