Wednesday, December 31, 2014

10 Years

10 years ago today, the Hoy House was born.

It has been a wild and crazy 10 years, and I would do it all over again!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Favorites

These are a few of my favorite things of 2014--

Matthew Moment:  When Matthew said "I love you too" when saying goodnight.

Hoy Kid Picture:
Sesame Place 2014
Day of the Year:  As with every year, the first day of school!  This year was exceptionally wonderful given my new gig!

7 Word Run-Together Sentence: "MommyIwannagothatwayplease." -Matthew   At the main road, we turn right to go to most of the commerce and we turn left to go over the dam. Matthew always wants to go over the dam.  He gets pretty put out when we turn the other way.

Jacksonism:  "Alyssa, remember this from when we were kids?"  looking at an ornament for the Christmas tree.

Parenting Fail:  After I found tiny pieces of washed Kleenex all over a load of clothes, I scolded the kids for not emptying their pockets--only to realize it was likely mine.  Oops!

50 Cents Spent: The audio cassettes of Harry Potter (book 3).  12 hours of quiet in the car times 2 brings the grand total to just over 2 cents per hour!  Thankfully we already had a tape player and it easily plugged into the stereo speakers in the truck.  

Doctor's Appointment: Jackson getting his spica cast off!  I was not sad to see big green go!

Big Kid Moment:  The day Alyssa made breakfast-- more than granola bars-- for her and the boys.  

It was a good year!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Though it isn't always at the forefront of my mind, several times a week, Matthew does something that sparks me to think "this is the kid that I didn't think would ____".  The blank being filled with (a) show joy (b) walk (c) talk or (d) survive.  In these cases, I love being awed-- and plainly being wrong. 

Today's moment was when Matthew did yoga. Not only did he ask for me to turn on yoga, he then proceeded to attempt the poses.  I am pretty sure in all of the hours upon hours spent in therapy that I never could have imagined Matthew doing either of those things.  Just awesome!

Matthew loved it so much, he did 2 videos (before and after pjs, hence the outfit and lighting change).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Happy 9th Birthday, Alyssa!

Happy 9th birthday to Alyssa.  I just can't believe it has been 9 years since this little girl entered our lives.  I can barely remember life before her! 

I am so lucky to be 'mommy' to this not-so-little girl!  Happy, happy birthday!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Last week, Matthew caught the flu.  He was the first confirmed case of pediatric flu at our pediatrician's office this season.  He is a lucky kid! Thankfully, Darren jumped on it and took Matthew to the pediatrician as soon as he ran a fever.  With Tamiflu, Matthew was really only sick for a day and recovering the next.  He was full out Matthew in 3 days. 

On Monday, Matthew's teachers commented how rare it was for Matthew to be out sick.  In that moment, I remembered to be awed by Matthew's recovery.  This is the little boy that used to be called "medically fragile".  Now, quite to the contrary, I would call him medically hardy! 

Thursday:  Down for the Count
Saturday:  Ready to Play!