We’ve been having fun over in our neck of the hill.
Micah’s at home now on Mondays and Fridays for homeschool – a nice compromise between full time homeschooling and full time school. We’re seeing how it goes, and so far, it’s been great! He’s built his own computer, he’s working on coding it, he works with Mikey on truck-fixing projects, zooms through more Harry Potter, practices art with Mack (who is also home on Mondays and Fridays), and jumps on the trampoline.
I like it because it’s cool to see him really taking off with things he likes, and still be able to go to school, which he also enjoys.
That’s Blue, our crazy-making Blue Heeler, trying to chase cows, who are getting really pissed off with her.
Mack got to close the cattle gate for the first time. He was thrilled.
Country life is awesome.
When there is a break in the rain, we go for it. The kids and the dogs respond exactly the same way – if I say, “let’s go!” they race for the door.
Mack and Moxie hold hands while they run. I swoon.
Micah’s back to bike riding. I remembered what a stellar rider he was before, but he hasn’t been able to ride much recently on account of our hills (we don’t live in a “hilly place”, indicating there are some flat spaces; we live ON A HILL, which means it’s all about a hill and more hill). Solution? Walk down to where it’s flat and roll!
It’s totally working. He’s diggin’ it.
This is a road! Haha. Glad most of us have high-clearance vehicles out here. right?
I love it here
Fresh air, pure water. Healthy kids who are thriving in the light.
Sometimes I think back to the ‘me’ that I was, what, 15-20 years ago? You couldn’t give me enough concrete! I was in joy over all those rail tracks in Tokyo, and I lived for big city, big time.
Polar opposite now, baby.
I guess it goes to show that you just never know about anyone.
I mean, look at this guy! On our second date, he told me didn’t want to have kids!
And here he is, the ultimate Daddy-Man, doing the family thing from The Good Dinosaur. Cuz he does stuff like that now.
I know. I married well. Stop being jealous; just come on over and he’ll bake you some bread too.
These guys are tight.
When Moxie’s at school on Mondays and Fridays, he draws pictures for her. When they are in school together on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, he picks flowers at school for her, and can’t wait to see her again (even though their classrooms are next door to each other, their schedules are different).
He adores her. And the feeling is mutual.
She’s being a goat. See the shells on her head?
She thinks it’s a riot.
So of course, he does, too.
And it really IS pretty funny!
That’s our simple little life right here, right now.
Meriah Nichols is a counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one on the spectrum). Deaf, and neurodiverse herself, she’s a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.