1. We are a family of 5-two parents, two boys and one girl (boy, girl, boy).
2. Four of us are vegetarian (we keep trying to pull the fifth one over to the dark side but he hasn’t caved yet-it has been 15+ years so I am not sure how much pull we have anymore).
3. Most of us are gluten-free.
4. We focus a lot on what we eat-sounds weird but it works for us. The kids know what is healthy and not healthy. They know they can eat just about anything as long as it is in moderation. They have learned how to cook for themselves which is even neater.
5. We try to live as environmentally friendly and simply as we can. Some easy things we incorporate into our everyday lives include: recycling, composting our left overs, using cloth napkins instead of paper towels, green cleaners (vinegar and water and baking soda), riding our bikes/walking when we can, living simply, little TV and electronics, awareness of water usage, attempt to buy as local and organic as possible, purchase with little packaging as possible. Now as much as we try to be an earthy, granola crunchy family-I do drive a bus of a car to tote my crew and their friends around. I try to be aware of where we are going so we don’t just drive to be driving.
6. We have way too many hobbies but they are a lot of fun. We love to snow ski in the winter, water ski in the summer, float, kayak in the lake, bike, hike, hang out in the back yard, play sports and listen to music as a family. Of course each of us has our own individual loves also but these are the things we do as a family.
7. We are geeky parents with geeky kids and we love it that way. When we go on vacation, we all learn things. We learn from each other daily and from our mistakes daily. We love learning about other cultures and traditions and learning even more.
8. One of my favorite saying sums us up pretty well-we are like trees, always reaching heavenward but grounded in our roots.
9. At least 2, most likely 3, of us are dyslexic and dysgraphic. One of us deals with extreme anxiety. Most all of us are probably undiagnosed ADHD!