Good friends…

Everyone needs friends who send warm Chunk cookies to their doorstep. It was worth sharing a loaf of homemade french bread! 🙂

Have I mentioned that I taught Hallie how to make french bread during our covid school break and I will reap the benefits of that for a long time!

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Creative learning…

Have you ever seen a more conducive learning environment?? Hallie is still plugging away on her summer school course – she’s moved on to the second semester of world history. Learning at home is infinitely easier when everyone is learning at home. When 4 of the 5 kids are enjoying summer and one is still studying it makes it a little difficult.

Don’t worry, Briggs is keeping her comfortable and making sure she has everything she needs in her “school fort” – including a pool floaty…just in case. He brings her water and keeps her company, brings her bowls of snacks (I think he does this selfishly because he ends up eating most of them!) She’s a good sport and rarely makes Briggs feel like he can’t come hang out with her at the table. When she really needs quiet she puts on noise cancelling headphones and locks herself in another room.

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Two steps back…

After too many cancellations to count, you can imagine our excitement when we received an email in mid May that the Arizona Soccer Association was allowing practice to resume – albeit under strict protocals. I knew there would be social distancing, but they took safety to another level. Each player had to remain in a 10ft square. They were only able to touch their ball, which meant there was absolutely no passing of the ball. It ended up being individual soccer drills in a box. Not ideal, but better than nothing and it got us out of the house.

Two weeks later practice was cancelled due to a statewide curfew because of rioting. After two weeks they were able to hold practice again and after one practice they shut it back down due to increase cases of COVID.

One step forward two steps back.

We’re back to doing soccer drills in the house with youtube videos!

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Kindergarten stories…

Kindergarten writing is my favorite because they have so much to say, but limited experience with writing the words. So they do their very best to phonetically sound it out how they hear it in their head. Sometimes it’s easy to make out the words, other times I have to ask for help while reading it. Cannon spent the last couple months writing each day (accompanied by some amazing illustrations) and these are a few of my favorites.

I once had a pediatrician tell me to record my kid’s voices when they were 3 and 4 because as much as you think you’ll remember that sound, memory fades. I think keeping kid’s writing at this stage is the same thing – just don’t want to forget!

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Father’s Day…

Steve is the life to my kid’s party. He plays at their level. He says yes to ice cream. He cooks them breakfast. He makes up the pool games that keeps the kids busy for hours in the pool. And he can never turn down a child who asks for a bedtime story.

He plays board games with them. He coaches them. He teaches them the importance of investing. He encourages a love for sports.

I joke that he is “cool dad”. So cool that he’s been practicing his awesome dad jokes which the kids have always loved and now he has a 14-year-old daughter who he really plays up the cheesy jokes for. It’s their thing.

And what do you get a cool dad? A long board of course! So now he can stop stealing his kid’s boards. The kids were pretty excited about their gift – so excited, Hunter was questioning whether he should get this new board and his dad can have his hand me down!

Steve is a deliberate and engaging father. I love that he has made the kids one of his favorite hobbies. Fatherhood looks good on him!

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