A Snowy Valentine’s Day 2021

Well, we actually did end up getting some snow! It wasn’t much at first, but it dumped at least 6 inches on us over night. The boys had so much fun playing in it with their neighbor friend Jackson. It lasted a couple days, and now that it’s all melted, the boys agree that they’re…

Animal Updates and The Power of Influence

Every time I check the weather, it shows something different. One day it says it’s going to get colder, wetter, and possibly snow. The next, it shows days filled with sunshine. We haven’t seen any snow yet, but this wouldn’t be the first time we got snow in February. So I know I shouldn’t hold…

What We’ve Been Up To This January

You may or may not have noticed that honeycrisphomestead.net now redirects to aprilshappyplace.com. All the posts are here now, so no need to worry about that. I just can’t seem to make up my mind about how I want to do this blogging thing. I seem to enjoy it most when it’s laid back, less…

Goals for 2021

Each New Year when I set new goals, I usually start out pretty ambitious. Then by February I’m burnt out and by March I’ve adjusted my goals so I don’t feel like a big fat failure. This year, I tried to keep it manageable from the get go. My simple goals are to drink less…

Rhett Turns 6

January 2, 2021 was Rhett’s 6th birthday! We had cousins in town, so we made a cake and partied at Nana and Grandpa’s house. Rhett shares a birthday with his cousin Soren, so he always enjoys celebrating with him. We decorated a birthday banner, played with toys and balloons, had cake, and opened gifts. Rhett…

Welcome 2021

We had a pretty great New Year! Ryan’s sister Nicole and her family were in town so the boys enjoyed spending time with lots of cousins, and we enjoyed our ‘new foods’ tradition. We had a pink cheese ball (definitely my favorite thing), kimchi, Chinese bbq pork, British candy, and more. We stayed at Nana’s…

Christmastime 2020

Christmas this year was a little different, but not because of COVID. Ryan’s sister and her family went to California, so it was just us, Nana, and Grandpa. It was more quiet than we’re used to, but it was really nice. We were happy to be together, and I think we all felt so grateful….

Halloween 2020

Halloween was different this year. We didn’t trick or treat downtown, and there were no church Halloween gatherings. Instead, we did a Halloween scavenger hunt at 7am and had a Halloweentown movie marathon. We also decorated some cookies. In the afternoon, we got the boys dressed up in their costumes and went to a “drive-thru…

Unschooling

When I think of the word “unschooling,” I think of lazy parents who irresponsibly let their children run wild and do nothing but watch tv and play video games… I’m not sure where that judgmental idea even came from. Maybe that was just what I was afraid people would think of me for following an…

Mason Turns 2

Our little May-May turned two last week! He’s such a smart little goober, and it’s so fun to hear him say so many new phrases. My favorite right now is, “Mommy, help!!!” He yells that whenever he needs milk, or anything really. Here are some more of his phrases: “Look at that!” “Wow, that’s cool!”…

Fall Parties, MYOP, Haircuts, & More

A Fall Birthday Party Last night we got to celebrate a fall birthday! Leah’s husband, Andy, was nice enough to turn 30 so we could get some friends together and celebrate. Leah worked so hard to plan the surprise for him, and it was fun to be a part of it. When I arrived, it…

Experiments

School today was a bit chaotic… Everyone seemed to either have insane amounts of energy, or have some sort of severe emotional struggle. I’m so glad I have Leah to homeschool with this year. If I was on my own, today would have been one of those days where I just throw in the towel…