Our boy gets baptized

My oldest son was baptized this morning! Mr. Caffeinated did the honors, with coaching from the wings on his lines. We’ve been studying for quite some time, and after many family studies, Bible camp, and input from many Sunday School and Wednesday evening programs, he finally decided to take the plunge, so to speak.

baptized boy compressed

We’re very proud and thankful. God is good!

To watch the video, click here.

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The walk to the woods

“Come see what we did!!!”



Junior thinks any excursion involving a wagon is a bonus.

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I am SO proud of my student, Rachel!!

She took first place at the Regionals for the Assembly of God Fine Arts competition. Festival. Whatever. And got invited to Nationals for the second time.

The first round was on Tuesday. She got a Superior, and scored 38 out of 40. We found out Thursday that she had advanced to the playoffs.

Tonight, at the Awards Ceremony – attended by 10,000 people in Columbus, Ohio, it was announced, first, that there were three finalists, and Rachel was one of them.

Then they announced that she was the WINNER! FIRST PLACE!

AND THEN they told her to come up; she was going to play! AND SHE DID!!!

You can see the video here.

The announcement of winners in the piano solo division is at 1:08:00.  Rachel plays at 1:41:00.


To make it that much more fun – I was in the middle of trying to find the paperwork for our reservation of chicken butchering equipment at the co-op, which was closing in a half hour, when my phone beeped.  Mrs. M, who is all the way across the country in Virginia, texted me:  “Rachel just won first place at National Fine Arts!!”

… at which the equipment thing went completely out of my head.  I screamed – and four people came running to see what happened, while I scrambled around trying to get my computer to show the live streaming.  Which it wouldn’t.  Had to wait for Mr. Caffeinated to get home, and then scrambled around some MORE trying to find her on the stream.  Turned out she hadn’t played yet.  BUT – I was watching live when she did!

SO proud.

SO thrilled.

SO! …. so!

Does anyone have a ladder?  I’m eventually gonna have to get down off of Cloud Nine, here.  But I do think I’ll stay the night.


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The Moose gets a race

For those who wonder if the Moose EVER gets to do anything fun, (being four is SUCH a drag when you have older siblings!) – why, yes.  He did.

Bro has a Porsche.


It’s not a NEW Porsche.  It must be pushing 25 or 30 years old.  But it still drives niiice.


Unk took nephy for a drag race down the block.  Probably startled a few horses outta their wits, but was tremendously enjoyed by the peanut gallery in the passenger seat.

Of course, now he wants one.

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My brother came up and took Natter and Rosebud karting.  They now believe that he is the coolest uncle ever, at least for this week.

Rosebud had the track to herself:



Uncle and nephew got to take on each other.


Uncle, however, has been karting for 3+ decades, and is somewhat more of an ace at the sport.

They went to a track in Mulkilteo; it apparently has a kids’ track and a grown-up track.  This is now a go-to for extra-special treats as far as my kids are concerned.  Natter enjoyed his birthday treat for sure.

I’m thinking its a good thing I didn’t go; I’m sure I’d have had another of those ‘mommy moments’ where you just want to buckle them back up in their infant carseats and encase them in bubble wrap.

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Startin’ early

“I’ve seen those big kids using these to mark stuff up…”


“Once I’ve got that mastered, I can conquer the walls, and my dominion will be complete!”


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Big girls can play with big Tonka toys

We’re trenching again… this time because we need new footing drains and gutter drains. Water in the crawl space is so 1800’s.

Our superhero brought us an excavator, and Rosebud got into the action.


See her in action here!

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