Nate and I have been married 15 years. We have 5 kids, and they are 4, 6, 8, 10 and 13 years old. I am a stay-at-home parent and have a flexib-lish schedule. I am on the board for our home education co-op and volunteer as the U.S. Director of the Angel Gowns Project, a cause near and dear to my heart. I am passionate about continuing education and personal growth and mindset, making healthy food and choices, and raising our family.
Nate works full-time as an Engineer. Our kids favorite meal is dinner because Dad is home with us! Nate loves to play basketball and spend time in the outdoors. He enjoys volunteering with scouts and youth. Nate is handy and can figure just about anything out. Nate enjoys teaching and studying personal growth/mindset.
We swim a lot in the summer and go on family bike rides or walks together. During the days, we do lots of family read alouds. We have a family cabin we like to go to during the summer where we get to slow down and enjoy nature and the solitude of the outdoors. There is also a lake up there where we like to relax and paddle board on.
We like to play sports (basketball, kickball, soccer, etc) together as a family in the evening. We have laughed a lot while doing that with a variety of ages and skill levels.
With seven of us already in the home, we have a lot of interests. Playing music in nursing homes, doing hair and nails, poultry, learning different instruments, fiddle camps, service opportunities, crafts, backyard games, etc.
We enjoy camping and all the dirt that comes with the adventure. Nate and I believe that childhood is not always clean and is often really loud, and really good things are learned through that. Nate has taken the older kids backpacking the past 4-5 years. In a few more years, we will be able to go together.
We like taking road trips to new places, and we recently learned we really enjoy national parks.
Daily/weekly routines - We eat dinner as a family each night. We go to church together on Sundays. We clean the house each Friday, and everyone has their own laundry days. We have morning and night time routines, learning time, free time, quiet time, and a lot of time for spontaneity too.
We live on 3/4 acre in a quiet neighborhood 5-10 minutes from town. We spend a lot of time in our yard, which has big climbing trees, a sandbox, tramp, a pool, lots of swings, a garden, lots of grass to play kickball and soccer on. We have several 4h chickens, cats, and a rabbit. As I'm typing, I have a dozen chicks we hatched peeping beside me.
We are involved in 4H, book clubs, home education co-op, library programs, acting in plays, church activity groups, and music lessons.
We live in Boise and are minutes away from community resources--hospitals, doctor's offices, schools, etc.