Friday, March 2, 2007

Welcome, come on in!

Hi to all of you who are joining my party. Just don't tell my kids we are having one. They are sitting around me at the kitchen table diligently (most of the time) working on their math. If they know I'm having a party on my laptop, they me be less inclined to work hard on their math.

I am glad you came to visit me on my blog. I am relatively new at this, I've only been blogging for a few weeks. I am really enjoying it. I love reading other's blogs as well. There is a whole world out there that I have been missing! Please let me know you were here. Comment, and say hi so I can drop by your blog.

Oh, please excuse my rudeness, let me introduce myself. My name is Tricia. I am the wife of Dave, my high school sweetheart. We have been married for almost 17 years. (Hard to imagine considering I'm only 29. I've been 29 for a while now, I like 29 and plan to stay here for some time.) I have 4 wonderful kids, two boys; 15 & 12, and two girls; 9 & almost 8. (She'll be 8 on the 17th, my little St. Patrick's Day baby.)

We have been homeschooling from the beginning in some form or another. I have various health/learning issues in my family. I have fibromyalgia, my 8yodd has an anaphylactic allergy to all dairy, even the tinsy tiny amount of dried milk in graham crackers is enough to send us scurrying to the ER.

My 12yods has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. We did the 2 year dyslexia remediation program at the Scottish Rite Hospital. It was a pain, but worth it. He is much better in his reading and writing. His spelling is awful and I think it always will be, and he struggles terribly in math. It is hard for my mommy's heart to see him struggle, but I have seen the Lord do some mighty work in this young man's soul.

I have a few hobbies, I love, love, love to read. I keep a list of books I read and it is usually somewhere around 100 a year. That does not count the books I read to the kids. I learned to crochet a few years ago, and I have enjoyed working on crocheting projects. I love to give baby afghans and booties as gifts to new moms. I also like to make hats and scarves; funny considering we live in TX and one can only really use a scarf a few weeks out of the year. I am working on a big afghan for my dad right now. It is a big job and a lot of work, I hope I get it done by his birthday in May.

This is a baby afghan I am making for a friend of mine. It is pink and purple Chenille. I think it turned out well. :o)

My dh and boys love to ride motorbikes. They have been riding since they were 3 or 4. YIKES! I know. The only way the mommy in me could allow my babies to ride motorcycles, was to make sure they had the best protective gear, and not watch! Seriously, I did not go with them. Now that they are older I go and watch sometimes. Unfortunately, my 8yodd likes to ride too. Her cousins have a little bike and she likes to ride it. I am glad that by sons share a hobby with their dad. It is good for them to have something in common. Why or why couldn't it have been checkers, or bird watching? :o)

This is not actually one of my men. This is a Supercross Rider. I can't seem to find any photo's of them on my new laptop. This is, however, where they aspire to be!

As a family we love to camp. We have a small pull-behind RV that we take everywhere. It has a kitchen table that makes out into a bed for dh and I, and 4 bunks on the end for the kids. I LOVE camping this way; with my own potty and kitchen! We did a tour of Arkansas last fall, and on the 9th of this month we are taking a 2 week vacation tour of the Hill Country of South Texas. In July we are going to Colorado for 2 weeks. We never vacationed before we had an RV. IT was too hard with Annika, we had to eat out all the time and that is not safe for her. This way we take our own food or grocery shop so we cook our own food. I is also LOTS cheaper than hotels. With the size of our family, we'd have to get a suite or 2 hotel rooms. It was hard to wait while we were saving up for our little RV, but I'm so glad we did it. It has helped create so many family memories. I know my 9th grade ds will go off to college soon and I hope he will have lots of good family memories to take with him.

This is my family on a hike in the Mountains of Arkansas. Don't look to closely, we were on about day 7 of camping, and this was a long hike. We were filthy! :o)

Well, now that you know a little about me, tell me about yourself. Leave me a comment and I'll come visit you next!



Cheryl said...

Thanks for dropping by... this party thing is a great diversion here in the snowbelt... We homeschool too. I have a boy 12,2 girls 9&10 and a boy 3. Have a terrific day!!

Pattie said...

Love your blog. Looks like a beautiful family. My oldest just turned 9 last weekend. Any tips for this age? I will come visit again soon.

C. H. Green said...

Nice blog...Happy Partying!

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