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The story of a knight, a princess and a castle | West of Home, South of Sanity

During the years my husband and I dated, we would write letters every day we were apart. To make it entertaining, myView full post »

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Morning Courage | West of Home, South of Sanity

My brain is hauled away from restful slumber by the sound of plastic wheels being dragged across a hard floor above myView full post »

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Sharing a dancing moment

After a week spent in California with some amazing photographers and artists at Adventure Always, I followed through onView full post »

Surf’s Up | West of Home, South of Sanity

Life with special needs children can limit the activities your family can do. Hiking, for example, isn’t reallyView full post »

Special Needs, Special Treatment | West of Home, South of Sanity

Thank you to all of the a$$holes who fraudulently used Disney’s disability policies. You have now made it evenView full post »

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Sharing Our Grandparent Story | West of Home, South of Sanity

Grammy, or Grandma as Matt calls her, is one of our best cooks. For Labor Day, we were together at her home forView full post »

Sshhhh!! Sharing a secret!

The Facebook notification appeared silently on my phone’s screen as I sat down to work. Someone had tagged me in aView full post »

Sharing My Son’s Story

My oldest son, Allen, entered the United States Coast Guard on Tuesday, June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. He was sworn inView full post »

Sharing My Own Story

Circus Vorholt: This is our self-proclaimed nickname for our family. We feel like a circus as we juggle the joys andView full post »

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Sharing a young perspective on Jesh de Rox’s Beloved

In a room full of photographers at all business levels sits one teenager who has no interest in capturing images, butView full post »

Driven to the End | West of Home, South of Sanity

On our third morning in Miloli’i, we woke late and enjoyed a slow morning of packing and cleaning the rental houseView full post »

Sinking heart

Our second day in Miloli’i began with a slight wind and warm sun. Taking advantage of sleeping children, I set upView full post »

Picking through the pieces

Arriving in Hawaii felt familiar for 3 of us. The 4th didn’t remember her first visits to the islands andView full post »

Writing, Public Showers & Parenting

How and why do I write? Living in this large family provides many moments that are meant to be shared (for good reasonsView full post »

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If you give a teenager a shopping list, chances are…….

he’ll ask you which store to go to. When you tell him which store to go to, he’ll ask for your car keys,View full post »

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Sharing My Family’s Story

Project.12 The opportunity to capture my family each month and share them with you. Each session inspired by a differentView full post »

Call Me Maybe & Other Tales from the Dark Side

Have you ever wondered what happens when you call a special needs (SN) parent and tell them their child is sick orView full post »

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Cookies & Calmness

Baking is a tradition for some, harkening back to a favorite dish grandma prepared each Christmas. Baking can beView full post »

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Yesterday, I hesitated. Today, I booked the tickets.

When the idea comes to you, you search for the avenues of possibility. You also waste time trying to convinceView full post »

Ho Ho Hugs

We completed our family evening outing last night with a trip to Barnes & Noble. As Allen tweeted, “Only inView full post »

When Life Gets Scary, Make Fake Blood

As a family who faces daily challenges and life struggles, we have developed strategies to overcome our obstaclesView full post »

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Tears and tears

It’s Allen’s senior year of high school. It’s also my 360ish days of reflection of raising thisView full post »

The Definition of Outrageous

A few weeks ago I was reading to my older kids from Brene Brown’s latest book Daring Greatly and shared with themView full post »

She’s not a fish

I’ve struggled with writing this post for several weeks. Then I decided to wait for an update before publishing.View full post »

FIRE – family in reality explosiveness

Here’s the thing, no one likes negatives. When someone asks the loaded “how are you?” question, theyView full post »

How Marvelous and Frustrating is My Life

Every time I sit down to write here, I get distracted and the day ends. Distractions in my life come in many forms, butView full post »

First Point

As I watched Jessi close the garage door while tossing something in her mouth, I ran through the scenario, hoping IView full post »

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We Survived

Our year of hell, I mean GEO bachelor tour, is officially over. Our time with cutters has also come to an end withView full post »

Commencements as a kick-off

At the start of each summer, I scour YouTube for commencement speeches during long drives. I find inspiration, the driveView full post »

feeding tube finally!

Nick received his feeding tube on April 4th after 2 months of being fed by an NG tube. Seeing him in the recovery room,View full post »

Karma and Coldplay

Allen, his friend and I went to see Coldplay perform this week here in Houston. We saw them at The Woodlands a few yearsView full post »

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Happy Dad’s Day to my husband!

About a year ago, Michael and I had a long conversation with our oldest child. We shared the things we saw in each otherView full post »

Fulfillment or Psych Assessment Checklist?

I finally managed to remember to bring my camera with me to the grocery. To be honest, it’s tagged alongView full post »

Taking “I can’t hear you” to an all new level

We have an obnoxious habit of telling Matt, “I can’t hear you” when he asks for something. And he&#View full post »

Pint-sized perfection

The twins are in second grade this year, which in the Catholic faith means First Reconciliation and First Eucharist (View full post »

when the lesson learned isn’t the one you envisioned

It has been one week since Little Guy returned to Alaska…. And 5 months since our adoption saga began. Along theView full post »

Big Families = Big Fun

Inspiration comes from many places and we tend to surround ourselves with those that understand our lives. While thisView full post »

throwing words instead of tantrums

We’ve adopted before – twice, in fact- and we just knew how our first afternoon with Little Guy wouldView full post »

Quoting Dr. Suess & adoption decisions

This past week has been a whirlwind for us as a family. We arrived in Alaska to meet Little Guy and planned for him toView full post »

Circus Vorholt + one = 8

Guess what new adventure awaits Circus Vorholt???? We’re adding to the family through an older child adoption fromView full post »

seeing behavior through an abused & neglected child’s eyes

Matt has a habit of darting. In new environments, he’ll run. Not just a simple jog, but more of an “I’View full post »

extended hospital stays are….

Tiring. Behaviorally challenging. Frustrating. Boring. Necessary. Did I mention tiring? To help with all of the aboveView full post »

Did I ever tell you…..

… that I wanted to be a pediatrician? I had every intention of going to medical school when I was in high school.View full post »

GPS and hearing aides

We have GPS in our cars and our phones. Why can’t we have GPS in hearing aides and cochlear implant BTEs??? WeView full post »

Celebrating National Hobby Month and Healing Steps

January is National Hobby Month and Circus Vorholt will be sharing some of it’s favorite hobbies with you over theView full post »

he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

The road is long, with many a winding turn that leads us to who knows where, who knows where But I’m strong,View full post »

new furniture, new bruises

We have an old piano given to us by my Memere. It is out of tune and according to the piano man who attempted to fix itView full post »

hair today, gone tomorrow

There is a connection between women and their hair. The style affects moods and allows others to make subconscious snapView full post »

if you give Nick a Frito Pie

High school football here in Texas is huge. My family is also huge, so I took a friend’s offer to watch two of theView full post »

I think I pulled a hamstring jumping to conclusions

We don’t have a good relationship with Jessi’s birthmother. Actually, there’s no relationship at all.View full post »

respect, roast beef and reciprocation

I have book OCD. Ask any packing and moving company that’s been blessed with an assignment to help our circus PCSView full post »

10 things the twins have taught us

As my children resume their schooling careers this week and I revel in the welcomed silence that now envelopes me duringView full post »

march to the beat of your child’s drum

A few weeks ago I posted about a serious situation that went down involving she-who-will-not-be-blogged-about (my newView full post »

our first learned sign was french Fries ~ Part II

The beginning of this saga can be found HERE. Like the Kennish Family on Switched at Birth, we had to jump into our ownView full post »

10 ways to manage your teen’s crisis

Everyone has moments of crisis. Everyone feels and responds to their unstable, critical event differently. Throw a teenView full post »

monday morning coffee weekend recap

It’s been a busy weekend at Casa Vorholt, but then again, when is it not? We watched the movie Soul Surfer twiceView full post »

waiting in a room

Waiting rooms are my arch-nemesis. I walk in prepared with children who’ve received rule warnings before exitingView full post »

whine or wine?

Friendship is the wine of life ~ Edward Young I should add family to this quote, too. Or nice strangers. Maybe evenView full post »

crazy RAD love

Michael and I went to see “Crazy Stupid Love” this weekend and enjoyed it’s message of fighting forView full post »

our parenting ABCs

Living on Kodiak Island in Alaska for several years meant many flights on ERA Alaska. Don’t picture a jumbo jetView full post »

a week in the life of a child with cp

Nick did well for his first Botox injection this past Monday. No pain, at least none he could tell us about. HisView full post »

instructions included

I found a disturbing article in the paper last week. Not disturbing to me in the sense of “how could someone doView full post »

Botox and a busy body

‎”God doesn’t give children with disabilities to strong people: He gives them to ordinary, everydayView full post »

planning with a pencil and a little Buffett

What’s the saying about having children and best laid plans?  I’m sure it says something about increasingView full post »

struggles with unattended children

The sign in the fast food play place reads: Children must be with an adult in the playland at all times. If children areView full post »

what are we handing down?

It’s surreal how a soft-spoken “Mom, can you come here?” from your teenager at the front door canView full post »

being watched while being late

I’m always late. Ask any friend who sits alone at our meeting place for an extra ten minutes. Ask any dentistView full post »

skin color does matter

age 9 This week I witnessed Jess sunbathing after an hour of swimming. To her credit, she applied SPF 50View full post »

KISS the mentally retarded child

5 facts about Nick: he loves NASCAR he will hug you he screams – ALOT he fixes mac-n-cheese he is severelyView full post »

blended adoptive family sighting in New Orleans!!!!!

ALERT! ALERT! Blended adoptive family spotted on the streets of New Orleans!!!!! Truth be told, my family wasn’tView full post »

when’s dinner?

Would you like to come to dinner? All seven of you? It’s a simple question. A simple question followed by hoursView full post »

signs of summer

Top Ten Signs of Summer in Casa Vorholt: clothes are being shed wherever and whenever someone gets an urge to swimView full post »

reconnection and letting go

I spent my weekends as a tween and teen at my parent’s camp in Slidell, LA. Camps in south LA are houses built onView full post »

truth time with CI survival

Truth time: we have been known to remove Matt’s CIs when we hear the ice cream truck coming…… CruelView full post »

parental patience = child’s patience

Well, I’d like to think that one must equal the other. Last night, the little kids (we group Jessi, Matt and NickView full post »

an octave higher than middle C

Allen, Emma and I attended Cochlear America’s HOPE Notes workshop with special guest speaker Richard Reed lastView full post »

Matt’s electronic ear adventure video

Matthew was born with severe hearing loss and was diagnosed profoundly deaf shortly after we brought him home at the ageView full post »

family sounds

I love this city and it’s extreme closeness to culture and the arts. The Houston Symphony has FREE lawn seatingView full post »

Pearland Junior High East UIL Contest ~ Spring 2011

When we lived in Kodiak, Emma was a member of the Kodiak Youth Orchestra and played violin. Youth orchestras in TexasView full post »

saddle up

Mornings in Casa Vorholt are not fun. They are filled with protesting screams (protesting getting out of bed, gettingView full post »

My name is Matt, M-A-T-T, Matt

Imagine the James Bond voice: My name is Matt. M-A-T-T. Matt. This would be my CI kid who is pretending one of his &#View full post »

FL sun + CG boat + friends + sand = memories made

I’m a little behind on blogging from our trip to Florida and Louisiana…….. Jumping back into our busyView full post »

Nine rhymes with birthday!

Guess who is NINE today????? JESSI!!!!!!!! We began the day with a lit single candle stuck in the middle of a muffin andView full post »

Casa Watson has welcomed Tribe Vorholt

When you’re asked by a friend with FIVE children if she can stay with you for a few days, you immediately say yesView full post »

farewell Disney

We spent our last Disney day hanging out by the Shades of Green pool. Little kids played, Emma had her nose in her NookView full post »

our visit with Uncle Don & Aunt Joyce

We all took an hour or two out of the grinding Disney experience to spend time with Uncle Don and Aunt Joyce around theView full post »

the happiest place on earth

The happiest place on earth is also the most exhausting and stressful place on earth. Kids have these blood curdlingView full post »

flip flops aren’t always vacation appropriate

I traveled to Florida as a single parent with only four of my five children. My husband had Coast Guard commitments, butView full post »

Disney ~ Day 2

We spent the morning in the hotel rooms waiting for the rain to stop. The idea of dragging four children through theView full post »

picture this if you will…….

Picture this if you will……This phrase was near the “look at your face” photo wall at the end ofView full post »

bubbles of laughter

Our drive to Disney World was uneventful and for the most part, quiet. The occasional bubbling of laughter that wouldView full post »

road maps for life

And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all theirView full post »

she’s a heartbreaker

I needed several “bodies” for an urban, environmental field trip last weekend and Emma volunteered herselfView full post »

a regular Martha Stewart

OK, not quite Martha Stewart, but I DO enjoy making props specific to your session. My husband and I (in the image belowView full post »

Small head, big heart

One of our adopted sons, Nick, has microcephaly, which means his head size is much smaller than normal. Consequently,View full post »

Things that a parent loves

wonder – one that arouses awe, astonishment, surprise, admiration wonder – MattMatthew, age 7, is aView full post »

In tune

We have a piano given to me by my grandmother that sits prominently in our living room and is accessible to all,View full post »

End of school

Allen finished 8th grade with huge achievements. He was given an award for Science and the “Elite” male 8thView full post »

Small head, big heart

One of our adopted sons, Nick, has microcephaly, which means his head size is much smaller than normal. Consequently,View full post »

Laughter IS the best medicine

Recently I asked my beloved family of 7 to join me in the woods for a whimsical tea party photo session. It wasView full post »

Life with cochlear implants

While messaging a fellow parent regarding cochlear implants this morning, I found myself reflecting on what life is likeView full post »

North to Alaska

We spent Christmas and New Year’s in Anchorage, Alaska with friends (Coasties stationed with us in Kodiak and nowView full post »

CGC DAUNTLESS is home!!!

We had beautiful weather for the arrival of CGC DAUNTLESS. It is…………. well, beyond words amazingView full post »

A few more

We have a very musical house. Allen plays drums and piano. Emma plays piano, violin and french horn. Jess plays piano.View full post »

NOLA Weekend

In preparation for Michael’s homecoming and our Alaska trip, the kids and I made a quick visit to LA to drop offView full post »

Back to your regularly scheduled program…..

We had a busy week with school holiday programs and more to come next week. Matt’s was first. He attends a deaf coView full post »

Pearland’s Holiday Parade

Allen was on bass drum tonight with Pearland High School’s marching band in the Holiday Parade. A brisk 44 degreesView full post »

Summer Fun

Jess at Gulf Shores: USCGC DAUNTLESS Change of Command: Matt with soccer:Camping visitor:Kodiak friends now in AL:View full post »

A long overdue update

Where has the time gone? I’ve wanted to update this blog countless times and found our life so busy, not allowingView full post »

Boys and their crawfish

Nick provided our entertainment while eating lunch at a seafood restaraunt in Galveston with a boiled crawfish. He hasView full post »


We went to the annual sandcastle building contest on East Beach in Galveston this past weekend. It was HOT and theView full post »

End of school

Allen finished 8th grade with huge achievements. He was given an award for Science and the “Elite” male 8thView full post »

Pearland Junior High East Band

Allen plays percussion in Pearland Junior High East Band. The first video was from the Spring concert. Quality is poorView full post »

May 2009

Jessi and a little frog friend we found in the backyard: Jessi at Moody Gardens in Galveston: The boys have become fishView full post »

Ice Cream

The ice cream truck came by the house one night just as we were finishing dinner outside. Matt was beyond thrilled thatView full post »

We agree!

Someone left this note on Michael’s truck window while he was in Wal-Mart this morning:View full post »

Putting our life back together

After the flood waters receded and we tried to dry the house with fans and dehumidifiers, we took a baseboard off to seeView full post »

Flooded again…..

Our home flooded for the second time in less than a year yesterday. We watched the waters rise from the street and intoView full post »


We are finding about 10 new chrysalis a day in the backyard.This little guy was getting ready to find his spot:View full post »

April Updates

We’ve had an extremely busy month with extremely positive results. Nick had tubes put in his ears and has gainedView full post »

Bilateral Cochlear Adventure

Matt received his second cochlear implant yesterday making him a bilateral bionic boy. He will be activated (turned on)View full post »

Big Bend country

Michael and I escaped to Big Bend country in west Texas for a week while Grammy took care of the kids. The weather wasView full post »


February has been busy, but has also been the end month to basketball. Track has taken over with 6AM practices andView full post »

Mother Nature

We have a wonderful butterfly garden that is clearly attracting the Monarchs. We have several life cycle stages at onceView full post »

USCGC Dauntless Cookie Exchange

We hosted a cookie exchange for the wives and children on the boat before Christmas. Kitchen wasn’t complete, butView full post »


Allen and Matt had Christmas concerts on the same night and both did great. Matt attends a deaf co-op and his showView full post »

Some of our Thanksgiving week visitors: Watching Allen put up Christmas lights: The Porter Family whom we wereView full post »

Cross Country

Allen started cross country this month. In his first meet, he placed 4th overall and 2nd from his school. Basketball isView full post »

Updates on the house

Kitchen before:Kitchen with bottom cabinets:Foyer before: Foyer after:View full post »

Halloween 2008

We had a great Texas Halloween with perfect weather. The kids were thrilled they didn’t freeze while trick-or-View full post »


Allen’s team played last night and lost by 4, but he did well. Blocking a kick. The football is between his legs!View full post »

Serial casting

Nick is surviving a serial casting process of his left foot. We’re on week 2 and he picked orange for the newView full post »


Water levels, mold, mildew. We gutted the first floor from 4 ft down including the kitchen and bathroom cabinets.View full post »

Hurricane Ike waters

A neighbor that stayed for the storm sent me this picture…………that’s our house on the rightView full post »

US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Graduation

Grammy joined us in CA for Michael’s graduation. Allen and Emma attended the dinner with us while Ms. JanetView full post »


While we were in Petaluma, CA, we spent the first week at the KOA campground. Our last night there, we had to followView full post »

San Fran

We spent a day on Alcatraz, Pier 39 and other highlights of San Fran including driving down Lombard Street. So much toView full post »

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose

The Winchester Mystery House is in San Jose, CA and was built by the daughter of the creator of the Winchester rifle.View full post »

Surprise, surprise

Matt wrote his name recently all by himself with no prompting and reminding. And it is legible!!View full post »

Going back to Cali

We arrived in CA safely and with all original members. The kids were thrilled to see dad. We’ll spend a few daysView full post »

Allen’s first Jr. High football game

In the first 5 minutes, Allen managed to stop the other team from scoring. YEAH! Unfortunately, he fell on his rightView full post »

Kodiak came to San Antonio

Our friends from Kodiak invited us into their home for dinner while we were in San Antonio. The kids picked up withView full post »

Small world

The circus pulled into Benson, AZ tonight. The drive was beautiful and familiar. LOL! What a small world, though. I hadView full post »

Cross country trip anyone?

Changed my mind this morning and we’re headed west to Petaluma to see Michael graduate from the USCG Chief PettyView full post »

Another update

Friends were able to get into my house today. The entire first floor is flooded.View full post »

Kids & School

We’re into the second week of school and all is going well. Allen has a full load with pre-AP classes and footballView full post »

Space Center Houston

We went to the Space Center Houston this weekend to see their Star Wars display before it ended. The kids were thrilledView full post »

First day of school

Picture is a little blurry b/c with buses coming, we didn’t have much time to get the perfect one.View full post »

AK to TX Transplants

Two families that were stationed in Kodiak with us now live within 6 miles here in Texas. These girls went from playingView full post »

Last day of summer vacation

The kids and I headed down to Galveston for the last day of summer vacation. The water was brown, but the skies wereView full post »

What in the world?

Wow! Guess we get to keep a closer eye on Matt’s CI now…… http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=130883View full post »

Teen Parent

How do you know you are a parent of a teenager? When they ask you to transport them to a mall to see a band! We drove toView full post »

Sites to check out

Our friends, the Hoffert Family, who live in Kodiak have begun a fight against their son’s newly diagnosedView full post »

They are 5!!!!

The boys’ official birthday was this past weekend, but that evening was not a good time to celebrate. We’dView full post »

Weekend in New Orleans

Michael and the dogs joined the tribe on Thursday evening. Mimi had a vet conference to attend in New Olreans for theView full post »

Ms. Sarah’s house

Ms. Sarah (Carey’s childhood friend and Emma’s godmother) and her boys hosted us for almost an entire dayView full post »

Visiting with Memere

Last week, Carey and the kids headed to LA to visit with family and friends. An entire day was spent at Memere’sView full post »

Yummy shrimp

With friends from Kodiak to feast with, we submerged ourselves in Cajun boiled shrimp one night two weeks ago. It wasView full post »

Working A/C

The replacement vehicle for my truck with the A/C that just couldn’t keep up in the hot southwest.View full post »

June 22

The pool in Balmorhea: Gage and Emma: The water is cold and Nick’s not too happy about it: Matt: Mimi and JessiView full post »

June 21

We arrived in Balmorhea, TX after lunch and we’re joined by Carey’s mom and nephew, Gage. Balmorhea has anView full post »

June 19-20

I received a call this morning; some computer generated “Your extended warranty on your vehicle is expiring soon.View full post »

June 18

Drove to Yuma, AZ today and it was HOT!!!!!!!!!!! So hot that we didn’t do much in the town after arriving otherView full post »

June 18

Drove from Anaheim to Yuma, AZView full post »

June 16-17

Spent two full days at Disneyland and California Adventure. The first day wasn’t too hot and crowded, but theView full post »

June 15

With no air conditioning in Carey’s truck, we drove from Yosemite to Anaheim through Los Angeles traffic. It wasView full post »

June 14

Still no air conditioning, but we made it to Yosemite and saw all of the highlights. The temperature was a little hardView full post »

June 13

We started out the day well and were looking forward to our short, 5 hour drive….How is it every short drive forView full post »

June 12

We drove from southern Oregon to Willits, California along the coast. Good weather allowed us to get the first state &#View full post »

June 10

We had our wonderful photo session with Tara Staton (www.tarastaton.blogspot.com) in the morning on the beach and thenView full post »

June 9

We made it across the border from Canada with no problems. We arrived in Lincoln City, OR around 8PM and had a greatView full post »

Matt and his CI

Michael quickly discovered that Matt’s CI would stick to the walls in the ferry cabin. Sometimes I think he justView full post »

Animal Sightings

Our first day in Canada, we saw 5 bears, 1 moose, 5 deer, 1 fox and several eagles. Our second day, we saw 2 moose. TheView full post »

June 5-6

We sailed from Yakutat to Juneau on open sea areas, so our vehicles had to be tied down. From Juneau, we sailed southView full post »

June 4

The ferry stopped in Chenega Bay in the morning before arriving in Whittier where we picked up enough people to almostView full post »

June 3

We left the rainy, cold island of Kodiak on Tuesday afternoon. Five kids, three dogs, one bird. The cat went missingView full post »

We moved from the hotel on base to the RV Park on Friday just in time for a storm to move in and make living in a camperView full post »

We went to the Crab Fest parade this morning to watch the big kids participate. Allen marched with the Kodiak MiddleView full post »

We took Allen and Emma out this week to the racetrack to let them practice. These pictures were taken at 9:30 PM.View full post »

D.A.R.E. Graduation

Emma participated in the 5th grade D.A.R.E. graduation last night. She was one of two students chosen to read theirView full post »

Where’s the CI?

Michael’s new favorite place for Matt’s external cochlear implant piece during bathtime:View full post »

CI Holder

When Matt takes a bath, swims, etc., he can’t wear the external portion of his cochlear implant. There isn’View full post »

Emma was treated to a “good-bye” sleepover last night by her friends and one of the moms. They used ourView full post »

We took the little ones & dogs on a long walk yesterday to wear them out before bed. It it still very chilly here,View full post »

Guest House

Our views from the 3rd floor of the hotel on base. So far, everyone seems to be adjusting well. Each floor has aView full post »

Moving day arrived and so did Michael’s Sitka black-tail deer mount. Kodiak deer are the size of dogs, so this oneView full post »

The Lion King

Allen, Emma and Jessi were in Little School of Dance’s “The Lion King” this past weekend. Allen was aView full post »

Boy Bathroom

Before: After: Before: After:View full post »

Living Room

Before: After: Before: After: Before: After:View full post »

Dining Room

The dining room color’s name is Mesa Sunrise and the idea is to have a Southwest theme. However, some of theView full post »

Master Bathroom

Before: After: Before: After:View full post »

The dining room color’s name is Mesa Sunrise and the idea is to have a Southwest themeView full post »

Jessi’s Birthday Party

Jessi had her 6th birthday party this past weekend with a few of her friends.View full post »


I had a few minutes this morning while Matt was at OT to spend down at the dock. The fishermen had some feathered helpView full post »

Junior Lifeguard

Allen & Emma completed Junior Lifeguard training today. Here are a few pictures:View full post »

Allen and Basketball

This last pic is one of true frustration with himself for missing the net.View full post »

Emma’s 10th Birthday

Emma celebrated her 10th birthday with friends and their American Girls last weekend. They had leis to make forView full post »

Trip South

We survived our trip to TX and LA just barely. Lots of stressful situations and plenty to do, but it wasView full post »

Eagles and Deer

Wildlife were abundant today in Kodiak and the eagle masses were waiting for fish. In the pic with the boat, youView full post »

ABC’s ~ Nicky style

He’s fast with his signing and has his own little versions of the letters, but you get the point.View full post »

Flat Stanley

Our niece, Kathryn, from Texas sent us a Flat Stanley this week for a visit. He was able to enjoy our 6+ inches of snowView full post »

Nick “finning” and playing guitar with Jimmy Buffett and using his left CP side quite well.View full post »

Daisy Girl Scout

Jessi is a Daisy this year and had her pinning last week. She’s thrilled to finally be old enough to be a GirlView full post »

My little laundry help

Matt and I are home alone in the mornings and to keep him busy, I’ve started having him help with the laundry.View full post »

It is so COLD!

We’re having a REAL ALASKAN winter this year with temps hovering around ZERO. Here is a picture of the drive fromView full post »

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One night last week, Jessi was frustrated with not being able to brush her long hair and remove all of the knots, so IView full post »

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