t h e m a y f i l e s is foremost a family blog, chronicling everyday life. Life including natural, healthy eating (with recipes thrown in at random), home educating (with ideas popping up sporadically), an attempt to homestead on .2 acres (with very meager yields), raising 3 of 4 children with a rare genetic disorder, and lots of highly personal family triumphs and failures. You may also find an eclectic array of musings on politics, exercise, sewing, emergency preparedness, backyard chickens, and religion. This blog isn't a campaign to glorify anyone or anything. Just simply a record.


"The Honey" is 2

We aren't going to tell her until she is older, but The Little Honey had a very neglected birthday.  Swamped with our house, there was no birthday cake or presents, but there was a whole lot of love to go around and a little photo shoot at the park with big Brother.

These two are quite the duo...

Things to remember about Berkeley...

She is full of personality and ummph!

Loves to say "Okay Mom" a wonderful habit she picked up from Emmett

Is lightning fast to say she is sorry and give any necessary penitence

Idolizes Emmett

Is crazy brave, and loves to flatter adults with her snuggles

We love you our Honey!


A New House

It is finally official!  We closed on our new home last week and today the transformation begins!

The home is full of light and has a wonderful floor plan.  It sits on over 1/3 of an acre, so we have plenty of outdoor living space.

I've been obsessing into the wee hours of the morning about this house for almost a year now.   It seems a bit surreal to finally be moving forward.  Our neighbors are still living in the house for a week or so, so I still don't have the keys, but work on the outside began today.

I am going to try and chronicle the transformation on our blog.  I cant wait!  I have a strict budget, it will be interesting to have the give and take it will surely require to keep under that number.


Finishing With a Bang

These two little gals finished out a fantastic gymnastics season.  Their first year of competition had a learning curve, but all we wanted to see was improvement each time.  That we did.
Ellery ended the season in the top of her class and 3rd in the State for Level 4 eight year olds.

Callista competed level 3 which stays within the gym.  She finished 3rd overall, but most dramatic was her ending bars routine.  She needed a 9.2 to advance to level 4.  That was a very high score for her.  In an unbelievable personal best she scored a 9.25 with the best dismount I have ever seen.