Not so slowly going crazy

there’s nothing wrong with kids that trying to reason with them won’t make worse

Thursday, May 4, 2017

spring break 2017

I love the red sandstone at Abo
I love the salt mission ruins.  Usually when we go visit we have the place to ourselves, to wander and be as loud and silly as we want.  Our day started out in sunshine, but the wind was pretty cold.  We made enough time to visit all 3 ruins this time, since it was our only trip on Spring Break where Dad could come.  

Even though the mission ruins are only 40 miles away from each other as the crow flies they are each made of different materiels and look quite unique.  

Gran Quivira

Quari, moments before it started sleeting on us
Our day ended in rain, and then when the sleet started to come down we ran for the van as fast as we could.  The kids all declared that I'm not allowed to plan family trips to national monuments anymore since the last 3 have all ended in inclement weather.  On the way home through all the tiny little villages on the other side of four hills we had rain, snow sleet, snow and then when we came down into Tijeras it became rain again.  Quite the day.  

Earlier in the week we took a day at the zoo and aquarium and botanical gardens.  Everything at the gardens was in bloom and just loverly.  
at the botanical gardens 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

March 2017

We painted Zak's room so Jerran can come home to a nice painted room.  

The kids and I got bored one Sunday and took a quick hike up to Carlito Springs.  It's quite pretty up there!  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 January and February

 My antique upright got a one-way trip to the dump
can you see the mouse hole in my keyboard?
 Someone turned 10

 Someone else got on the honor roll

My favorite sign at the protest

This one got braces!

Dad proved he is a pushover by letting Zak adopt a kitty.
Meet Garth
 There are very few surfaces left in our house which have not been. . . christened by Garth.

Blue and Gold dinner

Monday, May 1, 2017

December 2016

Bells season is the happiest season!
John Baker chorus.  I do enjoy these kids!

Christmas Jammies

talking to the boy on Skype

white Christmas

Sunday, April 30, 2017

October/November 2016

Are we a little excited to read Paige's book?
Every year when the aspens on the Sandias begin to turn yellow I want to take a hike.  This year we did!  We parked up at the crest and hiked along until we got to the kiwanis cabin and the aspen grove at the top.  Aspens are some of my favorite trees, especially when they are golden and shimmering in the wind.  

Witch and assassins.  Their own costume ideas as well as makeup.  

Taylor and Bananna came for Thanksgiving!

Thursday, October 13, 2016


We enjoyed a pretty luau at the Blacker's

Simple gifts did a lip sync

Our costumes were fabulous disney sheets

raingutter regatta

the grumpafuss had a birthday

Balloon Fiesta!  The tiny dots in the distance are balloons

Albuquerque Aloft

My 7th grader

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

August 2016

Noah had a cub scout bike rally

Emma went to the temple now that she's 12

Noah learned about Gail Halvorsen, the Berlin Candy Bomber

and did some candy bombing from the balcony

D worked on her mission paperwork



4th grade

7th grade

at the base summer bash

our backyard after a rainstorm

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