Meet My Family

Boy, I have really been slacking. No posts since October. 2019 WILL be a better year for my blog and for me personally. Although I truly love my job as an Intervention Specialist (special ed teacher), I have just started on the last 5 months of my career. I will be retiring on Sept. 1 after having spent 25+ years in the classroom. I am really ready for this next phase of my life.

That being said, let’s get on with the topic at hand. As my readers my know I have previously introduced them to my oldest daughter, Amanda, and her family. I have also written about my youngest, the only son, Kelsey, in a two part introduction. First I introduced his family and then filled in readers about the chronic foot problems that Kelsey suffers from. I began with the introduction of my youngest daughter, Hilary, and her family.

I saved the introduction of my second child and second daughter until last because she has been in the midst of some major life changes. At last, the changes have been made and I am proud to introduce Breanna Lyne and her family. Breanna’s name takes on parts of my mother’s middle name Ann and her father’s name Lyne.

Breanna Lyne

Breanna lives the farthest away from us, but it is only a little over an hour’s drive. She resides with her long time boyfriend, Kevin.

Brea, as we call her, is finishing her training as an esthetician. You can view her work on her Instagram page at breanna.lyne.esthetics.

I now have a person in the family that can wax my eyebrows for free. A frugal win for me. She has also worked on her sister’s eyelash extensions. Brea is fantastic at her job.

This is the perfect career for her due to her background in art. She is a fabulous artist and is very creative. You can view some of her art on her Instagram at breanna_lyne.

Kevin is also very artistic. He owns and works at his own tattoo shop. You can see some of his work on Instagram also.

Breanna has one daughter who is currently working at an IHop. Savannah is a lovely, young lady with a bubbly personality. She graduated from high school a couple of years ago and is still trying to find a career path that fits her unique abilities and interests.

Both Brea and Savannah are animal lovers and have adopted three rescue dogs between them.

Savannah and Breanna

This completes the introduction of my large extended family. My husband and I currently have 4 children, 4 bonus children (spouses and boyfriends), 12 grandchildren, and 3 great-children. We get together frequently and it is always a blast.

Thank you for letting me introduce my family to you. I would love to meet your family.

I hope to see you back to hear more about the antics of my large, loving, and lunatic family.

My life verse.

Let me Introduce you to my family: Part 3 of 4

 

It’s been a couple of weeks since I introduced you to my son and his family. Plus, that took us off into our family history of foot problems.

Amanda Ellen

Now I want to introduce you to my oldest daughter and her family. Amanda Ellen is named after both my grandmother, Amanda, and my mother-in-law, Ellen. She was born when I was pretty young, although I had been married 1 & 1/2 years. (And yes, her dad and I are still married after 44 years.) Amanda has blessed us with four of our 12 grandchildren.

Amanda and her husband, Rodney, have a yours, mine, and ours  household. When they married, Rodney had a daughter from a previous marriage, and Amanda had a daughter, and two sons. Together, they had another daughter who will turn 13 this summer.

Amanda went to school to become a social worker and then she obtained her master’s degree in clinical therapy. She works at our local mental health facility.

She was actually the person who brought the local chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to our area.  We both served on the board for a few years after its inception.

Rodney works as a union pipe fitter. I’m not sure what all the job entails but he is a very hard worker. At

My son-in-law, Rodney

this time, he is working out of state and is only home on the weekends. Both he and my son, Kelsey, have jobs that require them to be away from home frequently.

Hayley

Hayley Estelle, has given her mother two beautiful grandchildren, Wyatt Baxter and Skyler Estelle. If you remember, Baxter is a family name that came from my husband’s great-uncle. (Maybe we will start another family name with Estelle.) I do hope both of these names will continue to be passed down through the family.

Hayley and her children live close to Amanda who in turn lives about 6 minutes away from my husband and me. As you can tell, we are a pretty close knit family.

Hayley is currently working in a girl’s group home. Her biggest interests are dogs and horses. She is an excellent horseman and is fantastic at training dogs.

Charles “Dakota” is Amanda’s second child and first son. He graduated from the vocational school where I currently teach. Dakota’s chosen field of study at the vocational school was Culinary Arts. He loves to cook.  This fall he is planning on attending college to become a Math teacher.

Tristin Tyler is Amanda’s third child and second son. I’m proud to say that I was able to help chose his middle name. Next week he and his girlfriend, Emily will be graduating from the same vocational school. Tristin’s vocational studies were in automotive repair and Emily’s focus was in patient care. Presently, Tristin is working for McDonald’s and Emily is working at a nursing home. I am not sure of their long term plans right now.

Together, they have a soon to be 2 year old daughter, Elora Jade. Her name always reminds me of a Disney princess.

The youngest of Amanda’s family is Autumn Lyne. The spelling of her middle name comes from the spelling of my husband’s name, Lyne Baxter. Autumn will be turning 13 this summer.

She will be hitting the teenage years. She and my grandson, Dylan, are in the sixth grade. Autumn has been involved in the baton group that Shyla and Zoey are in. She and Shyla are playing softball together

Autumn Lyne

currently. She is a really good gymnast and has sang during the variety shows during her years at elementary school. She is quite a diverse and talented young lady.

Rodney’s daughter from his previous marriage is older than Amanda’s children. Kayla lived with them for a while during the early years of their marriage She eventually moved in with her mother. She and her husband live a couple of hours away from us. She is the mother of two young boys, Ryder and Braven. We do not get to see them very often.

Some of Amanda’s family plus a couple of extra.

This is the largest branch of of my family. Soon I will introduce you to my second daughter, Breanna Lyne.

 

My life verse.

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Weekend Recap: April 21-22, 2018

 

It was a busy Saturday. Dylan had spent the night at his cousin’s, his mom was still at the hospital with Zayden until she could be relieved to go to work,

Papa sitting with Zayden in the hospital.

and I had taken Shyla to her first baton competition of the year. Her cousins, Zoey and Autumn are also in this baton troupe. Although, Shyla’s group was sponsoring this one, I had been unable to offer my assistance due to the struggle of juggling the kid’s schedule while the baby was hospitalized.

We got to the elementary school where the competition was being held and had to wait outside until the doors opened. We were actually early for once.

Shyla went to the restroom to change into her baton uniform and we were ready. Her group placed 3rd in their category.

Shyla was also prepared to perform a solo but we had to scratch it due to a mix up with her music. We’ll be better prepared for her solo at the next competition in June.

She also participated in the modeling for the first time. During this she could wear either a dress or another uniform. She had received a long dress at Christmas. (Santa was thinking ahead.)

I am fixing the bow on the back of Shyla’s dress.

I wish we had thought ahead, or more accurately, knew, that we could have signed up for both areas. It would have been some quick changing, but we would have managed it. Several of the girls from other groups did this.

Although she did not place in this section, we learned a lot and will attempt this again at the next competition.

All together it made for a very long day. We had arrived at the school right before 8:30 and everything did not end until 4:00. When we left, I took Shyla to Bob Evans to have an early supper.

Shyla loves ice cream. She could eat it morning, noon, and night.

(Her mom works as a waitress here. It is the original homestead.) We arrived home at 5:30. I was exhausted and collapsed in a chair and watched TV the rest of the evening.

Because the baby had just been released from the hospital the day before, we did not feel that he should go to church Sunday morning. I spent the day trying to catch up on laundry and housework.

I managed to get several loads of laundry done and put away and the kid’s bedrooms vacuumed. My husband washed the dishes.

For supper I went and picked up a pizza and some breadsticks.

It was a long, tiring weekend. I hope that this coming week goes at a little slower pace.