Category Archives: Vacation

December- FL and Christmas



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In mid-December, I flew by myself with the kids to Bonita Springs, FL.  We had a sunny, warm and relaxing time staying with my in-laws.  I especially miss getting in the hot tub every day 🙂  Every other day we went to the beach and all the rest of the time we stayed at the condo and used the pool.  And then of course we went for walks and got ice cream.

Here is my father-in-law lighting up the darkness.  Joe and his brother sewed these lights all over him in an attempt to win the ugly sweater contest at his family’s Christmas party.  The result was…blinding if you stood to close. 😉

From the Ehrman family Christmas party.

Christmas Eve at my parent’s house

Opening presents on Christmas day.  Silvia just opened a big lego set.


While Simon napped, the big kids got to play in the snow


And then warming up inside with some hot cocoa!


Watching a Christmas movie.  Poor Simon gets way more screen time than his siblings got at that age.  But what can you do? 


I looked up to find Simon had sat down to look at a Christmas book by himself 


The carpet needed a good mopping apparently.


Silvia finished all of her reading lessons, and moved on to books like Danny and the Dinosaur and Frog and Toad.


1st birthday, Home School Activities, Getaway Vacation


Leo took these pictures.   He impressively got a frown and smile out of Simon.


The girls love this thing.  Thank you Kroger! 


Silvia got a visit from the tooth fairy this month!  

Happy 1st birthday to Simon!

I went on a vacation to the lake with my sisters and mom.  It was so nice to hang around other adults who can do everything for themselves. 😉 We went to Put-in-bay, the beach, the pool, putt-putting, and made delicious coffee shakes and cocktails every day.  We watched a movie and played games and read.  Ahhh…..just talking about it relaxes me again.

Top pic:  Leo watches the eclipse through our homemade pinhole viewer

All the sand pics: After listening to the intro to Story of the World, we did one of the suggested activities of burying items that will explain to future civilizations what our generation did for food, entertainment, transportation, tools.  I buried a bunch of things and the kids tried to dig them up like archaeologists.  It was fairly realistic since I forgot where I buried half of them….

Another Story of the World Activity:  Building a hut or shelter out of materials we could find and gather.  We just so happen to have a giant log pile in our yard, so this was pretty easy.  We also pulled up a little moss and leaves and weeds to fill in the holes. Then their shelter was a nice home for their fairies….(top middle and right pictures).

Snapped these pictures a couple days into our first “official” week of homeschooling.  I am mostly following a free Charlotte Mason curriculum this year.  Leo finished another round of swim lessons.  His swim instructor told me he swam across the whole pool and asked if I’d seen it…..Whoops.  Was either on my phone or walking around with Simon. Silvia has been taking a gymnastics class and loving it.

Co-op starts in a few weeks!  Looking forward to it.

July Family Vacation and More


Toward the beginning of July, we made a little trip to Indy to visit friends.  Nostalgia.  That is the word I felt. Seeing dear friends and neighbors and our old stomping grounds got me nostalgic, sad and reminded me what I love/miss about Indy. For some inexplicable reason, I don’t think I took any pictures??

A couple weeks ago we went to Clifty Falls State Park for the CL vacation.  I took these photos from my friend, because I forgot to take pictures.  It went surprisingly well this year.  The 3 kids were already used to sleeping in a queen bed together, so they shared one in the hotel with no problem.  I put Simon’s pack n play in the bathroom, which worked out well.  I was much more relaxed this year probably b/c I went into it with very low expectations and didn’t try to put anyone to bed too early.  One morning we did a 2 1/2 hour hike in about 90% humidity.  We all enjoyed it.  As you can see from the pictures, we were an enormous group.

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I took these pics of Simon one day while we were rolling around on the kids’ bed.



Auntie Danielle and baby Graham paid us a visit and brought what every guest should bring — home-made lasagna!

We were tired of Simon causing all sorts of trouble, so we hitched a baby swing to the roof of our deck. If Simon doesn’t love roller coasters when he gets older, it’s through no fault of Theresa and Silvia.


I’ll swallow my pride. Joe predicted this one…the kids are back in the same room (after laboriously rearranging the rooms for the second time).


The “garage swing” lasted about a week until it found it’s home in the backyard


Doing what I do best…drinking cocktails, reading, and neglecting chores.


Sundays, where we try not to work, but really Joe and the kids make a gigantic mess all day only for me to clean it up on Monday!

May with the kids, family and friends


Simon was finally baptized on May 7th.  Both of our parents made it.   My brother and his family and some friends, plus the godparents.  It was a beautiful day.


Simon’s getting to be a little troublemaker.  Can it really be starting already???? He bee lines for the stairs so we’ve put up a gate.  He crawls all over and pulls up on everything.  He has just started to stand alone for a few seconds.  In the bottom middle picture, Theresa is pulling him by the legs.  Oy!  This kid takes a lot of crap.  But he’ll be terrorizing the big kids and their toys in no time.

We went to Fort Wayne for Mother’s Day weekend and then the kids and I stayed there while Joe went on a business trip to CA for a week.  We stayed with both sets of parents and had a nice time.  So thankful for their help! And so grateful for the time I got to spend with friends.





Pizza party after the last day of co-op



The big kids chasing Theresa with cousin Melanie in the background



picnic with my family after playing at Shoaff Park


Cousin Graham


We had friends over to play and my friend brought a tea set so the kids loved having a tea party!

Leo and Silvia watered the flowers with a spray bottle. In the bottom pictures they are showing off a poem they memorized.  Every day this week we worked on memorizing a poem and a bible verse.  Leo worked on writing upper and lower case letters and learned how to write all his numbers this week.  We got together with friends twice this week and went on a long walk/bike ride.  We’ve had a lot of rain and several tornadoes touched down around our city, but we’ve had a few good days of sunshine and warmth. 🙂

Colorado and Current Events


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A slideshow from our Colorado vacation.  Theresa turned 2 the day we traveled to CO.

Theresa is talking more every day.  She loves to play with Simon and is getting better at playing with Leo and Silvia.  She is doing some cute little 2-year old antics like dragging a step stool around the kitchen to watch me and Joe cooking or doing dishes.  She likes to help in the kitchen and has started helping Leo unload the dishwasher.  She’s been driving me a little crazy though lately as she has been clingy and wanting to be picked up frequently or sit on my lap whenever I sit down or am eating. I’m sure it’s just a short phase….

Simon is a tiny little baby who doesn’t like to eat.  Nevertheless, he’s a happy baby and  squirmy/mobile.  He just started doing something between a crawl and a scoot to reach the objects that he wants.



This picture cracks me up because Joe is being attacked by all 4 kids.  Really outnumbered.


We made it to an Ash Wednesday service.  Simon even got ashes.


A day in the life: grocery shopping with 4 kids


Sometimes they play together. Sometimes they fight (together).


On Friday we met Joe at Huffman Park when he got off work.  We went on a family stroll to the edge of a peninsula. 

Christmas and January 



A washcloth makes a fun hat

Enjoying a mocha from our espresso maker at home since there doesn’t seem to be any opportunities these days to get out of the house by myself ☕️😍

We were all pretty excited for Christmas vacation in Fort Wayne, but 3 days split between families was crazy/fast

Opening presents on Christmas Eve with Oma & Opa

Watching their cousin open a present at Nana and Pops’ house on Christmas Day

Christmas night back at Oma and Opa’s

Monkey see monkey do. Probably dressing up like Mary

I think they’re going to be friends


New Year’s Eve party at friends’ house


Leo and Silvia doing “science experiments” from last year’s Christmas present kit

They look too happy to be in jail. (Boonshoft museum)

Order in the court!


Digging for fossils


Leo is kinda obsessed with the Ice age and pre-historic animals, so he was ridiculously excited when an Ice age exhibit came to Boonshoft. All the animals are animatronics

The kids had a 2 month break from co-op for the holidays, but were happy to get back into it.

I just figured out how to load pictures from my phone directly onto the blog, so hopefully I will update the blog more!


2 vacations, a day trip and visitors….July


We started off July with a visit to Columbus for a 4th of July 5k run for Joe and a kid’s run in which Eliana and Leo participated.  Silvia bailed last minute.  The kids had a great time playing with our friends, the Bonds, and we spent a few hours at their house after the race.


All 5 of them playing at the park while the dads ran.  Waiting for the kids’ race.

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Lunch at the Bond’s house


Leo and Silvia were enjoying giving Theresa wagon rides down our street.

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Leo participated in a free Safety around water class at the Y, which they didn’t actually teach much swimming, but he still enjoyed

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It was just Theresa, Joe and I for 3 days when Leo and Silvia went to Ft. Wayne with their grandparents and cousins.


Thankfully the kids made it to the zoo this summer at the Ft. Wayne zoo


At the Ft. Wayne zoo with their cousin Zain


Their grandparents took them and their cousins to trampoline park

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I sadly only have 1 picture from the CL weekend vacation at Clifty Falls State Park.  I guess we were just too busy DOING.

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Our former neighbors from Indy came for another visit.  Jemima reading to Theresa

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The homeschool co-op group we’re apart of hosted the summer Olympics.  Leo & Silvia didn’t win anything, but here is a photo op of them pretending like they did.

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One of the games was the balance beam (in background)

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Silvia and Theo are 5 weeks apart and played together some this past weekend at the 1st Rose vacation at Lake Erie


Theresa and Cora (who is behind her) are 6 months apart.  Not playing together yet


And here’s a few pics from the Lake Erie vacation.  It has been a very busy July.  August is looking like it’ll be just as busy.  Oh yea, and August will most likely include a new baby as well.  EEEkkk!