As parents of very young children, our lives are continually a series of firsts. Every day is something new for SOMEONE in the family. That's at least one reason why picture taking (and blogging) are so much fun. There are new sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and experiences to be had. And oh how fun it is to see a "first" through a new set of innocent eyes. Simply breathtaking.
This first part of summer has already seen us through a long list of wonderful firsts:
Brayla's first lost tooth (she actually lost two teeth in three days). Brandon's first trip to dentist. Brighton's first potty on the toilet (at 14 months old--gotta love EC). Our first "real" family portrait as a family of 5. Brayla's first dance lesson. First eye appointment for Brayla. First real desk for Brayla. Daddy's PhD graduation. First 2009 summer swim. Brayla's first dentist appointment. Brandon's first (in a very long time) sleep through the entire night. Brighton's one-year portraits. First summer swim lessons for Brayla and Brandon. Our first whole-family camping trip. First trip to Storybook Island. Our first raised garden. Our first trip to our midwife's new birth office. Brayla's first eye appointment. Brighton's first tricycle ride. Brayla's first bicycle (without training wheels) ride. First "goodbye" to best friends. (you can click the above collage to see our "firsts" better)
I’m a joyful woman who wears many hats, including: wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, granddaughter, cousin, friend, teacher, librarian, and follower of Christ. I’m also an ex-public school teacher turned SAHM turned unschooling mom. Our little midwestern family is tremendously grateful for the liberties we have to home school, homebirth, breastfeed, co-sleep, baby wear, non-circ, delay or not vaccinate, and utilize non-punitive, grace-based discipline. We work hard to keep up with the ins and outs of healthy living. It was painful, but we took the red pill and still continue to find new truths daily. I teach just a few short-courses for the local college each year, read and write book reviews and blog on the side. And if you must know, I have an undergrad in music (BA), a masters in library science (MLS), and a masters in educational technology (MEd).