Back To Reality

After a week off school, the kids and I are back to real life today.

That meant getting up to an alarm clock and getting Ethan to school and then coming home and working on our homeschool work.

Isaac has been coughing. He also hurt himself on our ride home from Bristol and his injury has been bothering him. Poor kid. He was playing with a toy in the van (one that we told him he shouldn’t be using in the van) and it bounced and hit him in the eye.

There was much wailing. He has a bruise, but that’s as serious as the injury is, hopefully. He’s been doing a lot of squinting. I’m hoping that heals quickly and his cough goes away.

He’s been struggling quite a bit with anxiety lately. We could use prayer for peace for him and wisdom for the rest of us to not reinforce the second-guessing and double-checking that seems relentless right now.

Our Christmas decorations are all set up and we’re enjoying them. Although, from the looks of this pictures, we have a lot more lights on the bottom of the tree, than we do on the top!

Oh well. We can rock the scruffy, imperfect look pretty well 🙂

Thanksgiving 2017

We made our first trip to East Tennessee last week to celebrate Thanksgiving with Nathan’s parents and Kylene and Justin.

East TN is beautiful! The drive was much prettier during the daytime than in the dark!

On Thursday afternoon, we hiked before our Thanksgiving meal.


Looks like Audrey needed a break! Isaac was the one who really struggled though. He was tired and a bit cranky, but he pulled through and we made it to the top and back down with no issues.

To backtrack a bit, we arrived on Wednesday evening kind of late. We settled the kids in at Nana and Bumpa’s rental house and then Nathan and I and Kylene and Justin went over to the other house. That was our guest house for the weekend 🙂

Thursday morning everyone came over to the house we were at and we hung out, chatted, ate a lot, left to go hiking and then came back for our big meal.

The big fun thing that evening was that we got to drive through the Bristol Motor Speedway to see the huge Christmas lights display. They had lights set up outside and inside. We actually drove on the race track.

On Friday morning, we helped move some boxes from one house to the next and took a quick tour of downtown Bristol before we headed back home.

We had a fun time. I just wish I had thought to get a photo of the group.