10 years old today!

Happy Birthday Turner! So glad he is part of my life.

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Ride Em’ Cowboy

There was a rodeo in town this weekend. My daughter rode a sheep last year and won 1st place (all the boys chickened out)!

This year my son decided he wanted a sheep trophy also, so off to the rodeo we wenthoping to bring home a trophy!


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This is called Muttin Bustin’. The kids are given a score and the top 3 spots get a trophy and cash money! Here’s Turner:


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Turner got a 77 with his ride, putting him in first place (for the moment).  Giant smile on his face, because he LOVED it so much!


Here is his cousin Caden, scoring a 72, putting him in 2nd (for a while).

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By the end, Turner’s score held strong for a 2-way tie for 3rd place, and Caden with the 4 spot.


He had an awesome time and can’t wait to try it again!  Now he’s got a sheep trophy like his sister 🙂

Here’s his video  

Slug Bug Happiness

It’s days like yesterday, and the little moments that occurred that gave me one thought in my head: I’m so glad I can homeschool.

We started our school back last week for this year. Yesterday, when my daughter was at piano lessons, my 7 year old son and I were on our way to the store to pick up something for a neighborhood BBQ we were attending soon.

At the stoplight, he leaned over, punch me, and yelled, “Yellow Slug Bug!”  His face was pure happiness, and we laughed. However, me “Queen of the slug bug game”, was already in ‘game mode’ and looking for a different slug bug to get him back, and 10 seconds later I spotted it, an older yellow one. So I punched him back, “Old Yellow Slug Bug!”  He couldn’t see it, so I showed it to him and again we were smiling. As the light turns green and I am driving into the parking lot, I spot 2 more.  Punches going Turner’s way, and me saying, “White one…. and another old white one!”  He couldn’t believe I got him 3 times in 2 minutes.  [Non-stop laughter and smiles] Turner saying, “Oh my gosh, you’re so good, how do you see all those?”

Well, at that moment I felt so close to my son over something so simple as playing Slug Bug with him.

He had the biggest smile, and I knew in that moment he was one happy kid, one of the happiest maybe in that moment in time.

A thought came over me, about how lucky I am, how lucky my kids are, how amazing it is to be able to homeschool them.  To know where they are during the day, to know how they are doing, to know that no one is picking on them, to know they got enough to eat, to know they weren’t rushed in the morning and had a good nights rest, to know they aren’t playing alone on the playground, to know they are learning, to know that they are safe, and to wonder, no, to know that they are happy.

For that’s what we all want in life, for our kids to be safe, healthy, and happy. And what better way to ensure our kids get that through homeschooling.

Thank you Turner for the little moments, I look forward to them each and everyday with you and your sister.


Intermediate BMXer

So proud of my son for turning Intermediate in his favorite sport!

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If you don’t know much about BMX, here is a small background on him with the sport:

Turner picked up this sport back when we lived in Texas, he was 5 years old.


All riders start out NOVICE, and must win 10 races to move up to INTERMEDIATE, once INTERMEDIATE you earn more points and you can wear clip less shoes and have clipless pedals (which help increase your speed on the track).  So we will be getting these soon!

INTERMEDIATE riders must win 20 races to move up to EXPERT (where you get EXPERT points).

Each level receives points and at the end of the year you get a plate number based on your districts standings, or your state and national standings (if you competed in those races).


Turner LOVES this sport and has recruited 4 other kids age 6-11 to start racing.


I highly encourage your children (if they enjoy bikes), to find your local track and have fun trying it out. You can find a track here.

There is also Strider racing for the younger kids who can’t ride bikes yet. They are balance bikes and my son had one when he was 2 years old!  He loved that bike, and rode it everywhere. I really think this is why he was able to hop on a bike in no time flat.

Here is my daughter racing Strider last year.



I’ve even raced twice this year!  It’s for everyone and the whole family can get involved, that’s one reason why it’s so appealing to us.

And once your child gets older, and if they ever turn PRO, there is money involved as well, an added perk to something you love doing!


Meet Turner

Our first bundle of joy.  Turner is really into Legos, BMX racing, and MineCraft, that, of course, is bound to change as he gets older, but who knows.  We try to make sure they are able to at least try out and experience things both kids are interested in, so he has been in: baseball, karate, soccer, swimming, cub scouts, and wrestling, none of which have stuck around, but I am happy to know he had the opportunity to do those things, and make sure he realizes some kids don’t get the chance.

You will find us at the BMX track most Saturday nights, and throughout the week, cheering him on.