A Long Overdue Post

Outside of family members, I doubt there are many people reading this long forgotten blog anymore! However, recently I was reminded of what a blessing it is to go back and read previous entries as a sort of family journal. Since I am prone to forget the mundane moments amidst everything going on, I am going to try and post a bit more frequently (it can't get much worse than a year, ha!). I even have an app now to make it easy to post from the iPad so we will see if that helps.

A little recap of our past year:

In the spring, we celebrated a wedding in the Herr family – Callie and Emma were thrilled to be flower girls!

We enjoyed a glorious summer living by our new pool. We absolutely loved it and all five of our kiddos turned into fish. If you ever need a good laugh, just ask me about what one of my children told severmy friends last summer.
In August, we started school back up. For the first time, all five kiddos are school age – 7th, 6th, 4th, 1st, and kindergarten (this might have something to do with my lack of posting). We absolutely love our homeschool group, Classical Conversations. Hailey has moved into the Challenge program and it has been a joy to see her excel and become self disciplined as she learns time management.

In September, Brian and I celebrated 14 wonderful years of marriage. I am incredibly blessed to have this guy as my husband.

In October, we took our annual OBX trip and had beautiful weather.

Later that month, Hailey turned 13! I am blessed to have this girl in my life. She is gifted in many areas, which include a servant's heart, diligence, abundant joy, and a desire to help out in any way she is able amidst a very full school load. She is a beauty, both inside and out!


In December, Sydney hit double digits! In our family, turning ten is the lucky number when you are allowed to get your ears pierced so we headed out for a mommy/daughter date on her birthday. This girl is a baby/kid magnet – she has a wonderful heart of compassion, gentleness, and love for all children and it is beautiful to see. What a joy to watch these kiddos grow up into big kids and see them use the gifts that Gid has given them.

That brings us to the current season: winter! Similarly to last year, I am surviving by enjoying my grapefruit, book reading by the fire, hot drinks, comfort food, candles, essential oils, and anything that helps to keep me warm!

I am all for the snow in the winter so the blizzard was very welcomed in our home! The kiddos spent a crazy amount of hours outside every day and thoroughly enjoyed building their massive igloo.
During the Super Bowl, we welcomed another addition to the Mellinger family! Another cousin for the kiddos and another nephew for us.

While life is full, there is nothing I would rather be doing than spending my days with these blessings …

And my evenings/weekends with this guy



>A tooth, my little mummies, canning and big bikes

>I know … it’s a rather random blog post title, but instead of doing a bunch of seperate posts I figured I would just put it all into one!

Callie girl finally got her first tooth over this past weekend! It just barely cut through, so you can’t see it in this picture, but I thought I’d post of picture of our happy blue eyed cutie anyway! She is still sucking away on her wrist, but thankfully since the scab fell off it doesn’t seem to be as raw, but instead is just more like a callus.
We recently learned about Early Egyptians in history, and the activity for the lesson was to wrap each other up like mummies. The kids had a blast with this one!
Our little mummies from biggest to smallest …

Brian had a last minute trip to Alabama last week and while he was away I made good use of my time by canning pears and tomato sauce. A couple of neighbors told me they had extra pears and tomatoes, and since I’m not one to turn away free food I ended up with 3 boxes of pears and 2 huge bags of tomatoes. I spent the 2 nights that he was away over the sink and stove, and then thankfully my Mom came one day to help me finish the pears! The fruit of my labor …

While Daddy was away Hailey and Justin decided to surprise him by riding their big bikes. When they learned to ride bikes without training wheels back in the spring they were riding on smaller bikes (Hailey on Justin’s bike and Justin on Sydney’s bike), but we’ve been encouraging them to try it out on their own bikes, especially with our upcoming vacations to Vermont and the OBX. So while he was away, we got them out and they gave it a try, and just like that they were off riding around. Justin can’t quite touch his feet down to the ground, but he’s figured out how to get off and on with no problem! It will be nice having them on their big bikes for vacation, and now Sydney loves riding her little bike with training wheels (but in case anyone is wondering, she’ll be pulled in the bike trailer for family bike rides on vacation)! And in case anyone is also wondering why the kids aren’t wearing helmets … well, just pretend that they are since they usually do (but of course aren’t on the night that I took the pics)!

Some other random pics …. here is our school area down in the basement. We sometimes bring our work upstairs to the dining room table, but if Callie is awake then we are in the basement so that she can be caged!
Our caged baby … she usually spends a good 2-3 hours in here every day!

Justin and Sydney have become good buddies since they often play together while I do some school with Hailey during Callie’s afternoon nap … one of their favorite things to do is play with all of Justin’s HESS trucks/cars/airplanes/motorcycles. Every year he gets the new set for his birthday from my parents, and although they can be loud (IF you put batteries in them!), they often play with them very quietly! They especially like to make all of the lights come on, but thankfully I don’t hear sirens all day long.

And this picture is perfect for ‘Wordless Wednesday’

… and that concludes this very long and random post!