Katie Beth’s school year has come to an end. This school year has seen some huge changes, maybe too many. We transferred Katie Beth back to Holy Family School. There were many familiar faces and friends plus many new ones. The school is going through the throws of many changes for the good including expanding grades, advance classes, and much more.
But, we have been looking for houses in Rome, Georgia so Katie Beth can go to Darlington School were Hope is the principal of the K-8. In Decemeber, we found a house that would work for us. After the huge move, we started Katie Beth in Darlington School. The pressures of the move have taken their toll on all of us, but especially Katie Beth. She has done well with her grades and she has started to build new friendships.
We have moved to Rome, Georgia were Katie Beth will go to Darlington School. The school is were Hope is the principle of the K-8th grade portion of the K-12 grade school.
Hannah and Charlie have both attended Darlington and love it. Katie Beth has been wanting to go here as well. She is looking forward to seeing her cousins more along with Aunt Hope and Uncle Chuck.
Karen, Katie Beth, and I have been driving to Rome on a regular basis viewing houses. Some weeks have included 2 or 3 trips to Rome. Karen’s new car has a lot of miles on it to show for it.
We closed on our new house on December 22nd and we have lots of boxes to unpack.
We had a wonderful time touring the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights tonight. The weather was a bit cold, but we had hot chocolate that warmed us on our walk. Katie Beth’s classmate joined us and they had a wonderful time.
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We are enjoying the sunsets and wonderful weather as we relax during this awesome Fall Break
Katie Beth is finding loads of children to play with ever time we visit the beach. She has been learning how to use a wakeboard and is getting better each day.
Karen is having a blast with her metal detector. She hasn’t struck the mother load, but she did come close finding someone’s lost wedding ring. Otherwise, she is finding coins, tent stakes, and trash. It is amazing that people will bury all the beer cans that he or she has drank. Karen found 12 beer cans in one spot. The wedding ring had been lost out in the gulf a few days prior to our available and it had washing up and was buried in the sand. Karen was ever excited about the finding.
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Katie Beth’s Fall Break has started. We are having a small detour with a night of camping before we head to the beach. Our detour was caused by Hurricane Nate arriving this weekend.
Karen has had her heart set on returning to Lei Lani for Fall Break. She just loves the beach in early Fall. The water is warm and days are not the full heat of summer. It is funny because our last travel plans were canceled due Hurricane Irma hitting Florida.
But, the weather is great for camping so this will be prefect start to her break.
We having a wonderful time digging for fossils. The weather is just awesome. Karen is in her element.
Katie Beth got to play with friends and dig in dirt and water. What more could you want?
Karen had been trying to get Katie Beth on the list for North Alabama Land Trust‘s “Tuesdays On the Trail” event today. At the last minute, Karen got word that they had space. So, Katie Beth and I made a mad dash to get ready and drive to Decatur.
We had a fun time paddling Flint Creek. The weather was warm, but the trees provided a lot of shade. Katie Beth was tired by the halfway point of our trip. I enjoyed the workout that paddling provides especial given the limited amount of paddling by Katie Beth.
I would truly recommend checking the Tuesday’s On The Trail.
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Katie Beth is now handling the lawn mowing. Hoot!
This morning after making my coffee, I was greeted by a doe and her two fawns outside our cabin. She was leading them to the stream at our front door for some water.
Life is good in the mountains.
You don’t set out to raise an engineer, but you soon learn that you are raising one. You notice your tape disappears into masterly planned projects. You find in-progress projects throughout your house. You wonder if you should stop the more crazy ideas or in courage them.
For her latest project, Katie Beth is designing and building a lift for her treehouse. She first started with a old chair’s seat bottom and attached a board to be a back. She drilled holes in the seat to attach a rope. She collected up all the exercise weights that she could find around the house. She searched around for a pail to hold the weights and proceeded to the treehouse to install her lift. After she learned the pails is too small and weak, she found an old decorative plant basket, which was up for the job of holding the counter weights.
It was wonderful watching the construction and testing of her idea, but best of all it is fun raising this wonderful daughter to be the best she can be.