be…open to change.

once upon a time there was a girl who had it all…or at least she thought she did.

a beautiful house furnished with pottery barn, a cool car, a handsome husband, two darling daughters, and an exciting career traveling the world.

with it came, a house keeper, a stack of bills, a room mate, a nanny, and lots of frequent flyer miles.

what the girl didn’t know was life was about to change….and when it did,  it changed A LOT!

at first it was hard…really hard, in fact it broke her for a bit.  and some days are still hard, but most days are lived creatively.

now the girl wipes away gluten free toast crumbs from the counter while she home schools her very creative, energetic, and talented children in the beautiful but very lived in house.  she drives a 1987 volkswagon vanagon across town, to and from, and all around.  she fights hard and hopes for a make up with her still very handsome husband, as they attempt to figure things out.  she adores…like literally adores, her now four darling daughters.  she humbly tinkers in her quiet and dusty little studio from time to time.

and with this comes, a home, a paid in full mode of transportation, a partner, a flock, and freedom.

with this comes…the little moments, the invaluable ones.  the moments that simply can not be replaced by any thing material. the challenges, tears, pain and struggle. the victories, laughter, joy and accomplishment. with this comes the satisfaction that she has created and belongs to the greatest organization established…the family.

with this comes…peace.

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so girl, don’t forget to stop and be open to change…it may just surprise you how delightful it is!

the best day of the year!

how is it october already? well for team kilo (and the academy for great girls) it is the best day of the year!  we always put life on hold and go to the pumpkin patch to celebrate the beginning of our favorite season!

handsome-dadwe spend so much time together, but this is one of our ritual tradition, we do the exact same thing every year…and it never gets old!

go out to breakfast…(this year we found a gluten free place because everyone, except ryan who has an iron stomach, has celiac or grain intolerance.)

breakfastthen we head to spooner farms…

spoonerhousefirst, we tackle the maze…

cornmazenext comes the duck races (which has gotten fairly competitive over the years)…

duckracesneakyirelandonto the farm…

reaganonfencedaddyandsilvertentthen we choose our pumpkins, squash, and autumn decorations…

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kidsonscalestop in the gift shop…

paisleyinstoredo a quick family photo (everyone is maxed out by now)…

familyand of course, the final stop…pumpkin shooting.  (which we WON this year!!!!)

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another great season started!

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how to train your dragon party

oh happy day miss ireland!

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my ireland is totally into dragons!!!  from the second she saw how to train your dragon, she was hooked.  we were so excited this last spring to do a how to train your dragon party to celebrate irleland’s 6th bithday!

we decorated our entry way to welcome each of our guests to dragon training.

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of course we had all sorts of yummy goodies.  sweets, little gifts, and tasty drinks.

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there were lots of fun games and activities. we made viking helmets, had a dragon egg hunt, and painted dragon eggs.

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it was a blast! i love you ireland!  you are growing up so strong, so inventive, with so much imagination, and with an unwavering zip for life!

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a new adventure for team kilo!!!

ok!!!  we are doing this!!!  we are taking a year (maybe longer) to homeschool. ahhh….for real???  yep!  today we had our first official school day…and this was our classroom!

firstdayofhomeschoolso honestly, i always thought homeschooling was a little…or maybe a lot…weird…and never dreamed i would become so enthusiastic about taking such a a journey. i have thought long and hard about this…it’s kind of a big deal, and i have confidently decided it is the best option for our family at this stage of our life. i am super excited and i think i can provide the girls with a pretty rich experience…

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we even came up with with a name for our little school!  so…may i introduce…wonderquest  academy for great girls.  stay tuned!

a frozen birthday party

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frozen is so loved right now by cute little girls everywhere , and our reagan is no exception!  to no surprise she chose to have a frozen birthday party this year…and it was a blast to do!

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of course no frozen party would be complete with out elsa and anna themselves!

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the kids enjoyed making jeweled headbands, playing pin the nose on olaf, and creating snowflakes with glitter glue and ear cleaners.

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…and let’s not forget the treats!  we had plenty of them.  the dessert table had cupcakes, dipped marshmallows, wrapped ice gum, colored candy, jello and lots of chocolate goodies.

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it’s really bittersweet each year when we celebrate my sweet babes. closing one chapter of their life, yet leaping in to the next… i love how my dear reagan is growing, and what a beautiful little woman she is becoming.  i love how full of spirit she is. she whole heartedly dives into each new stage of her life…she is brave, she is strong, she is creative, and she is alive!  that being said…i try to cling to every memory and my heart certainly stings a bit as they grow…its just so darn fast!  i cherish every minute i have with this little babe…simply put…i love her!

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