Sunday, October 18, 2015

Sunday walks

Our family started Sunday walks as a way for us to honor the Sabbath but keep our sanity! All of our kids have tons of energy and taking a walk helps us. We also take our dog, Spinner, a flat coat retriever. She loves to walk fast and on Sunday we walk slow so she is constantly pulling. I solved the problem by having her walk on one side, wrapping the leash around my back and then holding it in the opposite hand. My body weight is a good counter-weight to her pulling. If she pulls too hard I can just plant my feet and lean back.

W. and J. were afraid they would starve so they brought a snack to eat.

 Somehow just walking around the neighborhood  brings us closer together as a family.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow Day

This was a text my husband recede from a colleague. 

This was what we got! Snow!!!

We headed up to the park to the only hill around.
 It was tricky to sled down the hill and navigate the small opening between the concrete steps and the fence, but you do what you have to when you live in the flattest area of Virginia.
How can you prepare your family's wardrobe for the occasional snowstorm? When I am in a city up north (just 3 hours to DC) I visit the thrift stores. I pick up snow boot, coats and other winter gear in several sizes. I try not to get anything in pink or purple so all the kids can wear it. Or I shop the Lands End website outlet in the spring to get great deals on winter gear. It makes a big difference for the kids when they have proper winter gear when we do get snow. Its all part of being prepared.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Follow Your Dreams

W. went through the "I love horses" stage a couple of years ago. Through the use of a groupon we found a great horse stable, Foxtail Farms. The instructor, Dana, has been able to teach W. how to ride. Here W. is riding Reily and jumping. I never want my children to look back on their life and have a regret that an interest wasn't followed. It isn't always easy to accommodate their requests but we try.

T. was able to be certified in scuba diving one summer. It was a lot of driving to take him to class 45 minutes away every day but we managed . We spent hours on the soccer fields as Samantha pursued her dream of playing soccer. Cory was driven to TKD practice 6 days a week.

Having a large family makes it tough to let every member pursue an activity but isn't that what family is all about ? Helping each other to reach our potential? The family pitched in when needed.

 I often had a casserole assembled and waiting in the fridge . Whoever was home put it in the oven so the family could have a hot meal. Sometimes the crock pot was used several times a week so that anyone could eat whenever they were home. Car pooling was used whenever possible. We often requested to be placed on a  team with a friend or neighbor just so we could carpool.  All strategies were used to help encourage our children to follow their dreams. Check out my pinterest boards for recipes that can help your family eat dinner, even when you are the family "chauffeur".

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Iron Chef DeFreitas

An epic battle between 2 of our family members who love to cook.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Valentine Day

How can the time pass so quickly? What are you doing for Valentines day?Looking for some Valentine Subway Art? Check this out.

I love my family and never pass up an opportunity to show it.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Easter Egg Hunt

Hunting eggs in the dark! This is FUN!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tae Kwon Do

Cory is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He has been working and training hard at a local school. The long hours he has put into this really show when he demonstrates his skills at board breaking.