Hi guys! It’s been forever, huh? I needed to take a break from socializing online to cope with my new life! I know you understand: divorce, becoming a single mom, moving, starting a new job, starting online classes, and still homeschooling- I’ve been feeling like I’m drowning. I didn’t have any energy for sharing online.
I could never do 4 months worth of blog posts to catch up so I put together a pretty decent collection of pictures for this post to let you know what we’ve been up to. SO much has happened! Not even ten percent will be shown here but it’s the best I can do. I have a few separate posts planned for the rest of this week but for now, get ready for a major update post!
So I mentioned in my last post 4 months ago that we moved or were moving, we did move- to an apartment! It’s small and has been a major adjustment that I’ve been figuring out. I have an entirely separate blog post with an apartment tour ready to go. For now here’s a picture of when we first moved in and didn’t have all our stuff unpacked.
Ember lost her very first tooth! She’s lost a total of three in the last 3 months and has three more loose!
Brooklyn turned 15!
We moved to a new state so I had to get a new driver’s license.
We ate at restaurants quite a few times during the first couple months.
Our apartment has a pool. Yay!
And a playground!
We went to the lake many times. I could live at the lake ♥
We went to the park a whole lot, too.
We had to go back to our old house a lot before it sold.
I finally got the apartment unpacked and decorated!
Brooklyn started high school!
We went to a lot of doctor checkups.
Sierra started 7th grade!
The kids settled into our new apartment.
I got a couple boxes of curriculum from the local public/home school school Payson and Ember go to. (That’s another separate post coming!)
Payson and Ember had their first day of 5th and 2nd grade. (They go once a week)
Everett had his checkup for his fingers and how they’re healing since his surgery in 2014. I will post here and on my syndactyly blog all about that soon but for now- everything is looking great!
We went to quite a few movies! It’s one of our favorite things to do for family fun.
It was a lot of trial and error getting Lyla a new car seat when she outgrew her bucket seat.
The kids had a STEM event at school.
Brooklyn and Sierra had an appointment with an eye doctor and had their eyes dilated. (Both girls have perfect vision)
My phone was ancient and finally stopped working so I replaced it. I had to get my own phone account through Verizon after divorce anyway so it was good timing.
Ember turned 8!
Our apartment neighbors under us complain constantly about the noise my kids make (long story) so I went to look at a bunch of rental houses.
I couldn’t find anything I could afford that was available so to solve the noise problem we spend most of the day out of the apartment, homeschooling in the quiet places we can find around town.
We celebrated Halloween!
Everett turned 5!
We went on a couple road trips to visit my family. Traveling with six kids seems like a lot of work and it is but I love it so much!
I celebrated my first Thanksgiving alone with the kids. My sister hosted our whole family and cooked the meal. She’s amazing. She also took this picture of me and my kids that I love.
I took all six kids black Friday sales shopping and got much needed clothes for everyone!
There was a huge storm coming through the pass on the road trip home but we made it just before it rolled in!
Lots and lots and lots of grocery shopping trips.
We decorated the Christmas tree.
Lyla is still breastfeeding. She’s 2 1/2 now.
Payson wanted to grow his hair out and did for months and when he was finally ready to trim the sides I was excited! He’s SO handsome!
Christmas eve I was up until 4am wrapping presents! Lyla woke up several times and putting her back to bed took quite a while! After I’d wrapped for hours I sat and stared at the tree and cried. It’s been an emotional year.
And that brings us to today! New Year’s Eve. What a year it’s been.
Thanks for reading, I’ll talk to you soon.