Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Homeschool Blog Hop - My Family

Happy Beautiful Tuesday Everyone!

Today I am doing a Homeschool Blog Hop and the theme is FAMILY.

Ken and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this past December.  We met when we were both stationed in the Air Force at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.  He asked me out that first day and we never missed a day together after that.  That was 22 years ago this coming May.  He is my best friend, the love of my life and the only man I know who could put up with me.  He saw me through eight years of college to get my doctorate degree and has always supported me on any endeaor I could come up with, and I never failed to come up with them.

Ken has run his own company for the past seventeen years.  Dent Dominator is a paintless-dent removal company.  He absolutely loves what he does and will probably never completely retire from it.  I've always been thankful that he has passtion for his career choice and that he looks forward to doing it everyday.  It shows in the quality of his work and how his clients think of him like family. 

Ken is an amazing man who puts his family first.  I don't know how I did it but I lucked out and got one of the good ones out there.  He is a Muscle Car enthusiast, something we as a family can share together.

Twelve years after we were married we had Ethan.  Up until that point I was either working or in graduate school and I knew I didn't want to have a child only to put him or her into daycare, so we waited until I was finished.  When you've been married with no children for twelve years and then have one, let me tell you, it sure changes the dynamics of your marriage.  But we wouldn't have it any other way.  Ethan has brought such joy and love to our family.

I have been homeschooling Ethan for a year now and love every miute of it.  He is smart (I know, all us moms think our kids are smart and we should) fun, curious and engaging.  He also inherited my personality traits and is very, very strong willed.  Our mission in life as his parents is to help him turn that into a strength and not strangle him in the process.

Ethan loves his Legos.  If you came to our house you would think it was a Lego factory, they are everywhere.  He is also a big reader.  He's gone through all the Harry Potter books a couple of times, and is on his second round of Percy Jackson books, so weekly trips to the library are a norm for us.  He also loves Star Wars.

We used to live in southern Illinois next to St. Louis Missouri, then my husband relocated his company here to Raleigh, North Carolina three years ago last week.  We abolutely love it here and consider ourselves southerners already, (although I jokingly say I'm half southern by blood because my mom is from Texas.)  We absolutely adore going to the beach in the summer, it is our number one past time.

That is our little family in a nut shell.  Of course, I do need to mention our three cats...

 ...Domino (he is little here much, much bigger today)...



...as well as the world's cutest of all dogs, Lego to make our family circle complete.

Hope You Have An Amazing Day - Jamie


  1. It's great to meet you and your family. I will now be following you. I love your debt free challenge. We are now debt free except the mortgage. What a great feeling. I can't wait to have our mortgage paid off too. We just love Dave Ramsey. We listened to his cd's last year.

  2. I admire how you waited to have children so you could avoid the whole daycare situation. I wouldn't trade being home with my kids for anything, especially since I know what it's like dropping them at day care so I could go to work.

  3. It's good to meet you! Yes, it is difficult being away from family, but I cope by reminding myself what a wonderful adventure it is, both for me and for my children, to live in another country. I love cats too and miss having them! How fun to live near the beach!

  4. Hi Jamie, back to you on the outdoor picnic tablecloths. The flat sheets will be pretty easy. I will probably only cut off the top of the sheet where there is normally a second material sewn on top of the actual sheet. I will then fold the edge down like 1/4" or 1/2" inch, press, pin and then sew. I may not do this with the other edges, though, since they are already sewn. The only reason I'm taking off the top edge is because I don't want it to look like a sheet.
    With the fitted sheets I will do pretty much the same thing, but since the edges on these sheets are gathered I will have to cut out differently and probably won't get as big of a tablecloth out of it. I hope that makes sense :) I will be posting pictures.... Thanks for visiting :)

  5. You take beautiful pictures! It seems that where we used to be from is the same as where you used to be from. I wish we could have relocated somewhere warm-that was always my goal! It is fun getting to know you through this blog hop, thanks for stopping by my blog. No, the kids have nicknames for my blog, I had fun coming up with them.

  6. What an awesome story...What kind of muscle car? We have a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle-restored with a 396...One day it will go for a drive..

  7. Thanks Julie. Right now we hav a 1966 Mustang.

  8. Cute blog,glad i found you through Friday Follow!


Oh I'm so happy you checked out my blog. I absolutely love hearing from each and every one of you - it truely makes my day! Jamie