Category Archives: Dayton

Exactly 1 month later…


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Here’s a little slideshow of our spring/summer shenanigans.  Simon’s been crawling up the stairs and climbing onto low beds.  He likes to hang out under tables, which forces me to keep it swept, so he doesn’t eat all the scraps….like a dog.


We celebrated our anniversary on June 5th.  (Most of these pics are repeats of what I’ve posted on Instagram or FB).  We went on our (2nd) date since moving to Dayton.  Hit the Oregon District up again for dinner and a walk.


Leo turned 6 in June so we had a couple little “parties” for him.  6 other kids came over to play and I gave them crackers with cheese and salami, apple slices and brownies.  Simple and not the least bit impressive, but my focus was on giving Leo a special day with friends.    In the picture above, you can see our new sandbox that Joe built.  We got rid of our little crab sandbox which the kids were outgrowing.


Hiking in Yellow Springs with Oma and Opa. Of course Simon pooped all over Oma and the Ergo carrier in the woods.  (Hence why he ended up in nary a clothes, only diaper)

Doing a tiny bit of “school” on random days.  I planned to keep going through the summer, but we’ve pretty much taken the last 2 weeks off.  Except we’ve gotten in some math because Leo enjoys the challenge.  He’s learning some tricks and patterns in addition and multiplication.


My almost daily habit of drinking a mocha on the porch swing.  Always a relaxing few minutes before somebody wakes up or interrupts me. ūüėČ

Sweet little Simon napping next to his Jesus doll, which someone gave him as a baptism present.

I took Theresa and Simon out on a walk yesterday during Leo and Silvia’s first day of Vacation Bible School.  Then I tried meal planning on the couch and fell asleep only to wake up and find Theresa had also fallen asleep….on the floor!  Next 2 pictures are the kids at the Boonshoft museum, which Phyllis and I went to while Joe and Phil were out of town (on vacation…ahem).  Last picture is Theresa asleep at Mass.  She fell asleep in the car on the way to church, much to my surprise.  The girl just keeps passing out everywhere. ūüėÜ


Florida trip and Thanksgiving


The kids went to FL with their grandparents for about a week before Simon and I flew down to join them for a few days. Below is a slideshow of their adventures.

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So what did I do with myself for a week you ask? ¬†Well, some days Simon slept ok during the day and some days I felt like I was trying to put him down all day because he would just wake back up. So he did stifle some of my efficiency. ¬†I thought I would get the whole house organized and cleaned from top to bottom. But surprise, surprise,¬†all I was able to do was organize the house and switch the kids’ rooms around. ¬†Switching the kids’ rooms was a big project however, as I had to try different combinations to see how I liked their furniture and reorganize their upstairs toys into smarter spaces. ¬†I moved Leo’s little legos, puzzles and audio books into the guest room so that he can use them during his quiet time.

We had turned Theresa’s bed into a toddler bed and she’d been doing really well staying in her room at nap and bedtime. ¬†But after a few weeks, she didn’t stay in her room so well. After several days of her coming into our room at 5:40 am, 5:15, and 4:50am, we converted it back into a crib….aka baby jail.

Theresa is the age that Silvia was when I potty trained her. ¬†A couple weeks ago I spent 6 days trying to potty train Theresa before giving up. ¬†I’m stubborn and consistent, and was not expecting to give up, but man, that girl broke me. ¬†Pee everywhere. ¬†Poop under the dining room table while I’m in the midst of cooking dinner. ¬†Waking up every morning stressed about the task before me and trapped at home all week. ¬†She was maybe going in the potty 40-50% of the time. ¬†Not good enough progress for 6 days. ¬†Giving up felt like a big relief.

The pics above are from Thanksgiving in Ft. Wayne. ¬†The kids had a good time with their cousins. ¬†We got in free at Science Central because of our reciprocal pass from the Boonshoft Museum in Dayton. ¬†The picture with all the men is my dad, brother, brother-in-law and Joe trying to build an arch.. and failing. How many men does it take to put together an arch? More than 4 apparently ūüėČ

I’ve been so bad about taking pictures. ¬†The kids and I went to an Our Lady of Guadalupe party with the co-op on Thursday. ¬†Leo and Silvia are starting to make friends with their classmates. ¬†It was the first opportunity they had to play with the kids outside of “school”. ¬†Then on Saturday night, Joe and I went to a Christmas party through the Church most of the homeschoolers go to and the kids were babysat in a room with a bunch of their friends. Also, last week I dropped them off at the YMCA childcare 3x so I could get in a few runs. ¬†They got plenty of socialization last week ūüėČ

Our First Month in Dayton


We moved from Indianapolis to Dayton about a month ago so this past month has been busy with unpacking, hosting a flurry of guests and discovering what Dayton has to offer.¬† As the weather has warmed up, Leo has become¬†super excited about exploring the woods and finding creeks and bridges. ¬†Since it’s a little difficult for me to explore the woods in much depth when Theresa is with us,¬† it¬†is a great outing for Joe to take them to once a week. ¬†I don’t want¬†Leo to lose his excitement for exploring and playing in nature.¬† What could be better for a child?¬†¬†This week Joe took Leo and Silvia to¬†Huffman metropark while I stayed home and put Theresa to bed. ¬†They didn’t find any creeks (just the river), but Silvia decided she wanted to run fast on the 1 mile trail. ¬†Joe said he had to run to catch up with her and that Leo fell behind. ¬†I think she’ll be a long distance runner ūüėČ

The kids and I went to¬†Wegerzyn metropark and gardens this week. ¬†We checked out the children’s discovery center and walked part of a trail, but had to leave once Theresa got fussy.


Pointing at a fallen tree.

Last weekend we went to the National Air Force Museum.  20160521_122219

Leo and Joe really enjoyed the museum, but Silvia and I got a little bored. ¬†Theresa just stayed in the stroller the whole time and did fine. ¬†She’s in love with stroller rides at the moment. I heard there’s a history part of it, which I would probably enjoy more than the endless amount of planes.

I joined the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery a couple weeks ago and have taken the kids a few times already.¬†It really make me miss the Indianapolis Children’s museum. ¬†It just doesn’t¬†compare. ¬†But it has a little zoo and a lot of science exhibits, so it’s still a good learning environment. ¬†Another thing we lost moving to Dayton is a zoo.¬†¬†However, Dayton has a lot of metroparks, which are free. ¬†I think we will be doing a lot of hiking, going to parks, splash pads and playing in our yard this summer. ¬†I like being part of a neighborhood and being able to get out anytime we want for strolls/bike rides on the sidewalks and to go to neighborhood parks. ¬†One of the parks is¬†one block away from our house and must be from the 80’s. So retro.



Theresa literally butted right in.




The kids biked while I jogged with Theresa in the bike trailer.  (They have helmets now).


The sprinkler has been a hit.

One of the things I like most about our move has been our new house.¬† The yard is great for the kids as they can run around barefoot without a rocky, weedy, glass-filled ground like our last backyard.¬† I’ll add some more pictures of the yard and house soon.