Is this thing on?

Tap. tap. Is this thing on?

I originally crated this site to help keep friends and family up to date about the family, kinda like a the note inside a holiday card but three times a week. That was over a decade ago, and Facebook has since filled that need extremely well. But then Facebook is also doing horrible things to our data and destroying democracy, so maybe relying on it was a bad idea.

Regardless, I really enjoy writing so I am going to try and start blogging here and on again.


It’s hard to believe, but Corinne starts Kindergarten today! Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday she was a baby in her crib, or a toddler wandering through the house clutching baby Elmo, or a small child pushing a stroller around and talking on a pretend cell phone. Now she dresses herself (mostly), does chores (more or less), can clean up after herself (when you ask her to). She’s reading, doing simple math, eager to learn about science, and now she’s a kindergartener. I have to admit I’m tearing up as I write this.

Your formal education starts today Corinne. Today is a big day, bigger than you know, have fun and try not to eat too much paste.

Four Weeks!

Piper is four weeks old today! My oh my, how time flies.

Overall we are doing okay as a family. Taking care of an infant is never easy, but it’s certainly easier this time around. Piper is sleeping 3-4 hours at a time, which means Raelene and I are tired but not exhausted like we were with Corinne. She also isn’t quite as fussy as Corinne. Piper cries in the evenings, but in general goes to sleep fairly well and reasonably quickly. Of course this is subject to change without notice, but so far so good.

Corinne is adjusting okay. No longer being the only child in the house is difficult, of course, but she is embracing her role in the family as older sister and helper. Corinne also loves her sister, giving her kisses in the morning and evenings and holding her whenever she can. It’s really sweet to watch her with little Piper.

Happy four weeks Piper! Your family loves you so much.