Thursday, January 15, 2015

About Me

This post is to remedy the fact that I don't have an "About Me" page on this blog yet!   You will find this linked in the top menu bar from now on.  


Hello, and welcome to our family blog!

I started this blog in 2007 at the encouragement of my family, who mostly lived far away, and wanted to keep up with the day-to-day "adventures" of us with our five kids.   I was one of the last of my seven siblings to start blogging, but am now the only one who still keeps it up on a very regular basis (more than once a week).  This blog has been my sanity through good and bad times, and I daresay that without it that I'd be a puddle on the floor right about now.  

Although the ultimate purpose of this blog is still simply to keep a record of our lives, I really have enjoyed sharing and connecting with other people in this way as well.   I am not a superstar at either, but I love photography and writing, and especially how I can use both together to tell a story!   I also occasionally think I'm wildly funny and you will see my silly humor shining through.  

   I am thankful to all of you who have stuck with me through the years, or those who are just joining in.    I love my family and I love blogging, and I'm glad you're here!  

See below for random facts about me  and some blogposts to help you explore this blog!    


10 Random Facts About Me: 
1.  I have been married to Glen for 23-years.
2.  I grew up in Minnesota, Glen grew up in Colorado. We met at BYU.
3.  We have five kids, ages 11-21 (as of December 2016). 
4.  We have lived in the DC area for over 17-years.
5.  We are active Mormons.
6.  I often blog while standing up.   I somehow feel less guilty about not doing housework if I'm standing at the counter blogging, instead of sitting at a desk or table.
7.  I am pretty low-maintenance and actually enjoy grocery shopping better than clothes shopping.
8.  I homeschool 3 of my kids right now. 
9.  I love to read, but usually only allow myself to read one book a month (this one's my latest).
10.  Although I carry my camera with me more than most people, I sometimes deliberately leave it at home so it doesn't distract me from enjoying the moment. 

Some links

Why I blog?
What this blog means to me?
10 Random Facts About Me

About Spencer's leukemia:
Telling Spencer
Glen losing his job the same week as Spence's diagnosis
The process of why we chose for Spencer not to receive a bone marrow transplant
Capturing leukemia in pictures
Trusting in the Lord
Removing the central line
Leaving the hospital 
Cancer's effect on our family (3 years later)

About Ellie's epilepsy:
Seizure first aid
Difficulties at school
Ellie's heartbreak

Why we homeschool all of our kids in 8th grade
 Why I decided to homeschool

Some Favorites:
My kids' favorite blog story
Favorite picture I've ever taken
Top Ten Best-Loved Children's Books
My husband's least favorite blogpost 
How to plan a birthday party (Lara style) 
Our family's list of recommended books
My wonderful family
Family travel spreadsheet (a couple years out of date)
A few of my favorite products
Fun things to do in DC with kids
One of my kids writes a song
Things I've been accused of
Things I've never been accused of

Hair disheveled, unbuttoned and untucked shirts, gray roots showing…this is us…in real life!


The McArthur Family said...

I'd just like to add that you're one-of-a-kind terrific, too!

K said...

For the record, AnnaLisa and I still count as bloggers! (o:

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